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Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum pro rata including HCA
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a clinical/counselling psychologist with passion and enthusiasm in working with adults who have experienced sexual traumato 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.

The post is suitable for practitioner psychologists with a proven track record in the provision of highly specialist clinical supervision in the field of sexual trauma and experience in line managing more junior members of staff.

Main duties of the job

To offer specialist psychology assessments for adults who have experienced sexual trauma and presenting with mild to moderate psychological difficulties.
  • To offer psychology consultation and training to both the Havens multidisciplinary team and Multiagency services
  • To deliver psychological interventions using a range of models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Compassion Focused Therapy and EMDR.
  • To provide line management, clinical supervision and support more junior staff members.
  • To support the leadership team with service improvement initiative
  • To initiate, undertake and supervise complex audits and research.
  • To receive regular clinical supervision and attend CPD relevant to the post.

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 highly specialist psychological assessments of patients referred to the Havens, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological (and neuropsychological) tests, self-report measures, rating scales direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with patients and otherprofessionals involved in the patients care.
  • To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans. To provide both general and specialist advice on psychological aspects of risk identification and management to the clinicalteam.
  • 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 be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals as appropriate for problems such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, impulsive behaviour, relationshipdifficulties, sexual dysfunction and other psychological sequelae of sexual assault. Therapy approaches will include specialised PTSD therapies, cognitive behavioural therapy, EMDR, systemic approaches, psychosexual therapy, communication skills training in the context of reducing vulnerability and risk.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of patients from the therapies service, ensuring appropriate assessment, formulation and interventions, communicating with the referral agent and others involved with the patients care including the MPS and CPS on a regular basis.
  • 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 communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients and to monitor and evaluate progress.
  • To provide an environment that is non-judgemental, sensitive and confidential and to ensure the integrity of the psychologist/patient relationship by being a member of a professional organisatione.g. HCPC abiding by their Code of Ethics.
  • To attend regular clinical supervision.
  • To ensure the highest standards of clinical record keeping, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of therelevant professional body, e.g. HCPC and Trust policies and local procedures.
  • The post holder must maintain the confidentiality about patients, staff and other health service business in accordance with the Code of Confidentiality or Personal Health Data, the professionalbody Code of Conduct and Trust Policy.
  • To ensure that all information generated by own work is recorded as required by Trust policies and local procedures.
  • To contribute to the maintenance and update of Haven protocols and guidelines, where appropriate.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling 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) 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)
  • Completed training course in clinical supervision and/or experience of providing clinical supervision


  • Additional training in a specialised area of psychological (relevant to working with sexual trauma) practice 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 to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma.
  • Training in the delivery of pre-trial therapy
  • Trained in EMDR therapy
  • Accredited EMDR Practitioner
  • Accredited with BABCP

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 as a qualified clinical/counselling psychologist and substantial experience of working with adults who have experienced sexual trauma
  • 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 specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients who have experienced rape/sexual assault with a wide range of psychological needs of a complex nature.
  • 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.
  • Evidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision in childhood sexual abuse / exploitation.
  • Experience of professional and clinical supervision of other clinical psychologists and professional staff.
  • Post-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities.
  • 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 providing teaching and training to psychologists or other professional groups.
  • Experience of carrying out post-doctoral research, audit or service evaluation projects.
  • Experience of line managing staff


  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of young people (& lt 18 years old) Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in patients with physical health problems Experience of proposing and implementing service development projects within own service area. Record of publications in either peer reviewed, academic or professional journals/books

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.
  • To deliver psychological therapy across cultural and other differences.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.


  • Therapeutic skills and accreditation in EMDR relevant to the evidence-based treatment for PTSD.

Other Requirements


  • 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.
  • Well developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data.

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


The Havens Pan London

Camberwell, Ladbroke Grove, Whitechapel



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