Psychological wellbeing practitioners (PWPs) work within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. They provide high volume, low intensity interventions for clients with mild to moderate depression, based on a cognitive behavioural model.
They undertake patient-centred interviews, identifying areas where the person wishes to see change, make an assessment of risk to self and others, provide assisted self-help, liaise with other agencies and provide information about services. This work may be face to face, telephone or via other media. PWPs work under supervision and refer on those people, who require it, for High Intensity Therapy
PWPs will work with people from many different cultural backgrounds and aged over 18.
PWPs work within the IAPT service across the country, which may be within primary care trusts, specialist mental health trusts, as well as, the third and private sectors.
There are two options:
1. Access is open to graduates and to those who can demonstrate that they can perform academically, at a graduate level. These trainees will then be trained to a post graduate certificate level.
2. People from local communities, with a wide range of life experience. These trainees will be trained to a graduate level, having the same competences, but with a different academic qualification.
Experience of working with people with mental health problems is essential.
Training is commissioned specifically for PWPs in local universities. It consists of one day per week academic work and four days supervised practice.
You need to apply for PWP trainee posts as part of the IAPT service. The recruitment and selection is undertaken jointly by the service and the academic course provider. If successful, the applicant gains both a post and access to training.
Trainee PWPs are appointed at Band 4 under the Agenda for Change pay system.
Some areas are developing career options through Band 6 posts, with additional management and specialist responsibilities.
Check the IAPT website to find contact details of your local IAPT course provider or IAPT service.