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Senior Assistant Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a committed, capable, resilient and enthusiastic team player to join our East Sussex Personality Disorder Service: Thinking Well.

We are looking for a psychologist with a genuine interest and experience in working with people who have complex emotional needs and personality disorder. We are a supportive team with a commitment to reflective practice, formulation and co-production. We offer a group-based programme, so we are looking for someone who can co-facilitate groups, particularly Schema, MBT or SUN and take a key role in evaluating the programme.

Main duties of the job

This is a varied role that also involves clinical work, audit & evaluation, administration, consultation, reflective practice and training other agencies to work with personality disorder. You will be well supported in individual supervision and team reflective practice sessions to take up this role.

We are currently located in Lewes Well Being Centre on a Monday, Bexhill Well Being Centre on a Tuesday, Eastbourne Well Being Centre on a Wednesday & Thursday, various locations on a Friday. The team has a work base at the Woodside Annexe in Hellingly, which is sometimes used for team meetings or administrative purposes, and travel expenses are calculated from this base. Given that we are a peripatetic service, it is essential for the post holder to have a car or be willing to travel across East Sussex.

About us

We're a large NHS Mental Health Trust in South East England. We're looking for people to help us provide high quality services for the patients, carers and local communities we serve.

We want patients and staff to recommend our organisation as a place where they would be happy for their friends and family to be treated. You can help us do this by bringing your skills, experience and commitment to Sussex Partnership.

Job description Job responsibilities

To support and enhance the professional psychological care of users of the service, providing psychological assessments and interventions within the scope appropriate to level of experience and training, and to undertaking related tasks to enhance assessment, intervention and evaluation within the care group. To work independently with work managed and goals agreed and reviewed through regular supervision by a qualified applied HPC registered Psychologist.To undertake projects relating to service development and evaluation.To set up databases, spreadsheets and using advanced IT skills in evaluation audit and research.To support assessment and treatment interventions undertaken by the service.

To undertake direct and indirect clinical work that is managed and goals agreed and reviewed through regular supervision by a qualified applied HPC registered Psychologist.To plan, organise and co-teach psycho-educational courses and groups with appropriately qualified professional staff.To liaise with a range of services (including health, social care and voluntary agencies) relevant to the working area.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Honours degree at 2:2 or above in Psychology, or equivalent. Eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartership with the BPS
Knowledge/Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people with complex needs
  • Experience of working with people with disabilities, in a health or Mental Health setting and or work with people with complex needs
  • Relevant clinical and research skills
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Basic knowledge of databases, research skills and methodology
  • Experience of group work and individual therapeutic contact
  • Ability to apply existing psychological knowledge to a health context
  • An understanding of psychology applied to health care

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