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Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Vacancy Salary £27,055 to £32,934 per annum depending on experience (Agenda for Change Band 5)
Vacancy Location HMP Preston
Type of engagement: Full-Time
Hours per week: 37.5hrs per week

This is a Permanent, 37.5hrs per week vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

Title:  Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Location: HMP Preston, 2 Ribbleton Ln, Preston PR1 5AB

Salary: £27,055 to £32,934 per annum depending on experience (Agenda for Change Band 5)

Hours: 37.5hrs per week

Contract: Permanent


Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that believes a better life is possible for people affected by mental ill­ness. For more than 40 years we have brought people together to support each other. We run services and support groups that change people’s lives, and we challenge attitudes about mental illness

Rethink Mental Illness work alongside Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust to provide an integrated stepped care mental health service across HMP Preston, HMP Lancaster Farms and HMP Kirkham.

This role will be based at HMP Preston but some travel to HMP Lancaster and HMP Kirkham will be required to support effective service delivery – travel time and costs will be supported for this.   

The Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner will work as part of a mental health team within the Prison to provide high volume, low intensity interventions which will be a range of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based self-management interventions, for clients with mild to moderate anxiety and depression. This includes providing guided self-help in both 1:1 and group formats, in line with the current Step 2 IAPT guidelines.  

As a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, you will:

  • Provide rapid screening and assessment, informed by knowledge of the spectrum of mental health needs and risk factors.
  • Provide assessment and Low intensity interventions e.g., psycho-educational interventions, Guided Self Help, drawing from CBT theories and techniques
  • Manage a high volume, low intensity caseload.
  • Identify and develop prisoners 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.
  • Work as part of an integrated mental health team, with a range of other mental health professionals to ensure the most appropriate care is provided to patient


Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners work Monday to Friday during core business hours; however, some flexibility is required depending on service need. All clinical work is carried out face to face within the prison environment.

Please note, the post holder will be subject to an enhanced DBS check, alongside National Prison Security Vetting procedures.


To be considered for the role, you will demonstrate:

  • Successful completion of an academic course of study in line with the IAPT Low Intensity National Programme and qualified as a PWP, e.g., Post Grad Diploma in Psychological Therapies.
  • Current accreditation status with either BABCP or BPS as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Post-qualification experience in offering and delivering the full range of evidence based IAPT low intensity interventions at Step 2.
  • Evidence of working within a stepped care service with people who have experienced a mental health problem delivering and demonstrating recovery outcomes.
  • Knowledge of assessment procedures, screening, referral, record-keeping, and evidence-based brief psychological interventions.


What we offer in return:

  • Supervision in line with IAPT guidelines
  • Competitive Salary
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • 33 days Annual leave including statutory/bank holiday
  • Childcare Vouchers Scheme
  • Where appropriate paid eye test plus up to £55 towards the cost of new glasses or lenses
  • Excellent Career Development Opportunities
  • £300 when you introduce a Friend: receive up to £300 when you introduce a friend or family member


We reserve the right to close or extend the closing date depending on application numbers. Please submit your application as soon as possible to ensure it is considered in the selection process. If you have a disability and can demonstrate that closing this post early would impact on your ability to submit an application in time, please contact our Recruitment team on to request arrangements for an application to be submitted within the original timeframe.


To be eligible to apply for this role you must be eligible to work in the UK, and provide proof of this (i.e., a passport/visa). You will also be subject to Home Office Clearance.


We welcome applications from everyone, applicants with lived experience, those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ ), people with a disability, or those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply. We are proud to have also been awarded Disability Confident employer status. We have an ambition of becoming an anti-racist organisation and we recognise there is more to do in ensuring our recruitment is fair and inclusive, which is why we are recruiting new roles in helping us to achieve this.

Our work to achieve this is guided by seven core values:

  • Commitment
  • Equity
  • Expertise
  • Hope
  • Openness
  • Passion
  • Understanding


We are passionate about leading the way to a better quality of life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.


We work tirelessly to provide support for everyone severely affected by mental illness.


We are open and transparent in all our work with beneficiaries, supporters, partners and the public to achieve change for people severely affected by mental illness.


We offer hope of a better quality of life for all those severely affected by mental illness.


We constantly use our expertise to provide practical and personal support for people who are severely affected by mental illness.


People who are severely affected by mental illness are at the heart of everything we do in our organisation – our membership, our governance and our workforce.


We believe that in a world where discrimination and disadvantage exist, treating people with equity is critical to ensure justice and fairness for all.


We are open and transparent in all our work with beneficiaries, supporters, partners and the public to achieve change for people severely affected by mental illness.

You will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your abilities with the opportunity to make a real difference every day. In addition, you will have excellent development opportunities including funded training, career development, and a range of e-learning courses. You will also receive:  

Employer funded pension



Employee Assistance Programme

Eyecare vouchers

up to £55 towards the cost of new glasses or lenses

Training opportunities

e-learning courses & much more


25 days rising to 30, plus bank holidays


1 day’s additional leave (pro rata) on your Birthday


Reward, Benefits and Recognition Platform

Employee Assistance Programme

Rethink day

1 day’s additional leave (pro rata) on your Birthday

For the full list, see our website here.

“From the very start I was made to feel welcome and respected in my new team. In the short time I have been working with Rethink Mental Illness as a service administrator I have been able to contribute ideas and make meaningful change, and I appreciate that Rethink allows me to direct my own role development and help me build on the skills I want to work on.”

“Working for Rethink Mental Illness is the most rewarding job I could ask for. As a Peer and Volunteer Co-ordinator I get to work with a huge variety of people, with a range of skills and support them to incorporate those skills into their volunteering roles. I am always looking for gaps that need filling and creating new and exciting opportunities that will benefit our service, mental health in the community, but most importantly the people giving up their time to help.”

“I’ve previously worked in a large corporate environment, in the criminal justice sector and other charities. Without a shadow of a doubt, Rethink Mental Illness has been the best employer I’ve ever had. They care about their staff. Its great working with like-minded people and knowing that you are making a real difference to people’s lives.”

“It feels very rewarding to be part of such a meaningful Organisation where everyone is valued and has the opportunity to make a difference”.

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