Job Description

Contract: Maternity Cover – 9-12 months
Hours: 30
Location: Birmingham
Starting Salary: £54,715 – £63,470
Closing Date: 20 August 2023
Expected Date of Interviews: 30 & 31st August 2023
Job Ref: VA635

Winner of the 2023 Overall Award for Excellence for our StopTheFlights campaign.

This multichannel, survivor-led campaign directly compelled 4 out of the 6 airlines tasked with flying refugees to Rwanda, including survivors of torture, to rule themselves out of the scheme.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Head of Clinical Services (maternity cover) to manage our innovative and friendly multidisciplinary team at our West Midlands Centre in Birmingham. You will lead and coordinate a team of highly skilled and dedicated clinicians, in the service delivery of a range of NICE guideline recommended therapy interventions, offered to our clients, who are survivors of torture and organised violence. You will report to the Associate Director of Clinical Services and operate as an integral part of the Clinical Services Team. This is an exciting chance to join us as we place survivor empowerment and movement building at the heart of our next four year strategy, and work together to increase the number of clients who can access our services.

About the Role

This is a wide-ranging position and your key areas of responsibility will include:

  • Responsibility for coordinating, leading and developing the clinical services function within the centre, which provides clinical services to adults, young people & families
  • Leading on ensuring that Freedom from Torture’s clinical model continues to be fully rolled out, with particular emphasis on survivor empowerment and evidence based practice for the treatment of PTSD and other trauma spectrum disorders.
  • Championing people development as well as influence delivery of evidenced based practice, clinical standards, quality initiatives and audit based services.
  • Being an effective role model and leader to encourage, develop and enhance skills of others.

About You

This is an important role within Freedom from Torture. To be successful in this role you must have a high level of commitment to maintaining excellent standards of client care and service delivery. It is a key requirement that you must have knowledge of appropriate clinical standards and external regulatory bodies. You must also have sound financial awareness and experience of balancing the provision of quality care against budgetary parameters.

To be considered for this role you must be a Psychologist registered with HCPC, an accredited Psychological therapist, e.g. CBT therapist or Psychotherapist, or a registered Nurse (Mental Health), Social Worker, or Occupational Therapist. You must have professional experience of working with clients with complex PTSD. It is essential that you have a clear understanding of the experience of refugees and people seeking asylum, both in terms of pre-flight experience and the experience of living in exile. You must have previous management experience and be able to provide demonstrable examples of how you have successfully led and influenced clinical teams within community or health care settings.

In return, we offer a competitive package, with a generous 30-day (pro rata) annual leave entitlement, 6% employer pension contribution (minimum 1% employee contribution), and flexible working opportunities.
Freedom from Torture is committed to showing the salary for all advertised roles and not negotiating salaries for roles, in light of evidence that this contributes to structural inequality.

Our policy is that all appointments will be at the start of the salary range but successful candidates will have the opportunity to move up the scale over time. The progression up the salary range is reviewed on an annual basis and subject to affordability. For this role, the salary range is £54,715 – £63,470

To view the Job Description and Person Specification, please visit our website

Please note a CV and a cover letter addressing the job description and person specification of the role are mandatory to be considered for the position.

Freedom from Torture is dedicated to healing and protecting people who have survived torture. We provide therapies to improve physical and mental health, we medically document torture, and we provide legal and welfare help. We expose torture globally, we fight to hold torturing states to account and we campaign for fairer treatment of torture survivors in the UK.

We campaign for national and global change, using evidence from our services and survivor voices to protect and promote survivors’ rights and hold torturing states to account. We are proud to play a significant role in the global anti-torture movement. Survivors, active and empowered, are at the centre of all of our work.

Freedom from Torture is committed to its responsibilities under safeguarding, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to a satisfactory DBS disclosure, as well as a need for full employment history and up to date employment references.

Freedom from Torture is an equal opportunity employer. People with lived experience of torture or asylum, from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQIA+ individuals and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

We reserve the right to close the vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applications.

No agencies please.

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