Clinical Psychologist Senior (Senior Grade) - Therapeutic Team Waterford/Wexford ** 12 noon 23rd December**

Waterford Location of post will be specified at University Hospital Waterford however your base of work can change within the operating area, depending on needs of service and this post covers both Waterford and Wexford.
 Salary:  See Description for Details
Other   Permanent
Closing Date: 23/12/2019 Closing Time: 12:00
Recruitment start: 14/11/2019


Job Summary

The Child and Family Agency was established on 1st January 2014 and is responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of services for the development, welfare and protection of children and the support of families ever undertaken in Ireland. It is an ambitious move which brings together some 4,000 staff who were previously employed within Children and Family Services of the Health Service Executive, the National Educational Welfare Board and the Family Support Agency.


The Child and Family Agency has responsibility for the following range of services:

  • Child Welfare and Protection Services, including family support services
  • Family Resource Centres and associated national programmes
  • Early years (pre-school) Inspection Services
  • Educational Welfare responsibilities including School completion programmes and Home Schoo Liaison
  • Domestic, sexual and gender based violence services
  • Services related to the psychological welfare of children

Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

The staff appointed to this post will be assigned to the Therapeutic Service Waterford/Wexford Tusla Regional Area. S/he will participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary therapeutic team delivering a coordinated approach to service users.

There are a range of services that staff will be working alongside. These include An Garda Síochána, HSE Medical Services and Child Protection and Children in Care teams, Prevention, Partnership and Family Support teams.

The Therapeutic Team Waterford/Wexford is an innovative multidisciplinary team which focuses on delivery of a therapeutic service that is needs led, supportive, co-ordinated, proportionate, evidence informed and timely to enable children/young people to be safe and achieve their full potential. Assessment and tailored interventions informed by psychological and sociological theories are utilised to facilitate recovery from adverse childhood experiences.

The Therapeutic Team also focuses on the needs of children and young people in care (residential and foster care) as they are more likely than their peers to have experienced physical, psychological and emotional trauma and frequently have had traumatic disruption of relationships and attachments. The Therapeutic Team works across the continuum of care paying particular attention to young people/children who are on the brink of going into care or whose foster placements are in jeopardy while also working in a preventative and supportive manner with parents, carers and professionals involved in their lives. Through a multidisciplinary approach the therapeutic team carries out a therapeutic assessment of the individual child/young person’s needs, taking into account the context in which they live their lives, developing an understanding of the complex issues and in turn matching these with individual tailored therapeutic responses and forging links with relevant community based services where possible.


Job Objectives

Professional / Clinical

The Senior Grade Psychologist will:

  • Be responsible for the delivery of professional psychology/therapeutic services appropriate to the post in line with best practice.
  • Carry a clinical caseload appropriate to the post.
  • Provide psychological assessments for the client group based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources including psychological tests, self-report measures, direct and indirect observation and interviews with clients, family members and/or carers.
  • Presentation of psychological assessment for adults and children in court as required.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of trauma based treatment when working with children and families.
  • Formulate and implement plans for psychological/therapeutic intervention based on an appropriate conceptual framework, working in home and clinical settings as appropriate.
  • Provide clinical supervision to other Psychology staff members if required.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team for the assessment, development and implementation of therapeutic plans for children/young people.  This will involve working in a collaborative manner with the child's care setting, family and community.
  • Contribute a psychological perspective to case planning and multi-agency case working and review and call multi-professional meetings when appropriate.
  • Provide professional reports as required in accordance with professional standards.
  • Communicate effectively and work in co-operation with multidisciplinary team members and others to ensure integrated service provision.
  • Develop and maintain close liaison with key stakeholders.
  • To work in a multi-disciplinary team ensuring a co-ordinated interdisciplinary and inter-agency service delivery.
  • Work within limits of professional competence in line with principles of best practice, professional conduct and follow TUSLA policies as a point of clinical governance.
  • Participate in meetings, committees and/or conferences as required.
  • Represent and advocate for the psychological/therapeutic needs of service users.
  • Work in and promote an ethical and professional manner at all times.
  • Be aware of and refer the service user to other services as necessary.
  • Undertake Key Worker role as required.
  • Promote a culture that values equality, diversity and respect in the workplace.

Research & Evaluation

The Senior Grade Psychologist will:

  • Utilise evidence-based literature and research to support effective practice.
  • Undertake project management including audit and service evaluation with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.
  • Participate in evaluation of all clinical activity within the post and provide such information as required by the Manager for the purpose of service monitoring and evaluation.
  • Represent a professional view point in relation to nationally accepted good practice      and to ensure a high level of ethical standards and professional conduct.
  • Lead and contribute to developments and innovative practice.

Education & Training

The Senior Grade Psychologist will:

  • Receive regular clinical professional supervision.
  • Provide supervision to the work of non-psychologists in delivery of psychological interventions as appropriate.
  • Provide supervision as appropriate on running community-based intervention groups for other professions.
  • Provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings where appropriate.
  • Attend mandatory training programmes.
  • Be informed of advances in professional knowledge and practice.
  • Be informed of developments in national policies, strategies and legislation (to include Tusla) and perceived impact on practice.
  • Take responsibility for continuous professional development and ensure compliance with statutory registration requirements.
  • In collaboration with the Manager, attend training courses as informed by service requirements and career & personal development planning.
  • Be responsible for the induction of new staff as appropriate.
  • Develop and maintain an understanding of the various disciplines involved with the client group particularly at a community level.

Health & Safety

The Senior Grade Psychologist will:

  • Comply with and contribute to the development of policies, procedures and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards and ensure their staff compliance.
  • Have a working knowledge of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) Standards as they apply to the service for example National Standards for Child Protection and Care and comply with associated Tusla – Child and Family Agency protocols for implementing and maintaining these standards as appropriate to the role.
  • To support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient health service.


The Senior Grade Psychologist will:

  • Provide line management supervision to assigned staff if appropriate.
  • Manage and co-ordinate service delivery in their area of responsibility.
  • To participate in the multidisciplinary team in order to identify duties and responsibilities as appropriate to ensure effective service delivery.
  • Ensure the maintenance of appropriate service user records and statistics in accordance with TUSLA requirements and local guidelines, Freedom of Information Act, Data Protection Acts and other relevant legislation.
  • Provide service reports, Court reports / data as required.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of information sharing protocols, audit systems, referral pathways and integrated care arrangements.
  • Maintain professional standards with regard to service user and data confidentiality.

The above Job Specification is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from the Principal Psychologist/Service Lead from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office

Please refer to the Candidate Information pack attached to this campaign for full and further detail.

Skills Required

At the closing date applicants must:

a) (i) a recognised University degree or diploma obtained with first or second class honours in which psychology was taken as a major subject and honours obtained in that subject.


   (ii) a recognised postgraduate professional psychological qualification appropriate to the     area of professional psychology in which the position is designated and recognised by the PSI


b) Have at least five years’ satisfactory post graduate experience in the area of professional psychology in which the position is designated inclusive of any time spent in pursuing a course leading to the postgraduate qualification and including at least two years’ satisfactory experience as a staff grade psychologist


c) Possess the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and management ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.


A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service. 


Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character


Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant within the meaning of the Public Services Superannuation Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age.

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