Clinical Psychologist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year or £41,659 to £47,673 p.a. (Band 7), pro rata for part time
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Psychologist to join our enthusiastic and skilled team.

We have 0.5WTE based in West Dorset. The applicants will work closely with multi-disciplinary community learning disability teams.

We provide excellent clinical supervision, support, and opportunities to develop skills and professional development.

We believe that every one of our team members has a crucial part to play in the services that we provide.

We would also welcome applications from candidates who meet the criteria for a Band 7 Clinical Psychologist as we will be able to provide a comprehensive and supported Preceptorship Programme for this role. Following successful completion of training and after gaining experience in the role, the successful applicant would move up to the Band 8A position.

Please see the attached Band 7 specific Job Description and Person Specification to ensure that you meet the requirements for this role.

If you are interested in moving to Dorset there is also the possibility of a relocation package which can be discussed in interview. 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.

Main duties of the job

You will be providing psychological assessment, formulation and treatment to adults with learning disabilities who have a range of psychological conditions. Our team of psychologists has a number of therapy specialties including: - EMDR - CAT - DBT- ACT- CBT We are involved in a range of exciting initiatives including developing the dementia pathway, development of therapy packs, training to IAPT, capacity assessments, and much more.

Please see the attached Band 8A specific Job Description and Person Specification to ensure that you meet the requirements for this role.

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 and adults with Learning Disabilities
  • Membership of HCPC
Job Specific Experience Essential
  • Clinical experience with adults with Learning Disability diagnosis, particularly those in community placements.
  • Experience of Assessment and Formulation in Adults with an LD
  • 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.
  • Must have a car as role requires driving around the rural area of West Dorset to visit clients in their homes and day centres etc.

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