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CYP-MH in Senior Wellbeing Practitioner PGDip (SWP)

Please note: Recruitment for 2024 has now concluded. This page is in the process of being updated for 2025

About the Course

This two-year programme is specifically being commissioned by NHS England (NHSE) with a view to developing the careers and employability of those trained on Children and Young People’s Mental Health CYP-MH (previously CYP-IAPT) Low Intensity Trainings.

The main aims of the programme are to enable students to extend their clinical skillset and widen the scope of presentations that they are trained to work with. During year one, students will develop knowledge and skills in working with various advanced anxiety presentations as well as evidence-based low intensity interventions for neurodivergent children and young including Autistic Spectrum Conditions and Learning Disabilities, and their families. In year two, students will also develop their skills in supervising in-training and newly qualified low intensity practitioners.

If you would like further information about the SWP programme at King’s, please refer to our course brochure:

KCL CYP MH Senior Wellbeing Practitioner PGDip (SWP) Jan 2024 - KCL Programme Brochure.pdf

Who can apply?

The programme is open to graduates of one of the following programmes:

  1. PGCert / PGDip CYP Psychological Wellbeing Practice (CWP)
  2. PGDip Educational Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP)

Practitioners qualified in either of these programmes, plus two-years post-qualification/ experience, will be able to apply to do the Postgraduate Diploma.

In addition to this, we normally require a minimum of an upper second-class honours, Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject e.g. psychology or other health/social care/youth related undergraduate degree.

Candidates should also have sufficient experience of working with children and young people in clinical settings. They will be competent/ accredited in the clinical models that they are supervising. They will be actively involved in supervising within their clinical sites.

Career Prospects

Students who will attend the programme are applying for places that are commissioned nationally by region, with the specific purpose of enhancing their employability and effectiveness as low intensity practitioners, with the overall aim of improving children and young people and their families’ experiences of inclusive mental health services. It is hoped that following the course they will be retained in these roles for some time, with more developed skills in the interventions they provide and in supervising others who are training after them.

For more information about CYP-MH courses at KCL, please contact

For information about the SWP programme based at UCL (Anna Freud Centre), please visit the AFC webpage.

How to apply

The SWP programme is not a standalone CYP MH training course. The programme  requires potential candidates to apply for both the University led training course and the role within a  participating mental health service.

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Service application process

We expect services to begin advertising from mid-late August 2023. Services will often advertise through sites such as and so we recommend setting up automatic job searches/notifications with the following terms:

  • Senior Wellbeing Practitioner
  • SWP

KCL application process

It is essential that you read the information below carefully prior to completing the application.

  • Please be sure to complete all the sections of the form with all relevant information (all questions with a red asterisk next to them are mandatory and you will not be able to submit without answering these).
  • You must submit a completed application form – we cannot process any incomplete applications.

To apply: click on the following link to apply to KCL online: (Please use either Google Chrome or Firefox as your browser. The application portal is not optimised for Internet Explorer).

For information on how to apply to KCL online, please refer to the application guidance:

KCL CYP MH Senior Wellbeing Practitioner PGDip (SWP) Jan 2024 - Application Guidance.pdf

When to apply

The KCL application portal will open on the 31st of July 2023. The deadline for applications is Monday 20th November 2023.

Services will begin advertising in roles between Aug/Sep 2023 and Nov/Dec 2023. Teaching for the SWP course will start on Monday 15th January 2024.

Entry requirements

  • Qualification: normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant academic subject (e.g. Psychology, Education, Childhood Development, Social Work, etc), OR any subject with further training or experience in a relevant field (e.g. Teaching/TA; Learning Support; HCA; Youth Work; Counselling, etc)*
  • Experience: Candidates will need to be qualified EMHPs (Graduate/Postgraduate Diploma) or CWPs (Graduate/Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma) with ideally, two years of post-qualification experience, however candidates with less experience are encouraged to apply if they have enough relevant experience.
  • Candidates must have been successful in applying for a locally created Senior Wellbeing Practitioner role.
  • English Language Requirements: Capability to complete academic work at postgraduate diploma level, including IELTS or equivalent to the appropriate level for students with English as a foreign language (BAND D)
  • Motivation to undertake and complete the course

* Applicants who do not fulfil the academic criteria are encouraged to apply and may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us with queries.

Recruitment updates

Please find below a list of trainee roles currently being advertised by available services. Please note: this list is updated when roles become available.

Service Recruiting for: Application deadline: Recruitment link:
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trus SWP 17 September 2023 23:59 Closed
Enfield and Haringey CAMHS SWP 30 October 2023 Link

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