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Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner - 216920

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6 May 2021

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This is an exciting opportunity to join a new team of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) working to improve mental health and wellbeing for the people of Aberdeen.

Working in partnership with NHS Grampian Primary Care Psychological Therapy Service, PWPs will deliver a suite of evidence-based interventions for people experiencing mild to moderate mental health challenges. With the aim of building resilience and upskilling self-management techniques, PWPs will seek to reduce feelings of stigma and support people to achieve their own identified outcomes.

With a focus on creating a seamless experience of accessing mental health support, PWPs will work in an integrated way to ensure people receive the most appropriate and effective support options.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide person-centred and outcomes focused support which is responsive to the needs of people who access the service.
  • Create shared support plans which promote self-management, delivered via guided self-help, group work, telephone support and online methods.
  • Deliver evidence based psychological interventions in order to improve health, wellbeing and build resilience.
  • Provide input for people who are currently accessing computerised CBT, such as Beating the Blues, Silver Cloud cCBT packages and other approved on-line mental health supports.
  • Build connectedness across a wide range of community resources.
  • Take a holistic approach to managing referrals and supportive signposting.
  • Develop positive working relationships across primary care, specialist mental health services and social care services.
  • Attend multidisciplinary meetings where appropriate.
  • Liaise with external agencies including housing, police, local authority, employers and employment support workers where necessary.
  • Support the development of peer and mental health networks, recognising the person as an expert in their own experience.
  • Establish an effective relationship with people who use the service, and their family members, in accordance with Penumbra's policies and procedures.
  • Be responsible for maintaining the relevant systems of documentation and provide accurate information and reports as required.
  • Be flexible and responsive to meet the changing needs of supported people and the organisation, within the agreed criteria.
  • Participate in training activities and commit to continuous professional development.
  • Uphold Penumbra's Code of Conduct.
  • Register with the SSSC if appropriate (Supervisor) and maintain post-registration training and learning log to meet ongoing registration requirements.
  • Other duties, deemed appropriate to this grade, as and when required as the role develops.

Person Specification


  • Relevant Psychology, Mental Health, Social Work, OT, or equivalent qualification or:
  • SVQ 3 In Health & Social Care or equivalent, as defined by the SSSC and Educated to degree level preferably in a relevant field e.g. health sciences/health & social care/public health.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Knowledge of and experience of evidence based, solution focused approaches.
  • Illustrate experience of assessing and prioritising need within a group of people using services.
  • Experience of assessing, planning and delivering support to people with mental health issues.
  • Experience of supporting people in emotional distress.
  • Experience of supporting people with multiple health needs.
  • Experience of a holistic, person-centred approach to recovery.
  • Core IT skills and ability to input data, basic word processing, manage emails.
  • Experience of multi-agency liaison.

  • Experience of working in an autonomous role.
  • Experience of facilitating groups.
  • Knowledge of data management, performance monitoring and reporting.

Basic Assessment & Therapeutic Skills

  • Knowledge of resources for anxiety/depression/bereavement/stress management, assisted self-help.
  • Ability to understand and assist people in a range of psychological approaches.
  • Mental Health first aid skills.
  • A basic understanding of the principals of cognitive behavioural approaches.
  • Skills in risk assessment and management.

Supporting People

  • Able to rapidly establish a working supportive relationship.
  • To be able to multitask; this involves listening, assessment, planning, and giving feedback.
  • Consistently works with a person-centred approach.
  • Is kind and compassionate in all interactions.
  • Strives to establish and maintain the trust and confidence of people using the service.
  • Promotes organisational values, policies and procedures.
  • Support people to exercise their rights, independence, and choice whilst ensuring people are as far as possible protected from danger or harm.

Working with Others

  • Ability to build and maintains robust and co-operative relationships with team members and colleagues throughout the organisation.
  • Builds co-productive relationships, develops networks and promotes partnership working with other professionals and agencies.
  • Is aware of unspoken thoughts, concerns or feelings and is skilled at helping people to voice these safely.

  • Actively participates and provides valuable contributions to the project work of partner organisations.

Learn and Apply

  • Able to use practice and clinical supervision to reflect on strengths and weaknesses in order to improve clinical practice.
  • Can contribute to an organisational culture which values continuous professional development.
  • Demonstrates on-going positive and constructive self-reflection and resulting improvements.
  • Makes best use of own strengths and finds ways to overcome personal challenges.


  • Is skilled at explaining complex information concisely, clearly and accurately to inform and persuade others to take action.
  • Produces structured, accurate and concise written reports.
  • Ensures a high level of two-way communication with all stakeholders.
  • Adheres to and actively promotes the core values of Penumbra.

Managing Self

  • Manages own work life balance and assists others to do the same as appropriate.
  • Uses research and evidence from practice to inform change within the organisation.
  • Is skilled at remaining positive and finding solutions to overcome adversity.
  • Engages in open and reflective debate and provides constructive comments about proposed changes.


  • Develops clear, realistic, timely plans to produce desired results and ensures that action is taken to deal with any changes as they arise.
  • Works to support a culture in which service quality and customer satisfaction are an organisational priority.
  • Maintains sound ethical and professional standards at all times, reporting wrongdoing and encouraging others to do the same.
  • Manages time effectively to ensure tasks are completed and deadlines are met.

Important Information:

During the Covid pandemic, this post is currently located as working from home. Please note that this may be subject to change and the post-holder may be required to work in a variety of locations in Aberdeen City. Please discuss with us any specific requirements you have related to location.

Post will involve some evening and occasional weekend working.

Post will include lone working and local travel.

Closing date 11th May at 17:00.

Interview date 24th & 25th May via video conferencing.

If you would like to learn more about this vacancy, please contact Kenny Thom (Assistant Area Manager) on 07876 704101 or
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