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Health Trainer/Health Psychologist in Training

  • Full time
  • £24,627 – £29,000
  • Merton, London
  • Closing 9th May 2021

  • Advertised from 23rd April 2021
  • 37.5 hours per week, with some evening clinics. Fixed Term contract for one year.


Are you a health trainer or trainee health psychologist with an interest in alcohol harm reduction and improving health outcomes for people who are using drugs or alcohol? This new role is an exciting and rare opportunity to join one of WDP’s fully integrated flagship services.

The Service

Launched in 2018, WDP Merton is a fully-integrated substance misuse service, providing clinical and psychosocial interventions, operating from a main treatment hub, with additional satellites within the community. The team actively promotes recovery and works with individuals that are directly and indirectly affected by substance misuse, working with the local community to improve the health, wellbeing and functioning of Merton residents, irrespective of circumstance.

The Role

As an experienced health trainer or health psychologist in training, you will be delivering alcohol identification and brief advice (IBA) and extended brief interventions (EBI) to individuals who are drinking hazardously or harmfully. Using intervention approaches such as motivational interviewing and solutions-focused brief therapy, and tools such as the AUDIT-C and AUDIT, you will help them set and track SMART goals to reduce their alcohol intake to less risky levels and support them to access longer-term structured treatment with WDP if they require it.

People who are experiencing problems with substance misuse often neglect other aspects of their health, such as routine screenings, vaccinations, dentistry, and adherence to medications. This role will also be involved in promoting and helping help all service users to take actions that will improve their health and reduce their vulnerability to developing chronic conditions.

We are seeking committed, organised and highly motivated candidates with an interest in working with this client group and an understanding of health behaviour change techniques.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a thriving service making positive changes in service users’ lives, through a non-judgemental, recovery-based approach that values the strengths and choices of those individuals.

For Stage 2 Health Psychology Trainees, the role will provide you with an opportunity to gain relevant experience across your key competencies. WDP will work with your supervisor to agree your plan of training.


• Salary band of £ £24,627 - £29,000

• Fixed Term contract for one year.

• 37.5 hours per week, with some evening clinics


The role is based at the Merton hub, but will involve delivering clinics at satellites within the borough and may involve travel to external meetings and to other WDP locations as needed.

Why Should You Apply?

• An opportunity to join one of WDP’s flagship services and contribute to service development.

• Be part of a high-performance team that is focused on quality and welcomes innovation.

• Competitive salary and professional develop opportunities.

Application notes

For an informal chat about the role, contact Helen O’Connor, Service Manager on 07383 083377 or

For further details, and to apply, please visit our website:

The closing date is Sunday 9th May 2021 at 00:00 midnight. Interviews are likely to take place week commencing 17th May 2021 via Zoom and will include a presentation component.

WDP and Our Values

WDP is an innovative behaviour-change charity. We facilitate long-lasting transformation in people’s lives to improve health, wellbeing and social integration. We work across the fields of substance misuse, young person’s support, employability, sexual health and inpatient services.

All staff are required to work to WDP’s four values:

• Entrepreneurial

• In partnership

• Strong belief in service users

• Community focused

WDP is a recovery focused organisation. Our staff and volunteers are committed to helping our service users to improve their health and wellbeing, and to become free from dependency.

WDP is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders are subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.

WDP aims to be an equal opportunities employer.