Clinical Psychologist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
West Dorset
£18,850 to £21,287 a year p.a.
Closing date
6 Jul 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are proud our Trust in conjunction with our local Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group have completed a review of our Rehabilitation and Assertive Outreach Services (AOT) in Dorset and secured significant additional funding to redevelop and expand the range of clinical services provided.

We are seeking to recruit aClinical Psychologist to join theWest Dorset Assertive Outreach Team,based in Weymouth. Please review the associated Job Description for further specific information about this role.

We are looking for an individual who is reliable, committed and dedicated with excellent communication and organisational skills, and the ability to prioritise their work. The AOT team has experience of working closely with psychology and greatly values the contribution psychology has made to the team. Line managed by psychologist. We offer excellent development opportunities, including further therapy training, support and supervision.

This is a part-time, permanent position working 15 hours per week, Monday to Friday. If applicants were interested in combining an AOT post with another clinical psychology role (such as Rehabilitation community or inpatient) in West Dorset, do get in contact we would be keen to hear from you.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

Main duties of the job

This post is based with Assertive Outreach Team West (AOT) Weymouth.

Assertive Outreach services are provided for people with a primary diagnosis of serious mental disorder often co-existing with substance misuse. It is for those patients who are difficult to engage, have frequently failed with routine treatment programmes, exhibit poor social functioning, are often excluded from many aspects of daily life and are deemed to be a risk to the local community, themselves, carers, families or significant others.

The post holder will be required to manage their time effectively to enable them to provide psychological services across the team. This will include provision of highly specialist psychological assessments and interventions for very complex patients; and teaching, training, supervision and consultation to the wider team asappropriate.

You will need to have a valid driving licence and use of a car as they will be required to assess and monitor patients in their own homes and within other community settings.

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


1.1 To provide a consultancy service to the clinical team and other professionals, with regard to assessment and formulation,recommending psychological interventions as appropriate.

1.2 To liaise with appropriate professionals and to contribute to multi-disciplinary case discussions/planning meetings.

1.3 To be responsible for own work and interventions with even the most complex presentations and for interpretation of agreed guidelines and policies as an autonomous practitioner and to seek consultation appropriately from peers, the Lead for Psychology or other clinical supervisor.

1.4 To provide psychological assessments of clients based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex datafrom a variety of sources including psychological and neuro-psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct andindirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.

1.5 To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems,based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

1.6 To use a range of highly complex assessment materials (including psychometric assessments) to develop complex formulationsbased upon a range of theoretical perspectives, which will guide the most effective evidence-based intervention (e.g. Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Family intervention/Systemic etc).

1.7 To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and complexfactors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

1.8 To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

1.9 To have a high standard of communication and relationship skills to proactively engage and maintain relationships with clients,families, carers, and other professionals where there are often significant barriers to acceptance and engagement in psychological therapy.

1.10 To plan and prioritise their own patient workload, which will include taking full responsibility for organising referrals, managingtheir own waiting list, undertaking patients consultations, attending MDT reviews for those on their case load and other meetings as appropriate.

1.11 To assist in the coordination and management of psychology and service waiting lists and to support in the assessment of potential referrals to the service.


2.1 Adhere to all approved Trust and local policies and procedures. Comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act and support otherstaff in their responsibilities under this legislation. Be familiar the Trust and local Fire and Evacuation Procedures, and enact them as necessary.

2.2 Ensure compliance with the Mental Health Act (1983) regulations/procedures and Code of Practice.

2.3 Demonstrate a good understanding of safeguarding principles and processes and how these are applied in relation to adults and children.

2.4 Be familiar with, and comply with the Trusts Incident Reporting policy/procedures

2.5 To actively promote psychological therapy within the services.

2.6 To provide psychological knowledge and skills to members of the multidisciplinary teams to facilitate team and service development.

2.7 To contribute to strategic planning and proposing changes to the service to ensure/ promote effective service delivery.


3.1 To take on responsibility for the management of assistant psychologists working within the service.

3.2 To provide specialist clinical supervision to practitioners, assistant psychologists, trainee psychologists and other professionals, as appropriate.

3.3 To contribute to the education of and act as a resource to other health care professionals and provide education on a regular and ongoing basis, as appropriate to all members of the multi-disciplinary team, importantly in relevant psychological skills.

3.4 To develop a personal professional development plan with the Lead for Rehabilitation Psychology to be updated annually, and to participate in annual review process.

3.5 To maintain post-qualification training in line with CPD guidelines set down by the BPS and HCPC.

3.6 Attend training courses and participate in personal development training as identified by the Lead Rehabilitation Psychologist andmaintain responsibility for ensuring mandatory training is up to date.


4.1 To fully observe the HCPC and BPS Codes of Conduct and DCP Professional Practice Guidelines.

4.2 To participate in Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapy Service business and professional meetings where appropriate.

4.3 To work on their own initiative and act independently within appropriate professional guidelines. In common with all clinicalpsychologists, they will receive regular highly specialised supervision in common with good practice guidelines.

4.4 To maintain and further develop high standards of Clinical Psychology Practice through co-operative work with other ClinicalPsychologists through audit and supervision and shared referrals.

4.5 To be aware of and adhere to the Trust and Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapy Service policies and procedures.

4.6 To keep abreast of developments in the practice of clinical psychology and share as relevant.


5.1 To promote the use of effective psychological interventions across rehabilitation services.

5.2 To participate in and promote clinical governance across psychological therapy services.

5.3 To liaise with other disciplines and agencies, as appropriate, to ensure best practice is shared.


6.1 To undertake clinically relevant research, service and audit evaluation, as well as supervise the research & development activities of Assistants and Trainee Clinical Psychologists, and other members of the multidisciplinary team.

6.2 To evaluate work on a regular basis using validated questionnaires and objective measures. They will be expected to reflect on their work, reformulate the problem and change treatment approach when necessary.

6.3 To encourage a culture of evidence based practice in all parts of the service.


7.1 To have good word-processing skills, and be able to use information technology for presentations and access the internet for their own information and for the well-being of their clients.

7.2 Ensure consistently high standards of record/case note recording, maintaining electronic and integrated records and case notes in accordance with the standards policy and relay verbal information where appropriate.

7.2 Maintain confidentiality and security of information in all matters relating to patients.


8.1 To 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

8.2 The post holder may be exposed to highly distressing or emotional circumstances involving patients, families, and carers who have multiple and complex needs.

8.3 The post holder may be required to sit in a restricted position for a substantial proportion of the working time when conductingtherapy/ psychometric testing. There is a frequent requirement for long periods of intense concentration whilst carrying out intricate clinical assessments and interventions

8.4. The post holder will be will be based within a clinical setting, and may be exposed to hazards such verbal and physical aggression.


9.1 Challenge poor practice and take appropriate action making full use of current support systems.

9.2 Respect and apply the requirements of equality and diversity, promoting and role modelling these across the multi-disciplinaryteam.

9.3 Maintain a smart, casual appearance at all times when on duty, in line with the Trust Uniform Policy.

Person Specification KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND TRAINING Essential
  • Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology or equivalent.
  • Professional Registration with HCPC.
  • Clinical supervision training.
  • Relevant specialist training or qualifications (e.g. CBT; CAT; DBT; ACT; MI or schema therapy).
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, 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 adults with Mental and physical Illness/Disorder
  • Significant experience of working as a qualified clinical or counselling psychologist and relevant experience for transition to highly specialist post (8A).
  • A clear understanding of the role and function of assertive outreach services.
  • Clinical experie

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