Required Training for this Role
The mental health and wellbeing practitioner training programme is open to applicants with the right aptitude to learn how to work collaboratively in a mental health team. Most importantly, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate a willingness to work in a hopeful and productive way with adults with severe mental health difficulties. You do not need previous experience of working in mental health, but you will need to demonstrate your ability to study at degree level or above.
Opportunities to apply for mental health and wellbeing practitioner roles are advertised on the NHS Jobs website. Set up an alert for ‘Mental health and wellbeing practitioner' to find training opportunities near you.
Once employed as a trainee, the NHS will offer you a package of learning and support including:
- fully funded one-year Postgraduate Certificate Qualification (if a graduate) or Graduate Certificate Qualification (if a non-graduate)
- a band 4 AfC salary
- opportunity to develop and practice evidence-based skills under supervision in an adult mental health community service
Once qualified, your employer will provide you with ongoing training to keep your skills and knowledge up to date. To support your practice and your wellbeing as a practitioner, you will be provided with regular supervision.
- excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build trusting and productive relationships with a range of people
- to be able to work well within a multidisciplinary team
- a good understanding of mental health issues
- strong written and verbal communication skills, tailored to a variety of audiences
- the ability to work independently and use initiative to think quickly on the spot in often challenging situations
- creativity to solve problems and tackle obstacles
- effective time management for managing competing demands in a busy and sometimes pressured work environment
While on the one-year training programme, you’ll spend one day a week studying at university and the remainder of the time (three to four days) working in or undertaking specific training tasks in a community mental health service. You will have regular meetings with your supervisor to support you to deliver high quality, evidence-based interventions.