Lead Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP)

18 Nov 2020
27 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 7

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is the largest community healthcare provider in Sussex.
  • 5,000 full and part time staff, with over 4,000 people registered on our bank
  • Medical, nursing and therapeutic care provided to over 9,000 children and adults a day
  • July 2018 Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating of 'Good' with 'Outstanding' features
  • BAME, Disability, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief Staff Networks
  • Disability Confident Employer - Level 2

Time to Talk is nationally recognised as a high performing Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, with a reputation for clinical excellence, innovation and collaborative working with secondary care and voluntary services. We provide a range of NICE compliant psychological therapies for people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties, and achieve excellent recovery outcomes for our patients. We have good staff retention and aim to grow inclusive staff teams, where diversity is valued and the workforce reflects the communities served.

We are now seeking to recruit to a newly created Lead Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) post. This is an exciting opportunity to join our leadership team at a time of significant growth and expansion, as the service delivers on the commitments of the NHS Long Term Plan (2019) for mental health with physical health.

Working alongside the Clinical Leadership team, the Lead PWP will be responsible for the delivery and effective performance of the step 2 service on a day-to-day basis. They will lead on specific areas of improvement and development and be responsible for the PWP trainee programme, liaising with the university provider as needed. There will also be the opportunity to join the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Sub Network of the Psychological Professions Network (PPN).

The Lead PWP will provide a range of clinical supervision, meta-supervision and clinical skills and be responsible for establishing a supervision plan across this service for all staff delivering step 2. They will also carry a small caseload of step 2 clients.

The post holder can expect a high level of support from the Clinical Leadership and Management team and opportunities for continuing professional development.

You will be working within a multidisciplinary team that consists of CBT Therapists, Counsellors, PWPs, Administrators, Managers and Employment Advisors. We are commissioned to provide services from 8am to 8pm and all staff are required to contribute 7.5 hours of cover over this daily time frame.

We have adapted our service to enable the continued provision of psychological therapies via video platforms and telephone working. Staff have been equipped with laptops and mobile phones, enabling them to work from home. As the situation evolves and we return to working from bases we will move to a blended way of working, keeping the innovations that have worked well. It is envisaged that staff will be able to work one or two days a week from home as part of the new ways of working, but the post holder will still need to be willing and able to travel throughout West Sussex as required.

This post will be based in either Chichester or Worthing.

This post may close earlier than the published closing date if sufficient applications are received.

Correspondence relating to this vacancy will be conducted electronically. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. Please ensure that you check your emails on a regular basis. References will be requested electronically also; please ensure you provide correct contact details for referees.

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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.

Documents to download
  • Lead PWP Band 7 Time To Talk Coastal ( PDF , 550.5 KB )
  • Lead PWP Time To Talk Coastal person specification ( PDF , 550.5 KB )
  • About Us ( PDF , 743.4 KB )
  • Staff Benefits Brochure ( PDF , 484.5 KB )

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