Senior Psychologist – Adult Services

Ref: SC061           

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Psychologist to work as part of our Multi-Disciplinary Team providing quality psychological services to Adult Service Users of Stewarts Care.

The Organisation:

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

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

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.

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in clinical psychology inclusive of time spent in pursuing a course leading to the postgraduate qualification and a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

  • Excellent Communication Skills

  • Experience of planning, developing and evaluating services for people with an intellectual disability.

  • Experience of staff recruitment, selection and training

  • Experience of professional supervision of other psychologists, whether group, individual or peer supervision

Note: 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.

Salary and qualifications are in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales. Salary Scale is:  Senior Clinical Psychologist €91,669-€107,750 LSI per annum.

Campaign Ref: SC061

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

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

Closing date: 27th 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: Senior Psychologist

Stewarts Care

Role

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Duration of Post

Full time permanent

Location

Psychology- Adult Services

Reporting Relationship

Jacqueline Flanagan, Principal Clinical Psychologist Stewarts Care

Job Purpose

To provide a quality Psychology service to Service Users within Stewart’s Care.

Scope of the Role

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work within Stewarts Multi-Disciplinary Team providing quality psychological services to Adult Service Users of Stewarts Care.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Qualifications & Experience

Clinical Duties

  • To report to the Principal Psychologist and operate within the organisations Clinical Services as a member of the Clinical Team.

  • Responsible for the delivery of a psychology service to areas within the organisation as assigned by the Principal Psychologist.

  • Responsible for consultation regarding the work of clinical psychologists (basic grade) and the supervision of trainee clinical psychologists who may be assigned to the area of responsibility of the post holder.

  • Responsible for the management of other psychological staff as assigned by the Principal Psychologist.

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

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

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

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

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in clinical psychology inclusive of time spent in pursuing a course leading to the postgraduate qualification and a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland.

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 people with an intellectual disability.

  • Experience of staff recruitment, selection and training

  • Experience of professional supervision of other psychologists, whether group, individual or peer supervision.

Continuous Professional Development

  • Contribute to and participate in Psychology and 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

 Administrative

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

  • Engage in service planning activities in consultation with the Principal Psychologist and Head of Clinical Services.

  • 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.

Competencies, Skills and Knowledge

Candidates must demonstrate sufficient competency and professional knowledge to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the role.

Organisational & Role Specific Knowledge

  • Demonstrates knowledge of the services provided by the organisation.

  • Demonstrates a strong understanding of the importance of inclusion and ways to ensure meaningful activities are incorporated into a Service Users daily life.

  • Knowledge of Stewarts Care organisational structure and functions.

  • Awareness of Stewarts Care Strategy 2022-2026 ‘Our Shared Ambition’.

  • Knowledge of HIQA, the Health Act 2007- 2013.

Communication

  • Effective communication skills verbal, non-verbal and written both within the team and with Service Users.

  • Proficient in Microsoft suite and strong ICT skills relevant to the role.

  • Displays high personal standards, gives and receives feedback.

Teamwork

  • Resilience, positive attitude and openness to change.

  • Supportive towards other team members and uses initiative to ensure the goals of the team are met.

  • Ability to engage and negotiate with relevant stakeholders in the best interests of service users.

  • Understanding the importance of the Multi- Disciplinary Team (MDT) in the provision of care and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with all stakeholders.

Planning and Organising

  • Effectively deal with a wide range of information sources, investigating all relevant issues.

  • Ability to prioritise and organise tasks within a dynamic and changing environment.

  • Draws accurate conclusions and makes balanced and fair recommendations backed up with evidence.

This is not an exhaustive list of duties. You may be required to perform any other such duties as may be assigned by your manager or person nominated by them. As the duties and responsibilities of any post in Stewarts Care are likely to change with on-going needs of services users, staff are expected to have high level of flexibility and a willingness to develop new approaches to their work.

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Senior Psychologist – Stewarts Care

Remuneration

  • Salary and qualifications are in accordance with Department of Health consolidated pay scales. Salary Scale is: Senior Clinical Psychologist €91,669-€107,750 LSI per annum.

  • Salary is paid monthly (16th unless when 16th falls on Saturday or Sunday you are paid on the Friday prior to the 16th) by direct credit transfer into any Bank or Building Society of your choice where the paypath system operates. 

Annual leave

  • 29 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.

Probation

  • 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.

References

  • 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 Care

  • Stewarts Care reserves the right to determine the merit, appropriateness and relevance of such references and referees.

*This role is subject to HSE approval