Band 6 Counsellor Required: Sheffield, Yorkshire
Salary: £31,365 to £37,890 pa
Job Type: Permanent
Working pattern:• Part time
Pay Scheme: Agenda for change
Pay Band: 6
Post Ref: 457-21-041-PY
Description of the Team/responsibilities/duties of the role
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.
Sheffield is at the forefront of transforming access to psychological therapies and providing integrated care for people with long term physical health conditions/symptoms alongside anxiety or depression. Our Primary Care Health and Wellbeing Team brings together experienced IAPT psychological therapists/practitioners and clinical health psychologists – to work closely with health; social care; and third sector colleagues across primary and secondary care in a range of physical health condition pathways (e.g. diabetes, COPD, CHD, CFS/ME, IBS, Pain) to develop and deliver a range of evidence based stepped care interventions for people living with long term physical health conditions/symptoms.
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.
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.
Manage all aspects of the appointments and waiting list system being aware that different systems may operate in different GP practices, working collaboratively and in conjunction with other IAPT colleagues.
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.
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