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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 22/03/2021.

Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

Job Reference: 354-PC-20126

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Mental Health
Avenida Lodge, Eastbourne
£38,890 - £44,503 Pro rata

We are a large NHS Mental Health Trust in South East England and are looking for people to help us provide high quality services for the patients, carers and local communities that we serve.

We want patients and staff to recommend our organisation as a place where they would be happy for their friends and family to be treated. You can help us to do this by bringing your skills, experience and commitment to Sussex Partnership.

Sussex Partnership is an equal opportunities employer, with a sincere commitment to our people’s health and emotional wellbeing and as such, we have signed the Time to Change pledge and provide a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme.

In addition, our workforce is currently under-represented by people from Black and Minority Ethnic and Disabled communities. We welcome applications from people of these communities as we want our workforce to reflect the communities we serve.

The Trust is committed to providing opportunities for flexible working.

Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated our services good, following their most recent inspection, and outstanding in the caring domain.

Band 7 Psychotherapeutic Counsellor or Psychologist.

This is an opportunity to join an established IAPT service (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) working in community venues and providing a range of NICE compliant psychological therapies, including Step 3 High Intensity Psychological Interventions.

We are seeking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic Counsellor or Psychologist. Responsibilities will include:

  • Offering clinical supervision to counsellors and trainees,
  • Contributing to and taking responsibility for local service systems and developments under the guidance of the local clinical lead,
  • Offering therapeutic interventions to a range of clients with anxiety and depression related problems, including those who present with more complex issues.
  • Offering support and guidance to other counsellors regarding clinical work and service issues
  • Providing consultation to other mental health practitioners.

The Counsellor will be accredited with the BACP, HCPC or UKCP or an equivalent professional organisation. You will receive regular supervision as well as in service training and CPD days that ensure your continued learning and development. Experience of working in Primary Care and in IAPT service will be an advantage as will previous training in delivering supervision and experience of providing supervision.

Health in Mind has a reputation for clinical excellence, innovation and collaborative working. The multi-disciplinary team consists of CBT Therapists, Primary Care Counsellors/Psychologists, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Primary Care Mental Health Practitioners and Employment Advisors.

Although this post will be based in the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford locality, as a part of Health in Mind you must be willing and able to travel throughout East Sussex as required. As an 8-8 service, there is an expectation to provide a minimum of 20% of agreed clinical appointments out of normal working hours. This is a substantive post at 30 hours a week which can be flexible, but will need to fit around availability of clinical space as well as meeting and supervision time.

For further information please contact: Dawn Clark on 07342997185, email: or Jan Shepherd on 07788582359, email:

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and expects this of all its employees and bank workers. The Trust works with adult and children’s social care to ensure that the integrated service has systems in place to equip staff and bank workers with the knowledge and skills to recognise abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people.

Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.

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We welcome and appreciate every application that we receive but regret that we are unable to advise every candidate if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date then it is likely that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion, however please do not be discouraged from applying again.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust does reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

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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