Senior Clinical Psychologist - CAMHS Eating Disorders

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pa / pro rata for part time
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Due to an exciting service expansion we are recruiting to a number of new positions, if you are a Clinical Psychologist looking to be apart of a new and exciting service development then this could be the role for you!

We are seeking to recruit a passionate, knowledgeable and dynamic Clinical Psychologist to join our Specialist Sussex-Wide Family Eating Disorder Service (SFEDS). SFEDS works with young people aged 10-18 with Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia Nervosa and their families, and supports recovery through Evidence Based Interventions such as Maudsley Family Therapy models and CBT-E. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality evidenced based treatment in accordance with NICE Guidelines and National Access and Waiting Time Standards.

You will be joining a service of highly skilled and experienced Family and Systemic Psychotherapists, Psychiatry, Paediatrician, Clinical Psychology and Assistant Psychologists, Nurses, Support Workers, Dietitian, and Social Workers with support from an outstanding administration team. Our team is responsible for covering all of Sussex, operating as a hub and spoke model with Crawley Down Health Centre as the team base.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be expected to offer specialist psychological assessment, formulation, intervention (using a wide range of clinical models/approaches) and consultation.

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing individual and groupwork and will provide supervision and professional support to relevant colleagues. You will guide service development through service evaluation and audit, as well as bringing new insights through research and keeping up to date with developments in the field.

Prior experience of working with eating disorders and of using therapeutic models associated with this client group (for example CBT-E) is preferred but not essential

About us

Sussex Partnership Trust provides 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

See the attached 'Partnership Perks' document for details about our benefits package.

Job description Job responsibilities


To be a successful Clinical Psychologist in our team you will be:
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Highly skilled in psychological assessment and formulation, and comfortable in providing specialist individual and group psychological interventions for young people with eating disorders and their families
  • Able to support psychological practice within the service, providing supervision, consultation and training
  • Able to undertake project management, audit and service evaluation to develop the service, keeping in mind the wider system

You must be able to demonstrate a caring, compassionate and non-judgmental attitude, and show a commitment to making a difference when supporting young people and their families on their recovery journeys

Some travel across Sussex County is required. We do currently support hybrid working, but are looking to increase on site face to face working frequency in the service so would require on site attendance 60% of the working week. This will need to be discussed and agreed with your operational line manager.

Part-time hours can be considered in agreement with your line manager.

  • To provide a qualified, high-quality specialist psychology service to individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams, in line with best, evidence-based practice and trust care pathways.
  • To use analytical and judgment skills and be responsible for taking clinical management decisions in complex clinical issues.
  • To clinically supervise assistant psychologists, trainee psychologists and junior psychologists, psychological therapists or counsellors and other staff as appropriate.
  • To provide consultation, mentorship, supervision and advice about psychological issues to other members of the team/service and other professionals working with service users, across a range of agencies/ settings as appropriate.
  • To 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.
  • To utilise research skills to undertake service evaluation, audit and research as appropriate and disseminate the results in the service and nationally.
  • To propose and implement policy changes within the area served by the service.

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:

Lee Jones - Operational Service Manager

(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 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.
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 post-qualification 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
Skills Essential
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment formulation and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Ability to work within a large geographical area effectively, managing travel arrangements and using creative working solutions.
  • Ability to plan and manage a complex work load with competing demands
  • Ability to plan and implement projects
  • Skills in clinical supervision of others
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to use electronic clinical record systems
  • Experience of software e.g. SPSS, EXCEL and ACCESS
  • Ability to use a keyboard /computer
  • Able to carry out PMVA interventions
  • Ability to maintain sustained concentration over considerable time and to be able to manage a high number of competing work demands
  • Ability to meet competing deadlines
  • Ability to deal with distressing or emotional circumstances and take care of own well being on a very regular and frequent basis
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours on a regular basis
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Ability to manage exposure to upsetting distressing or challenging behaviours
  • Ability to be able to use a PC

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

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