Values, Employment and Context (assessed in following year)

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Summer & Long Vacation
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 30 July 2020
Friday 02 October 2020
03 September 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

CER B940JS Psychological Well-Being Practitioner (Low Intensity)

Module description

This module is one part of the three module Post Graduate Certificate Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. The role of the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) has been developed since 2007 alongside the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme (www.iapt.nhs.uk) . PWPs work at high volume (high caseloads) with people suffering from depression and/or anxiety at Step 2 in Primary Care mental health settings offering low intensity, guided self-help interventions.
On successful completion of this course PWPs are able to register with the British Psychological Society (BPS) as an accredited practitioner and would be eligible to begin the accreditation process with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Module aims

Students taking the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner course must operate at all times from an inclusive values base which promotes recovery and recognises and respects diversity. Diversity encompasses the range of cultural norms, including personal, family, social and spiritual values, held by the diverse communities served by the service within which the worker is operating. Students must respect and value individual differences in age, sexuality, disability, gender, spirituality, race and culture. Students must also take into account any physical and sensory difficulties people may experience in accessing services and make provision in their work to mitigate these. They must be able to respond to people’s needs sensitively with regard to all aspects of diversity. They must demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunities for all and encourage people’s active participation in every aspect of care and treatment. They must also demonstrate an understanding an awareness of the power issues in professional/patient relationships and take steps in their clinical practice to reduce any potential for negative impact these may have.

PWPs are also expected to operate in a stepped-care, high-volume environment. During training, trainee PWPs should carry a reduced caseload, with the number of cases seen depending on their stage in training, building up to a maximum of 60-80% of a qualified PWP’s caseload at the end of training. Students must be able to manage caseloads, operate safely and to high standards and use supervision to aid their clinical decision making. Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners need to recognise the limitations to their competence and role and direct people to resources appropriate to their needs, including step-up therapy; and they must focus on social inclusion – including return to work or other meaningful activity – as well as clinical improvement. To do so they must have knowledge of a wide range of social and health resources available through statutory and community agencies. They must have a clear understanding of what constitutes high-intensity psychological treatment and how this differs from low-intensity work.

This module will, therefore, expose PWPs to the concept of diversity, inclusion and multi-culturalism and equip workers with the necessary knowledge, attitudes and competencies to operate in an inclusive values driven service. In addition it will also equip students with an understanding of the complexity of people’s health, social and occupational needs and the services which can support people to recovery. It will develop students’ decision making abilities and enable them to use supervision and to recognise when and where it is appropriate to seek further advice or for the client to access a signposted or step-up service. Skills teaching will develop students’ clinical management, liaison and decision-making competencies in the delivery of support to patients, particularly where they require intervention or advice outside the core low-intensity evidence-based individual or group interventions learned earlier in the programme.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

1) Demonstrate critically analytic knowledge of, and commitment to, a non-discriminatory, recovery orientated values base to mental health care and to equal opportunities for all to encourage peoples active participation in every aspect of care and treatment.
2) Demonstrate reflexive awareness respect for the value of individual differences in age, sexuality, disability, gender, spirituality, race and culture.
3) Demonstrate synthesis knowledge of, and competence in responding to people’s needs sensitively with regard to all aspects of diversity, including working with older people, the use of interpretation services and taking into account any physical and sensory difficulties service users may have.
4) Demonstrate critical awareness & understanding of the power issues in professional / service user relationships.
5) Demonstrate competence in managing a caseload of people with common mental health problems efficiently and safely.
6) Demonstrate critically analytic knowledge of, and competence in using supervision to assist the workers delivery of low-intensity psychological and/or pharmacological treatment programmes for common mental health problems.
7) Demonstrate considered and reflective knowledge of, and competence in gathering patient-centred information on employment needs, wellbeing and social inclusion and in liaison and signposting to other agencies delivering employment, occupational and other advice and services.
8) Demonstrate an complex critical appreciation of the workers own level of competence and boundaries of competence and role, and an understanding of how to work within a team with other agencies with additional specific roles which cannot be fulfilled by the worker alone.
9) Demonstrate a clear synthesis understanding of what constitutes high-intensity psychological treatment and how this differs from low-intensity work.

Practice Outcomes (Portfolio)

1. Demonstrates the ability to engage with people from diverse demographic, social and cultural backgrounds in assessment and low-intensity interventions. This could include adaptations to practice working with older adults, using interpretation services/self-help materials for people whose first language is not English, and/or adapting self-help materials for people with learning or literacy difficulties.
2. Demonstrates the ability to effectively manage a caseload including referral to step up, employment and signposted services
3. Demonstrates the ability to use supervision to the benefit of effective (a) case management and (b) clinical skills development. This should include: a) a report on a case management supervision session demonstrating ability to review caseload, bring patients at agreed pre-determined thresholds and provide comprehensive and succinct case material; b) a report on use of clinical skills supervision including details of clinical skills questions brought, learning and implementation.

Module information

This module will be taught by clinical practitioners in the field of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychological Wellbeing Practice. Where appropriate, outside speakers with specific skills will be utilised.
The module incorporates teaching sessions, group discussions, case presentation and clinical skills practice as primary teaching methods.

Students must be employed as a Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapy Service.

Other entry requirements
It is a requirement of the course's accreditation with the British Psychological Society (BPS) that the course staff are involved with the selection and recruitment of PWPs prior to taking up a place on this course. Applicants should have a Level 6 qualification (Honours degree or equivalent), two satisfactory references, GCSE Maths and English grade C or above, or equivalent standard of literacy and numeracy (IELTS 7.0) , Satisfactory Occupational Health and Enhanced DES checks

Learning and teaching methods

Knowledge will be learnt through a combination of lectures, seminars, discussion groups, case discussion, guided reading, simulation and independent study.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Rachael Parsons, Jason Matthews, Julie Puttock
E: hhsiapt@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Ms Faye Small
The University of Exeter
Programme Lead and Lecturer
Miss Anna Pruszynska
University of Manchester
Available via Moodle
Of 139 hours, 69 (49.6%) hours available to students:
70 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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