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Applied Psychologist, East Assessment & Treatment Service

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pa
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We're looking for two Applied Psychologists to join our friendly, highly-skilled and enthusiastic community of psychologists and psychological therapists in the Brighton & Hove Assessment & Treatment Service.

These are permanent Band 7 posts (up to 37.5 hours per week with options for flexible working) where you will be working with people with complex mental health problems, their families and carers.

Applicants must be registered as Practitioner Psychologists with the HCPC, although applications from psychologists who are about to qualify are also very welcome.

We are keen to support your professional development and will support you to undertake additional specialist training relevant to the post, plus the regular CPD opportunities for psychologists available in the Trust. There will also be the opportunity for you to have protected time to gain experience in other parts of Brighton community mental health services if this would be of interest.

We would like to support you to develop a specialism within your role to build your expertise in an area of interest, such as within trauma, psychosis or complex emotional and relational needs. Please talk with us if you have an area of work you're passionate about and would like to develop.

Main duties of the job

You will be part of the Brighton and Hove Assessment & Treatment Service (ATS), which provides community mental health services for adults of all ages. The service is multi-professional and based across two hubs; East Brighton Community Mental Health Centre and at Hove Polyclinic, Mill View Hospital. These posts will be based within our East Brighton hub. The ATS places a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary team working and close working relationships with other local mental health services and community organisations.

Psychological services in Brighton also place a strong emphasis on co-production and drawing on the expertise of people with lived experience, and we welcome staff who share these values to join our service.

Brighton Psychologists are valued members of the service and offer specialist assessments and interventions, psychological formulation and team consultation. Our Psychologists also have skills and interests in supporting professional colleagues to develop and use psychological thinking in their work and in contributing psychological perspectives to service users' care plans.

The psychological workforce in ATS has expertise in a wide range of therapeutic modalities including CBT Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Mentalisation Based Therapy, EMDR and systemic family therapy.

About us

We encourage and support 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, 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.

Your benefits:
  • Access to a host of discount schemes including reductions on fuel, high street and online purchases, as well as Blue Light Card advantages!
  • Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days + 8 bank holidays)
  • Excellent NHS Pension
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Free parking on-site
  • A position within a trust rated as 'Outstanding' for caring and 'Good' overall by the CQC
  • Access to full psychological support via our internal wellbeing team
  • Excellent supervision programmes, with ongoing opportunities for training and development

Living & working in Brighton:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • Great transport links with Brighton train station linking up directly with major cities such as Portsmouth and London, whilst also being a 30-minute train ride to Gatwick Airport
  • The city is also host to lots of cosy pubs and quirky bars for you to visit
  • There are also plenty of shops for you to browse during your lunch break or after work, with Churchill shopping centre being the main attraction

Job description Job responsibilities

In order to be a successful Applied Clinical/Counselling Psychologist in our team, you will have:
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology (or its equivalent)
  • Professional registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC or eligible to apply on completion of training
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings and a full range of clinical severity
  • You will be creative and flexible in adapting to change and able to educate and inspire others in working with people with complex mental health problems.

For further information regarding the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust please visit our careers site

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

For informal enquiries you are very welcome to contact Dr Susan Whiting (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) or Dr Andrea Cohen (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) to learn more about the posts on 0300 304 0094 or e-mail or

Person Specification - 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 HPC
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 HPC.
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HPC)

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