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    Staffing / Employment Agencies

  • Salary:

    £31365 - £37890

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  • Published:

    about 15 hours ago

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  • Client:

    Northumbria Water

Job Description

CNTW values and respects the diversity of its employees, and aims to recruit a workforce which reflects our diverse communities. We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief (With the exception of Chaplaincy Posts), sexual orientation, disability including mental health conditions or other personal circumstances. We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and we have a number of initiatives and support for staff including access to psychology and counselling services. We are proud to be recognised as a mindful employer. We have Maintaining Excellence level in the Better Health at Work award and also achieved the Investors in People Health and Wellbeing Award. The Trust is committed to achieving high standards of health for its service users, staff and visitors providing a safe environment for staff, we operate a smoke free policy on all sites. Who are we? As part of CNTW First Step provide a range of evidenced based psychological interventions for people presenting with common mental health problems such as depression and a range of anxiety disorders. The IAPT services deliver interventions within a stepped model of care and our team includes a wide range of professionals, including Counsellors, CBT therapists, and PWPs. We are a growing service based in North Cumbria and are continually looking for way to improve and develop our offerings to clients. We are a diverse team with practitioners from a range of backgrounds including medical, mental health, social services and psychology, to name a few. As a service we pride ourselves on keeping our clients at the centre of all that we do and ensuring our practitioners are supported in meeting these needs as well as developing their own clinical practice. We do this through a variety of measures including + Supervision is highly valued within the service, and Counsellors receive regular clinical and management supervision (separately). + There is a highly valued integrated Employment Advisor service working alongside clinicians. + As a service we regularly participate in relevant research programmes and staff are encouraged to be part of this (staff burnout, Self-Practice Self-Reflection). Key service decisions are made at monthly Clinical Governance meetings which involve staff from all different areas of the team as well as patient experience representation. Staff are invited to take on "champions" roles in key areas within the service e.g .Equality and Diversity; Risk; Older Adults; LD. Training has been available for staff to develop skills in additional modalities e.g. IPT, Counselling for Depression. The ability to offer supervision for Counselling for Depression would be advantageous. Your opportunity We have an exciting opportunity for a qualified Counsellor to join our team in this highly successful IAPT service. Our Counsellors work with adults aged 18 upwards from a variety of backgrounds and cultures as well as a range of issues including Depression, Eating Disorders and Anger. The post holder must be committed to equal opportunities. Some comments from our current team of Counsellors around the role: 'the rare opportunity to work within an NHS service providing counselling to clients irrespective of their ability to pay'. " I think for me it is a great opportunity to work within a supportive team in which you can gain access to peer led support and CPD, I think this is something I have found harder to access within private practice." " A great team, working at the heart of the community." What does this involve? To provide high quality, short term, evidence-based counselling to people with common mental health problems, self-referred or referred by GP's and others to First Step. Counselling is delivered both remotely and at a variety of locations. To work as part of a locality team within First Step. To work as part of the existing Mental Health service structure across the Trust establishing and maintaining appropriate links with both primary and secondary elements of the service. The jobholder will be required to work 37.5hours per week, these will be arranged flexibly within the service hours. We would consider suggestions of any reasonable working plan to balance service requirements and individual preferences. The service offers therapy 8am-8pm, 7 days per week in response to client needs. Some of the benefits of joining our team

Candidate Description

  • Registered and accredited or willing to work towards accreditation with a relevant professional body (e.g. BACP, NCS, BPS or registered as a psychotherapist with UKCP). + Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients and effectively establish good working relationships with colleagues.

Application Description

If you would like to have an informal chat with regards this post or anything you might want to know more about please contact; Karen Goldie, Team Manager on 07870 366850 or email Tony Mawer, Lead Counsellor on 07870366747 or email Please read the Person Specification and Job Description attached and apply.

Employer Description

Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare Trusts in the country. Serving a population of 1.7 million, with a budget of circa £380 million and 7,000 staff, we work from over 70 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Cumbria. We have been rated outstanding by the CQC and in November 2017 won the prestigious HSJ Award for Provider of the Year. We provide a diverse range of specialist and generic health care services to both children and adults, their families and carers and we have a number of regional and national specialist services to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. To be a leader in the delivery of high quality care and a champion for those we serve.