Pertemps Managed Solutions are currently recruiting on behalf of Bucks Council who are looking to recruit a Principal Educational Psychologist
This post is a combined senior manager and professional role with responsibility for the leadership of the Educational Psychology Service and for the quality of specialist psychological services and advice in the field of SEND
The Principal Educational Psychologist (PEP) will work in cooperation with other service managers and partner agencies and report to the Head ofIntegrated Services, to ensure the delivery of a high standard of psychological services. The postholder will lead on future service delivery reviews and will play a key role in driving forward the Council's SEND and Education and Skills strategies
Job Context (key outputs of team / role to provide some specific examples of role profile accountabilities)
• To provide professional management and leadership to the Educational Psychology Service. This will include recruitment, supervision, deployment and performance management of Senior EPs in the management team.
• To oversee co-ordination and management of the Educational Psychology Service and to enhance the professional and managerial effectiveness of the team through supervision, quality assurance processes and continuing professional development (CPD) in line with HCPC statutory requirements and standards of proficiency.
• To be responsible for and monitor the timely submission of psychological advice with respect to Statutory Assessment, Annual Reviews and SEND Tribunal Appeals and ensure government targets are met, in partnership with the SEN team
• To be responsible for EPS allocated budget and associated cost centres and to ensure appropriate action is taken to avoid overspends.
• To contribute professional advice, support and training in effective methodologies and strategies based on applied psychology to staff across the Children's Services Portfolio, educational and community settings.
• To be responsible for provision of effective information based upon the research evidence about children's difficulties and to identify the most appropriate areas for intervention, including in-service training and continuing professional development of teachers and other staff.
• To contribute and influence national developments within Educational Psychology and other related professions, including close liaison with Educational Psychology training providers and other relevant national bodies, e.g. NAPEP, BPS, AEP
• To coordinate responses to relevant professional consultation.
• To represent the EPS at meetings with other services and local stakeholders, e.g. Headteachers, CYP service managers, regional and national groups
• To represent the EPS and work closely with Children's Services to ensure coordinated county-wide practice particularly in relation to early intervention and prevention strategies for vulnerable children and young people including looked after children and other high risk groups.
• To support and develop inclusive, early and preventative practice in line with SEN policy and strategy, for example, Holding Hands Programme, Nurture Groups, Pyramid, transition support.
Five years minimum experience as an educational psychologist with three
years minimum managerial responsibilities in an LA at Senior EP level
Educated to degree level or equivalent standard.
Degree in Psychology (or equivalent as recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
For more information please apply and a recruitment consultant will be ij touch to answer any queries you may have