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Senior Practitioner Psychologist

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

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Applications are invited from Practitioner Psychologists registered with the HCPC for a permanent Band 8a post (up to 22.5 hours per week) with options for flexible working in the Brighton & Hove in-patient service at Mill View Hospital.

You will be working across two of our in-patient services; Brunswick is a 10 bedded ward, supporting people with dementia of all ages, and Meridian is a 19 bedded age-integrated ward for people with functional mental health problems, primarily specialising in the care of people in later life and people who are younger with additional complexities due to their physical health or social circumstances.

You will be taking over an established post, in place since 2015 and which has shown the benefits a psychologist can bring to developing therapeutic care within in-patient services and enhancing the discharge pathway.

We are keen to support your professional development and will support you to undertake additional specialist training relevant to the post, plus the regular CPD opportunities for psychologists available in the Trust.

We would like to support you to develop a specialism within your role to build your expertise in an area of interest, such as within dementia, neuropsychology, developing skills in CAIT, trauma or complex emotional and relational needs. Please talk with us if you have an area of work you're passionate about and would like to develop.

Main duties of the job

Our in-patient mental health service is multi-professional. Psychologists are valued members of the team, offering specialist assessment and intervention, including neuropsychology, to support formulation, differential diagnosis and care planning.

The successful candidate will have skills and interests in supporting colleagues to develop psychological thinking and in contributing psychological perspectives to patient's care plans whilst on the ward and following discharge.Psychological services in Brighton place a strong emphasis on co-production and and we welcome staff who share these values.

Ideally, the post-holder will have a specialist interest in working with people in later life and people experiencing a dementia, their families and carers and in developing skills in neuropsychology.

You will join a friendly, highly-skilled and enthusiastic multi-professional team and community of psychologists and psychological therapists working in in-patient services locally and across the trust. There will also be opportunities to connect with the broader psychological workforce working in Brighton & Hove.We are fortunate to have a neuropsychologist on the specialist register of Clinical Neuropsychologists and supervision can be provided to develop skills and competencies in this area.

You will be creative and flexible and able to educate and inspire others in working with people with dementia and people with complex mental health problems, their families and carers.

About us

We encourage and support 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, flexible start/finish times or anything else.

As a mental health trust Sussex Partnership places a huge focus on the wellbeing of our staff, as well as ensuring our reward packages reflect the immensely important work they do.

Your benefits:
  • Access to a host of discount schemes including reductions on fuel, high street and online purchases, as well as Blue Light Card advantages!
  • Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days + 8 bank holidays)
  • Excellent NHS Pension
  • Free parking on-site
  • A position within a trust rated as 'Outstanding' for caring and 'Good' overall by the CQC
  • Access to full psychological support via our internal wellbeing team

Living & working in Brighton:
  • Travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • Great transport links with Brighton train station linking up directly with major cities such as Portsmouth and London, whilst also being a 30-minute train ride to Gatwick Airport
  • The city is also host to lots of cosy pubs and quirky bars for you to visit.

Job description Job responsibilities

In order to be a successful Practitioner Psychologist in our team, you will have:
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology (or its equivalent)
  • Professional registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC or eligible to apply on completion of training
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings and a full range of clinical severity

For further information regarding the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust please visit our careers site

See attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details. For informal enquiries you are very welcome to contact Dr Susan Whiting (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) on 0300 304 0094 or e-mail or Dr Alex Kydd (Principal Clinical Psychologist, Urgent and Acute Care, via email to learn more about the posts

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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