Liaison Psychiatry Psychologist - Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Band 8a


Posted: 1 week ago

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

£36,602 to £41,334 p.a.


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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)


Practitioner Psychologist – Clinical / Counselling - Band 8a

Liaison Psychiatry Service, Royal Bournemouth Hospital

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for highly motivated and dynamic psychologists to join our Liaison Psychiatry Service.

There is a post available in each of the teams, based at Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

These are new posts created as part of the significant expansion of the teams into an all age service, to meet the national Core 24 model. You will join a highly skilled and supportive MDT including Consultant Psychiatrists, Mental Health Nurses and trainee Advanced Nurse Practitioners, CAMHS practitioners and support workers.

The role will include a combination of direct clinical work – psychological assessment and formulation with brief interventions - and consultation / supervision for the clinical team. The service is currently undergoing a period of rapid development, and the post holder would have the opportunity to be involved in this.

The Liaison teams take referrals from a variety of sources, including the Emergency Department and wards within the hospital. Patients seen may present with mental health problems, self-harm and psychosomatic disorders as well as a variety of psychological issues relating to physical disorder.

The services strive for clinical excellence and are working towards reaccreditation with the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network.

The post is for 30 hours a week, but this is negotiable and flexible working requests will always be considered.

The post will be clinically supported by an 8b Lead Clinical Psychologist for Access Mental Health.

We are proud to say that you will be joining Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust who has recently been awarded “Outstanding” by the Clinical Quality Commission.

We also offer;

  • 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
  • Health & Wellbeing service
  • Holiday pay of up to 33 days, plus bank holidays pro rata, dependent on service
  • NHS discounts
  • Salary sacrifice scheme including work related learning, childcare vouchers, cars, cycles, home technology equipment and buying and selling of annual leave
  • 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.

Please view the attached 'Job Description' and 'Person Specification' for full information on this vacancy.

Interview date: To be confirmed – provisionally week beginning 16 November 2020.


For further details / informal visits contact:

Laura Yuratich, Matron - Liaison Psychiatry, Royal Bournemouth Hospital - Email: Telephone: 07341 778797

Our vision is to be Better Every Day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Our behaviours bring our values to life and constantly remind us that how we do things at Dorset HealthCare is as important as what we do. They are:

  • Proactive
  • Positive
  • Respectful
  • Supportive
  • Reliable and Trustworthy

Our staff benefits:

  • Dedicated career pathways
  • Opportunities for continuing professional development
  • An excellent preceptorship programme for newly qualified Nurses and AHP’s
  • Comprehensive and structured induction programme and training
  • Monthly pay plus enhancements for night, weekend and bank holiday working
  • NHS Pension scheme
  • Health & Wellbeing service
  • Holiday pay of up to 33 days, plus bank holidays pro rata, dependent on service
  • NHS discounts
  • Trust beach huts located along the famous Sandbanks coastline
  • Salary sacrifice scheme including:
    • Work related learning
    • Childcare vouchers
    • Car and Cycle scheme
    • Home technology equipment
    • Buying and selling of annual leave


Before applying for this post, please refer to the Application Guidance’for further guidance on the recruitment process.

It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date due to an exceptional response - please apply for this vacancy as soon as possible.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third party recruitment system, TRAC. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Dorset HealthCare transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system and to accept a privacy notice under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

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