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Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pa
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking to recruit passionate, knowledgeable and dynamic Clinical Psychologists to join our Specialist Sussex-Wide Family Eating Disorder Service (SFEDS). SFEDS works with young people aged 10-18 with Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa and their families, and supports recovery through Evidence Based Interventions such as Maudsley Family Therapy models and E-CBT.

You will be joining a service of highly skilled and experienced Family and Systemic Psychotherapists, Psychiatry, Paediatrician, Clinical Psychology and Assistant Psychologists, Nurses, Support Workers, Dietitian, and Social Workers with support from an outstanding administration team. Our team is responsible for covering all of Sussex, operating as a hub and spoke model with Crawley Down Health Centre as the main team hub.

Due to an exciting service expansion we are recruiting to a number of new positions, including band 7 Psychologists.

We would welcome applications from newly qualified Psychologists and/or third year trainees who will shortly be finishing their training.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be expected to offer specialist psychological assessment, formulation, intervention (using a range of clinical models/approaches) and consultation. You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing individual and groupwork and will be provide supervision and professional support to relevant colleagues.

You will guide specific areas of 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.

There will be opportunity for supervision training and for taking on leadership roles

All new starters will be offered training relevant to their role.

Covid-19 full vaccination may be a condition of employment for this role, unless an exemption applies. The successful applicant may have contact with vulnerable service users and we will therefore seek proof of being fully vaccinated during the recruitment process.

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

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:
  • A qualified and registered Clinical Psychologist
  • Comfortable working with eating disorders
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and independent role
  • Passionate about working within an eating disorders service

It would also be advantageous if you are:
  • Experienced working in CAMHS (Children and Young Peoples mental health services)

We would welcome applications from newly qualified Psychologists

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

Some travel across Sussex County may be required. SPFT staff have the capacity to work from home remotely where applicable and in agreement with your line manager.

Part-time hours can be considered Minimum 22.5 hrs per week.

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:

Elizabeth Dunn, SSFEDS Senior Clinical Psychologist

Person Specification Qualifications 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

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

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