Skip to main content

This job has expired

SARC Counselling/Clinical Psychologist

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
12 Mar 2024
The Bridge SARC is recruiting for a highly motivated and compassionate counselling or clinical psychologist. We are developing our services for people who have experienced sexual violence and have complex trauma related support needs, alongside our early trauma therapeutic support. To help develop, deliver and evaluate our offer we are recruiting:

Either one 30 hours per week counselling/clinical psychologist OR two 15 hours per week counselling/clinical psychologists on a fixed term basis for 2 years.

The post holder(s) will work alongside our existing counsellors, psychologists and wider SARC team of crisis workers, nurses and doctors. They will also work closely with our specialist community and voluntary sector partners in the Sexual Violence Alliance, including our Co-Production Lead and will develop relationships with relevant agencies across the region, particularly in Somerset.

This exciting post is an opportunity to work innovatively as part of a passionate team that is committed to improving long term outcomes for people who have experienced sexual trauma. The post holder will bring a flexible approach, contributing to service development and evaluation, offering some direct client work, and providing supervision, consultation and training for multi-disciplinary teams. The role will involve working both online and in person at locations across the Avon and Somerset geographical region, particularly in Somerset.

Main duties of the job

Main Duties and ResponsibilitiesTo provide a psychology service for The Bridge Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), including:

Clinicalo Provide assessment, formulation, case co-ordination and psychological therapy for people who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.o Draw upon a broad evidence base to develop interventions that meet the needs of clients whose experiences involve varying levels of complexity.o Provide supervision, reflective practice, consultation and team formulation for multi-disciplinary and multi-agency professionals working with adults and children who have experienced sexual violence.o Liaise with statutory and community sector agencies to facilitate access to services for clients who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives and whose needs are of varying levels of complexity, assessing safeguarding risk and following the Trust's safeguarding procedures while promoting client agency and autonomy.o Provide a service that is culturally sensitive and gives due consideration to any special needs..o Maintain timely and accurate records and monitor clinical caseload in accordance with current Bridge SARC systems.o Regularly attend clinical supervision to explore clinical work and seek and provide peer consultation as needed.o Supervise ETI Counsellors and placement students.

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as 'Good' overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds city living within a stone's throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we're meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a more detailed job description, main responsibilities, and Person Specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification



  • Well developed therapeutic and interpersonal skills.
  • Reasonable autonomy with regard to decision making within supervised practice
  • Well developed professional skills as a practitioner psychologist.
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills.

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of presenting psychological formulations, assessments and interventions to multi-disciplinary teams
  • Knowledge of the impact of sexual violence as experienced across the lifespan
  • An understanding of trauma informed practice
  • Experience of relational clinical work with adults who have complex trauma related mental health needs
  • Experience of formal teaching/training to health and other professionals
  • Understanding of diversity issues particularly in relation to sexual violence services


  • Knowledge of the Criminal Justice System as relevant to rape and sexual assault
  • Experience of offering clinical supervision and/or facilitating reflective practice sessions for multidisciplinary staff
  • Experience of providing one or more trauma-focussed therapies

Skills and abilities


  • Able to elicit and integrate highly complex, sensitive information, drawing upon psychological theory, evidence and models to generate psychological formulations
  • Able to work collaboratively and sensitively in emotive and challenging situations
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of the psychological implications of sexual abuse and rape for clients and their families across the lifespan
  • Able to assess risk in highly complex, sensitive and emotive situations, liaising with other teams and agencies to safeguard children and vulnerable adults and advocate for clients
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of the roles of a counselling/clinical psychologist in relation to clients, their family, staff teams and wider organisational systems.

Qualifications and Training


  • Postgraduate doctorate in clinical or counselling psychology (or equivalent if trained prior to 1996) recognised for registration by the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist
  • Current registration with HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist


  • Training in one or more trauma-focussed therapies (e.g. EMDR)

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)


Central Health Clinic

Tower HIll



Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert