Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist in Chronic Pain Services

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
20 Oct 2022

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Band 8A
Full Time
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The North Ceredigion Primary Care Cluster is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and innovative experienced Clinical Psychologist with excellent clinical and communication skills to join our new multi-disciplinary Chronic Pain team. This is an ideal opportunity to be part of a new and actively developing service where emphasis is on delivering the best possible care for the people of Ceredigion, whilst promoting innovation, research and values based health care in all that we do.

The post is advertised as an 8a. However applicants who do not currently meet the skills and competences for the 8a role, are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will be appointed under annex 21 rules supported by a development plan. Following successful completion and successful attainment of skills and competences for the role the postholder will then be paid at 8a (minimum point on the scale). Excellent support and supervision will be provided in order to develop the practitioner to the 8a banded role. This will be an excellent opportunity for either a psychologist who already has 8a competencies and skills or for a recently qualified psychologist looking for career development.

Main duties of the job

As a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist within this team, you will play a leading role in reviewing, auditing, developing and delivering patient care whilst being supported by other Senior Practitioners in the Chronic Pain service within Hywel Dda University Health Board and wider health psychology service. You will be actively interested and contribute to evidence based practice and service development.

You will be involved in providing training to other services and team members and have access to training and actively engage in clinical supervision. You will also provide supervision and mentoring to other team members.

We have developed strong links with the South Wales Clinical Psychology Programme and encourage attendance at their workshops as well as representing the Hywel Dda UHB and the service on various committees. We are also fortunate to have very active clinical and professional networks on an All Wales basis with direct links into the Welsh Assembly Government, local Universities and service delivery groups.

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:o Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;o 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;o 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;

o Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;o 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

If you are a Hywel Dda University Health Board employee and are applying for this post as a secondment, agreement for the secondment is needed from your current manager prior to application.

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 27/10/22

Person Specification Qualifications and Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those who commenced training prior to September 2001) as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Registered with Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as qualified Clinical Psychologist.
  • To have knowledge of clinical assessment, formulation and psychological treatments as well as experience in working psychologically in all core specialties being a) adult mental health; b) child and adolescent mental health; c) older adults mental health and d) learning disabilities as obtained within Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology (D. Clin Psy).
  • To have knowledge of specific models of psychopathology including health psychology models, clinical psychometrics and cognitive psychology, two or more distinct Psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Experience post qualification
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of delivering psychological interventions within multidisciplinary settings.
  • Experience of working flexibly and sensitively with a wide variety of psychology patient groups, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of applied clinical psychology within physical health conditions
  • Experience of working with people living with Chronic Pain
  • Working in a Primary Care setting
Language Requirements Desirable
  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

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