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Clinical Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic band 7 Psychologist 0.4 WTE with skills in and experience of working with children and young people, who is keen to develop their skills in working within paediatric settings. We are wanting someone with well-developed general skills in CBT, and a sound knowledge of attachment and systemic based models. Experience of working in acute paediatrics offering psychological intervention for long-term conditions would be beneficial for this post.

The post holder will also be a member of the wider Brighton & Hove Psychology team, which is a lively and active team of psychologists working within Specialist CAMHS, Learning Disability, Community Child Health and Neuro-developmental disorders, Social Services and Education.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be providing psychological support to children, young people and their families to manage emotional and behavioural difficulties related to a range of long-term medical conditions. This may include support with adjustment to or management of their medical diagnosis, symptoms and/ or treatments. It will involve direct assessment and intervention with individuals and families as well as facilitating group work with children and with parents. It will also involve advice and consultation to multi-disciplinary hospital teams as well as liaison with schools and other agencies. Supervision will be provided by the 8a psychologist in the Long-Term Conditions Team.

About us

The team is involved in a number of innovative audit evaluation and research projects, as well as developing and delivering a number of groups and workshops such as Mindfulness groups adapted for adolescents, Woodland Wellbeing groups, Tree of Life groups and condition specific workshops.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be a member of the wider Paediatric Psychological Support Service (PPSS) which includes psychologists working with the teams for Cystic Fybrosis, Oncology, diabetes and CFS/ME as well as those in the Function First team for medically unexplained physical symptoms. This post is part of a team offering psychological support to children and young people with a range of long-term medical conditions that are not covered by specific teams (listed above). We therefore work across a number of different specialisms including, gastroenterology, respiratory, epilepsy, rheumatology and other more rare conditions.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or outside the UK], including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as approved by the HCPC
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCPC)



  • Experience of specialist psychological working (assessment, formulation and treatment) 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, inpatient and residential 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.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of applied psychology
  • High level of knowledge and skills in neuropsychology and evidence of further practice and/or training since qualification.
  • Experience of the application of applied psychology in different cultural contexts and experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Alexander Children's Hospital

North Drive



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