5WTE Senior Psychologist in Paediatric Diabetes – Childrens Health Ireland
Job title: 5WTE Senior Psychologist in Paediatric Diabetes – Childrens Health Ireland
Job description: Job Details
Job Title & Grade Senior Psychologist in Paediatric Diabetes
Campaign Reference 05.029 (2021)
Closing Date 8th June 2021
Duration of Post Part Time (0.5) – Specified Purpose contract (maternity leave cover)
Location of Post
Children’s Health Ireland (CHI), comprises of the three children’s hospitals at CHI at Crumlin, Dublin 12, CHI at Temple Street, Dublin 1 and CHI at Tallaght, Dublin 24 and the Paediatric Outpatients and Urgent Care Centre, CHI at Connolly Hospital, Dublin 15. The new OPD and UCC in Tallaght is due to open in 2020.
CHI’s Programme Office, CHI Herberton is located in Rialto, Dublin 8 adjacent to the new children’s hospital which is on the campus shared with St James’s Hospital.
At Tallaght Site
Reporting Arrangements This post will report to the Paediatric Psychology Manager CHI at Tallaght but also has a responsibility to medical consultants and teams with which s/he works.
Key Working Relationships
The Senior Psychologist will work closely with the
- Psychology team
- Paediatric Diabetes Team
- HSCP colleagues at CHI at Tallaght.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive and key working relationships will change as the project moves from service development, construction completion, commissioning & transitioning to steady state.
Purpose of the Role The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to develop paediatric psychology work experience with a dynamic paediatric Diabetes multi-disciplinary team, providing a service to young people with a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes, at an inpatient and outpatient level.
The successful candidate will work directly with children, adolescents and their families, supporting them through diagnosis and treatment using a range of psychological approaches and with opportunities to carry out both individual, family and group interventions.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to facilitate the consideration of psychological factors in the child’s medical assessment and treatment, in a team with great appreciation and openness to psychological perspectives.
The successful candidate will become a member of the Psychology Department and will have the opportunity to attend psychology meetings at a time when planning for the New Children’s Hospital collectively is of huge import.
The successful candidate will have opportunities to work with the other diabetes psychologists in CHI at Crumlin and CHI at Temple Street as part of their role, and to work with them with cross hospital group interventions.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities Professional Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide individual formulation-driven intervention with children, young people and families to address psychological difficulties experienced in the context of their diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes.
- Provide meaningful interventions for a range of presentations including adjustment to diagnosis, adherence to medical regime, and mental health difficulties related to living with a chronic condition.
- Develop and maintain collaborative working relationships with colleagues, members of the inter-disciplinary team, medical teams and staff within the hospital and with outside agencies.
- Attend meetings, ward rounds and case conferences where appropriate.
- Responsible for overall caseload management and the provision of professional reports and other service-related information to professional staff, parents and other agencies as appropriate.
- The Psychologist will be expected to acquire a thorough understanding of the psychological impact of Diabetes conditions on children, adolescents and families, and to be up to date with research findings into best psychological practice.
- Make key contributions to the Psychology service’s research, audit and evaluation culture and evidence-based practice.
- Undertake clinical research and collaborate in research and audit as appropriate.
- Comply with department policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines.
- Comply with mandatory training requirements.
- Demonstrate behaviour consistent with the values of CHI.
Eligibility criteria, qualifications and experience
- Hold a recognised University degree or diploma obtained with first or second class honours in which Psychology was taken as a major subject and honours obtained in that subject.
- Have a postgraduate qualification in Psychology recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland.
- Candidates who have completed their postgraduate training outside of Ireland must ensure that their qualification is validated by the Department of Health and Children.
- For eligibility for the role as a senior psychologist position the applicant must have five years satisfactory postgraduate experience inclusive of any time spent in pursuing a course leading to the postgraduate qualification. For eligibility for the role as a staff grade psychologist the applicant must have postgraduate experience inclusive of any time spent in pursuing a course leading to the postgraduate qualification
- Possess the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the post.
- Relevant experience in psychological assessment and therapeutic skills in working with children and adolescents.
- Postgraduate experience of working with children and adolescents with medical conditions.
- Demonstrated competence in clinical audit and research skills.
Applicants are welcome both inside and outside of Children’s Health Ireland employees. Children’s Health Ireland employees, who hold a permanent contract, are eligible to apply for fixed term and specified purpose competitions across the five Children’s Health Ireland sites. Employees who take up specified purpose or fixed term posts will retain their permanent substantive grade.
Competition Specific Selection Process
How to Apply & Informal Enquiries
Applications can be submitted ‘on-line’ at by completing the application form and attaching your CV.
Candidates should be aware that, when applying for a post through the ‘On-Line’ Application System (Candidate Manager) they will receive an automated replying acknowledging receipt of their application. Should you for any reason, not receive this automated acknowledgement, you should notify the Human Resources Department, before the closing date, otherwise your application will not be considered.
Closing Date: Before close of business on 8th June 2021
Applications will not be accepted through direct email or any other method.
For informal enquiries for this specialty/department, please contact Helen Gibbons, Principal Paediatric Psychology Manager on 01 4143101.
For a copy of the full Job Description, please email: [email protected]
Panel/s A panel may be created from which permanent, fixed term and specified purpose vacancies of a full or part time duration may be filled across the five Children’s Health Ireland locations. The tenure of these panels will be indicated at offer stage.
Information on “Non-European Economic Area Applicants” is available from
The programme outlined for Children’s Health Ireland may impact on this role and as structures change the job description may be reviewed.
Children’s Health Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.
Terms and Conditions of Employment
Duration of post
This is a Part Time (0.5), Temporary Specified Purpose Contract (maternity leave cover)
Remuneration is in accordance with the salary scale approved by the Department of Health: Current salary scale with effect from 1st October 2020: [Grade, Code 367Y]. Rising in increments annually from point 1: €82,943 to €97,029 incl. LSIs).
Annual Leave entitlement is 30 days per annum pro rata.
The hours allocated to this post are 18.5 hours as a standard working week. The allocation of these hours will be at the discretion of the Department Head and in accordance with the needs of the service.
HSE Circular 003-2009 “Matching Working Patterns to Service Needs (Extended Working Day / Week Arrangements); Framework for Implementation of Clause 30.4 of Towards 2016” applies. Under the terms of this circular, all new entrants and staff appointed to promotional posts from Dec 16th 2008 will be required to work agreed roster / on call arrangements as advised by their line manager. Contracted hours of work are liable to change between the hours of 8am-8pm over seven days to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement (Implementation of Clause 30.4 of Towards 2016).
Place of work/location
CHI at Tallaght
Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age.
Expected salary: €82943 – 97029 per year
Job date: Wed, 19 May 2021 23:26:25 GMT
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