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Bank Senior Practitioner Psychologist

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Worthing, England
£26.06 per hour
Closing date
14 Feb 2024

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Job overview

This is an exciting opportunity to get experience working in the newly developed West Sussex Stroke Early Supported Discharge (ESD) pathway, covering 12 months maternity leave. Specialist neuropsychology supervision provided which can contribute towards the QiCN. The Stroke Early Support Discharge Service is a key part of the pathway for stroke survivors and their carers. . Our team support people to leave hospital earlier than they may have otherwise and provides intense Stroke rehabilitation at home to maximise their independence, for between 4-6 weeks.

Our team includes Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Psychologists, and Therapy Assistants. You will be working as an integral part of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, providing consultation and advice as well as individual support to clients. You will work closely with the Acute Stroke wards and the Community Neurorehabilitation Teams. You will also be part of the wider Neuropsychology Service and Clinical Health Psychology Service within SPFT.

Main duties of the job

As part of the neurorehabilitation interdisciplinary team you will:
  • Offer specialist neuropsychological assessments for clients presenting with cognitive impairment due to a variety of neurological causes.
  • Offer interventions for people presenting with complex needs due to cognitive impairment.
  • Develop and provide evidence based neuropsychological interventions to support a client's mental health and psychological adjustment
  • Implement a range of complex neuropsychological interventions for carers and families,
  • Provide clinical placements for trainee psychologists
  • Work closely with the interdisciplinary team in providing advice and support around neuropsychological assessment, formulation and consultation.
  • Contribute to multi-disciplinary training sessions to support the knowledge and skills of all staff within the service
  • Engage with regular service development meetings to initiate and support clinical and organisational quality improvements
  • Use research, audit and service development to continue to improve and develop the service in line with the current evidence base.

Working for our organisation

Sussex Partnership Trust provides mental health and learning disability care for children, young people and adults across Sussex and for children and young people in Hampshire. We'd love you to join our organisation that is rated good overall and outstanding for caring by the Care Quality Commission. Other key staff survey results include:
  • 70% highlighting flexible working opportunities as a key point for satisfaction at work
  • 79% reporting feeling able to make suggestions to improve the work within their team
  • 77% identifying the opportunities to show initiative in their roles

Clinical Health Psychology:

You will be part of the Trust wide Clinical Health Psychology Team, providing the opportunity for continuing professional development and promoting the role of neuropsychology within the Trust.

Working in Sussex:
  • Working in Worthing there is the opportunity to travel easily between coast and countryside, with a blend of picturesque villages and seaside towns- there's always new experiences to be enjoyed
  • You will be based within the Community Neurorehabilitation Team, seeing clients at home and on the acute stroke ward. The role offers the opportunity for flexible working.
  • There is a well-established and supportive Neuropsychology Peer Supervision group in Sussex spanning 3 NHS Trusts, offering CPD opportunities and supports to complete the QiCN.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will be a member of Early Supported Discharge pathway which is embedded within the interdisciplinary Community Neurorehabilitation team and spans the Acute Stroke wards. You will be part of SPFTs wider Clinical Health Psychology team which comprises of applied psychologists, neuropsychologists, CBT therapists, allied health professionals and medical professionals working in a range of services across Sussex. Furthermore, there is the SPFT Neuropsychology Professional Network group, which brings together neuropsychologists from across different care pathways within SPFT, and provides excellent opportunity for sharing ideas, CPD and service development. To join our team, you will:
  • Be enthusiastic about promoting the value of neuropsychology within health services, particularly community neurorehabilitation
  • Confident working with a range of clinical professionals and communicating complex psychological and neuropsychological concepts in an understandable way
  • Be compassionate and passionate about supporting an individual and their family and carers in their adjustment to living with an acquired brain injury.
  • Be up to date with the latest evidence base and national strategies on the provision psychological support to people with acquired brain injury


  • You will have completed post-graduate/ doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or outside the UK] as approved by the HCPC
  • You will have experience of working with a range of models including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • You will have experience of working in a range of neuropsychological settings, including: completing neuropsychological assessments, delivering psychological and cognitive interventions and working as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • You will have experience of taking full clinical responsibility for a client's psychological care plan and intervention

  • Prior experience of community neurorehabilitation is desirable.
  • Completion of the PGDip in Applied Clinical Neuropsychology is desirable but not essential

See JD and PS for full details. For further information please contact Dr Jane Vinnicombe, Consultant Neuropsychologist. Clinical Lead for Neuropsychology, Clinical Health Psychology.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • 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
  • Experience of working within a neuro setting
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HCPC).

- Knowledge/Experience

Essential criteria
  • 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.

Sussex Partnership NHS FT is committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our communities. Our workforce is currently under-represented from Black and Minority, Ethnic and disabled communities and we would welcome applications from these communities.

We regret that we are unable to advise candidates if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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

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 recognize abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people. It is expected that all staff and bank workers familiarise themselves with the appropriate structures and policies and with the Sussex child protection and safeguarding procedures and the Sussex multi-agency policy and procedures for safeguarding vulnerable adults and undertake the relevant essential training and further training appropriate to their role.

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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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.


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Who we are

We provide specialist NHS mental health and learning disability services in south east England. People receive care, treatment and support from us in hospital, at home and from a range of community services. Our services are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring.

Where we are

We provide services for people of all ages across Sussex and services for children and young people in Hampshire. There’s something for everyone in our local area, whether that’s the hustle and bustle of Brighton, the scenic South Downs or our wonderful coastline where you can chill out to the sound of the surf.

What we can offer you

When you join us, you’ll be coming to work in an organisation that puts people first. We’ll do everything we can to make you feel valued, respected and included. You will be given plenty of opportunities here for your career to flourish. We’re an organisation which is strong on innovation, research and learning, and we will support your development and help you learn new skills in whichever team or service you work in.

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