Counsellor (NHS Children and Young People) Required: London

 

Moorfields Eye Hospital

Grade: Band 7
Contract: Fixed term: 12 months
Hours: Full time – 37.5 hours per week (Monday to Friday)
Job ref: 273-DC-3477
Site: RDCEC
Town: London
Salary: £49,036 – £55,049 Per annum Inclusive of HCAS
Salary period: Yearly
Closing: 15/12/2022 23:59

 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced counsellor for children and young people for 37.5 hours per week fixed term contract for 12 months in the dedicated ophthalmic children’s unit, Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre (RDCEC) at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

We are looking for someone with the knowledge and experience to continually develop the service.

Main duties of the job

To work within the multidisciplinary paediatric team to identify and prioritise children and young people requiring counselling support and to maintain a confidential database

To offer 1-1 counselling sessions to the identified children and young people. The number of sessions to be negotiated according to need and caseload.

To communicate with the adult with parental responsibility and obtain their agreement and consent.

To refer the children and young people to other services as necessary.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD

This post will be subject to a probationary period of 6 months.

During the probationary period, your suitability for continued employment will be assessed and provided a satisfactory standard is achieved and maintained, your employment will be confirmed. The probationary period may be extended

Or your employment terminated either during or at the end of probation, in line with the trust Probationary Policy. For the duration of the probation period, the notice period will be in line with contractual obligations on either side.

 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To work within the multidisciplinary paediatric team to identify and prioritise children and young people requiring counselling support and to maintain a confidential database

To offer 1-1 counselling sessions to the identified children and young people. The number of sessions to be negotiated according to need and caseload.

To communicate with the adult with parental responsibility and obtain their agreement and consent.

To refer the children and young people to other services as necessary.

Work within the established Paediatric Counselling Service and ensure that professional protocols and procedures are in place in line with trust requirements.

Assess and prioritise children and young people who require counselling according to their needs and available resources.

Provide time limited therapy and support for children and young people with ocular diseases, facial disfigurement and sight threatening conditions.

Provide time limited therapy and support for parents and other family members, where it is deemed necessary.

Facilitate communication between paediatric and adult counselling services for young people aged between 16 years and 18 years who will transition from paediatric to adult service for clinical care but who will remain with the paediatric counselling service if required until they reach 18 years of age.

 

Person specification

Essential

Essential criteria

  • MSc or MA in Child & Adolescent Counselling or MA in Play Therapy
  • Accreited or working towards BACP or UKCP and/or BAPT accreditation
  • Minimum 2 to 3 years post qualifying experienceof counselling within a framework
  • Experience of counselling children and young people in a school or healthcare setting
  • Experience of working independently in a counselling role
  • Willingness to advance own knowledge of ophthalmic conditions and treatment
  • Knowledge of current safeguarding requirements

 

 

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