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Highly Specialist Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking to recruit a highly skilled, innovative and experienced Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, to work across the Crisis Home Treatment Teams based at Royal Glamorgan Hospital and Kier Hardy Health Park. Psychology has been established in these teams for a number of years, and you will work closely with colleagues to delivery psychologically informed care to people presenting in acute distress.

You will be joining vibrant and experienced MDTs including mental health nurses, support workers, occupational therapists, and psychiatrists. Psychology is valued greatly across the teams and across the wider CTMUHB acute mental health care pathway and the post holder will work closely with the established team of psychologists and therapists in acute care

You will provide psychological assessments and brief psychological interventions for people with a wide range of complex psychological difficulties presenting in acute distress. An important part of the role will be consultative and include the provision of reflective practice groups, staff support and consultation.

CPD and training are encouraged, with recent support going towards EMDR and complex trauma. Exploring options to widen access to psychological therapies via transdiagnostic modalities such as ACT is also supported in the context of acute and crisis mental health care.

Main duties of the job

To provide qualified clinical or counselling psychology input to clients of the Rhondda Taf Ely and Merthyr Cynon Home Treatment Teams (HTT). The post holder will provide highly specialist psychological assessment and brief interventions to service users with complex clinical, high risk care needs, in addition to offering supervision and consultation to the wider multi-disciplinary team to develop skills in psychologically informed care and promote the use of psychological informed formulations.

Providing training and supervision to develop competencies to provide psychology informed care within the wider team is a key role in this post. The post holder will join a passionate and enthusiastic team of psychologists and psychotherapists working in acute care and will have regular CPD opportunities as a member of the wider psychology department.

This post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures.

About us

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is part of the NHS Wales family. Our Health Board provides primary, secondary and community health and wellbeing services to around 450,000 people living in three County Boroughs: Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

We live by our core values:

- We listen, learn and improve

- We treat everyone with respect

- We all work together as one team

We are a proud local employer, around 80% of our 15000 workforce live within our region, making our staff not only our lifeblood of our organisation but of the diverse communities that we serve.

Mae Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Cwm Taf Morgannwg yn rhan o deulu GIG Cymru. Mae ein Bwrdd Iechyd yn darparu gofal iechyd sylfaenol, eilaidd a chymunedol ynghyd gwasanaethau lles i tua 450,000 o bobl sy'n byw mewn tair sir: Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr, Merthur Tydful a Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Rydyn ni'n byw yn l ein gwerthoedd craidd:
  • Rydyn ni'n gwrando, yn dysgu ac yn gwella
  • Rydyn ni'n trin pawb pharch
  • Rydyn ni i gyd yn gweithio fel un tm

Rydyn ni'n gyflogwr lleol balch; mae tua 80% o'n gweithlu o 15,000 yn byw o fewn ein rhanbarth. O ganlyniad, nid enaid y sefydliad yn unig y mae ein staff yn ei gynrychioli, ond y cymunedau amrywiol rydyn ni'n eu gwasanaethu.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the HTT, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options, taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically-based standard care plans.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically-based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To communicate, in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
  • When required to work on an outreach basis, meeting with users of the HTT team in their homes, public places or community settings, in accordance with the teams safety policy.
  • To be prepared to work flexibility to meet the needs of service users in crisis.
  • Supervising trainees on placements from the South Wales Doctoral Training Course for Clinical Psychologists.
  • Promoting sound and ethical clinical decision-making and practice throughout the mental health clinical service group.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate. This includes facilitating Reflective Practice Groups, staff support and debriefing sessions (as appropriate) for staff within the HTT
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues. To continue to gain wider post-qualification experience of clinical or counselling psychology over and above that provided within the principal area where the post-holder is employed.
  • To provide professional and clinical supervision of trainee and assistant clinical psychologists.
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing

To be involved, as appropriate, in the shortlisting and interviewing of assistant / graduate psychologists or more junior clinical or counselling psychologists

Person Specification Qualifications and/or Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 2000) including specifically, neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by Health and Care Professions Council, HCPC
  • Recognised training in supervision of trainee pscychologists
  • Highly developed knowledge of more than one psychological model
  • Training in, and experience of applying, WARRN framework
  • Specific training in trauma-focused approaches either individual or group
Experience Essential
  • Experience in Care and Treatment planning as defined under the Mental Health Measure, Wales
  • Experience of working with service users presenting with early psychosis
  • Experience of working with service users who present with high risk of self harm or are vulnerable to exploitation
  • Experience of facilitating team formulation meetings
Aptitude and Abilities Essential
  • Evidence of CPD as recommended by the HCPC or British Psychological Society

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