Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, Band 8a


Posted: 2 years ago

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

£18,850 - £21,287 p.a.

Fixed term (9 months)

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 looking for an exciting new opportunity? Do you want to be part of the Rehab Inpatient Team and help shape the future of the Mental Health Rehabilitation Services in Dorset?

If you are motivated, passionate about quality improvement and hard-working then please read on?

We are currently looking for a part time Clinical or Counselling Psychologist for our Inpatient Ward based in Westbourne, Bournemouth – Nightingale House.

Nationally it has been recognised that rehabilitation is an area that has often been overlooked for investment and modernisation. We are proud to say the Trust in conjunction with our local Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group have recently completed a review of our Rehabilitation Services in Dorset and secured significant additional funding to redevelop and expand the services that we provide.

The Rehab Service supports people who have chronic and disabling mental health problems that may be treatment resistant and who have previously spent long periods in hospital.

This will be a flagship service enabling Dorset HealthCare to become one of the best rehabilitation services across the country.

Nightingale House is a mixed gender 13 bedded unit based on the Alumhurst Rd site in Westbourne, Bournemouth within walking distance of both the beach and a shopping parade. We have another inpatient unit in the West of the county in Dorchester.

Both inpatient teams work closely with our newly established Community Rehab Teams to provide a seamless transition from inpatient into the community, ensuring the patient is supported on this stage of their recovery journey.

Our vision is to provide a service that is fully integrated with the local community and the resources it can provide.

This role requires a clinical psychologist who is motivated, driven and passionate about developing an outstanding service for the individuals we serve and well as for the staff team working within the unit.

Induction will be provided and where needed, as well as additional and varied training opportunities.

You will work within an integrated multi-disciplinary team that includes Mental Health Nurses, Mental Health Support Workers, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants / STR Workers, Psychologists, Psychology Assistants, Admin Assistants, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Medical Staffing.

The team also have access to an Employment Specialist, a Social Worker and Care Managers working within our wider rehab service.

This is a part time post 15 hours per week, offering flexibility to the candidate in relation to days / times etc, for a fixed term initially until the end of 2022.

This post will require any candidate to have a professional qualification and registration with a recognised UK governing body – please see job description and person specification for further information .

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 want to be part of this dynamic, forward thinking service, we would keen to hear from you.

For further details / informal visits contact: Jon Boakes, Consultant Clinical Psychologist Led at / 07584440888.

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-M714.21

Closing Date: 2022-04-04

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