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

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Fixed Term - Full Time


£55,000-£61,000PA DOE



Job Advert Role Description

Priory Hospital Burgess Hill, Hassocks BN6 9LE, is located 10 minutes (train/car) from Brighton and is on the main Brighton to London (Victoria/London Bridge/Kings Cross) rail line. It is situated on the fringe of Burgess Hill in Sussex.

We currently provide the following services:

  • Male PICU
  • Male Acute


You will have a strong voice as members of established and experienced MDT to deliver outstanding care to our patient population ensuring that every patient journey is underpinned by the experience of empathic, compassionate and outcome focused care in a safe environment.


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


Our Principal Psychologist is responsible for ensuring the systematic provision of specialist psychological input for the patients at Burgess Hill Hospital. Our adult inpatient wards provide multidisciplinary assessment and management for people presenting with complex, severe and often high-risk mental health difficulties. The Principal 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 provide interventions as required for the full site. 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.
  • 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.
  • Experience of CBT, DBT and trauma



  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist 
  • 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 on site car parking
  • A Group Personal Pension Plan (GPPP)
  • Life Assurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Continuous learning and development
  • Career development
  • Flexible benefits (including preferential rates and access to schemes such as gym membership, IT, healthcare cash plan, Shopping discounts)

Division DBS info

About us

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services, Priory promise a challenging and fulfilling career with the support of a world class organisation willing to invest in your development. 

Across our network of hospitals, residential care homes and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.

Priory maintains that vaccination remains our very best line of defence against COVID-19 and believes that our colleagues working with vulnerable individuals have a professional duty to be vaccinated.  As part of our wider infection control efforts, and to meet our commissioner and customer requirements, we continue to record vaccination status for all colleagues and we therefore request that you disclose this information as part of your application. Your vaccination status will not affect any offer of employment and will be held in line with GDPR requirements.  We thank you for your understanding. 


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. Priory will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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