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Educational Psychologist

  • Employer: London Borough of Enfield
  • Reference: PEO-000963
  • Published: Fri 02/02/2024, 15:56 PM
  • Closing on: Thu 29/02/2024, 15:56 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: EPSCA - 2023
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Greater London

Enfield Educational Psychology Service (EPS) continues to grow and develop and is seeking a motivated, creative and reflective educational psychologist to join our friendly team.
Enfield Education Services has invested in and promotes preventative initiatives which enable our EPs to work in a wide range of multi-agency teams and programmes.
The EPS has a strong focus on emotional health and wellbeing and takes a lead across several areas across the partnership such as trauma informed practice, emotional based school non-attendance, ELSAs, autism and senior mental health lead network.  Following our training earlier this year, the EPS now developing the MeLSA programme. 
The EPS offers a respected traded service with the majority of schools purchasing our service.  The model of service delivery is aligned with the Assess, Plan, Do, Review approach and promotes a consultation framework whilst valuing importance of engaging in psychological work through child and family centred approaches.
The service has an established Assistant Educational Psychology Team and their valuable contribution has been recognised by service leads across the partnership which has increased the demand.  The service has broadened the role of the Assistant EP to work in partnership with EPs on traded work.
The EPS is committed to a whole service CPD programme where we can learn, grow and reflect together. We have been focussing on the following areas: culturally responsive and anti-racist practice, dynamic assessment, trauma informed practice and autism aligned with the Autism Education Trust. Have a look at our website for further information.
We would like to invite applicants from educational psychologists who:

- Have experience of applying psychology across a range of education and community settings and values a consultation model of service delivery.  
- Value multi-agency working and can form positive working relationships with colleagues within the team and across the Enfield partnership.
- Are committed to supporting the development of educational psychology practice to positively impact on the lives of children, young people and their families.
- Share our service commitment to developing anti-racist practice.

As a member of our team, you will benefit from:

- A senior leadership team, committed to supporting team belonging and wellbeing. 
- A friendly, efficient dedicated administrative support team.
- Individual and peer supervision
- Whole service and Individual CPD
- Opportunities to join interest groups and conversation clubs.
- An attractive and well-appointed central office base in the Civic Centre in Enfield Town, close to shops and cafés.
- Hybrid working and IT equipment support.
- Free car parking to provide easy access to the team base

Minimum requirements: Psychology degree (or BPS equivalent); professional qualification in Educational Psychology (doctorate, masters or equivalent); and registration with the HCPC as a practitioner psychologist.
We welcome applications from Trainee EPs who are due to qualify by September 2024 and will have registration confirmed following the completion of a recognised training course.
The successful applicant will visit settings in Enfield and outside of the borough. 
Contact Details - 
If you would like to know more about the roles, please contact Emma Gore-Langton (Deputy Principal EP) on 020 8132 1470 or Suzy Francis (PEP) on 020 8132 0441 for an informal discussion.
Testimonials from members of our EP Team - 
“I am a 3rd year Trainee Educational Psychologist and I joined Enfield last year. The team is warm and welcoming and my colleagues in the management team have listened and been accommodating when juggling my thesis and placement has been challenging. I have had the opportunity to do project-based work (with the virtual school) and work with the primary behaviour support service (known as SWERRL) where I work alongside outreach workers, family systemic therapists, speech and language therapists and play therapists. The work has been varied and interesting, and this led me to apply and secure a job here in Enfield for when I qualify.” Molly Carl (Trainee EP)
“I am a newly qualified EP and have been with Enfield EPS since my second year of training on the EP doctorate program. Enfield EPS has a real passion for putting psychology at the heart of practice, with great investments in the service’s professional development, such as regular supervision for Dynamic Assessments, and frequent training on trauma informed practice. I am proud to be part of culture that values culturally responsive practice and adopts a reflective lens when meeting the needs of our diverse population in Enfield. The team are highly supportive and friendly, and as a service we have regular managerial and peer supervision. Enfield EPS also has many commissioned projects for EPs, working in partnership with other services. I am currently part of the Virtual School and I am also co-leading the MeLSA intervention trainings with schools in the local area. This has allowed me to
develop my interests and professional skillset.” Dr Becky Mulhall (Educational Psychologist)
“Having relocated from South Africa for this role, it's been great to experience the support of colleagues genuinely invested in your growth and development. Coupled with regular supervision from your manager, their attentive guidance ensures your competence in your new role. The work itself is also diverse and interesting, making Enfield an ideal place for professional growth and expanding your expertise.” Arno Basson (EP)
“Enfield EPS is an interesting service to work for with many ongoing opportunities for professional development through projects and commissioned work. Enfield as a borough is very diverse which has enabled us as a service to think about how we can ensure our practice is culturally reflective, particularly within ELSA which I now deliver the training on. The team is highly skilled, very friendly, kind, welcoming and supportive.” Dr Elena Kombou (EP)
“I have worked with Enfield EPS for the past 5 years having joined as a trainee. I enjoy applying psychology whilst working with families and schools within such a diverse borough and the variety of work that this brings. There is a good range of traded, statutory and commissioned work, including many opportunities for professional development, project work, and collaboration with other services. The EPS office is centrally located with free car parking and other transport options available, making travel around the borough convenient and providing a central space to collaborate and catch-up with other members of the supportive team.” Dr Emma Stacey (EP)
“I have worked within the Enfield EPS for the past 8 years and have thoroughly enjoyed the diversity within the borough. The team and leadership have always been supportive and the work has been broad and interesting. I feel valued within the service and the service continuously strives to focus on meaningful developments including trauma informed practice, dynamic assessment and using the Autism Education Trust Framework. I also supervise trainee EPs during their placement in Enfield and they always comment on the interesting work Enfield offers as well as their enjoyment of working in a diverse range of educational settings.” Stephanie Barclay (EP)
Enfield EPS provides wonderful opportunities to engage with a variety of projects and with different teams across the local authority. The diverse range of work we encounter is fantastic for professional growth. This year, I am excited to be working closely with our SEN colleagues in supporting young people who are engaging with Education other than at school (EOTAS) and to be supervising a Trainee EP. New opportunities arise often which helps us to learn from each other as well as to develop our practice.” Dr Natasha Kwan-Tat (EP)
“I have been a qualified EP for 8 years now and have experienced working in more than one other local authority, yet I have remained part of the Enfield EPS team for several reasons. The EP work here is varied, innovative and multi-disciplinary. I’ve particularly enjoyed being part of a brand-new MDT of 8 other professionals, and within this team carving out a somewhat niche EP role when supporting pre-statutory CYP with SLCN. I’ve also been drawn to the significant service development around Dynamic Assessment (DA), and as such I am now part of a pilot project for how a new DA model could be integrated into my SLCN MDT role. Finally, the office now feels like a hive mind for learning, as well as a vocational base, so this really promotes a sense of post-covid EPS unity…not to mention several social events coming up!” Dr Ben Hibberd (EP)
“I think the fact that I have now worked in Enfield for 20 years, speaks volumes about the opportunities for professional development that it offers! Quite soon after starting as a maingrade, I was included in project work including the “Behaviour Improvement Project” and Early Years work connected to the “Sure Start” and “Children’s Centres” initiatives alongside my school work. I then held various posts connected to specialist Autism projects in mainstream and special schools before moving into my current work with the Virtual School for Looked After Children, sitting within Social Care, which I absolutely love. Enfield has established an extremely positive working relationship with schools and services over longer than I have been in Enfield, and this has laid the foundations for many interesting specialist roles to be established through Service Level
Agreements, allowing EPs to focus and develop more specialist skills and interests. I have particularly valued the borough wide introduction of Trauma Informed Practice in Schools and Settings (E-TIPSS) since the pandemic, and have acted as a Champion for E-TIPSS within the Virtual School, which has involved co-delivering training for Early Years Professionals, Social Workers, Health professionals, CAMHS colleagues, the Education Team, and Foster Carers / Residential Support Workers. We are now setting up PODS for case reflection to further embed this practice. Enfield EPS is a great team to work in, with a wealth of experience, and fantastic opportunities for professional development.” Sally Maidens (Senior Practitioner EP)
“Enfield EPS is a wonderful, supportive and really exciting Service to join. As an EP who has worked in Enfield for over 20 years, I can definitely say that the variety of work, the team ethos and the dynamic way of working has kept me fully committed to supporting the young people and their families. I also value the ongoing opportunities for professional development, the longstanding relationships with my schools, the management support and conversations I continue to have with partner services”.  Shelina Ladha (Senior Practitioner EP)
“Working for Enfield has enabled me the opportunity to really apply psychology with children and families through therapeutic practice, a passion of mine. The team are highly skilled and kind and I’ve always felt supported by them in my work.” Claire Collins (Senior Lead EP for Autism)  
“I recently joined Enfield as a Senior EP and I am really enjoying the change from working as a maingrade. I’ve found Enfield EPS to be friendly, welcoming and holding a wealth of knowledge and experience. The EPS are commissioned by a variety of services and projects so the work remains varied. EPs are clearly valued within Enfield and the demand for the service reflects this. I was initially worried about not owning a car but this hasn’t been an issue. I cycle to my schools and it’s very helpful knowing that you can take a bike on the overground to Enfield at any time (even peak times). The office is nicely located in Enfield Town, which has plenty of shops and cafes. I’d highly recommend Enfield and Enfield EPS as a place to work.” Trudy Kearney (Senior EP)
“I started at Enfield EPS as a Trainee EP 18 years ago and have seen the changes, growth and transformation.  I have been able to grow, develop and move onto different roles with the support and opportunities within the team.  We are a diverse and dynamic team who always support one another in every aspect. I consider Enfield EPS as my work family.”  Dr Neerose Ubha (Area Senior EP).
“I have been in Enfield since being a trainee EP.  Enfield is my work home and is a place where I feel I have grown up, nurtured and supported by colleagues in the EPs and wider partnership.  It has always been a place that has encouraged team members to engage in opportunities, develop areas of interest and to feel challenged to grow as a EP.  Now in the position of the Principal EP, I have continued to believe passionately about continuing to provide a varied work experience for every EP and trainee EP in the service, ensure there is a clear service led CPD programme that is proactively aligned with the strategic aims of the borough.  There is a kind, friendly and supportive team in Enfield with a strong ambition to provide an excellent EP service for our children, families, schools and settings.” Suzy Francis (Principal EP)

“This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment”.
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We are sourcing candidates from various channels for this role.  Applications will be reviewed, and interviews arranged, on a first come first served basis until all positions are filled which could be prior to the displayed advert closing date.  If you are interested, we would encourage you to apply online as soon as possible.
Why it's great to work for Enfield Council:

- An excellent pension through the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
- Up to 32 days annual leave depending on grade and length of service. You will also get eight public holidays per year and an extra day off at Christmas.
- A blend of remote and office based working for most roles. 
- Interest free season ticket loan repayable over three or ten months.
- Career development and learning experiences from a range of training courses and learning methods. 
- Employee Assistance Programme to provide advice and counselling services. This is a free and confidential service available to staff and members of their family.
- Health and leisure discounts and tax-free bikes for work.

We are passionate about our people and how we deliver services to our community in Enfield. That’s why we encourage a culture that puts our customers at the heart of everything we do - by empowering our people to work together to find solutions, be open, honest and respectful, take responsibility and listen and learn. If you value these behaviours too, we’d love to hear from you - and of course we are always happy to talk flexible working, click here to find out more.
If you have previously applied for this role within the past 6 months, unfortunately, a second application will not be considered.

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  • Employer: London Borough of Enfield
  • Reference: PEO-000963
  • Published: Fri 02/02/2024, 15:56 PM
  • Closing on: Thu 29/02/2024, 15:56 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: EPSCA - 2023
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Greater London

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