Applied Psychologist, Community Rehabilitation Team

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year NHS AfC: Band 8a
Closing date
18 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Applications are invited from Applied Psychologists for a permanent, full-time Band 8A post (37.5 hours per week) in the Brighton & Hove Specialist Community Rehabilitation Team. The post-holder will be part of the Specialist Community Rehabilitation Team in the Brighton & Hove Care Delivery Service, which provides secondary care community and acute mental health services for adults of all ages.

The Community Rehabilitation Team holds a caseload of around 80 people for long- and short-term interventions, and focuses on providing innovative recovery-focused mental health care to service users with complex mental health difficulties (mainly on the Psychosis Pathway).

Main duties of the job

The Community Rehabilitation Team has a strong working relationship with the residential rehabilitation unit in Brighton, and there will be opportunities for the post-holder to offer indirect psychological input to this service. The Community Rehabilitation Team places a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary team working and close working relationships with other local mental health services and community organisations. The post-holder will be expected to carry out complex psychological assessments and deliver evidence-based psychological interventions to clients and their families/carers, and there will also be opportunities for developing innovative psychological approaches to working with this client group. Psychological services in Brighton place a strong emphasis on co-production and drawing on the expertise of people with lived experience. The post-holder will also be expected to offer psychological consultation, supervision and training to the Community Rehabilitation Team, and to support the team to develop and use psychological thinking in their work. The successful candidate will be creative and flexible in adapting to change and able to educate and inspire others in working with people with complex mental health problems.

An interest in working with psychosis is an essential requirement for the post.

About us

The Trust provides mental health and learning disability care for all ages across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Living & Working in Brighton:
  • Be spoilt for choice with Brighton's iconic seafront, vibrant lanes and array of shops and attractions
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns on your doorstep
  • Embrace the outstanding natural beauty spots including the renowned Devils Dyke and South Downs National Park

We'd love you to join our Trust, rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the CQC. Our staff agree, recent staff survey results told us that 82% recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Key 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 in their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

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. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, flexible start/ finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

Job description Job responsibilities

Brighton Psychologists are valued members of the service and offer specialist assessments and interventions, psychological formulation and team consultation. The successful candidate will have skills and interests in supporting professional colleagues to develop and use psychological thinking in their work and in contributing psychological perspectives to service users care plans.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust aims to realise the potential of everyone who uses its services and to enable staff to do a great job. The Trust has teaching status and is developing into one of the countrys leading teaching mental health trusts. Working here offers continued training and development, variety and a rewarding challenge, plus all the benefits of living in Sussex.


In order to be a successful Applied Clinical/Counselling Psychologist in our team, you will have:
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology (or its equivalent)
  • Professional registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings and a full range of clinical severity

The postholder will be supported to carry out additional specialist training relevant to the post (e.g. CBT for Psychosis; Family Interventions for Psychosis being two examples), and there are regular CPD opportunities for psychologists in the Trust available. There will also be the opportunity for the postholder to have protected time to gain experience in other parts of Brighton community mental health services if this would be of interest to them.

Please see attached Job Description document for full details of the role and responsibilities.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • 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, approved by the HPC.
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • 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.

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