Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Powys Teaching Health Board
£44,398 to £50,807 per annum pro rata
Closing date
28 Nov 2023
If you are a Powys Health Board employee this post will only be offered on a secondment basis and you will need to have gained your line managers approval for the secondment prior to going to interview.

The post-holder will be part of the Adult Intellectual Disability service providing a Psychology perspective and clinical input within a multi-disciplinary Intellectual Disability service for adults within Powys Teaching Health Board (PTHB). Provide a range of evidence-based services for adults with an Intellectual Disability: this includes assessment and interventions, psychological therapies, advice to the MDT. This post will contribute to the ongoing development of and delivery of psychological services for people with an Intellectual Disability across Powys. Primarily, the role will contribute to community-based services. The model of delivery will be a based upon a bio-psycho-social formulation and understanding of the patient's needs, utilising a needs-led approach, providing appropriate psychological and neuropsychological assessments, as well as psychological interventions.

Main duties of the job

Expected to be involved with a variety of assessment and intervention strategies with community and occasionally ward team patients, in conjunction with the different clinical teams, aiming to meet the patient's needs, as agreed with the patient. The focus of the role includes:

o Assessment approaches (Neuropsychological, behavioural, systemic psychological formulations)

o Intervention strategies (Individual, systemic, formulation based, multidisciplinary team)

o Clinical (clinical work carried out by post-holder) The assessment and intervention approaches delivered will encompass multidisciplinary strategies, to facilitate the client's needs.

All activities will be based upon a holistic, person-centred framework, utilising needs-led models, such as the Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) model and developing these interventions with teams, as appropriate. This will involve providing clinical roles, within the various locations and settings, with other members of the teams, undertaking an evaluation of the service, as is required, and to liaise, on behalf of the Senior Psychologist/Head of Adults with Intellectual Disability Psychology Speciality, with senior colleagues within the various services. The largest component of the activity will be in relation to assessments and psychological interventions.

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

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

Qualifications and/or Knowledge


  • Post-graduate Doctorate degree in Clinical/Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the BPS
  • Eligibility for Chartered status with the BPS
  • HCPC registration
  • Knowledge of ethical and professional frameworks, as required for best and safe clinical practice
  • Knowledge of relevant publications and/or legislation, regarding Intellectual Disability conditions
  • Knowledge of theory and practice of specialist psychological therapies for complex management presentations
  • Specialist psychological knowledge/understanding for working with adults with an intellectual disability and working with carers, covering one or more of the following areas: o Bio-psycho-social o Psychometric assessment and interpretation o Psychological formulation of Risk assessment and management o Safeguarding of Emotional concerns
  • Willingness to develop knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to Clinical / Counselling concerns
  • Awareness of a range of therapeutic psychological models and an advanced understanding of at least two


  • Specialist training for example, research design & methodology Systemic family therapy, EMDR, CAT, Neuropsychology
  • Record of publications in peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books
  • Specialist psychological knowledge for working with adults with an Intellectual Disability and working with their carers able to discuss this at an advanced theoretical and practical level, including Psychological assessment, interpretation, diagnosis, and intervention
  • Knowledge of psychotherapy with people with cognitive impairments
  • Knowledge of community-based work



  • Experience gained through professional/doctorate training of working across client groups that must include Adults and Intellectual Disability settings
  • Awareness of the professional practice of Applied Psychology, as specified by the DCP/DCoP/BPS guidelines
  • Experience of working in an NHS setting with a variety of client groups
  • Experience/understanding of person-centred care planning and/or positive behavioural support methods
  • Experience of working with complex cases engaging and working with complex systems and functioning with highly emotive and distressing problems and in challenging environments/wards


  • Teaching and training experience
  • Providing supervision to Assistant and Graduate Psychologists
  • Experience of employment within the NHS (any other role)
  • Experience of providing psychological services to people with neurological conditions

Aptitude and Abilities


  • Ability to use a high level of interpersonal and communication skills to convey and receive highly complex/sensitive information in an effective manner, requiring empathy and reassurance, in a highly emotive atmosphere: both verbally and in writing
  • Abilities in the application of complex methods of psychological assessment including cognitive/ assessment frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Ability to undertake psychological assessments, interpret highly complex material, construct psychological formulations, and develop individualised intervention plans, to lessen the impact of psychological distress and behaviours of concern
  • Ability to sustain intense concentration levels for lengthy periods on a frequent basis in a range of contexts - including assessment and intervention work with individuals and groups, facilitating and/or participating in key meetings demonstrating high levels of professionalism at all times
  • Ability to make clinical and service-related judgements involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation, and comparison of several options
  • Ability to plan, organise and manage a wide variety of competing demands and diversity of needs
  • Ability to critically evaluate research evidence relating to the role
  • Ability to plan and organise a range of clinical or servicerelated activities and programmes
  • Computer literate with the ability to use standard and specialist software, such as Word, Excel, email and databases for systems and workload management plus able to use programmes for data analysis and tests scoring
  • Ability to undertake work throughout Powys to work in different ward settings to carry and transport boxes and cases of psychometric /cognitive tests to manipulate test items with speed and accuracy and to undertake simultaneous activities (such as control of test equipment and enabling ward staff to perform some functions under support /supervision
  • Professionalism
  • Confidence
  • Independence
  • Friendliness
  • Ability to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary settings
  • Ability to manage personal stress levels, particularly when working in constrained environments (e.g., wards) for lengthy periods with a range of possible hazards (such as physical aggression)
  • Ability to create and maintain effective working relationships
  • Capacity to cope with frequent exposure to highly distressing and/or highly emotional circumstances and people in severe psychological distress (e.g., severe challenging behaviours as a result of cognitive impairment disclosure of emotional, physical or other forms of abuse)
  • Capacity to 'contain' and cope with organisational stress
  • Good presentation skills
  • Willingness to undertake training in supervisory skills
  • Willingness to develop additional specialist skills through supervision, training or experience
  • Able to use supervision appropriately to develop and review goals


  • Ability to speak Welsh



  • Demonstrate PTHB Values
  • Must be capable of working within organisational policies
  • Ability to adhere to BPS and HCPC professional guidelines and be accountable for own professional actions



  • Willingness to travel between workplaces
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as required

Employer details

Employer name

Powys Teaching Health Board



Bronllys Hospital



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