Practitioner Psychologist (Band 7 to 8a Preceptorship)

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Bognor Regis
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are transforming our community rehabilitation pathway for people experiencing psychosis in West Sussex. To support this work we are recruiting to a new Practitioner Psychologist post based in our Western locality (Bognor and Chichester).

This opportunity comes at an exciting time with real investment in posts, training and new models of working. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to train in some or all of the psychological treatment modalities on the pathway (family interventions in psychosis; CBT for psychosis - e.g 'Feeling Safe' (Freeman et al). This post comes with a preceptorship personal development plan enabling us to support a successful applicant currently working at Band 7 level to develop in to an 8a role through a structured, time-limited preceptorship plan. We expect the transition to take approximately 18 months but there is provision in the preceptorship plan for this to take up to 3 years (Please see attached document for details). We feel excited about this opportunity to increase access to evidenced-based interventions for this group of service users.

We are looking for individuals with excellent clinical skills, an aptitude for engaging with colleagues and service users in a positive way, and experience of working with people with these difficulties. You will be able to think creatively with partnership organisations , modelling our strong commitment to recovery, trauma-informed approaches, co-production, and equality.

Main duties of the job

As a Practitioner Psychologist working in our community rehabilitation pathway, you will work closely with other trained psychological therapists and multi-disciplinary colleagues. In each local area the psychological provision is led by a an experienced Consultant Clinical Psychologist. You will be required to offer assessments, formulations, and evidence-based interventions for people with psychosis and rehabilitation needs. As the posts sit within community services, there will be opportunities to build close working relationships with our local community of psychologists and psychological therapists working into other teams. Amongst us we have a rich and diverse range of skills and experience and pride ourselves on being a helpful and supportive group. Your career progression is important to us and we will provide local opportunities to develop leadership and supervision skills.

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 provides mental health and learning disability care for all age groups across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Living and Working in West Sussex:

Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns

Embrace the South Coast with a great range of historic and contemporary seaside towns

According to the Met Office West Sussex is the sunniest county in the UK, making exploring the vast countryside all the more enjoyable

We also have great schools locally.

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.

Key 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


In order to be a successful Practitioner Psychologist in our team you will:
  • Be a qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, registered with the HCPC
  • Have experience/understanding of evidence-based assessments and interventions for people experiencing distressing psychosis.
  • Be comfortable working in a fast-paced and varied role, where you will support us in developing this pathway

It would also be advantageous if you are:
  • Experienced in a leadership role and in providing supervision and teaching
  • Have existing qualifications in CBT, CBT for psychosis and family interventions in psychosis.

We are committed to the promotion of excellent professional standards by embedding professional practice within the Trust clinical governance structures and we facilitate continuing professional development by a range of support structures including regular professional meetings. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust promotes high quality clinical research, and our links with the research and development department are valued and strong.

See attached Job Description (both B7 and B8a) and Person Specification for full details.

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

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