What exactly is a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP)?


Psychological wellbeing practitioners are trained to assess and support people with common mental health problems – principally anxiety disorders and depression – in the self-management of their recovery.


All PWPs will complete an accredited IAPT training course.

The courses typically consist of 45 days of academic work (one day per week) and four days supervised practice, usually distributed over an academic year.

Whilst in training PWPs are employed by a local IAPT service.

The PWP training is open to people with a range of experience.

Those with a degree will typically undertake a postgraduate certificate and those without a degree will normally undertake an equivalent graduate-level qualification.

The training courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

You need to apply for a post as a trainee PWP in an IAPT service to access the training. See the section on ‘Job market and vacancies’ below.

A level 6 apprenticeship standard for psychological wellbeing practitioners has been approved for delivery.

To get onto an apprenticeship, you will need to apply for an apprentice position with a health care provider.

You can search for vacancies on the NHS Jobs website and Find an Apprenticeship website.


Entry requirements and experience needed

Training places are open to either:

  • graduates or those who can demonstrate that they can meet the academic requirements of the post graduate level qualification
  • people from the local community, with a wide range of life experience who will be trained to a graduate level

Experience of working with people with mental health problems is desirable, excellent interpersonal skills are essential.


Click here for the Full Description of where and how PWP’s work