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Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pa
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and self-motivated individual to work for Mindsmatter, an Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) Service

This opportunity is on offer for a qualified Counsellor who has the appropriate skills, is passionate about providing meaningful and effective therapeutic interventions for common mental health problems.

The Mindsmatter service comprises Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapists in addition to Counsellors who together offer a range of IAPT compliant psychological therapies and support to help people make positive changes to reduce stress and anxiety and improve their wellbeing.

Mindsmatter Counsellors offer screening, assessment and treatment for common mental health problems, offering service users a greater degree of treatment choice and flexibility by providing 1:1 brief time limited counselling. This service is provided across a number of primary care and other community venues in the locality.

Applicants should have a proven track record of delivering high quality service outcomes against robust performance measures in addition to having excellent interpersonal qualities; time management skills; an ability to work autonomously; and an enthusiasm for working in an ever-developing IAPT environment.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide high quality primary care IAPT and counselling) services to adults with mild to moderate mental health problems.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of team policies and procedure.
  • To deliver IAPT Counselling services in accordance with NICE guidelines, within agreed activity levels and model, meeting required key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • To promote wellbeing and social inclusion.
  • To work flexibly and in accordance with service demands.
  • To work to the agreed number of clinical contacts per week as set by the Team Lead

  • About us

    Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

    The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

    Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

    Job description Job responsibilities

    Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information about this role

    Person Specification Education/ Qualifications Essential
    • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited Diploma
    • Hold Registered status with BACP
    • Evidence of working towards British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Accreditation (to be achieved within 12 months of taking up the post).
    Knowledge Essential
    • Knowledge of NHS structures and policy within a primary care context.
    • Good record of Continuing Professional Development and willingness to continue this
    Experience Essential
    • Experience of psychological work with common mental health issue
    • Experience of short term time-limited work
    • Evidence of regular supervised practice.
    • Experience of promoting wellbeing and social inclusion
    Skills and Abilities Essential
    • Highly developed interpersonal skills and communication skills both oral and written.
    • Ability to sustain intense levels of concentration responding and participating as required.
    • Ability to self-reflect and use clinical supervision appropriately.
    Work Related Circumstances Essential
    • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms to safeguard high standards of care and clinical excellence
    • To support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
    • Able to be flexible to work across various locations and offer remote and on-line therapy in addition to face to face contacts

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