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Psychological wellbeing practitioner (level 6)

Helping people with mild to moderate anxiety and depression manage their conditions.

Level
6
Equivalent to degree
Typical duration
12 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
£7,000
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Communicate effectively with individuals verbally and in writing to build successful caring relationships with patients and colleagues, whilst also keeping information confidential.
  • Evaluate and respond to peoples’ needs sensitively with regards to all aspects of diversity.
  • Manage personal and sensitive information, in line with local and national policies and legislation. Keep information secure and ensure that any information audits are compliant with such policies and legislation.
  • Accurately record interviews and questionnaire assessments using paper and electronic recording keeping systems in a timely manner.
  • Communicate using a range of methods including face-to-face, telephone, presentations and electronic mediums.
  • Communicate effectively with and signpost to other agencies with informed consent. For example, employment, occupational and other advice services.
  • Select and deploy a range of assessments to aid problem recognition and definition e.g. psychometric assessment, problem focused assessment and intervention planning assessment.
  • Recognise and analyse patterns of symptoms of conditions such as anxiety disorders and depression and evaluate patient need and level of ongoing risk to themselves and others.
  • Enable shared decision making and promote empowerment by working collaboratively with patients to provide patient-centred care.
  • Build and sustain a therapeutic alliance with patients to manage emotional distress in sessions and understand patients' perspectives.
  • Collaboratively use behaviour change models to help identify and evaluate patient goals and choice of low-intensity intervention.
  • Formulate and deliver evidenced based low-intensity psychological treatments. For example, supporting patients undertaking recommended treatments for problem solving, panic and sleep management and to review treatment plans continually.
  • Support patients using medication to optimise medication use and minimise adverse effects in liaison with the patient’s GP.
  • Manage a caseload of patients with common mental health problems efficiently and safely, including the assessment of risk and vulnerability.
  • Actively engage in clinical skills supervision to assist the delivery of low-intensity interventions and case management supervision for individual case discussion and skills development.
  • Reflect on and evaluate your practice, keeping your knowledge and skills updated and respond to appraisal/feedback appropriately.
  • Respond professionally to supervisor feedback and initiate change in a timely manner to ensure high quality patient care.
  • Adhere to employers ethical local and national policies and procedures.
  • Recognise, respect and engage with people from a diverse demographic that includes personal, family, social and spiritual values held by communities served by the service.
  • Practice autonomously within your scope of practice and be responsible and accountable for safe, compassionate, patient-centred, evidence based practice.
  • Work within your own practice boundaries and levels of competence.
  • Establish consent appropriate to the patient’s capacity and determine the optimal course of action when consent cannot be secured
  • Establish and maintain appropriate professional and personal boundaries with patients.
  • Recognise the limitations to your competence and role and direct people to resources appropriate to their needs, including step-up to high-intensity therapy and onward referral.

Full information on Psychological wellbeing practitioner (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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Psychological wellbeing practitioner (level 6) needs a training provider who is approved by British Psychological Society (BPS). Training provider must be approved by regulator body..

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