LMWS (IAPT) Step 3 Counsellor - Northpoint Wellbeing
Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd
The closing date is 06 December 2021
The LMWS is a thriving service brings together Leeds IAPT (talking therapies), a citywide primary care mental health support service (known as Locality Primary Care Mental Health), and psychological therapies in the perinatal period, into one contract.
We are delivering an Integrated service, based in primary care, which delivers the nationally mandated IAPT model while improving mental health support in primary care for people with complex Common Mental Health Disorders (CMHD) and stable Serious Mental Illness (SMI). There will also be an offer of psychological and peer support for women with CMHD in the perinatal period and their partners, and the whole service will meet unmet need and improve access and outcomes for under-represented groups.
Main duties of the job
The post-holder will be a qualified BACP accredited Counsellor.
Working for Northpoint Wellbeing as a part of Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service (LMWS), the post-holder will provide interventions to a range of clients who have depression. In doing so, the post-holder will assess, plan, deliver and evaluate patient-centred programmes of care to a specialist level, ensuring that their practice is within their sphere of competence and knowledge. The post-holder will work to professional and regulatory body codes, standards and guidance at all times. The post-holder will also be involved in the wider service, engaging when needed with primary care staff within LMWS and will work with people with different cultural backgrounds and ages, using interpreters when necessary. The post-holder will be committed to equal opportunities.
Northpoint Wellbeing Limited is a charitable provider of a range of services to promote emotional wellbeing. We believe that timely access to appropriate support, particularly talking therapies, is an effective way of promoting emotional wellbeing and relieving mental distress, for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Northpoint operates to high professional standards, is an accredited service of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and works to the ethical frameworks of BACP and BABCP. The organisation has achieved Investors in peoples accreditation and is seen as a good employer. Staff turnover is low and staff satisfaction levels are high.
The duties and responsibilities of the post will include the following:
Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service.
Assess clients for suitability for an IAPT treatment.
Make decisions on the suitability of new referrals and those waiting for treatment, adhering to referral protocols and referring unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary.
Formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for clients.
Educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary, conveying psychological formulations with sensitivity in easily understood language.
Reach targets set by the service, including the number of client contacts delivered each week for a full-time therapist (18), the number of clients taken from the waiting list annually (100), a good recovery rate (50% plus) for clients worked with.
Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service. Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols.
Work closely with other members of the team, ensuring appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place to maintain a stepped care approach.
Assess and integrate issues surrounding work and employment into the overall therapy process.
Liaise with other health and social care staff from a range of agencies, in the care provided to clients.
Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice of any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies, and keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the Department of Health (e.g. NHS plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Clinical Excellence).
Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times.
Attend clinical/managerial supervision on a regular basis as agreed with manager.
Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives.
Keep up to date all records in relation to CPD and ensure personal development plan maintains up-to-date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments.
Attend relevant conferences/workshops in line with identified professional objectives.
Participate in service improvement by highlighting issues and implementing changes in practice.
Contribute to the development of best practice within the service.
Maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, and national and local policies and procedures in relation to mental health and primary care services.
Work across the city as required to meet service demand.
Skills and Competencies
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).
Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd
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15 November 2021
Agenda for change
£32,306 to £39,027 a year