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Combat Stress

Combat Stress – Senior Clinical / Counselling Psychologist / CBT Therapist (England South)

Status:         Permanent

Salary:         Band 8a, £46,262 – £52,706, dependent on experience, plus 5% Outer London Fringe Allowance (Pay Award Pending)

Hours:         Full-time, 37.5 hours per week

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Are you an HCPC Registered Clinical or Counselling Psychologist and/or BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with experience providing specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention for adults with  a range of mental health needs, with a particular emphasis on trauma-related difficulties, and skills and experience supervising others?

Would you like to be a senior member of a passionate and integrated interdisciplinary team delivering holistic, evidence-based treatment to Veterans and their families?

Are you looking for a challenging, dynamic and specialist role with a wealth of opportunities to develop your clinical, supervisory, research and training skills, to contribute to research and potential to work with our marketing and communications department and fundraising?

If so then this role is for you

About the role:

You will be joining Combat Stress, the UKs leading Veteran’s mental health charity, providing highly specialist clinical treatment and support to Veteran of the UK armed forces who have complex mental health needs attributable to their military service.

Like all staff within the organisation, you will receive training to understand something of military life, culture, values and what it means to have served on operations in hostile territory. You will learn of the dedication, the profound sense of identity and belonging which enables our servicemen to deploy their duties yet also be the source of great loss when making the transition to civilian life. To ensure sensitivity to the culture, attitudes and language of the military, the services you will be delivering have been co-designed and co-produced with Veterans and their families

You will be joining a trauma-informed organisation. All staff in all roles are trained in a common understanding of how traumatic experiences affect people, ensuring that every interaction with any staff member, supports a veteran’s recovery.

With your academic skills, senior clinical experience and critical thinking, you will ensure that we continue to be innovative, research-led and clinical leaders for complex mental health needs in Veterans, maintaining and raising standards of clinical quality, effectiveness and efficiency within our service. Combat Stress are at the cutting edge of research and participation in current research projects is actively encouraged. We have research partnerships internationally, with Kings College London, The UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS) and the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS).

Your role as a Senior Psychological Therapist will be to provide specialist assessment, collaborative formulation, treatment planning and intervention to Veterans and their families within an integrated interdisciplinary care pathway. You will offer specialist expertise in the area of psychological trauma, PTSD, and Complex-PTSD, offering expert opinion, supervision and consultation to your inter-disciplinary colleagues and external partners.

Your caseload will be varied with 1:1 trauma therapy and group facilitation, delivered both online and face-to-face. You will be delivering psychological interventions that span the range of evidence-based therapies for PTSD and C-PTSD, including: Trauma Focused CBT, Narrative Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure and Compassion Focused Therapy. The role offers many exciting opportunities for developing clinical practice and expertise. You will have the opportunity to supervise trainees and qualified clinicians, participate in and facilitate peer supervision and reflective practice. You will also be invited to attend regular CPD opportunities, both internally and externally with colleagues from across the UK and sometimes abroad.

As a senior representative for Veterans mental health needs and for the organisation, you will nurture strong external relationships in order to enhance inter-agency collaborative working, building on existing relationships with NHS England, NHS Scotland, CQC, the Royal College of Psychiatry and other third sector organisations.

This role is subject to a DBS check.

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.

What we offer:

You will work within one of the UK’s most well established, innovative and reputable charities positively shaping the future of Veterans’ mental health services.

We offer a comprehensive suite of mandatory and essential training for all new staff, in addition to role specific training and a variety of opportunities for Continued Professional Development.

You will receive regular managerial and clinical supervision, peer supervision, and opportunities for reflective practice.

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 a Veteran’s recovery.

There are opportunities to collaborate with our National Veterans Voice Network and Family Focus Groups to promote continued co-production of services, in addition to novel opportunities to work with our Marketing, Communications and Fundraising departments.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently predominantly working remotely. 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 post-pandemic.

In addition to this exciting and rewarding role, we offer the following benefits:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • 1% uplift on NHS Agenda for Change equivalent spinal points
  • Paid 30-minute lunch break (typical working day 09:00 – 16:30)
  • Flexible working arrangements available
  • Competitive stakeholder pension scheme – contributions matched up to 10%
  • Discount shopping vouchers
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Programme
  • Protected CPD

How to apply:

To apply, send an up to date CV and covering letter to recruitmentsouth@combatstress.org.uk

For further information about the roles please contact Lee Robinson, Principal Clinical Psychologist on lee.robinson@combatstress.org.uk

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