Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Apprenticeship
- Certificate in Higher Education in Evidence Based Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
The Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) Apprenticeship offers the opportunity for apprentices to join an important and growing workforce in the national Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. Apprentices will receive high-quality training, mapped closely onto the Standards for PWP Apprenticeship programmes and the accrediting standards of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
The UEA PWP course aims to develop Apprentices into competent and confident professionals. Apprentices will learn a range of Low-Intensity CBT clinical and therapeutic skills, developed and refined both at UEA and in their employing IAPT service.
Our PWP Apprenticeship is embedded in a well-established and highly regarded department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies. The Apprenticeship will also run alongside an existing graduate and post-graduate PWP training programme; a programme that has been running successfully since 2016 and which holds full accreditation with the BPS.
All applications for posts will be through our service partners.
All aspects of our programme are closely mapped onto the BPS Standards for the Accreditation of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner programmes, and the national Standards for PWP Apprenticeships. The Apprenticeship provision will be accredited by the BPS.
The apprenticeship is an approximately year-long programme, developed to increase access into the PWP workforce and to contribute to the development of a competent and representative workforce. Apprentices receive a range of teaching, based on the National PWP Curriculum and delivered over a period of approximately 10 months. Taught days include a mixture of live in-person teaching, small group seminars, remote teaching and observed skills practice. When not at university or undertaking university-directed learning, Apprentices will be based in their employing IAPT service, where they will gradually build up a clinical caseload. All taught and employed days are geared towards the development of the key Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours (KSBs) outlined in the PWP Apprenticeship Standard.
Apprentices undertake a range of assessments as part of the academic award of their apprenticeship. This includes OSCEs, exams, live clinical records and written essays. Following the successful completion of the academic award, apprentices work towards and undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) delivered by the BPS. This EPA, if successfully passed, marks the completion of the apprenticeship.
Apprentices are supported throughout with a close working relationship between the employer, the apprentice and UEA.
In keeping with the PWP national Curriculum, the UEA course is split into 3 compulsory modules. Each module is worth 20 credits.
- Module 1: Engagement and Assessment of Patients with Common Mental Health Problems
- Module 2: Evidence Based Low Intensity treatment for common mental health disorders
- Module 3: Values, context and diversity
Applicants must hold a minimum of GCSE Grade C or Functional Skills Grade 2 (or equivalent) or above in Maths and English.
Applicants will also be expected to have relevant care or clinical experience for a period of at least 1 year.
Applications to the programme can only be made by securing employment as a PWP Apprentice with an employing IAPT service. As such applications cannot be made directly to the university.
As part of the application and recruitment process, applicants will be required to complete an Initial Needs Assessment (INA), identifying previous relevant experience and learning.
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