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Senior Educational Psychologist

Employer
Royal Borough of Greenwich
Location
Greenwich, London (Greater)
Salary
£55,921 - £59,456
Closing date
11 Dec 2023

Job Details

Please note that the salary stated is subject to change due to an impending pay award.

The Royal Greenwich Educational Psychology & Wellbeing Service has recently expanded and we are pleased to offer the opportunity for an experienced, reflective and resourceful educational psychologist to take on a senior role in our hard-working, supportive and friendly team. 

As a senior educational psychologist, you will be part of the service management team, contributing to the strategic planning and leadership of the service alongside the Principal EP and Senior EP colleagues.  You will provide clinical supervision and line management to a group of EPs (which may include an EP in Training) and represent the service in local authority processes and initiatives (including multi-agency panels). You will also have a lead role in preparation for adulthood and community engagement. Specific areas of responsibility will include:

  • Working collaboratively with local partners to support young people who are vulnerable in their transition to adulthood, for example those known to the Youth Offending Service.
  • Leading on initiatives to increase Educational Psychology engagement with parents/ carers and the wider community, including supporting the delivery of Family Hub projects.
  • Working with the senior management team to review service policies, with a view to improving delivery of services.

There is scope to develop the role in line with service opportunities, professional aspirations and areas of specialism.

The EP&WS is located within the Inclusion, Learning and Achievement division of the Children’s Services department, based at The Woolwich Centre in the heart of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The team consists of EPs, EPs in Training (EPiTs), Assistant EPs, counsellors and restorative approaches practitioners. The EP&WS work closely with key partners, including our local CAMHS and Social Care. EPs also hold dedicated specialist roles working alongside colleagues within the virtual school, the inclusion team and ASD outreach.

At Royal Greenwich, you will be working alongside colleagues who ensure that the best interests of children and young people are at the heart of what they do. Our recent Area SEND Inspection, noted that, “Professionals regularly go the extra mile to make sure that children and young people’s needs are met effectively.” (https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/44/80495)

The EP&WS is well-regarded as a hard-working, supportive and friendly team. We offer a highly valued traded service to a range of schools, EY settings, post-16 and alternative providers, and pride ourselves on the effective working relationships that we have developed with service users.

As a partly traded service we offer both the security and benefits of working for a Local Authority alongside greater opportunities to deliver a wide range of preventive work, projects and training. This helps to ensure a satisfying balance between statutory and non-statutory duties and we are pleased to have ongoing support from senior management to broaden our preventative offer. Across the service we promote a consultation model of service delivery, whilst also valuing and respecting the diversity of approaches and interests across the team.  We value child and family-centred practices and work creatively to develop bespoke intervention plans. There are opportunities for new colleagues to become involved in a range of projects on offer within the service, including:

  • Supporting the delivery of our highly-regarded ELSA programme – both training and supervision.
  • Delivering interventions including VIG and cognitive behavioural approaches.
  • Running multi-family therapy groups.
  • Delivering training, development programmes, supervision and coaching for school and setting staff.
  • Providing organisational consultancy for schools and early years settings.

The EP&WS has recently led the development of SEMH guidance for Royal Greenwich Schools, which draws on attachment aware and trauma informed approaches. This included delivering a series of webinars to support implementation.  We have good links with university training providers and a strong commitment to supporting EPiTs. We also deliver critical incident and sad event support as and when required. All EPs and EPiTs in the team contribute to working groups linked to our service plan and EP&WS ‘PATH’. Examples this year include a group developing our Mediated Learning Support Approach (MeLSA) training offer and developing a behaviour policy audit tool for schools. We also have EP representatives within the Children’s Services ‘Tackling Structural Racism’ group.

As a member of the team, you will benefit from:

  • A supportive senior leadership team who are committed to the wellbeing of EPs and EPiTs across the service; wish to promote a fair and inclusive working environment; seek and are responsive to feedback; and show a strong commitment to anti-racism.
  • Excellent working relationships and regular contact across the team.
  • Excellent administrative support from our Psychology Support Officer.
  • Opportunities to work alongside Assistant Educational Psychologists who support service delivery.
  • An annual service CPD programme which includes whole-service and individual CPD time.
  • Protected time for clinical supervision and CPD, including regular peer consultation groups.
  • Separation of supervision and line management.
  • Centrally located, environmentally friendly accommodation.
  • Excellent transport links – including the recently completed Elizabeth Line.
  • Opportunities for remote/hybrid working and IT equipment to support this (including a laptop or equivalent and ‘smart’ mobile phone).
  • A good range of assessment resources and access to some of your own personal assessment tools to support your work.
  • Free parking space and car mileage allowance as an essential car user.
  • Support from our Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) rep (for AEP members).
  • Reimbursement of HCPC registration fees.

We would like to invite applicants who:

  • Are interested in working at a strategic level to support service delivery and bring about positive outcomes for children, young people and families within the LA.
  • Are able to creatively apply psychology in a range of settings, within the context of a consultation model of service delivery.
  • Value working relationships with colleagues within the team, across Children’s Services and within the settings that they work.
  • Are committed to child and family-centred approaches.
  • Want to develop and grow as a practitioner in a dynamic and expanding team.
  • Share our service commitment to anti-racist practice.

Applications are welcome from experienced EPs with a successful track record of working as an educational psychologist in a range of contexts. Applicants must also be registered with the HCPC.

If you would like to discuss this post informally, please contact Sinead Neal (Acting Principal Educational Psychologist) on 073 9525 7289/ sinead.neal@royalgreenwich.gov.uk, Roz Goodwin (Senior Educational Psychologist) on 078 7489 3272/ rosalind.goodwin@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or Rachel O’Connor (Senior Educational Psychologist) on 075 9238 6952 or rachel.o’connor@royalgreenwich.gov.uk.

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.

Company

Why work for the Royal Borough of Greenwich?

The Royal Borough Of Greenwich supports equality and diversity in the workplace. The borough has a clear commitment to the LGBT community, mental health issues, race equality and disability.

Greenwich offers a diverse range of roles, from junior to senior positions, spanning service sectors from children’s services to engineering.

With the main council offices based in the heart of Woolwich, employees also benefit from an excellent transport links, while central London is just 20 minutes away.

Excellent benefits

  • Up to 31 days leave per year.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Developing opportunities to maximise employee’s potential.
  • Annual season ticket loan.
  • Greenwich One Card which entitles employees to discounts at local businesses.

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