Our psychological professions are vital to the Trust and their work is key to delivering evidenced-based treatment. Your career with us will also involve life-long learning and enable you to keep up to date with research.

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We currently have 970 psychological professions staff working at Sussex Partnership. This includes:

  • practitioner psychologists (clinical, counselling, educational, forensic & health psychologists);
  • child and adult psychotherapists;
  • family and systemic psychotherapists
  • psychological therapists (e.g. CBT)
  • counsellors
  • arts, music and drama psychotherapists
  • play therapists
  • psychological practitioners including psychological wellbeing practitioners, child wellbeing practitioners, education mental health practitioners, mental health & wellbeing practitioners, youth intensive psychological practitioners and behavioural support practitioners
  • trainee psychological professions posts which can lead to a fully qualified position on qualification

For more information about the range of psychological professions and their training routes, please visit the Psychological Professions Network

What do the psychological professions do?

People are at the heart of a career in the psychological professions. You'll work collaboratively with people and their families. You will use your psychological knowledge and expertise to understand difficulties, enable recovery, support health and wellbeing and deliver evidenced based psychological interventions including psychological therapy. You may also use your psychological knowledge to support staff, teams and organisational thinking and strategy. This requires creative problem-solving and being able to adapt to someone's individual needs. It's a stimulating and varied role where no two days are the same.

Why work in the psychological professions at Sussex Partnership

We have a strong psychological professions directorate, a strong research team led by members of the psychological professions, and we have significant clinical influence across services. Three of our clinical directors and associate clinical directors (a multi-professional role) are from the psychological professions. 

We're lucky to have a large psychological professions leadership team with expertise in a wide variety of specialisms - including some of the most experienced and renowned people in the field - giving you the opportunity to work with and learn from the best. If you are encountering a challenge, there will be someone you can call on for support as well as draw on innovative new evidence developed in our own services that you can use.

Lifelong learning and development are an important part of working in this area, so all staff are encouraged and supported to develop professionally and gain experience in a wide range of areas. There are opportunities for career progression, including to senior influential roles at the Trust.

Our ambition to continually strive for a trauma-informed and compassionate culture ensures that all staff benefit from good professional leadership support, supervision and advice. Our large team includes people with highly specialist expertise and research responsibilities in a wide variety of specialisms, so there are excellent people to learn from. 

Ensuring our work comes from a strong evidence base is crucial and you will have the opportunity to integrate research directly into your work and see how it is applied in practice, as well as get directly involved in research and take on your own projects. 

Given the variety of roles within our psychology service, we welcome candidates from all backgrounds and are committed to improving the diversity of the people we employ to best meet the needs of the population we serve. Lived experience of mental health challenges is also highly valued. We’re proud of the difference we make to our communities, and we’re equally proud of the people who create such impact and difference.

Staff wellbeing

We know that supporting people with mental health problems and learning disabilities can be demanding so we offer our staff a range of wellbeing incentives, including mindfulness sessions, free access to apps such as Headspace and discounted gym membership. Find out more about the employee benefits we offer

And we encourage our staff to achieve a positive work/life balance by offering flexible working. We know this has huge health-related benefits for our staff, which in turn has a positive impact on the care we provide. Read more about flexible working.

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