Clinical Practitioner - Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Job Title: Clinical Practitioner - Clinical or Counselling Psychologist
Contract Type: Full-time
Location: London
Salary: Newly Qualified: Salary £32000 - £38000 (depending on experience) Experienced: £39,000 - £49000 (career progression is possible onto Senior Principal Psychologist scale)
Job Published: May 25, 2021 13:23

Job Description

Job Title: Clinical Practitioner - Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Service area: Assessment and Therapy

Responsible to: Head of Assessment and Therapy

Salary: Newly Qualified: £32,000 - £38,000 depending on experience

Experienced: £39,000 - £49,000 (Career Progression is possible onto Senior Principal Psychologist scale)

Job Purpose: As a Clinical or Counseling psychologist you will deliver effective and responsive clinical support services across the Integrated services for Five Rivers Child Care (Fostering, residential care and education)

Are you a newly qualified Counselling or Clinical Psychologist? We are looking for dedicated and supportive practitioners to join a growing multidisciplinary team within our Integrated Care Services which includes our Specialist residential care, our Dfe registered schools and fostering.

We are dedicated to turning children's lives around and for over 30 years we have been at the forefront of innovation. Supported by our founder, we have developed our national network of integrated care services to meet the needs of children who are looked after.

Safeguarding requirements: 

The post holder must undertake an enhanced DBS Disclosure check prior to their employment and then on a 3-yearly update. Safeguarding training to the required standard and frequency must be undertaken to be compliant with regulations.

Must ensure the requirements of safer recruitment are understood and followed within the organisation, including review of implementation of processes to make this effective (ISO 9001).

Five Rivers requires full and satisfactory employment references. We require all new employees to show proof of their identity and of their right to work in the UK

Five Rivers Child Care is continuing to develop services, which will deliver the highest positive impact to children and young people to recover from the impact of trauma, abuse and neglect. We have developed a model called Attachment & Trauma Informed Care (ATIC) which is embraced across our residential and education environments.

Due to the expansion of our Assessment & Therapy Services we have exciting roles to provide support to the Five Rivers integrated services (Fostering, Residential and Education) with opportunities for your own growth and personal development working with this range of professionals from these areas.

Do you have relevant experience relating to working with children and young people who have experienced trauma and maltreatment as well as relevant registration (HCPC)?

Responsibilities and Duties:

You will work within a systemic framework across a range of services to manage risk, 

improve outcomes for children and young people and ensure excellent support to the teams.

You will lead on the delivery of a therapeutic service across multiple sites (assessment, interventions, consultancy, and training) and harness your clinical expertise secure the best outcomes when working with professionals both within and externally from Five Rivers.

Special Conditions of Employment:

  •  A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at an enhanced level is required and satisfactory references
  •  Registration with Health and care Professions Council (HCPC)
  •  Occasional requirements to work evenings and weekends as needed in a time of crisis.


Substantial experience of delivering evidence based therapeutic in a children’s services context – local authority or CAMHS or Services for Looked after children

  • Experience of the treatment of attachment and trauma related disorders and the use of Therapeutic Trauma Informed care
  • Direct experience of delivery therapeutic services for children who are looked after
  • Experience of providing therapeutic consultation and advice to social work staff and other professionals
  • Experience of assessing complex needs and providing appropriate therapeutic interventions to meet these needs
  • Experience of managing risk and developing effective interventions and contributing to multi agency working
  • Experience of providing effective therapeutic and clinical support as part of a crisis management response
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision and support groups to non-clinically trained staff
  • Experience of assessing complex needs and providing appropriate therapeutic interventions to meet these needs Writing of professional reports (expert witness etc)
  • Experience of providing therapeutic consultation and advice
  • Experience of assessing complex needs and providing appropriate therapeutic interventions to meet these needs

Qualifications/ Knowledge:

  • Degree in Psychology
  • Safeguarding qualifications – level 3
  • In depth knowledge of delivering other therapeutic interventions to improve outcomes for children and young people
  • Knowledge and understanding of a range of systemic interventions and methodologies
  • Knowledge and understanding of child development, parenting capacity, environmental factors and risk and protective factors
  • Knowledge and understanding of current issues and best practice in relation to addressing emotional and behavioural difficulties in children and young people and which are the most appropriate therapeutic interventions to address these
  • Knowledge of roles and responsibilities of key children’s agencies and systems within CAMHS and social care
  • Knowledge and understanding of safeguarding and child protection 
  • Knowledge or writing articles for publication and composing information to illustrate outcomes and attainment for children and young people (an ability to translate effectively for a range of audiences)

Skills/ Abilities: 

  • Ability to evaluate the quality of services provided and produce recommendations for improvements
  • Ability to collate and analysecomplex information, and produce and present quality reports in a variety of different settings, including courts and review meetings
  • A commitment to the principles of openness, transparency, leadership, and accountability
  • Ability to build professional relationships with children and multi-disciplinary teams that promote positive outcomes
  • Ability to manage own workload
  • Computer literacy skills at a level to maintain case records within information management systems
  • Ability to work closely and support other practitioners, and maintain effective working relationships across the Practice Group


To be fit and able to fulfil the physical requirements of the role, together with reliability in attendance at work


Willing and able to participate in training and professional development.

Able to attend occasionally training in other company locations.


Eligible to work in UK.

Be willing to work in other locations of the company if required. Due to geographical locations of services, the post holder will need to travel to locations in a time and cost-efficient way; therefore, it is preferred they are a car driver and must hold a full UK driving

licence. Hold a full driving licence. Able to drive a car Understanding of Health & Safety in the workplace

If you feel you match our dedication and commitment to go ‘the extra mile’ in developing the best psychologically attachment & trauma informed care, then we can offer you outstanding prospects to become part of a developing service which strives to provide the best clinical services from Five Rivers Child care.

You will recieve: 

25 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays, company pension scheme, healthcare scheme, employee referral scheme, employee assistance programme, Death in Service benefit. 

Do not delay your application. For more information please e-mail our recruitment team at or call 01722 435750