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Clinical Psychologist Specialist CAMHS

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£59,857 to £69,553 per annum, pro rata (Annex 21 if required)
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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Our Crisis, Assessment and Treatment (CAT) Team in S-CAMHS in Hywel Dda University Health Board, has a permanent post for a full time Band 8b Clinical Psychologist. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing a Psychology perspective within the team to include assessment, formulation and developing psychological interventions. It will include both work in in-patient and community settings and cover the whole of the Health Board footprint, with a base in Carmarthen. The Team works closely with the locality S-CAMHS teams, our DBT Service, our Forensic service and the Eating Disorder Service. The post holder will also be asked to contribute to the development and clinical work within our new and exciting Crisis Hwb, which is designed to provide a safe space for young people, with the aim of reducing the need for admission. Development of special interests in line with service needs will be encouraged and the post-holder will be part of a friendly and cohesive Psychology service across the wider S-CAMHS.

Main duties of the job

The CAT Team works with young people with mental health problems, who present in crisis, making the clinical work varied and interesting. The successful applicant will work with complex presentations, including young people with repeated self-harm, suicidal ideation and eating disorders. The close links with the DBT, Forensic and Eating Disorder services result in a supportive and stimulating environment in which to work. The post holder will not only engage in clinical work, but will also be responsible for service audit, evaluation and monitoring of outcomes, and will assist the Service Manager with development of the service. Our new Crisis Hwb is now operational and the successful applicant will be required to support this development and provide clinical input.

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

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services.

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post is advertised as Band 8b. However, applicants who do not currently meet all the skills and competences for the band 8b role, are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will be appointed under Agenda for Change Arrangement for Pay and Banding of Trainees (Annex 21) supported by a development plan. The application of Annex 21 with pay protection at band 8a may be considered until competencies are met for Band 8b, which will be expected to be met within 2 years. Following successful completion and successful attainment of skills and competences for the role, the post holder will then be paid at band 8b (minimum point on the scale). Continued support and supervision will be provided in order to develop the practitioner to the band 8b role. Successful applicants on any lower band will not be financially disadvantaged from their current salary.

You will be able to find a full job description and person specification attached within the supporting documents.

The Health Board is committed to supporting its staff to fully embrace the need for bilingualism thereby enhancing patient and service user experiences. In our commitment to increase the number of staff who are able to communicate in Welsh with patients and professionals, we welcome applications from Welsh speakers.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If you do not meet the Welsh Language requirements specified, the Health Board offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal desirable requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Interviews will be held on 11.06.2024

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 as accredited by the BPS
  • Registration with the HCPC as a Psychology Practitioner.
  • Training also to specifically include models of psychopathology and two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Significant post qualification training in therapeutic work with young people who have significant self harm, suicidal ideation with associated plans and intent, emotional dysregulation and significant mental health problems.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS & HCPC.
  • Further relevant specialist training or experience or qualification.


  • Training in one or more additional specialized areas of psychological Practice.
  • Experience of working in an inpatient unit for children and young people
  • Training and experience in working with young people with eating disorders.



  • Significant experience in conducting and interpreting cognitive/neuropsychological assessment and clinical psychometrics.
  • Significant experience of working with a wide variety of client groups across the whole life course and 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 severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Significant post qualification experience of assessing and managing risk in children and young people
  • Significant post qualification experience of therapeutic work with young people who have significant self harm, suicidal ideation with associated plans and intent, emotional dysregulation and significant mental health problems.
  • Extensive experience of working with children and young people with significant mental health problems.
  • Extensive experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of leading projects related to quality of service provision and service development.
  • Experience of teaching, training and clinical supervision of staff working with children and young people with complex presentations


  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of providing clinical consultation to others.
  • Experience of working with young people with eating disorders.

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker Level 1

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Bro Myrddin


SA31 3HF

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