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Senior Practitioner Psychologist

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

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Whilst this is advertised as a Band 8a post we will consider applications newly qualified psychologists on a Band 7 preceptorship

This is an exciting opportunity to join a supportive team working with working-age adults who have mental health needs and a forensic history.

Sussex Partnership NHS Trust has a dynamic Forensic Outreach and Liaison Service, supporting Service Users with a history of offending who have been discharged from secure care. Working as part of a multidisciplinary team that values psychology, you will have the opportunity to use your psychological knowledge and skills to provide assessments and evidence-based interventions to service users, and support the team to work in a psychologically-informed way. As a team we value people who are proactive and innovative, and support people who want to use their skills to improve our service.

You will be encouraged to work flexibly to support your work/life balance, your wellbeing and the resulting sustainability of the service provision.

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Practitioner Psychologist within our service you will work closely with MDT colleagues to ensure a trauma-informed, collaborative and therapeutic approach.

The role will include:
  • Undertaking specialist assessments and formulations
  • Delivering individual evidenced based interventions
  • Working in consultation with colleagues to increase use of psychologically informed care planning and pathways.
  • Providing consultation to other teams within the trust to advise on risk assessment and risk management.
  • Identifying training needs within the team, and developing and delivering training as necessary.

In return, we will provide you with regular high-quality supervision and be supported to develop your skills and knowledge. You will have opportunities for further training, depending on your needs and preferences.

We have a strong network of diverse and supportive psychology colleagues who meet regularly as part of peer networking across Sussex.

Having access to a car is essential as the role requires travel within 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. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has teaching status and is developing into one of the country's leading teaching mental health trusts. Psychological Therapies are highly valued in SPFT and Psychological Therapists occupy a range of senior positions across the Trust. Close attention is paid to equality and diversity and especially within psychological therapies, with new leadership programmes available and mentoring opportunities for PPT staff from underrepresented groups.

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 - if it works for you and works for the role we will do our best to make it happen.

We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated 'good' overall and 'outstanding' for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Our staff agree, with 82% of people in our recent staff survey telling us that they recognise that high quality care is our top priority.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

In order to be a successful candidate, you will be:
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HPC)

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 inpatient 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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