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Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Trainee Band 5

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Wellbeing & IAPT Services
Trainee Band 5
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
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Wellbeing Teams across Hertfordshire
St Albans/ Watford/ Stevenage/ WGC
£22,206 (band 5, 75%) per annum
24/03/2019 23:59

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.

This is an exciting opportunity to train with and be part of an innovative service, fundamentally changing the way in which psychological treatments are provided.


The HPFT Wellbeing Team covers Hertfordshire, with the main bases being Hemel Hempstead (Dacorum and St Albans), Watford (Three Rivers and Hertsmere), Stevenage (Stevenage and North Herts) and Welwyn (Welwyn and Hatfield). You will work from one base only and in community venues in your area. Service preferences can be expressed at interview, although ultimate decisions will depend on service need.


Our services are focused on delivering high quality therapy, being amongst the highest performers in the region. The service finished the year (2017-2018) with recovery rates exceeding the national target of 50%. We continue to run innovative groups for our clients such as Perinatal, Older adults and Long Term Conditions. We pride ourselves on the support we offer to staff and provide an extensive programme of CPD for all our clinicians.


The Wellbeing Team was one of the first IAPT services in the UK to achieve accreditation status with the Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services (APPTS). As well as identifying and acknowledging services that have high standards, APPTS, a partnership between the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Centre for Quality Improvement and the British Psychological Society, provides a network through which best practice can be shared. This is a fantastic achievement which provides recognition nationally of the Wellbeing Team as a high quality service.


We are proudly developing an innovative integrated service, as part of the NHS England Five Year Forward View for Mental Health. Our West Herts sites are ‘early implementers’ of the pilot, integrating care for people with mental and physical health problems, which shall be rolled out across all sites due to its successful outcomes.


These Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner trainee positions include undertaking the Post graduate or Under graduate certificate in evidence based low intensity CBT at UEA (depending on prior qualifications) alongside clinical work within ONE of our Hertfordshire services.


Entry criteria for UG level is relevant care experience (such as care worker, support worker, healthcare assistant, healthcare administration, ST&R workers etc.) for a period of one year. For applicants to UG who do not have academic experience or qualifications, the UEA offers their new and innovative Access to IAPT Module which will be fully operational for this intake.


We are seeking highly motivated, dynamic, flexible and creative staff to contribute to our success; applicants who have enthusiasm for working in a primary care setting, who are adaptable, enjoy variety, can work independently, as well as understanding the importance of team working.


You will be part of a multi-professional workforce that will significantly increase access to treatment for people with depression, anxiety and other common mental health conditions, within a Primary Care setting. The IAPT service provides psychological therapy within the standards of the stepped care model i.e. Step 2 (Low intensity) and Step 3 (High Intensity).


Interviews will be held in April 2019, specific dates and interview venue TBC.

You will need to be independently mobile with the ability get to various locations.

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We have included a post qualification person specification, and whilst you may not meet all criteria at this point, please show us which criteria you do meet, as shortlisting will be against this document.


  • If you are invited to interview, you must bring with you any academic qualifications certificates that you hold, plus a number of ID documents, as applicable. Offers cannot be made without this information.

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

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