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Principal Clinical Psychologist- Acute Care and Community CAMHs

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year p.a. (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a Newly Qualified or Principal Clinical Psychologist who shares our vision to work in our acute care and community team (Bournemouth) and to help drive our aspirations forward. As part of this post, you will be funded to complete trauma informed training e.g. TF-CBT and/or EMDR.

In Dorset, we are transforming our child and adolescent mental health service into a Family Mental Health model that embraces and adopts the Thrive framework. We aspire to offer families a service that is built on compassion, social connection, and participation with our peers and parent peers, and a service that is understanding of the need to work in partnership with the wider network of education, social care and 3rd sector services in order to deliver support for families based on their needs.
  • 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 email

Main duties of the job

You will have the choice to work within the crisis and psychiatric liaison team, the neurodevelopmental assessment team and our largest community team so there is an opportunity to specialise in both enduring and acute care needs. We are able to create a hybrid post that suits your interests and skill set.

Supervision from a Clinical Lead Psychologist will be provided and training will be arranged where needed.

We believe in supporting clinicians who have more recently qualified and help them to progress and develop, so we are also keen to hear from newly qualified psychologists who would like to take a preceptorship and progress to a Band 8a when all competencies are met; a clear progression pathway will be made available.

Our teams include a great range of professions and clinical philosophies, to include family therapy, CBT, specialist neurodevelopmental practitioners, occupational therapy and social work. We follow the Thrive model, and as such formulate and map support onto level of clinical need, not diagnostic labels. As such, the therapies we offer are diverse, to include CBT, CAT, ACT, TF-CBT, EMDR and VIG (not an exhaustive list). We believe that children and their families benefit from choice and following a formulation driven approach, we endeavour to be able to offer this.

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
  • 2:1 honours degree in Psychology or better. Eligibility for Graduate Membership of BPS.
  • 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 HCPC registered
  • clinical supervision for trainee and assistant clinical psychologists
  • 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 in relation to CAMHS
  • extended skills and training specifically related to child and adolescent mental health
Job specific experience Essential
  • Training to work as a qualified clinical psychologist.
  • Clinical experience with children and adolescents mental health
  • Ability to sit in a restricted position for a substantial proportion of the working time Ability to concentrate intensely for long periods of time
  • Ability to deal with exposure to highly distressing/ emotional circumstances
  • ability to supervise other clinicians
  • teaching and training others including doctoral students
  • ability to undertake clinical audits
  • leadership experience
  • management experience
Information Technology Essential
  • Ability to use a computer and Internet for word processing, keeping electronic notes, spreadsheets, presentations, teaching and information seeking purposes
Personal Qualities/Attributes Essential
  • Must be capable of working on own initiative and acting independently
  • Need to tolerate working conditions which may be unpleasant and where there is some exposure to vandalism and aggressive incidents.
  • Ability to communicate highly 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.
  • Ability to use a range of assessment materials (including psychometric tests). Ability to manipulate test materials that require a high level of speed, accuracy and concentration.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stress of others.
Additional Requirements Essential
  • 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.
  • 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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