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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum / pro rata for part time
Closing date
26 Feb 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 8b Principal Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling Psychologist)

Minimum 3 days per week up to full-time - Permanent Post

High Weald, Lewes & Havens (HWLH) Community Mental Health Services,

We are looking for a confident, creative and enthusiastic, HCPC-registered Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to join our welcoming, highly-skilled and enthusiastic community of psychologists and psychological therapists working as part of the HWLH Assessment and Treatment Service for adults of all ages. The service is multi-professional and commissioned to work with service users with complex mental health needs, their families and carers. You will be supported to pursue your specialist interests and skills in line with the local service priorities. This could include working with clients with psychosis, trauma, managing complex emotional needs and mood and anxiety difficulties.

We have two community sites, Hill Rise in Newhaven and Millwood in Uckfield, which sit in the South Downs National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty and are close to the South coast and the vibrant communities of Brighton and Eastbourne.

Main duties of the job

We deliver evidence based psychological therapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, CBT for Psychosis, EMDR and MBCT. We also offer compassion focussed therapy and support the wider team to offer Family Interventions for psychosis. We would welcome the successful candidate to bring their own interests and experiences to this post and help us to continue to develop our psychological therapy provision. You will have experience of CBT and at least one other evidence-based model of therapy. Experience of working with psychosis and / or trauma would be beneficial.

About us

Our service has good links with the local Clinical Psychology Training Course at Salomons and has 2-3 trainees each year. There are also good opportunities for learning, development and research as the Trust has strong links with both Sussex and Brighton universities.

As a Psychologist in our service we can offer you:
  • Access to numerous wellbeing and support programmes, run by our internal wellbeing team
  • Excellent supervision programmes, with ongoing opportunities for training and development
  • Flexible working patterns
  • Access to a host of discount schemes (including gyms, shopping, restaurants and cars)
  • A position within a trust rated as 'Outstanding' for caring and 'Good' overall by the CQC
  • Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days + 8 bank holidays)

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will have experience of working with adults with complex mental health issues and will have worked effectively as part of an MDT. You will work closely with the Consultant Psychologist to provide leadership to the psychological therapy staff at Hillrise and Millwood and to ensure effective governance for the staff. You will supervise the 8a Psychologists within our service. You will promote psychological understanding and thinking in the MDT and carry out direct clinical work. We aim to provide evidence-based care based on the trio of research clinician experience Service-User and Carer choice.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or outside the UK] as approved by the HPC, 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 (HPC)



  • 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 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 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 HPC.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Hill Rise

Church Hill



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