Specialist Diagnostician: Community Adult Asperger's Service

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year p.a. pro rata for part time
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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This is a very rare opportunity to work as a diagnostician within this specialist service. We are currently offering 2 posts: permanent -15 hours per week, and fixed term for one year - full-time, (up to) 37.5 hours per week.

Although small, the Community Adult Asperger's Service (CAAS) is comprised of a supportive and eclectic team of professionals who really do care about the client group as well as each other. Retention of team members has been consistently high since the inception of the service back in 2010.

The post would suit a newly qualified or recently qualified clinical psychologist, or a more experienced psychologist, nurse, or OT, wishing to gain specialist assessment skills with adults referred to CAAS. Given that the permanent post is part-time, it would also sit well alongside a role within another service within DHFT.

This post is ideal for a motivated and passionate clinician who either has, or is, developing a specialist interest in neurodevelopmental difference, and a respect for how important Autism assessments can be to underpin wider clinical formulations of need as well as gaining access to the right specialist support e.g. in an educational or work setting.

A car is essential for working in this service, which covers the whole of Dorset. However, remote working can be considered and this should be stated on the application if this is a preference for the applicant.

Main duties of the job

The post will involve completing high quality, NICE compliant assessments for Autism. The service also runs post-diagnostic groups for newly diagnosed people who are on the spectrum, so that they can learn about their diagnosis and how it affects them uniquely as individuals. Clinicians within the team include Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists (who provide very specialist sensory assessment and treatment as well as functional assessment, vocational support and dyspraxia assessment), a Nurse Specialist, Assistant Psychologists, and highly skilled Team Assistant and Administrative Assistants.

CAAS is a Primary Care Service but works closely with other secondary, tertiary and specialist care providers throughout Dorset, offering weekly specialist consultation to a range of professionals who are also working with adults who are on the Autism Spectrum.

This would be an excellent opportunity to gain specialist Autism assessment skills as well as developing a knowledge base of how Autism can affect other areas of mental health need and how therapy can be adapted to suit each person's unique profile.

Dorset HealthCare is the first mental health trust providing community services in the South to be given an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - and one of only a small handful nationally.

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 or those in lateral transfer or with Statement of Equivalence) as accredited by the BPS or HPC.
  • Relevant specialist training or qualifications for Band 7 Psychologist
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation, white papers, etc. and implications for both clinical practice and professional management
  • HCPC/NMC/RCOT registration
  • evidence based psychological therapy interventions ie: IPT, DBT, CBT, CAT
  • neurodevelopment: ADOS training , 3di or similar
Job specific experience Essential
  • Experience of assessment of adults (or children) with neurodevelopmental conditions
  • Clinical knowledge of Autism Spectrum Conditions and how these can present amongst different people
  • Experience of running psychoeducational groups
  • experience of working in a healthcare setting particularly within the community
  • experience of working in a multi disciplinary team
Information Technology Essential
  • Ability to use a computer and Internet for word processing, keeping electronic notes, spreadsheets, presentations, teaching and information seeking purposes
  • ability to use electronic patient recording system
Personal Qualities/Attributes Essential
  • Ability to use a range of assessment materials (including psychometric tests).
  • Must be capable of working on own initiative and acting independently
  • ability to supervise others
Additional Requirements Essential
  • 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.
  • Ability to conduct complex risk assessments and develop appropriate strategies to minimise risk
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the BPS and HPC and working to professional guidelines. Must be capable of working on their own initiative and acting independently
  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business

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