Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) Trainee

Alliance Psychological Services Limited

The closing date is 03 July 2022

Job summary

Alliance Psychological Services is an independent provider of counselling and psychological therapy services based in the Tees Valley area and working across the North-East region. We are working in partnership with Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind to deliver the IMPACT on Teesside service.

Main duties of the job

We are currently recruiting for several Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) training posts to start the course in January 2023. You will be required to start in the role prior to the training commencing, to allow you time to learn more about the IMPACT service and complete an induction period. Successful applicants will complete a relevant program of university-based training during their first year in post. Salaries for the PWP training posts will be £20,500 per annum. For more information on the University training programme, please visit:

Successful applicants will be employed by one of organisations within the partnership which will be discussed at appointment. 

For more information on this post, please contact Sarah Turner at

Closing date for applications: 3rd July 2022

Interviews: Week commencing 11th July 2022

You must have right to work in the UK as we are currently unable to offer working visa opportunities. 

Please note that due to the nature of the duties of these roles, an enhanced criminal records disclosure will be sought in the event of a successful application.

About us

Alliance offers first rate training and development opportunities, 38 days annual leave pro rata, rising 1 day every 5 years of service (as well as the option to purchase additional annual leave) EAP health scheme including costs towards eye tests/glasses, dental treatment, physio treatment and shopping discounts alongside a 3% contributory pension scheme. We also offer lots of health and wellbeing initiatives for our staff and promote flexible working for a positive work life balance.

At Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind, our staff are at the very core of all we do. To offer the best possible services we need the best possible people within our team. So, we aim to offer varied and rewarding roles with substantial development opportunities. What's more we hope that we offer a sense of community and a sense of belonging to something meaningful. We have a commitment to equality and diversity and it's our aim to employ a representative workforce that reflects the community we serve.

Impact on Teesside has responsibility for safeguarding all children and vulnerable adults within our service, part of this is to follow safer recruitment of staff for all appointments. It is also a requirement that all staff understand it is each person’s individual responsibility and are committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of our clients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Postholder will provide a range of evidence-based psychological interventions within the framework of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme as part of as part of Impact’s Primary Care Psychological Wellbeing Therapies (PWT) Service across the Tees area. They will undertake the University-based programme of training towards the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner qualification.

The post- holder will work as part of the Impact team for a minimum of 3 days of the week whilst attending the training programme. They will provide a range of evidence-based psychological interventions within the framework of the IAPT Programme as part of Impact’s Team serving GP Practices across the NHS Tees area.

This position may require flexible hours between 8am until 8pm weekdays.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

To work as a member of the Impact PWT Service Team

  • To create and maintain effective working relationships within the PWT Team and elsewhere
  • To offer advice and support to other members of the wider Primary Care Team, including GPs and other Health Professionals, on mental health issues, and in relation to appropriate referral pathways for patients with mental health needs
  • To liaise effectively with Secondary Care and voluntary sector organisations and services
  • To attend meetings and provide reports as required
  • To assist in the development and promotion of the service

To provide a range of therapeutic interventions

  • To provide assessment, including risk assessment, of clients referred for psychological therapy within the Primary Care setting
  • To select and deliver a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions in collaboration with the client
  • To work within an appropriate time framework
  • To make appropriate onward referrals following assessment for clients requiring other services, including statutory and voluntary agencies
  • To maintain clients’ confidentiality within agreed guidelines

To undertake the required training programme

  • To attend and fulfil all the requirements of the training element of the post. NB: Satisfactory completion of the training programme is a condition of continued employment.
  • To apply learning from the training programme in practice
  • To attend university-based supervision in relation to course work to meet the required standards.
  • To work with an appropriate range and number of cases selected with the support of their Clinical Supervisor as suitable for the current stage of clinical skills development.


  • Responsible for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults by promoting the welfare of service users at all times and operating within local policies and procedures.
  • Under guidance and support taking appropriate safeguarding action to protect children and vulnerable adults at risk of significant harm.
  • Under guidance and supervision to identify and support families in accessing Early Help Services
  • To share appropriate information with other agencies regarding the service users wellbeing and progress keeping within the boundaries of Confidentiality and Information sharing protocols.

To provide a professional and ethical service

  • To maintain appropriate records including all required assessment and evaluation tools
  • To undertake relevant Continuing Professional Development activities both as required for the purposes of continued professional accreditation or registration and as identified through Impact’s Professional Development and Appraisal System
  • To undertake an appropriate amount of clinical supervision from a qualified Clinical Supervisor within Impact’s Supervision Programme
  • To operate within agreed NHS, Impact and professional guidelines and Codes of Practice
  • To ensure a safe and secure working environment for self and others and to take action as necessary within Health and Safety and other guidelines
  • To adhere to all Impact Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
  • To promote and value the rights, responsibilities and diversity of people using the Service


  • In the performance of their duties, the post-holder may have access to confidential information relating to clients and their care, staff and others. They may also have access to information relating to Impact as a business organisation. All such information from any source is to be regarded as strictly confidential.
  • Information relating to clients, carers, staff, other healthcare workers or Impact business may only be divulged to authorised persons in accordance with Impact policies and procedures relating to confidentiality and the protection of personal and sensitive data.

This job description is designed to identify principal responsibilities only. The post holder is required to be flexible in developing the role in accordance with changes in Impact’s organisational objectives and priorities.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate route:
  • Degree or higher award in psychology, counselling or counselling psychology or other recognised training / qualification relevant to the post (eg RMN/Social Work)
  • Undergraduate (UCAPD) route:
  • You must provide evidence of recent studies
  • Professional Membership with an appropriate professional body once in post (BACP, BABCP, UKCP, BPS or another recognised professional organisation)
  • Evidence of training in mental health and related issues
  • Good record of Continuing Professional Development and willingness to continue this


  • Accreditation with BACP, BABCP, UKCP, BPS or other recognised professional organisation



  • Experience of working in a mental healthcare setting
  • Ongoing clinical supervision of therapeutic work.
  • Awareness of or familiarity with a range of therapeutic approaches, in particular CBT-based interventions.
  • Ability to meet agreed or specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers
  • Demonstrates an understanding of a range of mild moderate mental health problems including anxiety and depression and how it may present in primary care.
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of the issues surrounding work and the impact it can have on mental health/benefits and employment systems
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post


  • Experience of working in Primary Care Services
  • Experience in a service where agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes

Other Skills and Qualities


  • Skills in assessment, formulation and treatment of a range of psychological presentations
  • Skills in developing and implementing focused, time limited treatment plans.
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good understanding of issues surrounding clinical risk
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • High level of motivation
  • Advanced communication skills
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
  • Ability to be self reflective whilst working with service users and in own personal and professional development and in supervision
  • The ability and skills to act as an advocate for a new service, to engage and foster good professional relationships with all health professionals of the service with the wider health care system
  • Act in ways that support equality and promotes diversity


  • Trained and experienced in groupwork
  • Access to transport to travel to locations throughout the organisation with appropriate business insurance
  • Fluent in languages other than English

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

Alliance Psychological Services Limited


Alliance Psychological Services Ltd

24 Yarm Road



TS18 3NA

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For questions about the job, contact:

Sarah Turner


Date posted

17 June 2022

Pay scheme



£20,500 a year This is the salary whilst training



Working pattern

Full-time, Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

Alliance Psychological Services Ltd

24 Yarm Road



TS18 3NA

Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind

Lothian Road




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