Senior Educational Psychologist for SLCN - Working for Essex
Salary: £48,727 to £52,440 per annum
Closing date: 27 Sep 2023
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 13640
Role: Education
About the role

Senior Educational Psychologist for SLCN

Permanent, Full Time

£48,727 to £52,440 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 27th September 2023

Improving lives: using psychology to create positive change

Essex County Council is a local authority with a difference. With more than 2 million people living in our vicinity, we are passionate about ensuring our local population can enjoy all that life has to offer. Like many councils we have faced the need to drive enhanced value for money across our services, so we challenged ourselves to come up with better ways of working – resulting in truly innovative services that have the scope to transform life outcomes.

We are seeking a Senior Educational Psychologist with a focus on children’s speech, language and communication needs, to support the development of Educational Psychology services across Education. You will be undertaking strategic development work, complex case work and providing professional supervision to support and develop the quality of professional practice. You will help inform central strategy for SLCN and provide tribunal support for the service. You will oversee and update the service on research and current findings.

The Essex Educational Psychology Service (EEPS) is an example of a visionary service that has gone from strength to strength, and it is here that you will find a career-defining opportunity. The EEPS is a far-reaching multidisciplinary service that benefits from the expertise of many senior specialists. As a valued member of this team, you will have the chance to develop your expertise under the guidance of colleagues who are passionate about transforming the life outcomes of children and adolescents. Providing a forward-thinking service to local authority schools and academies, you will take a solutions-oriented focus when working with children of all ages, applying evidence-based approaches and interventions to help them manage their obstacles to learning.

We want you to embark on a fulfilling career with us – and stay with us for the long-term. After completing our comprehensive induction process, you will benefit from regular professional supervision and mentorship, opening a world of exciting professional development opportunities. This will be further enhanced by a full continuing professional development programme which includes eight service days and additional CPD days, plus you will attend the two-day Projects and Research conference in which national speakers will share latest innovations in the sector.

This is a unique opportunity to join a team who are well-regarded. As such, we would be delighted to receive your application if you possess a British Psychological Society (BPS) recognised degree in psychology, with a Doctorate or Masters’ degree in Educational Psychology with significant post qualification experience as an Educational Psychologist. The role requires the ability to build strong working relationships with stakeholders and partners.

In turn, we will support you with a competitive benefits package that is underpinned by our ambitious People Plan. Within this plan we set out our commitment to provide an exceptional work/life balance for every Essex County Council employee, including lifestyle-friendly working patterns and generous annual leave.

You will also have access to:

  • A welcome payment of up to £5000 plus a possible relocation package of up to £8000 (terms and conditions for both payments apply).
  • Money-off high street purchases via the Essex Extras Reward Scheme.
  • Flexible benefits such as the option to purchase additional holiday, plus a lease car scheme.
  • Paid HCPC registration.

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Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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