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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
Come and join the Blackburn with Darwen Mindsmatter Talking Therapies Team!

We are the local Talking Therapy service offering 1:1 therapy as well as group work and online therapy.

We are looking for a dynamic, hardworking and enthusiastic individual with the appropriate training, skills and experience to offer counselling. If you think this is you, do please apply!

Our team at Blackburn with Darwen Mindsmatter consists of a close team of PWPs, Counsellors and CBT therapists who work collaboratively to deliver the best service and outcomes for clients. We pride ourselves on the work we do.

We work in integrative ways and have strong links with specialist services, enhancing client care as we strive to ensure that clients receive the right treatment for their need.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide high quality primary care counselling services to adults with common mental health , including those with a degree of complexity
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of Trust and local policies and procedur
  • To deliver a counselling service in accordance with NICE guidelines, within agreed activity levels and model, meeting required key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • To provide advice and consultation on client's care, to non-counselling colleagues and to non-professional carers.
  • 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 Manager.

  • 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
    • Completion of a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited counselling course at diploma level
    • Have Registered status with BACP
    • Evidence of working towards accreditation with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (and a commitment to achieve this within 12 months of commencement of the post)
    Knowledge Essential
    • Knowledge of NHS structures and policy within a primary care context
    • Knowledge of the IAPT model
    • Clinical and theoretical knowledge of more than 1 model of counselling.
    Experience Essential
    • Experience of psychological work with common mental health problems and primary care counselling work.
    • Experience of short term time-limited counselling
    • Evidence of regular supervised practice.
    Skills & 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.

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