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Assistant Psychologist Mental Health Psychology (Community)

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£28,834 to £35,099 per annum pro rata
Closing date
5 Aug 2024
This post is a Fixed Term/ Secondment until 01.11. 2025 to meet the needs of the service.

If you are a Hywel Dda University Health Board employee and are applying for this post as a secondment, agreement for the secondment is needed from your current manager prior to application.

Following the success of Assistant Psychologists (AP's)being offered places on doctoral programmes the Psychology AMH Service is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for a part-time (4 days) fixed-term (12 months) Band 5 AP position to work in the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team. The base is in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion.

The successful applicant will be working alongside other AP's based across the three counties. The post-holder needs to be able to demonstrate innovation, commitment and enthusiasm for improving psychological needs of people with mental health conditions. They must be able to work both independently and as a member of a team to support the existing service.

The CRHTT is a dynamic service that supports those presenting as a risk to themselves/others and the successful applicant will need to demonstrate a sensitivity to client's emotional needs as well as managing their own resilience. Supervision is provided by Clinical Psychologists.

Main duties of the job

Under the supervision to deliver standardised low level interventions to inpatients on the acute psychiatric wards.

To assist in the administration of questionnaires and the collation of data (psychometrics).

To undertake protocol-based psychological assessment of clients using psychological tests, including neuropsychological assessments, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care.

To assist in the formulation and delivery of care and treatment plans involving the psychological treatment and/or management of a client's problem, under the supervision of a qualified professional psychologist within settings appropriate to the service.

Development of clinical reports and correspondence to referrer, for review by supervisor.

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 (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

Applicants must have a recognised 2.1/first honours degree in Psychology and have the Graduate Basis for Registration with the British Psychological Society.

Experience of working with clinical populations is beneficial.

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 12/08/2024

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Upper second class honours degree in Psychology with graduate basis for registration with the BPS


  • Further postgraduate training in a relevant area



  • Relevant paid or voluntary work with people with mental health problems in an NHS setting.


  • Experience in more than one area of work e.g. Adult Mental Health, Older People's Mental Health

Language Skills


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board



Llanbadarn Road


SY23 1HB

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