Mission Statement

Together with people who have experienced mental health problems we provide quality services and support that reduce stigma and promote positive mental health and wellbeing. 

Job Details

Job Title

Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners

Location:

Coventry, Warwickshire & Solihull

Salary:

Salary Band 4 AfC - £19,409

Hours

37.5 hours per week 

Job Type:

Fixed term contract from mid January 2018 - mid January 2019 - following which Trainee PWP's who have successfully been awarded the qualification can apply for vacancies within IAPT as a qualified PWP.

Purpose of the job:

Coventry & Warwickshire Mind is seeking applications from individuals who are keen to undertake the training that is delivered to become a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) within the Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull IAPT Service. The service is delivered in partnership with Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership Trust.

Potentially we will be able to offer a number of training places, commencing mid January 2018.  Selected applicants will initially attend an in house interview. If successful at interview, you will then be required to complete a short application to the University from which, if shortlisted, you will be required to attend an applicants’ day on a date to be confirmed.  Further information regarding the applicants day will be given to the successful applicants.  We will not be in a position to confirm places until the University have allocated their training places to all regional IAPT sites and NHE have confirmed course funding.  Please note that if the service is not successful in gaining course places for the January course, our next recruitment of Trainee PWPs will take place in March and April 2018.  Shortlisted applications from this advert would be carried over into the March recruitment.  

We hope that the successful applicants will be able to start with the service on 15th January 2018 prior to commencing the university course later that month.  If offered a place, the post holder will be trained and supervised to provide evidence based stepped care interventions to clients with mild to moderate anxiety and depression.

The post graduate accredited training will be provided as part of the West Midlands NHS IAPT programme, involving a combination of University attendance, self-directed study and in-service clinical work within the IAPT service.  It is likely that our allocated training provider will be based in Birmingham and the Black Country.

PLEASE NOTE: These training posts are with Coventry & Warwickshire Mind.

What are the entry requirements?

There are two training routes:

1.    Postgraduate Certificate qualification route

A degree in a relevant subject or equivalent (e.g., Registered Nurses and AHPs) 

2.    Graduate Certificate route

2 Advanced Level GCEs or equivalent (e.g., B-tec, GNVQ, NVQ Level 3 and 4)

In order to meet the clinical competence requirements of the course, all trainees, ideally, will work full time (37.5hrs per week). However, you will be required to complete 1 day at University, 1 day of directed learning and three days in clinical practice offering assessment and low intensity treatment to patients presenting with common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety and one at university. You will also receive appropriate Case Management Supervision and Reflective Clinical Skills Supervision. Trainees are allocated to one of 4 locality teams based in Nuneaton (covering North Warwickshire), Solihull, Stratford (covering South Warwickshire) or Coventry (covering Coventry and Rugby) – please be aware you could be allocated to any of these locations.

Applicants are required to have:

• Evidence of an appropriate qualification and significant experience of working with people who have suffered with a mental health problem (minimum 2 years)

• Excellent communication skills both verbal and written

• The ability to complete a one year academic training course

• Excellent computer skills

• A commitment to equal opportunities

• Due to the large geographical area covered by the service, the successful applicants are required to have access to an independent means of transport for business use.

Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions in Primary Care

What is the Post-graduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions?

Postgraduate (and Graduate) Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions (PG Cert) is a nationally designed qualification for workers providing low intensity interventions as part of the ‘talking therapies’ development plan for the NHS. It supports the Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) programme.

What are its aims?

The main aim of the PG Cert is to enable workers to develop recognised competencies including core skills and core values for inclusive and sensitive reflective practice with diverse populations. In addition to generic therapeutic skills it will train workers in a range of low intensity cognitive-behavioural interventions, including guided self-help, to help people recover from common mental health problems.

Who accredits and validates the training?

The PG Cert is academically validated by the University of Birmingham. It is professionally accredited by the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Accreditation Committee (PWPAC).

Who delivers it?

The course is a Collaborative Programme run by the Birmingham and Black Country Training Consortium comprising Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, Black Country Partnership Foundation Trust and the University of Birmingham. The consortium will work in close partnership with your employing agency, statutory or non-statutory. The course inspires strong links between practice and theory and aims to encourage confidence within the role and limits of required competence.

What is its structure?

The programme runs for one calendar year and consists of 30 teaching days, 15 directed learning days, and several other days attendance for assessments. It is assessed via examinations, assignments and observed practice on the programme and in the workplace. The programme team and clinical supervisors are closely involved in assessment of skills. The three modules are:

·         Engagement and assessment of patients with common mental health problems

·         Evidence based low intensity treatment for common mental health disorders

·         Values, diversity and context

NB. Some posts within Coventry & Warwickshire Mind are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 as they involve working with vulnerable adults and/or children and young people and will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

For further information about these opportunities please contact Tracey Goddard on 07768190140 during office hours or email [email protected]

To apply for these posts please visit https://www.cwmind.org.uk/pages/category/jobs

Closing date for applications – 12 noon, Wednesday 29th November 2017

PLEASE NOTE that this vacancy can be closed as soon as sufficient applications are received.  It is strongly advised that you complete and return your application form before the closing date in order to avoid disappointment.

First stage Interviews – Monday 4th December 2017

Additional information about IAPT is available at https://www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health/adults/iapt/

Please see the  Job Description for this role. If you are interested in this post, please read the Guidance Notes before completing the  Application form  and Equal Opportunities Form.

“Coventry & Warwickshire Mind values diversity and difference. We welcome applicants from all sections of the community, particularly under-represented groups and people with lived experience of mental distress.”

Coventry & Warwickshire Mind is a leading mental health service provider and an Equal opportunities employer