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Principal Practitioner Psychologist

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£51,706 to £58,210 Per annum
Closing date
23 Apr 2024
Cardiff and Vale Local Authority, in partnership with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, are jointly developing a team to support and sit alongside young people and their families who are experiencing high levels of distress. The name of the team is Goleudy which is the welsh word for Lighthouse (a beacon of hope). Goleudy's core values are: Trauma-Informed, Formulation Driven and Attachment Focused. The team will ensure that understanding of young people's needs are centred around: 'what has happened to them?' as opposed to: 'what is wrong with them?' This understanding will determine how the team supports young people and their families at times of high distress.

The team will consist of a Clinical Psychologist, OTs, Graduate Mental Health Workers and team members from Education and the Local Authority. Difference will be celebrated within the team through the promotion of a culture of learning together. In accordance to trauma informed principles the team will receive regular supervision, mentoring, reflective practice, formulation conversations and nurture days.

Building, maintaining and growing relationships is key to the team. Emphasis will be placed on working alongside and in partnership of the existing services within the local authority (social work & education) and health systems.

Main duties of the job

We are looking to recruit a Practitioner Psychologist who is passionate about trauma-informed care and working with young people, families and systems in crisis.

The Psychologist will have the opportunity to work clinically with young people and their families, alongside numerous opportunities to supervise, train and teach others, and create meaningful and impactful change. The post-holder will be integral in developing psychological formulation in the team and beyond. Goleudy works alongside and under the umbrella of the Enfys team so there is fantastic opportunity to cross-pollinate learning, leadership and support.

This post will be supervised by the Service Lead for Enfys until the Clinical Lead post for Goleudy is filled.

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

This post is fixed term for 3 years due to - meet the needs of the service

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 or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

Person Specification



  • Substantial and demonstrable post-qualification experience of working as a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist with experience working with people with gender dysphoria.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups 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, both as a professionally qualified healthcare professional and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan
  • Experience of teaching, training and professional and clinical supervision.
  • Demonstrable evidence of significant specialist clinical supervision within a scientist-practitioner framework, including supervision, group supervision and case presentations.


  • Experience of working with service users as co-producers



  • 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.
  • Evidence of peer reviewed publications, presentations at conferences, or similar contributions.



  • Skills in the use of highly complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Ability to use 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 high degree of professionalism at all times.
  • Able to take responsibility for managing and providing a specialist service, or systematically providing part of a larger service.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to make clinical and service-related judgments involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of several options.
  • Ability to critically evaluate research evidence relating to clinical effectiveness and service development.
  • Ability to plan and organise a range of clinical or service-related activities and programmes
  • Ability to implement agreed policies and strategic long-term service developments.

Special Knowledge


  • Formal Training and supervision of other psychologists.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Evidence of significant post-qualification continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC and BPS.
  • Ability to identify and provide support to carers and staff.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic presentations.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation.
  • Well-developed specialist knowledge of clinical/counselling psychology theory and practice, assessment, and the application of specialised psychological therapies related to the needs of people with gender dysphoria.
  • Specialist knowledge of psychometric test construction, development, validation, administration and clinical interpretation of the results.


  • Awareness of ethnic diversity issues.



  • Requirement to undertake frequent exposure to emotionally distressing and traumatic situations.
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to travel between work sites in a timely manner
  • Formal training in assessment
  • Formal training in breakaway techniques
  • Must be capable of working within organisational policies, and be accountable for own professional actions


  • Ability to speak Welsh and willingness to use in a work context.

Personal Qualities


  • Respect for users of services and their carers
  • Willingness to supervise trainee clinical psychologists and other qualified clinical/counselling psychologists working in similar settings
  • Commitment to and interest in working with people with gender dysphoria.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with people living with gender dysphoria and their carers to develop and improve services.
  • Willingness to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to make effective use of clinical consultation and appraisal.
  • Willingness to participate in continuing professional development & psychologists working in similar team settings.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and with sensitivity - verbally and in writing.
  • Organised and flexible approach to work, able to prioritise workload.

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


St David's Hospital


CF11 9XB

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