Senior Counsellor in the Amputee Service

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year PA Pro Rata
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
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The Physical Health Service is a team of psychologists, therapists and counsellors who aim to assist people in adapting to and developing creative solutions for physical health problems. The BCPFT Physical Health Psychology Service currently operates across 3 geographical patches (Dudley, Wolverhampton and Sandwell) with a number of contracts in each area and this post will serve Wolverhampton clients.

Main duties of the job

Are you a counsellor who wants to unique role within a physical health specialism? Would you like to work with a multidisciplinary team? An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a Counsellor to work in the lower limb amputee rehabilitation service. The post-holder will have an essential part to play in ensuring that psychological perspectives are taken into account across the service. You will provide specialised clinical input to individuals referred, and be an integral member of the team. For the multi-disciplinary team you will provide support, supervision, and teaching.

We are seeking a highly motivated and dynamic individual with a keenness and ability to integrate your current skills and apply them in a new context. Experience of working in a physical health setting is desirable but not essential. The most important qualities are good communication skills, working co-operatively and thinking creatively.

About us

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health, learning disability, and community healthcare services for the population of the Black Country.

Across the whole of the region we provide:
  • Adult and older adult mental health services
  • Specialist learning disability services

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020, after NHS England and NHS Improvement approved the merger of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Combining resources, strategies and talented workforce enables us to deliver a wider variety of outstanding services that are based on best practice and are continually improving.

We currently employ over 3,000 members of staff and just like the population we serve, we are made up of diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will have opportunities for personal support and development via the Trust appraisal system. Flexible working would all be considered. Previous applicants need not apply.

Person Specification Education/ Qualifications Essential
  • oPost Graduate level qualification in counselling OR
  • oDiploma level 5 qualification in counselling.
  • oBACP/UKCP accredited or attended an accredited course and working towards completion of accreditation within 12 months
Experience Essential
  • A minimum of 450 hours counselling experience with a relevant voluntary or statutory organisation
  • Significant experience with a relevant voluntary or statutory sector organisation
  • Experience of carrying out assessments of client's suitability for counselling
  • Experience of developing and running skills groups
  • Experience of working in an physical health service
  • Experience working towards service targets
Knowledge Essential
  • oIn depth knowledge of 1 core clinical model.
  • oKnowledge of the application of counselling to socially and culturally diverse populations.
  • oDemonstrates an understanding of loss and adjustment with clients and how the managed within the step care model.
  • oKnowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other common mental health problems
  • oDemonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based
Skills/ Personal Qualities Essential
  • oAble to establish and maintain effective communication with individuals and groups about difficult or complex matters, overcoming any problems in communication.
  • oAble to support peoples equality, diversity and rights,
  • oAble to assess the health needs and well-being of people whose needs are relatively stable and consistent with others in the caseload.
  • oAble to offer training to colleagues.
  • oAble to provide counselling supervision
  • oAble to develop and run skills groups
  • oAbility to manage own caseload and time
  • oWork effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and undertake care co-ordination/lead practitioner responsibilities
  • oIdentify, provide and promote appropriate interventions / means of support for carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and challenging behaviours.
Trust Behaviours Essential
  • oBe compassionate, empathetic and caring to everyone
  • oAct with transparency and honesty; respect and value others to do the right thing at the right time for everyone.
  • oEnable yourself and others to act with confidence and authority in order to achieve the best outcome for everyone
  • oWork with others. Be inclusive by understanding and valuing others to achieve the best results for everyone and everything we do

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