Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence-based Psychological Treatment – Children and Young People’s Wellbeing Practitioner

About the Programme

The Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (CYP IAPT) is a service transformation programme delivered by Health Education England and partners that aims to improve existing children and young people’s Mental Health  Services (CYP MHS) working in the community. CYP Wellbeing Practitioner (CYPWP) training will benefit from being integrated fully within CYP MHS and linked to the CYP IAPT Collaborative, which brings a valuable organisational infrastructure.

The Postgraduate Certificate is a 60 credit M-Level training programme and is validated in partnership with the Division of Psychology and Mental Health, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, at The University of Manchester.

The training programme for this post is 12 months in duration and will consist of academic and supervised practice learning across mental health services.  

Delivery of the programme will be provided through a combination of taught days provided by the Psychological Therapies Training Centre, independent self-guided study days and experience gained in wellbeing and mainstream mental health services.

During training, the post-holder will work under supervision to gain experience across healthcare settings to enable them to gain the level of competence required to deliver high-quality, evidence-based early interventions for children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems.

On successful completion of training, trainee CYPWPs will be equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and capabilities to work as a qualified CYPWP as autonomous and responsible practitioners within their scope of practice, alongside colleagues.

CYPWP’s will play a key role in providing mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people.


Programme Aims

The overall aim of the programme is to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of evidence based practice, specifically low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy based interventions and parenting approaches informed by Social Learning Theory (SLT).  The programme will aim to provide an equal balance between theoretical knowledge of CBT based interventions and SLT and opportunity to integrate theory to clinical practice.

Specific programme aims are:

To familiarise students with the core principles of CYP IAPT service transformation, and for them to be able to apply these to their work with CYP and families.

To provide students with a thorough grounding in the Health Education England’s curriculum for CYP Wellbeing Practitioners.

To develop students’ understanding and clinical competency in engaging, assessing and delivering the low intensity clinical method and enable them to adapt their practice to work effectively with children and young people (CYP), with common mental health difficulties and their parents/carers and professionals.

To provide students with the foundations to establish a commitment to continuing professional development and becoming an evidence-based practitioner.

To provide students with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally-recognised research environment, nationally-recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

Programme Participants

All applicants must demonstrate in their application the ability to work at degree level or have an equivalent level of relevant experience, with a proven record of previous learning or formal study in child development, wellbeing or mental health. Further to that experience of working with children and young people and an understanding of the educational system in England is highly desirable. 

Successful candidates will be offered a full-time educational programme specifically for the role, funded at NHS Agenda for Change (AfC) Band 4 level, gaining credits towards either a degree or diploma level qualification (depending on level of previous academic study), plus employment on successful completion of training, with a starting salary projected to be based on the NHS AfC Band 5 scale.

Please be aware that this is not just a training programme, if successful you will be required to give up your current job to take on this trainee role.

Training Component

The training component is in the form of lectures, workshops and skills practice.  There are 45 days of teaching. Following the initial induction, attendance will mainly be one day a week on a Friday over three terms. During the year there may be some occasional changes to teaching days.

How to Apply

The CYPWP roles will be advertised on NHS Jobs as a Band 4 Training Role. 

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Programme Administrator

Vickie Molyneaux

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