A discretionary one-off payment of up to £900 per year, is available towards counselling costs for a beneficiary, and their families. This is in response to beneficiary feedback about the difficulties they have faced when seeking counselling.
This funding is available for:
- the cost of an assessment with a counsellor
- the number of counselling sessions required
Who can apply for counselling?
To apply for the counselling discretionary one-off payment, the applicant must be either:
- an infected beneficiary registered with the England Infected Blood Support Scheme (EIBSS)
- a bereaved beneficiary registered with EIBSS
- family members of an infected beneficiary registered with EIBSS or previous schemes
How to apply for counselling
To apply through EIBSS, the applicant must send a:
- completed counselling discretionary one-off payment application form (PDF: 167KB)
- medical letter from a registered counsellor confirming the cost of the assessment
- if you are a family member of an infected beneficiary and have not received a payment from us previously, you will need to complete a contact preferences and personal details form (PDF: 125KB)
Alternatively, the applicant can send a medical letter from a registered counsellor confirming the cost, number of counselling sessions required, and confirmation of which approved register for counsellors they are on.
For help finding a locally registered counsellor, you can visit these websites:
If you’re under the care of a specialist, the treatment centre you attend may be able to refer you to services in your area.
Your GP can also offer advice on local NHS services for support with your mental and physical health.