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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 Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre, County Durham
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.

Role: Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Location: Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre, Corbridge Road, Consett, County Durham. DH8 6QY

Salary: £27,055 to £32,934 per annum (Agenda for Change band 5)

Hours: 37.5hrs per week

Contract: Permanent


Would you like to work for a leading mental health charity?

Do you want a rewarding career where you can really make a difference?

If yes, join us here at Rethink Mental Illness.


We have an exciting and satisfying opportunity at Derwentside Immigration Removal Centre, (IRC) near Consett, County Durham, where you will join our friendly and inspiring team as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.


This role will be based at the IRC working full time 37.5 hours per week. However, there will opportunities carry out PWP duties in the wider service.


You will carry out your clinical work face to face with the female residents within the IRC. Immigration removal centres are holding centres for foreign nationals awaiting decisions on their asylum claims or awaiting deportation following a failed application.


As this post is within an IRC, this post is subject to an Enhanced DBS Check as well as National Offender Management Home Office Security Vetting.


What will you be doing?


You will be supporting someone in their daily activities and helping them lead a fulfilling life, this can involve; -


  • Working within an integrated mental health team in the IRC to provide high quality support in line with Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Principles
  • Accept and assess referrals within agreed protocols of the service
  • Work seamlessly with the wider mental health or IRC service teams to provide high quality, safe and effective care
  • Attend multi disciplinary meetings, upholding organisation values and clinical best practice guidelines


Do you have what we are looking for?


  • You must have successfully completed 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.


  • You will be an Accredited PWP, either BACP or BPS


  • If you are currently completing an academic course of study in line with the IAPT Low Intensity National Programme and are on course to qualify as a PWP by December 2022 e.g., Post Grad Diploma in Psychological Therapies. Then you are eligible to apply.


  • Successful completion of the course will be essential.
  • You will have experience in offering and delivering the full range of evidence based IAPT low intensity interventions at Step 2.
  • You will be able to evidence working within a stepped care service with people who have experienced a mental health problem delivering and demonstrating recovery outcomes.
  • You will have knowledge of assessment procedures, screening, referral, record-keeping, and evidence-based brief psychological interventions.
  • You can you demonstrate an understanding about the use of evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post.
  • You will have the ability to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients and practice in a non-discriminatory manner, respecting the beliefs and cultural practices of individuals and groups.
  • You will be able to operate at all times from an inclusive values base which promotes recovery and recognises and respects diversity.


Caring for our people.

We offer a wide range of support. Some of our benefits include:

  • Wellbeing support: our Wellbeing hub gives physical, emotional, and mental health support. We also have a BUPA Employee Assistance Programme with access to appointments.
  • Taking time for you: we work flexibly –you get to choose where you work, managing your own diary. We have generous annual leave, starting at 25 rising to 30 days, plus bank holidays, as well as your birthday off.
  • Planning for the future: We have a contributory pension scheme.
  • Structured Induction: Onboarding you into the Charity supporting your wellbeing along the way.
  • £300 when you introduce a Friend: receive up to £300 when you introduce a friend or family member



Who we are


We’re Rethink Mental Illness, a leading charity provider of mental health services in England. We support thousands of people through our groups, services, policy, campaigns and advice and information. Our work supports us in delivering on our mission: “A better life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.”


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.


The Recruitment Advisor looking after this role is Sylwia Kraska-Pakulska. If you have any questions about the position, please feel free to drop her an email at 


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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