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We are currently recruiting for:

Senior Clinical Head

THE COUNSELLING FOUNDATION is an organisational member of BACP and its training courses are accredited and validated by BACP.  All staff, honoraries, volunteers and therapists in training are thus accountable to the ethical requirements of these organisations and to their complaints procedures.  The Counselling Foundation is committed to promoting equality of opportunity throughout the organisation and encourages diversity.


The Senior Clinical Head is a new position combining responsibility for day to day clinical decisions and governance for the counselling services delivered by the Foundation. The position involves leadership of the Clinical Services, responsibility for clinical standards, consistency in clinical work across the estate and management of staff. This role reports directly into the Clinical Director. Operational matters in both the counselling centres and training will be overseen by the Operations Manager. Development of existing and new courses will be overseen by the CEO and the Marketing Manager.

The Senior Clinical Head will have a team reporting to the role which will be the Clinical Heads x 4.


The Senior Clinical Head reports to the Clinical Director


  • To input on clinical considerations to the Clinical Director on the development of existing and new Clinical Services.
  • Oversee the Clinical Head role for one centre at The Foundation which should be 8–10 hours per week.
  • To be responsible for, to review, update and manage clinical policy and procedures.
  • To use the clinical risk tool to prioritise clinical intervention and monitor clinical risk and quality across all the counselling centres.
  • To undertake projects to improve quality of services or evaluate the impact of services.
  • The capability to build and promote strong partnership and working relationships with the Hub Manager(s) and Clinical Heads to ensure smooth running of centres
  • To take the lead on project managing the BACP reaccreditation for the Counselling Centre and Training.
  • To provide leadership of the Clinical Services Department for both the counselling services and Training team.
  • Line manage 4 members of staff; the Clinical Heads
  • To work across different centres to ensure parity of procedures and clinical governance.
  • To work with Clinical Heads in relation to clinical work within the centres.
  • To work with the Training Programme Managers in relation to clinical work in the training team. Ensure the facilitation of trainee placements within Clinical Services
  • To work closely with the Operations Manager to ensure that operational issues are communicated and dealt with and to ensure the quality of the Clinical Services.
  • To ensure that professional and customer service standards are met in Clinical Services
  • To represent Clinical Services at THE COUNSELLING FOUNDATION Clinical Committee. (chaired by the Head of Clinical and Training).
  • Budget responsibility for staffing costs reporting to this role only.
  • To provide up to date reports on Clinical Services activity based on risk log to the Clinical Director once a month and outcomes as required.
  • To represent and promote the interests of THE COUNSELLING FOUNDATION professionally
  • To perform such other duties as may be required by the Clinical Director




  • Qualified psychotherapist registered with UKCP, BACP or
  • Post qualification training and/or considerable experience of clinical assessment
  • Evidence of competence as a clinician
  • Up to date knowledge of developments in the psychotherapy field and of relevant national policy, solid understanding and working knowledge of the psychodynamic model
  • Excellent organisation, management and planning skills
  • Experience of leading and managing a remote working team, to set objectives, motivate, persuade and communicate effectively including a working knowledge of HR procedures and performance improvement.
  • Proven experience of building strong working relationships and partnerships, and have a motivating personality.
  • Positive and optimistic outlook, ability to be comfortable working with change and within change management processes
  • Innovative and new ideas to improve the quality of services and develop new initiatives
  • Experience of delivering therapy services within an organisation
  • Good IT skills including Excel Spreadsheets and Access databases, or the willingness and ability to learn within a short period of time.


  • Ability to build strong personal relationship, influencing and persuasion skills
  • Ability to work as an effective and supportive team player within a management team
    • Ability to motivate and support staff and trainees and to challenge performance when appropriate.
    • Good ability to analyse information and to report effectively
    • Excellent administration and organisational skills.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • The appointee should be able to command the personal and professional respect of staff. S/he should have an understanding of the dynamics of organisations and of small and large groups. S/he should be able to relate sensitively to others, share in and facilitate the working of groups. Excellent capacity to contain anxiety, manage staff and delegate appropriately essential.


  • The appointee will be expected to contribute creatively to reflection on the nature and development of clinical work in a changing society. An interest in research and willingness to raise its profile in the organisation is required.   Awareness of relevant research essential.

Work Hours:         

Hours: 21 hours per week, 3 days a week for 7 hours. The expectation is that the candidate is working at St Albans or centres three days a week. Core working hours are between 9.30am and 4.30pm.


£32,000 per year (pro rata)

Please email your CV to with “Senior Clinical Head”  in the subject line.

Application deadline: Thursday 31st August 2017


NHS Short Term counsellors (AQP)

The Foundation offers exciting opportunities for counsellors in Hertfordshire to become part of a charity with counselling at its heart. The organisation delivers over 20,000 counselling sessions a year across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, with about half of these for its charitable arm. The Foundation has been offering high-quality, affordable counselling to the community for over 40 years.

Counsellors who join our NHS contract team are part of our counsellor community and have the support of our administrative team, the Clinical Director and our Centre Heads.

What we offer:

The Foundation supports its AQP contract counsellors with administrative and clinical support as well as other opportunities and discounts.

  • Allocations are made through the administrative teams who also support the counsellors with paperwork. The administrators are usually the first point of contact for counsellors and clients.
  • Counsellors working in centres are offered referrals to fit blocks of three to five sessions as agreed with the counsellor.
  • Counsellors have the support of Centre Heads in St Albans, Broxbourne and Stevenage as well as clinical support and advice through the Clinical Director.
  • Counsellors will have access to opportunities to work as a tutor, group leader, run short courses or work as a supervisor or other staff member.
  • The Foundation’s CPD courses are offered at a 20% discount.
  • The work can fit alongside and support a private counselling practice.
  • The work can be in a counsellor’s own practice, a GP surgery or one of our own centres.

The Requirements:

Counsellors working for this contract must have accreditation with BACP, or be UKCP, BABCP or BPC registered.

Candidates for all of Hertfordshire CCG must have an IAPT compliant training. These include Congnitive Behaviour Thearpy (CBT), Interpersonal Psycho Therapy (IPT), Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), Counselling for Depression (CFD) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)


The Service:

Our AQP (Any Qualified Provider) contract receives referrals from GP surgeries or Single Point of Access. The referrals are allocated according to counsellor availability so the counsellor can work with three to five sessions together or as agreed.

Payment is made on the basis of per session delivered with recognition for counsellors who are IAPT trained or IAPT accredited.

To apply:

Please also email your CV to  with “AQP” and preferred location/s in the subject line.Please attach documents or post photocopies of the following:

  1.  Proof of accreditation
  2. Proof of professional indemnity insurance
  3. Proof of professional membership
  4. Photo ID and proof of eligibility to work in the UK (eg passport)
  5. DBS less than 2 1/2 years old if you have one.
  6. Proof of IAPT-compliant training/accreditation if applicable


Tutor and training roles

Advanced Diploma Seminar Tutor | September 2017 – July 2018

Advanced Diploma trainees attend these theoretical seminars held in the first year of this two-year course and are working with clients under weekly supervision. The aim of the seminars is to extend and deepen their understanding of psychodynamic concepts. Applications for this post are welcomed from qualified counsellors holding a post-graduate or equivalent qualification, or psychoanalytic psychotherapists belonging to one of the training organisations recognised by the BPC, BACP or UKCP. Please email a cover letter and CV to

Additional tutor and training roles

We offer seminar tutor and experiential group leader roles in line with the academic year on our psychodynamic training courses. If you are interested in these or in leading short courses and workshops, please send your CV to with “Training” and your preferred role in the subject line.


We also have roles from time to time for:

  • Voluntary counsellors, qualified or 4th year and psychodynamic
  • Supervisors or trainee supervisors (psychodynamic)

Please email your CV to with “Placement” and your preferred role/s in the subject line.