Senior Practitioner Psychologist

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

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic 8a Senior Practitioner Psychologist

(Clinical/Forensic/Counselling) to work in our Acute & Urgent care pathway in Chichester.

This full-time post will work across our Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team (CRHT) and our A&E mental health liaison services based at St Richards Hospital. Both services are based in Chichester

This is an exciting and challenging role which will afford the successful candidate the opportunity to work as part of a supportive urgent care pathway that is focused on delivering high standards of care through evidence- based practice, and to develop leadership skills.

There is excellent support for the successful candidate to access training in specific models, such as, DBT, Family Work Interventions, and CBT for Psychosis, alongside a robust supervision package. You will be a valued member of a network of psychologists and psychological therapists, team consisting of qualified psychologists, CBT therapists, trainees and assistants working across three inpatient adult mental health services across West Sussex.

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.

Main duties of the job

To carry out specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the service and formulate and implement plans. To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups and evaluate and make decisions about treatment options. To provide specialist psychological advice, training, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients' formulations, diagnoses and treatment plans. To undertake risk assessment, formulation and management for individual clients with complex presentations and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment, formulation and management Promote and participate in multi-disciplinary team working, development and liaison and user and carer involvement in care planning and service development.To receive and provide regular clinical professional supervision, gain additional highly specialist experience and skills relevant to applied psychology and develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other team members' psychological work as appropriate.

For a detailed description of the roles and responsibilities please refer to the person specification.

About us

Sussex Partnership provides mental health and learning disability care for all age groups across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has teaching status and is developing into one of the country's leading teaching mental health trusts. 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. 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. .

Living and Working in West Sussex: Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns. With a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns, there's always somewhere new to visit. Embrace the South Coast with a great range of historic and contemporary seaside towns

Schools - For information on schools visit: 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% told us that they recognise that care for patients is our top priority.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Crisis team and A&E liaison are both dynamic environments and there will be the expectation that the candidate is able to take substantial professional responsibility and work autonomously providing high quality clinical work which will include psychological assessments, formulations and brief therapeutic work, groups, family and individual work as well as assisting with positive behaviour support plans.

The post holder will also provide consultative, advisory and evaluative work which includes systemic work with staff, reflective case discussions and Serious Incident debriefs and has an important strategic and liaison function to support the transition of patients between services.

The successful candidate will offer clinical supervision and provide some professional leadership responsibility for psychological therapists . There will be opportunities to take a lead role in service development, evaluating the outcomes of psychological work as well as publishing research.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained before 1996 or outside the UK*] as approved by the HCPC, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • For forensic psychologists working in forensic settings: Masters degree (with the award of the British Psychological Society qualification in forensic psychology or equivalent).
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health 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.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of applied psychology in different cultural contexts and experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.

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