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Senior Clinical Psychologist: Dementia Wellbeing Service

Job Reference: 100-PST046-0521-A

Hywel Dda University Health Board
Dementia Well-Being Team
Hafan Derwen, St David's Park, Carmarthen
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum

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Are you a Clinical Psychologist with a passion for people living with dementia and their families and looking for the next challenge in your career?

We are seeking a Senior Clinical Psychologist to join our Dementia Well-Being Team in Hywel Dda University Health Board. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to be part of developing and delivering a new service for our population across the counties of Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.

This post is advertised as a Band 8a, however applicants who do not currently meet the skills and competences to a Band 8a Level, are encouraged to apply and, if successful, will be appointed under annex 21 rules supported by a development plan for three years with excellent support and supervision provided. (During the first year payment will be 65% of the top rate of band 8A pay, second year 70% and third year 75%). Following successful completion and successful attainment of skills and competences for the role the postholder will then be paid at 8a (minimum point on the scale). Failure to achieve the competencies in the designated timeframe could result in re-deployment. This will be an excellent opportunity for either a psychologist wo already has 8a competencies and skills or for a recently qualified psychologist looking for career development.

To support delivery of the Dementia Action Plan for Wales 2018-2022, West Wales is establishing an integrated Dementia Wellbeing Service so there is wrap-around support for people living with dementia & their families to ensure there are increasing levels of expertise available following on from receiving a diagnosis and through the journey of dementia to maintain and enhance people’s quality of life.

To this end a range of new dedicated multidisciplinary leadership roles (psychologist/speech and language therapist/ dietician/advanced scope pharmacist/ advanced scope occupational therapist/ advanced nurse practitioners) have been created to afford:

  • direct access to professional expert support for people and their families living with dementia
  • setting and representing best practice standards across the respective professional groups for person centred care and support for people experiencing stress and/or distress with dementia

The intention is that this community team innovates across traditional boundaries, flexibly sharing their expertise, extending influence both into people’s own homes and within health, housing and social care services, at primary, secondary and tertiary care levels.

In addition the expectation is that the professionals in this team will champion equality and rights for this client group and their carers and work in close alignment with an enhanced number of Dementia Navigators and dedicated dementia support professionals for families where there is a person living with dementia, situated within locality teams/GP clusters.

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate ability to work as an expert practitioner in the field of dementia, with demonstrable ability in clinical reasoning, mentoring and influencing the practice of others.

We are seeking applicants with excellent formulation skills and well established skills in drawing on, and creatively applying, a range of relevant psychological models in this area.

You will work alongside and under the supervision of the 8b Clinical Psychologist who is the lead for the community Dementia Wellbeing Service.

Applications are invited from Clinical Psychologists experienced in dementia, who are interested in working as part of multidisciplinary team as well as an Older People’s Mental Health Psychology service which actively supports professional development and is committed to excellent patient care and service improvement and with strong links to the South Wales Clinical Psychology Doctorate training programme.

The postholder will be expected to travel across the Health Board to visit patients at home and between sites. Mileage allowance is payable and pool cars and a lease car scheme is available.

You are considering joining our service at an exciting time. Dementia has received significant investment and you will be part of a team helping to deliver service change and make a difference for people living with dementia and their families. We look forward to receiving informal enquiries and your application.

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

Interviews will be held on 11/10/2021.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Beca Stilwell

Clinical Psychologist

01267 239702 / 07870541799

Additional contact information

Neil Mason



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