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Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist (or development role)

Powys Teaching Health Board
£51,706 to £58,210 per annum pro rata
Closing date
29 Jul 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Band 8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to take on a combined post shared between our North Powys CAMHS Team and the Powys Therapeutic Children's Home. Would you like to join a passionate and supportive multidisciplinary CAMHS team, as well as taking on a key role in the development and delivery of a bespoke therapeutic accommodation provision for children and young people in the care system in Powys with complex emotional needs?

You should have a passion for working with children, young people and families, as well as significant post qualification experience of providing psychological assessment, highly specialist interventions, supervision and consultation. You will need to be able to work autonomously and as part of a team. Our Psychology and Psychological Therapies Team places a strong emphasis on staff wellbeing and supporting personal and professional development.

Powys is a unique and beautiful place to live and work, with a small population spread across a large geographical area. This presents us with specific challenges that require creativity, flexibility and innovative ideas, and provides opportunities for individual clinicians to have a real impact on services and the experiences of our service users and their families.

Applicants who do not currently meet all the essential criteria for the Band 8a role are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will be appointed under Agenda for Change Annex 21.

Main duties of the job

This post combines two roles, with 0.4WTE devoted to provision of a specialist psychology service to the Powys Therapeutic Children's Home and 0.2WTE for the provision of a specialist psychology service to the North Powys CAMHS Team.

Provide psychological expertise into the Powys Therapeutic Children's Home and North Powys CAMHS Team, including:

Highly specialised psychological assessment, formulation, evidence-based intervention to children young people and families.

Specialist psychological consultation and clinical supervision to colleagues to support them to develop their knowledge and skills in assessment, formulation, and evidence-based treatment of a range of mental health issues.

Analysis of training needs, design of training and skills development programmes, and delivery and evaluation of training

Acting as a core part of the decision-making team considering the suitability of placements within the Powys Therapeutic Children's Home for specific children and young people, and taking a key role in planning and supporting the transition of children and young people both pre- and post-placement.

Taking a leading role in developing an attachment-aware, trauma-informed clinical model within the Powys Therapeutic Children's Home, including supporting staff wellbeing initiatives

The base for the post will be in Newtown, with a combination of face to face and remote working.

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: 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

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.

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

Person Specification

Knowledge and Skills


  • Post doctoral qualification in Clinical/Counselling Psychology, including doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Highly developed clinical skills in assessment, formulation, treatment, consultation and supervision
  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychological theory and practice, including neuro- psychological and psychometric assessment and interpretation and psychological therapies and their application
  • Beginning to develop advanced levels of clinical expertise and practice working with looked After Children and/or in Specialist CAMHS OR For Annexe 21: previous relevant experience and a demonstrable interest in working in these areas


  • Post-Doctorate Clinical Supervision training
  • Specialist training, in for example, Research Design & methodology Systemic Family therapy, DDP, Theraplay, DBT, STEPPS



  • Relevant experience gained through doctorate training of working across a range of client groups that must include Adults, Children and Families, people with a Learning Disability, and Older Age Adults


  • Experience delivering teaching and training
  • Experience providing individual or group supervision and consultation to other psychologists (qualified, in training, and assistants) and other professional staff groups

Employer details

Employer name

Powys Teaching Health Board


Park Street Clinic

Park Street


SY16 1EG

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