Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester
£56,164 to £65,262 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
18 Apr 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
We are excited to launch our newly established posts of Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologists This is a fantastic new opportunity for experienced psychologists to join our passionate and friendly teams.

There are part time posts available with options for combining roles for those looking for an increased number of contracted hours, based in:

Liaison Psychiatry is an incredibly varied subspecialty offering a broad & exciting range of work. The teams provide specialist mental health assessment, advice & education within each of the Acute Hospitals. University Hospitals Dorset covering Royal Bournemouth and Poole General hospitals (0.8WTE) and Dorset County Hospital (0.4 WTE)

Home Treatment Teams provide short term intensive community care & treatment to those experiencing an acute & severe episode of mental illness, with the aims of supporting people to remain at home and avoid unnecessary hospital admission & to facilitate earlier discharge from hospital. St Anns Hospital Poole, Forston Clinic Dorchester (0.4 WTE each)

These teams are part of the Trust Access Mental Health Services - for more information Access Mental Health Dorset (dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk)

We would love to hear from you to discuss the Work-life balance opportunities you would be looking for as this is important to all of us. If you would like to find out more or come along to meet the teams please do get in contact as we would love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an individual who is caring and hardworking and able to undertake;
  • High quality specialist clinical psychology service within each team.
  • Direct specialist clinical assessment, formulation and brief interventions to patients.
  • Individual and team supervision, reflective practice, case formulation
  • Specialist clinical advice and participate in multidisciplinary team meetings
  • Education and training within teams, and wider organisation and within Acute Hospitals.
  • Clinical and strategic leadership - contributing to service development and utilising skills for audit, policy review and research.

Alongside a fulfilling role, we offer
  • Professional Development opportunities including for training and research
  • Support and supervision within wider Trust psychology services and network.
  • A generousrelocation package of up to £10,000 if you are interested in moving to our beautiful county
  • Acommitment to enabling flexible workingand would welcome discussions around 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
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in Clinical or Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, (conferring eligibility for graduate membership) including specific models of psychopathology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, medically unexplained symptoms and people with severely challenging behaviours etc.). This could include but is not limited to models such as Cognitive Analytic Therapy, EMDR, DBT.
  • Knowledge and skills in clinical psychometrics including the use and manipulation of specialist test materials and equipment and experience of psychological assessments for a range of disorders.
  • Skills in the use of complex and highly specialist methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups requiring judgements involving highly complex information and consideration of a range of provisional hypotheses and options.
  • Ability to use computer systems for clinical purposes, e.g. RiO, and ability to use complex multimedia material for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and HCPC
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised area of psychological practice.
Experience Essential
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified Clinical Psychologist (1.0 wte) for a minimum of five years, including post qualification experience within Mental Health across the life span and in particular with people with severe and complex mental health problems including psychosis and personality disorder.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological assessment, care and treatment, including within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
Personal Essential
  • Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychological phenomena, an interest in models of service delivery, and an ability to articulate the value added by psychology services within the context of multi-disciplinary mental health services.
IT Essential
  • Basic IT skills, normally obtained through practice or practical training. Demonstrable experience of using word processing , spreadsheet, database and or presentation software

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