Senior Practitioner Psychologist

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

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking to recruit a HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical/Forensic/Counselling) to join our psychology team within Working Age Adult services. Your role will be based in both Oaklands, acute inpatient ward and Connolly House, inpatient rehabilitation service. The successful applicant will have opportunities for training for example in family interventions in psychosis; CBT for psychosis - in particular 'Feeling Safe' (Freeman et al), Slow-Mo (Garety et al)).Oakland Centre is a purpose built Acute Inpatient Unit which provides a service to sixteen working age adults with acute mental health problems. This approach allows us to provide a holistic individualised recovery focussed care. The unit has close links with other inpatient Rehabilitation units in the trust and the Rehabilitation hub.You will be well-supported, working closely with your professional lead in acute services and closely linked with a warm and diverse community of local practitioner psychologists.

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

We are looking for individuals with excellent clinical skills and an aptitude for engaging positively with colleagues and service users. Your role will involve psychological assessment, formulation and intervention with service users. You will also have skills in thinking creatively with local colleagues, using your psychological skills to inform service-users' care pathways and ongoing recovery journeys. As a Senior Practitioner Psychologist, you will work closely with the MDT in both Oaklands and Connolly House to ensure a trauma-informed, therapeutic culture is promoted and embedded with collaborative service user engagement. You will work closely with the 8b Principal Psychologist to provide leadership around the implementation of evidence-based interventions.The role includes providing individual and group evidence-based interventions for people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties. Formulation skills will be an important part of the role as you lead on team formulation which is valued part of MDT working and care planning.As a senior member of our Psychological Therapies team in West Sussex, you will be required to offer supervision to psychological therapists within the service as well as contributing to the senior leadership team.

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. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trusthas teaching status and is developing into one of the country's leading teaching mental health trusts.

Psychological Therapies are highly valued in SPFT and Psychological Therapists occupy a range of senior positions across the Trust. Close attention is paid to equality and diversity across the trust and especially within psychological therapies, with new leadership programmes available and mentoring opportunities for PPT staff from underrepresented groups.

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.

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 management

Promote 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.

To provide clinical placements for trainee clinical psychologists and provide professional and clinical supervision of trainee and assistant applied psychologists, as well as more junior qualified psychologists, psychological therapists and counsellors.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or outside the UK], including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, approved by the HPC
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HPC)
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 the application of applied psychology in different cultural contexts and experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • 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 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 HPC

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