Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist - Traumatic Stress Service

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

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you interested in joining a specialist Traumatic Stress Service?

Applications are invited for the 8b role of Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling) to work 37.5 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 with close links to Cardiff University's Traumatic Stress Research Group and to Traumatic Stress Wales (https://traumaticstress.nhs.wales/), a national, Welsh Government supported quality improvement initiative. This new role 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.

As a senior member of the team the successful applicant will provide highly specialist assessment, formulation and intervention for individuals with complex trauma related presentations.

The appointed individual will be able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge of the impacts that trauma exposure can have on individual development, functioning and mental health, and will be highly experienced in providing evidence-based treatment to individuals with PTSD and complex PTSD through approaches including trauma focused CBT and EMDR.

We would encourage applicants to get in touch if they have any questions about the role.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will provide highly specialised individual psychological assessments, diagnostics and interventions for clients who are in various settings.

The post-holder will also be responsible for providing consultation to other staff in the multidisciplinary team and other staff working within Cardiff & Vale Health Board and associated Services.

The post-holder will offer advice and consultation on client's psychological care to the Psychology & Psychological Therapies Directorate and wider, and work autonomously within national and professional guidelines and the departmental policies and procedures.

The post-holder will be required to supervise more junior members of the team and manage the clinical governance and development agenda as a service.

The post-holder will utilise research skills for audit, policy, service development and research within UHB guidance.

This role will include design of services including highly complex psychological assessments, formulation and treatment of clients on an individual and group basis, multi-disciplinary work, consultancy work, liaison, research, teaching, training and supervision of Trainee Clinical Psychologists on placements, nursing staff and others.

The post-holder is required to work autonomously planning and organising their own clinics and caseloads, balancing client work, teaching, training, consultation and service development to ensure an effective and efficient use of expertise.

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
  • 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 registered as a practitioner psychologist
  • Post doctoral training/ experience in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice, particularly clinical health psychology/medical settings or transferable
  • 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 within clinical health psychology/medical settings or applicable transferable skills
  • 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.
  • Experience of working with service users as co-producers.
Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of highly complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Communication & Relationship skills as described on person specification
  • Analytical and judgment skills as described on person specification
  • Planning and Organisational Skills as described on person specification
Special Knowledge Essential
  • Formal Training and supervision of other psychologists.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology.
  • Evidence of significant post-qualification continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC and BPS.
  • Ability to identify and provide support to carers and staff.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic presentations.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation.
  • Well developed specialist knowledge of clinical/counselling psychology theory and practice, assessment, and the application of specialised psychological therapies related to the needs of people with renal disease, those undergoing transplantation and donors.
  • Specialist knowledge of psychometric test construction, development, validation, administration and clinical interpretation of the results.
  • Awareness of ethnic diversity issues.
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Respect for users of services and their Carers.
  • Willingness to supervise trainee clinical psychologists and other qualified clinical/counselling psychologists working in similar settings.
  • Commitment to and interest in working with people within medical settings.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with patients, their families/carers and staff to develop and improve services.
  • Willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to make effective use of clinical consultation and appraisal.
  • Willingness to participate in continuing professional development.
Other Essential
  • Requirement to undertake frequent exposure to emotionally distressing and traumatic situations.
  • Computer literate
  • Ability to travel between work sites in a timely manner.
  • Physical skills as described in person specification
  • Freedom to act as described in person specification
  • Ability to speak Welsh and willing to use in a work context

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