Clinical /Counselling Psychologist band 7/8a

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
16 Oct 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking to recruit Practitioner Psychologists to the community Mental Health Service for Older People.There is also flexibility to work across both inpatient and community services, offering great opportunities for professional development.

This is an exciting time to join Mental Health Services for Older People in Cardiff & Vale. The service has recently undergone considerable expansion and change, developing new multi-disciplinary models of working and opportunities for staff to come and join us in this venture. There is a wealth of support (both formal and informal), supervision, CPD opportunities and expertise available within our specialty.

We are in the position to recruit Psychologists who already have the competence and experience relevant to an 8a position, or Psychologistswho meet the qualification, training and competence for a band 7 post. In the case of the latter, we are able to offer a professional knowledge and skills-based development programme that will provide you with the opportunity to acquire the appropriate skills and competencies to enable your progression into the 8a role within an appropriate timescale.

Newly qualified practitioner psychologists who will be qualifying and achieving HCPC status on qualification in 2022 are also invited to apply for the post. Successful applicants will remain on a band 6 banding until confirmation that they have met the requirements for Doctorate status and HCPC registration is received.

Main duties of the job

The successful post-holders will be responsible for helping to further develop and provide a practitioner psychology service to people who receive a community service from the Cardiff and Vale Mental Health Service for Older People (MHSOP). You will work collaboratively and closely with your multi-disciplinary colleagues.

The role includes providing direct psychological assessments and interventions, cognitive and neuropsychological assessments, staff and multi-disciplinary consultation and supervision, innovation, service/systems improvement work, staff skills training, research and audit, and team reformulations.

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

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is Caring for People, Keeping People Well,and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description Job responsibilities

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 Qualifications Essential
  • Good Honours degree in Psychology with eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the BPS.
  • Post-graduate Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology accredited by the HCPC (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 as accredited by the BPS).
  • HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialist areas of psychological practice.
Experience Essential
  • A wide range of experience in applying clinical/counselling psychology in the NHS.
  • Experience of working with people with mental health/psychological problems in a medical setting; problems presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings and maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems.
  • Experience of teaching/training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Demonstrable evidence of significant specialist clinical supervision within a scientist-practitioner framework, including individual supervision, group supervision and case presentations.
Skills Essential
  • Ability to use the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills to convey and receive highly complex/sensitive information effectively, requiring empathy and reassurance, in a highly emotive atmosphere and the ability to overcome psychological resistance to potentially threatening information, whilst maintaining a high degree of professionalism at all times.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary settings.
  • Ability to evaluate critically research evidence relating to clinical effectiveness and service development
Special knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical/counselling psychology theory and practice, assessment, psychological therapies and their application.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practised within clinical/counselling psychology.
  • Participation with CPD as recommended by the BPS.
  • Awareness of ethnic diversity issues.
Personal qualities Essential
  • Willingness to supervise trainee clinical psychologists and other qualified clinical/counselling psychologists working in similar team settings.
  • Organised and flexible, able to prioritise workload.
  • Ability to make effective use of clinical consultation and appraisal
  • Must be capable of working within organisational policies, and be accountable for own professional actions.

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