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Clinical Psychologist

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

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Full Time - Substantive Band 7 - Psychologist - CAMHS Eating Disorder Intensive treatment Day Service

Exciting new opportunity in Brighton & Hove, Sussex

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation trust is looking to recruit a passionate, knowledgeable and dynamic Clinical Psychologist to join our new CAMHS Eating Disorder Day service.

We have recently received new substantive funding to set up this servcie. It will be located at a newly refurbished Aldrington House (Hove). The clinical model is in development and will be based on the highly acclaimed Maudsley Intensive Treatment programme. The service will have capacity to support 10 young people each day. Key service aims include:o Supporting young people and families through a comprehensive 14 week group programme, entailing family therapy, CBT based groups, life skills and supported eatingo Prevention of need for an inpatient admission thereby allowing young people to eb treated closer to home

You would be part of a brand-new MDT, consisting of nursing, psychology, dietician, support workers, medics and Occupational Therapists. This role will be supported by the 8a Clinical Psychologist in the service.Knowledge of Eating Disorders and CAMHS is essential. Our selection process will be based upon experience and values

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate would be responsible for providing a specialist psychology service to the Eating Disorder Day Service for Children and young people with serious eating disorders and their families as well as providing specialist psychological assessment, formulation intervention (using a wide range of clinical models/approaches) and consultation.

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing individual and groupwork and will provide supervision and professional support to relevant colleagues. You will guide service development through service evaluation and audit, as well as bringing new insights through research and keeping up to date with developments in the field.

Ideally you will have prior experience of working with eating disorders and experience of using therapeutic models associated with this client group.

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

Working in Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London
  • With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. 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 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 within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Job description Job responsibilities


To be a successful Clinical Psychologist in our team you will be:
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Highly skilled in psychological assessment and formulation, and comfortable in providing specialist individual and group psychological interventions for young people with eating disorders and their families
  • Able to support psychological practice within the service, providing supervision, consultation and training
  • Able to undertake project management, audit and service evaluation to develop the service, keeping in mind the wider system

You must be able to demonstrate a caring, compassionate and non-judgmental attitude, and show a commitment to making a difference when supporting young people and their families on their recovery journeys

  • To provide a qualified, high-quality specialist psychology service to individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams, in line with best, evidence-based practice and trust care pathways.
  • To be responsible for holding and managing a clinical caseload and to exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the planning and prioritising of own workload and the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, within the bounds of the service operational policy.
  • To use analytical and judgment skills and be responsible for taking clinical management decisions in complex clinical issues.
  • To clinically supervise assistant psychologists and trainee psychologists.
  • To professionally supervise and, when appropriate, manage, assistant psychologists and trainee psychologists
  • To provide consultation and advice about psychological issues to other members of the team/service and other professionals working with service users.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service/team.
  • To contribute to local service developments under the supervision of the professional lead.
  • To utilise research skills to undertake service evaluation, audit and research as appropriate and disseminate the results in the service and nationally.
  • To propose and implement policy changes within the area served by the service.

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

Please apply using the link in this advert, or for more information explore the attachments or contact:

Kate Stammers - Clinical Lead (07748495890), Nicola Chainey- Head of service (07391415265) or Louisa Bravery (07823790047)

Person Specification Qualification 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.
Skills Essential
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation and intervention frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to work within a large geographical area effectively, managing travel arrangements and using creative working solutions.
  • Ability to plan and manage a work load
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to use electronic clinical record systems
  • Experience of software such as SPSS, EXCEL and ACCESS
  • Ability to use a keyboard and VDU
  • Able to carry out PMVA physical interventions
  • Ability to maintained sustained concentration over considerable time and to be able to manage a number of competing work demands
  • Ability to deal with distressing or emotional circumstances and take care of own well being on a very regular and frequent basis.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to manage exposure to upsetting, distressing or challenging behaviours (frequency depends on job setting)
  • Ability to be able to use a PC.

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