Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions in WalesWhat are the transport links like?

Transport in Wales is generally well established with good rail links throughout the country centering around Cardiff, Newport and Swansea in the south, and Wrexham General, Wrexham Central and Llandudno Junction in the north. The rail network also has regular routes into England, with direct trains to London taking 2 hour 4 minutes from Cardiff Central.

Wales is primarily served by Cardiff International Airport, offering links to England as well as European, African and North American destinations.

What is the currency?

The currency in Wales is the same as the rest of the United Kingdom, the Great British Pound. Wales is home to the British royal mint which produces the currency of the UK.

Do I need a visa?

No, a visa is not required to work and live in Wales if travelling from Britain. The same laws apply to Wales as that of the UK, when travelling from abroad.

What is the demand like for psychological therapists in Wales?

Demand is high in Wales but specialisms differ by North and South. In South Wales we see high demand for Psychologists, particularly in inpatient or forensic/secure units, these are often for learning disabilities clients or complex mental health. In North Wales, we see high demand in CMHT work and adult mental health for all professions. However the market is always evolving for the demand of psychological therapists and we are therefore receiving more vacancies on a weekly basis within various client groups. To hear more about the current demand in this country, contact Lena Antoniou on 01992 305604 or Lena.Antoniou@pulsejobs.com.

What professional registration do I need to work in Wales?

  • Psychologists – HCPC Registration
  • Psychotherapists – UKCP registration
  • CBT Therapists – BABCP registration/accreditation
  • Family Therapists – UKCP or AFT registration
  • CAMHS Practitioners – With a core profession in Nursing (NMC), Social Work (HCPC), Psychology (HCPC) or Occupational Therapy (HCPC) with additional Talking Therapies qualification.

How have other workers found the experience of working in Wales?

"When I decided to relocate, I did my homework and looked carefully into neighbourhoods, accommodation, travel, amenities and services. I embrace change and am excited with new ventures so relocating felt good. I investigated different towns and rural properties and weighed up travel options. I decided that the cheapest homes might be the nearest to my new ‘base’ but might not be the best places to stay. Finding temporary accommodation, even at the height of the holiday season, was relatively straightforward. At first glance, rents appeared to be high. However, I have negotiated affordable rent, including a significant reduction for the winter months and, overall, it’s cost-effective, particularly as it is ‘inclusive’ of all usual outgoings, except food. This is my first NHS post and I love my new locum work and feel privileged to be here. Everyone is supportive – clinical colleagues, admin and management staff, our Landlords, neighbours, the local and wider community. It was a good move. Pulse provided a high level of support throughout the relocation process – and this support continues. I have been here for over 3-months and have no regrets at the decision."

Wendy A.