Health and Social Care Careers

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) is a government initiative designed to provide more widespread access to psychological therapies for individuals suffering from common mental health problems, particularly anxiety and depression. Specific roles within this area of work are listed below complemented with further information regarding opportunities available  at the University designed to make you more employable and support your future career aspirations.

Careers in Brief

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners

This career stems from a government initiative to provide more widespread access to psychological therapies for individuals suffering from common mental health problems.  Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners are trained to provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to individuals with mild to moderate anxiety and depression. A psychology degree plus experience of working in a mental health area are often sufficient to gain employment in a trainee role.  

Related opportunities available:

Introduction to Counselling Skills | Introduction to Peer Mentoring | Behaviour Analysis Clinic Placement | Elevate Coaching and Mentoring Placement


Assistant Psychologist

This role usually involves working with a Clinical Psychologist to help deliver psychological services to a particular client group. This could be assisting with assessment, treatment, research or service evaluation. The client group may include adults, children, the elderly or those with learning disabilities. A good degree and evidence of interest and experience in mental health are usually prerequisites for this role.

Related opportunities available:

Introduction to Counselling Skills | Behaviour Analysis Clinic Placement | Research Apprenticeship Scheme 


Community Development Workers

These roles often involve working with disadvantaged communities in order to help promote their welfare through education and training, engagement with services and developing community resources.  A psychology degree plus an awareness of the difficulties facing disadvantaged communities are sometimes sufficient to gain employment in this role.

Related opportunities available:

Introduction to Counselling Skills | NHS E-Learning and Development | Elevate Coaching and Mentoring Placement


Support, Time and Recovery Workers

This role involves supporting individuals with mental health problems as part of a multidisciplinary team. For example, one of the duties might involve helping someone to learn independent living skills, or assist in their participation in community activities. A degree in psychology is not essential for this role, but a good knowledge of mental health, and the problems experienced by those with mental health problems, usually are.

Related opportunities available:

Introduction to Counselling Skills |  NHS E-Learning and Development | Elevate Coaching and Mentoring Placement