Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist

Birmingham, West Midlands
£49,714- £54,957
10 Sep 2020
04 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Full time

We are looking to recruit a Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist to join our dynamic and innovative service. The successful applicant will provide additional management support within an area team as well as help the service play a wider role in city-wide developments along with generic EP duties.  The service has several priority areas for development and is also open to new ideas based on the candidates’ strengths and interests.

We would welcome you to join the skilled and creative educational psychologists who work in a vibrant, diverse and resilient city where children/young people, schools, families and the Local Authority value the contribution that EPs make.  We have been successfully trading with schools since 2011 and are the primary provider of high-quality evidence-based psychology through the four service area teams and city-wide initiatives. The service is engaged is many high-profile projects both nationally and across the city localities.  There are several initiatives in place to support the emotional health and wellbeing agenda. These include Thrive, FRIENDS for Life, Video Enhance Practice (VIG and VERP), Trauma Informed /Attachment Aware Training, SCERTS and ELSA. We are growing with increasing demand for our traded and local authority work. We have a commitment to innovation and being responsive to identified need These values enabled our response to support the cities’ families and communities with regard the impact of the to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Below is an example of evaluative data from our Parent Support Line;

I'd like to thank the psychologists and team at Birmingham Educational Psychology Service for being there when I needed them. The sessions, particularly the first one, were an absolute lifeline…

In addition to the opportunity to work in a supporting team that values professional autonomy and cutting-edge practice, you will benefit from terms and conditions that include:

  • Generous annual leave allocation (up to 34 days plus up to 15 days flexi-leave and 8 bank Holidays)
  • Payment in full of HCPC registration costs
  • 6 sessions of whole service CPD a year and protected personal CPD time and access to a CPD budget
  • Agile working and opportunities to work flexibly/from home

Birmingham EPS is a friendly and highly supportive service where collaboration and peer supervision are actively encouraged and fundamental in maintaining our service culture and ethos.

The service has strong relationships with Educational Psychology training courses through tutor links and have a long-standing reputation of supporting trainee EPs on placements. We are committed to promoting professional development at all levels. 

We are seeking applications from qualified EPs who can demonstrate experience through their existing and past roles of leadership with their practice and supervision of and with others. Managers play a key role in ensuring the service commitment to the promotion of professional well-being and development at all levels. We value research and support colleagues to work towards publication of their research and professional practice

All qualified applicants must be registered with and operate within the professional code of ethics and practice guidelines of the Health and Care Professions Council.

Birmingham City Council is committed to equal opportunities in employment and we positively welcome your application irrespective of your gender, race, disability, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sexuality, gender identity, marital status, responsibility for dependents, religion, trade union activity and age.

Most importantly we want to make a difference to the lives of people who live and work in Birmingham. Join us to make that difference happen.

Soulbury Salary Scale B points 3-5 £49,714- £54,957 - Plus 3 SPA points

up to two previously awarded SPA points will be honoured

If you are interested in working with us and wish to discuss this opportunity further, please contact  Amanda Daniels, Principal Educational Psychologist , Amanda.Daniels@birmingham.gov.uk or Dr Deborah Benjamin, Senior EP (North) Deborah.Bemjamin@birmingham.gov.uk on  0121 303 0100.

Closing Date:                              Sunday 4th October 2020

Provisional Interview Date:       Wednesday 14th October 2020

Interviews for this post will take place virtually via video conferencing. Shortlisted candidates will be provided with further information.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be undertaken

“Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants.  All non UK and non EU applicants are required to apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must be approved by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) before any employment offer can be confirmed.”

Supporting documents
Job Description and Person Specification
EP Views - Bham EPS
Bham EPS Terms and Conditions