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Senior Practitioner Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pro rata
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Applications are invited from HCPC-registered Applied Psychologists to fill a vacancy on Caburn ward. This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative, motivated, creative and enthusiastic applied psychologist interested in working within Adult acute care, to join our skilled and motivated multidisciplinary team based at Millview Hospital. The post provides psychology input into the female acute ward, and the successful applicant will work closely with the psychologists and therapies team across the unit.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be a key member of the acute clinical teams and must have a strong commitment to multi-disciplinary working. The role is varied and diverse and includes assessment and formulation of people with complex presentations, working with the whole team to develop formulations and care plans, direct interventions with service users and their families, supporting the wider team in their application of psychologically-informed approaches and supervision of colleagues. We are looking for someone with leadership skills appropriate to the grade to work alongside others to innovate and implement service improvements. The post-holder will ideally be familiar with working in an NHS setting. Experience in working with people with severe and complex mental health difficulties in crisis (across the age span) is required.

We will support you in this role and provide regular clinical and professional supervision. We know the best way to provide outstanding care to our patients is through team work and sharing our ideas. We are also very fortunate to have a neuropsychologist working in our service who provides group supervision in neuropsychology which provides an excellent opportunity for developing your skills in this area. Brighton and Hove has an active psychology network and strong psychology leadership.

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.

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.

We are committed to supporting staff well-being, developing new roles in teams, and have a thriving Recovery College. We have close links with the Clinical Psychology training schemes at Salomons and the University of Surrey. This is an opportunity to join an organisation which sets a high priority on the development of services in collaboration with experts through experience and carers and to work with dedicated and supportive colleagues. The trust is committed to strong integrated, collaborative leadership between managers and clinicians.

Job description Job responsibilities

In order to be a successful Senior Practitioner Psychologist in our team you will be;
  • A qualified Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist, with HCPC registration
  • Analytical and show good attention to detail
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and varied role
  • Passionate about working with people with a range of complex mental health needs.

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: Hannah Denton, Lead Psychologist for acute and urgent care by emailing

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.
  • 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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