Psychological Practitioner
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - Brighton

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Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides health and social care services across a variety of care settings in and across Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and Medway, and London. We aim to realise the potential of everyone who uses its services and to enable staff and bank workers to do a great job; we believe great things are possible if we never give up.

As a qualified Counselling professional, you know you’re in demand. So we think you should ask some searching questions when considering a new job. Like does it offer you a better work-life balance...can it give you a greater level of professional flexibility...and will it let you grow and develop in your own way, and on your own terms?
At Turning Point, the answer is yes.

Everyone’s Turning Point is unique. It is the moment when they realise they have made a small, but important, step forward. Very often, that small step is the start of something bigger. But only when the right support, advice and services are in place. That is where you come in, providing our highly successful and innovative IAPT/Talking Therapies delivery model as part of the Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service.

With the remit to provide effective support to people with emotional or psychological difficulties, this Primary Care led service is based in a number of GP practices, with the aim that clients should receive the right care, from the right person at the right time.

Working in partnership with the Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust, Brighton and Hove Integrated Care Services, local GP Practices and Mind, we support people suffering from mild to moderate anxiety and depression as part of an integrated wellbeing service comprising of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, Primary Care Mental Health Workers and Talking Therapists. Turning Point deliver the low intensity element of this IAPT and wellbeing service and our CBT based interventions are both person-centred and varied, ranging from guided self-help and face-to-face or telephone support to workshop courses. The result is a highly accessible and user-friendly service capable of meeting the needs of this diverse city and we need talented professionals like you to join our team.

On a day-to-day basis you will accept referrals via agreed protocols and supporting those people in the self-management of their recovery. You will also provide telephone-based assessments and treatments, conduct group workshops and face to face assessments, give guided self-help advice to clients and contribute to the wider delivery of our services in the community. We will also rely on you to pass unsuitable referrals to the relevant service and to maintain prompt and coherent records of all clinical activity.

You will need a Diploma in Counselling alongside relevant experience, a degree or equivalent in your chosen field and the ability and appetite to translate that experience to deliver effective support within a short timeframe in line with the IAPT model. Applicants will need to understand this role will involve delivering a defined set of evidence based low intensity IAPT interventions delivered with the skill you have acquired in your profession to date. In return, we can offer you one of the most flexible and accommodating working environments you will find.

If you have a good understanding of CBT and feel your skills and experience can be translated into short life changing interventions, apply online by using the link on the right hand side. Please note that although the closing date is stated, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed immediately on receipt.

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.

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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