We have the fantastic opportunity to develop our service scope and extend our service reach with the establishment of some senior specialist and main grade posts.
We have recently been successful in appointing to one of our two senior specialist posts. This vacancy is in the area of SEMH and will include leading on the development and running of a therapeutic service working within the ‘getting more help’, or low to moderate needs offer, alongside other specialist staff, including a cognitive behaviour therapist. Both specialist senior posts will be part of the service’s leadership team, although the service does harness the energy and experience of all team members in developing and delivering the best possible service.
We are a supportive and collaborative team with a range of experiences and interests. We are enthusiastic about applying psychology, valuing practice-based and evidence-based approaches. Several members of the team are accredited VIG practitioners and others hold qualifications in CBT. We are passionate about inclusion and value working at systems level through training and research and directly with children, young people and their families. We have an approach to work allocation that strives for equitable distribution, and a realistic workload, working with individual strengths and interests where at all possible, and creating opportunities for co-working.
We undertake the usual statutory work for the LA and provide a termly consultation service to every school and academy through a link psychologist. We are also a traded service and are already working with educational settings who purchase EP time for assessments, interventions, therapeutic work, training and systemic work. We have a strong ELSA training and supervision offer and are currently expanding our EBSA consultation service through public health funding and our training and support work with the Virtual School. We are currently exploring new trading opportunities with other partners within Health and Social Care, which align with our vision of being a community resource.
We have strong working relationships with colleagues within the wider 0-25 Integrated Disabilities Team. We have good links with Doctoral Training Programmes in the region, supporting the Doctorate selection process, thesis examinations, University training sessions, and we host placements for Trainee Educational Psychologists. We value the contribution trainees make to our service and harness the innovation those placements bring.
We provide regular supervision, through line management and peer approaches. We have an enhanced supervision offer for recently qualified EPs, alongside adjustments in workload and support for tribunal related work during the first year of qualified practice. We have an established cycle of service development and a commitment to CPD. EPs actively encouraged to contribute to the progression of the service and to obtain SPA points.
Medway is a unitary authority accessible from London and the Southeast of England. The Channel ports are just 40 minutes’ drive in neighbouring Kent and London St Pancras is 40 minutes by high-speed train from historic Rochester. Our EPS serves the community in and around Chatham, Gillingham, Rainham, Rochester and Strood.
We work centrally from the Medway Council Offices at Gun Wharf in Chatham, where there is free on-site parking, and from home. Posts come with essential car user allowance, and we have excellent dedicated administrative support.
We welcome applications from those currently on the Doctorate training programme as well those who are already qualified as EPs and seeking fresh opportunities. We are an outward looking service, engaging at regional and national level. This is an exciting time to come and join us.
Offers of appointment will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring Service and registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council.
In return we offer you:
- Generous annual leave entitlement
- Generous local government pension scheme package
- Access to wider training and development qualifications
- Flexible working scheme
- Travel plan discounts
- Car Benefit Scheme from Tusker
- Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
- Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
- The Government has introduced new ways of supporting parents with childcare costs. Further details are available here: - https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.
Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.
We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.
Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.
If you are interested in joining our team phone Fiona Alexander, Principal Educational Psychologist or Sophie Curra, Senior Educational Psychologist on 01634 335647
Interview date: Thursday 20th October, via Microsoft Teams. Full details on how this will work will be sent to you, if your application is successfully shortlisted.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age
For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.
Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.