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Fertility Counsellor

Band 6

Main area
317 Reproductive Medicine - CFL
Grade
Band 6
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
317-2022-21-046
Site
Trustwide
Town
317 Trustwide
Salary
£32,306 - £39,027 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
28/06/2022 23:59
Interview date
13/07/2022

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with around 16,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Newcastle Hospitals are proud to be one of the exemplar organisations across the NHS on sustainability, with a long history of delivering Sustainable Healthcare in Newcastle (Shine) and the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a climate emergency. Our strategy includes commitments to being Net Zero by 2030, for our direct carbon footprint, and Net Zero by 2040 for our footprint plus. Delivering these ambitions will not be possible without the help, support and action of every single member of our team.

Job overview

At the Newcastle Fertility Centre we provide high quality care for a range of fertility issues. As a world leading fertility clinic we are dedicated to research innovation and supporting our patients.  Our specialist team provides a comprehensive service for the investigation and treatment of people with fertility problems including:

IVF

Ovulation induction

Surgical sperm retrieval

Fertility preservation

Mitochondrial donation

The successful candidate will provide specialist information and consultation to other professionals on the social and psychological effects of fertility, involuntary childlessness, related medical conditions and assisted conception procedures, along with options for their management and support. They will promote and maintain good working relationships with other professionals, groups, organisations and agencies in order to further patients’ / clients’ support and counselling needs and refer on as necessary for other specialist help.

The fertility counsellor will support NFC management; develop and maintain effective communication within the team and the organisation and liaise with the multi-disciplinary team regarding the provision of counselling services including educating all team members about good practice in counselling. 

  • Interview Date 13/07/2022
  • 37 Hours 30 Minutes/Week
  • You will be redirected to Trac to apply for the vacancy. Please expand the job details section and read all of the information before applying for the vacancy.

 

 

 

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will provide counselling for adults being treated or followed up within the relevant medical specialism who have been referred by healthcare professionals within that specialism. They will act as a mental health resource to patients, carers and health and social care providers.
  • Will provide training, education and support to team members.
  • Will operate as autonomous practitioner within a psychology team to devise, deliver and evaluate individual plans of care following assessment.

Working for our organisation

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the busiest, largest and most successful teaching NHS foundation trusts in the country, with over 18,000 staff and an annual income of £1 billion.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC for the second consecutive time in 2019, we have a long history of providing high quality care, clinical excellence, and innovation in medical research regionally, nationally and internationally.

We’re also proud to be the second largest provider of specialised services in the country. This means we support people with a range of rare and complex medical, surgical and neurological conditions, cancers and genetic orders.

Our staff oversee around 1.84 million patients ‘contacts’ each year, delivering high standards of healthcare.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under- represented groups.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To provide counselling in designated healthcare settings, with responsibility for managing own caseload and for maintaining accurate and relevant client records.
  • To work at all times in line with the policies, procedures and service standards of the Trust and within the Code of Ethics and Practice for Counsellors (BACP).

Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Newcastle Hospitals encourages all staff and volunteers who are appointed to join the Trust to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Person specification

Qualifications & Education

Essential criteria
  • Diploma level qualification in counselling on a BACP accredited course
  • Eligible for membership of the BACP and/or BICA
  • Current professional registration to practice as a qualified counsellor (BACP/UKCP/BICA)
Desirable criteria
  • Post graduate qualification in Counselling

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Experience of providing a counselling service within a healthcare setting.
  • Experience of dealing with clients presenting multiple and complex issues.
  • Experience of prioritising and managing own caseload
  • Experience of maintaining clear and up to date client records.
  • Evidence of recent/relevant CPD
  • Experience of providing in house training
  • Evidence of contribution to service development
  • Awareness of and commitment to Clinical Governance agenda
Desirable criteria
  • Experience or working in acute hospital setting
  • Audit and/or change management/service development
  • Experience of working with groups
  • Local healthcare/ mental health system, social and community networks
  • Acute hospital structures
  • Supervisor/mentor training relevant to professional practice

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Well-developed communication and relationship skills
  • Appropriate IT skills to enable smooth working within modern NHS environment including email and excel and patient information system
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Veteran AwareApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in People: GoldMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - GoldArmed Forces Covenant Gold AwardRIDI Awards Finalist 2021Stonewall Gold 2022

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Stacey Turnbull
Job title
Senior Sister
Email address
stacey.turnbull1@nhs.net
Telephone number
0191 2138222