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Lead Psychologist (Clinical/Forensic/Counselling)




Priory Hospital Burgess Hill (D11), Gatehouse Lane, Goddards Green, Hassocks, West Sussex, BN6 9LE

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£60,000.00 per annum


37.5 hrs p/wk

Job Advert - Division Information

Ready for the recognition and rewards you deserve?

We don’t just talk about putting employees first. We know that Priory wouldn’t exist without their combined energy, expertise and effort.  So we invest heavily in training, provide first-class support, promote collaborative teamwork and give everyone on our team the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential.


Job Advert Location Description

Priory Hospital Burgess Hill is located in beautiful West Sussex and offers the opportunity to gain experience across many specialist mental health disciplines including Secure Services, a DBT Locked Rehabilitation service, PICU Services and Acute care.

With a CQC rating of GOOD across all 5 Key Lines of Enquiry, you would be working in a forward thinking hospital supporting our patients recovery alongside a highly skilled and dedicated Multi-Disciplinary Team. If you were successful in applying to work with us, we offer a comprehensive orientation and training programme to equip you will the knowledge and skills required to provide our patients with the highest quality of care.

With on site parking, meals provided whilst working, free use of our onsite gym and easy access to vibrant Brighton and London what’s not to like!

Job Advert Role Description

Priory Hospital Burgess Hill  has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Lead Psychologist to join our team.


Our Lead Psychologist is responsible for ensuring the systematic provision of specialist psychological input to Burgess Hill. Our adult inpatient wards provide multidisciplinary assessment and management for people presenting with complex, severe and often high-risk mental health difficulties.  The Lead Psychologist is a member of a team of senior clinicians and will be called upon to oversee and provide systematic specialist psychological assessment, formulation, consultation and care planning.  They will be allocated to one multidisciplinary team within the hospital but will provide interventions as required.  Delivering training, facilitating reflective practice and supervising colleagues will form part of the role.  The post-holder will be expected actively to promote psychologically-informed conceptualisation and intervention across all teams.  Contribution to service development initiatives, audit and research are expected in order to develop and maintain a high standard of professional and evidence-based practice across the hospital.


Skills and Experience:

•Post graduate degree and post graduate qualification in Applied Psychology and eligible for BPS chartered status or equivalent qualification.

• Minimum 6 years’ experience working in mental health, with experience being a Consultant Psychologist/Head of Service

• Managerial and supervisory experience.

• Knowledge of Mental Health Act 1983 and related legislation.

• Experience of reviewing policies and procedures.

• Enthusiastic and self-motivated.

• High level of skill in at least one recognised and empirically validated psychological therapy.

• Leadership/motivational skills.

• Excellent analytic and research skills.

• IT skills.

• Able to promote effective working relationships.

• Knowledge of Quality Assurance, Audit and Clinical Governance.



  • 5 years post chartership
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • To be educated to at least Masters Degree level
  • Full membership of an applied division of the BPS
  • Chartered Psychologist status with the BPS


Our Benefits:

•25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (at commencement of employment)

• Free Meals whilst on duty

• On site free car parking

•A Group Personal Pension Plan (GPPP)

•Life Assurance

•Employee Assistance Programme

•Continuous learning and development

•Career development

•Flexible benefits (including preferential rates and access to schemes such as gym membership, IT, private healthcare, Shopping discounts)  

Division DBS info

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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