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Assistant Psychologist - S-CAMHS

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£28,834 to £35,099 per annum (pro rata if part time)
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 5 Assistant Psychologist based in our Schools In-Reach/Primary Mental Health Worker Service, in S-CAMHS, Hywel Dda University Health Board. It is a full time and permanent post and is based in the Carmarthenshire Team. Part time hours may be considered in very exceptional circumstances. It is one of 4 posts, with each county in the Health Board footprint having an Assistant Psychologist within the local team. These posts have been developed to support the Clinical Psychology input into our newly developed Schools In-Reach/Primary Mental Health Worker Service.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be provided with regular clinical supervision from a qualified clinical psychologist in the service, as well as opportunities for regular peer reflective practice. They will carry their own clinical caseload and will be encouraged to develop skills in a range of psychological approaches (eg CBT, ACT, systemic). They will provide psychological assessment and intervention for young people with mild mental health difficulties, via individual and group interventions, thereby giving the opportunity to work within the clinical cycle. An essential aspect of the new SIRS service will be to provide consultation and training on mental health problems in young people, to professionals in Education. The post holder will be asked to contribute to this as their skills and knowledge develop. There will also be opportunities for project work within the SIRS/PMHW Service and also within Psychology in the wider S-CAMHS. We have close links with the South Wales Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Programme. West Wales is a beautiful place to live, especially for those who enjoy outdoor activities.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 02/10/2023.

Person Specification

Qualification and Knowledge


  • A degree in Psychology
  • Entitlement to graduate membership of the British Psychological Society


  • Further post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice and/or research design and analysis

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)



  • Experience of having worked as an assistant psychologist, or very similar work may be considered.


  • Experience of working with children, young people and their families.
  • Experience of conducting psychometric assessments.
  • Experience of having worked within the NHS.
  • Experience of having worked within the Education system.
  • Experience of providing consultation to other professionals.

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Carmarthen - exact base TBC


SA31 2AF

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