Senior Psychologist / Psychologist

Job Title: Senior Psychologist / Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Dublin
Job Published: September 06, 2017 15:20

Job Description

St. Doolaghs Park Care & Rehabilitation Centre is located in park land off the Malahide Road, Dublin, Ireland, it is a specialist rehabilitation centre that provides residential rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury. We offer two programmes; Specialist Residential Brain Injury Rehabilitation, and Person-Centred Long Term Care. Both of these have achieved international accreditation from CARF recognising the quality and outcomes of the service.

We are currently recruiting a Senior Psychologist / Psychologist with minimum 5 years’ experience


To provide a Psychology service to Residents of the Trinity Care Group, at the same time as offering advice and consultation within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team’s policies and procedures. To utilise research skills for audit, policy, service development and research within the area St Doolaghs Park Care & Rehabilitation Centre.


  1. To provide highly specialist psychological assessments and intervention of Residents with Acquired Brain Injury, interpretation and integration of highly complex data from a variety of sources, including psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with Residents, family members and others involved in the client’s care.
  2. To administer a range of psychological and psychometric tests assessing a range of cognitive functions (e.g. intelligence and problem-solving, memory, language, visuospatial and executive abilities).
  3. To formulate and implement plans for psychological treatment and/or management of a client’s psychological problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client’s problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.
  4. To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  5. To evaluate and make decisions about rehabilitation and treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and factors concerning illness, historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  6. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the psychological assessment, treatment and discharge of residents whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  7. To provide highly psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to residents’ formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan, participating as a member of Multi-Disciplinary Team.
  8. To contribute directly and indirectly to Psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all Residents of St Doolaghs Park Care & Rehabilitation Centre and across all settings within Trinity Care.
  9. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual residents and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  10. To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans under the Multi-Disciplinary Team Goal Planning Procedure and including residents, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care.
  11. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner information concerning the assessment, formulation, and treatment plans of residents and to monitor progress. To manage highly distressing and emotive situations and disclosures in the course of working with residents and their families as a psychologist, and support and advise the multidisciplinary team in addressing such issues.
  12. To conduct assessments regarding patients’ capacity and ability to consent to investigations, treatment and other legal matters arising.

Management, recruitment, policy and service development

  1. To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the St. Doolaghs Park’s team’s operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  2. To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing 
  3. To manage the workloads of assistant and trainee clinical psychologists, within the framework of the team/service’s policies and procedures.
  4. To be involved, as appropriate, in the shortlisting and interviewing of assistant psychologists.          

Research and service evaluation

  1. To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
  2. To initiate, organise and participate in clinically relevant psychological research
  3. To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.

Teaching, training, and supervision

  1. In common with all applied psychologists to receive regular supervision from an appropriate psychologist and where appropriate, other professional colleagues, in accordance with good practice principles.
  2. To participate in the Individual Performance Review process
  3. To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staff
  4. To provide professional and clinical supervision of trainee and assistant psychologists
  5. To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group at the St Doolaghs Park across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate
  6. To contribute to Trinity Care’s training programme, involving organising study days and providing academic presentations to Multidisciplinary colleagues           


To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in CPD training

To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of psychology and related disciplines.

To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice.

To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.

To be competent in the use of Microsoft Office and to be able to establish and manage a database, in accordance with data protection and confidentiality guidelines.

To ensure the security of departmental equipment and documentation etc.

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