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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/09/2021.

Principal Therapist For Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness

Job Reference: 001-AHP226-0921

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Principal Therapist for Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness
UHL, Penarth
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum


Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (the UHB) is a Smoke Free Health Board. Smoking is banned across all of the UHB sites. Staff are therefore not able to smoke in the hospital grounds or on any other UHB premises.

The UHB reserves the right to close this vacancy after 24 hours if a large number of suitable applications are received. Therefore we encourage early applications to ensure consideration for this post.

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We are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We welcome applications from everyone and actively seek a diverse range of applicants. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential no matter their disability, sex, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity or marriage and civil partnership status.

Applicants are invited to apply in Welsh, any application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application made in English

New funding has been secured to establish a Care Pathway for a Specialist Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness (PDOC) Service for South Wales and South Powys. The Principal Therapist for PDOC will coordinate, organise and develop this pathway. The post holder will lead in service development and evaluation, undertaking research to ensure the development of PDOC outreach and lead PDOC education across Wales. The post will deliver advanced clinical practice supporting the most complex cases in the community, which may include difficult best interest processes together with developing the PDOC practitioners.

The successful person will have excellent communication and influencing skills, specialist therapy experience working within a Level 1 rehabilitation service and holda recognised PDOC qualification including SMART. They will hold a caseload and be able to plan, deliver and monitor interventions and communicate sensitively and effectively. The ability to work independently as well as within a multi-disciplinary team is essential to this role .

In return, we are highly committed to CPD, staff development and providing opportunities to be involved in research. You will be supported in the role by the specialist rehabilitation clinical leads.

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

For further details / informal visits contact:

Angela Chaulk, Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist

Email: Angela.Chaulk@

Karen Bonham, Lead Speech and Language Therapist


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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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