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Hammersmith & Fulham, rated nationally by Ofsted as one of the top Local Authorities, we never stop moving forward. Our ambition is to focus even more on increasing the quality of our practice and the work with children, young people, and families to sustain positive change. To do this we need the best people to help build our vision.

We are a consultation-based service with a very high level of buy-in from our schools, enabling a broad range of creative and preventative work as well as project work within the borough. EPs are encouraged to develop in their areas of professional interest and have the opportunity to train in Video Interaction Guidance and SCERTS. We also have a well-established ELSA programme and many of our EPs provide ELSA supervision and training. Over the next academic year there will be a continued focus on wellbeing and attachment and trauma-informed practice.

As a service, we are very supportive of TEPs, with Year 1s and 2 starting in September, and also have EPs working within our Virtual School and Youth Offending Service.

We are a small, supportive and sociable team with a whole range of leisure, hospitality and retail therapy facilities on our West London doorstep.

Applicants must be professionally qualified and registered with the HCPC or be in their final year of training on a professional Educational Psychology Doctoral programme.

Our mission is to be the best council. To do this we need the best people to help build our vision. If you’re looking to develop your career in a fast-paced, professional environment whilst making a difference, then we look forward to hearing from you.

Role Responsibilities:

1. To deliver a targeted and specialist psychological service of consultation, assessment (including psychometric summative approaches), advice, planning and development work to a designated grouping (‘patch’) of schools (that makes a positive difference to a range of clients including head teachers, teachers, parents/carers, pupils and other practitioners).
2. To make available consultation, staff development and training to ensure that schools and early years staff have the knowledge and skills that they need to deliver high quality teaching and support for learning to all students, including those with SEN and/or other barriers to their learning and development.
3. To quantitatively and qualitatively monitor and evaluate interventions used in schools with students and to communicate examples of good practice.
4. To contribute to a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the outcomes achieved by the Borough Educational Psychology Service (Annual survey of consumer feedback). 
5. To provide high quality advice to the local authority, including statutory psychological advice, as required by the SEN legislation and Code of Practice (September 2014).
6. To provide the local authority with advice about the needs of children and young people in the context of appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDisT) and to give evidence at SENDisT hearings where required.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information

People Values:

How we act defines who we are. At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’. We are looking for people who can build this into everything they do.

We are fair

We treat everyone with compassion, dignity and fairness. We value the views and opinion of others, and promote benefits and opportunities for all.

We are caring

We care about our borough and doing things well. We focus on standards and continuous improvement; learning from our mistakes and celebrating success.

We are collaborators

We work together for a better society. We work with our residents, businesses, schools, third sector and others for better outcomes for everyone.

We are driven

We will only settle for the very best. We seek to continually improve and put our residents, customers and businesses at the heart of everything we do.

Recruiting for Attitude:

Your skills and ability are important however, we recruit as much for attitude as we do experience. We are looking for people who have the following attributes: 

Complex problem-solving 
The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change. 

Critical thinking 
The ability to challenge the norms through evidence-based approaches using both numerical and critical reasoning and thinking. You can rationalise decision-making and form views quickly and soundly from a range of sources. 

Creativity 
You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations. You can apply creative solutions that deliver hard outcomes. 

People management 
You can get the best out of people. You have a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development. You are clear in your expectations and have exceptional feedback from your team about their working environment. You recognise and support people as individuals. 

Coordinating with others 
You have the knack of working well with others. You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others. You can also recognise how others work, think, and feel to get the most out of collaboration. 

Emotional intelligence 
You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics. You can recognise motivating factors and demonstrate empathy appropriately applying a wide range of adaptive social skills. 

Judgement and decision making 
You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions. Where there is ambiguity or a lack of evidence you can demonstrate the ability to understand the environment and show flexibility in applying your judgement. 

Negotiation 
You can demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners. This includes understanding how to structure and undertake successful negotiation on an organisational-wide level. 

Service orientation 
You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery. Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives. You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives. 

Cognitive flexibility 
The ability to recognise the environment in which you work and adapt and shift to this environment to maximise your own personal achievement and lead others in the same approach. Applying cognitive flexibility to situations of significant change and transformation. 

Role Specific Qualifications:

  • Postgraduate training in educational psychology (or equivalent) conferring entitlement to registration as a practitioner psychologist by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Applications from candidates expecting to qualify as educational psychologists in 2021 will be considered
  • Hammersmith & Fulham Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

    Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies.

    We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

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