SEDS Practitioner Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Brighton, UK
14 Jun 2019
18 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
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.

Practitioner Psychologist (Full time band 7) Sussex Eating Disorder Services (Based at East Brighton CMHC)

We are looking for a Practitioner Psychologist to work within our Trust wide Eating Disorders services for adults (SEDS). SEDS (Sussex Eating Disorders Services) cover Sussex with differing commissioning arrangements in West Sussex, Brighton and Hove and East Sussex that cover a large rural area (ability to use a car is required). SEDS main base is in Brighton where team meetings are held. The successful candidate will work within the Brighton and Hove Eating Disorder Service (BHEDS) for 3 days a week and within the West Sussex Eating Disorder Service (WSEDS) for 2 days.

This is an exciting time for the SEDS. Our vision is to provide the best care possible for those with eating disorders and to achieve this through the provision of NICE recommended treatments. The consultant psychologists in the team are trained in all the NICE guidelines recommended interventions for eating disorders and are passionate about their safe roll out in our community setting.

Research is encouraged, and you will be part of delivering evidence-based and evidence generating practice. As a team we are actively involved in research and there may be opportunities for you to be a trial therapist or to contribute in other ways to the development of the evidence base in treatments for eating disorders. We are keen that you develop individual interests or specialties relevant to eating disorders settings and that you 'champion' these skills across the broader team. Examples of this might include working with co-morbidities such as a personality disorder diagnosis, leading on the delivery of skills-based interventions for the family and friends of individuals with eating disorders, championing transitions particularly between CAMHS and adult services.

The candidate will have a degree in psychology and doctoral level training in applied psychology (or its equivalent for those who trained before 1996 or outside the UK) as approved by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). We welcome applications from newly qualified practitioner psychologists as well as those with more experience.

We are committed to the promotion of excellent professional standards by embedding professional practice within the Trust clinical governance structures.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is a leading teaching and research mental health trust. We were granted teaching status in 2008 in recognition of our research background and our links with the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and other academic institutions.

We are committed to supporting staff well-being, developing new roles in teams, and have a thriving Recovery College. We have close links with Saloman's and with the University of Surrey, and support the clinical psychology training scheme, providing high quality placements. This is an opportunity to join an organisation which sets a high priority on the development of services in collaboration with experts through experience and carer's and to work with dedicated and supportive colleagues. The trust is committed to strong integrated, collaborative leadership between managers and clinicians.

Sussex is easily accessible from London, Gatwick, Surrey, and Hampshire and is a beautiful county with good transport links, vibrant communities and tourist attractions, including the Coast and the South Downs.

Closing Date for Applications: 3 weeks from date of advert

We are looking for a passionate and dedicated team member and welcome informal visits and or a phone conversation about the service and this post. Please contact Dr Nicola Gilbert or Dr Helen Startup (Consultant Clinical Psychologists for SEDS) on 03003040090

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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