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Job advertisement: Six Degrees Social Enterprise - Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner PWP -

Six Degrees Social Enterprise is a Salford based Community Interest Company, established in 2011. Our social mission is to build resilient communities in which people with common mental health problems are accepted, supported and equipped with skills to deal with the challenges they face. Six Degrees is a values driven organisation. Please visit our website for more information http://six-degrees.org.uk/

Six Degrees Social Enterprise is a Salford based Community Interest Company, established in 2011. Our social mission is to build resilient communities in which people with common mental health problems are accepted, supported and equipped with skills to deal with the challenges they face. Six Degrees is a values driven organisation. Please visit our website for more information http://six-degrees.org.uk/ 

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Six Degrees Social Enterprise, we are looking to recruit a Qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner to work as part of the National Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT) here in Salford.

Ideal candidates should demonstrate:

  • Evidence of the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Training Qualification (trainees soon to complete training welcome to apply)
  • Provide timely triage and deliver brief interventions to those experiencing common mental health problems
  • Good knowledge of the stepped care model
  • Effective management of case load and a commitment to delivering patient centered high quality care
  • Effective organisational and communication skills
  • Ability to work well autonomously and within a team
  • Ability to mentor/support trainee staff
  • Ability to travel to venues in Salford

 

We offer our employees:

  • Clinical and Case Management Supervision
  • Generous Terms and Conditions
  • Pay increments in line with Agenda for Change
  • An inspirational work environment
  • A good pension

 

Opportunities to develop within a supportive and creative environmentIf you are interested please send your CV to Kelly Hylton (email below) and for informal discussions contact,Telephone; 0161 212 4981Email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming event - PPN Annual Conference 2019: Programme attached

The North West Psychological Professions Network (PPN) are delighted to announce the 2019 PPN Annual Conference will focus on the implications and opportunities for the psychological professions working within the NHS as it sets out its vision to prepare the workforce to deliver the digital future.

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CAP's event - New Roles in Psychological Professions (07/11/19) - Programme for the day

CAP Workshop agenda

There has been considerable interest in the potential of psychology graduates to be part of the health and care workforce.

The Clinical Associates in Psychology (CAPs) role is a role with potential to support workforce development in the Psychological Professions.

CAPs initially developed in Scotland where the role is specific either to adults with common mental health problems (similar to IAPT) or children and families.  More recently, Exeter University in partnership with Cornwall Partnerships FT, have trailblazed the CAP role along with the development of a bespoke training programme, to address workforce recruitment problems in the South west of England. 

CAPs train for one year at Masters Level and once qualified operate at a Band 6 level. The CAPs must be supervised by a clinical psychologist and are trained to deliver assessment, formulation and treatment for people with mental health problems.

The vision for the CAP role is to create a new workforce to bridge the gap between graduate psychologist and Clinical Psychologist, developing the career pathway for graduate psychologists whilst enabling services to innovatively meet patient needs. CAPs are a unique way to address the psychology and wider mental health recruitment challenges.

The Apprenticeship Standard for CAPs is in the process of being approved and from January 2020 the Master’s Level Training Fees will be available to organisations through the Apprenticeship Levy.

In the North West and across the North of England there is growing interest in the potential of these roles. 

The PPN has organised a workshop on Wednesday 6th November 2019, 1pm – 5pm at the King’s House Conference Centre in Manchester. 

The  workshop will provide an opportunity for Psychological Professions’ Leads, Service Managers, Workforce Planners, Commissioners and Education Providers to come together to explore opportunities to develop this role in the North West.

Information will be available about the role and how the apprenticeship standard can provide an effective development route.

For further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can find our programme for the day here.

Attendance closing soon for the 2019 North West PPN Annual Conference

The North West Psychological Professions Network (PPN) are delighted to announce the 2019 PPN Annual Conference will focus on the implications and opportunities for the psychological professions working within the NHS as it sets out its vision to prepare the workforce to deliver the digital future.

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NHS England and Improvement Allied Health Professions Team and Personalised Care Group Improvement Collaborative – Closes Weds 30th October 2019

Invitation to Join: NHS England and Improvement Allied Health Professions Team and Personalised Care Group Improvement Collaborative – Closes Weds 30th October 2019

Help shape the future of personalised care

As a leader in healthcare, you may be aware of the potential of personalised care to transform the care we provide to people in the future. Personalised care represents a new relationship between people, professionals and the health and care system. It enables people to stay well for longer and provides a positive shift in power and decision making that enables people to have a voice, to be heard, and to be connected to each other and their communities. You can read more about the compelling evidence and the vision articulated by the Long Term Plan in the national delivery plan for personalised care.

We want to capitalise on this potential, and ensure it becomes “business as usual” in the future and we are inviting you, and your teams, to help us shape the way this is delivered. The benefits will be that teams develop new skills that improve the care experience they provide, improve outcomes for people, improve their job satisfaction and support the delivery of much more joined up care, reducing pressure on stretched NHS services.

NHS England and Improvement’s Allied Health Professionals team are working with the Personalised Care team to deliver an improvement collaborative, supporting frontline teams to deliver and evidence the impact of personalised care in their service or pathway area. We particularly want to engage with multi-disciplinary teams that include AHPs and nurses and whose function it is to deliver care for people with long-term health and care needs.

We are inviting organisations to nominate teams to be involved in this programme of work. This programme will include 4 events to develop their skills in personalised care, to collaborate with colleagues across the country on their own work, and spread their learning throughout their trust, and report back with evidence that will inform NHS England and Improvement policy going forward.

Those who participate will have the opportunity to improve their knowledge of personalised care, develop skills to improve and evaluate their practice using quality improvement methodologies – and crucially, deliver better care.

What next?

If you would like to be involved, we would be grateful if your teams would return the attached proforma to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight Wednesday 30th October 2019. If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SBK Healthcare/IAPT NNF Event - PWP Foundation Skills Forum, Manchester – 28th November 2019

SBK Healthcare/IAPT NNF Event - PWP Foundation Skills Forum, Manchester – 28th November 2019

Whether you prefer to bring a notepad and simply soak up ideas or want to bring specific challenges to discuss on the day, these foundation skills workshops provide a unique opportunity to progress your PWP knowledge and abilities. Join an ever-expanding national network of dedicated PWPs to experience:

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HEE staff: call for participation in the 'National Education and Training Survey'

National Education and Training Survey

In November last year HEE launched the National Education and Training Survey to capture feedback from all multidisciplinary learners across the country. NETS will be live this year from November 11 for four weeks.

In 2018, 24,000 responses were collected from medical and wider healthcare workforce learners. We want to significantly improve on this number; to help spread the word we have developed the NETS Communication Toolkit.

The toolkit contains a series of digital assets, printable resources, recommended wording and supporting guidance for internal and external stakeholders to use to promote the survey to our learners on placement.

For HEE, the quality of teaching, learning and assessments in work-based placements lies at the heart of its responsibility in the NHS.

You can help us to promote NETS by including the NETS signature in your work email signature.

Find out more and access the NETS Communications Toolkit by visiting our NETS webpage.  

SBK Healthcare/IAPT NNF Event – IAPT NNF 2020, Manchester – 21st January 2020

SBK Healthcare/IAPT NNF Event – IAPT NNF 2020, Manchester – 21st January 2020

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HEE celebrates Black History Month - October 2019

HEE celebrates Black History Month

October is Black History Month, an annual commemoration of the history, achievements and contributions of black people in the UK. Black History Month means different things to everyone and pride for this month is expressed in a variety of different ways. 

One of the ways HEE is marking this is through this special issue of HEE Matters, where we profile our Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff networks and colleagues as well as guest speakers invited to staff events to share their achievements.  

According to HEE’s Workforce Race Equality Standard 2018 data, 83 per cent of BAME colleagues believe equal opportunities for development and promotion exist. Developing and retaining colleagues can bring many advantages to your team’s performance. So please take a few minutes to read this issue of HEE Matters and reflect on the role we all have as individuals to help create an environment where BAME colleagues feel supported, are able to work without prejudice and discrimination and can be their authentic selves at work.

Line managers should also:

  • allow time for staff to attend lunch and learn sessions and staff network group meetings. These sessions provide opportunities for colleagues to network with other departments and understand where and if there are training or development opportunities 
  • recognise the importance of communication. Holding regular one-to-one meetings with members of your team will ensure support from line managers is ongoing. 

New BAME networks seek to promote inclusive workforce 

London

The regional BAME London network supports fellow colleagues of all ethnicities and nationalities and promotes diversity and inclusion across the organisation.

Newly launched, the network plans to hold regular events and opportunities to meet with fellow colleagues across the organisation.

Details of this month's events are available on HEE Connect

Sam Chowdhury, Chair of BAME London, said "We’re really excited to launch BAME London and we invite all of our colleagues in London to join the network and be a part of the conversation for a more inclusive workforce. Our events this month are diverse and include guest speakers, a film screening and a session on Intersectionality in the workplace.”

If you would like to attend our sessions or be involved with BAME London, please get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Midlands and East

 

The Midlands and East BAME network is delighted to be supporting Black History Month. Since May the group has been working to create a more inclusive environment for all colleagues, as well as a safe place for BAME colleagues to have open and honest conversations. The network is holding an event on 22 November (at Westbridge Place, Leicester) which aims to explore different cultures and how we can support each other for system change and create a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Reena Masuria and Ella Webster are Joint Chairs of the Midlands and East BAME network. Ella said: “We’re really pleased with our progress so far. We have been invited to several regional meetings such as the AHEAD group, Senior Management Team and Organisational Development group meetings. We’ve also encouraged our region to create more diverse interview panels. We’re really proud of every member in the network; they have been a catalyst for these positive outcomes to date.”

If you would like more information about the event or to join the network please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Read this blog about the future of race in the NHS - Adebusuyi Adeyemi, a member of the Executive Committee of the NHS BME Network looks at the need for diversity in the workplace.

HEE Population Health and Prevention Programme - Awarded Contracts enclosed

The HEE Population Health and Prevention Programme recently ran a competitive process to identify innovative work to upskill the maternity and primary care workforces in the area of public mental health.

We awarded two contracts to South London and Maudsley NHS FT and you can find the description of their projects below:

Mental Health Promotion Training in Primary Care and Community Pharmacy

This project seeks to develop a training programme of complementary resources for mental health promotion skills for primary care and community pharmacy workforces, and subsequently deliver the training resources to meet learners’ needs through simulation training, a face-to-face masterclass, and digital resources. Evaluations will support development of ‘proof of concept’ for this training programme and enable useful conclusions and learning to be drawn, while the digital resources and training programme outline will be disseminated widely. Stakeholder engagement, marketing and communications, and needs analysis activities will support the delivery of this project, which will directly deliver training resources to more than 50 primary care and pharmacy staff via a masterclass and simulation training course.

Mental Health Promotion Training in the Maternity Workforce

This project seeks to develop a practical competency framework for mental health promotion skills for maternity workforces, and subsequently design and pilot a stepped training programme to meet the needs of learners through simulation training, face to face masterclasses, and digital tools. Stakeholder engagement, marketing and communications, and needs analysis activities will support the delivery of this project, which will deliver a competency framework and digital resources that can be accessed by many professionals, as well as a masterclass and simulation training course to be accessed by approximately 60 maternity staff.

For further information please contact Chris Attoe, Research and Development Lead at Maudsley Learning on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.