Psychologist, Senior – Barnahus

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Other   Permanent
Closing Date: 07/02/2023 Closing Time: 00:00
Recruitment start: 19/01/2023


Job Summary

The Child and Family Agency was established on 1st January 2014 and is responsible for a range of statutory functions including provision of child protection, alternative care, specified regulatory services and a range of family support services.  The Agency has commenced a major improvement programme with significant focus on Practice, Culture and Structure.

The Agency currently has responsibility for a budget in excess of €800m and delivers its services through circa 5,000 people in 350 locations across the Country.

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

  • Child Protection and Welfare
  • Family Support
  • Alternative Care
  • Adoption
  • Tusla Education Support Services (TESS)
  • Domestic Sexual and Gender Based Violence (DSGBV)
  • Children’s Service Regulation
  • Counselling and Therapeutic Supports

Further information is available on www.tusla.ie

Deliver, develop and manage the delivery of a psychology service as part of a multi-disciplinary team in line with Tusla policies and within established professional standards, guidelines and policy.


Job Objectives

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The Senior Grade Psychologist will:

  • Develop the psychology service in line with best practice as set out in the Barnahus model
  • Be responsible for the delivery of professional psychology assessment, intervention and consultation 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 and the wider professional system.
  • Formulate and implement plans for psychological therapeutic intervention or management in consultation with the MDT team  based on an appropriate conceptual framework, working in home and clinical settings as appropriate
  • Provide clinical supervision to other Psychology/Psychotherapy staff members
  • Exercise professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment, monitoring, follow-up  and discharge of clients whose problems are managed using psychologically based care plans
  • 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 team members and others to ensure integrated service provision
  • Develop and maintain close liaison with key stakeholders
  • Ensure co-ordinated interdisciplinary and inter-agency service delivery
  • Participate in meetings, committees and/or conferences as required
  • Work within limits of professional competence in line with principles of best practice, professional conduct and clinical governance
  • Represent and advocate for the psychological 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
  • Initiate and participate in needs assessment and health promotion as appropriate
  • Deputise for the Principal Psychologist as appropriate / required
  • Promote a culture that values equality, diversity and respect in the workplace
  • Operate to the highest ethical standards

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 Service Manager for the purpose of service monitoring and evaluation
  • Conduct, encourage and support service related research and provide research advice as appropriate
  • Publish research outcomes in professionally recognised journals and share information on outcomes at professional conferences where appropriate
  • 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:

  • Engage in specialised training appropriate to the post with a particular focus on crisis support intervention
  • Receive regular clinical professional supervision
  • Provide post-graduate teaching and training to professional postgraduates including Doctoral Psychology trainees
  • Provide support to the work of non-psychologists in delivery of psychological interventions as appropriate
  • Provide psychological training, advice and consultation to staff from Tusla and other agencies in areas relevant to direct clinical work and to psychology service provision
  • Provide professional and clinical supervision of trainee psychologists
  • 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 and distribute developments in national policies, strategies and legislation and provide feedback on impact on practice
  • Take responsibility for continuous professional development and ensure compliance with statutory registration requirements
  • In collaboration with the Service Manager, attend training courses as informed by service requirements and career & personal development planning
  • Be responsible for the induction of new staff as appropriate


The Senior Grade Psychologist will:

  • Provide line management supervision to assigned staff
  • Manage and co-ordinate service delivery in their area of responsibility
  • Assign 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 Acts, Data Protection Acts and other relevant legislation
  • Act as a person mandated under Schedule 2 of the Children First Act 2015.
  • Provide service reports / data as required 
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of information sharing protocols, audit systems, referral pathways and integrated care arrangements
  • Contribute to policy development, performance monitoring, business / service planning and budgetary control in conjunction with Clinical Team Lead/Service Manager and relevant others
  • Keep abreast of developments in national policies and strategies and international best practice.
  • Maintain an awareness of HR policies and procedures / engage in recruitment processes and other HR functions as required
  • Assist in ensuring that the psychological service makes the most efficient and effective use of developments in IT
  • Maintain professional standards with regard to service user and data confidentiality
  • Keep up to date with organisational developments within Tusla
  • Have a strong working knowledge of current legislation, policies and procedures pertaining to working with children and their families.
  • Support, promote and actively participate in sustainable energy, water and waste initiatives to create a more sustainable, low carbon and efficient clinical service.

Health & Safety

  • Comply with and contribute to the development of policies, procedures, guidelines and safe professional practice and adhere to relevant legislation, regulations and standards.
  • 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 above Job Description 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 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

Applicants must by the closing date of application have the following:

  • A recognised University QQI Level 8 degree (or equivalent) obtained with first or second class honours in which psychology was taken as a major subject and honours obtained in that subject.



  • A recognised postgraduate professional psychological qualification in Clinical, Counselling or Educational Psychology, as appropriate to the area of professional psychology in which the position is designated and accredited by the Psychological Society of Ireland.  


  • Qualification(s) from another jurisdiction confirmed by the Department of Health to be equivalent to the above.



  • Have at least five years satisfactory post graduate clinical experience, inclusive of any time spent in pursuing a course leading to the postgraduate qualification and including at least two years full-time satisfactory experience as a staff grade psychologist (or at a more senior grade with a psychologist title) in the area of professional psychology in which the position is designated.




  • 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


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