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DOPMH Principal Psychologist

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Flexible within Cornwall
£50,952 to £57,349 Per Annum / Pro Rata
Closing date
3 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are excited to be recruiting a new HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist to become a valued member of our friendly Psychology and Psychological Therapies team within our Dementia and Older Peoples' Mental Health Service. This post has become available because the previous post holder progressed into one of the lead psychologist roles within our team.

The successful applicant will work alongside a growing team including Practitioner Psychologists, a Psychological Therapist, Trainee Clinical Psychologists, a Clinical Associate Psychologist, Assistant Psychologists, and Psychology Undergraduate Interns.

We are looking for a highly motivated person with excellent interpersonal and workload management skills and a genuine passion for working with our client group. If you would like to contribute to the development of a supportive psychology team committed to providing compassionate, high quality, and equitable services, we would love to hear from you!

We will welcome applications from psychologists qualifying in October 2024 (preceptorships considered) as well as those with post-qualification experience, including those considering a change of specialism.

We are keen to be flexible to meet the needs of our employees, so please get in touch to discuss what will suit you.

Proposed interview date: to be confirmed

Main duties of the job

This role is interesting and varied, working withpeople with dementia of all ages, older people with mental health needs, and all those that support them. There will be opportunities for the successful candidate to work across our three main psychology pathways:
  • Psychological Therapies
  • Supporting Behaviour in Dementia
  • Memory Assessment (including neuropsychology)

Our team works across community and inpatient services, so we can offer experience in both settings whilst supporting you to develop in your chosen specialism. You will also be encouraged to make links with psychology professionals in other services across the Trust.

We are committed to continuing professional development. We have access to a generous training budget and have recently supported team members to undertake QICN, EMDR, and CAT supervisor training. In addition to formal supervision, we have regular CAT and neuropsychology special interest group meetings.

We have strong links with the Plymouth University DClinPsy and CAP training courses, contributing to the older adult, dementia and neuropsychology teaching programmes which you will be encouraged to become involved with.

We believe in prioritising staff wellbeing and will support you to ensure your workload is manageable and rewarding. A new team member recently said I have felt really welcomed and supported by the team.

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 or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice, including training in supervision skills.
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).


  • Other related academic qualifications to Masters or Doctoral level.
  • Relevant prior experience of working as a qualified psychologist in older adult mental health or an associated client group where the experience gained is relevant and transferable.



  • Ability to travel independently to attend clinics and clinical appointments, meetings, training and other events away from base.
  • Hold a valid UK driving licence.

Employer details

Employer name

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Community based

Flexible within Cornwall

PL31 2QN

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