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Principal Clinical Psychologist- Child and Families Mental Health

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year p.a. (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
10 Oct 2023

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We are looking for a Principal Clinical Psychologist to work in our beautiful North East Dorset CAMHS team. You will believe- like we do- that working with whole systems and families is the most effective early interventions within mental health care.

We are transforming our child and adolescent mental health service into a Family Mental Health model that embraces and adopts the Thrive framework. We aspire to offer families a service that is built on compassion, social connection, and participation with our peers and parent peers, and a service that is understanding of the need to work in partnership with the wider network of education, social care and third sector services in order to deliver support for families based on their needs.

As a Principle Clinical Psychologist you will join our supportive and progressive psychology and psychological therapies workforce to help drive our aspirations forward and contribute to our existing supervision, training and consultation offer.

If you are interested in moving to Dorset we also offer a generous relocation package of up to �10,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email

For further information and informal discussion please contact Dr Clare Young, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at or on 07342067790.

Main duties of the job

As a Principle Clinical Psychologist you will provide a specialist psychology service, directly and through supervision and training to young people/children and families/carers referred to the service. You will communicate highly complex and sensitive information that requires empathy and reassurance in situations where there may be a highly emotive, hostile and antagonistic atmosphere with barriers to understanding. The highest communication and relationship skills are necessary to engage and maintain relationships with clients, families, carers, and other professionals where there are often significant barriers to acceptance and engagement in psychological therapy.

Our teams include a great range of professions and clinical philosophies, to include family therapy, CBT, specialist neurodevelopmental practitioners, occupational therapy and social work. We follow the Thrive model, and as such formulate and map support onto level of clinical need, not diagnostic labels. As such, the therapies we offer are diverse, to include CBT, CAT, ACT, TF-CBT, EMDR and VIG (not an exhaustive list). We believe that children and their families benefit from choice and following a formulation driven approach, we endeavour to be able to offer this.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact

Person Specification

Knowledge, skills and training


  • 2:1 honours degree in Psychology or better. Eligibility for Graduate Membership of BPS.
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or those in lateral transfer or with Statement of Equivalence) as accredited by the BPS or HPC.
  • Relevant specialist training or qualifications for Band 7 psychologist
  • Share clinical supervision for trainee and assistant clinical psychologists
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation, white papers, etc. and implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to CAMHS

Job specific experience


  • Training to work as a qualified clinical psychologist.
  • Clinical experience with children and adolescents mental health
  • Ability to deal with exposure to highly distressing/ emotional circumstances

Information Technology


  • Ability to use a computer and Internet for word processing, keeping electronic notes, spreadsheets, presentations, teaching and information seeking purposes

Personal Qualities/Attributes


  • Ability to communicate highly complex, sensitive information where there may be barriers to understanding or where professional opinions may differ and to form relationships where there may be barriers to these relationships being formed.
  • Ability to use a range of assessment materials (including psychometric tests). Ability to manipulate test materials that require a high level of speed, accuracy and concentration.
  • Ability to make judgements involving highly complex facts or situations, which require the analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to conduct complex risk assessments and develop appropriate strategies to minimise risk.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the BPS and HPC and working to professional guidelines. Must be capable of working on their own initiative and acting independently
  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust



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