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Counsellor (Accredited)

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £35,392 - £42, 618 pa (pro-rata)
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
NHS Stockport Talking Therapies is an IAPT service which provides a range of evidence based interventions for people requiring a psychological intervention utilising a stepped care model, which helps to ensure increased service user choice and access to services. The successful candidate will form part of the Stockport Talking Therapies IAPT service and provide time limited therapy, in accordance with NICE guidelines.

Role Summary: The provision of brief counselling to people experiencing mild to moderate common mental health problems. We have two part time positions available (1 x 30 hours per week, 1 x 22.5 hours per week).

Main duties of the job

Some key responsibilities of the Post:
  • To provide a Counselling service to clients referred by GP and other agencies meeting the criteria for Stockport Talking Therapies.
  • To undertake and manage a clinical caseload and to prioritise work within agreed service criteria.
  • To act autonomously in the delivery of counselling within an agreed brief intervention model of provision.
  • To liaise with other professionals as appropriately.
  • To undertake regular internal clinical supervision, Line Management supervision to ensure safe therapeutic practice.
  • To be able to work competently with distressed patients and manage difficult conversations regarding treatment and appropriateness for the service.
  • To appropriately screen for risk of harm to self, others and safeguarding concerns in accordance with trust policies.
  • To have knowledge and awareness of risk and safeguarding concerns and complete the required Trust training in these areas.
  • To complete all documentation, administration and data collection as required by the service

Stockport Talking Therapies is a busy service and operates within an agile working environment, therefore the successful candidate must be confident in delivering counselling in face-to-face, telephone-based and video-based settings and whilst they will be supported within the team, the candidate will have the ability and confidence to work autonomously.

About us

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We're really proud of our#PennineCarePeopleand do everything we can to make sure we're a great place to work.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See job description and person specification for further details about the requirements of the role.

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Diploma / Advanced Dip. in Counselling
  • Specialist IAPT training e.g. IPT, DIT, Couples Counselling, Counselling for depression
  • Completion of training experience in an NHS placement
  • Qualifications and experience to postgraduate diploma level
  • Member of Professional body, e.g. CPC / BACP, etc
  • Accredited Professional body, e.g. CPC / BACP, etc


  • Degree Counselling / Psychology
  • Diploma in Supervision
  • Training in other therapeutic models
  • Contribute towards/provide training for staff & other agencies



  • Substantial counselling experience or equivalent
  • Receipt of regular supervision as per CPC / BACP guidelines
  • Evidence of ensuring quality in own work


  • Qualified employment in the NHS Counsellor
  • Working within a multidisciplinary team



  • Evidence of professional skills development
  • Awareness of NICE guidance in the treatment of common mental health problems
  • Understanding of the stepped care model
  • Knowledge of evidencebased treatments and management of common mental health problems in a primary care/IAPT setting
  • An understanding of equality and valuing diversity


  • Awareness of NHS protocols
  • Experience of using other counselling / psychotherapy models
  • Demonstrated Ongoing CPD
  • Experience / training mentoring student Counsellors

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to effectively communicate with people on complex matters.
  • Assessment of suitability of clients for evidenced based treatments for common mental health problems
  • Risk Assessment and management skills
  • Ability to identify Safeguarding issues of children and adults
  • Good organisational skills
  • Maintain written and electronic records to high standards
  • Experience of using a computer literacy including the ability to use Microsoft office products


  • Mental Health Assessment
  • Up to date knowledge of Counselling
  • Organisation, research and development of counselling services
  • Evidence of contribution to service development and improvement in previous roles

Employer details

Employer name

Pennine Care NHS FT


Brookfield House

193-195 Wellington Road South



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