Principal Psychologist

Job Title: Principal Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: England
Salary: £49,810 - £58,081 + Excellent Benefits
Job Published: August 17, 2017 10:30

Job Description

Location: UK

Sector: Clinical Services

Salary Details: £49,810 - £58,081 + Excellent Benefits (Soulbury Scale B – 4 - 8, plus 3 SPA Points)

Are you a qualified Educational or Clinical Psychologist? Join us and help change young lives for the better, at our outstanding schools and homes.

At Witherslack Group, we’re committed to helping children and young people with complex, challenging needs and across our independent schools and homes. You’ll offer expert care and first-rate facilities, all designed to support and speed the development of our children/young people. As a Principal Psychologist, you’ll play a big part in our work and our outcomes. It’s a highly rewarding role where your skills can make a huge difference – as you help us create life opportunities.

The role

Clinically leading our dedicated team of 17 educational, clinical and assistant psychologists, you’ll provide specialist professional development and supervision.  Support the Associate Director to develop the service and improve outcomes.  Our psychologists support for our pupils and residents, aged 6-18 years with some of the most challenging behaviours. Therefore, you’ll need to be empathetic – but also resilient when dealing with our young people.

Our first step is to carry out expert assessments, using information from a variety of sources and assessment tools, building upon existing information/plans. Creating interventions for specialist psychological programmes. This may be for an individual, group, care staff or families. Using evidence-based practice, it is up to the team to decide what is appropriate and will deliver the best results. Key will be the team around the child/ young person and to enable positive outcomes. That means developing programs with the team, families and reporting to placing authorities SEND teams and/or social services.

There is also a strong leadership component to this role. You’ll be using your experience to support and develop the skills of the wider team, including our Support Workers. In addition you’ll provide training wherever required and will develop Witherslack Group policies.

Our Establishments are primarily in the North West and North East.  We also have sites in Yorkshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. Full UK Driving License is essential and travel required.

Your profile

HCPC-registered, you have a degree (or equivalent) in Psychology. You’re entitled to have graduate membership of the BPS and have a recognised qualification in Educational or Clinical Psychology. With this background, you’ll know how to perform high quality psychological assessments. To be considered, you must have worked with children with SEMH and/or ASD needs before and managed a team of psychologists.. It’s vital you understand the challenges and share the Witherslack ethos of offering the very highest standards of care. It’s also important that you’re articulate and a great team worker, with strong communication skills and an organised approach.

We know you’re going to do great things. We offer a salary and benefits package that’s among the best in our sector. You’ll receive a competitive salary, 35 days’ holiday (including bank holidays), contributory pension (matched up to 5%) and comprehensive induction and ongoing training, as well as extensive Group staff benefits such as Medicash Health Plan/Employee Assistance, Kia preferential Affinity Scheme, Merlin Entertainment discounts, Cycle to Work and tax-free childcare vouchers.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Dr Simon Jenner, Associate Director - Clinical Services on 01539 566081.  

The Witherslack Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its young people. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check. We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community.

Closing Date: Sunday 24th September 2017

Interviews: Week commencing 2nd October 2017