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Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust (LPFT) delivers an NHS Talking Therapies service. An opportunity has arisen for a qualified counsellor Band 5 or Band 6 to join the Lincolnshire Talking Therapies service based in Spalding although you may also be required to cover alternative bases to meet service need. The Service provides evidence-based interventions within a stepped care model, treating people with mild to moderate common mental health problems. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a major national service, which has fundamentally changed the way in which psychological treatments are provided.

In return we can offer you:

o A well-established, friendly and supportive therapy team.

o Personal and Professional Development opportunities.

o Regular management and clinical supervision.

o Annual appraisal

o Early access to our staff wellbeing service and psychology therapies

o Excellent working environment.

o NHS Pension

o NHS benefits

For further information regarding this post please contact Barbara Keogh, Team Manager for Stamford & Spalding Talking Therapies, on 01775 761855, 07976 279390 or email

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, be able to work within a team environment and be thoroughly conversant with the use of clinical systems.

The Band 5 counsellor will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing counselling for depression. The post holder will be expected to hold a clinical caseload and will be provided with clinical supervision. The service will provide the relevant training to acquire a qualification in a Talking Therapies modality (cfc/IPT/ccfd).

To acquire the Band 6 post the candidate will need to continue to hold a caseload, be accredited with a professional body, complete and pass a qualification in a Talking Therapy modality (cfc/IPT/ccfd). They will be responsible in providing clinical supervision to counselling colleagues.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.

This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service
  • Formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for clients
  • Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of client contacts offered, and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient
  • Attend meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment, where appropriate
  • Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service
  • Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols
  • Work closely with other members of the team ensuring appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place to maintain a stepped care approach
  • Undertake psychological assessments of patients referred to the service. Assessments will include idenfication of the patients problem, comprehensive risk assessment and identification of goals for therapy.

Training and Supervision
  • To attend CPD and mandatory training provided by the Trust
  • To attend clinical supervision
  • To undertake DIT/IPT/CfD training if they dont already hold one of those

  • Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulatory, professional and accrediting bodies (eg BPS, UKCP ), and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the Department of Health (e.g. IAPT, National Institute for Clinical Excellence)
  • Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times
  • Be aware of, and keep up to date with advances in the spheres of counselling and other agreed psychological therapies
  • Ensure clear professional objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with senior therapists on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development
  • Attend clinical/managerial supervision on a regular basis as agreed with Manager
  • Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives
  • Keep up to date all records in relation to C.P.D. and ensure personal development plan maintains up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments
  • Attend relevant conferences / workshops in line with identified professional objectives

  • To contribute to the development of best practice within the service
  • To maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures
  • All employees have a duty and responsibility for their own health and safety and the health of safety of colleagues, patients and the general public
  • All employees have a responsibility and a legal obligation to ensure that information processed for both patients and staff is kept accurate, confidential, secure and in line with the Data Protection Act (1998) and Security and Confidentiality Policies
  • It is the responsibility of all staff that they do not abuse their official position for personal gain, to seek advantage of further private business or other interests in the course of their official duties.
  • This Job Description does not provide an exhaustive list of duties and may be reviewed in conjunction with the post holder in light of service development

Full range of skills and competencies as laid out in the competence framework for Counselling (Roth and Pilling 2007)

Has received training (either formal of through experience) and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice.

Basic understanding of issues surrounding clinical risk.

Person Specification



  • Diploma in counselling (therapeutic)


  • Diploma in Integrated/ Eclectic Counselling NICE recommended therapeutic IAPT training - IPT/ CFD/ DIT



  • Minimum of 400 hours supervised practice
  • Knowledge of a broad range of psychological therapies including time limited interventions
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Ability to meet agreed/ specified service targets


  • Accreditation with BACP/UKCP or working towards accreditation
  • Knowledge of and commitment to appropriate ethical framework
  • Minimum of 40 hours personal therapy experience
  • interventions Counselling in a GP practice or Healthcare setting



  • Good written and communication skills
  • A good level of analytical and judgemental skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to carry out assessment
  • Awareness of Child Safe guarding requirements
  • Awareness of adult safe guarding requirements
  • Understanding of common mental health problems and of current approaches to treatment e.g NICE Guidelines


  • Conscientious Self motivated Organised
  • IT skills
  • Worked in a service with agreed targets in place demonstrating clinical outcomes

Employer details

Employer name

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Riverside House

15a High Street


PE11 1TW

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