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Senior Psychologist

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£51,706 to £58,210 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
5 Aug 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are delighted to present the exciting career opportunity of a permanent full-time Band 8a/Annex 21( see below) post in Adult Mental Health to Doctoral level Psychologists covering Carmarthenshire, South West Wales.

In line with the Welsh Matrics (2017), the successful candidate would provide bespoke, specialist and creative psychological interventions to individuals, based on the development of a complex, multi-theoretical formulation that encompasses historical, developmental, systemic and neuropsychological processes.

In addition, the successful candidate will be the senior resource for the geographical area.

This will be an excellent opportunity for a newly qualified psychologist looking for career development.

Main duties of the job

1. To provide a psychology service to clients within the service, across all sectors of care providing highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy as well as specialised cognitive assessments of functioning.

2. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures.

3. To act as a Specialist Resource, as the Senior Psychologist within the geographic district, providing advice and guidance on assessment, treatment and referrals to psychiatrists, CPN team managers and other agencies and settings.

4. To act as a Specialist Resource, within the geographic area, as a point of contact, advice and guidance for other psychological service staff i.e. band 7 psychologists or therapists and assistant psychologists etc.

5. To undertaking any routine line management duties as delegated by the UHB AMH Consultant Clinical Psychologist

6. To provide supervision to qualified psychologists, trainee psychologists,assistants/graduate psychologists and non-psychologist colleagues.

7. To offer advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and carers.

8. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service

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 12,000 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 (six 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

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

The post will be based in Carmarthenshire. There is the possibility to be based in Carmarthen or Llanelli.

The post is advertised as a Band 8a. However, applicants who do not currently meet all the skills and competencies for the Band 8a 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 for 2 years. The application of Annex 21 with pay protection at Band 7 may be considered for newly qualified psychologists until competencies are met for 8a, 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 8a (minimum point on the scale). Continued support and supervision will be provided in order to develop the practitioner to the Band 8a role. This will be an excellent opportunity for a newly qualified psychologist looking for career development.

As part of the Annex 21 process, there is no financial penalty to those who apply for this role where the percentage will cause a reduction in pay, subsequently a local protection would be put in place until the pay has caught up.

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.

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

Interviews will be held on 14/8/2024

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Doctoral level training in psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, training in two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS.
  • Training in clinical psychometrics, cognitive /neuropsychology assessment as part of the psychology doctorate (or since qualification) is essential.
  • The psychology practitioner will have up to date registration with the HCPC


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical 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
  • Experience in cognitive/neuropsychological assessment


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the consultant psychologist
  • Experience of being the senior point of contact for advice and guidance for other psychologists and therapists

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Wellfield Resource Centre

22 Wellfield Road


SA31 1DS

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