Clinical Psychologist

Job Title: Clinical Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Dorset
Salary: £42,414 to £49,969 p.a.
Job Published: February 08, 2019 09:19

Job Description

Full time (1.0 wte) Clinical Psychologist, Band 8a (Split Post - OPCMHT (East Dorset) and Dementia Inpatient)

We are seeking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist to work as part of the Pan Dorset Older People’s Clinical Psychology Service.  This split post involves providing specialist psychological input to clients under the care of OPCMHT’s in East Dorset and the Dementia Inpatient Teams on St Brelade’s and Herm wards, Alderney Hospital, Poole.

In addition to providing specialist psychological therapies and assessments, the provision of consultation and staff training for both OPCMHT and inpatient multi-disciplinary colleagues are key aspects of this post.

You will be given support to undertake CPD and regular clinical supervision from the Pan Dorset Older People’s Clinical Psychology Service. This is a full time post for 37.5 hours a week and the regular core hours of the post are 9-5 Monday to Friday.

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.

The Trust is committed to the development of its staff and provides training opportunities to further develop skills and supports research initiatives.

Dorset HealthCare is a dynamic, forward-thinking Trust, running 14 local hospitals and providing a wide range of integrated community and mental health services to a population of almost 700,000 people.

Whether working in busy urban locations such as Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester and Weymouth or serving residents in rural areas, our 5,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do.

Staff thrive in a supportive, ‘family’ atmosphere in which we recognise that the importance of how we do things is just as important as what we do, and what we achieve. We strongly encourage behaviours that promote compassion and care between colleagues, supporting staff to be proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy. We are also an organisation which leads the way in challenging stigma and discrimination experienced by those with lived experience of mental health problems or emotional distress.

We relish the chance to provide quality care – a recent survey showed that 90% of staff feel their work makes a difference to patients and service users. Some of our services are rated outstanding by the CQC, and we constantly strive to improve in all aspects of our work.

As well as job satisfaction, staff enjoy benefits ranging from a car lease scheme to free use of beach huts, flexible working options and a host of advanced training and career development opportunities. We offer a 24/ 7 employee assistance service, alongside many health and wellbeing initiatives.

Staff are also regularly consulted to help shape improvements or changes to the way the Trust is run, and their outstanding work is recognised through our Heroes awards scheme.

Dorset itself offers the opportunity for a truly outstanding work/life balance, whatever your age or outlook. Millions of people each year come to holiday in the place where most of our staff live and work every day - enjoying access to award-winning beaches along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, picture-postcard villages, great weather and stunning countryside. We have excellent schools, top-rated family attractions and endless sporting/leisure opportunities, plus plenty of country pubs and lively nightclubs. 

If you are interested in working in one of the most beautiful parts of the country we also offer a generous relocation package of up to £5,000 – for more information please contact

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The DBS levies a charge of £44 and the Trust will recover this cost in instalments from your first 3 salary payments.  This will only apply to candidates who are new to the Trust and not internal staff.

Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service and are able to present a valid DBS certificate will not incur a charge.

Car owner/driver essential, subject to the provisions of the Equality Act (2010).

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