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Head of Psychology
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Dublin City Centre
Dublin South
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Psychologist, Counselling
Psychologist, Developmental
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Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12.
Telephone (01) 409 6716, Fax (01) 409 6216.

Head of Psychology
Closing Date: Friday, 16th July 2010.

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin is committed to providing family-centred health care in a compassionate and supportive environment, where each child receives the highest standards of healthcare
The Psychology Department is situated in and provides a resource to all areas of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, the largest paediatric teaching hospital in the country, unique in the context of the range of services provided as a centre of excellence and of tertiary referral for the entire country in specialties such as Oncology, Haematology, Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, HIV and Hepatitis C, Respirology and Cystic Fibrosis, Orthopaedics, Spina Bifida, Burns, Intensive Care, etc. In addition to working with all medical and surgical specialties and the patient support unit, the Department of Psychology also acts as a formal and informal resource to staff in their work with children, including doctors, nurses, teachers, play specialists, hospital volunteers, etc. Lectures are provided frequently to groups within and outside the hospital.

Clinical psychologists within the Paediatric Psychology Department tend to work with two or more medical/surgical teams. They attend team meetings and ward rounds in order to be fully aware of the current medical situation and the demands of treatment in relation to a particular child and to ensure that psychological factors are taken into account. They work with individual children and families or perhaps with groups of children with the same diagnosis providing psychological evaluation and therapeutic intervention as required. Some therapeutic work may be carried out by other staff members with the support of the Psychologist.

Due to the experience and expertise gathered together in the areas of the psychological concomitants of childhood illness, of specific illnesses and conditions affecting health and of psychosomatic and conversion disorders, the Psychology Department is frequently asked and is in a unique position to act as a resource to paediatric units in general hospitals throughout the country, to hospice and hospice care personnel working with terminally ill children, to preschools, schools, and to local psychological services attempting to work with or provide services for children who have or are recovering from all kinds of medical conditions, both common and rare.

As psychology pervades and is important to every area of human endeavour, the Psychology Department is represented on many committees for planning and developing services within the hospital: e.g. staff support, care of children on palliative care, preparation of literature for parents on the death of a child and information for coping with siblings, hospital preparation for and interventions in case of a major disaster, multiculturalism, hospital design and artwaork etc. The Psychology Department is a major centre for the training of clinical psychologists in the speciality of Paediatric Psychology, with psychologists on post graduate clinical courses in University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, the Psychological Society of Ireland and the London School of Business placed here for clinical training under supervision throughout the year. Approximately 3 trainees per year complete their placement here.

The Psychology Department also provides lectures to both UCD and TCD for postgraduate courses in Clinical Psychology, Paediatric Psychology and Special Education (a course which prepares graduates to become Disability Officers and Special Needs Educational Organisers throughout the country).

The Department of Psychology currently consists of 11 clinical psychologist posts (one Principal, 6 Senior and 1 Basic Grade Psychologist) in Paediatric Psychology, and 3 posts in the evaluation and treatment of child sexual abuse (one Principal and two Senior in St. Louise’s Unit). Further posts are planned for particular medical specialties. Throughout the year, there are usually 2 to 3 trainees working here on 5 month post graduate clinical placements in Paediatric Psychology.REPORTING TO: The Head of Department of Psychology is responsible to the medical/surgical consultants with whom s(he) works clinically and to the Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital.

SALARY SCALE: As per Department of Health and Children pay scales.

WORKING HOURS: 35 hours per week.

WORKING WEEK: Hours of attendance will be determined by the Chief Executive Officer. From time to time you may be required to work outside of the normal hours. You are liable to work roster and on-call arrangements as may be necessary to fulfill service needs on a 24/7 basis, including hours outside of 9am-5pm and at weekends. Rosters may be changed from time to time with due notice.

LOCATION: Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12. During the course of your employment the Hospital or any part of it may be relocated to another site either on a temporary or permanent basis. Should this happen you may be required to transfer to the centre’s new location.

HOLIDAYS: The Hospital’s holiday year runs from January to December inclusive and the annual leave entitlement is 26 days.
PROBATION: This appointment is subject to the satisfactory completion of a 6 month probationary period. Termination of employment during the probationary period shall be at the sole discretion of the Hospital. In certain circumstances this probationary period may be extended. . If you are promoted and you do not fulfil the requirements of the job, you will revert to your original position or an alternative position at the same level as the original grade.
CONFIDENTIALITY: You will have access to various types of records/information in the course of your work. Such records and information are strictly confidential and unless acting on the instruction of an authorised person, on no account must information concerning staff, patients or other Hospital business be divulged or discussed except in the performance of normal duty. In addition, records may never be left in such a manner that unauthorised persons can obtain access to them and must be kept in safe custody when no longer required.

The appointee must meet the guidelines for professional qualification as laid down by the Department of Health & Children, 25th October 2002, but without prejudice to anyone employed in a post of basic grade psychologist or above on that date in the Irish public health service to whom the qualification requirements for principal psychologist in place at 22nd January 2002, shall apply.

A. On the latest date for receiving completed application forms for the office, each candidate must:

a) 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, and

b) Possess a recognised postgraduate professional psychological qualification appropriate to the area of professional psychology in which the position is designated and

c) Have at least eight years satisfactory postgraduate experience in the area of professional psychology in which the position is designated inclusive of any time spent in pursuing a course leading to the post graduate qualification and including at least three years satisfactory experience in a senior capacity.

B. Each candidate must possess the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and of administrative capacity) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.

The Head of Department has both management responsibilities as Head of the Department of Psychology and a clinical case load (ideally requiring no less than half time), in order to be free for responsibilities of liaison, support, consultation and administration.

1. The Head of Department is responsible for all planning and development of services within the Department, both immediate and long term, and will need to be au fait with developments within the hospital and in other paediatric centres of excellence in order to plan appropriately. This will require close liaison with Human Resources and Medical/Surgical teams when new specialties and Consultants are being proposed.

2. The Head of Department is responsible for supervision, for consultation and for support of all other psychologists working within the Hospital service, and for ensuring that the highest standard of professional ethics and service is continually aspired to, promoted and maintained. In fulfilment of this role, the Head of Department has a major responsibility to ensure the appropriate on-going professional education of all the psychologists working in the hospital.

3. The Head of Department is responsible, in liaison with the medical/surgical team involved and Human Resources, for planning recruitment, developing job descriptions and interview criteria and interviewing prospective staff, both Paediatric and Child Sexual Abuse (St. Louise’s Unit).

4. The Head of Department should encourage the retention of staff through the promotion of standards of good practice and conditions conducive to health, well-being and professional satisfaction. This includes provision for staff development and in-service education.

5. The Head of Department has a responsibility to see that Department reports and records are appropriately kept and up-to-date.

6. The Head of Department is responsible for developing a Priority Wait List which reflects the ethos and purposes of the Department and the Hospital.

7. The Head of Department is responsible for provision of estimates and the provider plan for each year and for providing reports of Department activity and statistics as required.

8. The Head of Department is responsible for managing the Department finances so as to ensure the most effective deployment of available resources.

9. The Head of Department is responsible for planning and implementing, with the assistance of an audit officer, the auditing of Department practices and outcomes.

10. The Head of Department is required to keep Department records of annual leave, sick leave, study leave, etc, in liaison with Human Resources.

11. The Head of Department is responsible for dealing with staff grievances, disciplinary matters, complaints, in accordance with hospital policies and procedures.

12. The Head of Department is responsible for undertaking clinical assessment, therapeutic intervention, report writing and record keeping in relation to the children and families directly seen, for doing so to the highest possible professional standard in a family-friendly way, and for liaising with the medical/surgical team in order to ensure integrated and appropriate care and management.

13. The Head of Department should fully familiarise them self with all the paediatric medical specialties, the treatment of children with a wide variety of childhood illnesses and health conditions and the psychological implications of these. The Head should be a resource and support to all the Psychologists in the hospital in the area of best practice in assessment and therapeutic interventions as applied to different medical/surgical specialties, and should be able to advise as well as join in collaborative, multi-disciplinary interventions with doctors, nurses and other health care specialties.

14. The Head of Department should be fully up to date with current research in Paediatric Psychology and the implications for children and families of current developments in paediatrics. Ideally, the Head of Department should be developing, in liaison with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in this hospital and in centres of excellence in Ireland and worldwide, appropriate research into psychological assessment and intervention in the management of paediatric illness.

15. The Head of Department will attend Team and Committee meetings and case conferences as appropriate, and will also be expected to assist and lecture groups within the Hospital and contribute to multidisciplinary presentations from time to time.

16. The Head of Department is responsible for advising Hospital management of developments in the area of Paediatric Psychology or Child Sexual Abuse which may have implications for the service.

17. The Head of Department is responsible for liaising with other department heads, particularly Medical staff and other Health Care Professionals, so that an appropriate, co-ordinated and integrated service is presented to families in the most efficient and family friendly manner possible.

18. The Head of Department is responsible for the development and the keeping up to date of the Psychology Department’s contribution to the hospital’s Major Disaster Plan. This requires liaison with other hospital departments and with those responsible for Major Disaster planning in other psychological services, especially in the Dublin area, but also throughout the country.

19. The Head of Department is responsible for ensuring that staff are aware of and practice within the legal requirements of national and EU directives, e.g., Children First, Health & Safety and Freedom of Information Acts.


• Liaise with Partnership Co-ordinator and Partnership Committee
• Participate fully with the hospital’s Accreditation Programme and the “Hospital Watch Programme”.
• Adhere to Department and all Hospital policies at all times.
• Embrace and support any changes in technology and to assist in the implementation and operation of these changes.
• Maintain good communication channels will all levels of staff throughout the hospital
• To assist the Public Relations Officer in relation to any media request pertaining to their profession/area. Attend media training as requested and to be available to deal with media requests if deemed appropriate by the Public Relations Officer.

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2 Responses to “Head of Psychology in dublin”

  1. oniangue freddy nanthanel September 11, 2012

    I am freddy nanthanel oniangue, I have a master’s degree in medicine and a higher diploma in psychology fron DBS
    I would like to apply for a career in your institution as a psychologist assistant.
    Waiting for your answer, i just whish all the best to you.