Principal Clinical Psychologist

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Feb 2023

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Perinatal Care
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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The post holder will have responsibility for working within the multi-disciplinary Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team as a Principal Clinical Psychologist providing targeted and specific assessments and interventions within Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.

This is a part time post for 30 hours a week and is open to clinical and counselling psychologists.

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

Main duties of the job

  • To develop and ensure the delivery of a psychological service for service users of the Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service (SPMHS) including assessment, formulation, intervention and consultation.
  • To provide clinical and strategic leadership for the development of a psychological service within the SPMHS.
  • Along with senior colleagues within the team the post holder will be required to manage the expansion of the service, providing innovation in the development of the SPMHS in line with clinical guidelines and service standards. This will include conducting and supervising research and audit in order to develop and evaluate new clinical and psychological programmes of care.
  • To ensure that appropriate treatment is offered for all people referred to the Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Service. This is to be provided within the framework of clinical governance, which meets accepted standards of best practice.To participate fully in the professional activities of the Adult Psychology Speciality and the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Psychology Service.

To gain further experience of professional issues and to be familiar with current strategic thinking in the NHS in general and mental health in particular.

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 specialty 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

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The post holder is responsible and accountable for the direct delivery of psychological services within the SPMHS.

The post holder is expected to have some direct clinical involvement with service users of the SPMHS, but this is not the main purpose of the post.

Where required, the post holder is responsible for ensuring the provision of comprehensive assessments (utilising clinical interview, psychometric tests, behavioural observation and consultation with significant others) and the delivery of appropriate therapeutic interventions for the range of referred difficulties accepted by the Service (i.e., those that are complex, and have severe and challenging psychological problems which require the specialist interventions provided by Clinical Psychologists).

To construct a psychological formulation of each patients difficulties and develop an individualised intervention and management plan where required (or to facilitate others to do the same)

The post holder is responsible for providing/arranging clinical supervision to clinicians offering psychological therapy within the SPMHS.

To keep up to date with policies and procedures relevant to direct work with vulnerable women and their infants (e.g. local Child Protection Procedures etc), and with the evidence base for psychological interventions in the context of perinatal mental health problems.

To select which patients require urgent and immediate treatment and signpost or arrange care accordingly and in a timely manner.

To provide consultation and advice to professional staff from other disciplines on psychological assessment, therapy and techniques for working effectively with particular patients.

To be a major contributor of psychological knowledge and expertise to the work of the multi-disciplinary team and other agencies.

To provide regular feedback to referral agents on the progress of work with the patients referred.

To be responsible for all administrative tasks relating to case-work including keeping case notes, therapeutic correspondence, CTP, patient data base records etc. in line with the Policies and Procedures of the SPMHS, the Adult Directorate and the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Division.

To be a Care Co-ordinator if required.

To be responsible for own clinical work and work as an independent practitioner.

To engage in regular meetings with psychologists from other specialities to discuss, plan and work with patients who have cross speciality service needs.

See attached job description for other responsibilities

Person Specification English Essential
  • Knowledge & Skills
English Essential
  • Qualification
  • Qualification
Englsih Essential
  • Experience
  • Experience
English Essential
  • Other Qualities
  • Other Qualities

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