Psychologist – Adult Services SC061

Applications are invited for the above full -time permanent position.

The Organisation:

Stewarts Care is a long-established voluntary organisation providing comprehensive community-based services to people with intellectual disabilities.

We support people across a wide range of services within residential settings, day services, supported independent living, job advocacy and vocational training.

Purpose of the Post:

The successful applicant will be a valued member of the multi-disciplinary team providing a range of services to persons with intellectual disabilities, e.g., psychological assessments, psychological therapy, providing positive behavior support, developing and implementing interventions aimed at improving the quality of life of those you will support.

Supporting transition plans into independent living, the Psychologist will report to the Principal Psychologist and will operate within the organisation’s Clinical Services as a member of the Clinical Team.

Placement is across all areas of Stewarts Care services for adults with an intellectual disability.

Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:

  • An Honours Degree in Psychology.

  • A recognised Post Graduate qualification in Clinical Or Counselling Psychology that meets the requirements of the Psychological Society of Ireland and is validated by the Department of Health and Children

  • Relevant experience of working with people with intellectual disabilities

  • Candidates must be a member of, or eligible for membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland. Under EU Regulations, qualifications obtained outside the Republic of Ireland must be validated by the Psychological Society of Ireland.

  • Two years full time experience as a psychologist in the area of intellectual disability desirable

  • Experience in providing clinical supports to adults with intellectual disabilities who are experiencing aging, dementia and end of life care desirable.

Salary and qualifications are in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales. Psychologist, Counselling €57,675 to €98,739 including LSI per annum.

All queries in relation to this post should be emailed to recruitment@stewartscare.ie

Please include a CV and cover letter demonstrating how you meet the essential criteria.

Applications will be short-listed based on the information supplied.

A panel may be formed, from which future permanent and temporary positions may be filled.

Stewarts Care is an Equal Opportunities Employer


Job Description - Psychologist– Adult Services SC061

Role

Psychologist– Adult Services

Duration of Post

Full time permanent

Location

Primarily based in Stewarts Care, Palmerstown, but also serving all other Stewarts Care sites including Community, Respite and Day services.

Reporting Relationship

Reports to Principal Psychologist

Job Purpose

The successful applicant will be a valued member of the multi-disciplinary team providing a range of services to persons with intellectual disabilities, e.g., psychological assessments, psychological therapy, providing positive behavior support, developing and implementing interventions aimed at improving the quality of life of those you will support, supporting with transition plans into independent living.

Scope of the Role

The Psychologist will report to the Principal Psychologist and will operate within the organization’s Clinical Services as a member of the Clinical Team. Placement is across all areas of Stewarts Care services for adults with an intellectual disability. Stewarts Care is committed to ongoing professional development and training.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Psychologist will report to the Principal Psychologist and will operate within Stewarts Care clinical services as a member of the Clinic Team.

  • The successful applicant will be a valued member of the multi-disciplinary team providing a range of services to persons with intellectual disabilities.

  • The Psychologist will undertake assessment, therapy, interventions and preventative programmes in consultation with the Principal Psychologist.

  • Placement is across all areas of Stewart’s services for adults with intellectual disabilities.

  • The Psychologist will provide professional reports and information to other professional staff and such other reports as appropriate.

  • The Psychologist will deliver training to staff and family members as appropriate.

  • Salary and qualifications are in accordance with Department of Health and Children Regulations.

  • The Psychologist will undertake research in psychology and co-operate in research and evaluation programmes as appropriate.

  • The Psychologist will provide services and fulfil duties as assigned by the Principal Psychologist.

Education & Training

  • Participate in departmental in-service training.

  • Take responsibility for keeping up to date with current psychology practice and participating with CPD relevant to clinical role.

  • Attend mandatory training programmes as directed by Stewarts Care Principal Psychologist

  • Be a member of, or eligible for membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

Administrative

  • Keep up to date and accurate updated Psychology records, reports and statistics as required/advised by Principal Psychologist

  • Ensure that confidentiality is always maintained.

Health & Safety

  • Comply with the policies, procedures and safe professional practice of the Irish Healthcare System by adhering to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.

  • Familiar with and co-operate with policy procedures and department guidelines such as risk management, infection control and adhering to infection control guidelines.

  • Document appropriately and report any near misses, hazards and accidents and bring them to the attention of the Principal Psychologist and relevant person(s)

  • Work in a safe manner with due care and attention to the safety of self and others

  • Be aware of risk management issues, identify risks and take appropriate action and report to Principal Psychologist

  • Responsible for ensuring any equipment or appliances in the department are in safe working order and are used in a safe manner.

  • Comply with department procedures with regard to assessment and provision of equipment and ensuring equipment is maintained and serviced as appropriate.

  • Support a culture that values diversity and respect.

Qualifications & Experience

Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:

  • An Honours Degree in Psychology

  • A recognised Post Graduate qualification in Psychology that meets the requirements of the Psychological Society of Ireland and is validated by the Department of Health and Children.

  • Relevant experience of working with people with intellectual disabilities

  • Candidates must be a member of, or eligible for membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland. Under EU Regulations, qualifications obtained outside the Republic of Ireland must be validated by the Psychological Society of Ireland.

  • Two years full-time experience as a psychologist in the area of intellectual disability

  • Experience in providing clinical support to adults with intellectual disabilities who are experiencing aging, dementia and end of life care.

  • Full driving licence is desirable.

Professional Skills and Competencies

  • Demonstrates excellent ability to organise their time and workload and prioritise as necessary.

  • Excellent communication skills to engage and interact with colleagues, MDT, service users & their carers so information is conveyed in a clear and concise manner.

  • Ability to clinically reason and make appropriate clinical decision based on individual service users’ needs in complex situations.

  • Evidence of the ability to achieve results through effective collaboration and communication in a complex environment.

Personal Attributes.

  • Promote a culture that values equality, diversity and respect in the workplace and educate and empower others to work to the highest standards.

  • Clear focus on person centred care in clinical decision making and Psychology interventions.

  • Adhere to the codes of professional conduct in relation to respecting the right & dignity of every service user & family

This job description is a guide to the general range of duties assigned to the post holder. It is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive and is subject to periodic review with the employee concerned

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Psychologist - Stewarts SC061

Remuneration

Remuneration is in accordance with the Department of Health consolidated pay scales. Salary and qualifications are in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales. Psychologist, Counselling €57,675 to €98,739 incl LSI Per annum.

Salaries and increments are paid in accordance with DOH scales.

Incremental credit will be applied based on recognised relevant service.

Annual leave

27 Days per annum

Working week

The hours allocated to this post are 35 hours per week with a 7-hour standard working day, exclusive of lunch breaks. The allocation of these hours will be at the discretion of the Head of the Clinic and in accordance with the needs of the service.

Probation

All employees will be subject to a probationary period of 6 months, with an extension if required of 9 months. This probationary period applies to all employees irrespective of their role or type of role.

Garda Vetting

Stewarts will carry out Garda vetting on all new employees. An employee will not take up employment with the organisation until the Garda Vetting process has been completed and the organisation is satisfied that such an appointment does not pose a risk to the Service Users and employees.

References

Stewarts will seek up to two written references from current and previous employers, educational institutions or any other organisation with which the candidate has been associated. Stewarts reserves the right to determine the merit, appropriateness and relevance of such references and referees.