Staff Counsellor Required: Wigan, Greater Manchester


Band: Band 5

Salary: £27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum, pro rata

Contract: Fixed term

Duration: 12 months

Working pattern: Part-time, Job share, Flexible working, Home or remote working

Reference number: 302-22-4890397CPR

We are looking to recruit a motivated, flexible, Qualified Counsellor, preferably with experience of counselling NHS staff in an Occupational Health or Staff Wellbeing environment to be based in Wiganwith potential for working at other sites in Trust footprint.

The employer is Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The successful candidate will have experience in working in a person-centered or integrative approach and dealing with a range of personal, work and stress related issues. The post entails providing counselling sessions and fulfilling service administration duties.

The post is a temporary contract for up to 30 hours per week. This post is fixed term for 12 months covering maternity leave.

There is the possibility of working remotely for some sessions, however ability to provide face-to-face sessions is essential.

Please note: This vacancy may close before the advertised closing date if a sufficient number of suitable applications are received.

Please Note: Successful candidates will be asked to provide original qualifications.

Whilst this post is advertised on an acting / secondment basis there is the potential that this post may become permanent in the future.

Main duties of the job

  • Providing individual counselling to staff members
  • Delivering group interventions
  • Managing a caseload
  • Maintaining client records


About us

Choose Well – Choose WWL

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust are the proud providers of acute hospital and community services to the people of the Wigan Borough and surrounding areas. At WWL, we value our staff believing that ‘happy staff, makes for happy patients’. We have a recognised track record in staff engagement, and living our values ‘the WWL Way’.

WWL are committed to placing the patient at the heart of everything we do, and in the provision of safe, effective care that acknowledges and ensures dignity. With this in mind we are seeking to recruit people who share our values and beliefs.


Job description

Job responsibilities

The Staff Counsellor is responsible for providing confidential assessment and psychological therapies to support staff of Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. The role involves working within the wider Steps 4 Wellness team to provide high quality support to staff and offering specialist mental health contributions to a range of staff wellbeing initiatives. The Staff Counsellor facilitates clients having access to the appropriate level and type of support for their presentation. The Staff Counsellor commits to helping staff to experience a higher quality of mental health, wellbeing and work-life balance. The support offered helps to increase self-awareness and knowledge of managing and responding to mental health issues in a way that enhances overall functioning and health.

Person Specification



  • Diploma/Degree in Person Centred Counselling or Integrative Counselling
  • BACP Accreditation or working towards accreditation



  • Experience of providing psychological therapies for work-realted issues and supporting clients with general mental health and wellbeing
  • Experience of working in short term, time limited therapy and managing own caseload.
  • Experience of delivering assessment sessions including safeguarding risk assessments
  • Evidence of continuous professional development



  • Ability to demonstrate empathy, congruence, unconditional positive regard and acceptance in a therapeutic environment
  • Ability to offer advice and education regarding a wide range of mental health topics in a presentation or group setting
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Effective communication skills
  • Effective planning and organisational skills
  • Ability to build rapport with a wide range of people and work at relational depth
  • Competent IT skills including Microsoft Office programmes e.g. Word, Access and Excel
  • Ability to maintain and protect confidential, sensitive information appropriately



  • Knowledge and experience of person centred counselling practice.
  • Knowledge of menatl health conditions and appropriate referral pathways
  • Knowledge of NICE evidenced treatments for general mental health conditions and trauma
  • Sound knowledge of work related and stress related issues
  • Knowledge of confidentilaity and GDPR
  • Knowledge of NHS culture and priorities



  • Flexibility
  • Able to travel between different Trust sites
  • Speak English to an appropriate standard relevant to their role, i.e. with confidence and accuracy, using correct sentence structures and vocabulary, and without hesitation
  • BACP registered membership

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.


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