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Registered (HCPC) Practitioner Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 Per annum pro rata, including HCA
Closing date
12 Jul 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a clinical/counselling psychologist with passion and enthusiasm in working with adults who have experienced sexual trauma to join the Havens (London's Sexual Assault Referral Centre) therapies team. This is a permanent post.

The successful applicant will join an enthusiastic and dynamic therapies team and will also work with the Havens multidisciplinary team. You will work alongside psychologists, counsellors/ psychotherapists and the Havens multidisciplinary team. As a senior member of the Havens therapies team, you will lead on and help contribute to the delivery of a comprehensive psychological service and ensure the systematic provision of a high quality specialist therapeutic service to adults who have experienced sexual assault and/or rape alongside external statutory and non-statutory agencies. You will lead on and contribute to teaching, training, audit, research, service development and review of relevant service policies and guidelines.

The Havens is the London's Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) and 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, advocacy and psychological therapy aftercare services to complainants of serious sexual assault.

Main duties of the job

o The post holder will provide clear leadership and stability to the team to ensure a high quality service. You will have a high degree of professional autonomy, enthusiasm, self-management, possessing strong communication and clinical skills. The successful candidate will be required to account for their professional practice through service reporting, appraisal, research and audit of the service.o To ensure the systematic provision of a high quality specialist therapeutic and assessment service to clients who have experienced sexual assault and/or rape across all sectors of care and alongside external statutory and non-statutory agencies, as part of an MDT.o To help develop the Havens therapies service and ensure the development of strong inter-agency relationships is established.o The successful candidate will have experience in a comprehensive range of psychological therapies, risk assessment, consultation and training. You will need the ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.o To work as an autonomous professional within Health Professions Council (HCPC), BPS and/or BABCP guidelines and the policies and procedures of the service, taking full responsibility for own work including treatment and discharge decisions.o To be responsible for the management and clinical supervision of qualified clinical psychologists and/or trainee/assistant psychologists, as required.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of �1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reach is our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide expert knowledge and guidance regarding the psychological issues related to specialistmedical services for sexual assault.
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the Havens, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources includingpsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and other professionals involved in theclients care.
  • To formulate plans for psychological treatment and/or management, drawing upon an appropriate conceptual framework and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy and including CBTmodels of PTSD and complex trauma. Adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical anddevelopmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals affected by sexual violence for problems such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, impulsive behaviour, relationshipdifficulties, sexual dysfunction and other psychological sequelae of rape and sexual assault. Therapy approaches will include specialised PTSD therapies, cognitive behavioural therapy, EMDR, systemicapproaches, psychosexual therapy, and reducing vulnerability and risk.
  • When necessary, provide crisis intervention for those suffering severe emotional and psychological reactions to sexual assault and those who are expressing suicidal thoughts or harm related to othersor themselves.
  • To contribute across services to ensure that psychological interventions / management strategiescontribute to a coherent and optimal package of care.
  • To exercise full responsibility and autonomy for the treatment and discharge of clients from the Psychology and counselling service, ensuring appropriate assessment, formulation and interventions,communicating with the referral agent and others involved in the clients care including the MPS and CPS whenever appropriate.
  • To provide expertise and specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To ensure that all members of the clinical team have access to a psychologically based framework for the understanding and care of clients of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological knowledge, research and theory.
  • To provide expertise and advice to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the team.
  • To undertake risk identification and management for relevant individual clients and to provide both general and specialist advice on psychological aspects of risk identification and management to theclinical team.
  • To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients and to monitor and evaluate progress.
  • To prepare written reports, including court reports as a professional witness.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) and BPS guidelines and the policies and procedures of the service, taking full responsibility for own workincluding treatment and discharge decisions.
  • To take a lead in developing the services delivery of accessible and acceptable services to diverse local communities.
  • To be proactive in challenging discrimination and support the development of culturally competentservices.
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or awarded the Statement of Equivalence in Clinical Psychology by the BPS or successful completion of the HCPC Period of Adaptation in Clinical Psychology)
  • Additional training in sexual violence/trauma through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses, Or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by an experienced clinical supervisor
  • Completed training course in clinical supervision.
  • Registered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.


  • Postgraduate accredited training in Psychotherapy
  • Trained in EMDR therapy

Knowledge and Experience


  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for psychological difficulties following sexual trauma
  • Advanced theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment of sexual trauma related sequelae
  • Advanced knowledge of psychological assessment and clinical psychometrics relevant to sexual trauma
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis.
  • Knowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care.
  • Evidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision in sexual trauma.
  • Knowledge of acute (e.g. recent) sexual abuse and exploitation, and issues relevant within this context (including but not limited to safeguarding, criminal justice system / pre-trial therapy, individual and systemic psychosocial needs).
  • Evidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision in childhood sexual abuse / exploitation.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature sexual trauma.
  • Experience of supervising assistant and trainee psychologists having completed the relevant training.
  • Experience of supervising qualified psychologists
  • Experience of line managing staff
  • Experience of providing teaching and training to psychologists or other professional groups.
  • Experience of carrying out post-doctoral research, audit or service evaluation projects.
  • Experience of proposing and implementing service development projects within own service area.


  • Post-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities.
  • Knowledge of acute (e.g. recent) sexual assault and rape, and issues relevant within this context (including but not limited to safeguarding, criminal justice system / pre-trial therapy, individual and systemic psychosocial needs).
  • Experience of working acutely with recent rape/sexual assault, within a multi-disciplinary service that provides comprehensive care to address the person's holistic psychosocial and medical health needs.
  • Experience of using structured risk assessment protocols and measures.
  • Record of publications in either peer reviewed, academic or professional journals/books

Skills and Competencies


  • To deliver psychological therapy across cultural and other differences.
  • To select and administer specialist psychological assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that requires analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources, on which expert opinion may differ.
  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information.
  • To plan and schedule assessment and interventions for individual clients and groups and significant others, and to organise professionals' meetings and joint activities with staff of partner agencies.
  • To plan projects and work schedules for groups of psychologists.
  • To be expert in the skilled administration of psychometric tests, including skilled manipulation of test materials and to be able to supervise others in administration of psychometric tests.
  • Well-developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data.
  • Skills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic meetings
  • Ability to maintain concentration and to remain in restricted positions for long periods during observations, assessments and psychological interventions, and to deal with unexpected interruptions or changes during these.
  • Ability to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour.
  • Ability to manage verbal aggression and hostility directed at self.

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


The Havens Pan London

Camberwell, Ladbroke Grove, Whitechapel



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