LMWS (IAPT) Step 3 Counsellor - Northpoint Wellbeing

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd


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Job summary

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 (or working towards accreditation).

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.

About us

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.

Interviews will be held on 9th June.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main duties:

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.

Person Specification



  • A working & theoretical knowledge of the pressures & opportunities inherent in time limited approaches. An understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in Primary Care services. Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and depression and other common mental health problems. An understanding of the principles underlying the Stepped Care model of mental health treatment.


  • An understanding of the particular constraints and pressures facing Third Sector organization. An understanding of the relationship between employment/unemployment and mental health problems.



  • Must be willing to participate in any relevant training identified to develop skills required to carry out duties Good record of Continuing Professional Development and willingness to continue this.

Skills and Competencies


  • Ability to negotiate differing lengths of treatment appropriate to the needs of the client group. Risk assessment skills and an ability to manage safeguarding and risk appropriately Ability to work under pressure, dealing with peaks and troughs in own workload managing unpredictable service demands. A strong degree of personal integrity; able to adhere to standards of conduct based on a culture of equality and fairness Ability to apply learning from own experience (past or current) of receiving therapy Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with clients and in own personal & professional development & to use supervision positively & effectively.


  • Ability to deliver treatment in community languages

Other Requirements


  • Able to work as part of a team and willing to help and assist wherever possible and appropriate. Able to develop and maintain positive relationships with others (internal and external) and with patients and their carers Highly motivated and reliable Positive and flexible attitude to dealing with change; able to respond to the changing needs of the patient in an appropriate and timely manner; willing to explore new ways of doing things and approaches. Computer literate The ability and skills to foster good professional relationships with all health professionals in promoting the integration of this service with the wider health care system.


  • Experience of working with diverse communities and within a multicultural setting.



  • At least two years, or equivalent, post-qualification experience of working in an adult psychological service. Experience of undertaking assessments & formulation to deliver appropriate intervention in time-limited work. Experience of working in mental health services with adult clients presenting with multiple complex issues. Experience of managing own caseload and time to meet service targets. Experience of routine outcome monitoring.


  • Experience of working in an IAPT/ Primary Care Mental Health service. Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team. Experience of working in a service with agreed targets for outputs and clinical outcomes. Experience of working in a third sector organisation.



  • Diploma level qualification in counselling from a BACP accredited course, or an equivalent course (i.e. a course with at least 450 hours of tutor contact time, carried out over at least one year (full-time) or two years (part time), with a supervised placement as an integral part of the training, and which covered theory, skills, professional issues and personal development)
  • Accredited with BACP (we will also consider applicants who are currently working towards accreditation)


  • Post-qualified training in CFD (Counselling for Depression) or DIT (dynamic interpersonal therapy), Or willing to undertake these specialisms.
  • Post-qualification training in provision of clinical supervision.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Northpoint Wellbeing Ltd


Hunslet Road


LS10 1JN

Employer's website

https://northpoint.org.uk (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Darrin Thomson



Date posted

25 April 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 6


£32,306 to £39,027 a year



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Hunslet Road


LS10 1JN

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