Trust adds new roles to help transform mental health care

Posted: 19/01/22

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) is looking for six trainee mental health and wellbeing practitioners to help support the transformation of adult community mental health services.

Created by Health Education England and NHS England and Improvement, the posts include training fully funded by the NHS. Successful applicants will be guaranteed a full-time position subject to passing the training.

There are posts available across Northumberland, North Tyneside, Sunderland and Cumbria.

Training will allow the practitioners to develop their knowledge and skills and when not completing the programme of study, they will be working in an adult community mental health service. Training will involve teaching the assessment, formulation and treatment of complex mental health conditions, as well as specific psychological interventions as part of care plans to improve well-being and support relapse prevention.

While the role is suitable for both graduates and non-graduates, it is essential applicants have experience of interacting with the public and working as a team. The job will require working directly with adults in the community.

Successful applicants will contribute to ensuring adults with severe mental health problems have greater access to psychologically informed interventions and supporting they receive the right care.

Emily Lennie, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at CNTW, said: “We are delighted to be offering these roles in collaboration with Health Education England. They offer an exciting and unique opportunity for salaried training, combining teaching with clinical placements in community treatment teams.

“This is a great time to be joining our services. It may be challenging but it is also extremely rewarding. We have an exciting journey ahead as we ensure we deliver the highest standards of care to meet the needs of the communities we serve.”

CNTW is one of the largest healthcare trusts in the country, serving a population of 1.7 million. It has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC and has been awarded the prestigious HSJ Award for Provider of the Year.

The Trust is committed to the health and wellbeing of staff and there are a number of initiatives including a dedicated website, Thrive, which promotes a supportive and inclusive approach to staff health and wellbeing, career development and benefits. There are a wide range of staff health, wellbeing and lifestyle benefits including, Lease Car scheme, salary sacrifice schemes for electrical items, salary deduction benefits such as cycle scheme, travel passes and NHS staff discounts.

Interviews for the roles will be held week commencing 31st January. To find out more, go to