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Practitioner Psychologist/High Intensity Therapist

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
£44,398 to £50,807 per annum pro rata
Closing date
11 Jun 2024
We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Practitioner Psychologist/High Intensity Therapist to join a team of passionate and supportive Psychological Therapists. This post sits within the Interventions Team of the CYP Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Care Group (previously Specialist Camhs). As well as being part of an established group of psychological therapists you will also be part of a wider MDT that value psychological thinking and practice. The service has undergone much development recently. We are committed to compassionate and understanding relationships with young people, families and their communities, so the right interventions can be offered in the right way, at the right time. As a team we are committed to supporting staff to maintain a healthy work-life balance, create a culture of continuous learning and opportunities for staff to develop their skills and interests through training and innovative practice. As well as providing specialist psychological intervention to young people and their families, this post will involve care coordination of complex young people and their systems, management and supervision of other team members, consultation and service development.

The successful candidate will have highly developed skills in engaging children, young people and their families experiencing significant distress. They will also be able to work flexibly and creative ways to consider how all aspects of the service is psychologically informed.

Main duties of the job

1. The post holder will be a highly skilled clinician with a breadth of mental health expertise and core professional qualification in this field. They will contribute to a specialist pathway of care by working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary workers and peer support workers in the development and implementation of specialist psychological therapy in the context of more complex care which address the physical, psychological and psychosocial needs of service users and their families/carers.

2. To provide high intensity, specialist evidence-based psychological therapy interventions (requiring psychological therapist specialist training) and to support delivery of a pathway of condition specific care which will deliver high fidelity psychological interventions as designated in Matrics Cymru.

3. This will require that high intensity, standardised Psychological Therapies (CBT, IPT etc), are delivered to protocol in a specialist area. This will require skills for interfacing effectively with other services, ensuring smooth transitions for service users so that they receive timely matched care.

4. The post holder will be responsible for planning and organising specialist delivery of therapy within the context of complex care and to liaise to support the delivery of a full range of high-quality specialist clinical services. They will share responsibility for providing support and supervision across the workers of the team.

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

This is a fixed term post for 12 months to cover the needs of the service.

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

Person Specification



  • Relevant registration and qualification as stipulated in the job description.


  • Portfolio evidencing supervised practice in supervision and further relevant training.



  • Extensive experience of undertaking assessments and providing evidence-based interventions.
  • Experience in providing supervision / consultation for other clinicians.
  • Experience of effective multidisciplinary/ team working NHS/equivalent.
  • Experience of participating in the planning and development of services.


  • Experience of working with children and young people.



  • High level communication and interpersonal skills to convey and receive complex, highly technical, sensitive information effectively at both a written and oral level.
  • Skilled in working with people at all levels from all disciplines and interagency level.
  • Ability to engage others in collaborative change processes.
  • High level of presentation and report writing skills for clinical and academic content in a range of contexts.
  • Ability to make clinical and service-related judgements involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options.
  • Ability to critically evaluate research evidence relating to clinical effectiveness and service development.
  • Ability to plan, formulate, organise and implement a broad range of complex clinical and service-related operational activities, programmes and plans.
  • Specialist skills in working with complex mental health problems.
  • Skilled and experienced in providing clinical supervision to a range of clinicians.

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


St David's Hospital,

Cowbridge Road East, Canton,


CF11 9XB

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