Fulltime, Health & Medicine, Permanent

Deputy Principal Educational Psychologist


The Role

Our client is seeking outstanding individuals to join their dynamic Educational Psychology Service (EPS) as Deputy Principal Educational Psychologists (DPEP) West (Harlow and surrounding areas) & South (Basildon and surrounding areas) Quadrants.

The Opportunity:

As one of four quadrant DPEPs, you will work alongside DPEP colleagues, colleagues from other teams within Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and the wider Education Directorate, as well as leading a quadrant team of Education Psychologists (EP’s) and assistant EPs. You will be committed to meaningfully applying psychology to enable the systems (schools/settings, families, communities) supporting children and young people. DPEPs are responsible for the direct operational management and professional support of quadrant team members, ensuring that all colleagues are enabled to practice effectively, efficiently, and with professional integrity. DPEPs are also key contributors to the strategic development of the service and wider work in the Local Authority.


About you:

As an integral part of our client’s team, we are seeking individuals who possess the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Personal Approved Mental Health Professional status (Warranted) and a Professional Qualification in Social Work, demonstrating your commitment to maintaining the necessary credentials.
  • Post-qualifying experience, including direct work with individuals who have mental health needs. This first-hand experience will be highly valuable in your role.
  • Possession of a current full driving license and access to a vehicle will be essential for fulfilling the responsibilities of the position.
  • A solid working knowledge of legislation, safeguarding practices, conducting assessments, preparing care plans, and monitoring and reviewing outcomes is required to excel in this role.
  • Your dedication to professional development and staying up-to-date with the latest mental health issues is crucial. Our client values individuals who continuously seek to expand their knowledge and skills in the field.

We are looking for candidates who:

  • are eligible for Graduate membership with the British Psychological Society (GMBPsS);
  • hold a Doctorate or a Masters degree in Professional Educational Psychology;
  • are registered with the HCPC as a practitioner psychologist or will be eligible for registration with the HCPC at the end of their training;
  • have a good understanding of relevant legislation and evidence-based approaches and interventions; and
  • are committed to applying psychology to make a difference to the lives of children and young people in Essex.
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