Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist: Chronic Conditions

Hywel Dda University Health Board
Carmarthen - negotiable
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Jul 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen as a new addition to our Long Term Conditions Service for Cardiac, Diabetes and Respiratory Patients. There will also be opportunities to develop new psychology pathways such as in Cancer. The service is mainly conducted remotely with staff working from home to a significant degree offering video or telephone consultations for individual and group work. Part time and flexible working hours would be considered.

The role will join a department of 11 Clinical Psychologists and 10 assistants which covers a wide range of physical pathways including Persistent Pain, Critical Care, Weight Management, Gender Identity, Orthopaedic Prehabilitation, Long COVID Services as well as innovative projects within primary care. We are a close team which supports each other across our service pathways with opportunities for supervision and learning across the department.

Main duties of the job

The post holder willundertake a variety of work supporting the existing team in its clinical delivery, training, consultation, supervision, research, and service evaluation. Duties include psychological assessment, formulation, and interventions for adults with physical health conditions who are not managing or coping with chronic disease due to psychological/mental health difficulties. The post holder will have the opportunity to develop group interventions and support current groups; Mindfulness for Diabetes, Heart Failure and, Trauma Group for Long COVID patients.

The service supports innovation and development, and we actively encourage applied research work for service enhancements and progression. A number of the team have been successful Bevan Exemplars with their prudent healthcare project ideas being transformed into practice.

Close working relationships with our medical, nursing, therapies, social care and third sector colleagues is critical. The post holder will have opportunity to be an active member of physical health MDT, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and provide psychological consultation. The post holder will also support the service stepped care model by delivering training to our non-psychology colleagues.

We offer clinical supervision and ongoing peer support and encourage specialist areas of interest and would support the enhancement of additional training to support career development and competencies.

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

We offer clinical supervision and ongoing peer support and encourage specialist areas of interest and would support the enhancement of additional training to support career development and competencies.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The post is advertised as a Band 8a. However, applicants who do not currently meet all the skills and competences for the Band 8a role, are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will be appointed under Agenda for Change Arrangement for Pay and Banding of Trainees (Annex 21) supported by a development plan for 2 years. The application of Annex 21 with pay protection at Band 7 may be considered for newly qualified psychologists until competencies are met for 8a, which will be expected to be met within 2 years. Following successful completion and successful attainment of skills and competences for the role, the post holder will then be paid at Band 8a (minimum point on the scale). Continued support and supervision will be provided in order to develop the practitioner to the Band 8a role. This will be an excellent opportunity for a newly qualified psychologist looking for career development.

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 11/07/2022.

Person Specification Qualifications & Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those who commenced training prior to September 2001) as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Registered with Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as qualified Clinical Psychologist.
  • Experience post qualification
  • To have knowledge of clinical assessment, formulation and psychological treatments as well as experience in working psychologically in all core specialties being a) adult mental health; b) child and adolescent mental health; c) older adults mental health and d) learning disabilities as obtained within Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology (D. Clin Psy)
  • To have knowledge of specific models of psychopathology including health psychology models, clinical psychometrics and cognitive psychology, two or more distinct
  • Psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Demonstrate further specialist training and or experience
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of working flexibly and sensitively with a wide variety of psychology patient groups, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of delivering psychological interventions within multidisciplinary settings.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of applied clinical psychology within physical health conditions.

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