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Specialist Clinician

Band 7

Main area
Nursing/Psychology/Occupational Therapy
Grade
Band 7
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
001-NMR553-0922
Site
11a Park Road
Town
Cardiff
Salary
£41,659 - £47,673 per annum
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
Today at 23:59

WHO WE ARE:

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 14,000 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, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services. Together we are committed to improving health outcomes for everyone, delivering excellent care and support.

Our mission is “Caring for People, Keeping People Well”, and our vision is that every person’s chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. Our 10-year transformation and improvement strategy, Shaping Our Future Wellbeing, is our chance to work collaboratively with the public and our workforce to make our health board more sustainable for the future.

We are a teaching Health Board with close links to the university sector, together we are training the next generation of healthcare professionals, while working on research that will unlock the cures for today’s illnesses.

OUR REGION:

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital has something for everyone. At its heart sits Cardiff Castle with 2000 years of history. Nearby stands the Principality Stadium, home of the Welsh Rugby Union and host to International sporting events. Cardiff also boasts a variety of theatres and live music venues. Furthermore, there’s Cardiff Bay with a range of new apartments, bars and restaurants.

The Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline, including the famed Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Cowbridge, Penarth and Llantwit Major are some of the charming neighbouring towns.

Those seeking more culture may find themselves drawn to the National Museum, St Fagans Museum of Welsh Life or the Millennium Centre, home of the Welsh National Opera.

Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.


 

Job overview

Are you looking to join a highly skilled multidisciplinary team who are passionate about promoting formulation driven care? An exciting opportunity has arisen to work within a service aimed at enhancing care for individuals whose difficulties have attracted the diagnosis of Personality Disorder.  We are looking to recruit a clinician with a keen interest in trauma informed working and with the enthusiasm and passion to promote compassionate, needs led care for a population that remain vulnerable to experiencing stigma and rejection. 

The Cynnwys team are a warm, supportive team where curiosity is encouraged and collaborative working is valued. Supervision and continuing professional development are viewed as essential to the role and the successful applicant will receive ongoing support to develop the highly specialist skills required for the post, including specialist skills in formulation, evidence based therapeutic interventions and in delivering consultation and advice to other disciplines. 

This is an exciting time for the Cynnwys service as we look to support the development of a more psychologically informed approach for individuals with complex emotional needs across Cardiff and Vale. 

Main duties of the job

The role will involve assisting inpatient and community teams in formulating and responding to complex, high risk presentations and in engaging more effectively with individuals who present with significant emotional and interpersonal difficulties. 

Feelings of inadequacy and hopelessness are recognised as common responses to delivering care to individuals with this pattern of difficulties and a key aspect of the role will involve supporting staff teams to reflect on their own behavioural and emotional responses to engaging with the service user, including facilitating reflective spaces to foster hope and professional curiosity.  A sound knowledge of key literature in relation to individuals who receive a diagnosis of Borderline/Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder is essential to the role. 

The role will include contributing to the  delivery of a package of staff training for roll out across the Health Board.  The individual will also be expected to represent the service at multi-disciplinary and multi-agency meetings and the applicant should be confident to convey complex psychological information in a way that is accessible to professionals, service users and their families. 

The team has a well-established Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Program and the successful applicant will be supported to develop their competency in this specialist therapy. 

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

Working for our organisation

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 focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is “Caring 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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Health related professional qualification (RMN/Psychology/Social Work/OT)
  • Maintains current registration with the NMC, HCPC or other relevant professional registration
Desirable criteria
  • Formal training in supervision or reflective practice
  • Prior therapy qualification or CPD certificate (e.g in CBT, DBT, MBT)
  • Educated to Master’s degree in Health-related subject or able to demonstrate an ability and willingness to work to masters level.

Experience

Essential criteria
  • Significant experience of working with individuals who present with multiple needs and risks
  • Prior experience of delivering formulation led, psychologically informed interventions.
  • Prior experience in assessing and managing suicidality or self-injury.
  • Experience in providing supervision / consultation to other clinicians.
  • Experience of effective multi-agency working
  • Prior experience of delivering training to others
  • Experience of successful change management and dealing with conflict
  • Experience of participating in the planning and development of services
Desirable criteria
  • Prior experience of trauma informed ways of working
  • • Experience of working with families, drawing on a systemic knowledge and practice base.
  • Experienced in speaking & lecturing in public & professional forums

Skills and competencies

Essential criteria
  • High level communication and interpersonal skills to convey and receive complex, highly technical, sensitive information effectively at both a written and oral level.
  • Ability to engage others in collaborative change processes
  • High level of presentation and report writing skills
  • Ability to make clinical and service-related judgements involving complex facts requiring analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options.
  • Ability to critically evaluate research evidence relating to clinical effectiveness and service development.
  • Ability to plan, formulate, organise and implement a broad range of complex clinical and service related operational activities, programmes and plans.
  • Ability to independently navigate patient clinical records to pull out key information to support the development of a formulation
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in presenting papers in local and regional professional forums

Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Up to date knowledge of legislation, policy and professional issues pertinent to the fields of Personality Disorder, trauma and self-injury
  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree/diploma supplemented by specialist training, experience, and short courses.
  • Knowledge of research design, methodology and analysis.
Desirable criteria
  • Welsh Speaker

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Strategic thinker
  • Able to lead complex communication processes where there are opposing views and significant barriers to acceptance and understanding.
  • Able to work consistently and therapeutically with frequent exposure to highly emotional, distressing and sensitive clinical circumstances.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Welsh language skills are desirable

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Dr Mel Smolinski
Job title
Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Service Lead
Email address
Melanie.Smolinski@wales.nhs.uk
Telephone number
02921 833018