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Clinical/Practitioner Psychologist in Diabetes

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Depending on experience Dual banding - 7/8a (dependent on experience)
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical/Practitioner Psychologist to join the Diabetes Psychology Service in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB). This is a service consisting of three full-time psychologists, and is the first specialist adult diabetes psychology team in Wales. This posts will be based at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd which is within commuting distance from Chester, Liverpool and Snowdonia.

The post holder will be required to undertake clinical work within the Central BCUHB Adult Diabetes Service, working directly and indirectly with people living with diabetes, families and staff members. The post holder will be embedded into the local secondary care diabetes team, and there is protected time to develop an integrated service for young adults living with diabetes. The Psychologist will also provide training, supervision, consultancy and advice to multidisciplinary colleagues on psychological aspects of diabetes management and contribute to service evaluation and planning. As well as working in secondary care, the post holder may also work in community or primary care settings. All post holders will be provided with diabetes specific training.

Main duties of the job

The service is research active, has strong links with the Wales and UK Diabetes Psychology networks, the All-Wales Diabetes Implementation Group and third-sector stakeholders. The post holder will also be a member of the BCUHB Health Clinical Psychology Department, which is a supportive, friendly and growing department of Clinical Psychologists and Psychotherapists working in physical health services across BCUHB and has strong links with the North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme.

This post is being advertised as a band 7/8a development post and applicants with a range of experience, including newly qualified Psychologists will be considered. Band 7 post holders will be given the opportunity for significant shadowing and training from then other psychologists within the department, and a competency based framework will applied to assess readiness for development in to a permanent 8a post.

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

About us

If you relish a challenge, have a passion to help others or simply fancy a fresh start, then Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) North Wales, has all the right ingredients. The largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health, acute and elective hospital services for a population of around 700,000, across North Wales . Join our team and get the support you need, in line with our Organisational Values and 'Proud to Lead' competence framework.

Enjoy being part of working with engaged leadership at all levels, and be assured we are committed to promoting equality and diversity, and are proud to welcome applicants under the Disability Confident Employer scheme.

Please check your email account regularly. Successful applicants will receive all recruitment related correspondence via the email account registered on the application form.

Applications may be submitted in Welsh. Applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification documents for further information on both band 7 and 8a posts

All post holders will be provided with diabetes specific training.

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

Training and Qualifications


  • Good Honours degree in Psychology. Eligibility for Chartered status with the BPS.
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Post-graduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS with HCPC registration following qualification. Or equivalent which gives Practitioner Psychologist Status with the HCPC.


  • Advanced training in research design and methodology.
  • Training/ qualifications in specific therapeutic models applicable to Health Clinical Psychology (e.g. Mindfulness, ACT).
  • Clinical supervision training for Doctoral trainee Clinical Psychologists (8a applicants only).



  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practised within clinical psychology.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology theory and practice, including neuropsychological and psychometric assessment and interpretation, psychological therapies and their application.
  • Willingness to develop knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to diabetes services.
  • Participation with CPD as recommended by BPS & HCPC.
  • Has attended taught post-graduate course or pursued supervised self-directed study in an area or areas of health clinical psychology (8a only).
  • Knowledge of legislation and Welsh Government policy, NICE and other guidelines relevant to professional practice in diabetes service provision in Wales. (8a only).


  • Record of publications in peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books.



  • Willingness to develop additional specialist skills through supervised training or experience in Diabetes Clinical Psychology including case presentations, group supervision and short courses post-qualification.
  • Willingness to undertake training in supervisory skills (band 7 only).
  • Additional appropriate experience, working as a qualified Clinical/ Practitioner Psychologist, including significant post-qualification experience working with people with physical health difficulties and/or chronic pain. (band 8a only).
  • Experience of working with service users with adjustment and/or mental health difficulties across the adult lifespan and their families and carers. (band 8a only).


  • Knowledge and experience of a variety of relevant therapeutic approaches as applied to chronic physical health conditions.
  • Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups.
  • Significant post-qualification experience in the field of Health Clinical Psychology (e.g. diabetes, pain management, cancer/palliative care, renal medicine). (band 8a only)
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision. (band 8a only)



  • Ability to use highest level of interpersonal and communication skills, ability to convey and receive highly complex/sensitive information effectively, requiring empathy and reassurance, in a highly emotive atmosphere.
  • The ability to overcome psychological resistance to potentially threatening information, whilst maintaining high degree of professionalism at all times.
  • Ability to create and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary settings.
  • Demonstrates high standards in written and verbal communication.
  • Ability to make clinical and service-related judgements involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of several options.
  • Ability to evaluate critically research evidence relating to clinical effectiveness and service development.
  • Ability to plan and organise a range of clinical or service-related activities and programmes.
  • Ability to implement agreed policies and strategic long-term service developments within the service.
  • Formal training in breakaway techniques.
  • Computer literate, and ability to use standard and specialist software.


  • Ability to speak Welsh.
  • Ability to travel between sites in a timely manner.

Employer details

Employer name

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board


Ysbyty Glan Cwyd

Rhuddlan Road


LL18 5UJ

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