Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Powys Teaching Health Board
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Dependant on experience
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Old Age
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
The PTHB Older Adult Clinical Psychology Department is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced 8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist who is kind, compassionate and committed to working with older people and their families to be based in North Powys. 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 an individualized competence development plan to be completed within the first year in post. This is an excellent opportunity for a newly or recently qualified psychologist looking for career development in Older Adult Services.

Main duties of the job

Within the department new service initiatives are being developed and there will be opportunities to be involved in research and service development. The Older Adult Psychology department consists of a small, friendly, and supportive team of colleagues with regular ongoing peer support and supervision. We have strong links with the South and North clinical psychology training programmes, and there are opportunities to offer trainee placements.

There are excellent opportunities for professional development, and we are interested in candidates who are willing to undertake further professional training in Clinical Neuropsychology or evidence based psychological therapies such as CAT, EMDR, ACT, systemic/family therapy etc as the service is keen to expand our provision of specialist psychological assessment and interventions to older adults.

The ability to travel is essential as clinics are offered in various locations. The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply.

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. Did you know - Powys Teaching Health Board accepts applications to retire and return from within the NHS in Wales. If you would like to know more, please contact the Powys Teaching Health Board Workforce team on 01874 712580 or Step into Health connects employers in the NHS to people from the Armed Forces community. 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 post holder will:

  • Function as part of the Powys Older Adult Community Mental Health Service (CMHT) serving the population of North Powys.

  • Provide a psychology service to the North Powys Older Adult Community Mental Health Teams. This will include assessment and psychological therapy and specialist neuropsychological assessments. The role will include travel to other clinic sites in North Powys.
  • Provide a highly specialised psychological service to older adults in the population of North Powys as directed by the Consultant.

  • Be expected to conduct psychological assessments and deliver evidence based on therapeutic interventions for the full range of referred difficulties accepted by the service. This will consist of face-to-face work with individuals, groups, families, significant others, group work, and consultation work advising staff from other disciplines on the psychological aspects of casework and case management plans.

  • Responsible for undertaking highly specialised psychological assessments and interventions as part of the multi-professional team.

  • Work as a member of the multi-disciplinary OACMHT and contributing to the activities and developments of this team.

  • Provide specialist advice, teaching and training to other professions and carers.

  • Clinically supervise less experienced Psychologists, Counsellors, Assistant(s), Trainee(s) or other professionals.

  • Co-ordinate the provision of a specialist service; and contributing to the development of psychological services and participating in OACMHT service planning and development, as directed by the Consultant.

  • Undertake clinically relevant research, service evaluation and audit as required by the Mental Health Directorate.
  • Carry out other duties as part of the role and as delegated by the Consultant.


Effectively identify and prioritise appropriate referrals for clinical psychology services.

Provide highly specialised psychological assessments based on the appropriate use, interpretation, and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, selfreport measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observation and semi-structured interviews with clients, family member and others involved in the clients care.

Formulate and implement plans for formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients physical and associated psychological difficulties, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence, across the full range of care settings served by the CMHT.

Responsible for implementing a range of highly specialised psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families, and groups within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

Evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking-into-account both theoretical and therapeutic models and complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

Provide highly specialist psychological input to delivering integrated care pathways.

Provide highly specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other health and social care professionals, contributing to client formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

Communicate complex and sensitive information to clients, their relatives/carers, OACMHT staff and referrers in a manner which displays respect for the individual and in language appropriate to the recipients needs.

Work autonomously to apply relevant clinical, professional, and ethical guidelines to the conduct of therapy, communication and practice (e.g., BPS/DCP Guidelines, PTHB guidelines, HCPC Guidelines).

Utilise team protocols and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within specified clinical areas.

Use analytic ability and judgement to integrate across the multiple perspectives which may be held in a CMHT on client and relatives needs and be able to challenge and change assumptions or misconceptions which may impact negatively on client care, rehabilitation outcomes or relationships within the team.

Responsible for all administrative tasks relating to casework including keeping case notes, therapeutic correspondence, CTP documentation and process records, client data base records etc. in line with the Policies and Procedures of the Mental Health Directorate and the Psychology Service.

Undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.

Work autonomously to ensure safe and effective working practice in inpatient and outpatient settings where clients may require specialised equipment to support their interactions with a Clinical Psychologist.

Exposed to highly emotionally charged and/or distressing client and relative/carer disclosures and must be professionally competent and maintain their highly specialist skills in accordance with Good Practice Guidelines.

Have delegated responsibility for ensuring the provision of psychological expertise, advice and support by the post holder and junior psychological service colleagues working in the team, or service area for which they have lead responsibility.

Facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the team or service area for which they have lead responsibility.

Provide expertise and advice to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the team.

Carry out other duties that the Consultant in Older Adult Psychology may reasonably request.
Teaching and Training
Participate in regular clinical professional supervision from the Consultant Clinical Psychologist and where appropriate, other service professional colleagues, in line with professional guidelines.

Continue professional development in line with British Psychological Society Continuing Professional Development requirements.

Supervise the psychological work of Band 7 Psychologists, staff from other disciplines, undergraduates in Psychology and Psychology Assistants as appropriate.

Provide highly specialised training for staff and carers on a variety of topics. This will require planning, organising and delivering of training for a wideranging audience, including CMHT colleagues, hospital staff, community and nursing home staff, and carers.

Provide advice, consultation, and clinical supervision to other members of the multidisciplinary team.

Liaise with other staff and organizations in the provision of education related to psychological aspects of client care in respect of the mental health needs of older adults and their carers.
Research and Evaluation
Take an active part in evaluation and audit as part of clinical governance and/or as directed by the Older Adult Directorate.

Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of relevant research findings as they relate to psychological practice.

Regularly evaluate clinical psychological practice using appropriate outcome measures and to employ, at all times, a scientist-practitioner approach towards working practice.
Work towards objectives set by the Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Psychological services and the Mental Health Directorate Management Team.

Responsible for administrative tasks relating to casework including keeping case notes and preparing written reports in line with the policies and procedures of the CMHT, Mental Health Directorate, and PTHB.

Responsible for relevant data collection on work activities and service

performance reports, as required, and to maintain a high standard of

clinical and audit record keeping.

Manage their diary to ensure competent time management and completion of clinical work, research, professional development and attendance at meetings

Participate fully in supporting the activities of psychological professions within the Health Board, including attending relevant meetings.

Carry out additional routine administrative tasks that may be required.
Professional Development
Partake regularly in activities related to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to the standards required for continued HCPC registration.

Receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with good practice guidelines as outlined in the clinical supervision policy.

Meet Line Manager/Professional Lead with a view to constructing, reviewing and updating a Personal Appraisal Development Plan (PADR).

Work within the Code of Ethics and the relevant professional practice guidelines of the British Psychological Society and the professional guidance framework of PTHB.

Work within the framework of the policies and procedures of PTHB.

Person Specification Qualifications and/or Knowledge Essential
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the British Psychological Society
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration
  • Knowledge of: - Ethical and professional frameworks required for best and safe clinical practice
  • Knowledge of: - Relevant legislation, key publications and the local and national agendas regarding older people, and implications for both clinical practice and professional management
  • Knowledge of: - Theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for a broad range of complex difficulties (e.g. depression, trauma, dementia, and psychological aspects of physical health problems)
  • Knowledge of: - Specialist psychological knowledge for working with older people with mental and/or physical health problems and for working with their carers. This knowledge should be at an advanced theoretical and practical level, covering at least the following areas: - Psychometric tests and Neuropsychol

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