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Clinical Counselling Psychologist

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
13 Dec 2023
Applications are invited for a band 7 Clinical/Counselling Psychologist 0.6WTE (3 days) on a fixed term basis for 12 months. We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed Clinical/Counselling psychologist to work within the adult therapies service working with adults who have experienced recent sexual violence and trauma. You will have relevant experience in providing psychological assessment and intervention to adults in one-to-one therapy as well as groups and workshops. Experience of assessing and managing risk in the context of mental health and safeguarding is vital as well as experience of providing short to medium-term therapy, working systemically and liaising with multiple services.

The successful candidate will have experience in a comprehensive range of psychological therapies (including CBT), risk assessment, consultation and training. You will need the ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team. Training in EMDR therapy would be of added value.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work as part of a multidisciplinary team and within the Havens Therapies team with responsibility to ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist therapeutic and liaison service to adults who have experienced sexual assault and/or rape across all sectors of care and alongside external statutory and non-statutory agencies. You will have clinical responsibility for managing your caseload, waitlists, safeguarding responsibilities, report and letter writing, collection and collation of outcome measures and activity.

The post holder will help develop the Havens Therapies service and ensure the development of strong inter-agency relationships is established. The post holder will also work closely with other psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, doctors, nurses and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs). The successful candidate will utilise doctoral level psychological knowledge in contributing to the development, implementation and review of services for patients and staff. You will provide a consultation service to staff to promote psychosocial knowledge and service development relevant to patient care in a highly specialist forensic medical area.

The post holder will work closely with and advise senior therapists on aspects of service delivery. There is a requirement of working at least one evening in the week (up to 20h00) and an occasional Saturday.

About us

The Havensis the London's Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), a specialist centre in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted. We are a longstanding partnership initiative between the Mayors' Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and NHS England to improve the care offered to victims of sexual assault and rape. The service is provided by King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. The Havens provide comprehensive forensic, medical and psychosocial aftercare services to complainants of serious sexual assault.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached detailed job description and person specification when applying for this role, paying attention to the person specification

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the HCPC/BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Knowledge and Experience


  • Highly developed knowledge of models of therapy for complex trauma including CBT.
  • Ability to manage a broad range of complex clinical work
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, in-patient and out-patient care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching and training.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.


  • Knowledge and understanding of complex trauma and relational trauma.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in patients with physical health problems.
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical/counselling psychologist.
  • Knowledge and understanding of substance misuse issues.
  • Experience of professional and clinical supervision assistant psychologists, trainee psychologist and/or professional staff.

Skills and Competencies


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment including risk assessment and on-referral, intervention and management.
  • Therapeutic skills relevant to the evidence-based management of complex trauma including CBT for PTSD.
  • A high level ability to communicate effectively at both a written and oral level complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and a wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside the NHS.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical/counselling psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS/HCPC.


  • Therapeutic skills and training in EMDR relevant to the evidence-based treatment for PTSD.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • Experience of working in the field of sexual violence
  • Experience of working alongside counsellors and psychotherapists

Other Responsibilities


  • Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychological phenomena, an interest in models of service delivery, and an ability to articulate the value added by clinical/counselling psychology services within the context of multi-disciplinary mental health services.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others.
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


The Havens - Pan London, Camberwelll, Ladbroke Grove, Whitechapel



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