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Practitioner Psychologist Critical Care Band 7/8a

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023
We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic practitioner psychologist to complete our team of psychologists working in Critical Care and Major Trauma.

You will provide a full range of psychological services to patients, families and staff within the critical care unit and across the pathway, and work with the multi-disciplinary team to offer specialist psychological advice, consultation and training.

The post is managed by the Lead Consultant Psychologist for Critical Care and Major Trauma (Dr Julie Highfield).

The posts can be offered as a 7 post for newly qualified staff, or as an 8a post for people with appropriate experience. The 8a post is an excellent opportunity for those looking to progress their career, or for established 8as who want to be part of our developing service. We are also keen to hear from newly qualified applicants (and those close to completing their training) as this role can be offered as a 7 developmental post.

Main duties of the job

We are offering an exciting opportunity to join the Critical Care and Major Trauma Psychology Team. This post is within Critical Care.

The post-holder will join a team of Psychologists, providing psychological care to patients admitted to critical care (intensive care), their families and the team. You will work as part of the largest Critical Care service in Wales, and linked to the South Wales Major Trauma Centre. This is a great time to join us as critical care continues to expand.

This post forms part of a supportive team of clinical psychologists and wider MDT. The role includes consultation, staff training, team formulation and psychological support to patients and their families. You will be working on the unit, and also with patients post critical care on wards and in outpatient follow up.

There is access to a wealth of supervision and support within our friendly Psychology department.

We are looking for an applicant with knowledge and experience of working in medical/ health settings. This post would appeal to an enthusiastic and motivated practitioner, who enjoys working in a dynamic environment.

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

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focused on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission isCaring for People, Keeping People Well,and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description Job responsibilities

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.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Good Honours degree in Psychology with eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartership
  • Post-graduate Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology accredited by the HCPC (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 as accredited by the BPS).
  • HCPC registration
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialist areas of psychological practice.
Experience Essential
  • Significant and demonstrable post-qualification experience of working as a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Experience of working with people with mental health/psychological problems in a medical setting;
  • Experience of working in both community and in-patient settings. Experience working within a multi-disciplinary context Experience of NHS planning/service improvement forums
Skills Essential
  • communication and relationship skills
  • analytical and judgment skills
  • planning and organisational skills
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific groups that are difficult to treat (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities, etc.)
  • High level of knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialist psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to client group and mental health.
  • Ability to speak Welsh and a willingness to use this in the context of work where relevant
special knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of Clinical Psychology in relation to medical settings. Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the service. Evidence of post-qualification continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC and BPS Formal training in supervision of other psychologists. Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology. Doctoral level knowledge of clinical/counselling psychology theory and practice, assessment, psychological therapies and their application
  • Well-developed specialist knowledge of psychological models and therapies related to the needs of people with medical problems including critical/intensive care related difficulties. Awareness of ethnic diversity issues.
personal qualities Essential
  • Ability to make effective use of clinical consultation and appraisal. Respect for users of services and their Carers. Commitment to and interest in working with people who have medical problems. Commitment to working collaboratively with people living with medical problems and their carers to develop and improve services. Willingness to work as part of a team. Ability to work independently.

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