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South Essex IAPT Partnership are hosting this vacancy on behalf of the East of England IAPT services, this advert covers multiple providers including Insight IAPT.

This is a 37.5 hours per week post including some evenings/weekends and different employers may have different starting salaries, terms and conditions.

Permanent contract is subject to successful completion of the course within 12 months and End Point Assessment (EPA).

You don’t need a degree to be a PWP! The introduction of the PWP apprenticeship scheme offers the opportunity to train for the PWP role without requiring an undergraduate degree.

About the role

The Apprentice Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner will be a core member of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service.

The role of a PWP is demanding and fast paced. Empathy, resilience and excellent organisational skills are essential qualities. Trainees are expected to progress and work with a high degree of autonomy, with high volume caseloads including individual and group work; this may include telephony, video consultation, and face-to-face clinical work. The role is well supported with weekly clinical and case management supervision from qualified clinicians. In addition to clinical contact, the roles will include data collection, data management, analysis and note writing.

Applicants will need experience of working with people, ideally with mental health problems or difficulties. Applicants should have a good understanding of IAPT and the role of a PWP.

The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.

In person treatment and virtual/telephone consultations are in place across IAPT services in line with the individual service policy and Covid 19 government guidelines


Suitable candidates are provided with intensive training and supervision to work in the HIT role and will study on the PG Diploma in High Intensity CBT course at the University of Hertfordshire or University East Anglia (expected start of 20 September 2021).

Three days per week will be spent in service gaining invaluable experience assessing and working with people from local communities, with two days studying with the university. This may be a combination of in person and remote learning.

Entry Requirements

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Apprenticeships are open to people who have the relevant qualifications, please only apply if you meet the minimum requirements. If you are unsure if you meet these please get in contact with us.

Entry requirements:

  • All candidates should have Level 2 Maths and English qualifications, or the equivalent and must be able to evidence this with certificates. In the event that you do not have certificates, candidates can request proof of award from the awarding bodies. Candidates would be expected to bear this cost. Offers cannot be made without this information.
  • We welcome applications from candidates who do not have a degree or recent study experience but have good experience in a caring capacity in a support, care or admin work role and are interested in supporting patients with anxiety and depression using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) self-help.

Application Process

This advert is for multiple providers across the East of England and is a central point of application, which is to be complete and submitted here Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (

Candidates are to indicate first, second and third choice of service. Each service has provided a ‘why work for us’ document (see document via NHS Jobs). This includes a link to the Service session as part of our upcoming virtual recruitment event. Please make a note of the links for your top 3 preferred services.

We encourage applicants to apply after attending our virtual recruitment event Thursday 3rd June from 9-11am where you will hear more about the role, application process and services involved. The link to attend the event is here Click here to join the meeting  and please register your attendance by emailing make a note of the breakout session links in the why work for us, for your top 3 providers as these will be needed during the event.

Successful candidates may be offered an alternative employer if posts with their first/second and or third choice are filled. By submitting your application, you are consenting to your information being shared with one or more of the IAPT services mentioned above.

This is a developmental post and suitable candidates are provided with intensive training and supervision to work in the Apprenticeship PWP role and will study on the Psychological Well-Being Practitioner course with the University of Essex (expected start date of 31st August). The course is 12 months long plus will require successful completion of an End Point Assessment conducted by a third party to assess core practical competencies.

Three days per week will be spent in service gaining invaluable experience assessing and working with people from local communities, with one day at university and one scheduled study day. This may be a combination of in person and remote learning.

Those without a valid permit to work and study in the UK are not eligible to apply for this position.

Applicants will only be offered an apprenticeship post if they meet the eligibility criteria for apprenticeship funding as set out by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. See page 93-100 of the Apprenticeship funding rules for main providers guidance for eligibility criteria. The link to this guidance can be found in our further links section.

All applicants must have the ability to travel independently as required.

Interview Process

Interviews expected between 28 June – 16 July 2021. The remote interview panel will consist of service and university representatives.

Interviews may include a role play and/or presentation, further information will be given prior to interview.

The closing date for applications is 13th June 2021

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