The Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Apprenticeship:
procurement guidance for employers
The Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) Apprenticeship offers employers an opportunity to recruit PWPs,
which is an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) role.
Among its applicants, the PWP Apprenticeship will attract people who do not have an undergraduate-level degree,
those who wish to change career direction, and former IAPT service users who wish to give something back. During
employment as a PWP apprentice, a trainee will undergo on-the-job training at an IAPT service and attend a level 6
(equivalent to final-year undergraduate) course at a recognised university. The employer will pay a salary, while the
university fee is drawn down through an apprenticeship levy. Following a further period of on-the-job training, the
apprentice must successfully complete an assessment – after which they will enter the PWP workforce.
PWPs make a positive difference to people’s lives through brief psychological interventions. They help people in
difficulty to move forward by applying the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), through face-to-face
meetings, by phone, online and by delivering courses.
PWP Apprenticeship procurement
Setting up PWP Apprenticeship places is a straightforward and easy-to-follow process for which there is support
readily available from knowledgeable and helpful NHS procurement hubs and local Health Education England offices.
Many large organisations and health trusts have a procurement department, and may also have experience of
administering apprenticeship schemes. IAPT services planning to offer the PWP Apprenticeship should link with these
departments which will offer support and advice on the procurement steps to be followed. If, however, your
organisation does not have a procurement department, contact your local NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub who
Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS)
The PWP Apprenticeship should first be listed on an organisation’s dynamic purchasing system (DPS) before it can be
procured. The DPS owner will manage this aspect of the process. Template procurement documents are available at
most organisations and should be used by IAPT services and their partner universities for the apprenticeship
procurement process. Procurement advice can be sought from the four NHS Procurement Hubs listed below. Most of
these are geographically named apart from NHS Commercial Solutions which covers the South East. In certain
regions there may be other providers who can assist.
• NHS Commercial Solutions
• NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative
• Core: East of England Collaborative Procurement Hub
• NHS London Procurement Partnership
Links to DPS providers
If you do not require procurement advice but need access to a relevant DPS, the links below will provide the required
• NHS Shared Business Services
• North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative: Apprenticeships Dynamic Purchasing System
• NHS London Procurement Partnership: Apprenticeship Training Providers Dynamic Purchasing System
• NHS Commercial Solutions: Frameworks and Contracts
• NHS East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub