The NHS employs a range of staff who provide counselling to patients. Many staff will have the job title of 'counsellor', although this will usually be in a specific area, depending on the needs of the particular employer.
Examples of counselling roles, include:
For many of these roles, a recognised counselling qualification will be required, such as those accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (*BACP) or other professional organisations. (*The voluntary register maintained by the BACP has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority)
Some roles may also require a clinical/professional qualification, such as being a registered nurse, occupational therapist, social worker or other healthcare professional.
Experience or skills in a particular area may also be required, such as the ability to speak in multiple languages or experience in mental health care.
Each employer will indicate their individual requirements through the person specification for the role. The person specification will outline whether the qualifications required, need to be accredited by the BACP or another organisation.
Visit the psychological therapies contacts page for a full list of professional organisations and their contact details.
Vacancies for psychological therapies jobs are advertised in a range of places. Most NHS trusts will advertise their vacancies on the NHS Jobs website. Some will also advertise in relevant trade journals and their own websites.
For a list of all the NHS trusts in the UK, please visit the Employer list on the NHS Jobs website.