Principal Practitioner Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
St Leonards-on-Sea
£56,164 to £65,262 a year pro rata
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 8b Principal Practitioner Psychologist to join our CAMHS team based at St. Annes, Hastings, East Sussex. The post is for 0.6 wte and is a permanent contract.

We are seeking to recruit a passionate and committed Principal Practitioner Psychologist to join our well-established team. We are looking for someone who is committed to the provision of excellent, evidenced based clinical intervention who will support the team to maintain a robust therapy programme and a psychologically informed model of care.

You will be joining a friendly, supportive and creative multi-disciplinary team, dedicated to providing a high-quality service which complements the work done by our wider CAMHS colleagues and in liaison/partnership with other key young people's services. Our core business includes assessing young people's mental health, including attention to risk management and care planning, and working with families and the wider systems that support young people. We are committed to working in collaboration with the children, young people and families accessing our service.

You will have opportunities for Continuing Professional Development and be encouraged to contribute to the professional development of other staff members and trainees. You will also join our local psychology Team and the Sussex-wide Psychology and Therapies Leadership Team.

Main duties of the job

You will be part of an experienced therapies team in which you will provide a professional and clinical leadership role, providing a high quality, specialist psychology service to children, young people and their families/carer's. You will undertake complex assessments of mental health need and develop formulations of need and risk, and deliver evidence-based interventions focused on mental health . You will be responsible for the supervision and governance of psychologists and psychological therapists within the service and will support psychological practice within the team through consultation, supervision, formulation and training. You will work in conjunction with the wider psychology team and MDTs to deliver excellent care. In addition, you will utilise analytic skills for audit, service development and research, taking a lead on service development projects.

You will work closely with the Lead psychologist and operational managers within East Sussex.

About us

We provide mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire.

Working in Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • Embrace the city life with great access to visit Brighton and London
  • With easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow and excellent railway links across the UK there is plenty of opportunity for adventure

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 care for patients is our top priority.

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

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

Job description Job responsibilities


In order to be a successful Principal Practitioner Psychologist in our team you will be:
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCPC), working at a minimum of 8a level
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and varied role
  • Experienced in providing supervision and leadership
  • Passionate about service improvement and compassionate care

It would also be advantageous if you are:
  • Experienced working in CAMHS (Children and Young Peoples mental health services)


Scope and Authority
  • To lead on agreed parts of the clinical and social care governance framework within the care group/service. To be responsible for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the specified service.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines. To supervise and support the psychological assessment and practice provided by other psychologists, psychological therapists and other clinical members of the service who provide psychologically based care and treatment and to provide clinical and professional leadership to appropriate clinical staff.
  • To manage a complex caseload.
  • To plan, organise and contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit, and to advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.

Key knowledge and skills:
  • Significant assessed experience of working as a qualified psychologist
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients psychological care and treatment
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Skills in clinical project management and resource allocation.
  • Demonstrate support for the values and beliefs of the Care Group and those of the Trust.

Main responsibilities:
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • To offer highly specialist psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and consultation
  • Provide expert advice, consultation, training and clinical supervision to other members of the service.
  • To provide clinical and professional supervision to qualified psychologists and psychological therapists in the service
  • To exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service area.
  • To be responsible for contributing psychological knowledge and expertise to policy and service development through participation, where practical, in regional multidisciplinary meetings and special interest groups, working parties etc that may impact on the functioning of the whole care group.

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

If you would like further information please contact:

Dr Ele Jones Consultant Clinical Psychologist - Mobile 07833480192

Simon Hemmings - Service Manager - Mobile 07341 737676 Interviews will be held late November 2022.

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
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists

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