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Psychological practitioner in Bladder and Bowel services

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

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To work as an autonomous specialist practitioner within the Bladder & Bowel Multi-disciplinary team environment. Working with men/couples (all ages from 18 upwards) in the context of physical health conditions that commonly have an impact on psychosexual functioning i.e. post surgical interventions, general health issues or psychological issues.

To carry a clinical caseload and to ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist sexual health service to adults living with an erectile dysfunction.

To undertake psychological assessment, therapeutic interventions, education and support for existing members with patients experiencing broader bladder and bowel related issues.

To offer specialist advice and consultation regarding patient's care to non-psychologist colleagues and to non-professional carers.

To provide consultation, training, and support to the MDT and to other professionals working with people with Sexual Health conditions, and to referring General Practitioners where requested.

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

To utilise skills for audit, policy, service development and research.

To propose and implement policy changes within the Bladder and Bowel service (where appropriate).

Main duties of the job

Assesses and treats own specialist caseload of clients and maintains associated records.

Provides, develops, and manages highly specialist interventions.

Clinically supervises assistant practitioners, graduate psychologists and doctoral trainees (where appropriate). Contributes to the supervision and education of colleagues where appropriate and beneficial.

Co-ordinates provision of a specialist service and provides specialist advice and consultation to other professions and carers.

Will work within a framework of Key performance indicators.

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

Detailed requirements relating to clinical teaching, training and supervision, management, recruitment, policy and service development research and service evaluation can be located in the attached JD and PS.

In general:

To ensure the development, maintenance, and dissemination 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(s)

To ensure the development and articulation for best practice in psychology within and across the service, by continuing to develop and exercise skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology, and related disciplines.

To maintain and promulgate the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing, and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of (e.g. Health Professions Council, BACP, BACP, BPS) and Trust policies and procedures.

To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies, and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.

To fully participate in the Trusts performance and review the personal development planning process on an annual basis.

To undertake training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with line manager as part of the personal development planning process.

To achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.

To contribute positively to the broader developments within the Trusts developing network of psychological therapies (Allied Psychologies Forum) in the context of long-term health conditions.

To receive instructions from and carry out any other duties at the reasonable request of the line manager which are commensurate with the role, including project work.

To contribute to a healthy and safe working environment by adhering to health and safety regulations and Trust policies.

Person Specification



  • An accredited/registered psychological professional (with an accredited body approved by the Professional Standards Authority) such as the HCPC, BABCP, UKCP, BACP or BABCP or equivalent,,
  • Clinical supervision training and/or equivalent experience


  • Specialist training/or equivalent training relevant to Sexual Health



  • Significant post qualification experience of working as a qualified psychological professional at a specialist level within Sexual Health.
  • Experience of working with and assessing 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, and other appropriate 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.
  • 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.
  • Well established knowledge and skills in using a broad range of advanced assessments and tests relevant to Sexual Health clients.
  • Experience of delivering teaching and training to other professionals and senior staff in other agencies.
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision to trainee clinical psychologists, assistant psychologists and other members of the MDT.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework


  • Specialist knowledge and experience of interpretation and writing up a range of Sexual Health assessment tests.
  • Experience of providing psychological and interventions to adults with Sexual Health/Erectile dysfunction conditions and an interest in developing a specialist knowledge with appropriate supervision
  • Research and audit experience and evidence of publication or equivalent
  • Experience of working together with service users to ensure that they are equal partners in service design, and evaluation, research, and training.

Skills and Knowledge


  • MSC/Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology or equivalent experience
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Excellent IT Skills



  • UK driving licence and car driver with access to a car for work purposes.
  • Willingness to work across locations and hours of work when required.



  • Specialist understanding of the importance of professional boundaries and how to manage and maintain them.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies relevant to psychology
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of confidentiality and the Data Protection Act.
  • Support of the values and beliefs of the biopsychosocial models of work.
  • The belief that peoples with physical and mental illness have the capacity for personal growth and learning, and the same goals as any other person.
  • The belief that service users have the intrinsic right to be involved in all aspects of their care, including the development and evaluation of the service.
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for multidisciplinary team working.
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to influence these skills in others.
  • Negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Ability to lead and implement successful change management.
  • Ability to synthesise complex information and to present options and recommendations in a manner that is clear and acceptable to clients and colleagues.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to achieve deadlines.
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.


  • Ability to take a global view of service needs and resources.
  • Formal training in the supervision of other psychologists.



  • An understanding of the principles of equal opportunities in relation to staff and patients.
  • Ability to inspire, motivate and empower teams and manage conflict.
  • Ability to work flexibly and respond to changing demands and priorities.

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Hove Poly Clinic



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