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Senior Fertility Counsellor

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum pro rata for part time staff
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are excited to advertise this great opportunity of becoming the Senior Fertility Counsellor of the Assisted Conception Unit (ACU), The Jessop Wing, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust (STHFT).

We aim to attract a committed, diverse, and talented workforce who are passionate about delivering psychological care within an acute hospital setting and adapting approaches to meet the needs of our services and service users. In return, we offer a supportive, dynamic work setting where you can link with colleagues and develop your career.

As a department, we recognise that diversity of workforce extends our skills, experiences, and ideas, thereby adding value and creativity to our services. The department has an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) group and welcomes applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and the LGBTQ+ community. In our latest staff survey, 95% of staff report feeling valued and cared for and that their role makes a difference.

Please see the attachment Department overview for more details about working with us.

Main duties of the job

The Senior Fertility Counsellor leads the specialist fertility counselling service of the Assisted Conception Unit (ACU). The counsellors work as part of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure that regulatory requirements in relation to donation, surrogacy and general counselling needs are met.

This includes providing implications counselling to those who are considering, undertaking or have undertaken assisted conception, donation, surrogacy or storage procedures. This in addition to providing therapeutic and supportive counselling, as needed by those whose infertility, circumstances, treatment, donation, and /or outcomes give rise to particular difficulties or distress.

As the Senior Counsellor you would play an active role in the wider ACU service, attending and contributing to ACU Board meetings, MDT meetings, senior staff meetings and all ethics committee meetings. The Senior Counsellor is also responsible for ensuring the Counselling Service meets statutory, national, regional and Trust standards of care.

About us

You will be working for an organisation which values and respects all of its staff and the community it serves. The Trust is a leader in the NHS and research sectors and provides excellent benefits for its staff. This includes commitments to professional development but also many policies to support employees in balancing their personal and professional lives.

As a member of the department, you would be part of a substantial, experienced, and enthusiastic team benefitting from inhouse professional development including clinical supervision, special interest groups and opportunities to engage in our wider projects. The department is committed to supporting our staff and have a well-supported Staff Engagement and Wellbeing Group. The Trust has a flexible working policy, allowing for a range of flexible / hybrid working options as appropriate to the service needs. The attached document outlines our department strategy.

As a dynamic department, we have seen considerable growth in recent years and have a portfolio of new service developments. Continuing professional development is strongly supported, as appropriate to the individual's and organisation's requirements.

The department has strong links with the Sheffield, Leeds and Hull DClinPsy courses. We also offer placements to trainees on DCounsPsy courses.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please view the attached Job Description and Person Specification documents for full details regarding this post.

When completing your application please ensure that you clearly demonstrate how you meet the role criteria.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • A psychotherapy or counselling qualification to advanced diploma level or above, accredited by the BACP, NCPS, UKCP, or BABCP
  • Accredited member of BACP, UKCP, NCPS or BABCP
  • Accredited Member (AMBICA) of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA)
  • Evidence of continuing education and professional development to recognised required standards
  • Senior Accredited Member (SAMBICA) of the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA) or commitment to obtaining within the first 2 years of employment in post


  • Degree or Master's degree
  • Post-qualification training in approaches and therapies appropriate for an HFEA Licensed Treatment Centre



  • Extensive post-qualification supervised counselling or psychotherapy practice working face to face, online and by telephone
  • Proven experience of working with complex presentations (e.g. fertility grief, treatment distress, trauma)
  • A proven interest in the specialist area of fertility, including the provision of implementations counselling with up to date knowledge of legislation
  • Experience of undertaking psychotherapeutic interventions appropriate to fertility-related treatments and conditions
  • Undertaking highly specialist assessments in the context of considering the Welfare of the Child in the area of fertility treatment.
  • Experience of providing counselling / psychotherapy supervision (individual or group)
  • Working with a wide variety of patient groups presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of working therapeutically and providing implications counselling to individuals, couples and groups (e.g. in planned surrogacy arrangements)
  • Experience of working with people seeking fertility preservation


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of the practice of counselling/psychotherapy in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working clinically in health and medical settings.

Further Training


  • Higher level knowledge of the theory and practice of one or more specialist counselling/psychotherapeutic modality


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychotherapeutic therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, chronic or terminal illness, complex psychological or physical problems, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc)
  • Post-qualification training in supervision
  • Experience providing later counselling for donors, parents and donor conceived people

Skills and Knowledge


  • Audit and research skills in counselling / psychotherapy related projects
  • Skills in working effectively with other professionals in multidisciplinary settings.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional credibility at all levels of the organisation.


  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.

Personal Qualities


  • Highly developed ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) highly complex and/or clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers, and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to manage confidentiality according to professional guidelines and time effectively and prioritise workload with flexibility required for this setting
  • Positive attitude, sensitivity, and commitment to working with patient groups affected by fertility issues and involuntary childlessness
  • Ability to deal with frequent exposure to highly distressing or highly emotional circumstances.
  • Ability to maintain intense concentration on a frequent basis.

Employer details

Employer name

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Assisted Conception Unit

The Jessop Hospital, Tree Root Walk, Broomhall,


S10 2SF

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