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Accredited HI Counsellor / Psychotherapist / Counselling Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£45,024 to £50,806 a year per annum inc HCAS (pro rata P/T)
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you looking to work flexibly and join a highly experienced, friendly and supportive Counselling team? We offer both fully remote fixed-term contracts (6-9 months) or permanent part-remote (home and site) posts. Permanent roles offer the opportunity of further, fully funded training in one of the brief IAPT therapies.

If you are an Accredited Counsellor, psychotherapist or Counselling Psychologist with experience delivering short-term psychotherapy and a desire to join colleagues delivering brief, Relational Therapies in the NHS, CNWL Talking Therapies IAPT Services are recruiting to sites in Brent and Uxbridge. Both services have large counselling provisions, with therapist trained in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, PCE-Counselling for Depression, Couple Therapy for Depression and Behavioural Couples Therapy, who also offer generic psychological assessments and brief, focussed therapy.

Applicants must be an Accredited Counsellor / Counselling Psychologist or Psychotherapist, on the Accredited register of the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). This covers Accredited Counsellors / Counselling Psychologists registered with the UKCP, BPC, HCPC or an equivalent professional bodies and/or Accredited with the BACP. Please ensure your application provides correct details of your registration to confirm Accreditation by search of number and not name, on the PSA or BACP 'Find an Accredited Therapist', in order to be shortlisted.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for experienced therapists wishing to join the NHS who have or would like to acquire supervisor training and have or want to train in one of the relational IAPT modality therapies. We value IAPT offering a range of short-term therapies, and wish to attract applicants who may not have worked in the NHS but would like to do so and can bring experience of delivering brief therapies, especially in one of the IAPT modalities: DIT, Counselling for Depression and couples therapy.

This commitment is reflected in the banding of the post at band 7, for psychotherapists and counsellors who meet the entry requirement to be fully Accredited (details in the Person Specification) and on completion of one of the IAPT modality relational therapies practitioner training which is fully funded. Accredited therapists joining our service without one of the IAPT relational therapy qualifications, will join at band 6 until qualification in the additional modality.

We also hope to attract therapists with supervisor training and experience who have a substantial supervision qualification or are qualified supervisors in an IAPT modality. Additional support and training will be provided for clinicians to gain supervision experience and qualification within the IAPT framework and commissioned funding.

About us

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

The Talking Therapies IAPT Services are innovative and progressive services working with Healthcare and Perinatal services and community providers. Service hours are between 8am and 8pm and clinicians are expected to provide some later working hours within their week. Posts are offered part- or full-time, with a minimum of 3 days (22.5hrs) per week one day of which should be a Tuesday (Hillingdon) or Wednesday (Brent).

Clinicians are currently working a blend of telephone, video and face to face sessions, dependent on patient need and with a balance of office- and home-based working. Anyone wanting to work fully remotely can take up a fixed term contract of 6-9 months, but will need to attend our site to collect IT and connect to our Trust IT network.

Job description Job responsibilities

To be appointed at band 7, candidates should have extensive experience of delivering brief therapy, preferably in an NHS IAPT or primary care setting working with adults over the past two years. You will ideally also have a further IAPT modality accredited training and/or supervisory experience.

The post holder will receive regular supervision and support from the Clinical Service Lead as well as benefit from support and guidance from other Talking Therapies Service team members and will work collaboratively with other senior staff within the overall team and we have close links with our Community and Mental Health Services. There are also wider links with other IAPT services within CNWL Foundation Trust and the Trust-wide clinical psychology services.

Person Specification Education and qualifications Essential
  • Qualification from a BACP approved Diploma in Counselling or equivalent, or qualified as a Counselling Psychologist, or qualified as a Psychodynamic psychotherapist or counsellor, with substantial specialist knowledge, theory and skills of Counselling acquired through diploma / degrees with professional Accreditation.
  • Professional Accreditation on the Professional Standards Authority register of Accredited Counsellors (MBACP [Accred], UKCP, BPC, HCPC, UKAHPP, National Counselling Society Professional Accreditation) Or Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC
  • Practitioner qualification in an accredited IAPT modality (Counselling for Depression, Interpersonal Therapy, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy, Couple Therapy for Depression, Behavioural Couples Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • Critical understanding of the relevance of studies of human development, psychopathology, psychology, social issues and evidence-based practice
  • Supervisor qualification from a substantial Counselling and/or IAPT modality supervision course, as a supervisor for Counselling, CfD, DIT, IPT, Couple Therapy for Depression, Behavioural Couples Therapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Additional training in specialist areas related to primary care mental health eg LTC, Perinatal, CBT principles, clinical risk assessment
  • Qualified/Registered Mental Health Professional
Previous Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as an Accredited High Intensity Counsellor with highly specialist post-qualification experience of assessment and brief counselling treatment of adult patients in a primary care mental health setting or similar, and presenting with problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of working in the NHS or an IAPT service or other primary care setting, providing specialist expertise in the field of brief Counselling interventions
  • Experience of assessing clinical risk in the context of common mental health problems.
  • Specialist experience acquired through having conducted 450 hours of supervised assessment and Counselling therapy during training
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision, and providing specialist expertise
  • Specialist psychotherapeutic working experience
  • Experience of the application of psychotherapy in difference cultural and diversity contexts.
  • Experience of working within a primary care/community setting
  • Experience of managing an independent and specialist caseload
  • Research skills and knowledge and aptitude
Other Essential
  • An interest in developing expertise and skills across a range of theoretical models and interventions, appropriate to primary care counselling.
  • Ability to identify difficulties in clinical practice and to seek and use supervision constructively in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • To demonstrate emotional resilience and stability.
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships under pressure.
  • Ability to travel between surgeries and administrative offices.
  • Offer flexibility in terms of time and attitude.
  • Ability to work creatively, co- operatively, reliably and consistently both as an independent practitioner and in multi-disciplinary and team settings
  • Demonstrably respectful approach to patients, carers, colleagues, other professional contacts with the ability to understand and implement the Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the post
  • Willingness to negotiate and ability to handle confrontation effectively and professionally
  • Sickness record / attendance that is acceptable to the Trust
  • Declared medically fit to work by Occupational Health Department to perform the duties of the post
  • Personal psychotherapy undertaken or current
  • Knowledge of local languages and ability to deliver therapy in other languages
Skills and Knowledge Essential
  • Competency in working within a recognized theoretical framework
  • Ability to draw on an evidence base in the choice of clinical interventions.
  • Skills in psychological assessment for High Intensity Counselling, intervention and management including the use of theoretical models to analyze information and to develop formulations upon which to base treatment.
  • Well-developed skills in the effective communication of highly complex and/or clinically sensitive information to a wide variety of recipients in a range of settings within and outside the NHS, including the ability to produce comprehensive and coherent letters, reports and associated documentation
  • Knowledge of the psychotherapeutic role, ability to take clinical decisions about patient care, within professional expertise
  • Highly developed communication skills at overcoming barriers to understanding and acceptance
  • Skills in working in multidisciplinary settings
  • Skills in providing advice and consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Ability to work independently and as a lone practitioner. To plan, organise and prioritise own work and patient caseload
  • Ability to treat people with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach which considers the holistic needs of the person
  • Ability to record, monitor and report on clinical information as required
  • Competence in basic IT systems including keyboard skills
  • Awareness of potential impact of discrimination and disadvantage on mental health
  • Ability to teach and train others using a variety of complex multi- media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • 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 concentrate intensively for substantial periods during patient contact, teaching / supervision sessions, team meetings, preparing written work etc.
  • Ability to produce highly-quality professional results to specified deadlines and other time constraints
  • Ability to manage effectively frequent exposure to highly distressing/emotional circumstances
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychotherapy in specific dif

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