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Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead - Children In Care

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,383 to £41,115 a year p.a.
Closing date
23 Jul 2024
We have an exciting opportunity for a band 8B Clinical Lead and manager to take the helm of the Specialist CAMHS Care Adoption and Permanency Service. The core service consists of a dedicated and highly valued team of clinical psychologists offering training, consultations and direct interventions to carers for our local Councils' Fostering & CiC Services, and to our local adoption agency - Aspire Adoption. In addition, the post holder will lead specialist provision in core CAMHS clinics and Dorset Council's Harbour Service (based on the No Wrong Door Model),

The Service comprises of specialist practitioners committed to best care and positive outcomes for our children and young people through drawing on trauma informed and relational approaches. Increasing Social Work psychological capacity and practice is valued alongside consultation, formulation, interventions and support to the team around the child.

Key relationships with Fostering, Adoption and children's Social Care Service Managers and their Team Managers is essential.We are looking for a resilient Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about bringing a psychological perspective to the teams working with our most vulnerable, complex children. The post holder therefore needs to be confident and experienced in working within the field of adoption and children in care and aspire to lead and develop the service.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will provide clinical and strategic leadership, specialist knowledge, supervision and consultation. They will be responsible for the running of the service, including line management of staff, clinical governance and compliance.

Key relationships with Fostering, Adoption and children's Social Care Service Managers and their Team Managers is essential. Excellent clinical and strategic leadership and communication skills in this demanding post are essential. The post holder will need to be able to work under pressure and therefore have good self-care skills.

This post is part of the wider Child and Families services provided by Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust. The post holder will work closely, and be supported by, the senior clinical and operational leadership group in CAMHs. You will be part of the Clinical Leads forum established in CAMHs which includes the leads in CAMHs and is lead by the CAMHs Clinical Lead Psychologist. Clinical Supervision will be provided by the Lead Psychologist and operational support by a senior manager in CAMHs.

This is a fixed term role and for those with current NHS service, the role will be offered on a secondment basis only. Please obtain permission to be released on a secondment before submitting an application.

If you are interested in moving to Dorset, we also offer a generous relocation package of up to �5,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email

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 in all that 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



  • Registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Successful completion of a doctorate in Clinical Psychology



  • A minimum of 2yrs clinical experience as an 8a psychologist working in child and families services
  • Clear evidence of leading a team and/or service
  • A minimum of 2yrs clinical experience of working in care and adoption services
  • Evidence of ability to work autonomously and hold responsibility for clinical decision making


  • Evidence of working with a local authority and of understanding the governance processes of this system

Team working


  • Extensive evidence of having provided supervision and consultation to other clinical teams
  • Experience of clinical audit and research



  • Use of a car for work purposes

Clinical Skills


  • Experience with supporting children and adolescents with emotional distress
  • Understanding of clinical theory-practice frameworks relevant to working with CiC
  • Experience of completing clinical assessments with complex young people and families to inform care planning

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


North Bournemouth Local Office

27, Slades Farm Road


BH10 4ES

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