Assistant Psychologist

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£27,055 to £32,934 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Part Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Psychologist to join the Regional Specialist Community Brain Injury Team, within Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

The post holder will assistant in the provision of neuropsychological and psychological assessment and intervention to adult patients with acquired brain injury. The service is delivered in outpatient, community and domiciliary settings

The post holder should demonstrate the relevant skills and enthusiasm required to work within this clinical specialty.

There will be opportunities to link in with other assistant psychologists and clinical supervision will be provided with a qualified Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist within the team.

They may be required to work their normal contracted hours flexibly in a variety of different working patterns in response to the needs of the service where they are placed. The post holder will see people in their own homes and local communities, and so the ability to travel in a timely manner is required.

The successful post holder must share our core values and beliefs.

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 work alongside members of the multidisciplinary team to deliver psychology services to patients as part of their holistic neuro-rehabilitation. This will include patients with cognitive and behavioural difficulties. The post-holder will work directly with service users, delivering evidence-based psychological therapies, both 1:1 and in group settings. This may be in people's own homes, local communities, or on-site at UHL.

The post-holder will also support with the provision of neuropsychological assessments carried out within the service, and there is an opportunity to develop competence and experience in psychometric test administration, scoring and interpretation.

They will work under direct supervision of the team's Clinical Psychologist, with further supervision from the Service Lead Clinical Neuropsychologist.

They will participate in service development projects, audit and service evaluation. They will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and support with the general clinical work of the team.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Boardis 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 isCaring for People, Keeping People Welland ourvision 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, Cardiffand 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.

Person Specification Other Essential
  • Ability to use word processing and computer packages for both report- writing, layout and data analysis
  • Ability to accept and use clinical supervision appropriately and effectively.
  • Willingness to undertake continuing professional development.
  • Ability to travel across the Health Board to meet the needs of the service.
  • Ability to speak Welsh
  • Ability to travel between sites in a timely manner.
Special Knowledge Essential
  • An understanding of the needs and difficulties of people with mental health / psychological problems.
  • Ability to carry out standardised psychological assessments.
  • Specialist knowledge related to the area of work.
Skills Essential
  • Communication and relationship skills
  • Analytical and judgement skills
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Responsibility for human resources
  • Freedom to act
  • High standard of clinical and audit/research report writing.
Experience Essential
  • Relevant clinical experience
  • Experience of applying psychology in the NHS
  • Experience of working in an MDT
  • Experience of audit or service evaluation
  • Experience working with mental health / psychological problems.
Qualifications Essential
  • An upper second-class honours degree or higher in Psychology
  • Eligibility for graduate basis for chartership with the British Psychological Society.
  • Additional training in relevant areas e.g. mental health practice, research design, psychological therapy.
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Interest and enthusiasm for working with people to increase their psychological skills.
  • An ability to manage emotional issues arising from working with clients in significant distress.
  • Empathic interpersonal style.
  • Reflective capacity
  • Ability to be flexible towards service requirements.

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