Senior Clinical Psychologist in Specialist Weight Management

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
St Asaph
£49,244 to £55,438 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are delighted to announce that an exciting opportunity has arisen to join the BCUHB Specialist Weight Management Service.

Helping people to achieve and maintain a healthier weight is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of long-term health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnoea and some cancers, and to reduce the likelihood of obesity associated disability and ill health

Main duties of the job

Situated within a multidisciplinary team and under the management of a Principal Clinical Psychologist, this role will provide a highly specialist clinical psychology service to patients across North Wales, whose weight management is complicated by high levels of psychological and emotional distress and/or problematic behavioural coping styles that can lead to increased disability or difficulties with adherence. Communicating diagnoses, biopsychosocial formulations, and highly sensitive or contentious information to patients, relatives, and other professionals will be an important part of this role. The post holder will provide clinical supervision to Trainee Clinical Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists as required and will be encouraged to undertake research, development and teaching in this field.

About us

If you relish a challenge, have a passion to help others or simply fancy a fresh start, then Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) North Wales, has all the right ingredients. The largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health, acute and elective hospital services for a population of around 700,000, across North Wales . Join our team and get the support you need, in line with our Organisational Values and 'Proud to Lead' competence framework.

Enjoy being part of working with engaged leadership at all levels, and be assured we are committed to promoting equality and diversity, and are proud to welcome applicants under the \Disability Confident Employer scheme.

Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will also be a member of the BCUHB Health Clinical Psychology Department, which is a supportive, friendly and growing department of Clinical Psychologists working within physical health services across BCUHB and has strong links with the North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme. The post provides the ideal opportunity to take a senior role in the development of a Clinical Psychology Service for this a highly specialised client group.

The is a permanent full time post (1.0 WTE, 37.5 hours) based in St Asaph, however, as this is a pan-BCU role, travel will be required. Some hybrid working will also be considered.

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications


  • oGood Honours degree in Psychology. Eligibility for Chartered status with the BPS and HCPC registration
  • oPost-graduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.


  • oClinical supervision training for Doctoral trainee Clinical Psychologists
  • oTraining/ qualifications in specific therapeutic models applicable to Clinical Health Psychology (e.g. Mindfulness, ACT, Motivational Interviewing)



  • oAdditional appropriate experience as a qualified Clinical Psychologist, including significant post-qualification experience working with people with physical health difficulties.
  • oExperience of working with service users with adjustment and/or mental health difficulties taking into account lifespan and family circumstances.


  • oSignificant post-qualification experience in the field of Clinical Health Psychology (e.g. diabetes, pain management, weight management, renal medicine).
  • oExperience of teaching, training and/or supervision



  • oDoctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practised within clinical psychology.
  • oDoctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology theory and practice, including neuropsychological and psychometric assessment and interpretation, psychological therapies and their application
  • oEvidence of Continuing Professional Development as recommended by BPS.
  • oHas attended taught post-graduate course or pursued supervised self-directed study in an area or areas relevant to clinical health psychology


  • oRecord of publications in peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books



  • oAbility to use highest level of interpersonal and communication skills to convey and receive highly complex/sensitive information effectively, requiring empathy and reassurance, in a highly emotive atmosphere and the ability to overcome psychological resistance to potentially threatening information, whilst maintaining high degree of professionalism at all times.
  • oAbility to create and maintain effective working relationships
  • oAbility to make clinical and service-related judgements involving highly complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of several options
  • oAbility to critically evaluate research, audit & service evaluation evidence/data relating to clinical effectiveness and service development
  • oAbility to plan and organise a range of clinical or service-related activities or programmes, including service audits/evaluations
  • oAbility to implement agreed policies and strategic long-term service developments


  • oAbility to speak Welsh
  • oAbility to travel between sites in a timely manner

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