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Specialist Practitioner Psychologist or B7-8a Development Role

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £53,219 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for anenthusiastic person, to join our urgent care team, based in Eastbourne.

We want to recruit a knowledgeable person, into our well-established and innovative Urgent care teams. Your goal is to offer intensive support to people, in the community, at times of crisis, and to minimise the number of admissions to inpatient units. For those people who do require admission, our aim is to help reduce the length of these admissions and support a timely discharge.

We have made a lot of positive changes in the last 18 months as part of a funded expansion of our role and are exceeding clearly described national targets. We are continuing to innovate and create interventions that work for the people we support and would be interested in what you can bring to that.

You will work with people with a wide range of mental health problems, their families and carers. Many people come to urgent care with their first experience of mental health difficulties as a result of bereavement, addiction, physical illness, domestic violence, onset of dementia, debt or workplace bullying; so we would welcome applicants with a range of experience, who may not have worked in an acute or urgent care environment before. We also see a range of people with complex mental health difficulties with histories of service use and work closely with community teams, acute wards and other specialist services in Sussex; so experience in these areas would also be welcomed.

Main duties of the job

You will provide specialist crisis interventions for those referred into our service and help contribute to the multi-disciplinary team's thinking and care-planning, working closely with psychiatry and nursing colleagues. Your primary role is to provide psychological assessment, formulation and evidence-based therapeutic interventions for individuals and groups. Alongside this, you will also provide consultation, training, and support: such as facilitation of reflective practice and case discussion. We work closely with OT, peer specialist and carer specialists which gives us particular flexibility and opportunity. We also have other psychological therapists, trainees and assistant psychologist(s).

We currently offer interventions for individuals and groups, informed by CBT, DBT, CAT, MI and mindfulness. We also offer creative interventions like Tree of Life and work alongside peers to deliver self-management tools and support relapse prevention. We have a strong commitment to offering family interventions and approach our work as trauma-informed. We occasionally contribute to neuro testing and have specialist supervision for all these disciplines; and can offer training where you have an interest but have not yet undertaken training.

About us

Our Trust has an exciting range of CPD opportunities available, including training in DBT skills, short-term CBT interventions, CAT and phase 1 trauma stabilisation skills.

You will be supported by an experienced principal psychologist; and through clinical and managerial supervision, we offer a commitment to support your continued professional development. You will be part of the wider acute and urgent care group of psychological practitioners in East Sussex that seeks to grow and develop a healthy workforce.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has teaching status and is developing into one of the country's leading teaching mental health trusts. Working here offers continued training and development, plus all the benefits of living in Sussex.

Sussex is a beautiful county with good transport links, vibrant communities, rural areas and access to the Coast and the South Downs. There are lots of land and water sports, a thriving and diverse arts community, environmentally-orientated groups and great food.

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

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

Job description Job responsibilities

In order to be a successful psychological therapist in our team you will have:

the following qualifications:
  • Recognised professional training in professional therapy
  • Professionally registered as a therapist

the following knowledge/experience:
  • Demonstrable competence in the delivery of psychological therapy
  • Knowledge of guidance and legislation in relation to the client group
  • Knowledge of theory, practice and evidence base of specialist psychological therapy
  • Experience of the application of psychological therapy in different cultural contexts
  • Evidence of commitment to CPD

the following skills:
  • Well developed skills in communication (oral and written) of highly technical and clinical sensitive information to clients, carers, families and other professional colleagues, both within and outside the NHS
  • Proven ability to establish, maintain and conclude therapeutic relationships
  • Good inter-professional skills and ability to work autonomously in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Capacity to reflect and make good use of supervision
  • Ability to plan and manage a dynamic caseload of work

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 HPC
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HPC)
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 HPC.

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