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Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (Aylesbury)

Oxford Health NHS Foun
Peach Tree House, The Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury
Competitive salary
Closing date
6 Dec 2021

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Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.

Would you like to help people manage their mental health with tried and tested psychological interventions?

Perhaps your lived experience of mental health problems is putting you in a unique position to support others going through similar challenges.

Are you looking for a career change and are enthusiastic about caring and supporting people?

Mental health difficulties are common, but even more so with the changes the world has experienced since COVID-19. Buckinghamshire Healthy Minds, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service (IAPT) is expanding and has opportunities for Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) to join our team!

Buckinghamshire Healthy Minds is a nationally recognised, high-performing and innovative IAPT service supporting over 10,000 adults every year to manage their common mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and depression. The service has around 250 staff including Psychological Therapists, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and Employment Advisors (employed by Richmond Fellowship). A team of clinical supervisors and managers support staff to deliver the service effectively and safely. Staff wellbeing is a top priority for us. We have a very active, award winning, wellbeing team within the service and work hard to ensure that a supportive, collaborative and productive culture is in place.

Our main bases are located centrally in High Wycombe in the south and Aylesbury in the north of the county. We run clinics from a variety of community venues across Buckinghamshire. There are currently vacancies for trainee PWPs in both High Wycombe and Aylesbury. If you wish to be considered for both locations, you only need to apply once but please make it clear in your personal statement that you wish to be considered for either base.

We're looking for people who are compassionate, work well in a team, are enthusiastic, highly motivated and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience of working in a mental health setting would be beneficial. However, you may instead have relevant life experience or transferable skills that would enable you to effectively support people with mental health challenges. If you think you have these qualities and want to find out more about the role, please follow the link below to our Healthy Minds Recruitment Newsletter!

The PWP apprenticeship programme is approximately 15 months in duration, delivered by Oxford Health Apprenticeship & Development Centre, Learning & Development; the next programme is due to start in April 2022. The programme combines both academic and work-based learning through close collaboration between employers and education providers. Successful applicants will need to commit to the academic requirements of the course and will be unable to participate in any other education courses alongside the PWP programme.

As a Trainee PWP, you will be a full time Oxford Health NHSFT employee based within Healthy Minds. During the apprenticeship programme, one day per week is protected learning time - taken up as classroom learning, online learning, research, shadowing, project work, self-learning or directed study. The remaining four days will be spent on-the-job training within Healthy Minds. You will be trained to deliver effective, evidence-based psychological therapies either by telephone, online, via digital platform or face-to-face (subject to covid-19 restrictions). This will be both on a one-to-one basis and in groups.

PWPs at Healthy Minds receive weekly case management supervision, clinical skills supervision, and training in addition to regular line management. There are clear progression routes and a wealth of opportunities for career development within Healthy Minds.

It is a programme requirement that apprentices must provide evidence of achievement of GCSE Maths and English grade C or above or grade 4 and above, or equivalent qualification. Qualifications gained overseas will be required to be checked by NARIC for equivalency. Where apprentices cannot provide evidence of this achievement, or where equivalency is not ratified, apprentices will be required to achieve Functional Skills Level 2 prior to completion of the programme and support will be available.

On successful completion of the programme, apprentices will be equipped with the knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and behaviours relevant to employment as a qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner within an Adult IAPT service and will progress from a Band 4 Trainee PWP contract to a permanent Band 5 Qualified PWP contract.

This is an excellent opportunity to join Oxford Health; a large and innovative NHS Foundation trust, which has a strong track record for supporting the development of psychological therapy services. The Trust has two IAPT services, a range of specialist psychological therapy services and employs over 500 psychological therapists. Healthy Minds and the Trust provide regular high quality CPD and training. The Trust hosts the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Research and the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. Healthy Minds is actively involved in research, participating in a number of local and national studies. The service benefits from being a member of the Oxford Academic Health Sciences Network - Anxiety and Depression Network led by Professor David Clark.

Please note that this advert will close early if a high number of applications are received.

If shortlisted, you will be invited to a digital interview via Microsoft Teams in the week commencing 10th January 2022.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Healthy Minds

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  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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