Outlook South West is the leading provider of primary care mental health services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We currently have a workforce of over 100 people.
As we are responsible for delivering the IAPT service across the county, our aim is to make effective evidenced based therapies available to people aged 16 + in Cornwall who have common mental health difficulties.
Listed below are the different types of practitioner that are employed within our workforce. There is also a brief overview of what each role entails.
Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP)
Our PWPs assess patients’ mental health needs; support their recovery using guided self-help and also deliver psycho-educational courses such as Stress Buster.
Psychological Therapists provide non-CBT interventions to clients presenting with a range of common mental health problems including depression. Therapists work with a diverse range of people and their key role involves assessing a client’s suitability for psychological interventions, formulating and implementing therapy programmes with clients.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (CBT) provide high intensity interventions to patients presenting with a variety of common mental health problems such as depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and anxiety including social anxiety, health anxiety, generalized anxiety and specific phobias. CBT Therapists aim to help people change patterns of thinking and/or behaviour that are causing or contributing to their anxiety or depression. CBT Therapists often use a structured approach, agreeing goals for treatment along the way.
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Chartered Clinical psychologists have completed an undergraduate degree in psychology and a postgraduate training in clinical psychology, (currently a three year doctoral training). All Chartered Clinical Psychologists must be registrant practitioner psychologists with the Health Professions Council (HPC). The core skills of a Chartered Clinical Psychologist are in, assessment; formulation; intervention and evaluation.
Our Counselling Therapists work with patients who are experiencing current and recent crises and/or adverse life events.
Outlook South West is committed to its Equal Opportunities Policy [link to Policy], whereby all staff should be offered equal opportunities in employment irrespective of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, religion, creed, colour, ethnic origin, disability or age.
Outlook South West recognises its responsibility to ensure that the terms of legislative acts such as those relating to Sex Discrimination, Race Relations, Disability Discrimination and others are continually observed.
As part of our ongoing commitment to promoting a positive environment for all our staff, we have signed up to the charter for employers who are positive about mental health. It is a voluntary agreement for employers and aims to increase awareness of mental health at work and provide support for businesses in recruiting and retaining staff.
Through reviews, the charter supports employers in the recruitment and retention of people who experience mental ill health. The charter gives us the possibility of regular self-assessments, through which we can constantly progress and develop our positive approach to mental health in the workplace.
For more information about our responsibilities as a Mindful Employer contact the Personnel Department.