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Consultant Psychologist

Powys Teaching Health Board
£71,473 to £82,355 per annum
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8C
Full Time


An exciting opportunity has been created to change the lives of children and families in Powys. Regional Integrated Fund monies have been secured to set up and deliver a bespoke Attachment Service aimed at meeting the needs of children, young people and families affected by attachment issues, developmental trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

To actively embed the Nest/Nyth framework

Main duties of the job

This service will be jointly managed between Powys Teaching Health Board and Powys County Council.This is a fixed term post initially for two years. Psychologist will act as Clinical Lead for the service and be responsible for engaging key stakeholders in discussions about service purpose and delivery, ensuring co-production of a service that is effective and tailored to the specific needs of Powys.

The Clinical Lead will ensure that the service model has a psychological, attachment-based, trauma-informed approach, is tightly managed, that strong boundaries are kept and supervision/team working is prioritised. This Psychologist will lead on decisions about entry into the service for specialist consultation, training, supervision, and any developments for direct interventions. They will co-ordinate the work of the team and will be involved in managing the most complex and challenging pieces of work.The Clinical Lead will be expected to work closely with existing teams, including Primary Mental Services for Children and Young People, Specialist CAMHS, CAMHS School In Reach Team, CAMHS Parenting & Social Competence Team, PTHB Clinical Psychologist to Children's Services, Clinical Nurse Specialist to Youth Justice, and other key stakeholders working with children, young people and families.Responsible for monitoring performance, ensuring outcome measurement, audit, and surveys of service user satisfaction are conducted within the service.

About us

Being the smallest Heath Board in Wales means that you won't get lost in the crowd. Everybody at Powys Teaching Health Board is valued for the contribution they make to our varied and diverse portfolio of community-based services. Together, we can continue to make a real difference to our patients and build on our unrivalled reputation.

As a supportive and progressive employer, we actively encourage you to carve out a career with us, through a range of development pathways. We're also lucky enough to be situated in one of the most beautiful rural counties in Britain, let alone Wales! Achieving a healthy 'life work' balance is essential, and something we recognise by prioritising your well-being.

To start your journey with us, and to learn more about what we can offer you please visit: There you will find information about our benefits and values, read staff experiences and more about what our beautiful county has to offer.

Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Carry responsibility for ensuring systematic provision of a high-quality service developing skills, confidence and competence in the wider workforce, with the aim of promoting positive attachments, and responding effectively to developmental trauma and ACEs.

To embed and actively promote the Nyth/Nest framework to ensure a whole system approach to supporting children, young people and families.

Provide clinical and professional leadership for team members and lead on the development of a sustainable service model.

Lead on the development and delivery of high quality, inclusive and accessible training packages tailored to the needs of specific professionals with ongoing arrangements for skill development and implementation of training content into practice within the context of specific organisational challenges and procedure.

Work closely with the head of service, Head of Psychology, and Team Managers, regarding decisions about the allocation of resources within budget to recruit Psychological Therapists and other staff to the Therapeutic Attachment team.

Provide leadership, consultation and supervision to all staff within the Therapeutic Attachment team, ensuring the highest standards of delivery of psychological intervention and psychologically-informed clinical practice across all disciplines.

Hold responsibility for implementing clear systems for effective recruitment, professional appraisal and for facilitating the highest performance of the service with responsibility for systematic governance of psychological practice and implementation of the clinical governance agenda, ensuring that professional standards are met and that appropriate continuing professional development is in place. To delegate these responsibilities where appropriate.

Carry a specialist caseload of training, consultation and supervision arrangements, with some direct intervention as appropriate. For example leading on the development and delivery of specific pilot interventions to address specific gaps in local services.

Responsible for monitoring performance, ensuring outcome measurement, audit, and surveys of service user satisfaction are conducted within the service.

Work across Powys, conducting and managing training, consultation and supervision across the county and will be willing and able to travel between locations on a regular basis.

Develop an excellent knowledge of community services provided by the Third Sector in order to offer training, consultation and supervision to all professionals working with children, young people, and families, in line with the service priorities set out by the post holder.

Undertake research as appropriate to the post and forge strong links with the clinical and counselling psychology training programmes in Wales.

Person Specification

Qualifications and/or Knowledge


  • Honours degree in Psychology (First class or 2:1)
  • Post-graduate Doctorate degree in Clinical/Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Eligibility for Chartered status with the BPS
  • HCPC registration as a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist
  • Training in clinical supervision of Doctoral Clinical Psychologists in training
  • Training and qualification in Leadership
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practised within clinical / counselling psychology
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology theory and practice, including neuropsychological and psychometric assessment and interpretation and psychological therapies and their application
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and HCPC
  • Awareness of a wide range of therapeutic psychological models and an advanced understanding of at least two
  • Familiarity with key strategy documents, policies, and procedures, together with knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to mental health services


  • Specialist training, in for example DDP, Theraplay, Video Interactive Guidance, systemic and/or attachment-based family therapy, research design & methodology
  • Record of conference presentations and/or publications in peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books
  • Post- qualification training in a specialist model of Psychotherapy and/or Consultation



  • Relevant experience of working across a range of client groups that include Adults, Children and Families, people with a Learning Disability, and Older Age Adults gained through doctorate training
  • Significant experience of working as a qualified Applied Psychologist in a mental health setting with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting with problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Advanced levels of clinical expertise in attachment, developmental trauma, ACEs
  • Experience of managing a specialist psychology/ mental health service
  • Experience of managing, or significant clinical input to, a service providing interventions relevant to issues with attachment, developmental trauma, ACEs
  • Substantial experience of providing individual and group supervision and consultation to other professional staff groups
  • Broad experience of delivering teaching and training
  • Providing supervision, leadership and management as appropriate to Clinical / Counselling Psychologists both qualified and in training and to Assistant and graduate psychologists
  • Experience of undertaking doctoral level research, service evaluations and ongoing audit activity in addition to advising and supervising others' research and audit activities
  • Experience of recruitment and selection processes including developing Job Descriptions, Person Specifications and Job Advertisements, selecting candidates for interview, and serving on appointment panels, in addition to a willingness to extend skills in this area such as gaining experience as Appointing Officer

Aptitude & Abilities


  • Use a high level of interpersonal and communication skills to convey and receive highly complex / sensitive information effectively, requiring empathy and reassurance in highly emotive, sometimes hostile atmospheres
  • Communicate highly technical, sensitive material verbally and in writing to clients, their families, carers, and other professionals within and outside the NHS
  • Create and maintain effective working relationships
  • Undertake comprehensive psychological assessments, interpret highly complex material, construct psychological formulations, develop specialised individualised intervention plans, and monitor and evaluate the intervention appropriately
  • Ability to apply at least two models of intervention in a therapeutic situation with a high level of competency
  • Provide highly specialist clinical advice which contributes to diagnoses and care plans, as well as psychological and diagnostic assessments requiring skills in the use of complex, highly specialist methods of assessment including specialist clinical interview, cognitive, neuro-psychological, risk, and developmental assessments, which require sustained and intense concentration, a high level of skill in the use of psychometric test equipment, and the ability to actively and effectively respond
  • Tolerate direct exposure to highly distressing/emotionally demanding situations and interactions
  • Tolerate stress and anxiety that may be associated with service users' challenging, aggressive or risk-taking behaviour, whilst maintaining a high level of professionalism at all times
  • Work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary settings
  • Make clinical and servicerelated judgements involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation, and comparison of several options
  • Critically evaluate, disseminate, and apply research evidence relating to clinical effectiveness and service development
  • Formulate solutions and plan and organise a range of clinical or service-related activities and programmes which impact across services/agencies
  • Able to take-action based on own interpretation of clinical / professional / organisational / occupational policies which impact the Therapeutic Attachment Service and other services, seeking advice as necessary
  • Propose policy or service change which impacts on mental health and social care services for children, young people, and families and beyond
  • Plan and provide day to day management, allocate work, supervise, monitor, and evaluate the activities of Clinical, Counselling and Assistant Psychologists and other staff as appropriate,
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