Psychologist – Childrens Disability Network Team

Ref: SC122

Children’s Disability Network Team – CDNT5

Lead Agency Stewarts Care 

Applications are invited for the above positions.  Part Time Options may be considered.  A panel will be formed from which other permanent or temporary posts may be filled.

Overview of the Post

We are seeking a flexible, innovative, and enthusiastic Psychologist to join our Children’s Disability Network Team.  Our valued Psychologist will provide a quality, evidence-based, and family-centred psychology service to children and young people (0 – 18 years) with complex needs within an interdisciplinary framework. 

This is an opportunity for the right candidate to develop their skills and be a positive influence at an exciting time in a newly established service.

Continuous Professional Development opportunities will be provided.

Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:

  • Have a university degree or diploma (QQ1 level 8 equivalent) obtained with 1st or 2nd  class honours in which Psychology was taken as a major subject and honours obtained in that subject


  • Have an Irish post-graduate professional psychology qualification accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland in Clinical, Counselling, or Educational Psychology


  • An equivalent qualification from another jurisdiction validated by the Department of Health. Application for this post must be inclusive of letter of validation.


  • Possess the requisite knowledge and ability, including a high standard of suitability and ability, for the proper discharge of the role.

  • Must be fully proficient in ICT skills.

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of the relevant children and disability-related legislation and standards of practice.

  • Full Clean driving licence and access to a car

  • 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

  • Experience of an interdisciplinary team working.

  • Experience of working with children and adolescents with a range of disabilities post-qualification is desirable.

  • Knowledge of Community Healthcare Organisation Governance of Children’s Disability Network Service

Informal enquires are welcomed by:

Mary Feely, Children’s Disability Network Manager, (CDNT5) Tel 01 4647740 / 0870575267 or

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

 Campaign Ref: SC122

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

Closing date: 13th February 2024

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.

No assistance from recruitment agencies is required at this time.

Stewarts Care is an Equal Opportunities Employer     

Job Description – Psychologist (CDNT5)



Duration of Post

Permanent and Pensionable.


Children Disability Network Team (CDNT-5) based in Rossecourt, Lucan.

Reporting Relationship

Children Disability Network Manager CDNT-5

Job Purpose

To provide a family-centred and quality-driven psychological services as part of an interdisciplinary team and within established professional standards, guidelines and policy for children with complex attending services in the Children Disability Network (CDN).

Scope of the Role

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work within an interdisciplinary team, providing quality psychological services to children attending the service based on the family Centred model of practice.  

The brief of the post will be working with children in CDNT 5 in Stewart’s Care Services which is the lead agency for two newly formed CDNT’s (CDNT-5 and 6) in line with ethos of Progressing Children’s Disability Services (PDS). These teams will be based in Stewarts Care Palmerstown and Rossecourt, Lucan. Flexibility, however, may be required by the post-holder to meet the needs of the children supported by the organisation if deemed necessary as may be directed by the CDNM.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Clinical Duties

  • The successful candidate will report to the CDNM for line management, clinical governance and for clinical assurance regarding supervision while operating within the organisations Clinical Services as a member of the CDNT.

  • The Psychologist will be responsible for the delivery of a psychology service to children and their families attending the CDNT.

  • To undertake assessment, therapy, appropriate interventions and preventative programmes in accordance with the professional competence of clinical psychologists.

  • To provide professional reports and information to other professional staff and such other reports as appropriate.

  • To undertake research in clinical psychology and to co-operate in research and evaluation programmes as appropriate.

  • Work within limits of professional competence in line with principles of best practice, professional conduct and clinical governance

  • Undertake Key Worker role as required

Education & Training

  • Contribute to and participate in Psychology and other relevant interdisciplinary education sessions. 

  • Engage in the education of colleagues, student Psychologists, Service Users and other health care professionals.  

  • Partake in career and personal development planning. Maintain own professional development and competence. 

  • Actively participate in induction, clinical supervision, mentoring, appraisal, clinical reflection and be open to reflective practice.

  • Attend mandatory training programmes as directed by Stewarts Care.

  • Abide by the code of ethics of the Psychological Society of Ireland


  • Keep up to date records, reports and statistics as required.

  • Engage in service planning activities in consultation with the CDNM.

  • Represent the service at meetings and conferences as designated.

Health & Safety

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

  • Assist in the development, implementation and review of the department’s Health and Safety statement, as appropriate.

  • Document appropriately and report any near misses, hazards and accidents and bring them to the attention of the 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.

  • Support a culture that values diversity and respect.

Qualifications & Experience

Candidates must meet the following criteria relevant to the role:

  • Hold a recognised validated qualification in Psychology as recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland

  • Relevant experience of working with children with disabilities

Qualifications for this position obtained outside of the Republic of Ireland must be validated at the time of application. Application for this post must be inclusive of letter of validation.

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Experience of planning, developing and evaluating services for children with a disability.

  • Experience of providing staff and family training.

  • Have a full clean driving licence and access to a car (desirable).

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 Care


Psychologist Scale €57,675-€98,739 LSI per annum.

Salaries and increments are paid in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales.

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 CDNM and in accordance with the needs of the service


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

Garda Vetting

Stewarts Care 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.


Stewarts Care 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.