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Senior Practitioner Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Are you passionate about changing the lives of service users?

Are you looking for a new challenge that is hugely rewarding?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic Senior Practitioner Psychologist, (Clinical/Forensic/Counselling) to work in our Acute & Urgent care pathway in Worthing.

This full-time post will work across our Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team (CRHT) and our A& E mental health liaison services in Worthing. This is an exciting and challenging role which will afford the successful candidate the opportunity to work as part of a supportive urgent care pathway that is focused on delivering high standards of care through evidence- based practice, and to develop leadership skills.

The post holder will offer assessment, formulation and treatment of adults presenting in crisis with a range of mental health difficulties, working closely with hospital teams to provide and enable psychologically informed care, as well as to facilitate liaison between the Psychiatric Liaison Service and other mental health community inpatient teams post discharge from hospital.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID.

Main duties of the job

This job will require direct face to face working with services. Applicants should have
  • Doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology and registration with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
  • Experience of working in an evidence-based way with clients presenting with severe mental health difficulties, people in crisis and their families and carers.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary context.

It is an exciting time to join our service as we are building our psychosis, complex emotional difficulties and mood pathways. Successful applicants, dependant on skills and interest, can make choices about which pathway they wish to be involved in. You will be supported within job plans to be part of Clinical Academic Groups, which provide access to specialist training such as Daniel Freeman's Feeling Safe Programme. We also have links to Surrey University's Clinical Psychology training programme.

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. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trusthas teaching status and is developing into one of the country's leading teaching mental health trusts.

Psychological Therapies are highly valued in SPFT and Psychological Therapists occupy a range of senior positions across the Trust. Close attention is paid to equality and diversity across the trust and especially within psychological therapies, with new leadership programmes available and mentoring opportunities for PPT staff from underrepresented groups.

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, part time hours, flexible start/finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

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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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

This post would suit someone with a strong interest in multidisciplinary working with service-users who present with complexity and significant levels of risk who are in crisis within A& E and physical health wards. Knowledge and experience in the field of medically unexplained symptoms, functional neurological symptoms, functional neurological disorder, dementia and delirium is desirable.

There are also opportunities to be involved in staff training, staff wellbeing, service development, reflective practice and case formulation with teams. Clinical Psychology within liaison services, in relative terms, are a new discipline which offers the chance for development, growth and innovation in order to meet the mental health needs of patients within the general hospitals.

As a service, we recognise the importance of valuable supervision and CPD and you will be well supported by an experienced and supportive team with good access to CPD opportunities and specialist supervision (e.g. EMDR / High Risk Case Supervision).


See attached Job Description and Person Specification.

We are happy to talk to prospective candidates about the service and about their ideas for the role. We would therefore strongly encourage you to make contact for an informal discussion.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained before 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
  • For forensic psychologists working in forensic settings: Masters degree (with the award of the British Psychological Society qualification in forensic psychology or equivalent).
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCPC).



  • 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.
  • Demonstrate specialist experience gained post-qualification of working as an applied psychologist with evidence of having received a substantial amount of clinical supervision (normally in the region of approximately 50 hours).
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical 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 teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of applied psychology in different cultural contexts and experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience or demonstrable knowledge of working with the particular client group served by the team/service.
  • Knowledge of guidance and legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • High level of knowledge and skills in neuropsychology and evidence of further practice and/or training since qualification.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust




BN13 3EP

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