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DOPMH Consultant Practitioner Psychologist

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 a year Per Annum / Pro Rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Due to significant investment in psychological professions and psychological services in Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust (CFT), we are looking for a skilled and innovative person, to contribute as Consultant Psychologist in the next phase of our recruitment programme for Dementia and Older People's Mental Health services. We are willing and able to be flexible in order to recruit the right person, including offering part-time and remote/hybrid working options as required.

The Trust is committed to leadership development in the psychological professions to drive forward developments in psychological services. We are in the process of a transformation programme across the organisation to increase access to high quality psychological interventions. We are committed to developing satisfying roles for all our staff and in working with you to develop our services to meet the needs of people in Cornwall.

We are looking for someone with a passion for supporting older people and people with dementia, who has the right expertise and experience to support our team at the beginning of a transformation of services. We have ambitions to provide the best quality of care to our population and to provide the best workplace that supports individuals to reach their potential.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide clinical leadership to the DOPMH Psychology and Psychological Therapies (PPT) team. To work autonomously, within professional guidelines, with responsibility for the governance of psychological practise within the PPT team.
  • In line with the national policy and local drivers, to provide a highly specialist clinical psychology and neuropsychology service to older adults with complex and intractable problems relating to severe serious mental, organic and physical illness.
  • To provide highly specialist consultancy and clinical supervision in this area to members of the PPT and DOPMH multi-disciplinary teams within the Trust.
  • To participate in the Trust's long-term planning and development of services for people with dementia and older adults with serious mental illness. Alongside other Clinical Leads and senior managers, this includes contributing views to local transformation projects in developing services for people with dementia and older adults across integrated care systems.
  • To provide specialist training in the understanding and treatment of serious mental illness in older people, and neuropsychology and behaviour that challenges in people of all ages with dementia, across a range of theoretical models and treatment approaches to members of the PPT and DOPMH teams.
  • To personally deliver high quality, evidence-based highly specialist clinical interventions to complex and high-risk older adults and people with dementia in both individual and group settings.

  • About us

    We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

    We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

    Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

    We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

    Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents

    Person Specification

    Education / Qualifications and Relevant Experience


    • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
    • Current professional registration with HCPC
    • Extensive practice -based learning within specialism
    • Experience of managing and training other clinical staff
    • Experience of taking a lead on projects/services
    • Experience of holding responsibility for service development in line with evolving demands and best practice
    • Experience of managing resources and flow of capacity and demand


    • Post-doctoral experience in dementia diagnostic neuropsychological assessment
    • Specialist neuropsychology qualification such as the QICN

    Skills and Aptitude


    • Advanced skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment and the delivery of specialist diagnostic measures, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration and mental effort
    • A high ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, and other professional colleagues from within and outside of the service
    • Advanced skills in making complex psychological formulations
    • Strong skills in providing consultation to other professional and non -professional groups
    • High level of skill and experience in the delivery of supervision to qualified and unqualified psychologists, including around complex psychological assessment and formulation
    • Ability to assess and manage risk within the service, in collaboration with local mental health and safeguarding agencies, balancing the welfare rights of the individual against the duty of care to the wider community where behaviour is likely to pose a significant risk to themselves and others

    Knowledge and Abilities


    • Doctoral level of knowledge of research methodology, research design and data analysis
    • A robust and broad understanding of national health, mental health and social care strategy and policy, in relation to developing a specialist service that is embedded within the wider care system
    • Wide range of analytical skills in order to ensure complex conditions and situations are managed appropriately

    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.

    UK Registration

    Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


    Bodmin Hospital

    Boundary Road


    PL31 2QT

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