Applied Psychologist/ Psychological Therapist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year p.a
Closing date
28 Mar 2023

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Substance misuse
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Dorset HealthCare are seeking to recruit aPsychological Therapist / Applied Psychologistto join theAssertive Outreach Team,based in Weymouth, West Dorset.

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

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 7 and we will provide additional support to enable career progression and professional development.

The Psychological Therapist / Applied Psychologist post is a part-time, permanent position working 15 hours per week, Monday to Friday. These hours can be met over a two-day period or 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 Therapy Qualification Essential
  • A recognised qualification in one of the core Mental Health Professions (Psychiatric Nursing; Social work; Psychology or Occupational Therapist).
  • Registration with professional body
  • Must be fully accredited with the BABCP or have completed a BABCP accredited high intensity CBT course or diploma programme. (Unless Applied psychologist requirement MSC or Doctorate in relevant psychology specialty).
Experience Client Group Essential
  • Significant experience working therapeutically with psychosis SMI
Consultation skills Essential
  • Experience providing psychological skills training and consultation to others
Car driver Essential
  • Valid driving licence
Job Specific Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as a psychological therapist with patients with complex presentations including severe mental illness and substance misuse.
  • Clinical experience working with patients across the lifespan with mental and physical illness, particularly individuals with severe mental illness, psychosis, addiction and cognitive impairment.
  • Experience of working in multidisciplinary team settings including inpatient and community teams.
Personal Qualities/Attributes Essential
  • 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 make judgements involving highly complex facts or situations, which require the analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options.
  • Ability to make clinical decisions around complex and emotive issues relating to people with severe and enduring mental health needs
  • Highly self-motivated. Positive attitude with ability to engage and motivate others Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stress of others.

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