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Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling)

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£59,857 to £69,553 per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Dec 2023
We have an exciting opportunity for a Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist to work into Maternity Services in Cardiff and Vale UHB. The post holder will be supported by Consultant Clinical Psychologists in Child Health and Perinatal Mental Health to develop a service for mothers, fathers and partners who have experienced a perinatal loss. Both in the time period following the loss and in subsequent pregnancies. A Principal Practitioner Psychologist (8a) is also being recruited into this newly developed service. Based on a successful pilot project, a core function of the psychology service in maternity is the provision of a psychological service for staff including psychological consultation, supervision and training. The principles underpinning trauma informed practice and building compassionate healthcare systems underpin this service development.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist who has experience of working with people exposed to trauma and/or loss to help develop and deliver the psychology provision in Maternity services. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a newly developed service that will involve providing individual and systemic support to women, fathers, partners and staff exposed to perinatal loss. The focus will be on delivering formulation based and NICE/Matrics Cymru recommended interventions including CBT, EMDR, CFT and ACT. The post holder will work closely with senior colleagues in Midwifery providing consultation, supervision and psychological support. A key element of this role will be psychological support for staff following exposure to traumatic incidents. The post holder will be line managed within Midwifery and have access to clinical and professional supervision from Consultant Clinical Psychologists in Child Health and Perinatal Mental Health.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh 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 specialist areas of psychological practice.
  • Evidence of peer reviewed publications, presentations at conferences, or similar contributions



  • Substantial and demonstrable post-qualification experience of working as a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist with experience working with people with perinatal mental health conditions
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings and maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified healthcare professional and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and professional and clinical supervision.
  • Demonstrable evidence of significant specialist clinical supervision within a scientist-practitioner framework, including supervision, group supervision and case presentations


  • Experience of working with service users as co-producers



  • Skills in the use of highly complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Ability 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.
  • Ability to make clinical and servicerelated judgments involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of several options
  • 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 difficult-to-treat groups
  • High level knowledge of 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


  • Formal Training and supervision of other psychologists
  • Evidence of significant post-qualification continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC and BPS
  • Specialist knowledge of psychometric test construction, development, validation, administration and clinical interpretation of the results.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology. Prior evidence of its usage in previous roles.
  • Well-developed specialist knowledge of clinical/counselling psychology theory and practice, assessment, and the application of specialised psychological therapies related to the needs of people with perinatal mental health conditions


  • Awareness of ethnic diversity issues

Personal Qualities


  • Willingness to supervise trainee clinical psychologists and other qualified clinical/counselling psychologists working in similar settings
  • Willingness to work as part of a team and also independently
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with people living with perinatal mental health conditions and their carers to develop and improve services
  • Ability to make effective use of clinical consultation and appraisal.

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


University Hospital of Wales

Heath Park Road


CF14 4XW

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