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Clinical Psychologist

Band 8a

Main area
Mental Health
Band 8a
Various, see advert text
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Bournemouth & covering the county of Dorset, see advert text
Pan Dorset
£44,606 to £50,819 p.a. / pro rata for part-time
19/04/2020 23:59

Want to be part of the new NHS? Health and Care organisations in Dorset are at the forefront of transforming services to provide excellent, patient-centred care.

Dorset HealthCare recently achieved an Outstanding CQC status and is a dynamic forward-thinking Trust operating throughout Dorset. 

Dorset HealthCare plays a pivotal role in the strong partnership of public sector organisations across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. Our community and mental health trust has a caring and committed workforce of around 5,500 staff, serving a population of over 700,000 people.

We are looking for proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy people to join us at Dorset HealthCare – we’re the biggest provider of healthcare in Dorset and offer exciting opportunities for people with a range of skills. We want to be better every day – do you?

‘This is an exciting time for us as we continue improving and adapting. I have seen some great innovation, fantastic teamwork and a real willingness to look at how we can do things differently’ – Eugine Yafele, Chief Executive (May 2019)





Principal Clinical Psychologist, Band 8a (Full or Part time)

£44,606 - £50,819 p.a. pro rata, depending on experience

We are seeking to recruit Clinical Psychologists for the following posts:

(1)   0.45 days / 17 hours per week - EIS

To join the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service, based in Bournemouth and covering the county of Dorset. Locally, the Team was developed in 2004 and has established a substantial caseload of patients from the ages of 14 onwards. We cover a mixture of urban and rural areas across Dorset county and the issues that the team address reflects the needs of the local populations. The Team has close working links with the local Community Mental Health Teams and also the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

The candidate should have relevant experience in working with young people with first episode psychosis, be highly motivated and interested in promoting the recovery of young adults and be able to actively engage young people and maintain therapeutic relationships in order to meet their social, psychological and family needs.

Informal enquiries and visits are welcomed, please contact Tracy Read (Service Lead, Pan Dorset EIS) at

(2)   0.6 days / 22.5 hours per week – Dorchester

We would like to invite applications for an experienced and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist to join our Acute Inpatient Clinical Psychology Service working primarily at Forston Clinic in Dorchester.

Forston Clinic is home to Waterston Ward, which is an acute assessment and treatment ward caring for both females and males. We aspire to become a centre of excellence where we provide evidenced based interventions to patients with complex physical and mental health needs who require a secure environment.

We provide treatment and care across inpatient wards for people aged 18 and over, who are in an acute phase of illness and working towards their recovery. The aim of all staff is to provide a high quality of care and treatment for patients who have physical, social, psychological and emotional health needs and enable them to return home with support from the Crisis Team Home Treatment and / or their Community Mental Health Team.

The role will involve providing a clinical psychology service at Forston Clinic. You will be welcomed as a key member of the unit and of the growing county-wide Acute Inpatient Psychology Service. In addition, to working directly with patients and carers, a key part of the role will involve clinical leadership and indirect working through consultation, teaching and supervision. Research interest will be actively encouraged. The multi-disciplinary team on the wards are friendly, supportive and promote a calm and therapeutic approach, enabling patients to overcome their mental crisis and move forwards with their recovery.

You will be given support to undertake CPD and receive regular clinical supervision from friendly and dedicated colleagues in the Acute Inpatient Psychology Service. We have close links to the psychology departments at Bournemouth and Southampton Universities and there will be opportunities to develop these links further.

Informal enquiries and visits are welcomed, please contact Dr Lilian Garcia-Roberts (Clinical Lead, Adult Psychology Service & Inpatient) at

(3)   0.6 days / 22.5 hours per week – Southbourne & Christchurch CMHT

(4)  0.5 days / 18.75 hours per week – West Dorset CMHT's

We have two posts for an experienced Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join the Adult Psychology Service (APS) working closely with MDT on providing assessment, consultation, supervision and psychological interventions to our Community Mental Health Team. The Adult Psychology Service (APS) is an innovative department providing psychological service to the CMHTs. We offer a psychological programme aligned with a disorder specific pathway.

The post-holder will have the responsibility to provide psychological assessment, treatments and support the MDT with consultation, case formulation, reflective practice and supervision.

Informal enquiries and visits are welcomed, please contact Dr Lilian Garcia-Roberts (Clinical Lead, Adult Psychology Service & Inpatient) at

The post holders must have a car that is suitable for business use.

If you are interested in moving to Dorset we also offer a generous relocation package of up to £5,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email

Employment in these posts require an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The DBS levies a charge of £40 and the Trust will recover this cost in instalments from your first 3 salary payments.

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

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Informal enquiries and visits are welcomed. Please contact Tracy Read (Service Lead, Pan Dorset EIS) for post (1) or Dr Lilian Garcia-Roberts (Clinical Lead, Adult Psychology Service) for posts (2), (3) & (4).