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Senior Practitioner Psychologist (Counselling or Clinical)

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
£44,398 to £58,210 per annum
Closing date
4 May 2024
An opportunity has arisen for a Practitioner Psychologist (Counselling or Clinical) to join the Adult Mental Health Specialty in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board on a permanent basis. The successful candidate will support the continued development and provision of specialist psychological services to adults living in Blaenau Gwent.

The post is advertised as Band 8a but we would also invite newly qualified applicants to apply and start the role on Band 7. This would be with a clear plan of development to progress to Band 8a and you would be provided with all the experiences and supervision required to achieve this.

The post-holder will be part of a robust psychology team embedded in a CMHT. You will need to be flexible, creative, and keen to learn. The ability to maintain good working relationships across multiple disciplines and areas of work is essential. In return, you will benefit from a supportive team which aims to nurture professional growth whilst ensuring a high standard of service provision.

This role will provide a chance to focus on an area of clinical expertise or special interest alongside developing broader relationships and partnerships to support service development and evaluation.

We welcome applications for full-time and flexible working and job share arrangements.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a thoughtful and dynamic psychologist who can not only deliver high quality assessments, formulations and interventions but can help others do the same.

The successful candidates would be joining a busy, welcoming CMHT as well as a cohesive Psychology specialty with a commitment to personal and professional development and a robust sense of professional identity. We have interests and highly specialist skills in a range of psychological therapies including CAT, DBT, MBT, EMDR and MBCT and welcome applications from individuals who are keen to further develop their clinical expertise and achieve accreditation in an evidence-based model of psychological therapy.

Newport has particular interests in EDMR and CAT and benefits from a accredited and consultant level Practitioners. The wider team are trauma informed and are working to support the delivery of psychologically informed care as well as evidence-based interventions. The team are particularly keen for a Senior Psychologist to facilitate team formulation and lead an element of the clinical service, this role therefore provides a prime opportunity to strengthen leadership skills.

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

About us

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is a multi-award winning NHS organisation with a passion for caring. The Health Board provides an exceptional workplace where you can feel trusted and valued. Whatever your specialty or stage in your career, we have opportunities for everyone to start, grow and build your career. The health board provides integrated acute, primary and community care serving a population of 650,000 and employing over 16,000 staff.

We offer a fantastic benefits package and extensive training and development opportunities with paid mandatory training, excellent in-house programmes, opportunities to complete recognised qualifications and professional career pathways including a range of management development programmes. We offer flexible working and promote a healthy work life balance, provide occupational health support and an ambitious plan for a Wellbeing Centre of Excellence to support you at work.

Our Clinical Futures strategy continues to enhance and promote care closer to home as well as high quality hospital care when needed. This includes the Grange University Hospital which provides specialist and critical care and is the newest addition to the clinical futures strategy opening in November 2020. Join us on our journey to pioneer new ways of working and deliver a world-class healthcare service fit for the future.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will provide highly specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention in order to support the recovery of working age adults with moderate to severe levels of psychological distress

They will also support the wider team and Directorate in the development and maintenance of psychological mindedness including working in a trauma and relationally informed way.

We welcome the use of research skills to support audit, research and development

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



  • Undergraduate Degree (in psychology or conversion)
  • Graduate Basis for Registration
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology


  • Masters Degree or Post-graduate training
  • Accreditation in a model of psychological therapy



  • Experience in training or subsequently of working across the lifespan
  • Pre- or post-qualification experience of working with adults with significant MH diffs
  • Experience in supervising others.


  • Service development
  • MDT working



  • Ability to communicate complex information orally or in writing
  • Awareness of strategy and policy relevant to mental health


  • Welsh language ability

Employer details

Employer name

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board


Newport CMHT

Gold Tops


NP20 4PF

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