Senior Counsellor

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
24 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an experienced and passionate Senior Counsellor to work in our newly established Maternal Mental Health Service. This service presently offers assessment and psychological intervention to birthing individuals experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties associated with experiences of perinatal loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, termination of pregnancy).

This is an exciting opportunity to develop and enhance your skills over time, in particular when working with complex grief, trauma, and mental health presentations.

Close liaison with maternity staff is integral to the Maternal Mental Health Service model, and as such, this post offers a real opportunity to develop your consultation, supervision and service development competencies. You will be expected to contribute to our training and consultation offer within maternity and other mental health services, as well as wider service development and evaluation initiatives. This service is being coproduced with principles of diversity and inclusion embedded throughout.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with loss, trauma and complex grief, as well as a genuine interest in and passion for maternal mental health. CPD and supervision for all grades of staff is highly valued; clinical supervision will be provided by a Perinatal Clinical Psychologist

Main duties of the job

The main clinical work undertaken by the post-holder will be to provide counselling and therapy services to clients referred to the service who have experienced perinatal loss and are struggling with their mental health as a result. This will include working within a trauma informed framework; there will also be an expectation that you undertake further training in trauma focused approaches if you do not have a trauma qualification already.

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.

As a public body, we are accountable to the people we serve. The Trust Board is responsible for determining the strategy and overall direction of the Trust in an open, honest, and transparent manner.

We're using our position as an NHS Foundation Trust to strengthen our ties with the local community. We have a large and growing membership, and we're always encouraging people to join our Trust as members. Members are kept informed of what is happening in the Trust, and their advice is sought on ways we can improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of our services.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • To provide counselling and therapeutic interventions as appropriate to clients referred to the Black Country Maternal Mental Health Service. Clients will present with moderate or severe mental health difficulties within the context of perinatal loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, termination of pregnancy). Counselling will be carried out in community venues.
  • To work with the Maternal Mental Health Service Lead and other members of the team to develop and establish working practices to promote and maintain the mental health of women living in the Black Country who have experienced perinatal loss.
  • To contribute to initial assessments of clients referred to the service; and to contribute to partners assessments in line with perinatal Long Term Plan ambitions
  • To provide accurate and informed feedback of client progress to colleagues across mental health and maternity service as appropriate. To liaise with other staff within and outside of the NHS, including 3rd Sector agencies, on matters relating to client well-being and care.
  • To plan and prioritise own case management.
  • To be responsible for auditing own outcome figures in line with service targets.
  • To maintain up to date clear client records and case notes in line with the policies of the Black Country Partnership Foundation NHS Trust (BCPFT).
  • To undertake regular clinical supervision in line with BACP and BCPFT requirements.
  • Continuing personal development to be acquired through attendance at training events, line management supervision, reading relevant articles and journals, and clinical supervision.
  • To use standardised questionnaires to assess clients and monitor progress in clinical work as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the development of clinical outcome measures and evidence based practice.
  • To supervise trainees and volunteer counsellors.

Person Specification
  • Accreditation as a counsellor

  • Trauma qualification

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