Clinical Psychologist Lead - Integrated Autism Service

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum (pro rata if part time)
Closing date
26 Feb 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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There are exciting times ahead for our Integrated Autism Service in Hywel Dda University Health Board and we would like to appoint a full time, permanent, Band 8b Clinical Psychologist to the service.

The role will have a particular focus on quality, evaluation, audit and monitoring outcomes and a clinical lead role within the service. It will also include working clinically around assessment and intervention. The base will be in St David's Park, Carmarthen but the role will cover the whole of the Health Board footprint.

The post-holder will be part of a friendly and cohesive Psychology service across the Neurodevelopmental Team (for young people), S-CAMHS and the Perinatal Service. Those requiring part time work hours will be considered.

Main duties of the job

Developing evidence based clinical practice within the service will be a central role.

The successful candidate will be responsible for further developing the Psychology perspective within the team to include assessment, formulation and developing psychological interventions, particularly for the more complex presentations.

There will also be a focus on waiting list management, including developing and implementing waiting list initiatives, and assisting the Service Delivery Manager when required, with development of the service.

West Wales is a beautiful place to live, especially for those who enjoy outdoor activities.

There are good links with the South Wales Doctoral Training Course for Clinical Psychology and psychologists are encouraged to have trainees on placement.

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

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:

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

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;

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;

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services.

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

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.

Person Specification Qualifications and Knowledge Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 as accredited by the BPS
  • Registration with the HCPC as a Psychology Practitioner.
  • Training also to specifically include models of psychopathology and two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Significant post qualification training in assessment and intervention with clients with Autism and other developmental difficulties.
  • Training in the administration of formal psychometric assessments.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS & HCPC
  • Further relevant specialist training or experience or qualification, particularly around Autism.
  • Specialist training in the delivery of supervision.
  • Training in one or more additional specialized areas of psychological Practice.
  • Training in specialist assessments for the diagnosis of Autism
  • Training in psychological interventions for clients with Autism and awareness of adaptations which may be necessary.
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience in conducting and interpreting cognitive/neuropsychological assessment and clinical psychometrics.
  • Significant experience of working with a wide variety of client groups across the whole life course and 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 severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Significant post qualification experience of assessing for neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Experience of working with clients with significant mental health problems and/or learning disabilities
  • Extensive experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of leading projects related to quality of service provision and service development
  • Experience of teaching, training and clinical supervision of staff working with clients with complex presentations
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of providing clinical consultation to others
  • Experience of working with clients with risky behaviour
  • Experience of developing and implementing waiting list initiatives.
  • Experience of clinically leading and operationally managing staff.

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