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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/02/2020.

Research Assistant (TRUST)

Job Reference: 354-CO-20010

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Sussex Education Centre, Hove
Band 4 - £21,089 - £23,761 per annum

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.


Multisite Randomised Controlled Trial of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for psychosis (TF-CBTp) to reduce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in patients with co-morbid PTSD and psychosis, compared to usual treatment: the TRUST (TRaUma and pSychosis Therapy) trial

Applications are invited for a full-time Psychology Assistant Research Worker post (Band 4) for 1 year in the first instance (with excellent chance of extension), at Sussex Partnership NHS foundation trust, starting May 2020. Applicants should be graduate psychologists, have some experience with psychosis populations, experience of working with NHS teams, and an interest in research.

The post is an exciting opportunity to be part of the TRUST (TRaUma and pSychosis Therapy ) trial, a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded multisite Randomised Controlled Trial to evaluate a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for psychosis (TF-CBTp) for people with post-traumatic stress and psychosis symptoms.

The post-holder will be managed and supervised by the Site Lead (Prof Kathryn Greenwood) and will also receive regular remote supervision from the Trial Coordinator at the London site. Their primary role will be to recruit and assess participants in the trial, involving close liaison with clinical teams and service-users, and to undertake data entry and data management. The post holder will receive training in the assessment measures, communicating with people with trauma and psychosis, and presenting to clinical teams. They should have strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, have the ability to deliver work according to deadlines, and be flexible and resilient.

The post-holder will be expected to travel across Sussex for purposes of presentations to teams, screening and assessment of participants. All of the sites have a vibrant and active research community, and there will be opportunities to contribute to high impact research papers, national team meetings and other career development activities.

The project team are international leaders in the psychosis and trauma fields. The overall project lead is Dr Emmanuelle Peters at IoPPN KCL London, together with a large team of co-applicants and collaborators: South London: Dr Nadine Keen; Dr Amy Hardy; Prof Richard Emsley (statistician); Prof Sarah Byford (Health Economist); Drs Sarah Swan & Raphael Underwood (Trial Coordinators); Manchester: Prof Tony Morrison; Dr Filippo Varese; Dr Eleanor Longden, Dr Samantha Bowe; Oxford: Prof Craig Steel; Sussex: Prof Kathryn Greenwood, Dr Nick Grey, Prof David Fowler; Newcastle: Dr Robert Dudley, Prof Douglas Turkington.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Prof Kathryn Greenwood, 01273 678409

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.

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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.

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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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