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COVID-19 Vacancy Band 5 LIFT Psychology Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner - Swindon

Band 5

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Band 5
Permanent: Substantive
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Old Town Surgery
£25,655 - £31,534 From £25,655 per annum
Salary period
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Job overview

An excellent opportunity for a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) to join LIFT Psychology, a Primary Care Psychology IAPT provider for the Swindon area.

You will work as part of the established stepped care model LIFT Psychology Service in Swindon. You will need to be independently mobile to work across different GP practices.

You should have a real interest of working with people who are experiencing mental health difficulties and with primary health care professionals seeking to improve care and treatment. You will need excellent communication skills and ideally have proven experience of working in the Primary Care setting. You will be involved with, and receive, ongoing in-service training and supervision.

PWP (Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner) qualification is required or working towards to be accredited within 6 months.

Opportunities for remote/flexible working. 

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.


Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have specialist knowledge of the following to carry out the role which will encompass:

• The delivery of brief, short term and low intensity psychological interventions, based on Cognitive Behavioural and Solution Focused approaches, provision of information, CCBT and self-help for people with common mental health difficulties and assist in the running of psycho-educational groups and follow up telephone calls

• Mental Health promotion, which will involve the development of effective relationships between primary care and local communities and other services in the voluntary and statutory sectors.

• GP practice development in areas of mental health information systems; audits; self help materials; protocols and guidance implementation.




Working for our organisation

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. 

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.  



Detailed job description and main responsibilities

A) Clinical:

To allocate approximately 50% of time to direct and indirect clinical work.

To provide a fast response, stepped care, primary care psychology service, under supervision, to patients of General Practitioners at the nominated surgery/surgeries.

To plan, organise and teach psycho-educational courses covering a wide range of psychological knowledge and skills, which may be in the evening or on Saturdays (the service is available between 8am and 8.30 pm and some Saturday mornings).

To make follow up phone calls to patients

To maintain and forge community links as directed by the Head of Service or deputy, according to the needs of the service.

To develop and maintain a resources bank for the use of the whole team

To maintain involvement with CCG and Council on mental health promotion initiatives

B) Professional:

To participate in the LIFT Psychology Service business and professional meetings as required.

To be aware of and comply with all policies, procedures and directives of the Department, Service and Trust.

To maintain and further develop high standards of counselling and psychology practice through co-operative work with other practitioners, psychology practitioners and psychologists and involvement in professional audit.

To comply with the Counsellors in Primary Care, British Psychology Society, or other appropriate professional body’s code of conduct, such as the BACP and BABCP, as well as procedures and government legislation as it applies to the service.

C) Clinical Governance:

To support the Area Head of Psychology in the development and implementation of effective Clinical Governance across the Psychology Service.

To support and participate in multidisciplinary audit in the service.

To promote the use of effective interventions in the service.

To participate in Clinical Governance processes in the service and in the profession.

D) General:

To participate in liaison meetings with GPs and other members of the Primary Care Health Teams as appropriate. To attend service meetings.

To participate in audit and personal review activity as required.

To enter data on surgery computer and IAPTUS data systems

To compile and return statistics and activity levels every month.

To undertake mandatory and in-house training and undertake such other training as might be required to maintain an appropriate level of expertise.

To participate in individual and peer supervision, both process and case management.

To participate in the research activities of the service, where required.

To contribute to the running and development of the service as agreed with the Head of Service

E) Key Working Relationships:

Staff in LIFT Psychology Service in Swindon 
GPs and primary care teams.
Primary care liaison service (PCLS)
Recovery teams 
Community and Council teams
Third sector organisations



Person specification


Essential criteria
  • PWP (Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner) qualification or working towards IAPT PWP accreditation. (within 6 months of appointment)


Essential criteria
  • Proven experience of working effectively with adults using psychotherapeutic interventions.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in Primary Care.


Essential criteria
  • Good written and verbal presentation skills
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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Angela Cooke
Job title
Advanced Practitioner
Telephone number
01793 836836