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Specialist Practitioner Psychologist

Job Reference: 354-AC-20002

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Adult Mental Health
Chapel Street Clinic, Chichester and The Bedale Centre, Bognor., Chichester and Bognor
Band 7 - £37,570 - £43,772

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.

Clinical or Counselling Psychologist Full time Band 7 Western Assessment and Treatment Service.

(Please note: Relocation packages are available for some of our roles)

Come and join our expanding adult mental health pathway in Chichester and Bognor providing specialist psychology input to people experiencing complex mental health difficulties. We are looking for someone to join our vibrant Community Assessment and Treatment Service based across Chichester and Bognor Regis in West Sussex. The post-holder will work directly with service users and their families and supporters, providing complex assessments, including neuropsychological assessment, and a range of evidence-based individual, group and family interventions. In addition, as a senior member of both teams, you would be working alongside colleagues from other professional groups to develop psychologically informed care and practices through joint working, supervision, case formulation and reflective practice. The post will be supervised and strongly supported by a highly skilled Practitioner Psychologist with long experience and expertise in secondary care adult mental health services.

Our service users have experience of severe mental health problems and many have additional difficulties such as neurodevelopmental problems, histories of trauma including bullying and stigmatisation, other complex mental health needs and a variety of attachment and social needs. We are keen to recruit someone who will be a passionate advocate for this client group and who has some experience in CBT for complex difficulties and / or family interventions in psychosis. Knowledge and experience of neuropsychological assessment tools and autism spectrum conditions is also desirable. However, if you love the sound of the job but do not have all of the skills and experience listed, we can provide access to CPD opportunities as well as supervision from experts to help you to develop in to the role. We are also looking for a strong ‘team-player’ who has a commitment to staff wellbeing and service-user involvement.

This is a particularly exciting moment to join us in West Sussex as we are in the process of reorganising some parts of the adult mental health services, strengthening community teams and developing care pathways. We are therefore interested in recruiting someone who would like to develop or build on an existing special interest to support this work, in particular someone with an interest in psychosis, trauma or complex emotional difficulties who would like to contribute to the development of our local care pathways. We will also be encouraging you to connect up with our lively and creative clinical academic groups, linking with innovations happening throughout the trust including within our thriving R&D department.

As part of the wider Western secondary adult mental health service you will also be joining a community of psychological therapists who bring a rich variety of skills. We place a high value on staff wellbeing and you will receive regular clinical supervision from an experienced practitioner psychologist as well as a commitment to your own continuing professional development. Sussex Partnership is well-known for the excellent range of CPD opportunities available to staff including accredited training in EMDR, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Family Interventions in Psychosis, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and many more.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health, learning disability and substance misuse 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. Working here offers continued training and development, variety, plus all the benefits of living in Sussex. West Sussex is a beautiful county with great schools, 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.

We are really keen to talk to prospective candidates about the service and about their ideas for the role. We would therefore strongly encourage you to make contact for an informal discussion. You can speak with me, Naomi Horton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Western Professional Lead for Psychological Therapies on 07738 758379 ( or Judith Bazeley, Western Clinical Operational Manager on 07471 034308 ( ). We would be very happy to arrange an informal visit if you would like to come and meet with our teams.

Please note we also have other practitioner psychologist roles available locally in acute inpatient settings, inpatient rehabilitation, assertive outreach, crisis resolution home treatment teams and later life community services. If you would be interested in combining part of this role with a different role locally, we would be happy to discuss this and your unique development needs.

For further details / informal visits contact:

We are really keen to talk to prospective candidates about the service and about their ideas for the role. We would therefore strongly encourage you to make contact for an informal discussion. You can speak with me, Naomi Horton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Western Professional Lead for Psychological Therapies on 07738 758379 ( or Judith Bazeley, Western Clinical Operational Manager on 07471 034308 ( ). We would be very happy to arrange an inf

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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