Combat Stress

Combat Stress – Principal Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (Northern Ireland)

Status:         Permanent

Salary:         Band 8b, £54,248 – £63,248 per annum, dependent on experience

Hours:         Full-time, 37.5 hours per week


About Us:

Combat Stress was established in 1919. We are the UK’s leading charity for Veterans’ mental health. Combat Stress offers clinical treatment and a non-clinical Peer Support Service which is available to those currently engaging in treatment.

This is an exciting time to be joining Combat Stress as we have recently undergone a transformation of our services. This launched in November 2020 and we are delivering evidenced-based, phased treatments for Veterans with complex trauma-related mental health difficulties as a consequence of their military service.

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 (EMDR is also due to be added to our treatment options for specific presentations). We benefit from innovative clinical and research collaborations with international experts in the field to trial and deliver effective interventions for Complex-PTSD.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently predominantly delivering clinical services remotely. We have invested 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:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Principal Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist to join our clinical services as a senior clinician.

Within this role you will:

  • Deliver clinical and professional leadership for the psychological therapies team in the region.
  • Systematically plan and oversee delivery of specialist assessments, group treatment programmes and provision of individual psychological therapy to meet agreed organisational targets.
  • Ensure effective monitoring and reporting of psychological therapy team activity and outcomes.
  • Be a lead member of the hub’s Senior Management Team and Local Clinical Governance Group and as such will also be expected to lead on the development of interdisciplinary team working to meet the clinical needs of the Veterans’ referred.
  • Clinically supervise and line manage Band 8a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists and trainees/assistants on placement.
  • Provide expert psychological consultation for the inter-disciplinary team and lead on psychologically informed treatment planning, development of a reflective team approach and trauma-informed services.
  • Work alongside the Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychological Services to ensure that clinical services are delivered consistently by psychologists / psychotherapists with a high level of competency and expertise.
  • Support and advise colleagues on all issues relating to psychological therapies, psychologically informed service provision and trauma-informed care.
  • To work alongside the Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychological Services in developing and maintaining external relationships with lead clinical/counselling/forensic psychology colleagues in relevant clinical, research and governmental bodies in South England to improve cross-service collaborative working relationships and increase awareness of Combat Stress.

This role is subject to a Acess NI 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.


•          30 days paid holiday plus bank holidays

•          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

•         Paid Lunch

Plus many more.

How to apply:

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

For further information about the role please contact Dr Glenn Mason, Principal Clinical Psychologist on

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