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Practitioner Psychologist

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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Applications are invited for a highly skilled, motivated and compassionate Practitioner Psychologist for ourLearning Disabilityacute inpatient unit, TyLafant.TyLafantis asmall,experienced and friendly service that supports adults with a learning disability who present with significant behaviours that challenge and/or complex mental health difficulties requiring a period of inpatient care.

TyLafanthas a well-established full clinical MDT and a supportive senior management team.The post holder must have significantpost qualificationexperience of working with adults with a learning disability who present withhigh levels of distress and demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with others, leadership skills and an ability to think systemically whilst holding psychological expertise.

As you support others' psychological well-being, our role is to support you. You will have regular clinical supervision from a senior Clinical Psychologist and join Learning Disability Psychological Services. We are a supportive team who meet regularly.We have a reputation for striving for the highest standards of care for adults with a learning disability and in this context, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills, experience and training in a range of areas such as, PBS, forensic risk assessment, trauma and leadership skills.You will have the opportunity to develop special interests and pursue research to support the highest quality compassionate care.

Main duties of the job

Psychological approaches form the foundation of TyLafant'sapproach to clinical care and staff support. Psychology staff are valued members of the core clinical team.As the unit Psychologist, you willbe the clinical lead for the inpatient care pathway,applyingpsychologicalskills and expertise in clinical and risk assessments, collaboratively developing formulations and care plans, deliveringindividual and group psychological interventions and consultingtothe MDT.You will lead the psychological therapies offered on TyLafant,both in thinking about the needs of individuals with a learning disability and the needs of the staff team,supervising the Assistant Psychologist and Behavioural Clinical Specialist, and working together with the Drama Therapist.

About us

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is a multi-award winning NHS organisation with a passion for caring. The Health Board provides an exceptional workplace where you can feel trusted and valued. Whatever your speciality or stage in your career, we have opportunities for everyone to start, grow and build your career. The health board provides integrated acute, primary and community care serving a population of 650,000 and employing over 16,000 staff.

We offer a fantastic benefits package and extensive training and development opportunities with paid mandatory training, excellent in-house programmes, opportunities to complete recognised qualifications and professional career pathways including a range of management development programmes. We offer flexible working and promote a healthy work life balance, provide occupational health support and an ambitious plan for a Wellbeing Centre of Excellence to support you at work.

Our Clinical Futures strategy continues to enhance and promote care closer to home as well as high quality hospital care when needed. This includes the Grange University Hospital which provides specialist and critical care and is the newest addition to the clinical futures strategy opening in November 2020. Join us on our journey to pioneer new ways of working and deliver a world-class healthcare service fit for the future.

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.
  • To be responsible for providing highly specialist psychological services to adults with a Learning Disability who are admitted to Ty Lafant in agreement with the Unit Manager. This includes, face to face work with individuals, families, significant others, and consultation work advising staff of other disciplines on the psychological aspects of casework and interventions. It involves conducting psychological assessments and the delivery of appropriate therapeutic interventions for the full range of difficulties experienced by individuals and in particular for highly complex clinical difficulties.
  • To be responsible for the clinical leadership to the unit and staff within the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To work with the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the implementation of an individualised intervention and management plan that meets the individuals needs and be responsible for ongoing assessment and monitoring of clinical outcomes, in order to evaluate interventions provided by the multi-disciplinary team and improve services.
  • To be responsible for identifying, providing or organising, and monitoring teaching, training and supervision to staff within the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To conduct and supervise research and audit, and to develop and evaluate new clinical and psychological interventions, as a major responsibility of the job.
  • To participate in relevant research/audit groups, as required by the Learning Disabilities Directorate.
  • To participate in and lead on proposed changes in the multi-disciplinary teams service planning and development, in agreement with the Head of Specialist Services and service managers.
  • To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team and to contribute to the activities and developments of this team.
  • To participate fully in the professional activities of the Learning Disabilities Psychological Service and the ABUHB Psychology Service.
  • To gain further experience of professional issues and implement current strategic thinking in the NHS in general and Learning Disabilities in particular.

Person Specification Qualifications & experience Essential
  • Doctorate level training in Clinical or Counselling Clinical Psychology, accredited by the BPS, or equivalent accredited by the BPS.
  • HCPC Registered
  • Training in clinical supervision
  • Significant post qualification clinical experience of working with adults with a learning disability.
  • Has undergone or is undergoing advanced post qualification training in an advanced level of clinical expertise in at least one area of clinical practice within the field of Learning Disability
  • Significant experience of working in a multi-agency/disciplinary team and demonstrating collaborative and compassionate working relationships
  • Experience of leading on service developments in a multi-agency/disciplinary setting
  • Proven record of providing compassionate clinical leadership and provide direction to other psychologists, disciplines and agencies. For example, through supervision, teaching and training, to improve the quality of care for complex and vulnerable service users.
  • Innovative and flexible in a fast-paced clinical setting
  • A team player who is able to build respectful, effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders
  • Has had own work published in either peer reviewed or academic professional journals and/or books.
  • Completion of a post-qualification advanced training in an evidence based psychological therapy
Aptitude and Abilities Essential
  • Ability to collaboratively and effectively assess, interpret, formulate and intervene in clinical and service situations where the context is highly complex, and where there are a range of possible options, where different courses of action could be taken and where expert opinions may differ within a busy team context.
  • Has a thorough knowledge of the main Professional Issues effecting Practitioner Psychology in the NHS
  • Has had own work published in either peer reviewed or academic professional journals and/or books.
  • Ability to speak Welsh

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