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Senior Counsellor, Staff Psychology and Counselling service

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
24 Sep 2023
This is an exciting new opportunity for an experienced counsellor to work within our Occupational Health and Wellbeing department, for a large Trust with a proactive, collaborative and well-integrated approach to staff wellbeing. The Team provides a confidential service for over 15,000 staff employed across Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at a number of sites across the city. Our purpose is to look after our most valuable workplace resource: our people.

The successful candidate will work as a senior member of the Staff Support Psychology and Counselling Service, which is an enthusiastic and supportive team. We are a core part of the wider department, and take referrals from colleagues within Occupational Health, as well as self-referrals and referrals from managers.

Main duties of the job

In this role, you will provide a free, confidential, independent, specialist counselling resource for people working across all roles throughout the Trust. You will provide mostly short-term interventions, both face to face and remotely. You will liaise with other therapeutic practitioners and services to ensure that each staff member receives the most appropriate support for them, and collaborate with specialist Occupational Health practitioners and other services across the Trust who support staff in various ways to provide integrated and holistic support. You will contribute to our wider wellbeing programme, for example by producing webinars and online materials relevant to your areas of expertise. You will build links with local training courses, set up placements and supervise counsellors in training. You will be supported to gather qualitative and quantitative data on the benefits staff gain from the counselling service, with a view to making this role permanent.

We would welcome applications from candidates seeking a job share.

About us

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was created on 1 October 2019 following the merger of two adult acute Trusts, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The merger provides an opportunity to reconfigure services in a way that provides the best healthcare services to the city and improves the quality of care and health outcomes that patients experience.

The Trust runs Aintree University Hospital, Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool University Dental Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

It serves a core population of around 630,000 people across Merseyside as well as providing a range of highly specialist services to a catchment area of more than two million people in the North West region and beyond.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

This post will lead in the provision of a counselling service for LUHFT staff, as part of the wider staff support psychology and counselling service. This will include supervising trainee counsellors.

To communicate with users of the service dealing when necessary with highly sensitive information in the context of assessment and therapy, and with colleagues in the Occupational Health service.

Determining when a counselling approach is appropriate for a client, and when a different approach is likely to be more helpful.

When appropriate, to communicate this understanding in meaningful ways to colleagues in Occupational Health and others involved in supporting the staff member.

As necessary, evaluating the service including auditing and continuing appraisal of the best forms of service delivery.

Contributing with service managers re: issues, policies, etc, which affect the client group.
  • Maintain adequate electronic records of clinical work.

Person Specification



  • Qualification to degree standard
  • Post graduate/registration qualification/equivalent
  • BACP accreditation, or equivalent, eligibility for accreditation



  • Demonstrable experience of managing caseload, independently
  • Demonstrable experience of working with health professionals.



  • Proven competency working within a recognised theoretical framework, (for example a psychodynamic, humanistic or cognitive approach).
  • Competency working with a recognised theoretical framework.
  • Awareness and experience of ethical issues relevant to working with NHS staff.



  • Ability to make use of clinical supervision.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to use electronic data systems in a timely manner
  • Ability to work effectively with colleagues from other disciplines.

Employer details

Employer name

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Aintree University Hospital

Lower Lane, Fazakerley


L9 7AL

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