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Senior Psychologist, SOAMHS

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Applications are invited from Practitioner Psychologists registered with the HCPC for a permanent Band 8a post (up to 33.5 hours per week) with options for flexible working in the Brighton & Hove Specialist Older Adult Mental Health Team (SOAMHS), based in our West Brighton hub.

Please talk with us if you have an area of work you're passionate about and keen to develop expertise in, such as dementia care, neuropsychology, developing skills in CAIT, family work, trauma or complex emotional and relational needs. We'd be keen to hear and see what we can do to support your career development.

Ideally, the post-holder will have a specialist interest and experience of working with people in later life and people experiencing a dementia, their families and carers. You may also have specialist skills in dementia care or neuropsychology, or be interested in developing skills in these areas. We are fortunate to have a neuropsychologist on the specialist register of Clinical Neuropsychologists and supervision can be provided to develop skills and competencies in this area.

Main duties of the job

SOAMHS is a multi-professional community team and psychologists are valued members of the service, offering specialist assessment and interventions, including neuropsychology. The post-holder will be creative and flexible and able to inspire others in working with people with dementia and older people with complex mental health problems, their families and carers.

The successful candidate will have skills and interests in supporting colleagues to develop and use psychological thinking in their work and in contributing psychological perspectives to client's care plans. Another key role will be developing psychological formulation and team consultation and providing support, supervision and training to enhance psychologically based interventions within the wider team.

Psychologists in SOAMHS are key members of our local leadership team and play a valuable role in team and service development. Our SOAMHS teams place a strong emphasis on co-production and drawing on the expertise of people with lived experience and we welcome staff who share these values to join our service.

You will join a friendly, highly-skilled and enthusiastic multi-professional team and community of psychologists and psychological therapists working within SOAMHS locally and across the Trust. There will also be opportunities to connect with the broader psychological workforce working in the community mental health services in Brighton & Hove.

About us

Your benefits:
  • Access to a host of discount schemes including reductions on fuel, high street and online purchases, as well as Blue Light Card advantages!
  • Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days + 8 bank holidays)
  • Excellent NHS Pension
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Free parking on-site
  • A position within a trust rated as 'Outstanding' for caring and 'Good' overall by the CQC
  • Access to full psychological support via our internal wellbeing team
  • Excellent supervision programmes, with ongoing opportunities for training and development

Living & working in Brighton:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • Great transport links with Brighton train station linking up directly with major cities such as Portsmouth and London, whilst also being a 30-minute train ride to Gatwick Airport
  • The city is also host to lots of cosy pubs and quirky bars for you to visit
  • There are also plenty of shops for you to browse during your lunch break or after work, with Churchill shopping centre being the main attraction

Job description

Job responsibilities


In order to be a successful Practitioner Psychologist in our team, you will have:
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology (or its equivalent).
  • Professional registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings and a full range of clinical severity.
  • Specialist experience gained post-qualification of working as an applied psychologist.

We encourage and support 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, 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.

As a mental health trust Sussex Partnership places a huge focus on the wellbeing of our staff, as well as ensuring our reward packages reflect the immensely important work they do.

For further information regarding the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust please visit our careers site

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details. For informal enquiries you are very welcome to contact Dr Susan Whiting (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) on 0300 304 0094 or e-mail to learn more about the post or arrange an informal visit to the team.

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).

Knowledge & Experience


  • 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 postqualification 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


Mill View Hospital

Nevill Avenue



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