2019.05.16 Basic Grade Clinincal/Educational Psychologists - EIJB0277 | Enable Ireland

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Enable Ireland is a leading national voluntary organisation which provides essential services for 7,500 children and adults with disabilities and their families.

We require dedicated employees, with a flexible and adaptable approach, to help support our work with children and adults with disabilities in Ireland.  


2019.05.16 Basic Grade Clinincal/Educational Psychologists - EIJB0277

Location: Kildare
Contract Type: Permanent part time

Job Opportunity
Staff Grade Clinical / Educational Psychologists

Kildare West Wicklow Services based in Naas and outreach clinic in Clane

Enable Ireland is a leading national voluntary organisation which provides family support services for people with disabilities and their families, in partnership with the HSE and other State and voluntary agencies.
Enable Ireland Kildare West Wicklow Services, in partnership with the HSE, Muiriosa Foundation, KARE, St. John of God Kildare Services provide supports to children and young people with complex needs aged 0 – 18 years informed by the Bio Psycho Social Model of Service Delivery, living in Kildare West Wicklow through Network Disability Teams.
The mission of the partnership is to work in partnership with children and young people with disabilities, with their families, to support their development and to enable active participation in community life.

We require dedicated professionals who are committed to providing the highest quality services possible to service users. We offer a challenging career as part of our integrated team approach to delivering services.

We have an exciting opportunities for Staff Grade Psychologists at our Enable Ireland Kildare West Wicklow Services – Mid Kildare Network Disability Team based in Naas and outreach clinic in Clane:

1 x Part time Permanent Staff Grade Clinical/Educational Psychologist : 29.6 hpw (0.8 WTE)

Overall Purpose of the Post:
To provide a range of psychological services to children 0 – 18 years on the Early Years / School Age Team and their families who attend the Mid Kildare Network Disability Team, within an interdisciplinary framework and family centered practice and to support other staff and students as assigned.
Key Working Relationships
Enable Ireland delivers services using the Social Model of Disabilities. Enable Ireland has a wide range of stakeholders with whom strong professional relationships need to be forged and fostered on an ongoing basis. These stakeholders are identified as:
• Children & young people
• Parents/ Carers / Advocates
• Director of Services
• Team Manager
• Mid Kildare Network Disability Team
• Statutory and Community Partners including the H.S.E, KARE, Muiriosa Foundation, Saint John of God Kildare Services, Schools and Other Service Providers
Working under the direction of the Team Manager and in partnership with psychology colleagues and as a member of the interdisciplinary team, the post holder will:
• Work as a member of the interdisciplinary team to provide an integrated and co- ordinated service to children and their families.
• Provide consultation and support programmes for parents and families as appropriate.
• Provide reports and information to relevant others, refer to other professionals; liaise with schools and other external agencies as appropriate.
• Attend and participate in relevant meetings and case conferences.

• Integrate clinical / educational psychology skills with current clinical psychology theory and relevant supporting evidence based knowledge.
• Facilitate a family centred approach.
• Adhere to the principle of informed consent prior to and throughout interventions.
• Facilitate the service user to make informed decisions re:  psychology interventions.
• Use skilled observations and interviewing, including in complex situations.
• Select, implement and analyse the outcomes of standardised and non- standardised assessments.
• Collaborate skillfully with the child / young person as appropriate and work in partnership with his / her parent, family, carer to identify goals, including complex situations.
• Apply clinical reasoning to plan, grade, implement and modify interventions that are outcome based and relevant to the child or young person’s goals.
• Facilitate individual and group interventions in a skilled manner.
• Evaluate and apply outcomes of intervention in collaboration with all stakeholders.
Manage a Caseload:
• Apply and develop caseload management procedures including prioritization
• Co-ordinate intervention with other team members and with other agencies to ensure an optimum service is provided for all service users.
• Evaluate effectiveness of current caseload management procedures in collaboration with the team manager and team.
Professional Reasoning:
• Engage and articulate reflection and evaluation on practice.
• Demonstrate a logical and systematic approach to problem solving and decision making.
• Engage in clinical reasoning based on clinical / educational psychology practice and supporting evidence.
Quality Assurance:
• Contribute to the ongoing development and implementation of relevant quality assurance initiatives
• Adhere to Enable Ireland’s policies, procedures and guidelines.
• Adhere to Kildare West Wicklow Network Disability Team policies, procedures and guidelines.
• Ensure that professional practice is in line with Enable Ireland’s Duty of Care
• Ensure timely and accurate record keeping in line with the requirements of Enable Ireland, The Freedom of Information Act (1997 and 2003) and The Data Protection Act (1988 and 2003).
Professional Development & Support:
The post holder will:
• Attend and actively contribute to relevant clinical and professional meetings.
• Participate in regular supervision
• Direct their own personal professional development by ensuring that they maintain and develop their professional skill and knowledge.
• Participate in training and developmental opportunities as identified and agreed in their Personal Professional Development Plan (PDP) / Team Development Plan (TDP) (as appropriate).
• Support and contribute to research initiatives as required and appropriate.
Equal Opportunities:
Enable Ireland is committed to taking action to develop employment processes which are fair and free from unnecessary bias and services capable of offering sensitive and effective support with due regard to diversity and difference. As such the policy of equal opportunity relates to all present and future employees and to all present and potential users of the service.
The post holder will carry out the above duties in line with Equal Opportunities Guidelines while respecting the different backgrounds of colleagues and service users.
Enable Ireland has a code of confidentiality. All staff working within Enable Ireland is bound by the code of confidentiality.  All information that is obtained through work with service users, their families and carers is strictly confidential and must not be shared outside Enable Ireland unless acting on the instructions of the Director of Services.

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities and may be reviewed from time to time to reflect the needs of the Service.

The successful candidate will have:

Essential Criteria:

• Must have a recognised university degree or diploma (QQ1 level 8 equivalent) obtained with a 1st or 2nd class honours in which Psychology was taken as a major subject and honours obtained in that subject and a recognised professional post-graduate qualification in educational psychology or an equivalent validated by the Department of Health.
• Applicants with a clinical qualification must demonstrate that they have acquired in appropriate health settings, for the areas for which they wish to apply – Disability (Child and Adult), Child Psychology, Adult Psychology – either at least 60 days or equivalent supervised clinical placements as part of the professional qualification or at least 60 days or equivalent post qualification supervised work experience as a psychologist
• Applicants with an educational psychology qualification must demonstrate that they have acquired in appropriate health settings for the areas for which they wish to apply – Child Disability, Child Psychology – either at least 60 days or equivalent supervised clinical placements as part of the  professional qualification or at least 60 days or equivalent post qualification supervised work experience as a psychologist
• Candidates must possess the requisite knowledge and ability, including a high standard of suitability and ability), for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.

The above eligibility criteria apply without prejudice to applicants employed in a post of psychological or above in the Irish public health service at Oct 2002

NOTE: Combinations of supervised clinical placement experience as part of the qualification and post qualification supervised work experience within a single care group area to give a total of 60 days are not acceptable.
• Educational Psychologist must provide evidence of commencement of placement in Child Psychology or CAMHS which must be completed by 1st October 2019

× Experience of working with children of 0 – 18 yrs with at least one of the following disabilities physical disability, autism, learning disability etc) and their families.

× Full drivers licence with access to own transport

Desirable Criteria:

× Experience of inter and trans-disciplinary team working.
× Experience of working in a disability service.
× Experience of working with children and adolescents with a range of disabilities post qualification
× Knowledge and skills in the management of behaviours of concern
× Knowledge and skills in conducting diagnostic assessments in children and young people including Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities


We would love to hear from you if you have a passion for working with our organisation and have the relevant experience/skills required for the role.

Please download a copy of the Job Description, Person Specification and Employment Application form and forward completed application form by email to ahardy@enableireland.ie or by post Anne Hardy, Enable Ireland Building, Jigginstown, Naas, Co. Kildare marked Private & Confidential.
Informal enquiries to:

Anelle Marynowski, Ph: 045 875676 / Email: amarynowski@enableireland.ie

Applications must be made on the Enable Ireland Application form only. CV’s will not be accepted.

Applicants should out line with their application how they meet the person specification essential requirements

Closing Date for receipt of Applications: Wednesday 29th May 2019 at 12 pm

Interview Date: Wednesday 26th June 2019

A panel may be formed, following these interviews, for similar vacancies arising within the next twelve months.

Enable Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.

• The post will be subject to reference checks and may be subject to Garda vetting/police clearance, as relevant
• Due to the large volume of applications, we are not in the position to provide individual feedback to applicants who are not shortlisted for interview.
• Applications are invited from suitably qualified applicants from all sections of the community.
• The above information serves only as a guide to the advertised position. Enable Ireland, at its discretion, reserves the right to change this prior to appointment

Related Resources

2019.05.16 Basic Grade Psychologist Job Description - EIJB0277

2019.05.16 Basic Grade Psychologist Person Specification - EIJB0277

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