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Psychological Therapist (Children and Young People)

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

The post holder will provide a highly Specialist Therapeutic Service to children who are referred to SARC following sexual abuse or assault.

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role:

We are seeking a Psychological Therapist / Specialist Counsellor or equivalent to join our children and young people’s Clinical Therapy team.

The post holder will be part of the Children and Young People’s Therapy Service at Devon and Cornwall Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) delivering evidence-based Trauma Therapy to young people aged 8-17, who are referred to SARC following sexual abuse or assault.

Professionally they will work in a non-judgemental and empathetic service and within the ethical framework of their professional / registering body (e.g. HPCP; BACP; UKCP, BABCP)

The purpose of this post is to add to the provision of evidence-based therapies for children and young people who have been sexually abused and/or assaulted, either recently or historically.

The post holder will have extensive Clinical knowledge of highly complex Psychotherapy and Sexual Trauma Counselling and have significant input into the delivery of Specialist Counselling Services delivered to children and young people.

This requires the ability to assess for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and discuss the implications of this and the NICE guidelines recommended treatment for PTSD (including following sexual trauma) with children, young people and their parents/ carers.

The post holder will able to implement evidence-based therapeutic interventions for children and young people, including trauma-focussed CBT, supported by the service lead.

The post holder will carry a Clinical caseload and provide Psychological Therapies / Counselling to meet client needs, taking into account the resources available within the service

Where necessary, the post holder will be able to demonstrate the ability to be creative, innovative and adaptable in the delivery of evidence-based therapies in order to best meet the individual need of the young person, whilst maintaining fidelity to the Therapeutic model.

Some experience in delivering Therapy to Neuro-diverse children and young people and their parents/carers is also desirable.

The post holder will need experience in providing time-limited Therapy for clients with a wide range of difficulties e.g. trauma and relationship issues.

The post holder will prioritise, assess, plan evaluate and deliver all relevant aspects of highly complex care to an agreed and expected professional standard and will work closely with the multidisciplinary team.

The post holder will receive regular professional management and Clinical supervision in accordance with Trust policy and professional practice guidelines as set out by their professional body. The post holder will engage in regular professional practice meetings with their professional lead.

In criminal cases the post-holder may be required to give evidence in court.

Working Pattern: 37.5 hours per week. 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday part time and full time hours will be considered.

Interview Date: Wednesday 18th October 2023.

For further information please contact: Kate Hatchett, Lead Children and Young People's Trauma Therapist on / 07919 410797

This is a fixed term contract for 12 months. For current NHS employees this post could be a secondment opportunity.

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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