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Senior Psychological Therapist - IAPT Long Term Conditions

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year Per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

The Brighton and Hove Wellbeing service offers primary care support and psychological therapies to the community of Brighton and Hove. Our interventions are diverse and evidence based, ranging from guided self-help and face-to-face or telephone support to workshop courses.

This is an exciting new role for a Senior Psychological Therapist within the IAPT part of our service and an opportunity to lead on developing and delivering our Long-Term Conditions (LTC) pathway.

You will join a supportive and friendly leadership team and will work closely with our IAPT Clinical Lead, IAPT Service Manager and other Senior Psychological Therapists within IAPT. You will also work with Service Managers and other Clinical Leads within the wider service. The wider multi-disciplinary team includes Admin and Data Management staff, a Service Improvement team, Primary Care Mental Health Practitioners, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, CBT Therapists, and Counsellors.

Main duties of the job

The role will include the following:
  • To be accountable for the seamless referral pathways within IAPT for long term health conditions - LTCs (such as Respiratory, Diabetes, MSK/Pain, MUS, Cardiac and Long Covid).
  • To develop strong relationships with healthcare colleagues and providers across Brighton and Hove.
  • To develop appropriate clinical pathways for patients presenting with comorbid anxiety/depression and LTCs. This may include co-facilitation and creation of CBT based groups.
  • Ensure all LTC patients are in receipt of NICE approved treatment , correct pathway and disorder specific measures are utilised and good patient outcomes and recovery rates achieved.
  • Lead on the provision of educational training programmes to both patients and staff either on an individual or group basis within scope of knowledge around managing long term conditions, ensuring teaching programmes are in place for all staff to maintain their competency and ensure best practice.
  • Lead a multi-agency and multi-professional approach to service delivery; ensuring pathways and referrals to other agencies are appropriate, timely and

About us

Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service is responsible for delivering primary care mental health services for both children and young people and adults. Led by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with YMCA Downslink and Southdown we provide a community-based range of evidence based therapeutic and clinical interventions to support people with mild to moderate mental health needs.

Working in Brighton and Hove:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside
  • Embrace the city life in Brighton
  • Easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links to London and across the UK, so plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Other staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Job description Job responsibilities

See Job description and Person Specification for full details.

The post is full-time, and there will be a requirement to work across different sites used by the service throughout Brighton and Hove. The service operates between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday and some flexibility within these working hours is required.

You will provide clinical leadership. You will need to work effectively as a clinical lead within a primary care multidisciplinary setting. You will need to hold self and colleagues to account toensure the IAPT service delivers safe, effective and timely clinical care in line with the IAPT manual, while also meeting its agreed performance targets.

Essential Criteria includes:
  • Doctoral level qualification in Clinical or Counselling Psychology, or equivalent or extensive experience of delivering psychological therapies to an equivalent level.
  • Post Graduate Training in CBT to diploma, masters or doctorate level.
  • BABCP accredited or eligible for accreditation by BABCP within a one-year period
  • Experience of providing care in line with the Long-term condition agenda
  • Extensive experience of undertaking psychological therapy with patients with common mental health disorders
  • Evidence of knowledge in current professional issues, health promotion, clinical governance, national initiatives (e.g. NICE guidelines) and Long-Term Conditions.
  • Ability to provide specialist information to aid service development and policy decisions.
  • Ability to offer consultation and supervision to trainees and colleagues and non-professional groups.

For more information in relation to this post, please contact our Interim IAPT Clinical Lead (Dan Bowler, or our IAPT Operational Service Manager (Steve Eaton, We welcome enquiries and discussion about this post ahead of application deadline.

Person Specification Knowledge, Training and Experience Essential
  • Doctoral level qualification in a. Clinical or Counselling Psychology, or equivalent or extensive experience of delivering psychological therapies to an equivalent level
  • Post Graduate Training in CBT to diploma, masters or doctorate level
  • BABCP accredited or eligible for accreditation by BABCP within a oneyear period

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