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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year Pro rata
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a Band 8b Principal Clinical Psychologist to work in the role of clinical lead in the developing Child & Young People's Enhanced Support Service (CYPRESS), covering West Sussex. The post is for 3 days a week (0.6 WTE) with options to work flexibly across the week.

The CYPRESS service is a multi-disciplinary team (including clinical psychology, speech & language therapy, occupational therapy and positive behaviour support) that provides support to families who have a child with a learning disability, who is presenting with behaviours that challenge.

Our service fits with the trusts wider goal of developing services to meet the Transforming Care Agenda, as part of the Learning Disability and Autism programme. As a service we encourage innovative and creative practice and there are ongoing opportunities to continue developing the service.

The post holder will be the clinical lead, supporting the development of a dynamic multi-disciplinary team, working closely alongside partners in health, education, social care and the third sector.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking a Principal Clinical Psychologist (8b) who is passionate about improving the lives of young people with learning disabilities and their families. You will need to have significant experience of applying your clinical skills in some or all of the following:
  • With complex cases and multi-agency systems.
  • With children/young people or adults with a learning disability.
  • With looked after children.
  • Working in a CAMHS setting or in services for adults with a learning disability.
  • Working at a range of levels including direct work with young people, parents and carers.
  • Providing supervision, consultation and liaison.
  • Managing high levels of clinical risk.

You will have a leadership role in developing the CYPRESS service in line the Transforming Care agenda. You will take the lead for CAMHS Learning Disability in West Sussex and in the integration of the lifelong pathway in conjunction with adult LD colleagues. You will also contribute to the coordination of the Clinical pathways across Sussex.

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.

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

CYPRESS: We are a relatively new service commissioned as part of the Learning Disability and Autism Programme. We have close relationships with our commissioners and aim to work alongside our social care, residential and education colleagues, to ensure holistic support is offered in a joined-up way.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Preferably the candidate would work Thursdays with other days flexible.

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:

Naomi Frith - CYPRESS Service Manager:

Dr Simon Rowe Principal Clinical Psychologist & CYPRESS Clinical Lead: or

We are happy to arrange informal visits.

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] as approved by the HCPC, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCPC)
Knowledge & Experience Essential
  • Significant assessed experience of working as a qualified psychologist.
  • Experience of working 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, in-patient and residential care settings 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 exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • 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.
  • High level of knowledge and skills in neuropsychology and evidence of further practice and/or training since qualification.
  • Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework. Experience of working together with service users to ensure that they are equal partners in service design, evaluation, research and training.

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