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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 07/05/2021.

Counsellor

Job Reference: 457-21-013-PY

Employer:
Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
Department:
IAPT
Location:
Sheffield
Salary:
£31,365 to £37,890 pa

About us

We are a Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust providing a range of diverse services including: generic & specialist mental health care; services for people with learning disability; drug & alcohol services; Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT); GP Primary Care services; dementia care services; and community based services for those with long term neurological conditions. We promote emotional health and well being through the provision of accessible high quality modern services designed around the needs of our local population. Our culture is founded upon effective partnership working and close working relationships with staff, service users and their families/carers. We strive to deliver consistently high quality care through our high performing, dedicated & skilful workforce which you could now become a part of. Our values are fundamental to ensuring people are at the heart of everything we do, our values are Respect, Compassion, Partnership. Accountability, Fairness and Ambition.


IAPT Directorate


Counsellor Permanent

Salary: Band 6 £31,365 - £37,890 pa pro rata (dependent on experience)

Location: Sheffield City Wide
  
Hours: Full and Part Time hours available

Post Ref:  457-21-013-PY

We are a Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust providing a range of diverse services including generic & specialist mental health care; services for people with learning disability; drug & alcohol services; Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT); GP Primary Care services; dementia care services; and community based services for those with long term neurological conditions. We promote emotional health and wellbeing through the provision of accessible high quality modern services designed around the needs of our local population. Our culture is founded upon effective partnership working and close working relationships with staff, service users and their families/carers. We strive to deliver consistently high-quality care through our high performing, dedicated & skillful workforce which you could now become a part of. Our values are fundamental to ensuring people are at the heart of everything we do, our values are Respect, Compassion, Partnership. Accountability, Fairness and Ambition.

Sheffield Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service is part of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust. We are an NHS adult service offering a range of free psychological therapies to over 12,000 people each year who live in Sheffield.
Giving people the right information and help to develop skills to overcome stress, anxiety and  and depression is at the heart of what we do.

Sheffield IAPT works closely with GP Practice teams across Sheffield providing a wide range of psychological interventions to people experiencing Depression and Anxiety - operating within a Stepped Care Model.  We are currently working remotely (from home) due to the pandemic.

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

 




Our values are fundamental to ensuring people are at the heart of everything we do, our values are:

  • Respect: We listen to other, valuing their views and contributions
  • Compassion: We show empathy and kindness to others so they feel supported, understood and safe
  • Partnership: We engage with others on the basis of equality and collaboration
  • Accountability: We are open and transparent, acting with honesty and integrity, accepting responsibility for outcomes
  • Fairness: We ensure equal access to opportunity, support and services
  • Ambition: We are committed to making a difference and helping to fulfil aspirations and hopes of our service users.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children and as part of our safe recruitment practice the successful applicant(s) will be subject to a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if it is deemed appropriate for the role. The cost of the DBS check (currently up to £48.23) must be met by the successful applicant(s).

SHSC is a Level 2 'Disability Confident' employer, this means that if you have a Disability you are guaranteed an interview if you meet ALL of the essential criteria for this post. Please make sure that when you apply for this post you make it clear how you meet the criteria for the post and also complete the monitoring section of the application where there is a box to tick to indicate that you wish to be included in the guaranteed interview scheme.

The Trust values the diversity of all staff and is committed to equality. We positively encourage applications from all sections of the community regardless of age, gender, racial origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation or disability including people who have experienced mental ill health. We actively welcome applications from people who have used our services.


Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.



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