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Senior Psychologist

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

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
This post is an exciting career opportunity for a permanent full-time 8a* post in Adult Mental Health to Doctoral level Psychologists covering Pembrokeshire, South West Wales. In line with the Welsh Matrics (2017), the successful candidate would provide bespoke, specialist and creative psychological interventions to individuals, based on the development of a complex, multi-theoretical formulation that encompasses historical, developmental, systemic and neuropsychological processes.

The post is advertised as a band 8a. However, applicants who do not currently meet all the skills and competences for the band 8a role, are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will be appointed under Agenda for Change Arrangement for Pay and Banding of Trainees (Annex 21) supported by a development plan for 2 years. The application of annex21 with pay protection at band 7 may be considered for newly qualified psychologists until competencies are met for 8a, which will be expected to be met within 2 years. Following successful completion and successful attainment of skills and competences for the role, the post holder will then be paid at band 8a (minimum point on the scale). Continued support and supervision will be provided in order to develop the practitioner to the band 8a role. This will be an excellent opportunity for a newly qualified psychologist looking for career development.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be the senior resource for the geographical area of Haverfordwest and Pembroke Dock, providing additional support such as:1. Advice and guidance on assessment, treatment and referrals to Psychiatrists; various professionals from the local Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT's) including Community Psychiatric Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Support workers; as well as wider Health Board services such as inpatient teams, and outside agencies and settings such as the National Probation Service.2. Guidance for other psychological service staff, including but not limited to developing and sharing team formulations, undertaking specialist psychological assessment to guide protocol-driven psychological therapies and conducting cognitive assessments, to provide additional information to support individuals care plans and subsequent treatment.3. Routine line management duties such as Clinical Governance Supervision (contributing to personal appraisal development reviews and managing sickness and absence).4. Providing supervision (including the possibility supervising other Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists and Doctoral Level Trainee Psychologists).5. Offering advice, consultation and teaching to promote and increase psychological mindedness across the Health Board.

Opportunities for learning and development are always encouraged within the department, as part of a supportive network of professionals.

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHShealthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion,Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staffprovide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learningdisabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of thelandmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three localauthorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including ourvolunteers, through:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, GlangwiliGeneral in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General inHaverfordwest;

Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery inCarmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; andTenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social CareResource Centre in Pembrokeshire;

48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dentalpractices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health ExaminationWales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and11 health centres;

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilitiesservices;

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the WelshHealth Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representingseven 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 successful candidate will be managed and clinically led by the Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Adult Mental Health. The post holder will receive high quality clinical supervision and there will be opportunities to develop skills in one of the specialty areas of Psychological Services in the Health Board. Presently, the department has professionals working with adults in various specialist interest areas such as Personality Disorder (including Mentalization Based Treatment, MBT), Complex Trauma (including Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing, EMDR), Schema and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT).

We have strong links with a variety of local services. The department is also affiliated with the South Wales Doctoral Programme for trainee Clinical Psychologists and alongside providing professional placements for trainees. Training is also often routinely offered to the Doctoral programme.

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 27/04/2023.

Person Specification Qualifications and Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level training in psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, training in two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS.
  • Training in clinical psychometrics, cognitive /neuropsychology assessment as part of the psychology doctorate (or since qualification) is essential.
  • The psychology practitioner will have up to date registration with the HCPC
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range ofclinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly, emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience in cognitive/neuropsychological assessment
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the consultant psychologist
  • Experience of being the senior point of contact for advice and guidance for other psychologists and therapists
Language Skills Desirable
  • Welsh speaker (Level 1)

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