Community Treatment Team Counsellor: Sunderland, Tyne & Wear


Reporting to:           Sunderland Counselling Head of Services / Deputy Service Manager

Accountable to:     Community Treatment Team Manager / SCS Clinical Lead

Location:                  Community Treatment Team base – Sunderland / South Tyneside

Salary:                      £35,392 Agenda for Change band 6 comparable

Hours:                      1.0 FTE (37.5 hours per week, which will include one evening).

The post holder will be entitled to 30 days annual leave at normal salary rate or pro-rata for part of a year.  In addition, a pro-rata entitlement to all statutory public holidays will be given at a normal salary rate.

This post may involve home working whilst restrictions regarding COVID 19 and social distancing remain in place and therefore the post holder may be required to work confidentially from home.

General Description and Job Purpose

Sunderland Counselling Service (SCS) is a unique independent mental health charity and company limited by guarantee, which is acknowledged for its contribution to the community by mental health professionals, health practitioners, and local and regional voluntary and statutory community agencies.

This is an exciting new role in which the post holder will be employed on a permanent contract as a counsellor by SCS, subject to a successful probationary period of six months.  The post holder will be subject to SCS terms and conditions and will work alongside and within the Community Treatment Team, known as CTT. We will also welcome applications from those who wish to be seconded into the organisation on an initial 12-month contract.

The CTT offers secondary care mental health interventions provided by Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear (CNTW) across Sunderland and South Tyneside. The postholder will be expected to work closely with colleagues within this service and others, to ensure clients receive the most effective therapeutic intervention for their presenting need(s).

The post holder will be expected to provide assessments and time-limited counselling to adults with a wide range of issues such as anxiety, low mood, grief and loss, relationship issues, loss of confidence, emotional distress and wellbeing issues that impact negatively on their emotional health and wellbeing, who are receiving treatment through the Community Treatment Team.

The post holder will be supported through regular counselling supervision, operational line management and case management provided by SCS.

Dependent upon ongoing restrictions due to COVID-19, the post holder will be expected to take a blended approach to delivering services confidentially from home as well as from the relevant CTT base. There may also be some home visits and lone working within this post. The post holder will be called upon to use a personal means of transport while engaged in the work of the service for which travel expenses will be available.

The post holder will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and using interpreters when necessary and should be committed to equal opportunities.

If you have any questions about this role please email:

Please note applications for this post must be submitted to  by 11.59pm on 1st October alongside a completed equal opportunity and diversity form.  Applications after this time will not be considered.

Interviews with take place week commencing the 9th October.


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