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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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An exciting opportunity to join the growing Dorset Cancer Centre Counselling and Psychology Service, working with patients, their families and carers under the care of Cancer services, including Palliative Care. You will provide a safe and effective evidence-based Level 4 psychological support service to individuals, couples and families who are affected by a diagnosis of cancer or other life-limiting illness in line with NICE Guidance on Cancer Care Services, Improving Supportive and Palliative Care for Adults. You will work closely within our team comprised of Clinical Psychologist and Team Lead, Counsellors, Systemic Family Psychotherapist, and a Social Worker. We all work alongside multidisciplinary professionals providing nursing, medical and therapeutic care.

Base Location: Poole Hospital

Interview Date: TBC

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an experienced Clinical/Counselling Psychologist who will be involved in training and clinical supervision of healthcare professionals and able to offer placement to Clinical or Counselling Psychologist on Doctoral courses. We are also looking for someone who will fit in well with our compassionate and dedicated team. You will need to be flexible and open-minded as we develop our services across the Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole area in line with the recent merger of the acute hospitals, and the transformation agenda. The postholder would be expected to work across the 3 main sites in Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch. Our services provide a range of modalities to support our service users and you will be open to working with people face-to-face, via telephone and via video.

About us

Our values define who we are as #TeamUHD. They underpin everything we do now and in the future. They define how we treat our patients, visitors, and each other, our valued teammates and colleagues.

UHD are investing in services across the Trust, with many being transformed and developed following merger and the New Hospital Programme.

This means that some services may move site this year or next, either temporarily or long term. Recruiting Managers interviewing for this role will be happy to answer any specific questions that you have about this at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Although this post is advertised at a Band 8a, we would welcome applications from newly- or recently-qualified Psychologists for a Preceptorship role at Band 7, with progression to 8a once requirements are fulfilled. Full support will be given.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • HCPC registered practitioner psychologist


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice



  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical or counselling psychologist
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment


  • Post-qualification experience of working in clinical health psychology, preferably including cancer and palliative care
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision, teaching and training.

Technical Skills and Competencies


  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups


  • Ability to work across the lifespan, with individuals, couples and groups



  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust


University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Forest Holme Hospice, 5 Seldown Road


BH15 1TS

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