Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical Psychologist with experience and enthusiasm in working with eating disorders, to join the friendly and supportive Eating Disorders Specialist Outpatient Treatment Team (EDSOTT) in Cardiff. The eating disorders team provides a variety of evidence-based approaches to support people with a range of eating disorder presentations, and we are inclusive in terms of our referral criteria.

The service has expanded over the last couple of years and we have considerably reduced our waiting times. This is an exciting time to be involved in eating disorder services in Wales as we continue to expand and develop in response to government review recommendations and increased funding, and there would be a significant service development element to this 8b role.

Main duties of the job

Particular areas of focus are early intervention/transitions, trauma-informed working and service user involvement/coproduction.

The post will also involve direct and indirect psychological assessment, formulation and intervention, as well as consultation, training and the supervision of psychology and non-psychology colleagues. Service evaluation and the potential to be involved in research are also elements of the role.

This role has a significant service development element to it.

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

The successful applicant will be working with the EDSOTT team and clients to continue to develop a high quality, person-centred service for people affected by eating disorders. The successful post-holder will also be working alongside other clinical psychology colleagues (including both the consultant lead and assistant psychologist) as well as psychological therapists and dietitians.

The posts are professionally attached to the adult psychology specialty and psychology and psychological therapies directorate, both of which offer a friendly and supportive space, with a strong commitment to providing quality evidence-based interventions in Cardiff & Vale University Health Board. We are also committed to staff development and wellbeing, and have continued to invest in training and development opportunities.

We would strongly welcome informal enquiries and visits please contact Dr Naomi Swift, Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist: Naomi.Swift2@wales.nhs.uk

An enhanced DBS disclosure is required for this post.

The full job description and person specification is attached to this advert.

Person Specification Personal Qualities Essential
  • Respect for users of services and their Carers.
  • Willingness to supervise trainee clinical psychologists and other qualified clinical/counselling psychologists working in similar settings.
  • Commitment to and interest in working with people with eating disorders.
  • Commitment to working collaboratively with people living with eating disorders and their carers to develop and improve services.
  • Willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to make effective use of clinical consultation and appraisal.
  • Willingness to participate in continuing professional development & psychologists working in similar team settings.
  • Willingness to participate in continuing professional development.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and with sensitivity - verbally and in writing.
  • Organised and flexible, able to prioritise workload.
Special Knowledge Essential
  • Formal Training and supervision of other psychologists.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology.
  • Evidence of significant post-qualification continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC and BPS.
  • Ability to identify and provide support to carers and staff.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic presentations.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation.
  • Well-developed specialist knowledge of clinical/counselling psychology theory and practice, assessment, and the application of specialised psychological therapies related to the needs of people with eating disorders.
  • Specialist knowledge of psychometric test construction, development, validation, administration and clinical interpretation of the results.
  • Awareness of ethnic diversity issues.
Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of highly complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Ability to use highest level of interpersonal and communication skills to convey and receive highly complex/sensitive information effectively, requiring empathy and reassurance, in a highly emotive atmosphere and the ability to overcome psychological resistance to potentially threatening information, whilst maintaining high degree of professionalism at all times.
  • Able to take responsibility for managing and providing a specialist service, or systematically providing part of a larger service.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to make clinical and service-related judgments involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of several options.
  • Ability to critically evaluate 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.
  • Knowledge of theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific groups that are difficult to treat.
  • High level of knowledge of theory and practice of at least two specialist psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to client group and mental health.
Experience Essential
  • Substantial and demonstrable post-qualification experience of working as a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist with experience working with people with eating disorders.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups 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 and maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified healthcare professional and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and professional and clinical supervision.
  • Demonstrable evidence of significant specialist clinical supervision within a scientist-practitioner framework, including supervision, group supervision and case presentations.
  • Experience of working with service users as co-producers.
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.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialist areas of psychological practice.
  • Evidence of peer reviewed publications, presentations at conferences, or similar contributions.
Other Essential
  • Requirement to undertake frequent exposure to emotionally distressing and traumatic situations.
  • Computer literate.
  • Ability to travel between work sites in a timely manner.
  • Formal training in assessment.
  • Formal training in breakaway techniques.
  • Must be capable of working within organisational policies, and be accountable for own professional actions.
  • Ability to speak Welsh and willingness to use in a work context.

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