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About the CWP programme
The national CWP programme was established as a response to the target for offering an evidence based intervention to 70,000 more children and young people annually by 2020, by training up 1,700 new staff in evidence based treatments, outlined in Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health
The CWP Programme is a fantastic opportunity for services to create new trainee roles that:
- Increase capacity by expanding the workforce through creating a new sub-service with close links to local providers
- Focus on prevention and early intervention – diverting children and young people from specialist services through guided self-help for anxiety, low mood and common behavioral problems
- Meet the gap in services – increasing accessibility and seeing children and young people who might not meet the threshold for current services
There have been 3 cohorts of CWP training in London and the South East to date, with 182 CWPs (including current trainees) based in 29 different services including NHS, Voluntary Sector and Local Authority.
What do CWPs do?
CWPs are trained to offer guided self-help to children, young people and families with mild to moderate anxiety, low mood and common behavioural problems.
CWPs work in a variety of different settings including CAMHS, Local Authority and Voluntary Sector organisations. The work of CWPs is very varied as each service will be tailored to local need and provision but can include assessments, face to face sessions, telephone work, workshops, groups and service user involvement activities.
Trainee CWPs will undertake postgraduate certificate level training for 1 year, hosted by either University College London (UCL) or Kings College London (KCL) whilst being based within a service.
Trainee CWPs will be trained over the course of a year to offer brief, focused evidence- based interventions in the form of low intensity support and guided self-help to young people who demonstrate mild/moderate:
- Anxiety (primary and secondary school age)
- Low mood (adolescents)
- Common behavioural difficulties (working with parents for under 8s)
During the first term, CWPs will receive an initial three days a week of University led training, with a further two days a week allocated to work within their service under close supervision. During the second term, this reduces to one day a week University training, with four days for CWPs to put their skills into practice within their service, supported by local supervisors and service development leads. The third term sees CWPs in their service full time.
Supervision and support
Trainee CWPs will have robust onsite support and supervision in place throughout their training. CWP supervisors will offer close clinical supervision that will include an element of supporting training and skills development, such as taking time to watch recordings of trainees work and giving feedback.
Supervisors are offered training in the CWP model and CYP IAPT principles in order to support trainees learning and practice.
Are you interested in training as a CWP?
Recruitment will be starting this summer for trainee CWP roles as Cohort 4 of the CWP training will start in early October 2019. Please sign up to the expression of interest form (bit.ly/cwp_eoi) to be informed of developments.
The Recruitment process
As soon as funding for the programme is confirmed by Health Education England, services will begin to advertise for trainee CWPs. This is often through sites such as jobs.nhs.uk and healthjobsuk.com so we recommend setting up automatic job searches/notifications with the following terms:
- ‘Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner’
- ‘Child Wellbeing Practitioner’
- ‘Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner for Children and Young People’
If you have signed up to express your interest (bit.ly/cwp_eoi), we will email as soon as we have been notified that a job has been advertised (however this depends on when we are notified so please do not solely rely on this).
When you apply for a job, there will be guidance embedded into the advert about applying for the university course – you will need to apply to both the job and the university to be shortlisted for the role.
Each service has their own criteria for assessing applications and so please pay particular attention to the person specification for each role, but as a minimum candidates will need to demonstrate:
- A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology)
- Motivation to undertake and complete the course
- If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency
For more information about the CWP programme please take a look at the following documents:
You can find a thorough evaluation of the first year of the CWP programme here:
You can see a variety of different CWP service models here:
You can read an article about the typical week of a CWP in the ‘New Beginnings’ issue (page 14) of Aspire: clinpsy.org.uk/aspire/