Principal Clinical Psychologist, Band 7 & 8a

Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Posted: 2 years ago

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

£40,057 - £53,219 p.a. pro rata


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 like to 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, a vibrant urban location, thriving seaside spot, or the among the rolling hills of a stunning rural setting, there are a lot of ways you can make a difference in our local 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. You’ll 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.

Are you passionate about working with families and systems?

  • Are you wanting to apply your skills to build and develop a psychologist and AHP workforce with strong links to the communities across Dorset?
  • Do you want the choice to work flexibly by developing working and clinical relationships both in person and using digital platforms?

We are looking to appoint a Band 7 or 8a Principal Clinical Psychologist who believes- like we do- that working with whole systems and families is the most effective early interventions within mental health care.

We believe in supporting clinicians who are newly qualified and helping them to progress and develop, so we are also keen to hear from newly qualified psychologists who would like to take a preceptorship and progress to a Band 8a when all competencies are met; a clear progression pathway will be made available.

If you have similar values, and relish the prospect of enhancing your skill set further then we'd love to hear from you!

We are passionate in the work we do, and we want to invite you to join us. We offer you the opportunity to connect with your values and skills as a psychologist. An opportunity that brings together psychological formulation and needs based diagnostic approaches to deliver outcomes and long-lasting change for children and families.

We are currently in the process of re-designing our Children and Families services, with very exciting clinical projects and services happening in the future. These include dedicated provision for children with neurodevelopmental differences, trauma informed pathways, expansion to the current Mental Health Support Teams in Schools provision, a Closer to Home service, and a new PICU service.

We have a supportive and progressive psychology and psychological therapies workforce across the trust, and you would be able to both join and contribute to our existing supervision, training and consultation offer.

We work closely with young people and families in our service development, and our social media platforms have been co-designed by young people and are increasing in popularity- take a look at our new Facebook page on CAMHs Dorset Online.

Our teams include a great range of professions and clinical philosophies, to include family therapy, CBT, specialist neurodevelopmental practitioners, occupational therapy and social work. We follow the Thrive model, and as such formulate and map support onto level of clinical need, not diagnostic labels. As such, the therapies we offer are diverse, to include CBT, CAT, ACT, TF-CBT, EMDR and VIG (not an exhaustive list). We believe that children and their families benefit from choice and following a formulation driven approach, we endeavour to be able to offer this.

In return we can also offer you:

  • Dedicated career pathways and ongoing opportunities for continuing professional development
  • A strong commitment to workforce development: you will have the opportunity to specialise in clinical focus areas such as trauma and attachment, and neurodevelopmental differences.
  • We have well established links with local HEI (Exeter, Southampton and Reading Universities) and offer a breadth of training placements across the Trust from undergraduate up to Doctoral level.
  • 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
  • NHS discount and salary sacrifice scheme
  • Relocation costs
  • 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, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

If you are interested in moving to Dorset we also offer a generous relocation package of up to £10,000. For further details on relocation expenses please email

For further details / informal visits contact: Lisa White, Clinical Team Manager CAMHS at / 01202 646300.

What working for us will provide:

  • 27 days of annual leave, rising to 33 over ten years
  • Excellent NHS pension scheme
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Flexible working options, including family-friendly hours
  • Free training and one-to-one career coaching to reach your career goals
  • Preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses and AHPs
  • Access to nine staff networks – have a voice and transform our Trust
  • Relocation costs where applicable
  • Salary sacrifice scheme opportunities – including childcare vouchers, car lease and cycle scheme, home technology equipment, and buying and selling annual leave
  • NHS discounts to save on your shopping, gym membership and more

Visit our careers website to learn more about our culture, staff stories, benefits, development programmes and opportunities.

What you need to do:

Before applying for this post, please do ensure that you have read the job description and person specification requirements. If you think you have everything we're looking for, then we'd love to hear from you, alternatively if you would like more information about the role please do not hesitate to contact us.

After applying via NHS Jobs your application will be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system, TRAC. All information about your application will come from You won’t be able to track progress of your application or receive messages through NHS Jobs. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Dorset HealthCare transferring the information contained in the application to Trac and accept a privacy notice under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Applicants who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Further guidance can be found on the website.



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Job Reference

Reference: 152-M648.21A

Closing Date: 2022-04-11

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