Senior Practitioner Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are currently recruiting for a Senior Practitioner Psychologist to join our Worthing Assessment & Treatment team. We are a friendly and supportive team of clinicians, who pride ourselves on delivering high quality care and promoting recovery. We are looking for someone with competencies in working with people with complex mental health difficulties and skills in evidenced based interventions. The post holder will be expected to provide psychological assessments, interventions and staff support such as reflective practice, supervision, training and de briefing. The ability to work alongside the multi-disciplinary team in case formulation, management of complex risk and team development will be essential. We are looking for a recovery focussed psychological therapist with a strong commitment to team working and service user involvement.

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

As a Senior Practitioner Psychologist, you will;
  • Be registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Be passionate about working with people with a range of complex mental health needs
  • Provide direct and indirect specialist psychological interventions for service users, drawing on a range of psychological models and employing a range of modalities adapted to the needs of the individual.
  • To provide expert advice, consultation, training and clinical supervision to other members of the service

About us

We are committed to the promotion of excellent professional standards by embedding professional standards 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.

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. Please speak to us about flexible working, for example, home-working, part time hours, flexible start/ finish times or anything else. If it works for you and works for the role, we'll do our best to make it happen.

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.

Other key survey results:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work in their team
  • 77% identifying opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Job description Job responsibilities

This is a very exciting opportunity to join an established Community assessment and treatment team in Worthing. The team provides comprehensive mental health and community services for people with mental health conditions up to the age of 65. The role will provide expert psychological assessment, intervention and consultation to service users and their families and carers. You will have the chance to develop the psychological offer in this service and to collaborate with colleagues on further expanding an innovative therapeutic culture and interventions. A wide variety of psychological interventions and models, ranging from CBT, EMDR, Schema focused, CAT, Family Interventions, an increasing focus on service user and carer co-production and continuous quality improvement.

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 post-qualification 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.
  • Experience or demonstrable knowledge of working with the particular client group served by the team/service.
  • Knowledge of guidance and legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • High level of knowledge and skills in neuropsychology and evidence of further practice and/or training since qualification.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.

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