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Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 a year pro rata
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8C
Contract Type
Part Time
This is a unique opportunity for an experienced clinical psychologist to join a dynamic multi-disciplinary specialist team (the Specialist Assessment Multidisciplinary team SAM). SAM is a county-wide team, working mainly with people in High Dependency Rehab placements, ensuring that they are getting the treatment they need and are progressing towards discharge to their local areas. The successful applicant will offer psychological expertise and clinical leadership to the MDT, the Rehab Hub, the Trust Specialist Funding Panel, the wider rehab pathway, and teams and services connected with the pathway.You will have extensive clinical expertise, particularly in relation to psychosis, and will have demonstrable clinical and professional leadership skills. You will have exemplary communication skills and the ability to keep patient-led and evidence-based care central in professional and multi-agency meetings. You will also be able to offer effective team support to your multi-disciplinary colleagues, and psychological staff within the team.

Main duties of the job

o To provide professional leadership for the psychological professions within the SAM team, leading on appraisal, professional development and supervision systems and standards of professional behaviour for all psychological professions in order to effect high quality psychological practice in this Trust-wide specialist service.o To work autonomously within professional guidelines and to provide professional leadership by exercising responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the team. To ensure that suitable systems are in place for the clinical and professional supervision and support of all other psychological professionals in the team.o To propose and implement policy and service development changes in relation to psychology and psychological therapies across the specified service.o To ensure that systems for effective recruitment, professional appraisal and identification of CPD are in place and working effectively in the specified service.o To ensure relevant audit, policy and service development and research activities are carried out by psychology staff working in the SAM team.

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details

About us

We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Working in Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with its blend of beautiful villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London
  • With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

See the attached 'Partnership Perks' document for details about our benefits package.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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.

Person Specification

Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council


  • 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
  • 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





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