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Principal Practitioner Psychologist

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£51,706 to £58,210 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Enfys is an award-winning service currently based in Woodland House in the Heath area of Cardiff. We are a service for children who are looked after (foster care, residential homes), children who are adopted, and children on the edge of care.We comprise of clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, graduate mental health workers and admin support.Enfys is a DDP-informed service that draws on a number of psychological and sensory-based approaches to work in a whole systems approach. We work outside of diagnostic labels and embed a trauma-informed approach.We work in strong partnership with our colleagues in the Local Authority, Education and Health. We use a training and consultation model to upskill the whole-system to better meet the needs of the children and young people we work for and with.

Main duties of the job

We are looking to recruit an experienced Psychologist who is looking to develop their clinical work in child trauma, alongside fantastic leadership, supervisory and service development opportunities. The post-holder will work with families and systems as well as direct work with young people.The Psychologist will be responsible for leading clinically on the delivery of the service, supervision, training, and creating meaningful and impactful change. This post will sit alongside the current 8b post holder in Enfys and together they will provide the team with the secure base needed to work with trauma.

The post holder would lead on service development alongside the clinical leads and build strong partnerships with other leaders in the wider Child Psychology network and beyond. There will be close working relationships between this post and the equivalent in Enfys' sister service Goleudy (a service that works with the most distressed young people in our region).This post will be supervised by a Clinical Lead (Clinical Psychologist) in Enfys.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English 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

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.



  • Experience of working with young people with mental health difficulties in an NHS setting
  • 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
  • Demonstrable evidence of significant specialist clinical supervision within a scientist-practitioner framework



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management
  • Ability to create and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary settings
  • Ability to plan and organise a range of clinical or service-related activities and programmes

Special Knowledge


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of Clinical Psychology in relation to forensic and mental health problems
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the service
  • Evidence of post-qualification continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC and BPS

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


Woodland House

Maes-Y-Coed Road


CF14 4TT

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