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Principal Practitioner Psychologist

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

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Band 8b Principal Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling Psychologist)

30 hours per week (minimum 3 days per week) -Permanent Post

Eastbourne Assessment & Treatment Service (ATS) St Marys House

We are delighted to be advertising for a Principal Practitioner Psychologist (Band 8b) to join our welcoming, highly-skilled and enthusiastic community of psychologists and psychological therapists working as part of the Eastbourne Assessment and Treatment Service. The ATS is multi-professional and commissioned to work with working age service users with severe and complex mental health needs, their families and carers.

Applications are welcome from confident, creative and enthusiastic HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologists, ready to take on a leadership role. You should have significant experience and skills in working with severe and complex mental health presentations, such as Complex Emotional Needs, Psychosis, trauma and mood disorders. You will have worked effectively as part of an MDT. You will have experience in consultation, delivering team formulation and supervising Psychology colleagues. We welcome applications from those working at 8a level looking to progress their career and can support your development.

Main duties of the job

You will work closely with the Consultant Lead Psychologist to provide operational leadership to the Psychology staff at St Mary's and to ensure effective governance for the staff. This will entail overseeing MDT referrals to Psychology, and working to manage demand within the capacity of the Psychology service. In addition, the postholder will be responsible for ensuring the supervision of a group of psychologists, therapists and trainees within the service. They will co-ordinate an established structure of Psychology meetings designed to support staff, maintain connectivity, facilitate learning and decision making around complex presentations. You will hold a caseload and carry out direct clinical work. We aim to provide NICE recommended evidence-based care and are particularly interested to hear from those accredited to deliver EMDR The postholder will support psychological practice within the wider team through consultation, supervision, formulation and training. They will also be someone with experience of delivering training and supervising colleagues. They will hold research skills for audit, service development and contribute to monitoring the clinical outcomes and the impact of the Psychology service.

About us

Eastbourne ATS is an innovative team working to embrace transformation. We are proud of what we do and strive to maintain and improve the quality of the treatments we provide. We appreciate the demands of providing treatment to people with complex needs and work to promote a compassionate team culture and ensure that staff are supported by a psychologically safe work environment.

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

The successful applicant would receive professional supervision and be professionally and clinically accountable to and managed by the Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

In this post, you would be working primarily from St. Mary's House in Eastbourne, a car is not essential as Eastbourne has good transport links and is easily accessible by rail. There may be an occasion where travel to another Trust site is required. There may be the opportunity to consider flexible working with some days based working from home. This post is offered at 4 days a week but there is scope to consider applications from candidates who would prefer to work 3 days per week.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be someone who can contribute at a senior level to the vision for the ATS as it undertakes transformation towards an improved service model. This post is an exciting opportunity for an experienced practitioner seeking to advance their career and take up leadership responsibilities

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


St Mary's House


BN21 3UU

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