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Counsellor - Prison Mental Health Team

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the mental health teams working across HMP Lancaster Farms, HMP Preston and HMP Kirkham, the base for this post is HMP Lancaster Farms.

We require the post holder to be committed to equal opportunities and non-discriminatory practices and reflect the trust values.

Strong team working principles are essential and you will network with a variety of people as well as work in partnership with a range of different agencies both internal and external to the prison.

This is the opportunity to develop skills and work in a challenging but rewarding environment, working as both part of a team and as an autonomous practitioner.

Main duties of the job

You will be required to provide counselling services to a broad range of service users who experience mild to moderate mental health problems that would benefit from counselling in a prison setting.

You will be required to be; innovative, flexible and able to engage clients with a variety of needs.

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care --our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Membership of BACP, UKCP or other recognised professional body AND
  • Diploma Level Counselling Course OR
  • Counselling training comprising: 450 hours core theory and skills 40 hours minimum of personal therapy 100 hours minimum of clinical supervised practice (recent). The training must be acceptable to the relevant recognised professional bodies AND
  • Actively pursuing accreditation with BACP, UKCP or other recognised professional body (to be achieved within agreed timescale)
Experience Essential
  • Experience working with clients with a range of needs
  • Provision of time limited, focussed counselling intervention
  • Significant, recent counselling experience
  • Multi disciplinary team work and collaboration
  • Liaison with, and referral on to, other services or agencies.
  • Working in a healthcare setting or mental health service
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Evidence-based knowledge of best practice in counselling clients with mental health conditions
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Clinical Governance and Clinical Supervision
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information in a manner appropriate to the individual and situation.
  • Knowledge of NHS structure and the primary care context

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