Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum
Closing date
13 Oct 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for an experienced Practitioner Psychologist to join our Specialty within the Mental Health Services for Older People. The primary role will involve being embedded within multi disciplinary teams working with older adults who have complex mental health difficulties and/or dementia and who require secondary mental health care. Given your experience you will be expected to work with complex cases across the specialty as well as working within a locality team. There might be expectation and opportunity for you to work within our high intensity and crisis team and sometimes (although less frequently ) on our inpatient wards. You will be in a position to provide supervision and have some line management responsibilities.

The Specialty consists of a number of Practitioner Psychologists, High Intensity Therapists and Counsellors and Psychologists in training We are a very supportive specialty and place high emphasis on the uHB values, adopting a compassionate and respective approach to our duties, responsibilities and professional relationships. Supervision and Continued Professional Development is highly valued and supported.

The Specialty sits within a large Directorate of Psychology and Psychological Therapies with ample opportunity to meet with colleagues and gain extensive experience across wide ranging opportunities.

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

Main duties of the job

providing highly specialised individual psychological assessments, formulations and interventions individual and group basis, multi-disciplinary work, consultancy work, liaison, research, teaching, training and supervision

providing supervision, consultation and some line management responsibilities for more junior colleagues within our Specialty and managing the clinical governance and development agenda as a service.

providing advice, consultation, supervision and reformulations to our multi disciplinary colleagues

design of services in consultation with Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Service and be an important part in the growing team of specialists within the service

Provide supervision and teaching to doctoral trainee clinical psychologists as a lead supervision.

Attend Specialty and Directorate meetings as appropriate and represent the HoS , Specialty and Directorate also as appropriate

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.
  • Evidence of peer reviewed publications, presentations at conferences, or similar contributions
Experience Essential
  • Substantial and demonstrable post-qualification experience of working as a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist with experience working with older people with mental health difficulties and /or dementia
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups 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 exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified healthcare professional and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and professional and clinical supervision.
  • Demonstrable evidence of significant specialist clinical supervision within a scientist-practitioner framework, including supervision, group supervision and case presentations
Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of highly complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Able to take responsibility for managing and providing a specialist service, or systematically providing part of a larger service
  • Ability to make clinical and service-related judgments involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of several options.
  • 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.
Special knowledge Essential
  • Formal Training and supervision of other psychologists
  • Evidence of significant post-qualification continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC and BPS
  • Specialist knowledge of psychometric test construction, development, validation, administration and clinical interpretation of the results.
Personal qualities Essential
  • Willingness to supervise trainee clinical psychologists and other qualified clinical/counselling psychologists working in similar settings
  • Willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to make effective use of clinical consultation and appraisal.

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