Clinical Psychologist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
West Dorset
£19,410 to £21,847 a year p.a.
Closing date
2 Feb 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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Dorset HealthCare are seeking to recruit a Clinical Psychologist / Applied Psychologist to join the Assertive Outreach Team, based in Weymouth, West Dorset.

The Assertive Outreach Team has experience of working closely with psychology and values the Clinical Psychologist / Applied Psychologist's contribution through individual assessment/formulation and wider consultation to the team. You would be directly line managed by a clinical psychologist.

For newly qualified staff we can offer support from Band 7 through the preceptorship process to Band 8A. We offer excellent development opportunities, including further psychotherapy training, mentoring, support and clinical supervision. Those who are already matched in skill would move automatically to Band 8A and we will provide additional support to enable career progression and professional development.

The Clinical Psychologist / Applied Psychologist post is a part-time, permanent position working 15 hours per week, Monday to Friday. These hours can be met either over a two-day other period - we can be flexible to meet your needs. This role can also be part of a job share with an existing post already held or combined with potential psychology roles.

For a further conversation about the role please contact Dr Jon Boakes Consultant Clinical Psychologist (email: tel: 07584 440888)

Main duties of the job

This post is based with Assertive Outreach Team West (AOT) Weymouth. Assertive Outreach services are provided for people with a primary diagnosis of serious mental disorder often co-existing with substance misuse. Patients due to past trauma maybe difficult to engage, have frequently failed with routine treatment, exhibit poor social functioning, are often excluded from many aspects of daily life and sometimes present risk of harm to self and others.

The post holder will be required to manage their time effectively to enable them to provide psychological services across the team. This would include provision of specialist psychological assessments and interventions for clients. An important part of the role would include psychological consultation and case formulation to the wider team including training, clinical supervision and guidance around case management.

You will need to have a valid driving licence and use of a car as will sometimes be required to assess and monitor patients in their own homes and within other community settings.

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
  • Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology or equivalent.
  • Professional Registration with HCPC.
  • Clinical supervision training.
  • Relevant specialist training or qualifications (e.g. CBT; CAT; DBT; ACT; MI or schema therapy).
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, 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 adults with Mental and physical Illness/Disorder
  • Significant experience of working as a qualified clinical or counselling psychologist and relevant experience for transition to highly specialist post (8A).
  • A clear understanding of the role and function of assertive outreach services.
  • Clinical experience across the lifespan with mental and physical illness, particularly individuals with severe mental illness, psychosis and addiction.
  • Ability to use a range of highly complex assessment materials (including psychometric tests).
  • Experience of teaching, consultation and supervising psychology staff and other professionals.
  • Experience of working in multidisciplinary team settings.
  • Experience of research and development work in a specialist area.
  • Experience of neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation.
  • Experience of specialist risk assessment (e.g. HCR-20).
  • Ability to use a computer and Internet for word processing, presentation, teaching and information seeking purposes
  • Experience of using electronic patient / service user record systems
  • 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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