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IAPT Counsellor

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
To provide evidence-based counselling modalities in line with NICE guidance and the IAPT manual to adults experiencing depression that meet suitability criteria to benefit from IAPT. To work collaboratively with IAPT colleagues who 'Step' people assessed as requiring Counselling for depression.

If you are accredited with a professional body or are ready to submit for accreditation with the required minimum of 450 clinical hours but not PCE CfD trained/qualified we may be able to offer you a conditional fixed term band 5 role dependent on you being accepted on the June cohort of PCE CfD training at York St John University and qualifying in this model (and being accredited) within 1 year of employment. On gaining accreditation and becoming qualified in PCE CfD you would be offered a permanent contract on Band 6.

Sheffield IAPT works closely with GP Practice teams across Sheffield providing a wide range of psychological interventions to people experiencing Depression and Anxiety - operating within a Stepped Care Model. This is a hybrid working position, working both remotely and on site.

Main duties of the job

To meet the National IAPT standards which include an individual minimum 50% recovery rate and to meet 20 clinical contact hours (pro-rata) per week. To ensure productivity expectations are met in line with the National IAPT manual.

To meet patient needs by working across Sheffield according to demand. Working a minimum of 22.5 hours per week and to offer one early appointment and one late appointment per week (outside 9-5pm working hours) and Saturday working on occasion if required.

Provide an initial Counselling assessment once 'stepped' by an IAPT colleague (as there are no direct referrals to Counselling) including a risk assessment and offer an appropriate Counselling contract; or signpost or refer on to a more appropriate service or intervention.

Offer professional advice and support to the referrers and IAPT colleagues in Primary Care on all aspects of Counselling.

Work autonomously within professional guidelines and best practice IAPT guidelines.

Liaise as appropriate with IAPT colleagues, GPs regarding concerns and the treatment outcome.

Use data to reflect, guide and improve your own practice and performance in conjunction with supervision. Contribute to counselling forums and CPD events.

Minimum of 0.5wte over a minimum of 3 days preferably working a full day Thursday to support you in the role as Thursday's are service wide nonclinical time which involves, meetings, forums and CPD opportunities

About us

We are a Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust providing a range of diverse services including generic & specialist mental health care; services for people with learning disability; drug & alcohol services; Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT); GP Primary Care services; dementia care services; and community based services for those with long term neurological conditions. We promote emotional health and wellbeing through the provision of accessible high quality modern services designed around the needs of our local population. Our culture is founded upon effective partnership working and close working relationships with staff, service users and their families/carers. We strive to deliver consistently high-quality care through our high performing, dedicated & skillful workforce which you could now become a part of. Our values are fundamental to ensuring people are at the heart of everything we do, our values are Respect, Compassion, Partnership. Accountability, Fairness and Ambition.

Sheffield Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)service is part of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust. We are anNHS adult service offering a range of freepsychological therapies to over 12,000 people each year who live in Sheffield.

Giving people the right information and help to develop skills toovercome stress, anxiety and and depression is at the heart of what we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

To assess and treat people stepped to Counselling as appropriate.

To complete all mandated session by session outcome measures.

To have autonomous professional responsibility for clients referred.

To formulate and implement a counselling contract based on an appropriate conceptual framework of the persons presenting issues within the protocols and procedures established by IAPT (in line with NICE guidance, the IAPT manual and suitability for an IAPT service).

To recognise and assess risk (including child and vulnerable adult protection) and raise matters in line with IAPT/SHSC policy.

To manage all aspects of arranging and working with interpreters when assessed as necessary for the Counselling contract.

To sensitively communicate complex information to clients to encourage therapeutic engagement.

To ensure record keeping in line with Sheffield IAPT Standard Operating Procedures. This includes contemporaneous notes completed within 24 hours on the agreed patient record system, checking SHSC patient administration system prior to taking on new patients to check any risk or suitability issues and to send a discharge summary to GP practices once completed treatment.

To maintain a high level of clinical practice by attending Individual and Group Supervision; as well as being an active member of the Counsellor specific forum (pro rata if part time).

To provide evidence-based modality individual and/or group supervision as appropriate.

To provide counselling consultation and support to the Primary Health Care team where needed and to IAPT colleagues on the suitability of the evidence-based modality for depression prior to stepping.

To participate in and contribute to the Counsellor Forum and IAPT Team Meetings and IAPT Master Classes.

Participate in individual performance reviews and respond to agreed individual objectives aligned with meeting the service objectives of achieving all three National IAPT standards on access, waiting times and recovery rates.

To continue to gain professional training and experience over and above that provided by the service making a commitment to continual professional development. Including responding to additional training request by NHS England in line with IAPT providing evidence-based interventions.

Ensure all mandatory training is up to date in line with service protocol

Service Development

To be research aware and able to contribute to the research programmes supported by the IAPT service where appropriate.

To act in an informed proactive manner to support improved access to the IAPT service for people who use the service.

To contribute through the IAPT data set and other evaluation tools to improve the quality and effectiveness of Counselling within the IAPT Service.

To be able to use all the required electronic systems used by SHSC and IAPT as well as in the Primary Care teams where based (as appropriate).

The post holder should be comfortable in the use of computer technology, have basic keyboard skills and have the ability to use email. In addition to this the ability to conduct videoconferencing as a treatment option.

To attend clinical and practice meetings as part of the IAPT team and work closely with the Primary Health Care team where appropriate.

To contribute to the development of best practice in Counselling by continuing to develop the skills of a reflective practitioner.

To maintain an active involvement with current developments in the area of IAPT and counselling.

To maintain up to date professional knowledge and developments in IAPT and Counselling.

To maintain annual accreditation with a professional accrediting body relevant to providing individual psychological therapy / Counselling / psychotherapy and the required registrations for the IAPT evidence-based competency-based trainings.

Person Specification Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of the role of IAPT counsellor and skills to deliver evidence-based modalities in the treatment of depression in line with the National IAPT manual
  • Skilled at achieving required standards through delivering agreed job plan in line with 20 clinical hours per week pro rata and ability to meet the minimum required 50% clinical recovery rate for IAPT services
  • Ability to use session by session outcome measures to monitor practice
  • Knowledge and skills in the use of methods of Counselling appropriate in IAPT e.g., contracting; assessment; implementing clinically appropriate interventions for depression; caseload management to achieve clinical contact hours required and managing endings
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively (verbally and written); communicating complex, highly technical or clinically sensitive information to clients, organisations and to other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Able to establish and maintain therapeutic relationships and alliances as well work within the IAPT model and hold firm boundaries when necessary
  • Skilled in providing advice on suitability of evidence-based counselling interventions to other professions in IAPT, GPs and other stakeholders as appropriate
  • Skilled at working with, and in a variety of teams
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and Mental health
Training & Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified in a BACP approved Diploma in Counselling
  • Registered and accredited with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) or British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP or equivalent accrediting body). It is essential that registration and accreditation must be maintained throughout employment
  • Trained in Counselling for Depression (CfD-PCET)
  • In addition to CfD-PCET, trained in one or more of the IAPT approved evidence-based modality training; Couple Therapy for Depression (CTfD); or Interpersonal Therapy (IPT); or DIT
  • Supervision training in evidence based modality (with relevant qualification and experience for the IAPT counsellor role)
  • Further formal and relevant post accreditation training (relevant to the IAPT counsellor role)
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in an IAPT service delivering counselling for people with depression
  • Experience of Counselling in Primary Care settings working collaboratively with GPs and the wider Primary Care Team
  • Experience of delivering brief focus Counselling interventions with good patient outcomes
  • Experience of working with adults, presenting with mild to severe symptoms of depression in line with suitability for an IAPT service
  • Maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotional and distressing problems
  • Demonstrate clinical leadership appropriate to banding where required
  • Experience of the application of evidence-based counselling modalities in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of delivering evidence-based modality supervision
Other Essential
  • Ability to work across Sheffield depending on need and able to work a minimum of 22.5 hours in order to meet the demands of the role, maintain CPD and receive support/maintain wellbeing by attending counselling forums, masterclass, team meetings, group supervision and individual supervision
  • Ability to be flexible with appointment times to meet patient need (where needed to offer one early appointment and one late appointment per week outside 9-5 working hours and to work Saturdays if required, on occasion)
  • Documented evidence throughout employment in line with requirements from professional body to maintain accreditation
  • Strong evidence of commitment to personal development to maintain and deepen the capacity to withstand the emotional and ethical conflicts of the post and the capacity to maintain therapeutic fo

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