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Clinical Psychologist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£29,744 to £38,997 a year Band 7 or Band 8a p.a.
Closing date
5 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

Are you an experienced Clinical Psychologist? Come and join our Community Learning Disability Team based in West Dorset. We would welcome applications for aBand 7 Clinical Psychologist.

As a Clinical Psychologist, you will provide psychological assessment, formulation and treatment to adults with learning disabilities who have a range of psychological conditions. Our team of psychologists have a number of therapy specialties including EMDR, CAT, ACT and CBT. We are involved in a range of exciting initiatives including developing the dementia pathway, development of therapy packs, capacity assessments, and much more.

You will assist with supervision to assistant psychologists and guide doctoral trainee clinical psychologists on placement. You will work closely with a range of skilled and dedicated professionals within a multi-disciplinary team. We provide excellent clinical supervision, support, and opportunities to develop skills and professional development. We have a brilliant record of providing additional training opportunities to our clinical psychologists, with further training in a range of therapies as well as specialist areas of interest for individual clinicians.

We provide a comprehensive and supportedPreceptorship Programme from the Band 7 to Band 8afor this role. This is a great opportunity to consolidate and develop core skills learned during clinical training, under the supervision of highly skilled and experienced clinical psychologists.

Main duties of the job

The role is very diverse, and allows opportunities to develop your own individual therapy skills, work on service development, continue with your professional development, and work with a range of really skilled professionals who are all passionate about working with adults who have a learning disability. Clinical work covers a whole range of different problems with which patients may present, as well as skilled and often complex assessment, including capacity across a range of areas, diagnostic assessments, etc. Group work is possible and can be done with colleagues from within the CTLD as well as with colleagues in other services. Consultation and supervision of other professionals from within the Psychology Team, as well as the wider MDT is a regular part of our role.

This is a part time post of 25.2 hours per week based at Acland Road in Dorchester, in the heart of Dorset.

Please see attached the Band 7 and Band 8a specific Job Description and Person Specification to ensure that you meet the requirements for this role.

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

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.

If you are interested in moving to Dorset there is also the possibility of a relocation package which can be discussed in interview. For further details on relocation expenses please

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.

Dorset HealthCare is in partnership withThe Princes Trustto support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we offer an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. Please contact to access the support.

Person Specification

Knowledge, skills and training


  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS or HCPC.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology
  • Experience of clinical supervision for trainee and assistant clinical psychologists
  • Knowledge of legislation, white papers, etc. and implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to older adults and adults with Learning Disabilities
  • Membership of HCPC

Job Specific Experience


  • Clinical experience with adults with Learning Disability diagnosis, particularly those in community placements.
  • Experience of Assessment and Formulation in Adults with an LD
  • Experience and formal training in at least 2 psychological therapies
  • Experience in completing specialist assessments such as capacity assessment, dementia assessment, etc
  • Competent knowledge of neuropsychological testing

Information Technology


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

Additional requirements


  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the BPS and HCPC and working to professional guidelines. Must be capable of working on their own initiative and acting independently
  • Demonstrable skills in written and spoken English to a standard which enables the post holder to carry out the full range of duties and responsibilities of the role effectively.
  • Must have a car as role requires driving around the rural area of West Dorset to visit clients in their homes and day centres etc.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Acland Road (Dorchester)

Acland Road



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