Combat Stress

Combat Stress – Clinical Psychologist / Counselling Psychologist / Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

Status:         Permanent

Salary:         Band 7, £38,966 – £45,397 dependent on experience, plus 5% Outer London Fringe Allowance (Pay Award Pending)

Hours:          Full-time, 37.5 hours per week or Part-time, 18.75 hours per week will be considered


About Us:

Combat Stress was established in 1919. We are the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For a century, we’ve helped former servicemen and women deal with trauma-related mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression.

Today we provide UK-wide support to veterans from every service and every conflict, on the phone and online, in the community and at our treatment centres. We’re on a mission to raise awareness that invisible injuries can be just as hard to cope with as physical ones. So, when a veteran is having a tough time, we’re there to help tackle the past and to take on the future.

We offer psychological interventions following multiple military traumas (primarily for Complex-PTSD, but not exclusively) after a single holistic assessment and formulation of needs within an integrated interdisciplinary care pathway. Stabilisation and reintegration phases include access to art therapy, occupational therapy, psychiatric treatment, substance misuse interventions and programmes of support for Veterans’ partners, their families and organisations that work alongside them, such as employers. We also have a highly regarded peer support service, run by Veterans for Veterans that benefits from excellent clinical governance and which supports all stages of their recovery. Psychological interventions span the range of evidenced-based therapies for PTSD and C-PTSD, including TF-CBT, NET, CPT, CFT for trauma and PE. We benefit from innovative clinical and research collaborations with international experts in the field to trial and deliver effective interventions for Complex-PTSD.

We are investing significantly in our digital service delivery, with the aspiration of offering equivalent treatments online to those we deliver in-person, both individual and group interventions. These will continue to be a core part of our services going forward to maintain and increase accessibility to treatment. There is flexibility with this role to negotiate an element of remote working in the future in line with service needs.

Combat Stress remains one of the UK’s most well established and innovative services positively shaping the future of Veterans’ mental health services. We have a robust CPD programme and an active Research Department acclaimed for high quality research in the field.

About the role:

  • To work as an integral part of a highly specialist interdisciplinary team working with Veterans living in the England South region.
  • Contribute to the development of interdisciplinary team working to meet the clinical needs of the Veterans referred.
  • To provide trauma informed psychological therapies to Veterans accessing Combat Stress.
  • To ensure that clinical services are delivered consistently with a high level of competency and expertise.
  • To support and advise colleagues on all issues relating to psychological therapies, psychologically informed service provision and trauma-informed care.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of external relationships in the England South region, improve cross-service collaborative working relationships and increase awareness of Combat Stress.

Benefits of working for Combat Stress as a Senior Clinical Psychologist/CBT Therapist:

  • Be part of specialist clinical services for complex trauma-related mental health problems, particularly Complex-PTSD
  • Have access to a senior clinical psychology peer group across the UK who are innovative, collaborative and promote the provision of psychologically informed care across a phasic, interdisciplinary pathway
  • Be part of a passionate workforce who are committed to working with Veterans
  • Work in a service trusted by Veterans due to our expertise in working with this client group and longevity in the field
  • Contribute to cutting edge translational research and benefit from our formal affiliation to Centre for Military Mental Health, King’s College London
  • Have developmental opportunities in corporate activities that are normally at a distance from clinical service delivery, such as marketing and communications projects, development of digital services and access to media training
  • Have significant opportunity to contribute to organisation-wide clinical strategy
  • Have funded CPD opportunities beyond those typically available in the NHS
  • Work with Veterans to co-produce and deliver services with a continual focus on quality improvement
  • We have a comprehensive Induction and Mandatory Training Programme that will support you in this role.

This role is subject to a DBS check.

What we offer:

You will work within a reputable charity that is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our veterans, that has a fantastic cause and a committed follower base.


•          25 days paid holiday plus bank holidays, increasing up to 30 days after 5 consective years service

•          Competitive stakeholder pension scheme – contributions matched up to 10% of salary

•          Discount shopping vouchers

•          Cycle to work scheme

•          Access to the Employee Assistance Programme

•         Protected CPD

•         Fleixble working

Plus many more.

How to apply:

To apply, send an up to date CV and covering letter to

For further information about the roles please contact Leanne Bannister, Senior Clinical Psychologist on or Dr Naomi Wilson, Head of Psychological Therapies on

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