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Practitioner Psychologist

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

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We are looking for an enthusiastic psychologist who is looking to expand their range of knowledge and skills whilst still being part of a generic Specialist CAMHS team.

This is an ideal opportunity for someone newly qualified and/or with an interest in working in a range of areas common to CAMHS, including initial assessment, team formulation, and interventions across a broad spectrum of presentations and lived experiences of young people.

As a Sussex wide service we are presently developing new and innovative care pathways as part of our goals of promoting excellence in our support to young people and families accessing our service.

Main duties of the job

The post holder would have opportunities to contribute to our Trauma pathway, and well as work as part of our Emotional Intensity Pathway, which is an inventive clinical offer informed by Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. It would therefore be desirable but not essential for applicants for this post to have had knowledge or experience of DBT.

Part of this post will also involve contributing to initial assessment clinics, supporting young people to explore their goals, and working with the multi-disciplinary team to develop appropriate care plans to meet these needs.

The postholder will also have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of local audit and evaluation projects associated with the pathways with which they are involved, in addition to opportunities to support wider county projects focusing on the develop of innovative care.

A key value of Brighton and Hove CAMHS is the involvement of experts by experience in the development of our service. It would be anticipated that the post holder would also contribute, alongside our participation manager, to the development of groups and projects supporting the meaningful involvement of young people in building our service.

About us

The post holder will be joining a Specialist CAMHS team, which offers a very varied range of individual, family and group work, including DBT and risk stabilisation groups for young people, Art therapy groups for LAC, a range of family therapy clinics and a number of parent groups and workshops. The team operates a care pathway model following CYP IAPT guidelines in terms of evidenced practice and use of ROMS, and is engaged in regular audit/service evaluation to improve service delivery,

As well as being a member of a very innovative and welcoming Specialist CAMHS team, the post holder will be part of the wider Brighton & Hove Psychology team. This is a lively and active team of psychologists working across the city, within Specialist CAMHS, Learning Disability, Community Child Health and Neuro-developmental diagnosis, Social Services, Acute Paediatrics and Education. The team is involved in a number of audit, evaluation and research projects, as well as developing and delivering a number of groups and workshops such as DBT, ASD and Anxiety, and also innovative groups adapted for adolescents within Specialist CAMHS, CAMHS Learning Disability team and the acute paediatrics.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As part of the wider Brighton & Hove CAMHS service, you will also be part of Psychology and Psychological Therapies (PP) professional network contributing to our innovation, commitment to ongoing compassionate care and service improvement. You will work closely with the Locality Manager, your local Consultant Psychologist and colleagues, and be supported to attend regular local and county wide Psychology meetings and undertake relevant CPD.

N.B: Covid-19 full vaccination may be a condition of employment for this role, unless an exemption applies. The successful applicant may have contact with vulnerable service users and we will therefore seek proof of being fully vaccinated during the recruitment process.

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


Aldrington Centre

Brighton & Hove


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