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Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£51,706 to £58,210 per annum pro rota
Closing date
5 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Part Time
This is a great opportunity for an individual to provide clinical and service input to Neurosurgery specialist services. The post-holder will cover inpatient services, providing neuropsychological and psychological support and interventions to individuals undergoing elective and emergency neurosurgery.

This post is fixed term for 11 months maternity cover until August 2024.

Main duties of the job

This post forms part of a supportive team of clinical psychologists/neuropsychologists and wider MDT. The role includes assessment, consultation, staff training, team formulation and psychological support to service users and their families. There is access to a wealth of supervision and support within our friendly neuropsychology department. The post holder will have the opportunity to develop specialist areas of practice and knowledge in neuropsychology. We have strong teaching and research links with Cardiff University and CUBRIC, and research interests are actively encouraged.

We are looking for an applicant with an interest in working within neurological conditions. This post would appeal to an enthusiastic and motivated practitioner, who enjoys working as a team member and holds patient care at the centre of their work.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is Caring for People, Keeping People Well,and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

Person Specification



  • Good Honours degree in Psychology with eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the BPS.
  • Post-graduate Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology accredited by the HCPC (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 as accredited by the BPS).
  • HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist.


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.



  • Significant and demonstrable post-qualification experience of working as a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Experience of working with neuropsychological and associated problems presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching/training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Demonstrable evidence of significant specialist clinical supervision within a scientist-practitioner framework


  • Experience of working in both community and in-patient settings.
  • Experience working within a multi-disciplinary context
  • Experience of NHS planning/service improvement forums



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management,
  • Ability to use the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills to convey and receive highly complex/sensitive information
  • Ability to create and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to evaluate critically research evidence relating to clinical effectiveness and service development
  • Ability to plan and organise a range of clinical or service-related activities and programmes.
  • Ability to implement agreed policies and strategic long-term service developments.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific groups that are difficult to treat
  • High level of knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialist psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to client group and mental health.
  • Ability to speak Welsh and a willingness to use this in the context of work where relevant.

Special Knowledge


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of Clinical Psychology in relation to neurological medical problems.
  • Evidence of post-qualification continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC and BPS.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology.


  • Well-developed specialist knowledge of psychological models and therapies related to the needs of people with neurological conditions.
  • Specialist knowledge of neuropsychological test construction, development, validation, administration and clinical interpretation of the results.
  • Awareness of ethnic diversity issues.

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to make effective use of clinical consultation and appraisal.
  • Commitment to and interest in working with people who have neurological conditions.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Organised and flexible, able to prioritise workload.

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


University Hospital of Wales

Heath Park


CF14 4XW

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