High Intensity Specialist Psychological Therapist

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£41,659 to £47,673 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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Applications are invited for a Band 7 role of High Intensity Specialist Psychological Therapy Practitioner to work 18.75 hours per week within Cardiff & Vale UHB's Traumatic Stress Service.

The Service is a small multidisciplinary team. We have a strong track record in research and development and have close links to Cardiff University's Traumatic Stress Research Group and to Traumatic Stress Wales: a national, Welsh Government supported quality improvement initiative.

This new post is intended to support the continuing development of the Service and to support increased access to evidence based interventions for those with PTSD and complex PTSD across Cardiff and the Vale UHB.

Main duties of the job

The main focus of this role will be to provide evidence based psychological therapy to individuals with complex trauma related histories and presentations who usually have a diagnosis of PTSD or complex PTSD.

There will also be opportunity to be involved in assisting in research, audit and teaching. Appropriate clinical and line management supervision will be available to the successful candidate.

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

About us


Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has an important job to do. What we do matters because it's our job to care for people and keep them well. We all want to do this to the best of our abilities - but we know that good intentions are not always enough.

At Cardiff and Vale University Health Board our values and example behaviours are:

We care about the people we serve and the people we work with

Treat people as you would like to be treated and always with compassion

We trust and respect one another

Look for feedback from others on how you are doing and strive for better ways of doing things

We take personal responsibility

Be enthusiastic and take responsibility for what you do.

We treat people with kindness

Thank people, celebrate success and when things go wrong ask 'what can I learn'?

We act with integrity

Never let structures get in the way of doing the right thing.

Our values guide the way we work and the way we behave with others. Post holders will be expected at all times to behave in accordance with our values demonstrating commitment to the delivery of high-quality services to patients.

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
  • As for Psychological therapist defined by CFWI. OR HCPC registrant or professional for undertaking assessment under Part 1 of the Mental Health Measure (Wales).
  • Masters level or post-masters level training in evidence-based approaches (as defined by Matrics Cymru and designated e.g. IPT, CBT, EMDR, or Diploma in a relevant Psychological Therapy e.g. CBT Accreditation with specialist regulatory body and ongoing supervision fulfilling current requirements as set by the accrediting or approved body for evidence-based therapy delivery e.g. CAT, IPT, CBT, EMDR. OR Recent successful completion of a Level 2 BABCP accredited course with well progressed supervised practice and portfolio for accreditation within the next 6 months. OR CBT trained and qualified at post-graduate level, with provisional or full individual accreditation awarded by the BABCP. Formal supervision training in relevant therapy /specialist field of evidence-based practice as designated.
  • Ability to write for publication.
  • Portfolio evidencing supervised practice in supervision and further relevant training.
Experience Essential
  • Extensive experience of undertaking assessments and providing evidence-based interventions.
  • Experience in providing supervision / consultation for other clinicians.
  • Experience of effective multidisciplinary / team working NHS / equivalent.
  • Experience of participating in the planning and development of services.
  • Experience in speaking and lecturing in public and professional forums.
  • Significant experience of researching, developing and delivering training packages
Skills and Competencies Essential
  • High level communication and interpersonal skills to convey and receive complex, highly technical, sensitive information effectively at both a written and oral level.
  • Skilled in working with people at all levels from all disciplines and interagency level.
  • Ability to make clinical and service-related judgements involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options.
  • Ability to critically evaluate research evidence relating to clinical effectiveness and service development.
  • Up to date knowledge of relevant mental health legislative frameworks for children, adolescents and adults.
  • Knowledge of research design, methodology and analysis.
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Strategic thinker.
  • Able to lead complex communication processes where there are opposing views and significant barriers to acceptance and understanding.
  • Able to focus and concentrate on complex issues on a daily basis and deliver high quality outcomes
  • Ability to travel between sites in a timely manner.

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