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Practitioner Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year pa
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you looking for a new challenge and want to offer the best care in times of Crisis? We're looking for like-minded people to join us and help shape the future of the Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment Team (CRHTT). The post holder will have the opportunity to work with people with a wide range of complex mental health problems, their families and carers.

Your role will involve psychological assessment, formulation and intervention with service users. You will be working within a Multidisciplinary team (MDT) 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. You will have access to a range of training opportunities such as DBT, Family Interventions and EMDR (eye-movement desensitisation and reprocessing). You will have the opportunity and protected space to join a clinical and academic group (CAG) of your interest, such as the psychosis or complex emotional difficulties CAG. Alongside these research links we have close links with Surrey University and their Clinical Psychology Doctorate. You will be well-supported within the role, with regular professional and clinical supervision. You will be working closely with your professional lead in acute services and closely linked with a warm and diverse community of local practitioner psychologists.

Main duties of the job

As a Practitioner Psychologist working within CRHTT your main role will be assessment, formulation and psychological intervention with a diverse range of service users. You will provide both individual and group evidence-based interventions.

You will use your formulation skills to support the teams understanding of service users. Working closely with the MDT to ensure a person centred, trauma informed approach to service user care. You will have formal and informal opportunities to support the staff team in providing psychologically informed interventions.

As a member of our Psychological Therapies team in West Sussex, you will be required to offer supervision to assistant psychologists within the service. You will have regular supervision with an experienced senior Psychologist and attend reflective practice within the CRHTT and regular peer supervision across the wider West Sussex Acute Psychologist and Psychological Practitioner Team.

To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID.

About us

Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust (SPFT) provides mental health and learning disability care for all age groups across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire. 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. Benefits: Access to full psychological support, Excellent supervision programmes with ongoing opportunities for training and development, Free parking on-site, Access to a host of discount schemes, A position within a trust rated as Outstanding for caring and Good overall by the CQC, Excellent NHS Pension, Generous holiday entitlement starting at 27 days + bank holidays

We encourage flexible working. We know that a positive work/life balance brings about huge health-related benefits, which has a positive impact on the care we provide.

West Sussex: Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns, embrace the South Coast with a great range of historic and contemporary seaside towns ,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% said they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Job description Job responsibilities


See attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply using the link in this advert. Alternatively, we are happy to talk to prospective candidates about the service and about their ideas for the role. We would therefore strongly encourage you to make contact for an informal discussion.

To arrange an informal chat, please contact:

Dr Robert Percival, Principal Psychologist and Lead for Acute Psychology/Psychological Therapies, on 07391408224 or

We can also arrange informal visits to the service (COVID-19 dependent).

We are committed to the promotion of excellent professional standards by embedding professional practice within the Trust clinical governance structures and we facilitate continuing professional development by a range of support structures including regular professional meetings. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust promotes high quality clinical research, and our links with the research and development department are valued and strong.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • 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)
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • 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

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