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Senior Practitioner Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Bognor Regis
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pro rata
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Practitioner Psychologist to join our Early Intervention in Psychosis Service (EIPS) in the Western locality (Bognor and Chichester)

The Western EIPS are a friendly and supportive multi-disciplinary team providing support and treatment to people aged 14 - 65 who have experienced either a First Episode of Psychosis or present with an At Risk Mental State. We are looking for an enthusiastic Practitioner Psychologist with excellent clinical skills, to offer evidence-based psychological interventions to service users and their families. Psychological approaches are highly valued by the team, and you will have the opportunity to support team development and psychologically-informed practice by leading on team case formulations and reflective practice, and offering consultation and supervision. A strong commitment to recovery, trauma-informed approaches, co-production, and equality is essential. You will be closely supported by the West Sussex Principal Psychologist, and will be joining a positive and welcoming community of staff from the psychological professions working across SPFT EIPS.

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Practitioner Psychologist working in our Bognor EIPS, you will lead on the provision of high quality psychological services from the team, with support from the West Sussex EIPS Principal Psychologist. This will include offering psychological and cognitive assessments, and evidence-based psychological interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis and Family Interventions for Psychosis. You will work closely with multi-disciplinary colleagues, and support formulation-based care planning and complex risk assessment, and team and staff development. As a Senior Practitioner Psychologist, there will be opportunities to contribute to leadership and service development, as well as providing high quality supervision to colleagues within the service.

You will be provided with individual clinical supervision, group supervision for Family Interventions and CBTp, as well as opportunities to link with other Practitioner Psychologists both within EIP and other services, for peer support. You will be able to develop your special interests and expertise in line with service and team objectives, and will be supported in your continuing professional development.

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.

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.

The Bognor EIP team is one of six Early Intervention in Psychosis teams provided by the Trust. The teams have a single service-wide leadership and governance group which oversees and leads on the delivery of care. Organisationally, the teams sit within the Trust's Children and Young People's Services division.

Living and Working in West Sussex:

The team are based at the Bedale Centre in Bognor Regis, within walking distance of the beach. Living and working in West Sussex has a lot to offer:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of vibrant communities, picturesque villages and seaside towns.
  • According to the Met Office West Sussex is the sunniest county in the UK, making exploring the vast countryside and historic towns all the more enjoyable.
  • We also have great schools locally.

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.

Key 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

Job description Job responsibilities

In order to be a successful Practitioner Psychologist in our team you will:
  • Be a qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Be passionate about working with people with early psychosis and have knowledge and skills in evidence-based assessments and interventions.
  • Provide direct and indirect specialist psychological interventions for service users, drawing on a range of psychological models and employing a range of modalities adapted to the needs of the individual.
  • Provide expert advice, consultation, training and clinical supervision to other members of the service.

It would also be advantageous if you are:
  • Experienced in a leadership role and in providing supervision and teaching.
  • Have existing qualifications in CBT, CBT for psychosis and family interventions in psychosis.See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details.

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 in patient 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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