Principal Clinical Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year pro rata
Closing date
15 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
This is a new and exciting Principal Psychologist post supporting psychological professions for older people (SOAMHS) in East Sussex. You will be supporting a vibrant group of five psychologists and trainees working in community and inpatient teams across East Sussex. You will also be providing clinical input at our inpatient ward for older men (non-dementia) in Hastings. We are a friendly and committed group who are passionate about our work with older people. The post would be suitable for someone currently working at an 8a level who wants to develop more leadership experience, or someone moving from another principal post. The key attribute we are looking for is that you are passionate and committed to empowering older people and providing the best possible care.

Main duties of the job

To provide a professional or clinical leadership role within the clinical service/ team, providing a high quality, specialist applied psychology service to clients, their families or carers, where there are highly complex presentations. In addition to be responsible for the supervision and governance of a group of psychologists and psychological therapists with the specified service and to support psychological practice within the team through consultation, supervision, formulation and training. To utilise research skills for audit, service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

For further details please see the attached job description.

About us

Sussex Partnership provides mental health and learning disability care for all age groups across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

We'd love you to join our Trust, rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, in our recent staff survey 82% told us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

East Sussex has one of the largest populations of older people in the UK and we strive to provide an innovative and excellent mental health service. We are committed to being part of East Sussex's community transformation programme to ensure that 'older adults' are fundamental to all strategic thinking. As such there is a lot of opportunity to support and lead on service development. You will be joining a supportive and forward-thinking leadership team. The overall lead for psychological professions for East Sussex is an older adult psychologist and would provide clinical and professional supervision for this post.

While the clinical aspect of the post is based in Hastings there is flexibility around where you would be based the rest of your time, with the opportunity for some of this to be through remote working. We are very open to what might work for the right candidate and there are considerable opportunities to develop your experience and expertise.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To lead on agreed parts of the clinical and social care governance framework within the care group/service. They will be responsible for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the specified service.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines. To supervise and support the psychological assessment and practice provided by other psychologists, psychological therapists and other clinical members of the service who provide psychologically based care and treatment and to provide clinical and professional leadership to appropriate clinical staff.
  • To manage a complex caseload.
  • To plan, organise and contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit, and to advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing

For further details please see attached job description.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or outside the UK] as approved by the HCPC, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCPC)



  • Significant assessed experience of working as a qualified psychologist.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • High level of knowledge and skills in neuropsychology and evidence of further practice and/or training since qualification.
  • Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework. Experience of working together with service users to ensure that they are equal partners in service design, evaluation, research and training

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Amberstone Hospital

Carter's Corner


BN27 4HU

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