Counsellor Required: Sheffield, South Yorkshire


Closing Date:07/05/2021

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £31,365 to £37,890 pa

Job Type: Permanent

Working pattern:• Full time • Part time

Pay Scheme: Agenda for change

Pay Band: 6

Staff Group: Additional Clinical Services

Post Ref:  457-21-013-PY


Job Purpose

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.

General requirements

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.

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.

Principal Duties

To assess and treat people stepped to Counselling as appropriate.

To complete all mandated session by session outcome measures.

To have autonomous professional responsibility for clients referred.

To formulate and implement a counselling contract based on an appropriate conceptual framework of the persons presenting issues within the protocols and procedures established by IAPT (in line with NICE guidance, the IAPT manual and suitability for an IAPT service).

To recognise and assess risk (including child and vulnerable adult protection) and raise matters in line with IAPT/SHSC policy.

To manage all aspects of arranging and working with interpreters when assessed as necessary for the Counselling contract.

To sensitively communicate complex information to clients to encourage therapeutic engagement.

To ensure record keeping in line with Sheffield IAPT Standard Operating Procedures.  This includes contemporaneous notes completed within 24 hours on the agreed patient record system, checking SHSC patient administration system prior to taking on new patients to check any risk or suitability issues and to send a discharge summary to GP practices once completed treatment.

To maintain a high level of clinical practice by attending Individual and Group Supervision; as well as being an active member of the Counsellor specific forum (pro rata if part time).

To provide evidence-based modality individual and/or group supervision as appropriate.

To provide counselling consultation and support to the Primary Health Care team where needed and to IAPT colleagues on the suitability of the evidence-based modality for depression prior to ‘stepping.’

To participate in and contribute to the ‘Counsellor Forum’ and ‘IAPT Team Meetings’ and ‘IAPT Master Classes.’

Participate in individual performance reviews and respond to agreed individual objectives aligned with meeting the service objectives of achieving all three National IAPT standards on access, waiting times and recovery rates.

To continue to gain professional training and experience over and above that provided by the service making a commitment to continual professional development. Including responding to additional training request by NHS England in line with IAPT providing evidence-based interventions.

Ensure all mandatory training is up to date in line with service protocol


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