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IAPT Counsellor Epsom

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,391 to £42,503 a year inc 5% high cost area supplement
Closing date
30 May 2023
Are you a passionate accredited counsellor with experience of working in primary care, preferably IAPT. Mind Matters are looking to recruit fully accredited Counsellors with demonstrable experience of providing counselling for depression within a counselling organisation.

We would like to hear from you if you can meet these minimum standards for training and professional registration;

Essential - Completion of BACP Accredited Counselling Qualification Level 4 & above, or equivalent qualification with a minimum of450 supervised client hours.

Desirable - Completion of the IAPT Person Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression (PCE-CFD) Training.

For those qualified Counsellors who have not yet completed the PCE-CFD IAPT training, Mind Matters will fund completion of this qualification. Once completed, there is an expectation that you will work for Mind Matters for 1.5 years post training.

You must hold Professional Registration, one of below

- BACP with Full Accreditation

- UKCP with Full Registration

- NCS Fully Accredited professional registrants

- ACC Full Accreditation

Main duties of the job

Mind Matters Surrey IAPT is part of the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust and provides high quality evidence based psychological therapies for people with common mental health problems.

You will be delivering counselling for depression using a stepped care model in line with the national IAPT programme and latest NICE guidance for psychological interventions. The role involves delivering one to one Counselling, Assessments and therapeutic groups.

All staff receive weekly supervision and monthly line management and attend quarterly CPD days which count towards your CPD. Mind Matters has a focus on Staff Wellbeing with a committee who plan staff activities and an annual Wellbeing Day.

The job role will be a blend of home working and will include a minimum of 2 days in person clinics at Redhill Trust Hub location.

As Matters Surrey IAPT services provides psychological treatments Monday Weds 9.00am 8pm and the rest of the week and Saturdays 9-5pm, you will be expected to work a minimum of one late night per week and desirably a Saturday.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Principal Duties:


1.1. To provide a comprehensive assessment and therapeutic service for adult patients with common mental health problems referred to the IAPT SABP service based on sound, evidence based psychological principles, working within the context of primary care services.

1.2. Assess clients for suitability for Counselling and other modalities. To provide specialist psychological treatment based upon clearly accepted, evidence- based principles (e.g.N.I.C.E. guidelines for Depression) to treat common mental health problems, including mood and adjustment disorders and other problems not of a severity requiring multidisciplinary specialist mental health services

1.3. Make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the departments referral protocols, and refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary.

1.4. To make an assessment of risk for patient and others and take appropriate action when necessary.

1.5. 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.

1.6. Liaise with referrers and attend meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate.

1.7. Complete all requirements relating to data collection and compliance within the service.

1.8. Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols

1.9. 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.

2. Assess and integrate issues surrounding work and employment into the overall therapy process

Teaching, Training and Supervision

1. To receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with Trust and professional bodies (BACP/UKCP/NCS/ACC) guidelines and the IAPT Manual national recommendations .

2. To take part in regular internal continuing professional development and participate in external CPD which is linked to appraisal goals.

3. To provide training sessions on specific topics to members of the PHCT and to trainee counsellors as required.


2.1. Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies (e.g., BABCP, UKCP), and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the department of health (e.g. NHS plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Clinical Excellence).

2.2. Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times.

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

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

2.5. Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives.

2.6. Keep up to date all records in relation to Continuous Professional Development and ensure personal development plan maintains up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments.

2.7. Attend relevant conferences / workshops in line with identified professional objectives.


a) All staff will have a sound awareness of Safeguarding issues and be clear about their respective roles and responsibilities to report, respond to and share information in relation to Safeguarding Adults, Safeguarding Children, Domestic Abuse and Public Protection.

b) All staff will have knowledge of and adhere to the Data Protection Act and will not disclosure to any person or organisation, any confidential information that comes into their possession in the course of their employment.

c) To fully participate in the Trusts performance review and personal development planning process on an annual basis.

d) Undertake training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with line manager as part of the personal development planning process.

e) To achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.

d) To contribute positively to the effectiveness and efficiency of the teams in which he/she works.

e) To undertake any other duties at the request of the line manager which are commensurate with the role, including project work, internal job rotation and absence cover.

f) To contribute to a healthy and safe working environment by adhering to health and safety regulations and Trust policies.

g) To contribute to the prevention and control of health care associated infection by adhering to Trust policies and guidelines.

h) Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Trust is committed to valuing and promoting diversity in employment, service delivery practices and its general environment. An expectation of all leadership posts within the Trust is that each individual will take responsibility for promoting open, inclusive and accessible service provision, staff development and a culture that values and respects difference.

Person Specification

Computer literate


  • Computer literate with ability/ experience of using client information system.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • Experience of using IAPTus or similar system within an IAPT service



  • Qualifications
  • Completion of BACP Accredited Counselling Qualification Level 4 & above or equivalent qualification with a minimum of 450 clinically supervised client hours.
  • Professional Registration is essential:
  • BACP with Full Accreditation,
  • UKCP with Full Registration,
  • NCS Fully Accredited professional registrants,
  • ACC Full Accreditation,


  • Further post graduate training in:
  • PCE-CfD, IPT, EMDR, SFT, and DIT.
  • Accredited Supervisor BACP, UKCP or similar.



  • Working within a primary care setting counselling people presenting with depression
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time and meet service targets
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication and able to write clear reports and letters to referrers
  • Has received training (either formal of through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other common mental health problems
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post
  • Demonstrates an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in Primary Care


  • Experience of working in IAPT, in a service where agreed targets are in place with regards contacts and clinical outcomes
  • Experience of working in a Stepped care service treating anxiety and depression
  • Knowledge of the IAPT best practise competencies.

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