Senior Psychologist

Hywel Dda University Health Board

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Job summary

We are seeking a Senior Clinical Psychologist with a passion for advocating for the rights, psychological needs and psychological services provision for older people. Our Older Adult Mental Health Services provide vital and integral healthcare services for older people in a variety of settings, ranging from community through to acute wards, covering a large geographical area.

This full-time permanent 8a post will be based in Mental Health Services for Older People in one of our dedicated Community Mental Health Teams in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire.

Main duties of the job

The post is advertised as a band 8a. However, applicants who do not currently meet all the skills and competences for the band 8a role, are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will be appointed under Agenda for Change Arrangement for Pay and Banding of Trainees (Annex 21) supported by a development plan for 3 years. The application of annex21 with pay protection at band 7 may be considered for newly qualified psychologists until competencies are met for 8a, which will be expected to be met within 3 years. Following successful completion and successful attainment of skills and competences for the role, the post holder will then be paid at band 8a (minimum point on the scale).Continued support and supervision will be provided in order to develop the practitioner to the band 8a role. This will be an excellent opportunity for a newly qualified psychologist looking for career development.

This is an exciting time to join our service as we look to expand our psychotherapeutic treatment directory for our older adult population. Therefore, there is scope to help shape, plan, oversee and deliver a range of psychologically informed individual and group interventions across these community based settings, whilst also providing supervision and leadership to psychology and non-psychology MDT health and social care staff. There will be opportunities to undertake research, audit and service development as an integral part of service delivery.

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:

Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;

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;

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;

Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;

Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Date posted

02 July 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 8a

Salary

£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum pro rata

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Reference number

100-PST012-0222-B

Job locations

Bronglais General Hospital

Caradoc Road

Aberystwyth

SY23 1ER


Job description

Job responsibilities

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowlege

Essential

  • Doctoral level training in psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, training in two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS.
  • Training in clinical psychometrics, cognitive /neuropsychology assessment as part of the psychology doctorate (or since qualification) is essential.
  • Training in formulation from both a generic approach and within a specific therapeutic model.
  • Further specialist Training.

Desirable

  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly, emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience in cognitive/neuropsychological assessment
  • Experience of developing and applying both direct and indirect forms of psychological intervention.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working in a variety of contexts.

Desirable

  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the consultant psychologist
  • Experience of being the senior point of contact for advice and guidance for other psychologists and therapists
Person Specification

Qualifications and Knowlege

Essential

  • Doctoral level training in psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, training in two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS.
  • Training in clinical psychometrics, cognitive /neuropsychology assessment as part of the psychology doctorate (or since qualification) is essential.
  • Training in formulation from both a generic approach and within a specific therapeutic model.
  • Further specialist Training.

Desirable

  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly, emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience in cognitive/neuropsychological assessment
  • Experience of developing and applying both direct and indirect forms of psychological intervention.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working in a variety of contexts.

Desirable

  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the consultant psychologist
  • Experience of being the senior point of contact for advice and guidance for other psychologists and therapists

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Additional information

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Address

Bronglais General Hospital

Caradoc Road

Aberystwyth

SY23 1ER


Employer's website

https://hduhb.nhs.wales/ (Opens in a new tab)


Employer details

Employer name

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Address

Bronglais General Hospital

Caradoc Road

Aberystwyth

SY23 1ER


Employer's website

https://hduhb.nhs.wales/ (Opens in a new tab)


For questions about the job, contact:

Principal Clinical Psychologist

Dr Helen Greves

Helen.Greves@wales.nhs.uk

01267239702

Date posted

02 July 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 8a

Salary

£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum pro rata

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Reference number

100-PST012-0222-B

Job locations

Bronglais General Hospital

Caradoc Road

Aberystwyth

SY23 1ER


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