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Educational Psychologist

Employer
Lambeth Council
Location
Lambeth, London (Greater)
Salary
£40,136 - £49,714 per annum
Closing date
19 Dec 2021

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Sector
Health and Social Care, Health, Children's Services, Social Care, Education
Contract Type
Full time
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(SPA points 1 and 2 previously awarded will be honoured – payable in line with Soulbury terms and conditions).

Full Time: 35 hours pw

  • Are you looking  for a change?
  • Would you like to join a friendly EPS  with strong, supportive relationships with their schools and the Local Authority?
  • Would you like to co-develop or contribute to  our new service initiatives around equity and access to EP services, anti-racist practice and equalities, community psychology approaches, staff wellbeing, SEND, Early Years, Social Emotional and Mental Health, Vulnerable Groups, Autism and Pupil Support Services?
  • Are you available  to join us  anytime from  January 2022?

Due to career promotions and maternity leaves,  we are  recruiting   EPs who are reflexive practitioners, enjoy working in teams, and share our passion and commitment  to  improving the educational and wellbeing outcomes for the children and young people in Lambeth.  Successful candidates would receive  a warm welcome to our team of  EPs, along with induction and supervision, opportunities to co-work with our colleagues in Pupil Support Services (comprising Sensory Support Services, Autism Support Services, Behaviour Support Services, Early Years/SEND, Inclusion Services)  and participate in service and research  initiatives.

How we work

  • We encourage and promote participation and collaboration with schools, families and children and young people (aged 0-25 years).
  • We have strong links to Lambeth Children’s Services and  are commissioned  to provide statutory services to their  children and young people through Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) services and  interagency working.
  • We  deliver early intervention services  through a successful model of  traded services with Lambeth schools and Further Education colleges. We are looking to expand this service to other organisations in collaboration with local community groups.
  • We provide a wide range of evidence-informed services including assessment- intervention services, mental health support services, systems’ level  services and  critical incident support services. We operate a  time allocation model with protected time for  traded income activities, critical incident work, safeguarding  and research and development time for new projects that address the EPS and Lambeth Education & Learning Business Plans.
  • All EPs use the consultation model of service delivery. We have recently updated our consultation policy to strengthen communication and promote consistent implementation  across schools, early years settings and families.
  • We are working towards  developing a strong foundation to provide a culturally responsive EP practice model to include organisational change, our service delivery model, assessment-intervention practices, supervision and professional development frameworks.
  • We have well-established  links with our colleagues in Lambeth SEND services:
    • We  support them to meet statutory deadlines for Education Health and Care Assessments and improve pupil outcomes through the annual review process and SEND moderation exercises.
    • We work closely with them and parents and are proud that Lambeth has one of the lowest tribunal rates in England.
  • All EPs (including locums) are offered regular supervision and line manager support. Opportunities for CPD are available for establishment staff and are identified by the service needs and appraisal systems.
  • We have strong links to EP training courses through  academic and professional tutor posts and fieldwork supervisors, as well as their alumni. We currently support 7 TEPs on placement with us and promote pathways into EP training. We welcome  links to   psychology undergraduate and MSc conversion  courses to encourage and support applicants from more representative and diverse communities to join the profession.
  • We value staff wellbeing and support a positive work-life balance. We are developing a  hybrid (blended)  working policy  to support those EPs who wish to work more flexibly between schools, the EPS offices  and working remotely from their homes, in the aftermath of the pandemic. All EPs are provided with their own secure laptop and mobile phone.
  • Lambeth is  an inner London borough which includes Vauxhall, the South Bank, Kennington, Clapham, Streatham and Brixton. Our offices are  a 5 minute walk from Brixton tube station (Victoria Line) and the dynamic multicultural areas of  Brixton Market,  Brixton Village, the Ritzy Cinema and the  Black Cultural Archives Heritage Museum on Windrush Square.

Information about the advertised posts

The temporary posts would be to cover maternity leave for our colleagues for a minimum of up to 9 to 12  months. However, depending on circumstances, there may be opportunities  to extend contracts beyond the end date. The permanent posts would be to provide a generic service to a patch of schools alongside opportunities to participate in and co-create  service projects and initiatives that contribute to our service development plan.

Educational Psychologists who have a professional qualification in Educational Psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society  (https://www.bps.org.uk/public/become-psychologist/accredited-courses?type=PG)  and are eligible to register  with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)  (https://www.hcpc-uk.org/)  are encouraged to apply.

We welcome diversity and multilingual speakers who would strengthen our service offer to our local communities. 

For enquiries and further information, please email: dweerasinghe@lambeth.gov.uk

We have immediate availability for locum and agency staff  - please contact Dilanthi Weerasinghe, Head of Educational Psychology and Pupil Support Services to discuss.  Email: dweerasinghe@lambeth.gov.uk. Telephone: 07510 070009

Successful candidates will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service.  Further information about the Disclosure can be found at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/dbs.

Job Description and Person Specification

Closing date:  Sunday 19th December at midnight

Lambeth aims for quality services and equal opportunities for all and is committed to safer recruitment.

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