Step 1. Ask yourself if working from home is right for you?
Working from home is sometimes not right for all, but the benefits to working from home can be varied, including a better work-life balance, a reduction on stressful commutes, and the flexibility if a parent to be closer to your children. Is this something that appeals to you?
Step 2. Are you qualified to make this move?
If you are qualified and experienced working within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) service, then you are the most suitable placed PWP’s to make the transition to a home-worker.
NHS Departments and Private Healthcare will be looking for great communicators, whom they can trust to offer first-class support to patients.
Step 3. Engage and register with a specialist Recruitment Agency.
If you have decided remote-working as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner is an avenue you want to pursue, engage with a recruitment agency who specialise in Mental Health recruitment, and will have a deeper insight into the job market, and help you navigate the transition.
The team here at Hunter Mental Health have worked exclusively in Mental Health collectively for over 15 years. We can help you find more rewarding work, tailored to the hours, pay and specialisms you are entitled to.
Step 4. How will you be paid? Ltd, Umbrella or PAYE?
You have 3 options to explore.
Setting up as a limited company, your own business. Entirely on your own terms, this can afford you great flexibility but can bring more responsibilities than most are used to. We would always recommend you get professional advice, get an accountant – insure yourself if your income is ever threatened.
Another avenue that some take, is being contracted by an intermediary, sometimes an Agency or Umbrella company, they become your ‘employer’, in many cases affording you access to Statutory Sick Pay (while in a contract) and other perks.
The other avenue is being employed directly by the NHS department, Trust or Healthcare organisation. You are obviously employed in the more ‘traditional’ sense of being employed, with a contract of employment, support and employee benefits.
Please note, all these avenues will be driven by the end ‘client’ and their need of brief when trying to find a PWP that can work from home. Our team can help advise you on this for specific PWP Roles in the UK.
Step 5. Your induction.
Depending on your role, and which NHS Trust or department you will be working for, you will have to take part in their own dedicated induction process, which normally is located inside their hospital (although with the COV-ID 19 challenges, some of this may move online).
Most NHS Trusts tend to run a morning programme, taking all new starters through an induction, with some eLearning modules in the afternoon.
If you have been working in this field, you may already be aware of this, but just to inform you that a day may need to be allocated to travelling to the NHS Trust.
Step 6. You’ve made the move. Now its time to get technical! How is your local phone network?
Do you live rurally with poor reception? Will you be working exclusively on the phone with patients? Or will there be Video Calls taking place?
Your new employer will definitely take these into account when thinking of recruiting you, but it may be worth testing your phone network, your broadband connection to ensure you can always be ‘on’ when patients need you.