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Job summary

Main area
WAC
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 8b
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 30 hours per week
Job ref
374-AM741
Employer
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Employer type
NHS
Site
Conquest Hospital
Town
Hastings
Salary
£54,764 - £63,862 per annum/ pro rata
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
08/07/2022 23:59

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East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust logo

Principal Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8b

We are proud to provide ‘Outstanding’ care and be a great place to work.

At East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) we provide safe, compassionate and high quality hospital and community care to the half a million people living in East Sussex or visiting our local area. We are one of the largest organisations in East Sussex with an annual income of £476 million and we are the only integrated provider of acute and community care in Sussex. Our extensive health services are provided by over 7000 dedicated members of staff working from two acute hospitals in Hastings and Eastbourne, three community hospitals in Bexhill, Rye and Uckfield, over 100 community sites across East Sussex and in people’s own homes.

In 2020 the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the health and care regulator, rated us as ‘Good’ overall, and ‘Outstanding’ for being caring and effective. Our acute hospital at Hastings and our Community Services are also rated ‘Outstanding’. Our acute hospital at Eastbourne is rated ‘Good’. 

In the summer of 2020, the Trust launched its ambitious ‘Building for our Future’ (BFF) programme. This once in a lifetime programme aims to repair, redevelop and expand our hospitals at Eastbourne, Hastings and Bexhill, transforming the environment in which we provide care for generations to come.  Our plans are ambitious and include the repair, refurbishment and in some cases expansion of large parts of our hospitals at Bexhill, Eastbourne, and Hastings.

A wide range of staff benefits are available to our staff including staff development, enrolment  in the NHS pension scheme, auto-enrolment to our Temporary Workforce Service, access to nurseries at EDGH and Conquest, staff restaurants and on-site staff accommodation.

In addition to an internal Occupational Health department, all staff at ESHT will also have access to free psychological support through our confidential Employee Assistance Programme which is available to staff 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

There has never been a better time to join East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, submit your application today.

 

 

 

Job overview

The post holder will be responsible for developing the systematic provision of a high quality and specialist psychology service for the Acute Paediatric Department in conjunction with the consultant leads and multi-disciplinary clinic team.

Main duties of the job

This post offers an exciting opportunity to lead on initiating and designing a health psychology service that is fit for the future within a secondary care acute paediatric setting. There is already a psychology team within community paediatrics and the vision is for acute paediatric psychology to link closely with this to offer a joined up paediatric clinical psychology service within ESHT.

This role will initially involve scoping the service and identifying what is needed. At present apart from 2 day a week provision for psychology input for diabetes there is not a clinical psychology service within acute paediatrics. Once the scoping process is complete we envisage the need for a planned expansion of the psychology team.  

 

Working for our organisation

We are proud to provide ‘Outstanding’ care and be a great place to work

We provide safe, compassionate and high quality care to half a million people living or visiting East Sussex. We are one of the largest organisations in East Sussex, the only integrated provider of acute and community care in Sussex. Our extensive services are provided by  7000 + members of staff working from acute hospitals in Hastings and Eastbourne, three community hospitals in Bexhill, Rye and Uckfield, over 100 community sites and in people’s own homes.

In 2020 the Care Quality Commission rated us as ‘Good’ overall, and ‘Outstanding’ for being caring and effective. The Conquest Hospital and our Community Services are rated ‘Outstanding’. Eastbourne DGH rated ‘Good’.

In 2020, the Trust launched its ambitious ‘Building for our Future’ programme. This once in a lifetime programme aims to repair, redevelop and expand our hospitals, transforming the environment in which we provide care for generations to come.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the job description attached.

If you have any questions about this position please do not hesitate to contact us.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Good honours degree in psychology.
  • Doctoral level qualification in clinical psychology (or it’s equivalent for those who trained before 1996) as accredited by BPS, including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuro- psychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and life span developmental psychology
  • Eligibility for Chartered status with the BPS and membership of the Division of Health/Clinical Psychology
  • Registration with Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Formal training in supervision of others
Desirable criteria
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more specialised area of psychological practice

Experience

Essential criteria
  • At least 4 years post qualification experience of highly specialist psychological assessment and treatment in the area of chronic and acute physical health problems.
  • Experience in the psychological management of physical problems including highly specialist experience and knowledge of using cognitive behaviour techniques for assessment, formulation and treatment of patients with complex health problems.
  • Post qualification experience in a neuropsychology setting – as a clinical/health psychologist 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 frequently highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of providing both group based and individual interventions
  • Additional post graduate specialist training in area of working with people with physical health problems. To include internal or external courses or conferences, e.g. specialist therapeutic approaches, neuropsychological testing, specific clinical populations, management, psychological treatment and interventions.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients’ psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan
  • Experience of consultation to and supervision of other staff.
  • Experience of developing and providing teaching and training to psychologists and other professional groups.
  • Experience of working with, and addressing issues of diversity.
  • Experience of initiating and leading service development.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of developing and carrying out complex audit, research and service evaluation projects.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Clinical experience in the management of psychosocial aspects of chronic health conditions and trauma in a health context.
  • Experience of working with highly emotive and distressing problems (e.g. life-threatening and life-limiting medical conditions)
  • Experience of selection and recruitment.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience and expertise with a specialist paediatric client group
  • Evidence of applied research activity including taking responsibility for design and methodology
  • Experience of contributing to business cases and securing additional funding for service development.

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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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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Matthew Clark
Job title
Deputy Chief of Division
Email address
matthew.clark1@nhs.net
Telephone number
07916350488
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