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Psychological wellbeing practitioner

Alternative titles for this job include Primary care graduate mental health worker

Psychological wellbeing practitioners treat and support people with mental health problems.

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become

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How to become a psychological wellbeing practitioner

You can get into this job through a university course or an apprenticeship.


You could do a degree in psychology or health and social care subjects then apply for a place on a postgraduate training course.

After your degree, you'll need to get a job in healthcare while you complete Improving Access to Psychological Therapy training approved by the British Psychological Society.

This 12 month course is made up of a day of academic study and 4 days of supervised practice each week.

Entry requirements

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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You could do a psychological wellbeing practitioner degree apprenticeship.

You may need a degree in a relevant subject like psychology or nursing or experience of working in mental health to do this apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
  • a degree in a relevant subject

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To get into this role you'll usually need a lot of experience of working with people who have mental health issues or disabilities. This could be from paid work or volunteering.

You can:

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Career tips

Experience of working with people with mental health problems will be helpful.

Further information

You can find out more about working as a psychological wellbeing practitioner from Health Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of psychology
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

You may need a driving licence for some jobs.

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As part of your day to day duties, you could:

  • conduct interviews to assess and support the patient's needs
  • design and run group therapy sessions
  • signpost patients to other helpful services
  • keep accurate and up to date patient care records
  • support and train other healthcare professionals
  • develop and set up new mental health support services

Working environment

You could work at a health centre, at a client's home or at a GP practice.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could train as a high intensity therapist, working with people with complex mental health needs.
You could also lead a team or develop new mental health services. 

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a psychological wellbeing practitioner right now.

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Courses In England

Mental Health Nursing, BSc Hons (Degree Apprenticeship)

  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: Eltham

BA (Hons) in Nursing Degree Apprenticeship (Mental Health) - The University of Winchester - Registered Nursing Degree Apprenticeship

  • Start date: 17 September 2024
  • Location: Winchester

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