Principal Practitioner Psychologist

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Principal Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical, Counselling or Forensic band 8b) to join the acute services team in St Cadoc's Hospital in Newport. The successful candidate will be joining to support the design and delivery of multi-disciplinary, compassionate care for individuals during episodes of acute distress. Teams are keen to work in trauma informed ways and to enhance quality and safety by adhering to principles of evidence-based and person-centred care.

If you enjoy working with networks surrounding the index client including families, significant others, and staff teams and you are passionate about contributing towards cultural change, we would love to hear from you.

There is considerable professional support through a well-developed infrastructure and a commitment to CPD. The adult psychology specialty is thriving and boasts high levels of recruitment and retention thanks to robust leadership and the presence of skilled and motivated colleagues. As a department, we are trained in all evidence-based approaches including CBT, CAT, DBT, EMDR, CAT, MBT, ACT and CFT and are keen to support practitioners to accredited status.

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

Main duties of the job

  • To be responsible for providing psychological services to adults accessing the adult acute inpatient wards. This includes direct delivery of psychological services to individuals, groups, families, significant others, and consultation work advising staff of other disciplines on the psychological aspects of casework and patient management plans. This involves conducting highly specialist psychological assessments and the delivery of appropriate therapeutic interventions for the full range of difficulties experienced by service users.
  • To provide clinical and strategic leadership for the development of a psychological service within inpatient services including the development of clinical pathways post-discharge.
  • To conduct and supervise research and audit, to develop and evaluate new clinical and psychological programmes as a major responsibility of the job. To participate in relevant research/ audit groups as required by the Mental Health Division.
  • To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary ward team and to contribute to the activities and developments of this team.
  • To provide appropriate supervision, leadership and support to team members promoting well-being and psychological thinking.
  • To participate fully in the professional activities of the Adult Psychology Speciality and the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Psychology Service.

About us

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board is a multi-award winning NHS organisation with a passion for caring. The Health Board provides an exceptional workplace where you can feel trusted and valued. Whatever your specialty or stage in your career, we have opportunities for everyone to start, grow and build your career. The health board provides integrated acute, primary and community care serving a population of 650,000 and employing over 16,000 staff.

We offer a fantastic benefits package and extensive training and development opportunities with paid mandatory training, excellent in-house programmes, opportunities to complete recognised qualifications and professional career pathways including a range of management development programmes. We offer flexible working and promote a healthy work life balance, provide occupational health support and an ambitious plan for a Wellbeing Centre of Excellence to support you at work.

Our Clinical Futures strategy continues to enhance and promote care closer to home as well as high quality hospital care when needed. This includes the Grange University Hospital which provides specialist and critical care and is the newest addition to the clinical futures strategy opening in November 2020. Join us on our journey to pioneer new ways of working and deliver a world-class healthcare service fit for the future.

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
  • Undergraduate Degree (in psychology or conversion)
  • doctorate in clinical or counselling psychology
  • supervision training
  • accreditation in formal therapy
  • post-graduate research degree
Experience Essential
  • relevant post-qualification experience
  • work in other specialties

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