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Senior Practitioner Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata
Closing date
21 Jun 2024

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We are looking to recruit an HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical/Forensic/Counselling) to join our psychology team within Working Age Acute services. Your role will be based in the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team (CRHT) at Langley Green hospital, Crawley.

We are looking for applicants with excellent clinical skills and an aptitude for engaging positively with colleagues and service users. Your role will involve psychological assessment, formulation and intervention with service users. You will also have skills in thinking creatively with local colleagues, using your psychological skills to inform service-users' care pathways and ongoing recovery journeys. We value a strong commitment to recovery, multi-disciplinary working, co-production with service users and carers, and equality.We are committed to the delivery of evidence-based interventions.

It is an exciting time to join our service as we are building our psychosis, complex emotional difficulties and mood pathways. Successful applicants, dependant on skills and interest, can make choices about which pathway they wish to be involved in. You will be supported within job plans to be part of Clinical Academic Groups, which provide access to specialist training such as Daniel Freeman's Feeling Safe Programme. We also have links to Surrey University's Clinical Psychology training programme.

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Practitioner Psychologist working within CRHT you will work closely with the MDT to ensure a trauma-informed, therapeutic culture is promoted and embedded with collaborative service user engagement. You will work closely with the 8b Principal Psychologist to provide leadership around the implementation of evidence-based interventions.

The role includes providing individual and group evidence-based interventions for people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties. Formulation skills will be an important part of the role as you lead on team formulation which is valued part of MDT working and care planning.

As a senior member of our Psychological Therapies team in West Sussex, you will be required to offer supervision to psychological therapists within the service as well as contributing to the senior leadership team. You will have regular clinical and professional supervision including specialist clinical supervision (i.e. EMDR, DBT, CBT). We have a strong network of diverse and supportive psychology colleagues who meet regularly as part of peer networking across West Sussex and the wider SPFT.

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. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has teaching status and is developing into one of the country's leading teaching mental health trusts.

Psychological Therapies are highly valued in SPFT and Psychological Therapists occupy a range of senior positions across the Trust. Close attention is paid to equality and diversity across the trust and especially within psychological therapies, with new leadership programmes available and mentoring opportunities for PPT staff from underrepresented groups.

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.

Living and Working in West Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns. With a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns, there's always somewhere new to visit
  • Enjoy the city life and visit Brighton, or even travel to London in under 90 minutes


For information on schools visit:

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

In order to be a successful Senior Practitioner Psychologist in our team you will
  • Be a qualified Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist, with HCPC registration
  • Be analytical and show good attention to detail
  • Be comfortable working in a fast-paced and varied role.
  • Be Passionate about working with people with a range of complex mental health needs

SPFT staff have the capacity to work from home remotely where applicable and in agreement with your line manager.

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the attachments or contact:

For further information or an informal conversation about the role or your support needs please contact Pallavi Bala, Professional Psychology Lead for Acute & Urgent Care, West Sussex, at , Tel: 07471217099

Person Specification



  • 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).



  • 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.

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Langley Green Hospital

Matyrs Avenue



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