Band 6 Counsellor - Birmingham Healthy Minds

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an accredited counsellor with at least two years post qualification experience of providing psychological therapy for people with mental health problems? We are looking for either a qualified Counselling for Depression Counsellor or an Accredited Counsellor with a real passion for delivering evidence-based counselling in primary care, who is looking for an opportunity to train in Counselling for Depression (CfD).

Birmingham Healthy Minds is an NHS Talking Therapies Service supporting those aged 16 years and upwards with common mental health problems. Therapies are delivered within a stepped care model that is accessible, non-judgemental and responsive to local need. It is an exciting, dynamic and rewarding place to work where staff have the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge. We will invest in successful candidates, offering full salary and course training costs to become an accredited CfD therapist. In return BHM seeks commitment from staff to contribute to the service as part of a wider team of highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals who support one another to develop and promote NHS Talking Therapies services to local communities and address health inequalities.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be required to hold a senior role within a team of counsellors and therapists who provide talking therapies, counselling services to a broad range of patients who experience mild to moderate mental health problems that would benefit from counselling, with a focus on Counselling for Depression and other IAPT modalities as per the IAPT manual.

The post holder will work as part of an integrated multi disciplinary team comprising, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychological wellbeing practitioners, and trainees within the different disciplines.

The post will offer support to the successful applicant in respect of their professional development and supervision will be given in line with BACP requirements. The post holder will take a lead role, and be integral to the development of the counselling service and to raising the awareness of the benefits of counselling to other mental health professionals.

About us

Welcome to Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Our 4000 clinical and support staff help us to improve mental health wellbeing and meet the needs of the 70,000 people we serve each year. We provide a range of mental healthcare services across Birmingham and Solihull, as well as specialised services nationally. We also offer medical, nursing and psychology training and are proud of our international reputation for both research and innovation.

Our population is culturally diverse, characterised in places by high levels of deprivation which create an increasing demand for our services and a necessity for us to make sure everyone can access the help they need. We are a team of compassionate, inclusive and committed people working together to provide excellent care to support our community. If you are looking for a place to belong, where you can make a real difference to people's lives, join our team where our warm welcome is waiting for you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information about the main responsibilities please view the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Practitioner training in counselling to at least level 4 (e.g., Diploma in Counselling or Psychotherapy)
  • Significant experience of working with common mental health problems
  • At least 450 practice hours
  • BACP accreditation (or equivalent) or eligible for BACP accreditation


  • Training in Person-centred approach
  • A qualification in an NHS Talking Therapies modality approved course or working towards

Employer details

Employer name

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust



15 Shenley field Drive


B31 1XH

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