Clinical Psychologist Band 8a

Adult Learning Disabilities

Posted: 2 years ago

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

£16,022-£18,335p.a.(B7) £18,850 - £21,287p.a(B8a)


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.

We would like to invite applications for an experienced and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist to join our service in Bridport and Dorchester, West Dorset. This is an exciting opportunity for a Band 8A (or 7 with preceptorship to 8A depending on experience) Clinical Psychologist to work in a well-established Clinical Psychology Team specialising in Adult Learning Disabilities.

The post will be based in Bridport and Dorchester, with a skilled and dedicated pan-Dorset Clinical Psychology team based in Dorchester and in Bournemouth and Poole, with close working with Multi-disciplinary Community Learning Disability Teams.

You will be providing psychological assessment, formulation and treatment to adults with learning disabilities who have a range of psychological conditions. Our team of psychologists has a number of therapy specialties including EMDR, CAT, DBT, ACT, as well as CBT, and we are involved in a range of exciting initiatives including developing the dementia pathway, development of therapy packs, training to IAPT, capacity assessments, and much more.

This is an opportunity to develop skills within an enthusiastic and skilled team. Clinical Supervision will be provided by an experienced qualified clinical psychologist within the team.

Please see the attached Band 8A specific Job Description and Person Specification to ensure that you meet the requirements for this role.

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.

Please see the attached Band 7 specific Job Description and Person Specification to ensure that you meet the requirements for this role.

If you are interested in moving to Dorset there is also the possibility of a relocation package which can be discussed in interview. For further details on relocation expenses please email

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

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.

We welcome informal enquiries to discuss your availability and informal visits are also welcomed.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Claudia Reading, Principal Clinical Psychologist,, 01305 751360

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.