Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Skegness & Boston
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pro rata
Closing date
25 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust (LPFT) is an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies site (IAPT). An opportunity has arisen for a qualified counsellor Band 5 or Band 6 to join the steps2change IAPT Service based in Skegness although you may also be required to cover alternative bases to meet service need. The Service provides evidence based interventions within a stepped care model, treating people with mild to moderate common mental health problem. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a major national service, which has fundamentally changed the way in which psychological treatments are provided.

In return we can offer you:

A well established, friendly and supportive therapy team.

Personal and Professional Development opportunities.

Regular management and clinical supervision.

Annual appraisal

Early access to our staff wellbeing service and psychology therapies

Excellent working environment.

NHS Pension

NHS benefits

For further information regarding this post please contact Kirsty Talkes, Team Manager for Boston & Skegness s2c Teams via email

CLOSING DATE: 25/06/2023


Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, be able to work within a team environment and be thoroughly conversant with the use of clinical systems.

The Band 5 counsellor will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing counselling for depression. The post holder will be expected to hold a clinical caseload, and will be provided with clinical supervision. The service will provide the relevant training to acquire a qualification in an IAPT modality (CfC/IPT/CCfD).

To acquire the Band 6 the candidate will need to continue to hold a caseload, be accredited with a professional body. Complete and pass a qualification in an IAPT modality (CfC/IPT/CCfD). They will also be responsible in providing clinical supervision to counselling colleagues.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.

This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Screening referrals for service suitability via agreed protocols within the service

Undertake psychological assessments of patients referred to the service. Assessments will include identification of the patients problem, comprehensive risk assessment and identification of goals for therapy.

Formulate, implement and evaluate counselling therapy programmes for clients

Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of client contacts offered, and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient

Attend meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate

Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service

Keep coherent and contemporaneous records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols

Work closely with other members of the team ensuring appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place to maintain a stepped care approach


To attend CPD and mandatory training provided by the Trust

To attend clinical supervision

To complete one of the IAPT approved modalities within agreed timescale.


Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the Trust and any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies (eg BPS, UKCP ), and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the department of health (e.g. IAPT, National Institute for Clinical Excellence)

Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times

Be aware of, and keep up to date with advances in the spheres of counselling and other agreed psychological therapies

Ensure clear professional objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with senior therapists on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development

Attend clinical/managerial supervision on a regular basis as agreed with Manager

Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives

Keep up to date all records in relation to Continued Professional Development (CPD) and ensure personal development plan maintains up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments

Attend relevant conferences / workshops in line with identified professional objectives


To contribute to the development of best practice within the service

To maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures

All employees have a duty and responsibility for their own health and safety and the health of safety of colleagues, patients and the general public

All employees have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that information processed for both patients and staff is kept accurate, confidential, secure and in line with the Data Protection Act (1998) and Security and Confidentiality Policies

It is the responsibility of all staff that they do not abuse their official position for personal gain, to seek advantage of further private business or other interests in the course of their official duties.

Person Specification



  • Diploma in counselling (therapeutic)
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Meets the criteria for accreditation with BCAP


  • Accreditation with BCAP



  • Demonstrable evidence of supervised practice
  • Knowledge of the application of counselling in mental health practice
  • Knowledge of a broad range of psychological therapies including time limited interventions
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Ability to meet agreed/ specified service targets


  • Knowledge of and commitment to appropriate ethical framework.
  • Delivery of time limited interventions
  • Counselling in a GP practice or Healthcare setting

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Holly Lodge

Skegness & Boston

PE25 2JA

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