Senior Specialist Educational Psychologist

Job Title: Senior Specialist Educational Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Nottingham
Salary: Salary in line with AFC Band 8 (Soulbury B) Equivalent
Reference: EDPSYCH
Contact Name: D Bower
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 27, 2018 10:34

Job Description

Purpose of the Post:

  • To ensure the systematic provision of a high quality specialist educational psychology service to children and young people  within relevant services across Autism East Midlands
  • To provide specialist psychological assessment and interventions as well as offering advice and consultation on psychological care for children and young people to multi disciplinary teams
  • Supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by assistant psychologists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and support
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service/team
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research
  • As a member of the clinical services team recommend, propose and implement policy changes within children’s  services across Autism East Midlands.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  1. To provide specialist psychological service within a consultative frameworkto the school, parents, other agencies as well as to the children and young people.

  2. To use a variety of sources including psychological assessment tools,, self report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi structured interviews with others involved in service user care to support the planning of appropriate interventions.

  3. To develop and implement plans for the formal psychological care and support of a child or young peron presenting problems based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of theirneeds.

  4. To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for children, young people and the teams around them.

  5. To evaluate and make decisions about support options taking into account theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factor s concerning historical and developmentalprocesses that have shaped the individual, family or group

  6. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the psychologicalassessment, care and support provided to children and young people whose behaviours and interventions are supported by psychologically based positive behaviour support plans, and individual education plans

  7. To work with multi disciplinary colleagues to ensure that all members of Autism East Midlands have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding, education and care of children and young people through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory

  8. As specialist senior educational psychologist psychologist carry a defined case load, undertake assessments; communicating effectively with the child or young person, his/her family and all others involved in the network of education and care and monitor progress during the course of interventions

  9. To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the clinical service and education team.

  10. As part of a wider multi disciplinary team advocate forchildren and young people; ensuring appropriate access to education, health and social care including allied healthcare professionals.

    Service Responsibilities

  11. Support the provision of placements for trainee educational psychologists, ensuring that trainees acquire the necessary skills, competence and experience to contribute effectively to children and young people’s support.

  12. Provide professional supervision to assistant psychologists

  13. Provide advice, consultation and guidance to other members of the team in the provision of psychologically based interventions to help improve children and young peope’s experience

  14. Provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with children and young people across a range of agencies and setting where appropriate

    Management, recruitment, policy and service development

  15. As a member of the clinical services team, participate in the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service including advising both education professionals and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and or organisational matters need addressing

  16. Exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the children and young people’s team

  17. Participate as appropriate in staff recruitment, both in the short listing process and as a member of interview panels for assistant, trainees and qualified practitioner psychologists

    Research and service evaluation

  18. As senior specialist educational psychologist support the evaluation, monitoring and development of the team’s operational policies, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit and ensuring incorporation of psychological frameworks for understanding and provision of high quality education, care, support and interventions

  19. To continuously undertakeservice evaluation with colleagues within the service to help develop and improve services to children and young people and their families

  20. Utilise theory and evidence based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members


  21. To ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice through active participation in internal and external CPD, training and development programmes

  22. To ensure the development and articulation of best practice in psychology within the service and across Autism East Midlands by exercising the skills of a reflexive and reflective practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the filed of educational psychology and related disciplines

  23. Maintain and promulgate the highest standards of professional record keeping, recording, and report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological society and Autism East Midlands policies and procedures

  24. Maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to the specific client group

  25. Conform at all times with health and safety requirements set down in legislation and adhere to safe working practices, health and safety policies and other procedures

  26. Develop a framework and infrastructure which ensures the effective discharge of Safeguarding responsibilities, within Clinical services