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Practitioner Psychologist in Chronic Pain Services

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
22 Feb 2023

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Learning Disability
Band 8A
Full Time
This is a Fixed Term / Secondment until 30/04/2025 due to funding. If you are a Hywel Dda University Health Board employee and are applying for this post as a secondment, agreement for the secondment is needed from your current manager prior to application.

The North Ceredigion Primary Care Cluster is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and innovative experienced Practitioner Psychologist with excellent clinical and communication skills to join our new multi-disciplinary Chronic Pain team. This is an ideal opportunity to be part of a new and actively developing service where emphasis is on delivering the best possible care for the people of Ceredigion, whilst promoting innovation, research and values based health care in all that we do.

The post is advertised as an 8a. However applicants who do not currently meet the skills and competences for the 8a role, are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will be appointed under annex 21 rules supported by a development plan. Following successful completion and successful attainment of skills and competences for the role the post holder will then be paid at 8a (minimum point on the scale). Excellent support and supervision will be provided in order to develop the practitioner to the 8a banded role. This will be an excellent opportunity for either a psychologist who already has 8a competencies and skills or for a recently qualified psychologist looking for career development.

Main duties of the job

As an experienced Practitioner Psychologist within this team, you will play a leading role in reviewing, auditing, developing and delivering patient care whilst being supported by other Senior Practitioners in the Chronic Pain service within Hywel Dda University Health Board and wider health psychology service. You will be actively interested and contribute to evidence based practice and service development.

You will be involved in providing training to other services and team members and have access to training and actively engage in clinical supervision. You will also provide supervision and mentoring to other team members.

We have developed strong links with the South Wales Clinical Psychology Programme and encourage attendance at their workshops as well as representing the Hywel Dda UHB and the service on various committees. We are also fortunate to have very active clinical and professional networks on an All Wales basis with direct links into the Welsh Assembly Government, local Universities and service delivery groups.

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.

Interviews will be held on 08/03/2023.

Person Specification Qualifications and Knowledge Essential
  • Registration with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Doctoral level training in an appropriate applied psychology (e.g. Clinical or Counselling Psychology), with knowledge of psychopathology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS
  • Knowledge of the use of psychometrics, appropriate administration and limitations
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Additional Specialist training and experience
  • Post qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • Knowledge of physical health conditions and persistent pain and how this impacts people's wellbeing
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies and assessment in persistent pain and related conditions
Experience Essential
  • Post qualification experience and/or training in at least one area relevant to the post
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of working flexibly and sensitively with a wide variety of psychology patient groups, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of delivering psychological interventions within multidisciplinary settings
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of working with people with persistent pain
  • Experience of working in Primary Care settings
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
Language Requirements Desirable
  • Welsh Speaker (Level 1)

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