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Practitioner Psychologist: Lifespan Inherited Conditions

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£44,398 to £58,210 per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Cardiff and Vale UHBs in partnership with the Haematology and the Psychology & Psychological Therapies Directorate offers an exciting opportunity for a permanent, full-time, Band 7 or 8A HCPC Registered Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to join an established multi-disciplinary comprehensive care team and provide specialist psychological expertise to Children and Adults living with Inherited Conditions (Bleeding Disorders, Hereditary Anaemias and Metabolic Conditions).

It is essential for the postholder to hold a Postgraduate Practitioner Doctorate in Psychology (Clinical or Counselling) and to be a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist. Newly qualified clinical or counselling psychologists who will be eligible for HCPC registration are strongly encouraged to apply. Knowledge and experience of applying psychology in physical health/medical settings is highly desirable, as is an enthusiasm for multi-disciplinary teamwork and multi-agency working.

This post is an opportunity for a permanent, full-time, Band 7 ( development post) or Band 8aHCPC Registered Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to join an established multi-disciplinary comprehensive care team

Main duties of the job

There is a growing clinical health and neuropsychology specialty group in the UHB. We would welcome applications from those in other specialties who have an interest in developing a career in health psychology and can demonstrate transferable skills. The population of those with Inherited Conditions is diverse and some conditions disproportionately affect those from racially minoritised groups, so we would also welcome applications that demonstrate a commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. There are also opportunities to contribute to service improvement initiatives, research, co-facilitate teaching on DClinPsy training courses, and offer training to other health professionals within the Health Board.

Psychological skills are highly valued within this lifespan service. There is an opportunity for direct client work, working with children, young people, adults and older adults, consultancy, innovation, service improvement work, skills training and research/audit. You will be working with an established multidisciplinary comprehensive care team across the specialties

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 or please click Apply now to view in Trac

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).
  • Eligibility for HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist


  • Pre- or post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialist areas of psychological practice



  • Post-qualification experience of working as a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care pla
  • Experience of working in both community and in-patient settings across the lifespan
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary or multi-agency context


  • Pre- or post-qualification experience of working with adults and/or children and young people and their families within a medical setting problems presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Required communication & professional relationship skills at multiple levels
  • Required analytical and judgement skills for complex clinical decision making
  • Required planning and organisational skills to manage caseloads and professional demands


  • Evidence of service development and innovation
  • Awareness of, and commitment to, the promotion of equity, diversity and inclusion especially for marginalised groups

Specialist Knowledge


  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical/counselling psychology theory and practice, assessment, psychological therapies and their application in a range of settings
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Evidence of pre- and post-qualification continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC and BPS


  • Well developed specialist knowledge of psychological models and therapies related to the needs of people with medical conditions across the lifespan.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of clinical/counselling psychology in relation to medical problems and working in a medical setting

Personal Qualities


  • Commitment to and interest in working with people who have medical conditions.
  • Awareness and appreciation of issues on diversity, representation and inclusion
  • Commitment to continuing professional development, service innovation and development

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


University Hospital of Wales


CF14 4XW

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