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Senior Psychologist - Adult Mental Health

Powys Teaching Health Board
To be confirmed
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Old Age
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like to join a collaborative, friendly and supportive team of Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, CBT Practitioners, Trauma Therapy Practitioners and Assistant Psychologists, where your personal and professional development is encouraged and supported?

Would you like to work in a beautiful environment on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park?

This is an exciting time to be joining our Adult Psychology and Psychological Therapy Service in Powys. With new service developments and treatment pathways being created, this role offers opportunities to play a key role in shaping psychological services in Powys.

The service is keen to expand our provision of specialist psychological interventions and would welcome candidates with additional training and qualifications in evidence-based psychological approaches or with an interest in undertaking additional training in evidence-based interventions (such as EMDR, CBT, DBT, CAT, and systemic/family therapy).

We have one full time role available and we are open to considering part-time or job share arrangements for the right candidate(s).

We are looking for a kind, caring, compassionate and motivated psychologist who can bring their creative enthusiasm to our service, and we would welcome any informal enquiries if you would like to find out more about the role.

Main duties of the job

Provide specialist psychological services for adults of working age with psychological and/or mental health difficulties.

As well as linking with one of the Community Mental Health Teams in either Newtown or Welshpool, the successful candidate will carry a specialist clinical caseload, and will have opportunities to contribute to a number of different pathways and service improvement workstreams whilst also promoting psychologically informed services.

Work as a link psychologist to one of the Community Mental Health Teams in south Powys: attending Multidisciplinary Team Meetings, providing consultation, team formulation, specialist supervision and advise; offering psychological assessments and formulations; and liaising with the CMHT regarding referrals to the Adult Psychology and Psychological Therapy Service.

Provide clinical supervision on placement for Clinical/Counselling Psychologists in training, Clinical Associates in Applied Psychology, Assistant Psychologists, Psychology undergraduate students and to mental health practitioners, as appropriate.

Utilise research skills for audit, policy, and service development, and research within the area served.

Or Band 8a Annex 21 Undertake a one-year training programme to obtain the relevant competencies and experience to meet the Senior Clinical Psychologist and all duties as indicated within this job description.

About us

Powys is cited as being a wonderful place to live and work; a rural health setting where you can personally and professionally grow, where patients are at the heart of care provision. If you are an ambitious professional in search of job satisfaction, Powys is the place to be. Whatever your career aspirations, we are committed to supporting and developing you.

Powys Teaching Health Board is responsible for meeting the health and wellbeing needs of the population of Powys. Powys is the largest county in Wales with Snowdonia to the North and the Brecon Beacons to the South, the spectacular scenery is something to behold. Working in partnership, we commission and provide award-winning hospital, community, mental health and learning disability services, so our portfolio is varied and diverse. We are proud to offer patients an unrivalled level of care and range of careers for professionals who want to make a real difference.

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Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Psychology and Psychological Therapy Service is highly regarded within the Mental Health and Learning Disability Directorate. As a service, we pride ourselves on delivering person-centred and evidence-based psychological input in line with local and national legislation, policy and guidelines.

The service is committed to investing in the personal and professional development of staff through a bespoke programme of CPD, supervision and mentoring. We are also very keen to support clinicians in their clinical interests and there are opportunities to join a number of specialist clinical workstreams and steering groups, such as: Perinatal Mental Health; Complex Trauma; All Age Eating Disorder; Traumatic Stress; and Early Intervention In Psychosis.

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

Whilst we are looking to recruit a Band 8a Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist, applicants who do not currently meet all the essential criteria for the Band 8a role are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will be appointed under Agenda for Change Annex 21. Applicants appointed under Annex 21 would be paid at 75% salary initially and would be subject to a bespoke competence development plan to be completed within the first year in post. The post holder would then be paid at Band 8a (minimum point on the scale). This would be an excellent developmental opportunity for a newly or recently qualified psychologist looking for career development in adult mental health psychology services.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • 1 st or 2:1 Honours degree in Psychology
  • Post-graduate Doctorate degree in Clinical /Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • HCPC registration as a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and HCPC
  • Awareness of a range of therapeutic psychological models and an advanced understanding of at least two
  • Post-doctorate clinical supervision training
  • Specialist training, in for example, research design & methodology; systemic family therapy, EMDR, CAT
  • Record of publications in peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books
Experience Essential
  • Significant post qualification experience of working in a mental health setting with a wide variety of client groups, presenting with problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Willingness to develop additional specialist skills through supervision, training or experience
  • Beginning to develop advanced levels of clinical expertise in at least one area of clinical practice within the adult mental health field
  • Providing supervision to Clinical/ Counselling Psychologists trained, or in training, and/or to Assistant and graduate Psychologists
  • Experience of working within the NHS as a Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist
Aptitude Essential
  • Ability to undertake comprehensive psychological assessments, interpret highly complex material, construct psychological formulations, and develop individualised intervention plans
  • Ability to tolerate any stress and anxiety that may be experienced associated with service users' challenging behaviour, whilst maintaining a high level of professionalism at all times
  • 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
  • Computer literate with the ability to use standard and specialist software
  • Ability to speak Welsh
Values & Other Essential
  • Demonstrate PTHB Values
  • Ability to adhere to BPS and HCPC professional guidelines and be accountable for own professional actions
  • Good presentation skills
  • Willingness to travel between workplaces

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