Meeting Minds Clinical Lead

Bristol Mind
£32,000 FTE (£18,162 per annum based on 21 hours a week)
Closing Date: 
Friday, 28 June, 2024 - 17:30
Contract Type: 
Part Time
Contract Details: 
Based at Bristol Offices and blended remote working
Details of Role: 

Job Title: Meeting Minds Clinical Lead

Reports to: Head of Counselling
Direct Reports: None
Location: Bristol Mind Offices and blended remote working
Hours: 21 hours a week
Salary: £18,162 actual (pro-rata from £32,000 per annum) + 6%

Contract Type: Permanent

Background and Purpose
Bristol Mind is a local and independent charity working at the heart of our community to offer
equity-based, inclusive and accessible mental health and wellbeing support. We work with over
2,000 service-users and 75 volunteers each year, delivering a range of services including:

• InfoLine telephone information and advice service
• MindLine confidential telephone listening support
• Meeting Minds 121 counselling, with LGBTQIA & Neurodivergence streams
• Community Wellbeing: targeted services for refugees and victims of hate crime

Meeting Minds is a busy low-cost counselling provision and one of a growing element of
Bristol Mind’s services. Our online and face-to-face talking therapy is delivered by both
trainee and qualified counsellors for adults aged 18+ for up to 16 sessions, and includes
Humanistic, Psychodynamic, TA and Gestalt approaches. Our placement counsellors
come from a wide range of training providers such as BCPC, UWE as well as Metanoia
and the Berne Institute. In addition, we have some trainees on Doctorate programmes
in Counselling Psychology in Newport and Bristol. All our counselling staff and
volunteers are fully supported with regular clinical supervision and management, and
feedback from both counsellors and clients is excellent.

Job Description
We are currently restructuring our Meeting Minds team with a view to developing our
service offer, including applying for BACP accreditation. With this in mind, we are
seeking a Clinical Lead, responsible for delivering both clinical assessments and clinical
supervision, and for ensuring our service continues to adhere to the BACP ethical
framework. This vital role will suit you if you are an experienced, accredited BACP
counsellor and clinical supervisor with a passion for equity-based counselling and a keen
eye for managing risk. You will be part of a small and friendly team, working closely with
our Head of Counselling to ensure our service meets the needs of our local community
and is of the highest quality.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Undertake approximately 10-12 client assessments per week, over the phone or Teams.
Attend Triage meetings with Head of Counselling min twice a week.
Oversee allocations process with Counsellors and Clinical Administrator.
Identify and raise and support on safeguarding concerns across the team.
Assist Head of Counselling in recruitment process and interviews of new trainee counsellors.
Ensure organisational policies and procedures are being followed.
Be prepared to provide team administrative/ leadership cover during annual leave.
Attend regular management supervision, fortnightly Meeting Minds team meeting
and monthly online staff meeting.

Overall running of Bristol Mind
Ensure that the views of all staff, volunteers and service users are valued and shared.
Assist in the development of other services which support people’s mental health & wellbeing.
Carry out work in accordance with Bristol Mind’s policies and procedures, current
legislation, and quality standards.
Ensure that the organisation is presented in a professional manner to its
beneficiaries, members and stakeholders.
Take responsibility for your own safety and that of colleagues and visitors in the

Contribute to events and activities that raise the profile of Bristol Mind as a whole.
Undertake other tasks which may not be included in this job description, but which
fall within the scope of this post.

Person Specification

Qualifications / Education: Essential
1. Qualification in Counselling with 5 years post-qualifying experience.
2. Qualification in Clinical Supervision with 1 year post-qualifying experience.
3. BACP accreditation.

Knowledge & Experience: Essential
4. Minimum of 2 years experience undertaking clinical assessments.
5. Experience of working with safeguarding and risk, including complex cases beyond 
mild-moderate need.
6. Experience of working collaboratively within a busy team.

Skills & Ability: Essential
7. Excellent counselling / assessment skills including sensitivity, compassion and strong
professional boundaries.
8. Holistic, integrative approach to clinical supervision, recognising the organisational
setting and challenges.
9. Excellent communication skills, in person, by phone and by email.
10. Competent IT skills, including the use of Microsoft Office, Outlook and Teams.

Personal Attributes: Essential
11. Open, relational, and non-defensive approach to work.
12. Commitment to the rights and self-determination of all people.
13. Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion with a passion for anti-discriminatory
and anti-racist practice.

Qualifications / Education: Desirable
Work experience with diverse clients within the VCSE Mental Health sector.

Knowledge & Experience: Desirable
Experience of upholding and advising on best practice / quality standards.
Experience of supervising trainees on placement.

To apply
Bristol Mind is committed to developing our workforce in line with equitable principles. 
We encourage applications from people with lived experience of mental health issues and
from people from minoritised groups who are under-represented within our services. This
includes people who identify as from a Global Majority, refugee or migrant, neurodivergent
or LGBTQIA group, or who have faced discrimination based on any protected characteristic.

Please read the job description and person specification carefully. Fill in the application form
by answering each point on the person specification form, using examples from paid or voluntary

Deadline for applications is 5.30pm 28th June 2024
Interviews will take place in early July 2024
Start date September 2024 or sooner is available.

Thank you for applying to Bristol Mind.


How to Apply: 

Please complete the application form and return to Liz Sorapure ( before 28 June 2024 5:30pm.

Contact Person: 
Andrew Joyce (for queries on advert), Liz Sorapure (recruiting manager)
Contact Email: /
Contact Phone: 
Postal Address: 
St Brandon's House, 29 Great George Street, Bristol, BS1 5QT