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SCAMHS Clinical Psychologist - Children's Continuing Care Service

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£54,764 to £63,862 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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We have a vacant post for a 0.6 wte Band 8b Clinical Psychologist, in our Children's Continuing Care Service within S-CAMHS. This service was established some years ago and has been very much valued by our wider S-CAMHS teams. The service covers the footprint of Hywel Dda UHB but the base is in Carmarthen. There will be strong links with our Clinical Psychologist in the service for Looked After Children, and the post-holder will be part of a friendly and cohesive Psychology service across the wider S-CAMHS. Development of special interests in line with the needs of the service are strongly encouraged. West Wales is a beautiful place to live, especially for those who enjoy outdoor activities. There are good links with the South Wales Doctoral Training Course for Clinical Psychology. The service is forward thinking, and performs well against Welsh Government targets, for waiting times for first appointments.

Main duties of the job

The Children's Continuing Care Service focuses on providing additional assessment, formulation and intervention for those young people in S-CAMHS who have continuing care needs, and where there is a risk of placement breakdown. There is a strong emphasis on providing consultation and intervention for the system of family and carers around the young person. The successful candidate will assist with the appointment of additional team members. They will be responsible for the clinical lead aspect of the service, and for developing it further when opportunities arise. We will expect the successful candidate to have skills in project management, service delivery and service development. They will also be responsible for service audit, evaluation and monitoring of outcomes, and so they will need to have skills and experience in this area. We would like to develop Psychology input into the wider Children's Continuing Care Service (physical health related needs) in the future.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

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.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 10/08/2022.

Person Specification Qualifications and Knowledge Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Registration with the HCPC as a Psychology Practitioner.
  • Training also to specifically include models of psychopathology and two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Significant post qualification training in assessment and intervention with young people with complex needs, including developmental difficulties
  • Training in the administration of formal psychometric assessments
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS & HCPC.
  • Further relevant specialist training or qualification, particularly around children with complex needs.
  • Specialist training in the delivery of supervision.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Training in one or more additional specialized areas of psychological Practice.
  • Training in the provision of interventions to the system around the young person
  • Training in psychological interventions for clients with complex needs and awareness of adaptations which may be necessary.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies and assessment in specific difficult to treat groups or complex presentations (e.g. mental health and learning disability, substance misuse).
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health, including Safeguarding procedures.
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience in conducting and interpreting cognitive/neuropsychological assessment and clinical psychometrics.
  • Significant experience of working with a wide variety of client groups across the whole life course and 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 severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Significant post qualification experience of working with clients with significant mental health problems and/or learning disabilities and other continuing health needs.
  • Significant experience of providing clinical consultation to other professionals
  • Extensive experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of leading projects related to quality of service provision and service development
  • Experience of teaching, training and clinical supervision of staff working with clients with complex presentations.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working with clients with risky behaviour.
  • Experience of clinically leading and operationally managing staff.

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