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Principal Practitioner Psychologist - BMT/CAR-T

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic practitioner psychologist to join a well established psychology team within specialised haematological cancer services, specifically BMT and CAR-T. There is a positive culture within the service of supervision, professional development, innovation, research and development.

We are in the position to recruit Psychologists who already have the competence and experience relevant to an 8a position, or Psychologists who meet the qualification, training and competence for a band 7 post. In the case of the latter, we are able to offer a professional knowledge and skills-based development programme that will provide you with the opportunity to acquire the appropriate skills and competencies to enable your progression into the 8a role. The expectation is that this progression would be achieved within a time frame of 12 - 18 months.

Newly qualified practitioner psychologists who are yet to achieve HCPC status on qualification will remain on a band 6 banding until confirmation that they have met the requirements for Doctorate status and HCPC registration is received.

Main duties of the job

Cardiff and Vale UHB's Haematology Services offer an exciting opportunity for a Practitioner Psychologist Band 7/8a to join established multi-disciplinary teams and provide psychological expertise to young people and adults living with haematological problems and cancers requiring transplantation and the specialised CAR-T therapy.

Psychological skills are highly valued within the Service. The role includes direct client work, plus help for families, care workers, and our multidisciplinary staff. There is an opportunity for consultancy, innovation, service improvement, staff training and research/audit.

It is essential for this post to hold a Postgraduate Practitioner Doctorate in Psychology and to be a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist. Knowledge and experience of applying psychology in physical health/medical settings is essential, as is enthusiasm for multi-disciplinary teamwork.

There is a growing clinical health psychology and neuropsychology specialty group in the UHB, and within Haematology and Cancer Care. There is an active professional support network for clinical health psychologists in South Wales and you would be encouraged to develop your professional, supervisory and clinical skills via engagement in local and national CPD opportunities.

Telephone or email contact for informal discussion or to arrange a visit is very much welcomed.

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

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

Additional contact details:

Dr Rachel Criddle (Consultant Clinical Psychologist):

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.
  • Additional training in relevant areas e.g., research, supervision.
Special Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practised within clinical/counselling psychology.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical/counselling psychology theory and practice, assessment, psychological therapies and their application.
  • Willingness to develop knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to Adult Clinical Health Services.
  • Participation with CPD as recommended by the BPS.
  • Well-developed specialist knowledge of at least two psychological therapy models.
  • Knowledge of implementation issues in Wales-wide clinical health services.
Experience Essential
  • A wide range of experience in applying clinical/counselling psychology in the NHS.
  • Relevant additional clinical experience.
  • Experience working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of NHS planning/service improvement forums.
  • Experience of working with service users as co-producers.
Skills Essential
  • Ability to use the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to create and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary settings.
  • Ability to make clinical and service-related judgments involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of several options.
  • Ability to evaluate critically research evidence relating to clinical effectiveness and service development.
  • 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.

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