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Apprenticeship training course

Psychological wellbeing practitioner (level 6)

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

Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
Typical duration
12 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
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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