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Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Employer
Powys Teaching Health Board
Location
Brecon
Salary
£59,857 to £69,553 per annum
Closing date
30 May 2024

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We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and dynamic principal grade clinical/counselling psychologist specialising in working with older people wanting to develop their leadership and clinical skills to join our service in South Powys. Applicants who do not currently meet all the essential criteria for the Band 8b role are encouraged to apply and if successful, will be appointed under Agenda for Change Annex 21. This is a full-time position and is an excellent opportunity for an 8a qualified psychologist looking for career development in Older Adult Services.

Main duties of the job

The principal psychologist, in supporting the consultant in older adult psychology services, will play a key role in the day-to-day management and leadership of the service in South Powys, and will work with the Older Adult Community Mental Health team (OACMHT) and Memory Assessment service (MAS) with support from an Assistant Psychologist. Input will also be provided into one older adult inpatient ward. The psychologist will provide leadership on psychological knowledge and approaches for the staff teams across these services.

About us

Being the smallest Heath Board in Wales means that you won't get lost in the crowd. Everybody at Powys Teaching Health Board is valued for the contribution they make to our varied and diverse portfolio of community-based services. Together, we can continue to make a real difference to our patients and build on our unrivalled reputation.

As a supportive and progressive employer, we actively encourage you to carve out a career with us, through a range of development pathways. We're also lucky enough to be situated in one of the most beautiful rural counties in Britain, let alone Wales! Achieving a healthy 'life work' balance is essential, and something we recognise by prioritising your well-being.

To start your journey with us, and to learn more about what we can offer you please visit: https://pthb.nhs.wales/working-for-us/. There you will find information about our benefits and values, read staff experiences and more about what our beautiful county has to offer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The role will also include opportunities for service development, including contributing to the development of clinical pathways, research and service evaluation projects, and service improvement initiatives.

The department consists of a small, friendly, and supportive team of colleagues with regular ongoing peer support and supervision. We have strong links with the South and North clinical psychology training programmes, and there are opportunities to offer trainee placements.

There are excellent opportunities for professional development, and we are interested in candidates who are willing to undertake further professional training in evidence based psychological therapies such as CAT, EMDR, ACT and systemic/family therapy as the service is keen to expand our provision of specialist psychological assessment and interventions to older people.

Flexible working arrangements and job share/ part time hours will be considered. A relocation package is also available.

The ability to travel is essential as clinics are offered in various locations. The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

For further details please contact:

Rachel Hughes, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Email: Rachel.Hughes89464@wales.nhs.uk. Tel: 07867 187701

Person Specification

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Essential

  • Qualifications and/or Knowledge Honours degree in Psychology Post-graduate Doctorate degree in Clinical or Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS Eligibility for Chartered status with the BPS HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist Training in clinical supervision (or equivalent experience) Training and qualification in leadership Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology Familiarity with key strategy documents, policies, and procedures, together with knowledge of legislation in relation to mental health services in Wales Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and HCPC Awareness of a wide range of therapeutic psychological models and an advanced understanding of at least two
  • Providing supervision, to Clinical/Counselling Psychologists both qualified and in training and to Assistant and graduate Psychologists Broad experience of delivering teaching and training Experience of undertaking doctoral level research, service evaluations and ongoing audit activity in addition to advising and supervising others' research and audit activities Experience of NHS Wales recruitment and selection processes
  • Substantial assessed experience of working as a qualified and senior Clinical Psychologist, normally including significant post qualification experience within the designated speciality where the post is located, or relevant transferable skills Assessed experience of working effectively as a qualified and senior level Clinical/Counselling Psychologist in the designated speciality, or relevant transferable skills Experience of working in community and inpatient settings Experience of neuropsychological assessment Significant experience of working as a qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist in a range of mental health settings with a wide variety of client groups, presenting with problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity Advanced levels of clinical expertise in at least one area of clinical practice within the Older Adult Psychology specialty field Substantial experience of providing individual and group supervision and consultation to other professional staff groups
  • Ability to use a high level of interpersonal and communication skills to convey and receive highly complex/sensitive information effectively, requiring empathy and reassurance in highly emotive, sometimes hostile atmospheres Ability to undertake comprehensive psychological assessments, interpret highly complex material, construct psychological formulations, develop specialised individualised intervention plans, and monitor and evaluate the intervention appropriately Ability to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary settings
  • Ability to communicate, highly technical, sensitive material verbally and in writing to clients, their families, carers, and other professionals within and outside the NHS Ability to tolerate direct exposure to highly distressing/emotionally demanding situations and interactions Good presentation skills Ability to create and maintain effective working relationships Ability to tolerate stress and anxiety that may be associated with service users' challenging, aggressive or risk-taking behaviour, whilst maintaining a high level of professionalism at all times Ability to make clinical and service-related judgements involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of several options Ability to critically evaluate, disseminate and apply research evidence relating to clinical effectiveness and service development Ability to formulate solutions and plan and organise a range of clinical or service-related activities and programmes which impact across services / agencies
  • Able to take action based on own interpretation of clinical/ professional / organisational / occupational policies which impact the Adult Psychology and other services, seeking advice as necessary Able to develop proposals for service developments Able to take on responsibility for the development of specific service initiatives within Older Adult Psychology Services in Powys Computer literate with the ability to use standard and specialist software Capable of working within organisational policies Ability to adhere to BPS and HCPC professional guidelines and be accountable for own professional actions


English

Essential

  • Able to take action based on own interpretation of clinical/ professional / organisational / occupational policies which impact the Adult Psychology and other services, seeking advice as necessary Able to develop proposals for service developments Able to take on responsibility for the development of specific service initiatives within Older Adult Psychology Services in Powys Computer literate with the ability to use standard and specialist software Capable of working within organisational policies Ability to adhere to BPS and HCPC professional guidelines and be accountable for own professional actions


English

Desirable

  • Specialist training, in for example EMDR, CBT, systemic family therapy, CAT, research design & Methodology


Employer details

Employer name

Powys Teaching Health Board

Address

Crug Ward, Brecon War Memorial Hospital

Cerrigcochion Road

Brecon

LD3 7NS

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070-PST010-0324

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