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Psychological Practitioner- Respiratory Service

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 Per Annum/Pro-rata
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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The post holder will assist with the holistic care of patients with respiratory conditions and the provision of clinical health psychology services to adults with respiratory conditions within the Brighton and Hove catchment area. This will mean providing face to face services in the community setting across the city.

The post holder will be required to utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the service.

The post holder will also be involved in networking with other relevant services and offering training and consultation with regards to psychological aspects of Respiratory care where appropriate.

The post holder will be a member of the trust Psychological Professions Forum, which offers professional and peer support with other psychologist practitioners working in a variety of health care settings with opportunities to join peer supervision groups and attend CPD events.

This post is 0.4 WTE (2 days per week) and the specialist portfolio also has a psychological practitioner vacancy (0.5 WTE, 2.5 days) in our bladder and bowel service if any suitably trained candidates were interested in combining both roles.

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified specialist psychology service to clients with respiratory conditions under the auspices of the Community Respiratory service providing highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy, and consultation to MDT members at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to GP's, secondary care Respiratory and mental health services, non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures.

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client's mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups within and across teams. Adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models.

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

About us

We are the main provider of NHS community services across East and West Sussex. Our 6,000 staff serve a population of 1.3 million providing essential medical, nursing, and therapeutic care to adults and children.

Our Trust vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community, helping people plan, manage, adapt to changes in their health, supporting avoidable hospital admissions and reducing hospital stay times.

We have opportunities for everyone across our wide variety of services including medical, clinical, support and corporate services.

Why work for us?
  • Positive 2022 NHS Staff Survey results, scoring highly in compassionate culture & leadership, and staff wellbeing support
  • Variety of working environments across the community, in patients' homes, within our community hospitals and bases across the county
  • Supportive flexible working patterns such as: part time, flexi time, annualised hours, and flexi retirement options
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • Cost-effective workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Level 3 accredited Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces
  • Veteran Aware Trust, achieving accreditation from Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
  • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast

Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients with respiratory conditions referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and psychometric tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post holders professional and service manager.

The post holder will be responsible for the day to day management of the other psychotherapy team members and accountable for the service delivery.

Person Specification

Qualifications and/or Professional Registration


  • HPC registered clinical/ counselling psychologist or UKCP/ BACP accredited psychotherapist, or BABCP accredited CBT therapist
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/or experience in the delivery of psychological since qualification.
  • Training/or equivalent training in supervision in the context of psychological professions


  • Pre/post qualification training in health related psychological treatment
  • Postgraduate research experience and relevant skills
  • Training skills in research and audit methodology, staff training and consultations



  • Specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings including, outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Demonstrate further specialist experience
  • Experience of working with patients with respiratory or other long term condition/s
  • Experience of the application of psychology to the different cultural contexts


  • Evidence of study and clinical practice in clinical health psychology/working with patients with long term medical conditions
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision
  • Experience of managing own waiting lists and service information requirements

Skills and Knowledge


  • The use of complex methods of psychological assessment and intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • High level knowledge of the theory of practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies, including CBT
  • Able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Able to provide consultations to both professional and non- professional groups
  • Knowledge of research methodology, design and complex data analysis as practised within the fields of psychology
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (such as personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities)
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to respiratory conditions and mental health
  • Specialist skills in the application and supervision of application of CBT and other modalities such as ACT IPT or EMDR.

Other requirements


  • Ability to teach and train others using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Access to a car for work purposes and able to travel to various sites.


  • Experience of working within a multi-cultural framework

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Brighton General Hospital



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