The Forward Trust is a social enterprise with charitable status that empowers people to break the often interlinked cycles of crime and addiction and move forward with their lives. For more than 25 years we have been working with people to build positive and productive lives, whatever their past.
As a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner you will work with adults on an individual face-to-face basis or through facilitating therapeutic groups and work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages and should be committed to equal opportunities.
A large part of your role will be to assess a service user’s suitability for evidence based psychological interventions. You will be delivering a wide range of psychological step 2 interventions for those interventions presenting with common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
The post holder will have a team work approach and be flexible and adaptable to the needs of the organisation and will be required to work between locations as agreed.
- Make decisions regarding the suitability of new referrals.
- Provide assessment and low intensity Step 2 interventions which may include guided self-help, one to one and group work, Psycho-educational workshops and computerised CBT, drawing in upon CBT theories and techniques.
- Undertake patient-centred interviews which identify areas where the individual wishes to see change and or recovery and make an accurate assessment of risk to self and others.
- Complete all data entry as required within the service.
- Provide a range of information and support for evidence based low-intensity psychological treatments.
- Identify issues surrounding work and employment issues and explore within the overall therapy provided.
- Identify and develop Service Users to become trained Peer Mentors who will support first night reception centres , induction meetings, co-facilitate group sessions with PWPs and offer general peer support and awareness raising to prisoners.
- Assess and support prisoners with a common mental health problem in the self- management of their recovery.
- Participate in clinical and case management supervision on a regular basis according to IAPT requirements.
- Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the overall number of client contacts offered, and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.
- Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate.
- Work in partnership with other agencies to ensure that there is a continuity of care on release.
- Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service.
- Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols and use these records and clinical outcome data in clinical decision making.
- Work closely with other members of the team ensuring appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place to maintain a stepped care approach.
- Operate at all times from an inclusive values base which promotes recovery and recognises and respects diversity.
Quality and Safety
- To ensure quality standards are maintained in the delivery of the service.
- Abide by Forward’s policies and procedures and encourage others to do the same.
- Work with the highest regard to health, safety and security in the workplace.
- Ensure the department effectively and efficiently collect, record and collate information, including statistical data, for audit, research and reporting purposes.
- Effectively manage information, particularly confidential information, within statutory duties and in accordance with best practice.
- Promote and ensure departmental compliance with all relevant legal, regulatory, and ethical responsibilities.
- Maintain professional registration requirements as appropriate to the role.
Systems and Policy
- Work towards Forward’s mission and values within current policies and good practice
- Attend relevant conferences/ workshops in line with identified professional objectives.
- Identify training needs across the low intensity team and develop routes for CPD
- Engage in and respond to personal development supervision to improve competences
- Attend and fulfil all the requirements of the IAPT approved supervision training.
- Experience of working with people with mental health difficulties and people in primary care
- Experience of organising, planning and prioritising own workload
- Experience of undertaking Person Centred assessments
- Experience of delivering low intensity Step 2 interventions
- Experience of undertaking comprehensive risk assessments, including assessment of risk to self and others
- A thorough understanding of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and the concept of stepped care
- An understanding of anxiety disorders, depression and how they present in primary care
- Ability to clearly communicate complex and sensitive information, both verbally and in writing
- Interpersonal skills and ability to relate to a diverse range of people
- Evidence of working within a stepped care service with people who have experienced mental health problems
- Understanding the need for evidence based psychological interventions, in particular low/high intensity methods
- Ability to reflect on and continuously develop own practice
- Ability to work flexibly in order to meet the needs of the service
- Able to work across sites as required
- Ability to utilise training and apply to practice