IAPT Psychotherapeutic Counsellor Foundation Trainee

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
To be confirmed
£25,655 to £31,534 a year per annum
Closing date
5 Jul 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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A new and exciting training pathway into the IAPT counselling workforce has developed. Health Education England (HEE) is piloting a new salaried training pathway that will provide trainee Psychotherapeutic Counsellors with skills in the practical application of psychotherapeutic counselling and a defined standard of competency in the NICE-recommended Person-Centred Experiential - Counselling for Depression (PCE-CfD). The training provider for this pathway is Metanoia Institute.

We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic people to contribute to creating a trailblazing IAPT service, informed by a cutting-edge evidence base. Post holders will be an employee at the Outlook South West IAPT service and enrolled for up to 3 days a week with the Metanoia Institute attending training. The post holder will attend all taught and self-study days required by the Metanoia Institute, as specified within the agreed national curriculum and work in the service for the remaining days of the week using their newly developed skills.

These are training positions, so applicants that are ineligible for the course, will be unable to be offered the post. Applicants that withdraw from an employment offer but have accepted a course offer, will be unable to join the course.

Main duties of the job

This is a training role within the Improving Access to Psychological therapies Programme (IAPT).

IAPT service delivery is predicated on a stepped care model, delivering interventions recommended by NICE and set out in the IAPT Manual. IAPT Psychotherapeutic Counselling trainees will work in NHS commissioned IAPT services, complete the IAPT national curriculum for High Intensity Psychotherapeutic Counsellors and provide a portion of the high intensity interventions of the service, delivering one of the following IAPT-approved modalities, based on the specific training pathway of the that they undertake within the national curriculum: Couple Therapy for Depression (CTfD), Brief Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy for Depression (DIT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression (IPT) or Person-Centred Experiential - Counselling for Depression (PCE-CfD).

The IAPT Psychotherapeutic Counselling national curriculum will provide a Foundation level, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma (Level 7) training in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, leading to a qualification to practise as a High Intensity Therapist in IAPT services delivering NICE-recommended evidence based psychological therapy for adults with depression.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Just over 532,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description Job responsibilities

This position is for trainees undertaking the foundation stage of the training. Recruitment for the courses will be aimed at graduates (and those who can demonstrate professional and academic equivalence) with a commitment to the IAPT model.

Trainees will be jointly recruited by IAPT services and training providers and will be employed within IAPT services. On completion of the foundation training, trainees will be eligible to apply to continue on to the Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma.

The training and service experience will equip the post holder with the necessary knowledge, attitude and capabilities to operate effectively in an inclusive, value driven service.

The post holder will attend all taught and self-study days required by the education provider, as specified within the agreed national curriculum and work in the service for the remaining days of the week using their newly developed skills.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications and Relevant Experience Essential
  • Current professional membership or willingness to register with relevant professional body (student membership acceptable) - BACP, NCS etc.
  • Recognised degree at 2:2 or above in any relevant subject, or equivalent, or Demonstrates competency via a portfolio of evidence, which meets specified academic equivalence requirements
  • Completed a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, (minimum of 10 days or 60 hours of face-to-face tuition at level 2 or level 3). Note: Online courses are not acceptable. L2 Award, Helping Skills and Introductory courses are not acceptable.
  • Previous clinical or professional expertise in mental health
  • Evidence of working with people who have experienced a common mental health problem.
  • Experience of working in partnership with other services
Knowledge and abilities Essential
  • Demonstrates high standards in written communication
  • Able to complete academic components of the full training programme including Foundation course, and postgraduate diploma

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