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Senior Practitioner Psychologist - Urgent Care

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pa
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic 8a Senior Practitioner Psychologist

(Clinical/Forensic/Counselling) to work inour Acute & Urgent care pathway in Chichester.

This full-time post will work across our Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team (CRHT) and our A&E mental health liaison services based at St Richards Hospital. Both services are based in Chichester

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.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting and challenging role which will afford the successful candidate the opportunity to work as part of a supportive urgent care pathway that is focused on delivering high standards of care through evidence- based practice, and to develop leadership skills.

About us

There is excellent support for the successful candidate to access training in specific models, such as, DBT, Family Work Interventions, and CBT for Psychosis, alongside a robust supervision package. You will be a valued member of a network of psychologists and psychological therapists, team consisting of qualified psychologists, CBT therapists, trainees and assistants working across three inpatient adult mental health services across West Sussex.

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.

Living and Working in West Sussex:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns. With a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns, there's always somewhere new to visit
  • Embrace the South Coast with a great range of historic and contemporary seaside towns
  • According to the Met Office West Sussex is the sunniest county in the UK, making exploring the vast countryside all the more enjoyable

Enjoy the city life and visit Brighton, or even travel to London in under 90 minutes

Job description Job responsibilities

To carry out specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the service and formulate and implement plans. To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups and evaluate and make decisions about treatment options.To provide specialist psychological advice, training, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulations, diagnoses and treatment plans. To undertake risk assessment, formulation and management for individual clients with complex presentations and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment, formulation and managementPromote and participate in multi-disciplinary team working, development and liaison and user and carer involvement in care planning and service development.To receive and provide regular clinical professional supervision, gain additional highly specialist experience and skills relevant to applied psychology and develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other team members psychological work as appropriate.

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 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.

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