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Lead Practitioner Counselling

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Old Age
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are looking to recruit a Band 7 Counsellor with experience of clinical supervision to be part of the Persistent Physical Symptoms Team.

We are a small friendly team working with individuals who have complex needs and unexplained physical symptoms. This is a creative and innovative role working with both physical and psychiatric presentations.

The successful candidate will have an understanding of clients with Complex Mental Health issues and have knowledge of how the body, and especially the autonomic nervous system, can be utilised to benefit mood and emotional regulation. Experience in working with trauma and bereavement is also desirable.

The candidate would also need excellent communication skills; good organisational skills; be self-motivated and have a flexible approach for working with clients in this group.

We are looking for a dynamic, innovative and motivated individual with a passion for providing high level mental health care and support to patients. You will be joining a committed and supportive group of clinicians who really do put patients at the center of what they do. You will be working alongside a multi-disciplinary team of practitioners, including Nurses, psychological therapists, Occupational Therapists, Psychiatrists, Physiotherapists and Support Workers.

The post is for 15 hours a week and is a permanent position.

Main duties of the job

The job role is to provide a high-quality counselling serviceto adults with a wide range of presenting problems and significant level of distress. To work on a daily basis in face to face individual and/or group therapy settings with service users presenting with complex and distressing psychological and physical problems.

Previous experience of working in a health/social care setting is essential alongside experience of supporting patients with physical and mental health problems. The ability to travel independently is essential.

About us

As an employee of Tees Esk and Wear valleys NHS Trust, you'll also benefit from:

Minimum annual leave entitlement of 27 days increasing with continued service

NHS Pension Scheme

Continuous Professional Development

Career Progression opportunities

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the job description and person specification which outlines the main duties and responsibilities of the post.

Additional contact details

Dr Miriam Lomas- Principal Applied Psychologist-

Maria Bromage- Psychological Therapist-

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Individual accreditation with BACP or other recognised governing body.
  • Further post-registration training in a minimum of 2 areas of specialist practice relevant to the post e.g. CBT, EMDR, Couples Counselling or other NICE approved therapies.
  • Clinical Supervisors Course (within agreed timescale).
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • MA in Counselling Psychotherapy
Experience Essential
  • Substantial and recent counselling experience in the provision of both long-term and time-limited, focused counselling within an NHS service.
  • Significant experience in a primary mental health care setting or mental health service
  • Substantial and recent experience working with clients with a wide range of complex needs, using specialised counselling interventions.
  • Presenting audit outcomes, case work or theoretical applications
  • Experience of leading clinical governance activities including clinical audit
  • Substantial experience in clinical supervision of staff
  • Participation in research and development
  • Experience of facilitating Group Therapy sessions.
Knowledge Essential
  • Demonstrable evidence-based knowledge of best practice in counselling clients with mental health conditions to post-graduate level.
  • Demonstrable, detailed knowledge of BACP guidelines and frameworks
  • Good understanding of national strategy, guidance and key standards in counselling and their application in practice
  • Safeguarding and its application in practice.

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