Fostering Clinical Practitioner

  • Job Reference: AWDO-P9008
  • Date Posted: 11 July 2022
  • Recruiter: Five Rivers
  • Location: Truro, Cornwall, South West England
  • Salary: £40,000 to £50,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: pro rata + Benefits (See Below)
  • Sector: Social Care, Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Part Time
  • Contact: CV Response Team

Job Description

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Devon and Cornwall Fostering Clinical Practitioner (HCPC Registered Psychologist or UKCP Registered Psychotherapist)

​To turn vulnerable children’s lives around, it’s not enough to simply care for them. We need the adults around them to help them heal from past experiences of trauma, abuse, and neglect, and move forward with confidence, safety, and self-esteem. As a Five Rivers Fostering Clinical Practitioner (HCPC Registered Psychologist or UKCP Registered Psychotherapist), you will take a lead in embedding Attachment and Trauma Informed Care (ATIC) approaches within the Devon and Cornwall Fostering Service.

Attachment and Trauma Informed Care (ATIC) is about using our research and knowledge of how children form bonds to their caregivers and working to meet children ‘where they are’ to recover from adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) gently and safely.

Children have often needed to develop a range of responses to survive and cope with adversity. Our foster carers offer the right care and experiences to allow children to gradually let go of these survival responses. Using a care model that knows about attachment and trauma, you will support staff and foster carers to provide children with a sense of safety and containment, and opportunities to experience healthy, nurturing relationships. This allows self-esteem to build and supports them to heal from past experiences.

It may be small steps at first, but ATIC and Assessment & Therapy are what enable Five Rivers to not simply care for children, but to turn children’s lives around.


Your role as Fostering Clinical Practitioner (HCPC Registered Psychologist or UKCP Registered Psychotherapist):

Job title: Devon and Cornwall Fostering Clinical Practitioner (HCPC registered Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or UKCP registered Psychotherapist)

Part time: 2 days

Location: Truro and Exeter offices

Salary: £40,000-£50,000 (NHS band 7 or 8a, depending on level of experience)

Do not delay your application - the listing will be closed early if sufficient applications are received.


Due to internal promotion, we are recruiting a Fostering Clinical Practitioner (HCPC Registered Psychologist or UKCP Registered Psychotherapist) for 2 days per week to support to the Five Rivers Fostering service in Devon and Cornwall, based in Truro and Exeter. The team includes Supervising Social Workers, Fostering Support Workers, Team and Service Managers, and administrative support staff. As a team, they are enthusiastic and welcoming, and they work hard to embrace psychological thinking and reflective practice approaches into their work with carers and young people. The Clinical Practitioner’s input is highly valued, and their opinions and formulations are actively integrated into social work practice.

The role is based in our Truro and Exeter offices and the primary task of the Fostering Clinical Practitioner (HCPC Registered Psychologist or UKCP Registered Psychotherapist) will be supporting the professional system working around the children. ​ Your role will focus on supporting and upskilling managers, social workers, support workers and foster carers to embed and infuse attachment and trauma-informed care approaches into their practice. Currently, this is achieved through the delivery of group consultation, reflective practice, training, assessment and formulation.

There is much scope for evolving and expanding the clinical role within the team and we are proud to have a dynamic and creative approach to implementing meaningful change within our service.


Role requirements:

  • Clinical psychologists or counselling psychologists must be HCPC-registered (pending registration considered if you have a doctorate in clinical or counselling psychology)
  • Child psychotherapists must be UKCP registered and accredited
  • Essential: must have experience relating to working with children and young people who have experienced trauma and maltreatment
  • Essential: must have experience working with families and professional statutory systems around looked-after children (eg local authorities, CAMHS)
  • Desirable: experience completing clinical assessments and delivering training programmes
  • Based in the Truro and Exeter Fostering offices
  • Start date: immediate


You will receive:

  • Salary: £40,000 - £50,000 (pro rata, equivalent to NHS band 7 or 8a depending on level of experience)
  • 25 days’ holiday plus 8 bank holidays pro rata
  • Company pension scheme
  • Enhanced DBS check and update service
  • SimplyHealth employee healthcare cashback scheme
  • PerkBox online benefit programme for employee perks and discounts
  • Employee referral scheme
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Death in service benefit
  • Ongoing clinical and professional support and supervision from a highly experienced Assessment and Therapy Team
  • Extensive training and continued professional development opportunities, including access to online CPD platform, Therapeutic Care training, Story Stem Assessment Training, and Clinical Trauma Specialist Certification
  • Peer Buddy allocated at induction to support you through probation period and beyond
  • Monthly reflective practice space
  • Fully-funded 2-day team development events three times a year


Reasons to join us:

As an Assessment and Therapy team, we have a strong emphasis on staff wellbeing, collaboration, connection and integration, and an open, curious, and reflective ethos. We celebrate and respect our individual, social and cultural identities and foster a culture of psychological safety.

Although you will be an independent clinician within the fostering team, you will work in partnership with the larger assessment and therapy service, with access to their training, reflective practice, support, resources, and sense of community.

You will receive monthly clinical supervision, as well as participating in a monthly reflective practice space. When you join us, you will be allocated a Peer Buddy, to guide and support you through your induction and probation period, alongside your Clinical Supervisor.

Every member of our team has completed or is working toward certification as a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (individual and families), as well as Therapeutic Care Training and Story Stem Assessment Training. In addition, each member of the team gains access to an online training platform, which includes CPD-accredited training courses with renowned clinicians, such as Drs Bessel van Der Kolk, Janina Fisher, and Pat Ogden.

We place high importance on developing our staff team and ensuring that we provide opportunities for flexibility, variety and career progression as our team continues to grow and expand.

We get together for 2 fully funded team development days three times a year, to connect as a team, and think about ways to continue to grow, develop and progress. These days are always a highlight, as we think big and make things happen.

“I was initially nervous about leaving the NHS, but I've found that within Five Rivers, you have much more scope to make meaningful changes than I had when I was in CAMHS. Now, I feel well-resourced, empowered to work autonomously, and able to be creative when implementing interventions at an individual and service level. It's been a really refreshing change.” Dr Hannah Wilcox, Clinical Psychologist.

Five Rivers is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children and Young People, applicants must be willing to undergo appropriate child protection screening, including employment references and DBS check.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Five Rivers is an Investor in People and Equal Opportunities employer.





APPLICATION PROCESS: Candidates will be required to complete an Application Form, which we will send out in a separate email. Please keep an eye out for our email.


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