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Senior Psychologist (Older People's Mental Health)

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Mountain Ash
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
25 Mar 2023

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Old Age
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a Psychologist looking for diversity in your clinical work? An exciting opportunity has arisen for a passionate 8a Psychologist to join our thriving Older Person's Psychology Team within CTM UHB, on a full-time, permanent basis. The successful candidate will sit in the Cynon locality, working across Older Person's Mental Health, experiencing the breadth and diversity of clinical work that this specialty has to offer.

We also welcome enquires from Trainee Psychologists nearing qualification or newly qualified Practitioner Psychologists.

The CTM UHB Older Person's Psychology Team consists of a supportive and passionate team of colleagues, including experienced Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists and Psychological Therapists. We're a team who embraces change and opportunity, and are currently in an exciting period of service development. The successful candidate will be well supported and mentored by senior colleagues, and provided with a range of opportunities for career development.

The wider Psychology service within CTM UHB has undergone exciting developments in recent months and is a thriving department to sit within. We hold regular conferences throughout the year, where psychology teams across CTM UHB come together to share good practice and innovations within the trust and wider. We have close links with local Doctoral Clinical/Counselling Psychology programmes and provide regular training and placement opportunities to Trainees.

Main duties of the job

CTM UHB Older Person's Mental Health services are currently divided into five areas: Bridgend, Rhondda, Cynon, Taff and Merthyr - each area consists of an Older Person's Community Mental Health Team (OPCMHT) and Memory Assessment Service (MAS) and feeds into the Older Person's Mental Health inpatient wards within the health board. The successful candidate for this post will be located within the Cynon Older Person's Mental Health Team, based at Ysbyty Cwm Cynon. The post holder will sit within a well-established multi-disciplinary team consisting of Old Age Psychiatrists, Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists, and Support Workers, providing specialist psychological knowledge, expertise and consultation to the team.

This role provides an opportunity for an experienced 8a Psychologist to work within the Cynon OPCMHT and MAS, providing a high quality psychology service to the team and locality population. This includes providing a psychological assessment and therapy services to older adults under secondary care mental health services (Part 2 of the Mental Health Measure, 2010), as well as consultation and training as required for staff within the wider Cynon OPCMHT. The role also sits partly within Cynon MAS and the successful candidate will provide Neuropsychological Assessment and pre-/post-diagnostic intervention as appropriate for those within the MAS pathway. There is also potential for work on the Older Person's Mental Health inpatient wards as required.

About us

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board is part of the NHS Wales family. Our Health Board provides primary, secondary and community health and wellbeing services to around 450,000 people living in three County Boroughs: Bridgend Merthyr Tydfil, and Rhondda Cynon Taf.

We live by our core values:

We listen, learn and improve

We treat everyone with respect

We all work together as one team

We are a proud local employer; around 80% of our 15000 workforce live within our region, making our staff not only our lifeblood of our organisation but of the diverse communities that we serve.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • The provision of a psychological assessment and therapy services directly to clients of the assigned multi-professional clinical teams.
  • These services may be to individuals, groups, relatives, carers and other people as appropriate.
  • The services could be provided at a range of locations such as NHS centres, clients homes and other sites as appropriate.
  • Offering supervision of, and consultation to, other professionals for their psychological care of clients as appropriate.
  • Functioning as an integrated member of professional teams assigned by the Consultant Lead Psychologist.

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

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 Knowledge, training and experience Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology, (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 2000) including specifically, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by Health and Care Professions Council, HCPC.
  • Must be registered with the HCPC.
  • Recognized training in supervision of trainee psychologists
  • Experience in Care and treatment planning as defined under the Mental Health Measure, Wales.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of clinical presentations, across the whole life course. Experience of working with service users presenting with complex clinical problems.
  • Multi disciplinary team working and involvement in developing risk management plans.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts addressing issues of socio-economic deprivation or marginalization.
  • Completion of suitable post-qualification supervised clinical experience with specialised client group(s).
  • Experience of supervising psychologists and psychological therapists from other professions (e.g. nursing, occupational therapy).
  • Experience of multi-professional management within teams or services.
  • Highly-developed knowledge of more than one psychological model.
  • Experience of planning and organising a broad range of complex activities and programmes.
Physical Skills Essential
  • Competence in keyboard skills and using a range of software.
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Is enthusiastic, self motivated and able to work independently.
  • Can communicate competently and effectively with clients, relatives and fellow staff.
  • Able to make judgements involving highly complex facts or situations, which require the analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options.
Other Essential
  • Consistently maintaining high standards of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to manage effectively verbal aggression and abuse from patients, carers etc, and the risk of physical aggression.
  • Ability to cope with work stress and to hold the stress of others.
  • mitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for both multi-professional and uni-professional audit, and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area.
  • Ability to demonstrate clinical leadership.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to produce high quality professional materials within specified deadlines.
  • Ability to articulate and interpret clearly the role of the profession of clinical or counselling psychology based upon a good understanding of the framework of government and national professional policy.
  • Ability to concentrate intensively for substantial periods of time during patient contact, teaching/supervision sessions, team meetings, preparing written work etc.
  • Ability to work creatively, co-operatively, reliably and consistently as an independent practitioner, as a manager and supervisor, and in multi-disciplinary and team settings.
  • Demonstrably respectful approach to patients, carers and colleagues.
  • Willingness to negotiate and ability to handle confrontation effectively and professionally.

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