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New Roles

Psychological professions have seen a rapid expansion over recent years, and this is continuing to grow. Because of this, a number of new roles are becoming available to Psychological professionals, who are well placed to take these up. This means that there are many new and exciting roles for both new and existing Psychologists and Psychological Therapists to explore, and there has never been a more open or exciting time to join the profession.

Some newly offered roles include

These roles have been developed to support staff who are attending psychological intervention training from adult secondary care services. They are fixed term roles that ensure staff have protected time to fulfil the requirements of the course. Staff are seconded to this role for a training period, and on completion can apply for a Psychological Therapist vacancy within the service they are working in.

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At Sussex Partnership, we are committed to providing ongoing training and CPD to ensure our staff are continually learning and developing their careers. This takes a variety of forms, including mandatory training, professional training and clinical skills. A variety of course lengths are available, as well as a range of formats – courses may involve workshops, webinars and/or university training courses.

Some of our training is appropriate for those already registered as a practitioner psychologist or psychological therapist; other training can be undertaken by those in pre-registration, or for those developing skills to work as a Practioner Psychologist or Psychological Therapist.

Some examples of the training we offer are:

We have lots of short courses and webinars available – both internal and external. Some of these are free to participate in, but if a cost is involved, you can also discuss with your manager or professional lead to request funding.

We also have external and internal short courses and webinars available for those in post-registration. Some training is free, and where a cost is involved we encourage staff to discuss funding with their manager. Available courses include model specific therapy, leadership skills, neuropsychology, supervision, and other competencies relevant to your role.

Management and leadership are competencies core to our staff appraisal processes, and we offer a variety of different training in the area, including through the NHS Leadership Academy.

We also provide training courses in supervision, with regular opportunities available.


Newly Qualified Practitioners

We understand that working in psychological therapies means lifelong learning, and a particularly important period of learning and consolidation happens immediately after you qualify. When entering a new role, you may need to develop new skills – such as managing a full caseload, or supervising others. We will support you to learn these skills by providing you with regular professional supervision and development opportunities, including in house or regional conferences, or events relevant to your role. Within your first 18 months in a role with us, we also aim to provide you with training to become a supervisor. You will also be offered free membership to the Psychological Professions Network across Kent, Surrey and Sussex, which provides continuing professional development events and can connect practitioners with similar interests.

Professional Training

Our professional education and training programmes are offered in conjunction with Universities and other partner organisations, to make the best use of our collective knowledge and experience. Our offerings vary from role to role, but we aim to provide all our staff and potential staff with opportunities that fit their goals. Some of the education opportunities we support include:

Our main partner universities in this case are Surrey and Canterbury Christ Church. Individuals can apply for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology via the Clearing House.

To support those looking to enter this area of work, we also offer placements for self-funding students at Sussex University specialising in common mental health difficulties, children and young people, or complex difficulties. Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapies trainee posts are advertised on NHS jobs, for training at Sussex University, Surrey University or Canterbury Christ Church University.

We advertise our trainee posts in this area via our partners Mind and Turning Point, who employ Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners to work with us in our Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services. The programme is delivered to students through Surrey University.

We consider requests for trainee Arts and Play Therapists on a case-by-case basis.

Sussex Mindfulness Centre provides several different routes into mindfulness for aspiring mindfulness teachers, and our links with the centre mean that, for self-funding students, we can offer placements in our Trust to complete the practice component.

We offer placements for self-funded students in the Brighton CAT course to support them to complete the practice component required.

We consider requests for trainee Counselling Psychologists on a case-by-case basis.

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