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Highly specialist clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 354-PC-19050-A

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Mental Health
Leaf Hospital, MSKPE hubs (mainly Eastbourne)
Band 8a - £44,606 - £50,819 Pro rata

We are a large NHS Mental Health Trust in South East England and are looking for people to help us provide high quality services for the patients, carers and local communities that we serve.

We want patients and staff to recommend our organisation as a place where they would be happy for their friends and family to be treated. You can help us to do this by bringing your skills, experience and commitment to Sussex Partnership.

Sussex Partnership is an equal opportunities employer, with a sincere commitment to our people’s health and emotional wellbeing and as such, we have signed the Time to Change pledge and provide a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme.

In addition, our workforce is currently under-represented by people from Black and Minority Ethnic and Disabled communities. We welcome applications from people of these communities as we want our workforce to reflect the communities we serve.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated our services good, following their most recent inspection, and outstanding in the caring domain.

Highly Specialised Clinical Psychologist 8a

Persistent Pain Service, Sussex MSK Partnership East

0.8 WTE (30 hours per week)

This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled clinician with an interest in self-management of persistent pain to join a dynamic, innovative and highly motivated multidisciplinary team as part of an integrative MSK service. You will be employed by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and deliver care in collaboration with other NHS providers under the Sussex MSK Partnership.

ABOUT Sussex MSK Partnership

The Sussex MSK Partnership (East) brings together healthcare experts from across Sussex and includes Brighton and Hove Integrated Care Service, Horder Healthcare, Sussex Community NHS Trust and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

We are a unique local, not for profit integrated partnership, bringing together all elements of an Integrated MSK service.

ABOUT the Integrated MSK Service

The service covers Eastbourne, Seaford, Hailsham, Lewes, Downs & Weald. It puts patients in control of their own healthcare needs and creates more choice with local access to diagnostics and treatment.

The service is broken down into four areas:

  • Self-care and supported self-management
  • Primary care (GPs, nurses and Pharmacists)
  • Community based specialist MSK care
  • Hospital care/inpatient care

The aim is to provide a truly integrated service and care that is consistent and joined up across East Sussex.

Our ethos puts patients in control so that people receive the right care, at the right time, first time. We invest in preventing ill health and supporting people to become their own experts in their own care as well as providing high quality interventions when they need it.

ABOUT the Highly Specialised Clinical Psychologist Role

Working with the multidisciplinary team to provide a holistic approach to self-management, the post holder will play an integral role in ensuring the systematic provision of a high quality specialist service for adults living with persistent pain. The post holder will provide psychological assessment and therapeutic interventions for a clinical caseload, and specialist advice, supervision, consultation, training, and support to other professionals, including provision of supervision to Specialised Clinical Psychologists within the pain team. Collaborative working with service users and carers is integral to our approach and you will be involved in developing and sustaining patient-led peer support and patient involvement initiatives.

We incorporate a range of innovative clinical approaches. CBT and third wave clinical models are used in our individual and group work which you will help deliver. All new team members are provided with induction and training to deliver these programmes. In addition, we aim to develop individuals within their roles including exposure to service development projects appropriate to grade.

We offer a supportive and friendly environment and are able to provide excellent CPD and supervision as well as opportunities for teaching and training of healthcare professionals, aimed at developing innovative services supporting health-related behaviour change.

Our teaching and clinical effectiveness are enhanced by our work in research and development and academic links with Canterbury, Surrey and Sussex Universities and the associated clinical psychology doctoral courses.

In addition, the SMSKPE pain team works closely with pain teams across Sussex to ensure a strong network of like-minded professionals.

Successful candidates will have proven experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist. Experience of working within a physical health setting would be an advantage.



For further details / informal visits contact:

For further information contact Dr Monika Tuite on or 07738757844.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and expects this of all its employees and bank workers. The Trust works with adult and children’s social care to ensure that the integrated service has systems in place to equip staff and bank workers with the knowledge and skills to recognise abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people.

Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third-party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post, you are agreeing to Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are appointed to a post information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

We welcome and appreciate every application that we receive but regret that we are unable to advise every candidate if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within 3 weeks of the closing date then it is likely that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion, however please do not be discouraged from applying again.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust does reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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