Occupational Health Counsellor: Sheffield, South Yorkshire


Closing Date: 4 March 2021

South Yorkshire Police

£36,369 – £40,662

Location: Escafeld House, Sheffield

Hours: 37 hours per week

Role Purpose:

The Occupational Health Counsellor role resides within the Wellbeing Team and is critical to the core function of the overall wellbeing service. The aim of the wellbeing service within SYP is to encourage and maintain attendance at work, support a sustainable return to work for those people returning to the workplace, to ensure that risks to health are minimised and to provide a superior wellbeing offering to support the complex nature of South Yorkshire Police.

The Occupational Health Counsellor is required to provide psychological support for the workforce in the form of counselling, psychological health screening, EMDR (where trained and it is appropriate to do so), and health promotion services. Support can either be through the direct provision of appropriate services or via signposting to agreed external services. Specific areas for counselling include; post-traumatic stress, work related stress, bereavement, depression, anxiety, ill health and psychological resilience strategies.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conducting appropriate counselling services in line with the South Yorkshire Police Counselling Policy including assessment interviews and signposting to external services, were required.
  • Manage own caseload within agreed timescales and frequency as indicated in the Force service agreement.
  • To work with and comply with the agreed framework, focussing on solutions and support, in line with South Yorkshire Police’s Counselling Policy.
  • Responsible for maintaining professional development and maintenance of evidence-based practice, including regular review of work, completion of relevant clinical practice measurement tools, as well as regular counselling supervision.
  • Spending time in force promoting services and offering proactive support on resilience, stress and support for officers and staff.
  • Ensure delivery of a comprehensive quality counselling service.
  • Ensure all records are accurately updated on EOPAS in a timely manner.
  • Conduct Psychological Health Screening (PHS) as part of the PHS programme e.g. Sexual Offence/Child Abuse Unit, Traffic, Family Liaison Officers, Criminal Investigations Department (CID) etc.
  • Support colleagues via peer supervision and assist others with their caseload.
  • Provide statistical analysis for counselling activities delivered in order to support general understanding of the caseload and demand for services.

Skills and experience:

  • Must have a minimum of a Diploma in Counselling, BACP accreditation (or be eligible for this) and 2 years relevant post qualifying counselling experience, preferably in a Police Occupational Health Workplace setting.
  • Qualified and experienced in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, trauma based therapy and at least two other supporting counselling qualification such as Hypnosis or EMDR.
  • Being experienced in managing own case load, keeping accurate comprehensive records, assessment interviews, maintenance of waiting list, allocation of appointments and signposting to external services as appropriate.
  • Experience of working in specific areas of counselling including – Post traumatic stress, work related stress, bereavement, depression and anxiety, psychological resilience strategies.

For further information relating to the role and tasks of this position, please refer to the attached role profile.


We offer generous entitlements and supportive policies to enable a better work-life balance, some of which are listed below:

  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Flexible and agile working
  • Generous ‘family’ leave
  • Voluntary CPD Events for all staff to allow continuous development
  • Mentoring & Coaching Scheme
  • Paid Professional Subscriptions when relevant to role
  • Access to a range of occupational health facilities
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Employee assistance service ( accessible 24/7)
  • Additional benefits for Westfield Health members
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Sports and Social Club


Applicants must meet the minimum requirement checkable history criteria, which must be taken into account for individuals applying to work with South Yorkshire Police in any capacity. A minimum checkable history of 5 years is required for this role and successfully undergoing recruitment vetting procedure is a pre-requisite of employment with South Yorkshire Police.

Appearance & Standards:

All tattoos and piercings must be in line with South Yorkshire Police’s Appearance and Standards policy. Tattoos visible on your face, neck, hands or head are not permitted. Any tattoos which could be deemed inappropriate or cause offence will also not be accepted. If you have tattoos, you will need to make a declaration at the time of application.

Closing Date:

4 March 2021 at 23:55

Closing dates are not normally extended, other than in exceptional circumstances and agreement is made with the Talent Acquisition Manager, Recruitment and the Line Manager for the role.

Contact point for applicants:

For further information about the role, please contact Sara Addison on 07469412686. Please do not contact this number for an application form.


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