Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist (Autism)

One of three bases across Warwickshire by negotiation
£44797 - £49810
30 Oct 2017
02 Dec 2017
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About Us

Warwickshire’s EPS is a vibrant, exciting and growing service with a strong local and national reputation in a county full of culture and activity. The EPS is made up of five teams located in three bases across the county, each managed by a Senior EP and under the leadership of the Principal EP who also manages SENDAR. As a consequence of this structure the EPS and SENDAR work extremely closely and the high reputation of our staff means that EPs are at the heart of Local Authority strategic and operational developments. Staff morale and job satisfaction are high.

As a semi-traded service we have many commissions for work from Warwickshire schools and a range of other agencies both within the county and further afield. This has allowed us to undertake some exciting and substantial projects covering systems work, capacity building and therapeutic programmes along with the usual case work.

Warwickshire EPS offers: 
• an extremely strong leadership team structure 
• a friendly, lively and proactive service with a positive outlook and strong reputation. 
• a strong ethical ethos with a commitment to inclusion 
• excellent supervision and support within a service committed to developing the careers of its members 
• strong links with local universities which help us to keep a skilled and well-informed workforce of Senior EPs, Specialist Senior EPs, experienced EPs, Trainee EPs, Assistant EPs and psychology undergraduates on placement. 
• extremely high quality and generous CPD arrangements with opportunities to develop skills and specialist expertise and to acquire further qualifications 
• excellent admin support 
• modern technological support including smart phones and laptops 
• flexible working from home and family friendly policies

The Role

We are looking for a highly skilled, enthusiastic and creative Specialist Senior EP with a minimum of three years’ experience. Our current Specialist Senior EP who has done so much to embed good autism practice within the EPs, across the Local Authority and Health teams and within our educational establishments is now moving on to fresh challenges. We are lucky enough to have an experienced Assistant EP who specialises in autism support and the successful applicant will have some responsibility for maximising the impact of her time.

Key activities will include: 
• Building capacity within the service, the LA and in schools 
• Identifying and removing barriers to learning 
• Working with other specialists on policy and processes for children and young people with autism in areas such as Post 16, social and emotional mental health and identifying and securing appropriate placements and support. 
• Forging links with other Warwickshre teams and nationally 
• Identifying, negotiating and managing opportunities for commissions that meet the above aims 
The post holder will also have a patch of schools

All applicants must be professionally qualified and HCPC registered.

This is advertised as a full time role but we would consider applications at or in excess of 0.6 f.t.e.

Relocation allowance subject to negotiate in interview.

Key Requirements

1. Eligibility for HCPC registration and at least 3 years’ experience as an EP 
2. A commitment to promoting Inclusion, Equal Opportunities and Children’s Rights 
3. Demonstrable high levels of knowledge, experience and expertise in the area of autism. 
4. Evidence of positive outcomes from project work and/or research relating to relevant aspects of autism, particularly reflecting an inclusive and multi-agency approach. 
5. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, for a range of purposes and audiences 
6. Ability to work independently, organise time and workload efficiently and meet deadlines 
7. Skills in developing and delivering training 
8. Commitment to, and expertise in, working effectively with other agencies 
9. Creative and constructive approach to problem solving 
10. The ability to identify appropriate market opportunities and negotiate packages of work for the Educational Psychology Service with the Local Authority, schools and other commissioners. 
11. Basic IT competence 
12. There is a requirement to travel to a range of schools and settings across the county

This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

For further information please see the attached Job Description & Person Specification.

Additional Information & How to Apply

To discuss these opportunities please contact: 
Tracey Underwood, Senior EP on 02476 368885 or traceyunderwood@warwickshire.gov.uk 
Kerry Stace, Senior EP on 01926 413258 or kerrystace@warwickshre.gov.uk 
Mel Shirley, Specialist Senior EP (Autism) on 01926 413258 or melshirley@warwickshirie.gov.uk 
Dr Helen Kendall, Principal EP and SENDAR Manager on 01926 742921 or helenkendall@warwickshire.gov.uk

Closing Date: 30th November 2017

To apply for this vacancy please click on the ‘Apply’ button.

Our method of application is online, you will also be required to upload a supporting statement of how you meet the essential criteria.

Please note, CV’s should not been submitted unless asked to do so.

If you are unable to apply using the 'Apply' button please contact the Recruitment Centre on recruitment@warwickshire.gov.uk, including your contact details and any relevant screenshots.

You will be notified of our shortlisting decision via email, so please check your email and WMJobs account on a regular basis after submitting your application.

Rewards & Benefits of working for Warwickshire

It really is true that every single job role here at Warwickshire County Council contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our County; we want to do this for our employees, too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours, technology to support remote working (such as light laptops and phones where the role allows).

Time to recharge is so important; we provide a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us. You get all Bank and public holidays off, plus all staff are given an extra day of holiday over Christmas.

As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also have access to membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, a host of enhanced family friendly policies and some of the very best Learning and Development training courses to support your ongoing development.

We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Supporting documents
Job Description and Person Specification

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