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Clinical Psychologist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£30,571 to £34,409 a year p.a
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Part Time
This is a maternity cover post for a Clinical Psychologist to join the Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team in Dorset and work as a member of the multidisciplinary community stroke and neuro service in North and West Dorset and as part of the Stroke and Neuro Rehabilitation Ward at Yeatman Hospital.

This post will predominantly be with stroke patients in North and West Dorset. The role will be supervised by the principal clinical psychologist at Dorset County Hospital and work closely with the adult Neuropsychology service in Dorset Healthcare.

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

The Clinical Psychologist in this post will be fully responsible for the delivery of psychological services to adults who sustained a brain injury as a result of a stroke. They will be offering and implementing skilled assessments and clinical formulations to enhance the understanding of the nature of the stroke for the patients, their carers and the rehabilitation team.

The Clinical Psychologist will develop and implement highly specialised clinical psychological programmes. These will be delivered directly to the patients as well as integrated within the rehabilitation offered by the multidisciplinary service.

The Clinical Psychologist will have autonomy to plan and prioritise their workload. This includes collaborations within the team, with related agencies and teaching organisations.

The Clinical Psychologist will offer consultancy activities to primary care and other professionals which will involve teaching, training and supervision. The psychologist will also support the training and supervision of clinical psychologists, trainee psychologists and assistants. They will benefit from our strong links with clinical psychology training programmes and neuropsychology courses at the universities linked with Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust.

The Clinical Psychologist will have opportunities and obligations to further their continuing professional development in line with guidelines set down by the Trust and the BPS/HCPC.

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

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

Job Specific Experience


  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of complex specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.

Personal Qualities/Attributes


  • Ability to communicate complex, sensitive information where there may be barriers to understanding or where professional opinions may differ and to form relationships where there may be barriers to these relationships being formed.

Knowledge, Skills and Training


  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology as accredited by the BPS or HCPC
  • Relevant specialist training (e.g. postdoctoral qualifications in clinical neuropsychology) or qualifications for Highly Specialist Psychologist
  • Knowledge of clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Experience of working with adults following an acquired brain injury/stroke

Knowledge, Skills and Training


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological and neuropsychological assessments (including psychometric assessment), intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Yeatman Hospital

Hospital Lane



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