Applied Practitioner (Clinical or Counselling) Psychologist - Band7/8a

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Cardiff & Vale of Glamorgan
£40,057 to £53,219 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for 2.0 wte energetic and enthusiastic practitioner psychologists to complete our team of psychologists working in Community Mental Health Teams.

Main duties of the job

You would provide a range of psychological services to persons with complex or enduring psychological distress, and work with the multi-disciplinary team to offer specialist psychological advice, consultation and training. The posts are managed by the new Service Lead for CMHT Psychology, and reports to the Locality Lead Psychologist. The roles are envisioned as full-time (37.5 hours per week), but part time working can be considered. These posts will enhance established psychology input to a number of teams across the UHB including the Gabalfa and Hamadryad CMHTs.

The posts can be offered as 7/8a developmental posts, or as 8a posts for those with appropriate experience. The 8a is an excellent opportunity for those looking to progress their career, or for established 8as who want to be part of our developing service. We are also keen to hear from newly qualified applicants (and those close to completing their training) as this role can be offered as a 7/8a developmental post. We offer a professional development programme giving you the opportunity to develop the relevant skills and competencies to transition to 8a on successful completion of the programme.

About us

We have recently remodelled the structure of psychology services in CMHTs giving us a cohesive, well-supported structure with increased staffing. Every team now has an established in-team psychologist and these posts will further enhance provision: this is a rare chance to work with an in-CMHT psychology colleague. We have three locality leads (8b) closely supporting the psychologists in each locality cluster of CMHTs, as well as an 8c service lead.

Job description Job responsibilities

Our CMHT psychologists are working collaboratively across each locality to more flexibly meet the needs of service users- and this allows for greater peer support, and more opportunities to develop specialist skills and interests. We are looking for people who can further add to our skills mix, and contribute to our active programme of service development, including group interventions and training for CMHT staff in psychosocial approaches.

There are good in-house opportunities for CPD including training in Interpersonal Therapy and Open Dialogue Approach. C&V UHB is fortunate to have a number of services focussed on specific issues (for example, Eating Disorders service) and, for people in full-time posts, there may be opportunities to pursue CPD time in these services. We also have good links with our local doctoral training courses (clinical and counselling) and there are opportunities to provide supervision, research, consultancy and training. It is an exciting time to be part of psychology provision in the Community Mental Health Teams for Cardiff & the Vale of Glamorgan.

Please contact Dr Tansy Mayfield, Lead Consultant for an informal discussion - or 07816364195.

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

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • 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.
Experience Essential
  • A wide range of experience in applying clinical/counselling psychology in the NHS.
  • Experience of working with people with mental health/psychological problems in a medical setting; problems 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 within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching/training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
Skills Essential
  • Ability to use the 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 a high degree of professionalism at all times.
  • Ability to make clinical and service-related judgments involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of several options.
  • Ability to implement agreed policies and strategic long-term service developments.
Special knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical/counselling psychology theory and practice, assessment, psychological therapies and their application.
  • Participation with CPD as recommended by the BPS.

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