October deadline for HEE & Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust: Training funding opportunity

Training funding opportunity

Building on the ‘The NHS Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (FYFVfMH)’ and ‘Stepping Forward to 2020/2021, The Mental Health Workforce Plan for England’, Health Education England in collaboration with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust are offering funding packages to NHS and NHS Commissioned Providers of Mental Health services interested in transforming their workforce through the role of a ‘Trainee Assistant Practitioner'.

‘The Assistant Practitioner’ is a 2 year Higher Apprenticeship, with 1 day on training release at university. Therefore, the funding model will look to draw from the organisation’s apprenticeship Levy supplemented by a training grant provided by HEE. In the case of Non-Levy paying organisations, HEE will provide a funding package. For more information on the recruitment timeline, click here.

This intake is available for 2019/2020 across the North of England starting in January 2020 with a limited number of places. Training providers will be available across the North in each of the STP areas and will be announced shortly.

Candidates can be recruited internally or externally, however they will need to meet the HEI entry requirements. Please see the attached criteria.

To submit an Expression of Interest please complete the form in the attached Link.

Please note that the application deadline is Friday 25th October 2019 COP.

Upcoming Stakeholder Events – Trainee Assistant Practitioners in Mental Health

Stakeholder Events – Trainee Assistant Practitioners in Mental Health

Health Education England in collaboration with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust will be holding 3 Stakeholder events across the North to explore the role of the Assistant Practitioner within Mental Health and invite you to attend one of the these events.  Please find attached a draft agenda for each event with further details.

Events will be held as follows:-

25th September 2019 - Manchester – 13:00 – 16:00
26th September 2019 - Leeds – 13:00 – 16:00
3rd October 2019 - Newcastle – 11:00 – 15:00

In order to secure your place, please email Kay Helliwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  as soon as possible with your name and the event you wish to attend by COP 20/09/19.  Please note places are limited to 1 per organisation.

Clinical Lead opportunity in the new St Helens IAPT

Clinical Lead opportunity in the new St Helens IAPT

  • From 1 November, IAPT services currently delivered in St Helens by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust will transfer to North West Boroughs Healthcare for an initial period of 12 months.
  • Service users should not experience anything different with the service. The service will continue to deliver to the existing service model and phone numbers, email addresses and referral routes etc will remain the same. 
  • The only changes patients will see is a change to the name of the service which will change from ‘Mindsmatter’ to ‘Think Wellbeing St Helens.’
  • North West Boroughs Healthcare also provides IAPT services in Halton, Knowsley and Wigan and is a lead provider in the area for mental health and community physical health services. The transfer of this service will support greater integrated working. The organisations involved are working closely together to ensure a smooth transfer for both staff and patients.
  • As a result Northwest Boroughs Healthcare are recruiting a PERMANENT Band 8A Clinical Psychologist / Senior IAPT Therapist to clinically lead the new service. The advert can be accessed here. For informal enquiries please contact the Trust lead for IAPT, Dr Paul Campbell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

UCLAN: NICE Recommended Person-Centred Counselling for Depression’ (PCE-CfD) training

UCLAN: NICE Recommended Person-Centred Counselling for Depression’ (PCE-CfD) training

We have 10 additional places to offer for this training!

This programme is designed as CPD for the existing counselling workforce to equip them to provide evidence-based counselling interventions within IAPT services. The programme comprises of a five-day training programme, 80 hours of supervised practice with PCE-CfD clients and the submission of 4 audio tapes of practice which must meet the PCEPS threshold for therapy adherence. The five-day training programme, includes the following elements: -
• Introduction to the IAPT programme and Orientation to the Practitioner’s Manual.
• Theoretical principles and values.
• Working with depression, working empathically and working briefly.
• Working with an accepting and non-judgemental attitude and achieving authenticity.
• Working with problematic emotional processes.

Conditions of Acceptance: the applicant must normally have the written agreement from their managers for:

• Permission to release applicant to attend the five-day training
• Permission to be released for supervision with a PCE-CfD supervisor as specified by the training provider. (Sessions will be part of a small group, for a minimum of 1.5 hours per month overall plus a 45-minute single session via phone or Skype).
• Access to clients who are suitable to work with a PCE-CfD model.
• Permission to release all PCE-CfD client material for use in supervision.
• Permission for the recording and release of selected PCE-CfD therapy sessions for assessment.
• The service being IAPT compliant.

Application Forms: Please contact:- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Return forms by: 2nd December 2019
The training programme will take place from Monday, 17th – Friday, 21st February 9.30am - 4.00pm, 2020.

Singing in the City is back - 10th November 2019

On Sunday 10 November the Whitworth, the University of Manchester, will be filled with choirs and a FREE singing extravaganza to celebrate the power of song, Singing in the City. Now, in is fifth year, this annual event will consist of fabulous, fun and infectious performances from all kinds of choirs; featuring everything from classics and old favorites, to rock and pop anthems.


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PHE's new campaign: Every Mind Matters

New campaign: Every Mind Matters launched 7th October. The attached e-newsletter lists all of the new resources that are now available to download from the PHE Campaign Resource Centre.

Places still available for the New Roles in Psychological Professions - Clinical Associates in Psychology (CAPs) Workshop

New Roles in Psychological Professions

There has been considerable interest in the potential of psychology graduates to be part of the health and care workforce.

The Clinical Associates in Psychology (CAPs) role is a role with potential to support workforce development in the Psychological Professions.

CAPs initially developed in Scotland where the role is specific either to adults with common mental health problems (similar to IAPT) or children and families.  More recently, Exeter University in partnership with Cornwall Partnerships FT, have trailblazed the CAP role along with the development of a bespoke training programme, to address workforce recruitment problems in the South west of England. 

CAPs train for one year at Masters Level and once qualified operate at a Band 6 level. The CAPs must be supervised by a clinical psychologist and are trained to deliver assessment, formulation and treatment for people with mental health problems.

The vision for the CAP role is to create a new workforce to bridge the gap between graduate psychologist and Clinical Psychologist, developing the career pathway for graduate psychologists whilst enabling services to innovatively meet patient needs. CAPs are a unique way to address the psychology and wider mental health recruitment challenges.

The Apprenticeship Standard for CAPs is in the process of being approved and from January 2020 the Master’s Level Training Fees will be available to organisations through the Apprenticeship Levy.

In the North West and across the North of England there is growing interest in the potential of these roles. 

The PPN has organised a workshop on Thursday 7th November 2019, 1pm – 5pm at the King’s House Conference Centre in Manchester. 

The  workshop will provide an opportunity for Psychological Professions’ Leads, Service Managers, Workforce Planners, Commissioners and Education Providers to come together to explore opportunities to develop this role in the North West.

Information will be available about the role and how the apprenticeship standard can provide an effective development route.

For further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For registration, please use the link here.

Please distribute through your networks and forward to colleagues.

North West IAPT Leadership & Innovation Forum Event - Post event information

We want to say a big thank you to all our wonderful speakers and those who attended the North West IAPT Leadership & Innovation Forum Event: ‘Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) Communities:Hard to Reach Groups or Hard to Reach Services?’ on the 2nd October 2019. 

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We want to keep the momentum going and in order to shape and improve our Autumn 2020 IAPT Forum, we would appreciate your participation in our quick survey.

To access the BAME Positive Practice Guide for IAPT Services, click here.


Please also find attached the final IAPT presentation from the day, and as mentioned if you require a certificate of participation, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Available now: BAME IAPT Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Service User Positive Practice Guide 2019

IAPT Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Service User Positive Practice Guide, 2019 available here.


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