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Practitioner Psychologist Congenital Heart Disease (Clinic or Counsel)

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£44,398 to £50,807 per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 May 2024

Job Details

This is a part-time band 7 Practitioner Psychologist based in the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Service, based at University Hospital, Wales.

The post holder will work closely ACHD psychology team and ACHD MDT to provide direct psychological care to adults living with congenital heart disease and their families to help them manage the psychological aspects of living with a life long heart condition.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the job include psychological assessment and intervention for individuals living with adult congenital heart disease and their families. This may include support to manage treatments and medical investigations, support to make decisions about treatment options, strategies for coping, end of life care as well as support for other difficulties such as trauma, anxiety and depression. We offer both individual and group interventions.

The role also includes supporting the ACHD MDT. This may involve consultation, joint working, supervision groups as well as teaching and training.

The post holder will be involved in service development and innovation, as well as research and audit.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh 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

Cardiff & Vale University Health Boards South Wales Adult Congenital Heart Disease Service is based in University Hospital, Wales within the Specialist Services Clinical Board and is also part of the wider South Wales and South West CHD Network. The post offers an exciting opportunity for a Practitioner Psychologist - Band 7. The post holder will join an established specialist multi-disciplinary service for people living with congenital heart disease, their families, and care networks. The post holder will provide direct psychological care for those living with congenital heart disease and their families.

The post-holder will work under close direction of the Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist who is based in the team. You will join a multidisciplinary team. The work includes many clinical aspects including inpatient ward work, outpatient work, individual and group interventions, preparation for transplantation, ensuring excellence in transitional care, and working on innovative delivery methods for psychology. For example, we are currently piloting outdoor based wellbeing groups. The post is the main source of psychological expertise for people with adult congenital heart disease in South Wales.

Part of the role is supporting and working jointly with our specialist multidisciplinary staff. Psychological skills and expertise are highly valued within our services.

You will join a small and dynamic MDT. There is an opportunity to help develop and improve psychological care within congenital heart disease - via service development, innovation, consultancy, and skills teaching/training.

The post is part-time and would suit someone interested in developing their career applying psychology to medical settings.

It is essential for this post to hold a Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent), and to be a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist.

This is an exciting time to join Cardiff and Vale UHB as there is a thriving Clinical Health Psychology & Neuropsychology Speciality, and an increasing awareness of the importance of psychological factors in medical settings. There is an active professional network for clinical/practitioner psychologists in South Wales. You would be supported to develop your professional, leadership, and clinical skills via CPD opportunities. Expressions of interest and visits are most welcome.

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
  • HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist.


  • Additional training in relevant areas e.g. research, supervision.



  • A wide range of experience in applying clinical/counselling psychology in the NHS.


  • Relevant additional clinical experience.
  • Experience working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of NHS planning/service improvement forums.
  • Experience of working with service users as co-producers.



  • Communication & Relationship skills
  • Analytical and Judgment Skills
  • Planning and Organisational Skills

Specialist Knowledge


  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practised within clinical/counselling psychology.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical/counselling psychology theory and practice, assessment, psychological therapies and their application.
  • Willingness to develop knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to mental health/psychological problems and neuropsychology within a medical setting.
  • Participation with CPD as recommended by the BPS.


  • Well developed specialist knowledge of at least two psychological therapy models.
  • Knowledge of implementation issues in Wales-wide mental health/psychology in medical services.
  • Knowledge of planning individualised care for patients
  • Knowledge of relevant NICE guidance.
  • Awareness of ethnic diversity issues.

Personal Qualities


  • Respect for service users and their carers
  • Enthusiasm
  • Emotional resilience
  • Stress management strategies
  • Ability to communicate clearly and with sensitivity - verbally and in writing
  • Organised and flexible approach to work, able to prioritise workload
  • Ability to make effective use of clinical consultation and appraisal
  • Self care and self-awareness
  • Self motivated
  • Ability to work independently



  • Ability to use clinical supervision and to reflect upon own clinical practice
  • Freedom to act
  • Physical skills
  • IT skills


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

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


University Hospital Wales

Heath Park


CF14 4XW

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