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Psychological Therapist

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

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Band 8A
Part Time
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Would you like the opportunity to work in a specialist Veteran mental heath team?

We are looking for a psychological therapist to join our lively and passionate mental health team; supporting veterans and reservists presenting with mental health problems and their families. Some of our team have a personal connection to veteran's, either with a military background or holding a close relationship with someone who does.

We have a 12 month fixed term post available to cover a staff sabbatical starting as soon as possible.

We cover Kent, Surrey and Sussex and deliver psychological therapy within our complex treatment service. We support veterans with a range of mental health needs ranging from anxiety and depression to complex PTSD.

Main duties of the job

Working with colleagues under the Op courage services - delivering NICE recommend treatment to the veteran caseload, taking part in the TILS and CTS multi-disciplinary meetings.

About us

We are an expanding and exciting specialist service within SPFT, working regional in the south east and nationally as part of the NHS armed forces networks for Op courage.

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/ life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, part time hours, flexible start/ finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To clinically supervise assistant psychologists, trainee psychologists and junior psychologists, psychological therapists or counsellors and other staff as appropriate.

  • To professionally supervise and, when appropriate, manage, assistant psychologists and trainee psychologists

  • To provide consultation, mentorship, supervision and advice about psychological issues to other members of the team/service and other professionals working with service users, across a range of agencies/ settings as appropriate.

  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service/team.

  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit, and to advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.

  • To utilise research skills to undertake service evaluation, audit and research as appropriate and disseminate the results in the service and nationally.

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.
  • For forensic psychologists working in forensic settings: Masters degree (with the award of the British Psychological Society qualification in forensic psychology or equivalent).
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCPC)
Knowledge/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 postqualification 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).
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of guidance and legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • High level of knowledge and skills in neuropsychology and evidence of further practice and/or training since qualification.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.

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