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Psychology Lead




Ty Catrin, Dyfrig Road, Cardiff, CF5 5AD

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time





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Ty Catrin is a Low Secure Unit in Cardiff providing care to men and women with forensic backgrounds and mental health needs. Patients at the hospital are cared for by mulit-disciplinaryy teams comprising of psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and healthcare workers. Patients arriving at the hosptial are assessed by the teams so that their needs are fully understood before bespoke care packages are designed to aid recovery.

We are looking for an expereinced Clinical or Forensic psychologist to take the Lead Psychologist Role at Ty Catrin Hospital. The role will involve leading a team of psychologists to provide psychological services to men and women with forensic and mental health needs. The successful candiate will join the Senior Management Team to assist in making key decisions about the direction and running of the service. The Lead Psychologist will oversee the assessment and treatment of patients at the service, as well as having a caseload of patients. There will also be responsibilities in staff support, training, consultancy and research.

Person Specification: 
Ty Catrin are seeking an experienced, dynamic, & highly motivated Clinical or Forensic Psychologist  to manage and lead the Psychology Department and to oversee the psychological service provision. You will be a key figure in the Senior Management Team, helping to direct services across the hospital and to provide staff with the support they need to do their jobs effectively. You will have at least 5 years’ post-qualification experience, preferably in the forensic field.
1. Core Statement of Job
1.1 To line manage the personnel in the psychology team.
1.2 To be part of the Senior Management Team, making decisions about the goals and strategies of the wider hospital. 
1.3 To have oversight of the psychological services provided to patients, and to ensure that patients receive appropriate care and treatment. 

1.4 To work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to the activities and development of this team.
1.5 To provide assessment, formulation and treatment to a case load of patients.
1.6 To liaise with Regional Leads to ensure that all members of the Psychology Department receive supervision.
1.7 To provide teaching, training, supervision and consultation to other professionals, including students and trainees, as appropriate.
1.8 To co-ordinate and provide staff support activities for the wider hospital. 
1.9 To engage in professional supervision and to further Continued Professional Development. 
1.10 To facilitate the research, audit and clinical evaluation activities of the hospital.
2. Duties – Managerial
2.1 To have regular line management meetings with personnel in the psychology team.
2.2 To attend regular SMT meetings and morning handover meetings.

2.3 To be involved in the continuing review of services across the hospital and provide consultation to the SMT about improvements. 
2.4 To assess the training and development needs of staff and recommend appropriate action.
2.5 To monitor staff performance through correct use of the appraisal system.
2.6 To ensure psychological services meet compliance standards. 
2.7 To attend Clinical Governance meetings.
3. Clinical

3.1 To provide a psychology service to patients within Ty Catrin comprising: assessment using appropriate methods; Risk assessment, further assessment of needs, the development of psychological formulations; the development of individualised intervention and management plans, based on the formulation; the provision of therapy to address the identified difficulties and/or the facilitating of appropriate therapy from others.
3.2 To provide consultation and advice to professional staff from other disciplines on psychological assessment, therapy and techniques for working effectively with particular patients.

3.3 To be a major contributor of psychological knowledge and expertise to the work of a multi-disciplinary team, and to provide regular feedback to that team regarding patients’ progress. This includes preparing for and attending patient MDT meetings. 
3.4 To be responsible for all administrative tasks relating to casework including keeping case notes, correspondence, CPA records, patient database records etc in line with policies and procedures of Priory Group.
3.5 To use the CPA / CTP documentation and process.
3.6 To be responsible for organising and prioritising own clinical work.
3.7 To liaise with staff from others disciplines and agencies about the psychological assessment, treatment, management and care of patients as appropriate.
4. Planning and Service Development
4.1 To be responsible for the planning and development of psychological services at Ty Catrin
4.2 To monitor workload and referrals of the Psychology Department.
4.3 To facilitate the development and evaluation of new models of service delivery, as appropriate.

4.4 To encourage and support the development of multi-disciplinary team work within the hospital.
5. Teaching, Training, Supervision and Consultation
5.1 To liaise with Regional Lead to ensure that all staff in the Psychology Department receive supervision, either from within the Department or from external sources.
5.2 To facilitate the provision of training in the use of psychological approaches to other professional staff and agencies.
5.3 To provide consultation and advice to other staff and agencies on the psychological treatment and management of their patients.
5.4 To co-ordinate the Psychology  Department’s contribution to training in the hospital, e.g. induction training.
6. Research and Evaluation
6.1 To facilitate research being undertaken by the Psychology Department in relevant areas, as appropriate.
6.2 To conduct and publish formal research in areas relevant to the delivery of psychological services, as appropriate.
6.3 To contribute to the supervision of research being undertaken in the Psychology Department.

6.4 To conduct and advise upon clinical audit of psychological services.
7. Professional Development
7.1 To be responsible for ensuring own clinical supervision in accordance with professional registration and to keep an up-to-date record of supervision received.
7.2 To meet regularly with line manager to discuss service issues.
7.3 To be responsible for ensuring own continuing professional development is kept up-to-date in line with recommendations from the Health Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society.
7.4 To meet with line manager for an annual appraisal.
7.5 To keep up-to-date with current developments in clinical and forensic psychology practice, professional issues, service developments and developments in strategic thinking via own study and through attending short courses and lengthier training programmes as identified in the appraisal process.
7.6 To disseminate knowledge acquired through study and attendance at courses to colleagues within the service.
8. Health and Safety

8.1 To work with the appropriate Health and Safety representative to ensure that the Department complies with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) by:
- identifying risks
- assessing risks
- conducting inspections and audits
- developing and implementing action plans
- ensuring that the Psychology Department members receive  training in appropriate Health and Safety issues.
8.2 To undertake all statutory and mandatory training as appropriate.
9. Data Protection Act
9.1 All staff are reminded of their duties and responsibilities as employees under the Data Protection Act to ensure that personal data are not negligently nor unlawfully handled nor disclosed to unauthorised persons.

If you have any queries or would like to know more about the role please email and the HR team will do their best to answer your questions. 


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As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services to adults and young people, Priory Group promise a challenging and fulfilling career with the support of a world class organisation willing to invest in your development. 

Across our network of hospitals, residential care homes, education facilities and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.


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