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Staff Counsellor

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Staff wellbeing is a priority for Hywel Dda. We are proud to offer a trusted, confidential and specialist in-house service along with signposting to a range of other resources. Our established reputation means that more staff are reaching out to talk in confidence and we are delighted therefore, to be expanding our team. If you are an experienced Counsellor or CBT Practitioner, we would love to hear from you.

You will join our clinical team to provide one to one psychological support for staff who self-refer. This may involve triage, assessment and brief solution focused therapeutic interventions as well as supporting the effective use of Stress Risk Assessments. The role may also incorporate post trauma support work as well as co-facilitation of groups.

The role is based at Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen but other bases could be considered and we provide the necessary support for some working from home where this is appropriate. Our service covers all three counties of Ceredigion, Carmarthen and Pembrokeshire so some travel to other bases will be required.

Main duties of the job

You will need to work confidently and autonomously, making good use of evidence based approaches. You will be comfortable in delivering effective time limited therapy both online and in person and will be quickly able to establish suitability as well identifying a focus for any therapeutic work offered. Experience of working therapeutically with adults and being able to manage and hold stress in self and others are essential. Working in the NHS is challenging as well as extremely rewarding and this kind of role takes special skills in being present for our staff when they are at their most vulnerable or distressed.

You will be working towards accreditation with a professional body (such as the BACP or BABCP) and we will support you to complete this within your first year.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

We can offer you a friendly and supportive team environment, with opportunities to contribute to new service developments.

The team have a robust supervision framework in place and we keep our eye on opportunities for development and learning both in-house and externally. Your wellbeing and experience really matter and we do whatever we can to walk our talk. We meet regularly as a team, have various ways of staying in touch and are also linked in with wider networks of support across services and other health boards.

We can also offer flexible working arrangements and in return ask for your flexibility in meeting service need.

You will be line managed and supported by our Lead Psychological Wellbeing Advisor but will also have regular contact with other members of the team, as well as colleagues in Organisational Development, Workforce, Occupational Health and other services.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 18/04/23

Person Specification Language Skills Desirable
  • Welsh speaker (Level 1)
Experience Essential
  • Post-qualification experience with adult clients, including brief focused work and assessment
  • Experience of receiving appropriate clinical supervision
  • Experience of a wide range of clinical caseload
  • Experience of working effectively online and on the phone as well as in-person
  • Previous experience of workplace counselling
  • Experience of post trauma support work
  • Experience of working with groups
  • Experience of working within an NHS or other health setting
  • Experience in the administration and use of clinical and audit questionnaires (e.g. CORE)
Other Essential
  • Able to work from a number of sites in accordance with service need
Qualifications & Knowledge Essential
  • Recognised professional qualification in Counselling or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to at least Diploma level
  • Membership of an appropriate professional body
  • Accreditation with an appropriate professional body (e.g. BACP) or working towards Accreditation
  • Working knowledge of more than one model of counselling/therapy
  • Knowledge of assessment procedures
  • Masters' Degree in Counselling or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Recognised professional qualification in Brief Focused Counselling, Bereavement Counselling, Anger/Anxiety Management, Relationship Issues

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