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Educational Psychologist

Employer
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Location
Elmwood Place with travel to schools, settings, homes and other organisations across the borough and beyond as required to fulfil the role
Salary
Soulbury Scale A 4-9 £48,575 - £58,348, plus up to 3 SPA £62,540 and market forces up to £69,010
Closing date
30 Jun 2024
Reference
SOL/TP/183/381

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Sector
Local Councils
Job Type
Psychological services
Contract Type
Permanent
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time

Job Details

Soulbury Scale A 4-9 £48,575 - £58,348

Plus up to 3 SPAs £62,540 and market forces up to £69,010

Hours: 37 hours per week

With our recently agreed market forces payments, we are able to offer extremely competitive rates of pay, in addition to a wide range of exciting workstreams and employee benefits including:

  • Generous annual leave (33 days)
  • Numerous flexible working options
  • Payment of HCPC registration
  • The opportunity to buy additional leave
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme, the local government pension scheme and much more. 

We are looking to appoint a permanent Educational Psychologists on either a full, part time or job share basis, enabling you to balance this role with your personal commitments and / or consultancy-based work. 

We are seeking an enthusiastic, experienced Educational Psychologist, however, we are also keen to receive applications from trainees due to qualify in September 2024 / 2025, who are committed to making a real difference for our children and young people, to enable us to deliver our vision and priorities. 

We also offer competitive rates for Associate EPs, with the opportunity to work remotely for those working at a distance.

Solihull Educational Psychology Service (SEPS), part of the integrated SEND 0–25 Service, is a friendly and highly supportive service where collaboration and peer supervision is truly valued.

Our role as EPs in Solihull takes us into exciting, applied psychology territory with schools, families and the wider community. Recent examples include our work in social inclusion with Specialist Inclusion Support, our ELSA programme, parent development workshops and our Trauma Informed project with the Virtual School.

Not only is Children’s Services our top priority in our Council Plan, but here in Solihull you can be part of a team of professionals who truly value the transformative power of psychology, applied research and professional practice that promotes creativity.  

We are proud of our strong links with colleagues across the local authority, schools and health, and joint work with our colleagues has enabled us to address some of the challenges faced by our children, young people and their families.  

In Solihull, you will be given the autonomy and dedicated time to undertake project work to develop your expertise in your own area of professional interest within applied psychology, such as developing training or undertaking new commissions with other local agencies.

We will balance your needs with the needs of our service, enabling you to work flexibly from home, or in modern shared office spaces. You will also be provided with a laptop and mobile phone, to strengthen our culture of accessibility and support. 

We recognise the need to maintain our strong and supportive team relationships in an increasingly agile working environment by promoting regular quality supervision and shared team learning through regular team meetings and maintaining a fun social calendar for those who wish to get involved. 

Solihull EPS also has close relationships with both local and national educational psychology training courses. We genuinely value purposeful CPD at all levels and the promotion of research in practice, demonstrated by our clear commitment to whole service CPD and protected personal CPD time. 

For this role, you will need an Honours degree in Psychology (or equivalent) recognised by the British Psychological Society, recognised postgraduate training and a qualification in Educational Psychology. You must also be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). However, in the case of year 2 and 3 trainee EPs, you will be expecting to have your registration confirmed following the successful completion of your recognised qualification in September 2024 / 2025.

Informal enquiries to Jane Sowter (Principal Educational Psychologist), including regarding becoming an Associate for Solihull, please email jane.sowter@solihull.gov.uk

For more information, or to apply, please click the link. 

Your application should be in your own words and reflect your own personal experiences.

Interviews: Wednesday 10 July 2024.

This post will require a DBS check.

This role carries essential car user status. Applicants must be able to drive, have a driving licence and be a car owner, however for disabled applicants, reasonable adjustments will be made where required. 

An online search will be carried out for all shortlisted candidates. 

This appointment is also subject to a pre-employment medical check. 

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. 

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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About Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Solihull

Solihull is regarded as a popular and vibrant place to live in the UK. As one of the most prosperous towns in the Midlands, almost two thirds of our borough is designated as green belt. We have over 1,500 acres of parks across the borough, with 16 Green Flag Awards. Solihull is very well connected, with great transport links such as the M40, M42 and M6 all close by, and an excellent rail network, plus, of course, an international airport. We are home to the award-winning Touchwood Shopping Centre, National Exhibition Centre, Resorts World Birmingham, and the Resorts World Arena.

It is an exciting time for Solihull, although we are a relatively small local authority (c. 6000 employees), we still have ambitious plans including the development of UK Central and HS2.

Here at Solihull Council, we want to ensure that all our citizens have an equal chance to share in Solihull’s success. We do this by putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.

We recognise that our employees are the key factor in achieving our vision and as such, we are always on the lookout for talented individuals, who want to make a real positive difference to people’s lives and can help us to continue building on our success.

Both Smarter Ways of Working and Employee Wellbeing are key Council Priorities.

The transition to Smarter Ways of Working has presented us with the opportunity to re-think how and where we work. With the option to access portable technology, dependent upon the requirements of the role, a lot of our people are not bound to a single workplace or traditional ways of working, with many choosing to spend a good proportion of their week working from home.

tomOur people told us that they value flexibility, and that choice enables them to have a better work-life balance, manage family responsibilities, enhance their personal wellbeing, and continue to deliver excellent outcomes for the residents of Solihull.

Our people are our number one asset, and our aim is to have a healthy, happy engaged and thriving workforce.

Wellbeing is at the heart of our employee offer and we are a bronze accredited West Midlands Combined Authority Thrive at Work employer.  This recognises our commitment and action in support of employee wellbeing; we are currently working towards silver accreditation.

Unpaid carers carry out a key role within our community and know that this can be challenging when combined with employment.  Our Carer’s Policy and the ongoing support we give to our employees has resulted in us winning Employer of the Year 2022 at the Carer Friendly Awards.

We will offer you:

  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment;
  • Competitive salaries including, for those at the top of their scale, the opportunity to receive a non-consolidated lump sum;
  • A range of flexible working options;
  • Annual leave starting at 25 days and rising to 30 days after 5 years' service in addition to public holidays with an opportunity to purchase up to 10 additional days' holiday per year;
  • A generous flexitime scheme (available for most roles);
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities;
  • A range of family friendly policies;
  • Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, confidential Employee Assistance Programme and staff discounts.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who demonstrate they meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

For roles eligible for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check this will be indicated in the advert and supporting recruitment documents.  Where the post involves working with children, other vulnerable groups or in a position of trust it is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Further guidance is available at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/945449/rehabilitation-of-offenders-guidance.pdf

Please note, where sufficient numbers of applications are received, we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date. We therefore advise that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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0121 704 6000
Location
Council House
Manor Square
Solihull
West Midlands
B91 3QB
United Kingdom

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