Consultant Practitioner Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Posted 18 September by NHS Business Services Authority

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board’s Mental Health Services for Older People Clinical Psychology Service is offering an exciting opportunity for a Consultant Practitioner Psychologist (Band 8c). The post holder will join an established specialist multi-disciplinary service for older adults with significant mental health difficulties and/or dementia, their families, and care networks. In consultation with the Head of Specialty for Older Adults, the post holder will lead on the delivery of psychological and psychotherapeutic therapies and care across the community mental health services (MHSOP) and including advising on Care Home Liaison. The post holder will be expected to carry their own caseload of people from the locality team/s and those with the more complex and challenging difficulties. The focus of the post is to ensure high standards in the delivery of psychological and psychosocial interventions as driven by the needs of our population and in line with Matrics Cymru and other relevant best practice recommendations and guidelines. The role includes line management of other qualified practitioner psychologists, providing supervision and placements for trainee clinical psychologists, supporting our specialist multidisciplinary staff, working in collaboration with the other professional groups, working with staff supporting the inpatient services and ensuring good standards of psychological care across the system.

Psychological skills and expertise are highly valued within our services. There is an opportunity for leading psychological care within MHSOP, direct client and family work, supervision, consultancy, service improvement, team formulations and skills teaching/training. Research and audit is highly valued and supported by the Service.

It is essential for this post-holder to hold a Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent), and to be a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist. Extensive and demonstrable experience of clinical psychology and applying psychology in mental health settings is essential. We are happy to consider applications from experienced Psychologists from Adult Mental Health, Older Adults Mental Health or other related fields and where the applicant has both relevant experience plus an enthusiasm to work with the population of people.

This post is embedded within a team of Psychologists, some of whom work in MHSOP but also others who work in Medical Rehabilitation, Stroke Services, Dementia services including a Young Onset Dementia service and a Liaison team providing psychological services across acute medical wards. You will be joining a team of Psychologists who are highly motivated, dedicated and committed. There is a steady stream of new and innovative, creative developments. There is an excellent support network within this team and monthly specialty and peer support meetings. You will have direct line management responsibility for some of these staff and in turn will be supported by the Head of Service who will be your direct line manager.

This is an exciting time to join the Directorate of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Therapies in Cardiff and Vale UHB. The Directorate has been expanding rapidly and there is excellent built in opportunities for good support networks , development meetings and continued professional development with other clinical and counselling psychologists and other professional groups working within the Directorate and the Directorate of MHSOP.

You will be well supported to develop your professional, leadership and clinical skills via CPD opportunities. There is an active professional network for clinical/practitioner psychologists in South Wales. Expressions of interest and visits are most welcome.

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

Closing date: 28th September 2020


Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has an important job to do. What we do matters because it’s our job to care for people and keep them well. We all want to do this to the best of our abilities but we know that good intentions are not always enough.

At Cardiff and Vale University Health Board our values and example behaviours are:

-We care about the people we serve and the people we work with

-Treat people as you would like to be treated and always with compassion

-We trust and respect one another

-Look for feedback from others on how you are doing and strive for better ways of doing things

-We take personal responsibility

-Be enthusiastic and take responsibility for what you do.

-We treat people with kindness

-Thank people, celebrate success and when things go wrong ask ‘what can I learn’?

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Clare Quinn

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Specialty

Reference: 40910797

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