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Practitioner Psychologist

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Cardiff & Vale of Glamorgan
£44,398 to £58,210 per annum
Closing date
3 May 2024

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We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic Practitioner Psychologists (band 7/8a or 8a) to complete our team of psychologists working in adult Community Mental Health Teams. Working in CMHTs offers a rich diversity of experiences and opportunities: you will provide a range of psychological services to persons with a wide range of complex or enduring psychological distress (therapy assessment, including cognitive and other specialist assessments care planning etc). You will also work with your CMHT colleagues to offer psychological advice, formulation, consultation, supervision and training. There are opportunities for individual & group therapy, service development and research, as well as joint working with our friendly and hard-working team of psychologists.

We have 1.7wte available in total: the posts are envisioned as being substantive (between 0.6wte to 1.0wte) and are likely to be based in our Vale and Hamadryad teams where you would be joining well established psychology colleagues - a rare chance to co-work with an in-CMHT peer.

Main duties of the job

We can offer 7/8a developmental posts, or as 8a posts. The 8a is an excellent opportunity for current band 7s looking to progress their career, and we can support you with making that move. It is also a great opportunity for established 8as who want to be part of our developing service, offering a chance to pursue special interests and actively contribute to service development.

We have a well-established pathway for our 7/8a developmental posts. We offer a professional development programme giving you the opportunity to consolidate your training, and to further develop skills and competencies to transition to 8a through successful completion of the programme.

We have remodelled the structure of psychology services in CMHTs giving us a cohesive structure with increased staffing. Every team has an in-team psychologist and these posts will add to that provision - we have also recently appointed a high intensity psychological therapist to further increase therapy resource. The roles are well supported - we have three locality leads (8b) working with the psychologists in each locality cluster of CMHTs, as well as an 8c service lead who manages these posts.

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

About us

Our CMHT psychologists work collaboratively across each locality to more flexibly meet the needs of service users- and this also 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.

We have a well-established framework for reflective, caseload and peer supervision, as well as access to model-specific supervision for people using EMDR, IPT or facilitating our DBT groups. We have accredited BABCP practitioners who can supervise and support people who are themselves looking for full CBT accreditation. There are good in-house opportunities for CPD including substantive 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 active links with our local doctoral training courses (clinical & counselling) and there are opportunities to provide supervision, research, consultancy and training.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please contact Dr Tansy Mayfield, Lead Consultant - in the first instance to arrange a time for an informal discussion. We can also put you in touch with current members of our team who can talk to you about their experience of working with us. The person specification and job description are attached and please contact us for any further information.

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) OR (for trainees) doctorate to be completed by October 2024
  • HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist OR (for trainees) eligible by October 2024


  • 8a Practitioner Psychologist: Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialist areas of psychological practice.



  • Experience in applying clinical/counselling psychology in the NHS, including cognitive and structured assessment, formulation, intervention, research and service development.
  • Experience of effective multi-disciplinary team working in NHS or equivalent.


  • 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 teaching/training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.



  • Ability to make clinical and service-related judgments involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of several options.
  • Ability to contribute to the development of, and to implement, agreed policies and strategic long-term service developments.
  • 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.


  • Experience of the development and implementation of policies and strategic long-term service developments.

Special knowledge


  • Practitioner Psychologist: Doctoral level knowledge of clinical/counselling psychology theory and practice, assessment, psychological therapies and their application.
  • Practitioner Psychologist: Participation with CPD as recommended by the BPS.


  • 8a Practitioner Psychologist: Post-doctoral training in relevant specialist areas of psychological practice (e.g. assessment of autism working with psychosis specific psychosocial approaches).

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


Community Mental Health Teams

Cardiff Royal Infirmary (administrative base)

Cardiff & Vale of Glamorgan

CF24 0SZ

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