Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
17 Apr 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Organisational health and employee wellbeing are key priorities for Hywel Dda. We are proud to offer a trusted, confidential and specialist in-house service that is integrated into the Organisation Development function. This wider collaboration along with our established reputation mean that demands on our service are increasing and we are delighted therefore, to be expanding our team. If you are a Practitioner Psychologist wanting to contribute to keeping our organisation and our staff healthy and well, we would love to hear from you.

You will have a specialist interest in trauma informed services, providing evidence based trauma therapy and working systemically.Your innovation and leadership skills will enable you to take our one to one psychological support service for staff to the next level.

West Wales is a beautiful place to live and work and these part time hours provide an excellent opportunity for you to achieve the work-life balance you need.

The role is based at Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen but other bases across our patch could be considered and we provide the necessary support for some working from home where this is appropriate. Our service covers all three counties of Ceredigion, Carmarthen and Pembrokeshire so some travel to other bases will be required.

Main duties of the job

You will play a key role in developing a trauma-informed framework for the delivery of services, training and consultation to support managers, staff and teams who have experienced critical incidents in the workplace. You will be confident in working autonomously as well as collaboratively and will be able to facilitate engaging and impactful group sessions with ease both in person and online.

Your accreditation and expertise in an appropriate trauma therapy (such as EMDR) will enable you to offer a dedicated service to staff and specialist supervision will be provided to support you in this.

You will also provide clinical governance and leadership for the practitioner team, helping our service to offer the most effective interventions and support for staff, with a focus on prevention wherever possible.

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:o Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;o 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;o 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;o Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;o 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

We can offer you a friendly and supportive team environment, with opportunities to collaborate with a range of skilled colleagues and to continue with your own learning. We value innovation and creativity as well as critical thinking and reflective practice. Our team ethos is based on making the best use of our resources to make the greatest difference to staff, teams and the organisation as a whole.

Your wellbeing and experience really matter and we do whatever we can to walk our talk. We meet regularly as a team, have a robust supervision framework and various ways of staying in touch. We also link in with wider networks of support across services and other health boards.

We can also offer flexible working arrangements and in return ask for your flexibility in meeting service need.

You will have direct responsibility for our Lead Psychological Wellbeing Advisor and practitioner team and will report directly to the Consultant Clinical Psychologist who heads up the service You will also have regular contact with other members of the team, colleagues in Organisational Development, Workforce, Occupational Health and other operational services.

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 25/04/2023.

Person Specification Qualifications and Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level training (or its equivalent for those trained prior to September 2001) in Clinical or Counselling Psychology including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Post-doctoral recognised training in trauma focussed interventions (e.g. Trauma Focused CBT, EMDR)
  • Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge, through further post-qualification training/continuing professional development relevant to this post, such as completion of approved courses in specific therapeutic modalities (e.g. CBT), clinical supervision, further training and experience in supervision/consultation/ training/ research and/or management skills
  • Specialist knowledge of theories of managing stress at individual and organisational level
  • Specialist knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised therapies including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and/or Systemic Therapy
  • Advanced knowledge of the theory and application of psychological approaches and interventions for people with mental health problems
  • Knowledge of legislation and national guidelines in relation to mental health and stress in the workplace
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, as practiced within the field of Clinical/ Counselling Psychology
  • Other specialist pre or post qualification training such as in specific therapeutic modalities such as CBT/Systemic psychotherapy or in other relevant fields of applied psychology such as organisational /occupational/health psychology
  • Knowledge and experience of Trauma Based interventions delivered within an organisational context.
  • Knowledge of occupational/ organisational psychology
  • Knowledge of mental health legislation and legislation regarding stress in organisations
  • Knowledge of specific mental health problems in the workplace
  • Knowledge of theories and practice in team performance and effectiveness
  • Knowledge of organisational models such as systems and psychodynamic approaches
Experience Essential
  • Post qualification experience of highly specialist psychological assessment and interventions with working age adults, through supervised clinical practice
  • Post qualification experience of delivering and evaluating trauma based interventions
  • Post qualification training/experience of working as a clinical/counselling psychologist in a mental health/primary care setting
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or consultation in large healthcare organisations.
  • Knowledge and skills in the psychology of wellbeing at work, including a systemic / organisational approach
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment
  • Experience of working flexibly and sensitively with a wide variety of client groups, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems
  • Further advanced specialist and practical clinical experience over a significant number of years post qualification
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care / organisational systems
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of providing consultation to managers and teams
  • Specific experience of assessing and treating within Staff Psychological Wellbeing or Primary Care Services
  • Experience of implementing an organisational response such as TRiM or CISM.
  • Experience of conducting service and quality improvement audits
  • Experience of line management responsibility for other psychological practitioners
  • Post qualification experience of facilitating psychological interventions and consultations in group format
  • Experience and a proven track record of developing strategies and delivering on projects

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