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Psychological Therapies Manager

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£44,398 to £50,807 per annum
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Staff Psychological Wellbeing Service provides specialist professional support as part of Hywel Dda's commitment to staff. We focus on promoting and enhancing the psychological wellbeing and mental health of leaders, staff and teams across the Health Board.

This is a unique leadership opportunity for an experienced, self-motivated and enthusiastic Psychological Therapist / Counsellor to expertly lead our team of practitioners and contribute to systems working to support workplace wellbeing.

You will manage your own case load and effectivelylead our 121 therapy provision for staff, enabling our trusted service to adapt and evolve on the basis of feedback and outcome data. You will also work closely with the Head of Service on a range of projects such as our innovative Recovery in Nature programme for staff and Supporting a Culture of Rest and Recovery.

Main duties of the job

Your post qualification experience in multi-disciplinary client work with adults will underpin your own clinical work, including assessment and brief solution-focused work.

You will also contribute to systemic team and organisational initiatives that help create the right conditions for wellbeing at work, and have the opportunity to contribute to our suite of wellbeing workshops and educational programmes.You will be motivated and keen to work systemically, contributing to team interventions with the skills and confidence to effectively facilitate group and team sessions both online and in person.

The main base for the post is to be agreed, but the post holder will be required to work across all our sites to lead the team and in accordance with service need. Some home working will be possible.

We are a friendly, supportive and hardworking team and work closely with a range of other services across all three counties. We draw on evidence and best practice nationally but also value innovation and focus on continuous learning and improvement. We offer a good programme of support and supervision and the opportunity for professional development. We value flexible working and strive to role model sustainable work-life balance.

Informal discussions are welcomed by Suzanne Tarrant, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of the Staff Psychological Wellbeing Service on 01437 772527.

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 (four 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

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

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 31/07/2024

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Masters Degree in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy/Psychology or Solution Focused Counselling or equivalent experience in clinical practice
  • Recognised professional qualification in Counselling or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
  • Membership of an appropriate professional body
  • Accreditation with an appropriate professional body
  • Working knowledge of more than one model of counselling/therapy
  • Knowledge of assessment procedures


  • Recognised professional qualification in Brief-Focused Counselling, Counselling for PTSD, Bereavement Counselling, Anger/Anxiety Management, Relationship Issues.
  • Qualification in Counselling/CBT Supervision



  • Significant post-qualification experience with adult clients, including brief focused work and assessment
  • Experience of receiving appropriate clinical supervision
  • Previous experience of workplace counselling
  • Experience of taking the lead on specific tasks/projects
  • Experience of a wide range of clinical caseload


  • Experience in managing other staff in a psychological therapies/counselling service
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision to other therapists/ counsellors
  • Experience of compiling data, conducting audits and writing service reports
  • Experience of post-trauma support work
  • Experience of working with groups
  • Experience of working within an NHS or other health setting
  • Experience in the administration and use of clinical and audit questionnaires (e.g. CORE)



  • Ability to travel between sites in a timely manner


  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Glangwili Hospital

Dolgwili Road


SA31 2AF

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