Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. Last week, we released an article discussing what Psychology Graduates should expect within a Trainee PWP interview. Since we released that article, we have been inundated with messages on whether or not Psychology Graduates should pursue Trainee PWP roles or Assistant Psychologist roles. This gave us the inspiration to show our readers the potential career progression within the IAPT service if you did want to remain as a PWP.
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Disclaimer: This article aims to highlight each job role in terms of job security and comfortability! Please check out the above articles to gain a detailed outline of what PWP’s actually do.
Ok, so this is where your journey would start as you would be searching for Trainee PWP roles online. To be a Trainee would mean that you would start at a Band 4 salary and would split your time between University and Clinical Placement. This position also enables you to gain a qualification in Low-Intensity CBT which always looks good on the old CV. The opportunity to gain a practical qualification is something that attracts many Graduates to this type of role; so be aware that this is one of the main reasons why these roles are so competitive.
PsychAssist Tip: YOU NEED TO GAIN EXPERIENCE BEFORE CONSIDERING THIS ROLE! Many Psych Grads gain some experience of being a Support Worker before attempting to apply for training positions. We also wrote an article around what to expect in a trainee PWP interview so if you’ve got some experience already, check that out.
So, after you’ve finished your 12 months of training, you’re either offered a job within your placement, or you’re hit with the plethora of vacancies for Qualified PWP’s. There are currently more qualified PWP roles vacant than Assistant Psychologist posts. Interestingly, there has been a steady decline in demand for Assistant Psychologist roles which has resulted in the debanding from a majority Band 5 to a Band 4 (and many of them fixed-term). On the other hand, the demand for PWP’s has increased which adds to job security along with the opportunity to pick and choose services and populations.
PsychAssist Tip: Have you ever considered becoming a Locum PWP? From the research that we have done, there appears to be an increase in demand for locum PWP’s which is often accompanied by high rates and long contracts. This could be a great opportunity to not only earn more money, but to gain more varied experience which is always a bonus.
This is a job role that really excites us at PsychAssist as it finally lifts the Band 5 ceiling that is faced by many Psych Grads. It’s very frustrating to see newly qualified Mental Health Nurses quickly rise through the ranks when a Psychology Graduate has been gaining similar experience for many years and all down to the former having HCPC registration. Senior PWP’s now give Psych Grads the opportunity to step into those Band 6 roles which opens doors to new experiences.
PsychAssist Tip: These job roles are starting to become more and more common and are something that experienced PWP’s can step into quite easily. This is something that PWP’s should be aspiring to as it would give them opportunities such as supervising PWP’s along with other managerial roles previously denied to Psych Grads.
Now this is the job role that up until recently was completely unheard of! IAPT have added one more layer to the PWP career path. The introduction of the Lead PWP role gives Psych Grads the opportunity to potentially climb the career ladder right up to Band 7 which rightly so, should fill you with excitement. Band 7, for many Psych Grads that we have spoken to is one of the main reasons people are pursuing the Doctorate; however there is now another route to gain this salary without the stress of a doctorate.
PsychAssist Tip: Now before you start getting excited, it must be noted that a considerable amount of experience is needed to obtain this role. Also, this role is still very pre-mature and it’s still not clear if this is something that will still be around long-term. Nevertheless it sounds very exciting and truly demonstrates how committed IAPT are to their PWP’s.
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