Practitioner Psychologist

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

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Band 8A
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has emerged in our Dementia Assessment team to cover for a year long secondment. This post could be offered as a band 8a or band 7, adjustments could be made dependent on the experience of the successful applicant. We would welcome applications from HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologists. The post sits in a friendly and experienced multi-disciplinary Dementia Assessment Service covering Worthing, Shoreham and Littlehampton. There will also be opportunity to work as part of a community mental health team(DOPMHs team) supporting older people with a wide range of complex mental health problems, their families and carers. You would be working alongside other Practitioner Psychologists, a Graduate Mental Health Practitioner, a CBT trainee and trainee Clinical Psychologists. The post holder will be expected to travel across the geographical area covered by the team.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will ideally be familiar with working in an NHS setting. We would welcome applicants able to provide both direct and indirect psychological work, preferably with experience of team consultant/formulation. The focus of the DAS role is supporting people to adjust to their dementia diagnosis.

About us

The successful candidate will join a friendly, highly-skilled and enthusiastic community of psychologists in West Sussex DOPMH services across our community and acute teams. You will receive regular clinical supervision from an experienced clinical psychologist and SOAMHS specialist as well as a commitment to your own continuing professional development. Our Trust has an exciting range of CPD opportunities and the post-holder will be encouraged to develop special interests and expertise in line with service and team objectives. The Trust is focused on developing staff wellbeing initiatives.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services in and across Sussex. The Trust has teaching status and is developing into one of the country's leading teaching mental health trusts. Psychological therapies are highly valued in Sussex Partnership and Psychological therapists occupy a range of senior positions across the Trust, it is a great Trust to work in as a Psychologist. Working here offers continued training and development, variety, plus all the benefits of living in Sussex. Sussex is a beautiful county with good transport links, vibrant communities, rural areas, and tourist attractions, including the Coast and the South Downs. We would welcome informal visits and / or a telephone call to tell you more about our service and this post. The Trust has recently been rated by the CQC as Good overall and Outstanding for care.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide psychological interventions as part of the Dementia Assessment service and the Dementia and Older People's mental health team in Worthing. For informal enquiries please contact Tina Lee, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Joint SOAMHS Psychology and Psychological therapies Professional Lead on 07825 780 626 or

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 and 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.

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