Specialist Psychological Therapist (CBT)

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have secured significant funding from community transformation funds to transform our complex emotional difficulties pathway in West Sussex.

To support the implementation of this work we are recruiting to two new Band 7 Psychological Therapist (CBT) posts, based in:
  • x1 in Crawley (North West Sussex)
  • x1 in Worthing

We are looking for individuals with excellent clinical skills, an aptitude for engaging with colleagues and service users in an innovative and positive way, and experience of working with people with this diagnosis. You will be able to think creatively with our partners about developing alliances in our treatment pathways, and we would value a strong commitment to recovery, multi-disciplinary working, service user involvement, and equality. Our funding for the pathway also covers access to training in specialist evidence-based interventions.

As the posts sit within community mental health teams, there will be opportunities to protect a part of your caseload to continue working with the whole range of difficulties presenting in secondary care services, including those experiencing psychosis and complex PTSD. Your career progression is important to us and we will provide local opportunities to develop leadership and supervision skills. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to train in some of the psychological interventions on the pathway (including Structured Clinical Management; MBT; schema focussed therapy; DBT skills).

Main duties of the job

As a Psychological Therapist working on our new Complex Emotional Difficulties pathway, you will work closely with our Principal Psychologists and Consultant Clinical Psychologist leading on this work. You will support the local implementation of the referral pathway, providing evidence-based interventions, to include structured clinical management (SCM), Schema based therapy, MBT and DBT skills.

You will work closely with a wide range of multi-disciplinary colleagues within Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, as well as service users, to develop the work that is currently in progress. As a member of our Psychological Therapies team the postholder will contribute towards the leadership of psychologically informed interventions and support the psychological practitioner workforce (graduate mental health workers, mental health wellbeing practitioners). There may also be opportunities to supervise trainees and others delivering psychological interventions.

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

About us

Sussex Partnership provides mental health and learning disability care for all age groups across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Living and Working in West Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns
  • Embrace the South Coast with a great range of historic and contemporary seaside towns
  • According to the Met Office, West Sussex is the sunniest county in the UK, making exploring the vast countryside all the more enjoyable

We'd love you to join our Trust, rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, in our recent staff survey 82% told us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Key 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

Job description Job responsibilities

In order to be a successfulSenior Psychological Therapistin our team you will:
  • Be an experienced CBT therapist,registered with the BABCP
  • Have experience/understanding ofevidence-based assessments and interventions for people with complex emotional difficulties/personality disorders
  • Be comfortable working in afast-paced and varied role, where you will support us in developing this pathway

It would also be advantageous if you are:
  • Experience of providingsupervision and teaching
  • Have existing qualifications in DBT, schema, SCM or MBT.

We are committed to the promotion of excellent professional standards by embedding professional practice within the Trust clinical governance structures and we facilitate continuing professional development by a range of support structures including regular professional meetings. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust promotes high quality clinical research, and our links with the research and development department are valued and strong.

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Please apply using the link in this advert, and do contact us for an informal conversation and to arrange to visit if you would find that helpful. We are really interested to hear from you.

Please note, we have similar roles in other teams in West Sussex (including Horsham, Bognor, Chichester). If you like the sound of the job but would prefer a different location, please do apply and get in touch.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised/accredited postgraduate level training in a psychological therapy as specified in one of the Appendices
  • Professionally registered as specified in the same Appendix
Knowledge and Experience Essential
  • Substantial post-qualification/accreditation experience of specialist psychological therapy (assessment, formulation and treatment), as specified in the same Appendix, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • A high level of competence in applying a psychological therapy to complex difficulties appropriate for this therapy with the client group, and a proven track record of delivering positive outcomes in this therapy
  • Experience of offering teaching, training and supervision within a demanding organisational context.
  • A clear and theoretically informed approach to supervision
  • Experience of representing psychological therapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care within a complex organisational context.
  • Significant experience of working with the particular client group served by the team/service
  • Knowledge of guidance and legislation in relation to the client group.
  • A high-level specialist knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist psychological therapy as specified in the same appendix, as applied to the client group using this service.
  • Experience of the application of psychological therapy in different cultural contexts and experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the professional registration/accrediting body specified in the same appendix.

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