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Lead Clinical Psychologist- Inpatient and Crisis/Home treatment

Powys Teaching Health Board
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
The Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist will be responsible for supporting the development and implementation of all aspects of a psychologically informed and trauma-informed approach on Felindre Acute Inpatient Unit. This will involve direct and indirect work with clients, families, ward staff, and the MDT, in additional to working closely with one or both of the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams (CRHTTs) in Powys.

We are looking to recruit The Principal Psychologist post at a part-time (0.6) basis. However, if additional hours were sought by the right candidate, there are opportunities to negotiate adding on a part-time (0.4) supplementary Principal Psychologist post (Band 8b) from elsewhere within the Psychology Service.

Main duties of the job

The Principal Psychologist will provide a highly specialised Psychology Service to clients on Felindre Acute Inpatient Unit and to clients of the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team, providing:

Specialised psychological assessment and formulation. Developing, delivering and/or overseeing the delivery of brief psychological interventions, including brief psychological groups.

Contributing to discharge and transition plans and reports.

Providing psychological supervision and consultation, training, advice and support to colleagues on the ward and in the CRHTT.

Systematic governance of staff's psychological practice, to ensure the delivery of high-quality psychology services within the framework of the team/service policies and procedures and in accordance with local and national guidelines.

Contributing to the development of inpatient team policies and procedures to facilitate improvements in service quality.

Advising service and professional management on aspects of the service related to the team where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.

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.

Full details of the job description and main responsibilities for this post are contained within Job Description and Person Specification document.

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

Person Specification Qualification and Knowledge Essential
  • Post-graduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • Registration with Health and Care Professions Council as a Clinical Psychologist
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development as recommended by the BPS and HCPC
  • Demonstration of further specialist training / experience through having received extensive and demonstrable clinical supervision of working as a specialist Clinical Psychologist or an alternative agreed by the Director of Psychology
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Recognised qualification in supervision
Experience Essential
  • Substantial post qualification experience of working as a qualified and senior Clinical / Counselling Psychologist, normally including significant postqualification experience within the designated speciality
  • Experience of working with client groups across an increasing range of clinical severity
  • Experience of providing teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision
  • Experience of the application of Clinical / Counselling Psychology in inpatient settings
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multidisciplinary care
  • Experience of professional management of qualified Clinical Psychologists and other staff
Aptitude and Abilities Essential
  • Developed skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Capable of maintaining a high degree of professionalism and safe clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Capable of maintaining a high degree of professionalism and safe clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Ability to speak Welsh
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership and management skills
Values and Other Essential
  • Demonstrate PTHB Values
  • Commitment to maintain confidentiality of clinically sensitive materials and information and to handle personal information with sensitivity and discretion
  • Ability to travel within the geographical area

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