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1x Clinical Psychologist 1x Occupational Therapist

Posted 24 days ago by Ashdale Care Ireland
Location Northern Ireland Job Type Full-time
Salary Competitive pay scales Sector Clinical, Counselling, Educational, Occupational

Ashdale Care (Ireland) are seeking a Clinical Psychologist and an Occupational Therapist to join our growing team to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, collaborating with, but also supporting, our residential care teams and management.

Benefits of working with Ashdale Care Ireland

  • Competitive pay scales!!
  • Exceptional training opportunities both internal and external
  • Maternity Package
  • Company sick pay
  • Income Protection
  • Competitive Annual Leave Entitlements
  • Pension Scheme Employee
  • Staff Care

Who are we

Ashdale Care (Ireland) provides specialist therapeutic residential services for young people with complex, emotional, and behavioural problems who cannot be adequately cared for in a mainstream setting.


The job role - Clinical Psychologist

The Psychologist supports the implementation and maintenance of Attachment and Trauma Informed Practice across the Residential Homes within Ashdale Care Ireland. This support includes: –

  • Provision of Psychological Assessments, Training, Supervision, and input into the Care Planning process to improve the psychological health of all young people resident in our homes.
  • Provision of evidence-based therapeutic work with individual children, young people and in small groups.
  • Attendance at Individual Placement Plan meetings to provide psychological overview on each young person’s care plan.
  • Preparation of Psychological Formulations and reports to inform Social Work Departments on progress within the placement and / or changing needs of the young person over time.
  • Regular communication with colleagues in the Residential Homes, Operational Management, and Clinical Team
  • Support for colleagues through Team Reflective Spaces.
  • Promotion of well-being within the organisational culture for both colleagues and young people.
  • To carry out observation and assessment of children in their home environment and provide Generic O.T. assessment and development of O.T. programmes for each child, as and when appropriate.
  • To coordinate tailored Sensory Integration interventions relevant to the needs of each individual child, based on observations, staff involvement and collaboration and use of standardised assessments.
  • Provide support and advice to homes on individual sensory needs, sensory diets / activities with sensory environmental adaptations/ provision of resources following an appropriate period of observation, assessment and collaboration with Home Staff.
  • To contribute to and participate in team meetings, core group meetings, Care planning meetings/ Looked After Review meetings and other meetings as required
  • To share relevant information with colleagues and managers e.g. at changeover, and team meetings.
  • To inform line managers of any matters of concern in relation to the welfare of the children/young people including any concerns regarding the behaviour or practice of other staff.
  • To be aware of Health and Safety at Work requirements as they pertain to this post and comply with Ashdale Care (Ireland) policies and procedures.
  • To participate in formal supervision in accordance with Ashdale Care (Ireland) &supervision policy.
  • To maintain confidentiality in respect of staff and children/young people at all times

What we seek from you

Essential

  • Chartered with PSI, BPS or HCPC
  • Accredited postgraduate master’s or Doctorate degree in Psychology
  • Competency in completing comprehensive psychological assessments, including the use of appropriate tools for children and adolescents with developmental, behavioural, learning, relational/attachment, and emotional difficulties.
  • Competence in evidence-based psychological therapies and interventions relevant to child and adolescent populations
  • Demonstrated experience and skill working with children and adolescents with developmental, behavioural, learning, relational/attachment, and emotional difficulties.
  • Ability to work both independently and as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Computer literate.
  • Full driving license.

Desirable

  • Experience working with families where there are significant attachment difficulties.
  • Experience working with developmental trauma.
  • Experience in an educational / clinical / counselling environment.
  • Experience working with clients exhibiting difficulties with emotional regulation.
  • Experience working within a residential and/or fostering care context.

The job role - Occupational Therapist

To work as a member of the operations team to create a safe and caring environment which meets the individual and group needs of the staff, children and young people within our service. This main responsibilities include: -

  • To carry out observation and assessment of children in their home environment and provide Generic O.T. assessment and development of O.T. programmes for each child, as and when appropriate.
  • To coordinate tailored Sensory Integration interventions relevant to the needs of each individual child, based on observations, staff involvement and collaboration and use of standardised assessments.
  • Provide support and advice to homes on individual sensory needs, sensory diets / activities with sensory environmental adaptations/ provision of resources following an appropriate period of observation, assessment and collaboration with Home Staff.
  •  To contribute to and participate in team meetings, core group meetings, Care planning meetings/ Looked After Review meetings and other meetings as required
  • To share relevant information with colleagues and managers e.g. at changeover, and team meetings.
  •  To inform line managers of any matters of concern in relation to the welfare of the children/young people including any concerns regarding the behaviour or practice of other staff.
  • To maintain confidentiality in respect of staff and children/young people at all times

What we seek from you

Essential

  • Fully registered Occupational Therapist
  • Degree in Occupational therapist
  • Competency in completing comprehensive assessments, including the use of appropriate tools for children and adolescents with developmental, behavioural, learning, relational/attachment, and emotional difficulties.
  • Ability to work both independently and as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Computer literate.
  • Full driving license.

Desirable

  • Experience working with families where there are significant attachment difficulties.
  • Experience working with developmental trauma.
  • Experience working with clients exhibiting difficulties with emotional regulation.
  • Experience working within a residential and/or fostering care context.

‘My aspirations are to reach even more young people and to continue to transform lives and transcend care as we know it.

Our young people are the future. Their journey will shape that future.’ Paula Kane, CEO, Ashdale Care Ireland