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FREED Champion Practitioner Psychologist/Psychological Therapist (CBT)

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year PA / Pro rata for part time
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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SEDS is a passionate multidisciplinary team delivering NICE recommended treatments and aiming to provide the best possible care to adults living with eating disorders. We are going through an exciting programme of expansion. We are delighted to have secured additional funding for a FREED champion role. FREED (First Episode Rapid Early Intervention for Eating Disorders) is a national initiative, promoting early intervention for young people with a recent onset of their eating disorder.

The FREED champion role is a rare opportunity for a practitioner to have a true mix of service development, research and clinical work protected in their job plan.

Previous experience of working in an eating disorder service is desirable but not necessary, as we offer considerable in-house and external training opportunities (including CBT-T, CBT-E and MANTRA). The post will be supervised by a senior psychologist within the team. There will be extensive opportunities for developing supervisory experience, being involved in research/service development and nurturing special interests.

Covering the whole of Sussex, SEDS provides specialist eating disorder services across a large geographical area, including Coastal West Sussex, North West Sussex, Brighton and East Sussex. With the introduction of remote working, there is scope, where possible, to tailor your working pattern/location to the needs of both the service and you.

Main duties of the job

Key responsibilities:
  • The post holder will provide specialist assessment and psychological therapy (including delivering evidenced based treatment in group format) to young adults (18-25 years old) with a recent onset eating disorders in an outpatient setting.
  • There will be opportunity to supervise assistant psychologists providing 'fast-tracked' experience to develop into a senior psychologist/psychological therapist role.
  • The FREED champion role involves managing all young adult referrals (18-25 years) to our service, including tracking assessment/treatment booking and outcomes, for which you will need to demonstrate excellent organisational skills.
  • The role requires leadership skills, such as chairing meetings and allocating clinical caseloads. Furthermore, the champion will endeavour to maintain enthusiasm for FREED within the team and beyond (e.g., building links with child and adolescent services, universities and other eating disorder services), through training and regular updates/liaison.
  • Research is encouraged; you will be part of a team that values delivering evidence-base treatment and supports evidence-generating practice. In collaboration with the University of Sussex, we have launched an innovative eating disorder research clinic (SPIRED). This clinic aims to improve the treatment and support available to people with eating disorders; bringing together the expertise and experience of clinicians and people with lived experience of eating disorders.

About us

We are committed to supporting staff well-being, developing new roles in teams, and have a thriving Recovery College. We have close links with the local universities and support the training schemes for clinical psychology and nursing, providing high quality placements.

The trust is committed to strong integrated, collaborative leadership between managers and clinicians.

Your benefits:
  • Access to full psychological support, via our internal wellbeing team
  • Excellent supervision programmes, with ongoing opportunities for training and development
  • Access to a host of discount schemes
  • A position within a trust rated as 'Outstanding' for caring and 'Good' overall by the CQC
  • Excellent NHS Pension
  • Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days + 8 bank holidays)

About the Trust:

We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people, and adults across Sussex. SPFT is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by CQC. In our staff survey:
  • 82% agree that care for patients is our top priority
  • 70% highlight flexible working opportunities as key to satisfaction at work
  • 79% report feeling able to make improvement to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identify opportunities to show initiative in their roles

About Sussex:

Sussex is easily accessible from London, Gatwick, Surrey, and Hampshire and is a beautiful county with good transport links, vibrant communities and tourist attractions, including the Coast and the South Downs.

Job description Job responsibilities


Successful applications will be required to have:
  • A degree in Psychology and Doctoral level training in Applied Psychology (or its equivalent for those who trained before 1996 or outside the UK)
  • Or, you will have accredited training in CBT

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

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.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or outside the UK], including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as approved by the HCPC.
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCPC)
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological working (assessment, formulation and treatment) 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, inpatient and residential care settings, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of applied psychology.
  • High level of knowledge and skills in neuropsychology and evidence of further practice and/or training since qualification
  • Experience of the application of applied psychology in different cultural contexts and experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.

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