Permanent

Job Title: Senior Psychologist, Stroke Services at Tallaght University Hospital and Naas General Hospital
Reference No: 11.045 (2022)
Department / Directorate: Psychology, COO Directorate
Reports to: Principal Psychology Manager and liaison with Directors of  Stroke Services

Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) is an exciting and dynamic place to work. The team at the Hospital are in the midst of implementing a new hospital strategy that has already delivered on the opening of a new renal unit, day surgery centre, step down facility in the community and the start of building works on a new ICU extension. It is an exciting time to join the TUH team and one of Ireland’s main teaching hospitals with so many plans to enhance patient care. The Hospital believes in investing in their team and offers excellent education and research opportunities.

TUH is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, adult, psychiatric and age-related healthcare on one site. The Hospital has 495 adult beds with over 3,500 people on staff with over 50 different nationalities represented. The Hospital is a provider of local, regional, and national specialties. It is also a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country, a regional orthopeadic trauma centre and a designated trauma unit.

TUH is one of the two main academic teaching hospitals of Trinity College Dublin - specialising in the training and professional development of staff in areas such as medicine nursing, health and social care professionals, emergency medicine and surgery, amongst many others. TUH is part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group which serves a population of over 1.2 million across seven counties. 

TUH stroke service
As the first all age acute stroke service in Ireland, since 1995 the TUH stroke service has been vibrant, progressive and dynamic department. The stroke unit is one of only three European Stroke Organisation certified stroke units in Ireland. The service has played key roles in the first national audit of stroke, introducing first telemedicine network in stroke in Ireland and rolling out the first Early Supported Discharge Service in stroke. It also hosts the current clinical leads in stroke and stroke telemedicine with an active investigator-led and international trial research programme.

NAAS GENERAL HOSPITAL STROKE SERVICE
Naas General Hospital is a 243 bedded acute public hospital serving the catchment area of Kildare and West-Wicklow with a population of over a quarter of a million people. The services are designed to meet the needs of the adult (over 14 years) population residing in this catchment area. It has a busy Emergency Department and receives approximately two hundred strokes per annum making it one of the busier level 3 hospitals in the country.
Naas Stroke service has strong links to Portlaoise Hospital and see a significant amount of strokes from the Laois area in Naas via bypass or direct referral.
There are strong links with services in TUH and Beaumont Hospitals.
We have a strong academic, audit and quality improvement record regularly nearing the top in national key performance indicators and were a key contributor to the processes for the national PITSTOP project.
There is an active and progressive multidisciplinary stroke team and strong interest in quality improvement.

TUH Vision and Values
The vision of the Hospital is “People Caring for People to Live Better Lives” through excellent health outcomes supported by evidenced based practice, positive patient and staff experience in an empowering and caring environment. A culture of innovation and quality improvement in everything we do.
Our TUH CARE values – for patients, their families, our community and staff are:
  • Collaborate – together and with our academic and care partners
  • Achieve – our goals, positive outcomes and wellbeing
  • Respect – for patients, each other and our environment
  • Equity – for patients and staff
At TUH we view our staff as our most asset and every member of the Team is valued equally.  We recognise that a skilled, satisfied and motivated workforce is a prerequisite to high quality care.

A full overview of TUH is available on www.tuh.ie/about us
Purpose of the role:
The post of Senior Psychologist working with the Stroke Service at Tallaght University Hospital and Naas General Hospital offers an exciting and unique opportunity for the candidate to develop a quality psychological service in this area.  It is expected that that Senior Psychologist will provide a high quality evidence-based psychology service within a rehabilitation framework to improve outcome for both in-patients and out-patients who are under the care of the Stroke Service.
The Psychologist will be a member of the Department of Psychology under the governance of the Principal Psychology Manager and will deliver and develop the service in close collaboration and liaison with the Director of Stroke services at both sites.
Within the role they will:
  • Develop, deliver, manage and evaluate a psychology service to inpatients and outpatients under the care of the Stroke Service ensuring best practice. This will entail assessment and intervention with patients as well as working with families and other agencies as appropriate. Psychology input into both TUH and Naas General Hospital Stroke Service has been developing to meet changing service needs and innovations in practice, covering acute inpatient assessment and rehabilitation, early supported discharge and new outpatient six month review and stroke readmission avoidance clinics.
  • Be responsible for the provision of high quality Psychology  input to the Stroke Service and will carry out clinical and educational duties as required.
  • Work in conjunction with other team members in coordinating, developing and delivering the service to meet the needs of the service user group and the objectives of the organisation.
Overview of role:
Key Duties and Responsibilities
  • Deliver a psychology service to inpatients and outpatients in Stroke ensuring best practice and maximum benefit from hospital services.  This will entail assessment and intervention with patients as well as working with families and other agencies as appropriate
  • To undertake all clinical duties as appropriate to the role and to manage referrals to psychology and waiting lists as required.
  • To work collaboratively with members of the multi-disciplinary team and to ensure appropriate access to psychological services. 
  • To work collaboratively with members of the multi-disciplinary team and to ensure appropriate access to psychological services for patients of the stroke service. 
  • Develop and maintain high standards of clinical practice within the clinical area through clinical evaluation, audit opportunities and evidence based practice consistent with a specialist in the area of stroke.
  • Attend Stroke MDT meetings at both sites and provide psychological consultation regarding the formulation of patients’ needs and comprehensive assessment of stroke outcomes.
  • To ensure that professional colleagues and other relevant health professionals with input to patients’ care have access to and sufficient understanding of a psychologically-based framework for understanding and delivering care to stroke patients and families/carers.  This may be achieved through advice, training and consultation.
  • Work flexibly within the MDT team to manage a caseload of patients with complex needs, including in-patients presenting with significant need, complex presentations and potential high levels of psychological distress.
  • Offer suitable evidence-based psychological interventions to patients with stroke and other chronic health conditions who are under the care of the stroke service.
  • To provide support for the development of rehabilitation plans for patients under the care of the Stroke Service.  
  • Provide neuropsychological assessments in the context of acute and post-acute care in consultation and collaboration with the Stroke team.
  • To offer information and education to patients, families and carers regarding the psychological and neuropsychological aspects of stroke, recovery and rehabilitation.
  • Develop and maintain specific input into the education of other health professionals and to take part in post-graduate education, relevant to stroke.
  • Support psychology manager to create, develop systems for reviewing the individual training needs.
  • Ensure the necessary liaison and co-operation with Medical, Nursing, HSCP and other disciplines as relevant to the stroke service.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility in the delivery of care in accordance with relevant stroke departmental and organisational policies and procedures.
  • To represent the Tallaght /Naas Stroke Services on planning teams, meetings and committees, in agreement with the Stroke Service Consultants and Psychology Manager.
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive information system for the Psychology in Stroke service and to furnish psychology manager with statistical data and reports as may be required.
  • Prepare for and attend any appropriate meetings within the Psychology Department.
  • Participate in continuing professional development to ensure compliance with statutory regulations.
  • To attend to appropriate self-care activities in line with professional guidelines.
  • To undertake clinical supervision appropriate to the role and the clinical work undertaken in agreement with Head of Psychology.
  • Ensure that effective safety and risk management procedures are in place and that they are known and followed by all members of the department
  • Re-enforce the importance and relevance of quality in everyday work and place monitoring procedures that ensure work is carried out to agreed standards
  • Demonstrate capacity for emotionally demanding work, and willingness to develop leadership skills and engage and lead in service planning activities in collaboration with psychology manager, team members and multidisciplinary teams as appropriate
  • Disseminate and comply with hospital policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines
  • Promote a culture that values diversity and respect in the workplace.
  • Promote and work in an ethical and professional manner at all times.
Qualifications & Experience required
Must have:
  • Recognised honours degree in psychology.
  • Recognised postgraduate qualification in clinical or counselling psychology
  • A minimum of 5 years postgraduate experience in clinical or counselling psychology (inclusive of time spent in training).
  • Demonstrated competence in the planning, development, delivery and evaluation of a quality psychological service in an acute hospital setting.
  • Possess the requisite knowledge and ability (to include a high standard of suitability and clinical skills and ability) for proper discharge of the duties of the post.
  • Significant experience providing psychological intervention to a wide variety of patients including those with health conditions and acquired disability.
  • Candidates who have completed their postgraduate training outside of Ireland must ensure that their qualification is validated by the Department of Health and Children.
Desirable:
  • Demonstrated interest in treatment and rehabilitation of acute stroke patients through participation in relevant workshops, conferences or training.
  • Demonstrable skill in Neuropsychological assessment.
  • Membership of the PSI Division of Neuropsychology.  Eligibility to be registered as a Chartered Clinical Neuropsychologist in Ireland or working towards same
  • Post graduate qualification in the area of applied Neuropsychology
  • Experience of formal supervision of trainee/ staff grade psychologists/ senior psychologists.
  • Experience in the acute hospital sector
Reward & Recognition
  • Remuneration is in accordance with the Department of Health Consolidated Salary Scales, grade code 367Y.
  • The appointment is full time, specific purpose and pensionable.
  • The annual leave entitlement is 29 working days per year. The leave year runs from 1st April to the 31st of March each year.
  • Normal working hours are  35  hours weekly. Your contracted hours of work are liable to change between the hours of 8 am to 8 pm over 7 days to meet the requirements for extended day services in accordance with the terms of the Framework Agreement.

Application process
Applications can be submitted ‘on-line’ at www.tuh.ie/careers by completing the application form and attaching your CV.  Candidates should be aware that, when applying for a post through the 'On-Line' Application System (Candidate Manager) they will receive an automated replying acknowledging receipt of their application.  Should you for any reason, not receive this automated acknowledgement, you should notify the Human Resources Department, before the closing date, otherwise your application will not be considered.
All candidates should note that, to maintain a timely process, the closing date and time for receipt of applications will be strictly adhered to.
 
Informal Enquiries to: Dr. Aine Connolly Acting Psychology Manager
Telephone (01) 4144599 or email Erika.somers@tuh.ie
Dr Dan Ryan, Director of Stroke Services, TUH
Email:  
Dr. Paul O’Brien, Director of Stroke Service, Naas General Hospital.
Email: paul.orbien1@hse.ie

Closing Date: Before close of business on: 7th December 2022

***Please note interviews for this post will take place on Thursday 15th December


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

Age Restrictions In Relation To Applications
Age restriction shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant
(within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age on the first day of the month in which the latest date for receiving completed applications for the office occurs.

Health
A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the  office and be in a state of health as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

Garda Vetting
Garda vetting is sought for all employees and prospective employees of Tallaght University Hospital.  Given the specialised nature of the services provided, your appointment will be subject to satisfactory Garda vetting and re-vetting in circumstances where the Hospital deems it appropriate.  The Hospital will then process the necessary documentation to endeavour to obtain the satisfactory Garda clearance for you. You are obliged to disclose previous and any criminal convictions acquitted during the course of your employment.  Should the Hospital obtain information from the Garda vetting unit to indicate that your Garda clearance report is not satisfactory and / or if you have supplied the Hospital with false or misleading information in relation to your Garda clearance status, the Hospital reserves the right to withdraw or terminate the contract in accordance with Tallaght University Hospital Garda vetting policy.

Point on Salary Scale
New appointees to any grade start at the minimum point of the scale. Incremental credit will be applied for recognised relevant service in Ireland and abroad (Department of Health Circular 2/2011). Incremental credit is normally granted on appointment, in respect of previous experience in the Civil Service, local authorities, health service and other public service bodies and statutory agencies.

Probation
The probationary period may be extended at the Hospital’s discretion but will not in any case exceed 9 months. Confirmation of your appointment as a permanent member of staff is subject to the successful completion of the probation period.  Termination of this agreement within the probationary period shall be at the discretion of the Hospital, in accordance with the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Act, 1973 - 2001.

Termination of Employment
The employment may be terminated at any time by one months’ notice on either side except where circumstances are dictated by the Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Act 1973/91. The Management’s right under this paragraph shall not be exercised save in circumstances where the Management is of the opinion that the holder of the office has failed to perform satisfactorily the duties of the post or has misconducted himself/herself in relation to the post or is otherwise unfit to hold the appointment.

Sick Leave
  • There is provision for sick pay at the Hospitals discretion, subject to the regulations and details found in the Staff Handbook/ Personnel Policy Manual, as per the Hospitals sick leave policy.
  • In the event of absence from work, you are required to contact your Manager/Supervisor within one hour of starting time on the first day of absence, while a Medical Certificate is required for any illness lasting in excess of two days. Failure to comply with the sick leave policy may result in a loss of pay for the period of absence and may also incur disciplinary action.
Information Technology & data
  • Make the most effective and efficient use of developments in information technology for both patient care and administrative support in a manner which integrates well with systems throughout the organisation.
  • Collect, interpret and present data and information on the Department’s activities, staffing and expenditure, as required.
Pension Arrangements and Retirement age
There are three superannuation schemes currently in operation for staff in Tallaght University Hospital:
(a) Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (Non-New Entrant) 
(b) Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (New Entrant)
(c) Single Public Service Pension Scheme
Please read carefully the summary of the criteria for the three superannuation schemes below. This will assist you in identifying which scheme membership is applicable to your employment circumstances.
(a) If you have been continually employed in the public service prior to the 1st April 2004 and you have not had a break in service of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (Non-New Entrant) with a Minimum Retirement Age of 60 and a Maximum Retirement Age of 65.
(b) If you have been continually employed in the public service post the 1st April 2004 and you have not had a break in service of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme (New Entrant) with a Minimum Retirement Age of 65. There is no Maximum Retirement Age.
(c) If you have commenced employment in the public service as a new entrant or you are a former public servant, returning to the public service after a break of more than 26 weeks, you will be included in the Single Public Service Pension Scheme effective from the 1st January 2013 with a minimum retirement age of 66 (rising to 67 and 68 in line with state pension changes).  The maximum retirement age under this scheme will be age 70.

Health & Safety
  • All employees must comply with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005.
  • Comply with relevant Health and Safety responsibilities as outlined in Hospital Polices, Protocols and Procedures relevant to your area.
  • Take reasonable care to protect your own safety, health and welfare and that of any other person who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work.
Hygiene / Infection prevention and control 
  • All employees have responsibility for Hygiene awareness.  Hygiene is defined as “The practice that serves to keep people and environments clean and prevent infection.”
  • All employees also have a responsibility under their terms of employment to prevent transmission of infection and to follow the hospital infection control policies and guidelines as outlined in the Infection Control Manual.
  • All employees must be aware that they work in an area where there is potential for transmission of infection.
  • All employees have a responsibility to follow hand hygiene guidelines as this is the single most important intervention to prevent the transmission of infection.
Quality, safety and risk management
  • Support the delivery of the Quality, Safety and Risk Management Programme, including the appropriate identification and management of risks and incidents throughout the hospital.
Data Management
  • Ensure compliance with the obligations required by the Data Protection Act 2018.
Confidentiality
You will be aware of the confidential nature of Hospital work and in particular, the right of patients to confidentiality.  To this end, you will not discuss workings of the Hospital or its patients or disclose any information of a confidential nature except as required to do so in the course of your work. No records, documents or property of the Hospital may be removed from the premises of the Hospital without prior authorisation. You must return to the Hospital upon request and, in any event, upon the termination of your employment, all documents or other property of the Hospital which are in your possession or under your control.

Mandated and Designated Persons under Children First Act 2015
Schedule 2 of the Children First Act 2015 specifies the classes of persons defined as Mandated Persons for the purposes of the Act. This includes a range of disciplines that are employed by the hospital including all medical practitioners, registered nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers and others.  This includes staff working in adult services. All mandated persons have two main legal obligations under the Children First Act 2015.  Mandated persons, under the legislation are required to report any knowledge, belief or reasonable suspicion that a child has been harmed, is being harmed, or is at risk of being harmed. The Act defines harm as assault, ill-treatment, neglect or sexual abuse, and covers single and multiple instances. Mandated persons are also required to assist Tusla, if requested, in assessing a concern which has been the subject of a mandated report. Designated Officer are required to receive reports of suspected child abuse or neglect from any person who is of the opinion that (a) a child has been or is being assaulted, ill-treated, neglected or sexually abused, or (b) a child’s health, development or welfare has been or is being avoidably impaired or neglected. Full detailed list of mandated and designated staff together with details of their roles and responsibilities can be found on https://www.tusla.ie/children-first.  It is the responsibility of all staff employed by TUH to be aware of their roles and responsibilities under the legislation and to complete mandatory Children First Training.