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Head of Psychology (AFC 8c-d equivalent dependent on experience)

  • Closes: 31/01/2024

Head of Psychology – Consultant Clinical / Forensic Psychologist / Approved Clinician (Inpatient Services) (AFC 8c-d equivalent dependent on experience)



This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified clinical or forensic psychologist who is either looking for their first consultant grade post or who may already be working at consultant level.. We are looking for an experienced, innovative and values driven person to join our senior clinical team. The successful candidate will provide clinical leadership, support, training and consultancy to psychology and other staff working in our inpatient service at Heatherwood Court in Pontypridd, joining our existing senior management team at the hospital.

Due to changes in commissioning, we are pushing forward with our plans to build on the development of our inpatient mental health service to further embed evidence based psychological care for people who may either be at risk of repeated admission to hospital or at risk of clinically ineffective long duration admissions. We have developed over the last four years a clinical pathway of care we call ‘”RISE” – Recovery in Supported Environments. This aims to support the people with the most complex needs, who often also have substantial forensic histories. It uses a combination of traditional person-centred recovery planning and evidence-based materials as part of a co-constructed and co-produced care planning system that is based on quality of life and functional outcomes. We are looking for someone who is keen to drive transformational change in the way that the mental health system supports people with the most complex needs – reducing the duration of admission and preparing for community placements – by enabling our teams to hold, support and care for people safely through periods of severe distress.

At Iris Care Group we are rigorous in following professional, clinical and policy guidance in order to support high quality care. We take a recovery and person-centred perspective to all of our work and are committed to the current agenda around reducing restrictive practice and improving relationally focused care within mental health services. As a result of this work we have reduced the use of physical restraint in all our services by between 75 and 100% over the period of a 7 year improvement project. The successful candidate will take a key role in supporting the safe transition of people from hospital into the community, reducing length of inpatient stays by supporting continuity of clinical input between our hospital and ocial care services,  and in ensuring that the service provides systematic NICE compliant psychologically informed treatment at all levels and by all staff.

Our organisation places a strong emphasis and value on psychological services and will invest in your ongoing development. You will be part of a large clinical services department across our group with access to clinical and forensic psychologist and AHP colleagues. Research and networking interests are supported and encouraged. We have good links with local clinical training courses and academic centres: the postholder will be encouraged to supervise trainee clinical and / or forensic psychologists on placement.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people who meet BPS requirements for appointment to a consultant grade position, but are also keen to hear from people who are looking for a developmental opportunity to progress to consultant grade, where additional support will be provided on the developmental pathway. You may already hold approved clinician status, but applicants without such status will be supported and encouraged to work towards portfolio submission to support an application to register as an approved clinician in Wales. In line with HEIW strategy, the organisation supports the agenda for diversifying roles and ensuring top of licence working for all clinical staff, and has an established pathway for Multidisciplinary Approved Clinicians,  and deploys an existing MPAC cohort.


You can find out more about our clinical work here https://www.iriscaregroup.co.uk/health-professionals/integrated-care-solutions/





Interviews for this role will take place between week 2 and 4 of February 2024 depending on candidate availability.

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