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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 Northumberland
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 Northumberland, Wansbeck Rd, Morpeth NE65 9XG

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

Total hours per week: 37.5hrs per week between Mon-Fri 8am-4pm however we can also consider part time or compressed hours


Imagine being part of an organisation whose common purpose is to help those who are severely impacted by mental illness. We believe that everyone should be treated with respect and dignity – and that’s why equity is one of our core values. We draw on the expertise, unique perspectives and lived experience of our people – regardless of who they are or their background – to help us become inclusive and anti-racist employer, campaigning organisation and service provider that reflect the diverse communities we support as a mental health charity.

Rethink Mental Illness provide psychological therapy, namely IAPT Step 1 and 2 services, in line with national best practice, for prisoners in the following North East Prisons - HMP Durham, HMP Frankland, HMP Holme House, HMP Northumberland, HMYOI Deerbolt, HMP Kirklevington Grange and HMP & YOI Low Newton.

Focusing on health education and self-help, we provide evidence based, low intensity interventions, based on CBT principles which focus on empowerment and self-management of common mental illnesses while in custody and on release. 

How you will make a difference

This unique opportunity will allow the successful Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner to help design, build, mould and implement a brand-new model, tailored to the needs of the individuals in their care. The PWP 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.  

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners carry out all clinical work face to face within the prison environment.


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.


Don’t meet all requirements?

If the role sounds exciting to you but your experience or skills don’t exactly match every single requirement, we would still encourage you to apply, you may be just the right person for our position!


Caring for our people.

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

  • Support with obtaining BABCP accreditation
  • Supervision in line with IAPT guidelines
  • PULSE – your rewards, wellbeing, and benefits platform. Providing access to thousands of discounts and benefits including cashback; reloadable cards; savings etc.
  • Wellbeing support: Our Wellbeing hub that gives physical, and mental health support. We also have an Employee Assistance Programme with access to appointments
  • Taking time for you: 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.
  • £300 when you introduce a Friend: receive up to £300 when you introduce a friend or family member


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Diversity is important to us and we appreciate difference through difference, inclusiveness and belonging. It gives us a deeper understanding of the world, our society and the diverse communities we’re working with. By including everyone, we are able to draw on the unique experiences and expertise of our people to help shape and enrich our workplace and improve our services. One way we are doing is through our valued staff networks which play a critical and highly valued role in keeping us focused on creating a diverse, inclusive and engaged employer.  We recognise and support staff networks for our Black, Asian and minority ethnic and our LGBTQIA+ colleagues. We are also proud to have been awarded Disability Confident Employer status and are a signatory to the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter.


Becoming a truly anti-racist organisation

We have an ambition of become a truly anti-racist employer, campaigning organisation and service provider - and in our efforts to influence policy and wider societal factors impacting on mental health set out in our anti-racist statement We have designed a multi-year anti-racist programme of work contained in our Race Equality Action Plan which demonstrate our intention to hold ourselves accountable and be judged on our progress on becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.

We therefore actively encourage and welcome applications from everyone, including applicants with lived experience, those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (or questioning), Intersex and (asexual) (LGBTQIA+), people with a disability, and people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.


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”.

Please be mindful that we may need to close adverts early if we receive a high volume of applications, we, therefore, encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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