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Senior Practitioner Psychologist

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

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We are looking for an enthusiastic, compassionate, and creative HCPC registered Senior Practitioner Psychologist to join our multidisciplinary team on an older adult inpatient ward (Heathfield Ward). You would be fully integrated into the team, providing high quality psychological thinking to the delivery of care on the ward.

Heathfield ward is an 18-bedded ward providing acute mental health inpatient support to women over 65 years of age, from across Sussex. Our team includes psychiatrists, specialist mental health nurses, occupational therapists, and healthcare assistants.We are keen to develop psychology on the ward, so in this role you will be supported in providing placements to trainee clinical psychologists, and psychology graduate volunteers.

You will be part of the wider East Sussex Older Adult psychology network, which provides peer supervision and reflective practice opportunities. Sussex has an established and supportive Psychological Professions network, providing opportunities for CPD and supervision, as well as clear and established working practices.

We are building a new hospital in Bexhill to replace our inpatient services at the Department of Psychiatry. This means that, if you are successful in your application, you will be asked to transfer to the new facilities when they open in 2025

Main duties of the job

You will be providing specialist psychological and neuropsychological assessment to clients on the ward, and offering specialist interventions including individual and family interventions, as clinically indicated.

You will provide psychological expertise to support reflective practice groups and team formulations. There is also the opportunity to develop new group interventions and deliver training to staff to support psychological thinking.

We are looking for someone who has the ability to work autonomously within the context of a busy multi-disciplinary team.

You will have an opportunity to contribute to and support developments to improve access to psychological therapies for older people with severe mental health problems. There are opportunities to utilise research skills for audit and research within the area.

You will receive high standards of clinical and professional supervision from the East Sussex Professional Lead for Older Adult Psychology, as well as peer-group and modality-specific supervision where appropriate. You would have a clear and co-produced job plan to support your work, and professional development.

About us

Sussex Partnership Trust provides mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex.

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated good overall and outstanding for caring by the Care Quality Commission.

Other key staff survey results include:

o 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work

o 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team

o 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Whilst currently working in Eastbourne, there is the opportunity to travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns- there's always new experiences to be enjoyed

There is a well-established and supportive Older Adult psychology network providing opportunities for peer supervision and collaboration.

We support flexible working, recognising the importance of a good work life balance and the need for your work to fit with external commitments.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To work as a member of the multidisciplinary team, providing a high quality, specialist applied psychology service to clients, their families, or carers. In addition, to supporting psychological practice on the ward through consultation, supervision, formulation, and training.

To participate in systematic clinical governance and to offer clinical supervision to assistant, trainee and more junior psychologists and other staff. To utilise research skills for audit, service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

See JD and PS for full details.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr. Jane Vinnicombe, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist on

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


Dept of Psychiatry, Eastbourne DGH

Kings Drive


BN21 2UD

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