Counsellor Required: Salford, Greater Manchester
Applications are invited from suitably qualified Counsellors who have an interest in and experience of working with older people.
The Older Adult Primary Care Psychological Therapies service is a specialist team providing counselling and psychological therapies to older people in Salford.
We are seeking an enthusiastic individual to work with our team to provide assessments and specialist counselling interventions to older people presenting with a range of emotional difficulties including depression, loss/adjustment issues and physical health comorbidity.
The post holder will provide a high quality counselling provision to older people across Salford. They will be responsible for conducting assessments and delivering specialist counselling interventions to older people presenting with with range of emotional difficulties. The successful candidate will demonstrate prior experience of working with older people and have knowledge of the physical and mental processes of ageing and the challenges encountered in later life including bereavement, adjustment and loss and isolation.
The applicant will also need to demonstrate skills in the use of integrative counselling approaches and adapt their interventions to the needs of older people presenting with physical health, sensory and cognitive difficulties.
Previous work experience within the NHS and also working with older people is essential. Applicants must hold a minimum of a diploma-level in Counselling and be registered with the BACP. BACP accreditation is highly desirable.
Working for our organisation
Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over 6,400 members of staff, who deliver services from more than 160 locations.
We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford, Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.
Greater Manchester is one of the world’s most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.
Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.
Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
The post holder is primarily responsible for the provision of specialist counselling services to older adults presenting with a range of emotional difficulties . This work will usually be on an individual basis but will also require working with carers and families as appropriate. They will work in a variety of settings including home visits, care settings and community gateway centres and where appropriate provide telephone/virtual therapy. They will be required to liaise with other primary care and secondary mental health services, social services and non-statutory agencies in order to ensure the needs of the client are met.
The post holder will contribute to liaison and promotion of the service. They will plan and organise their work schedule, tasks and caseload and will receive line management and clinical supervision as the role demands. The post holder will contribute to service development initiatives and to the facilitation of groups and staff training as appropriate.
The post holder will be required to maintain appropriate clinical records, complete risk assessments and outcome measures and to provide written clinical reports in accordance with Trust standards.
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