Senior Child Psychotherapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year p.a
Closing date
16 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Old Age
Band 8A
Part Time
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We are excited to be able to offer a 12-month contract for an experienced child psychotherapist to join our family mental health team in Weymouth and West Dorset. The role will involve the assessment and treatment of individual children and young people according to psychoanalytical principles and techniques. The post holder will also offer specialist consultation to parents and supervision of other clinicians within CAMHS including child psychotherapy trainees and clinicians from other professions.

Main duties of the job

Main duties:
  • Assessment and treatment of individual children and young people according to psychoanalytical principles and techniques
  • Consultation to parents
  • Supervision of other clinicians within CAMHS including child psychotherapy trainees and clinicians from other professions
  • Consultation to partner agencies as required
  • Attendance at Child in Need and social services case conferences as required
  • Attendance at team meetings including team business meetings and case discussions, and safeguarding.
  • In co-ordination with other Trust child psychotherapists, development of the child psychotherapy provision within the Trust

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

If you are interested in moving to Dorset we also offer a generous relocation package of up to £10 000. For further details on relocation expenses please

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.

( We welcome informal enquiries to discuss your availability and informal visits could be arranged. Please contact Mike Sones on 01202 646300

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.

Person Specification Knowledge, skills and training Essential
  • 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.
  • Membership of HCPC
Job Specific Experience Essential
  • Clinical experience with Older Adults MH, particularly those in community placements.
  • Experience of Assessment and Formulation in Older Adults.
  • 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 Essential
  • Ability to use a computer and Internet for word processing, keeping electronic notes, spreadsheets, presentations, teaching and information seeking purposes
Additional requirements Essential
  • 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.

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