Dorset 2017-08-11T14:57:48+00:00
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CAMHS Clinical Psychologist

Band 8a

Main area
Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Band 8a
Part time: 32 per week
Job ref
Weymouth Community Hospital
£39,042 to £44,090 p.a.
09/07/2020 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)





Dorset HealthCare is the first mental health trust providing community services in the South to be given an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – and one of only a small handful nationally.

We are proud to be part of the wider CAMH service in Dorset and all it has achieved in recent years, with its progress and developments being demonstrable. Currently our CAMHS community services are rated Good and our CAMHS inpatient unit is rated as Outstanding. We have been fast tracked by NHSE to deliver New Care Models providing a closer to home crisis home treatment service. We are also part of the national trailblazer to deliver Mental Health Support Teams in schools across 3 pilot sites in Dorset. In addition, NHSE have commissioned Dorset Healthcare to build a new state of the art 8 bed PICU.

Nationally CAMHS is under the spotlight; Dorset CAMHS has embraced this attention and has seized the opportunity to appraise how we offer core mental health services to the children, young people and families of Dorset and how we work together with our partner agencies in achieving this to a high standard. We have been able to identify areas for improvement and highlight areas of outstanding practice through this process. We continue to work hard on refining and developing the service to better meet the needs of our young people and their families and are looking for innovative and enthusiastic staff to join the evolution of Dorset CAMHS!

We currently provide the following CAMHS services across Dorset:

  • 6 Community teams
  • 10 Bed adolescent inpatient unit
  • Dedicated CAMHS psychiatric liaison services within 3 acute hospitals -Out of Hours crisis service
  • Discovery college
  • Peer specialists working within our community and inpatient teams

We are also working closely with our local commissioners to develop new and innovative services including a CAMHS retreat to support the emotional health and wellbeing of young people across Dorset.

We are looking to appoint a part time Band 8a Clinical Psychologist to join our established multi-disciplinary team. If you are passionate about working with children, young people and families experiencing emotional distress and mental health difficulties, and are keen to join an expanding Psychology team within Weymouth & Portland CAMHS, please get in touch or follow the link to apply.

You will have opportunities to shape the role to your learning and development needs, and will be actively encouraged and supported to develop areas of specialist interest in line with service developments. This includes opportunities for providing training, being involved in exciting new service developments, as well as offering supervision to Assistant Psychologists and the new CAPS trainees.  For the right candidate we would consider a job share agreement.

In return we can also offer you:

  • Dedicated career pathways and great opportunities for continuing professional development
  • You will receive a comprehensive and structured induction programme and training
  • Monthly pay plus enhancements for night, weekend and bank holiday working
  • NHS pension scheme
  • Holiday pay of up to 33 days, plus bank holidays pro rata, dependent on service
  • NHS discount and salary sacrifice scheme
  • Not forgetting our unique selling point – our Trust beach huts located along the famous Sandbanks coastline

Employment in this post requires 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. 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.

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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

Theresa Sired, Clinical Service Manager on 01305 255705.