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IAPT Counsellor (Band 5)

Vacancy Salary £25,654 to £31,533 pro rata
Vacancy Location Derwentside
Type of engagement: Part Time
Hours per week: 18.75

This is a Permanent, 18.75 vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

Would you like to work for a leading mental health charity?

Do you want a rewarding career where you can really make a difference?

If yes, join us here at Rethink Mental Illness.


We have an exciting opportunity within our North East Prison Service in the new female immigration removal centre (IRC) near Consett in Derwentside, where you will join our friendly and inspiring team as an IAPT Counsellor. Your role will be a permanent position working 18.75 hours per week based in the service. You will need to be able to work flexibly for 2 ½ days between Monday to Friday.


The Prisons and Criminal Justice Leadership team design, develop and deliver contracts for those affected by Mental Health in Prisons and Criminal Justice Settings and now including IRC’s . This includes providing structured mental health support within these settings; health and wellbeing support to those engaging with Probation Services, and Mental Health Care Navigation services for those leaving secure settings. The services are delivered alongside a range of partners, including NHS Trusts, National Probation Services, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Services, Charity Sector Organisations, Private Healthcare Organisations and Community Organisations amongst others.


Who are we?

We’re Rethink Mental Illness, a leading charity provider of mental health services in England. We support thousands of people through our groups, services, policy, campaigns and advice and information. Our work supports us in delivering on our mission: “A better life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.”


What will you be doing?

You will be supporting someone in their daily activities and helping them lead a fulfilling life, this can involve things like,

  • Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service.  I make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to referral protocols, and refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary; or steps-up the persons treatment to high intensity
  • Assess and support people with mental health problems
  • Undertake person-centered interviews identifying areas where the person wishes to see change and or recovery, identifying goals for counselling
  • Formulate implement and evaluate counselling therapy programmes and care packages for clients
  • Work in partnership with other disciplines and to maintain links with statutory and non-statutory agencies as appropriate, in relation to continuing care on release from prison
  • Produce reports on clients in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of the psychological intervention in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers


Do you have what we are looking for?

  • Successfully completed a diploma in Counselling (therapeutic) or equivalent that allows access to training programmes and accreditation with a regulating body, e.g BACP
  • Post-qualification experience in offering and delivering counselling in IAPT setting
  • Evidence of working within a stepped care service with people who have experienced a mental health problem delivering and demonstrating recovery outcomes
  • Knowledge of assessment procedures, screening, referral, record-keeping and evidence-based brief psychological interventions
  • Demonstrate an understanding use of IAPT counselling and how this relates to this post


The safety and wellbeing of our service users and colleagues is our priority.  It is a condition of employment for anyone joining us in a front-line role that they have either had the recommended Covid-19 vaccine or agree to have it when offered by the NHS. We also require all staff to undertake regular testing to ensure the safety of service users and staff.  You can find more information on our approach and why we have made this decision in our attached Covid-19 vaccination information document.  This includes information for pregnant women and people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. 


What will you receive?

  • Salary of £25,654 to £31,533 per annum, pro rata  
  • Positive and supportive working environments - We have a highly supportive working environment in which managers are challenging and supporting in equal measures.
  • Positive work-life balance – Flexible working opportunities and support from our employee assistance programme.
  • A competitive salary and pension scheme – We pay all employees the Real Living Wage and  benchmark our against our competitors. Annual increments to the top of the payscale.
  • Strong management - A strong performance management culture is embedded across the organisation.
  • A fantastic learning and development offer - A clearly set out and accessible learning and development pathway, offering an extensive range of training and learning opportunities is accessible for all. This includes funding for post qualifying courses.



Rose Adams is the Resourcing Advisor looking after this role. If you have a question please get in touch on 07775682782 or by email at


Our work to achieve this is guided by seven core values:

  • Commitment
  • Equity
  • Expertise
  • Hope
  • Openness
  • Passion
  • Understanding


We are passionate about leading the way to a better quality of life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.


We work tirelessly to provide support for everyone severely affected by mental illness.


We are open and transparent in all our work with beneficiaries, supporters, partners and the public to achieve change for people severely affected by mental illness.


We offer hope of a better quality of life for all those severely affected by mental illness.


We constantly use our expertise to provide practical and personal support for people who are severely affected by mental illness.


People who are severely affected by mental illness are at the heart of everything we do in our organisation – our membership, our governance and our workforce.


We believe that in a world where discrimination and disadvantage exist, treating people with equity is critical to ensure justice and fairness for all.


We are open and transparent in all our work with beneficiaries, supporters, partners and the public to achieve change for people severely affected by mental illness.

You will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your abilities with the opportunity to make a real difference every day. In addition, you will have excellent development opportunities including funded training, career development, and a range of e-learning courses. You will also receive:  

Employer funded pension



employee assistance

Eyecare vouchers

up to £55 towards the cost of new glasses or lenses

Training opportunities

e-learning courses & much more


25 days rising to 30, plus bank holidays


1 day’s additional leave (pro rata) on your Birthday

For the full list, see our website here.

“From the very start I was made to feel welcome and respected in my new team. In the short time I have been working with Rethink Mental Illness as a service administrator I have been able to contribute ideas and make meaningful change, and I appreciate that Rethink allows me to direct my own role development and help me build on the skills I want to work on.”

“Working for Rethink Mental Illness is the most rewarding job I could ask for. As a Peer and Volunteer Co-ordinator I get to work with a huge variety of people, with a range of skills and support them to incorporate those skills into their volunteering roles. I am always looking for gaps that need filling and creating new and exciting opportunities that will benefit our service, mental health in the community, but most importantly the people giving up their time to help.”

“I’ve previously worked in a large corporate environment, in the criminal justice sector and other charities. Without a shadow of a doubt, Rethink Mental Illness has been the best employer I’ve ever had. They care about their staff. Its great working with like-minded people and knowing that you are making a real difference to people’s lives.”

“It feels very rewarding to be part of such a meaningful Organisation where everyone is valued and has the opportunity to make a difference”.

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