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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 17/10/2021.

Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 348-PSE-277F

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
OPMH - Elmwood
£40,057 to £453,219 pa (based on full time hours)

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities.

BAND 7 CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST Preceptorship opportunity 1.0 wte or BAND 8a


Are you passionate about older people and their mental health and particularly dementia?

We are looking to recruit a Clinical Psychologist at Band 7 with preceptorship opportunity or appoint at Band 8a. The candidate will have real enthusiasm to work in the on the Older Peoples Mental Health organic inpatient service Elmwood Ward at the Parklands Hospital. It is envisaged this role will also have community aspect yet to be devised. The service provides care to older people with organic conditions such as people with dementia and behaviour which challenges and support to their carers and families.

This is a new and exciting post and an opportunity to assist with the development of a new psychological service to OPMH organic inpatients. The responsibilities will include the provision of psychological assessment (including neuropsychology if appropriate) and some therapeutic interventions to older people and their carers an inpatient setting, to be a source of advice to the multi-disciplinary team on psychological issues and to offer consultation, advice and training to other mental health professionals. This includes the assessment and treatment of the behavioural and psychological symptoms of people with dementia.

Basingstoke is in the Mid and North Hampshire Division of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and there are currently 6 other Clinical Psychologists working with older people in the Trust. Five of the clinical psychologists have roles within the inpatient services and will be additional support to develop this role. Regular clinical supervision will be provided and we also meet monthly as a group for neuropsychological supervision. There are close working relationships with Adult Mental Health Services and the University of Southampton, which is the base for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Course.  There are opportunities to be involved in teaching Trainee Clinical Psychologists and for collaboration with other professionals and academic staff and participation in research. It is possible some travel may be required.

The post can be appointed at 8a or as a preceptorship towards an 8a role for the right applicant wishing to develop from a band 7, role and responsibilities would be adjusted accordingly.

Candidates will automatically be considered for similar posts currently advertised in OPMH across the Trust.

Please note candidates need to be qualified clinical psychologists (or about to qualify) and registered with the Health Care Professions Council or clearly state on their application how they are planning to achieve this registration.

Interviews may be conducted via video-conferencing software

For further information, please do contact: Ros Butters-Moule Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist OPMH on 07769688548

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We positively encourage applications from all sections of the community and we are committed to equal opportunities. We strongly encourage candidates to read all available information to support their application, please use the application form to demonstrate that you meet the requirements laid out in the job description and person specification.

Previous applicants need not apply within a six month period for the same role.

A DBS check is required by the Employer for this post. The Employer will undertake an initial check at the appropriate level on appointment. As a condition of employment you are required to register with the online DBS update service and maintain this registration throughout employment; costs associated with this will be reimbursed, subject to taxation in line with guidance from HMRC.

Any personal information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.


Southern Health Foundation Trust (SHFT) is committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. As an employee, you are accountable to ensure that you know to how to respond when you are concerned for the safety of a child, young person or adult at risk, applying the principles of the Family Approach to ensure evidence based analysis, risk management and appropriate action and escalation. SHFT require staff to work effectively together using the Family Approach to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and families. The Trust will support you in this duty by providing ongoing training, support and advice and have a Corporate Safeguarding Team who can be contacted for guidance and the provision of safeguarding supervision.

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.

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

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