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Counsellor for Integrated Sexual Health

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sutton In Ashfield
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Integrated Sexual Health Services for a Counsellor to join the team. You will be working alongside an excellent, established multidisciplinary sexual health team to provide a counselling service to our service users on the Sexual Health Pathway, including those living with HIV.

The overriding purpose is to support the provision of the highest quality patient care through personal actions and continuous improvement

We are hoping to recruit an individual who is enthusiastic, hardworking, compassionate, and committed to providing high standards of quality care.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide care for citizens on the Sexual Health Pathway, including those living with HIV. The post holder will be expected to:-
  • Provide brief counselling services in the form of one-to-one support for individuals requiring advice and support about their sexual well-being.
  • Provide support around risk taking sexual behaviour, sexual and gender identity enabling citizens to make safer informed choices and improve psychological wellbeing.
  • One-to-one interventions to reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted infections including HIV especially among vulnerable, at risk groups and particularly those with severe multiple disadvantage.
  • Facilitate onward referrals to main-stream mental health services and psychosexual services as appropriate.

About us

Thank you for your interest in this role.

Sherwood is nationally recognised as being an excellent place to work and deliver care. We are rightly proud of the 5,500 colleagues who work here, and we are the Health Service Journal's Trust of the Year in 2020.

The Care Quality Commission rated King's Mill Hospital Outstanding and Newark, and Mansfield Community Hospitals Good. Overall, we are rated Outstanding for care.

For the last three years, we have been ranked as the best NHS Trust to work for in the Midlands and in 2020 we were the third best Acute/Community NHS Trust in England.

Happy colleagues deliver better care. Our teams work in a supportive, inclusive environment, which nurtures wellbeing and has opportunities for development and progression. We do not just care for our patients we also care for you.

Our culture of learning, compassion and taking a person-centred approach are at the roots of our organisation. We would love you to join us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please read the attached full job description and person specification in the additional documents section.

Person Specification



  • Knowledge of counselling, including a range of counselling procedures and techniques.
  • Knowledge about barriers to understanding and how to address these.
  • Can demonstrate ability to put knowledge into practice


  • Knowledge of HIV transmission, testing procedures, pre and post-test counselling.



  • Professional diploma, advanced diploma/accreditation in counselling or further substantial training and accredited clinical supervision plus experience
  • Registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)


  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Foundation Level 1 course

Further Training


  • Able to elicit and communicate sensitive information.
  • Able to assess clients and select appropriate therapeutic treatment
  • Demonstrate ability in managing a client caseload, including referrals to specialist services
  • Provision of specialist support and education to staff
  • Able to perform basic psychometric testing
  • Able to undertake surveys and audits.


  • Experience in providing counselling to individuals with high sexual risk
  • Experience in providing counselling to people living with HIV (PLWH)
  • Clinical governance experience
  • Research and development experience



  • Work within ISHS/Trust policies and BACP code of ethics
  • Participate in appraisal and re-accreditation
  • Undertake mandatory training
  • Provide face to face and virtual counselling options at various locations.
  • Possess a full driving licence with use of a car.
  • Able to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service

Further Training


  • Undertake continuing professional development to maintain BACP registration.
  • Access regular supervision to support clinical practice in line with professional standards.


  • Additional safeguarding training

Employer details

Employer name

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Kings Mill Hospital

Mansfield Road,

Sutton In Ashfield

NG17 4JL

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