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Assistant Clinical Psychologist, Band 5

Dorset HealthCare Univ
Poole & Dorchester, Dorset
Competitive salary
Closing date
15 Sep 2021
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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 responsible for the provision of Memory Assessment Services (MAS) across Dorset and nationally it has been recognised that Dementia is an area of health significance with an ever-increasing ageing population.

The Trust, in conjunction with the local Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) completed a review of all the Dementia Services in Dorset and secured significant additional funding to redevelop and expand the diagnostic and treatment services that we provide. We started implementing the new model in April 2021 and are expanding our clinical workforce and remit under the Diagnosing and Living Well part of the pathway.

We regularly achieve over 96% positive feedback in the Patient Experience Surveys and we regularly participate in research studies . We are working towards accreditation on the Memory Services National Accreditation Programme (MSNAP) developed by The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

We now have the following exciting opportunities for Band 5 Assistant Clinical Psychologists:
  • Two full-time 37.5 hours per week based at Alderney in the East of the county
  • One full-time 37.5 hours per week based at Dorchester in the West of the county

These roles are offered as a time-limited opportunity to gain experience in being part of our COVID-19 Recovery Strategy providing high quality memory assessments to reduce our waiting list and aid timely diagnosis and treatment options. You will work in passionate and supportive multi-disciplinary teams and will be supported by caring, enthusiastic, skilled and dedicated staff .

Key areas of responsibility:
  • You will have a key role in performing Initial Assessments with formal Cognitive Testing and this is the first part of a process leading to a possible diagnosis of a dementia
  • You will offer clinic and home-based assessments as well as NHS video consultation and phone assessments
  • You will be highly skilled in communicating clearly and sensitively, both verbally and in writing, with clients and their carers, discussing diagnoses, treatment options and care plans
  • You will work closely with health, medical and psychology colleagues, in line with NICE guidance, as part of medicines trials in the monitoring of Anticholinesterase drugs such as Donepezil, Galantamine and Rivastigmine as well as Memantine
  • You will liaise with colleagues within the wider Dementia services, primary care, community health and social care services, voluntary sector organisations and the wider mental health teams for older adult services as appropriate
  • You will work closely with and be supported by the neuropsychology MAS team
  • You will need to have a valid driving licence and use of a car as you will be required to assess and monitor patients in their own homes and within other community settings
  • You will be expected to deliver person-centred care whilst meeting local and national targets set by the NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England in relation to dementia
  • You will be offered regular psychology-focussed supervision and monitoring with a view to supporting your clinical practice and developing your skills and knowledge

Home visits and clinics take place across the whole of the county and working from home is also an essential aspect of the role going forward.

These are temporary posts extending to 31st March 2022 with core hours of Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00. For anyone applying for part-time hours the exact work pattern will be agreed with applicant following a successful interview.

If you have appropriate qualifications and experience and feel you have the motivation and drive to be successful within the role, offering clinical assessments to people with Dementia then p lease read the associated Job Description to see if you are eligible to apply for any of these roles.

*** A provisional interview date for September 30th* 2021 has been set**


Employment in this post requires a Standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The DBS levies a charge of £23 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.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Jood Gibbins (East) or Andrew Pinder (West) Job title: Team Leader

Email address: Telephone number: Jood 01202 307783 / Andrew 01305 214526

Additional contact information:

We welcome informal enquiries -

For East positions please contact Jood Gibbins - Wed, Thu or Fri 01202 307783

For West position please contact Andrew Pinder - Mon - Fri 01305 214526

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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
    • Buying and selling of annual leave
    • Car and Cycle scheme
    • Home technology equipment

It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies early due to an exceptional response - please apply as soon as possible and refer to the Applicants Recruitment Flowchart.

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.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas .

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