Clinical Psychologist

Band 7

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Clinical Psychologist
Band 7
37.5hrs full time
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Bodmin Hospital
£31,696 - £41,787 per annum
30/04/2018 23:59
Interview date

Thank you for your interest in working for Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Any general recruitment queries, please contact our recruitment team on 01726 873230

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust prides itself in striving to be an employer of choice.


All external appointments to the Trust will be required to attend a full Trust Corporate Induction which will be held at Carew House, Beacon Technology Park, Dunmere Road, Bodmin, PL31 2QN.

The induction programme is for all new staff and the length is dependent on the role you will be undertaking. It is an essential part of new staff training requirements and therefore attendance is mandatory.


Our Trust objectives are:

  • To deliver high quality care, safe and accessible services.
  • To maximise the potential of our workforce to deliver high quality care to patients
  • To achieve best value and ensure the Trust is sustainable and financially sound into the future
  • To diversify and develop services that meet commissioner and service user needs and expectations
  • To improve health and wellbeing by working in partnership to create life opportunities for our clients



If you would like to contribute to the development of  a supportive and diverse psychology team committed to the shared goal of providing high quality, fair, and consistent services for older people with complex mental and physical health issues and for people with a diagnosis of (or suspected) dementia, we would love to hear from you!

Enthusiasm for psychological approaches is gaining momentum within the Complex Care and Dementia (CC&D) service.  Having been without any Clinical Psychology input until relatively recently, the CC&D Psychology team now comprises a full time Lead Clinical Psychologist, a Clinical Psychologist (0.2wte), two Trainee Clinical Psychologists (0.6wte), and two Psychology Interns (undergraduates, 1.6wte).  We see the creation of the current post as the next exciting step forward.

We are looking for a pro-active, hardworking, solution oriented person with excellent communication and organisational skills to be based predominantly on Garner Ward; a 24 bed assessment and treatment inpatient facility for people with a diagnosis of, or suspected, dementia.  The multidisciplinary ward team is well established and friendly, and values input from psychology.

You will be responsible for applying The Cornwall Supporting Behaviour Pathway which is based on the British Psychological Society briefing paper ‘Alternatives to antipsychotic medication: Psychological approaches in managing psychological and behavioural distress in people with dementia’.  This will include facilitating weekly Information Sharing Sessions on Garner Ward where Newcastle Model Formulations and Traffic Light Behaviour Support Plans are drawn up in collaboration with ward staff.  There is also potential for your role on Garner Ward to involve specialist direct therapeutic work.  Indirect work may include facilitating reflective practice, consultancy, teaching and supervision.  Outside Garner Ward, you will take on a light caseload of less complex neuropsychological assessment referrals as part of your professional development and to contribute to the neuropsychological assessment clinic run by the Lead Clinical Psychologist which supports the CC&D memory assessment services.

We strongly believe in investing in emerging psychologists.  We have strong links with the Clinical Psychology Training Course at Plymouth University, contributing to the Older Adult teaching programme and having trainees on placement.  We have also developed a Psychology Intern program, offering yearlong placements to undergraduate students nationwide.  We have a commitment to continuing professional development and self-care.  You will be encouraged to contribute to service evaluation and development and to pursue professional development activities.  Besides becoming a member of the CC&D psychology team, you will be encouraged to make links with our other inpatient Clinical Psychologists (three of whom are based at Bodmin hospital) and those working within Adult Mental Health and Learning Disabilities.  You will also be encouraged to maintain a healthy work-life balance!


Cornwall is a beautiful and picturesque county which offers an outstanding quality of life and provides many opportunities for outdoor activities, with its sailing waters, surfing beaches and rugged coastal pathways for walking, running and cycling.  There is a thriving arts and theatre scene as well as an interesting variety of eating places, including nationally renowned restaurants.  The major route in and out of the county is the recently improved A30 which connects with the M5 motorway at Exeter.  The rail service has daily passenger and sleeper services and there is an airport at Newquay with daily connections to many cities throughout the UK and abroad.


If you want to contribute to building excellent services for our client group, are open to innovative ways of working, and can represent your Psychology team whilst working flexibly and independently with multidisciplinary colleagues; this may be the job for you.   We would welcome applications from psychologists qualifying in 2018 as well as those with post-qualification experience.  Please do not hesitate to contact us to arrange a visit or a conversation; we look forward to hearing from you.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For further information and to arrange a visit please contact Dr Rebecca Read, Lead Clinical Psychologist for Complex Care and Dementia (01208 834300) and/or Alison Bartlett (01208 251344).

If you have problems applying, contact

01726 873230