Senior Clinical Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year pro rata
Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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Band 8A
Part Time
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We are looking for a clinical Psychologist with experience of working with children, young people and families and preferably with in a paediatric setting. Skills and experience in and knowledge of working with young people with diabetes would be ideal. We are also wanting someone with well-developed skills in CBT, and a sound knowledge of attachment and systemic based models.

Clinically, the post holder will be providing psychological support to children and young people and their families to manage some of the emotional and behavioural difficulties of managing this long term condition. It will involve direct assessment and intervention with individuals and families as well as group work with children and with parents. It will also involve advice and consultation, teaching and teaching to multi-disciplinary hospital staff and liaison with a range of other agencies.

Please read more about our CAMHS Psychology team here: Sussex CAMHS Psychology Team (

Post is Maternity Leave cover through to 31/3/23

Main duties of the job

As a Clinical Psychologist within the medical team, the post holder will necessarily lead on strategic/service development of the psychological support services within diabetes at the RACH. They will also lead in supporting and advising other professionals but also in liaising with other agencies in Brighton & Hove regarding psychological input for CYPs with diabetes, as well as making links with other paediatric support services for diabetes locally and nationally. The post holder will also be expected to be informed of relevant current research and be able to apply it to their own setting, with a view to supporting evaluation and research around the effectiveness of psychological input in Brighton & Hove young people's diabetes services.

As well as being part of the hospital team, the post holder will be a member of the Paediatric Psychological Support Service (PPSS) which includes psychologists working with the teams for Cystic Fybrosis, CFS/ME, Oncology and long-term conditions and the Function First team (medically unexplained/complex symptoms).

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 a blend of picturesque 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

The post holder will also be a member of the wider Brighton & Hove Psychology team, which is a lively and active team of psychologists working within Specialist CAMHS, Learning Disability, Community Child Health and Neuro-developmental disorders, Social Services and Education. The team is involved ina number of innovative audit, evaluationand research projects, as well as developing and delivering a number of groups and workshops such as Mindfulness and narrative therapy and ACT groups adapted for adolescents within Specialist CAMHS and the acute paediatric hospital.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • 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.
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
Experience Essential
  • 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).
  • 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.

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