Educational psychologists:

  • Support complex casework where psychological health and well-being is a necessary focus to achieve positive change
  • Build capacity of educational provision locally (awareness raising, professional development, auditing, research and training) through focussed work negotiated within Delivering Special Provision Locally (DSPL) areas and/or SENCo clusters
  • Provide targeted contact through educational psychology consultations. These are meetings booked in advance by parents, settings, or professionals. This approach is aimed to support:

    a) Partnership working with an EP to plan next steps and involves those concerned with the issue(s) needing to be raised
    b) Complex casework where outcomes have not been met and where progress is resistant to planned intervention(s)

 

Our service workforce is made up of the following:

Principal Educational Psychologist

Provide strategic leadership and management for the Educational Psychology Service, including development and influence of policy and practice in relation to the work of the service. 

Educational Psychology Team Managers

Lead and manage Educational Psychology Service delivery within a defined geographical area, including line management of Educational Psychology practitioners within the area.

Senior Educational Psychologists

In addition to the work carried out by Educational Psychologists; provide psychological supervision to Educational Psychology practitioners & deputise for the Area EP Lead/Team Manager as required

Educational Psychologists

Provide Psychological advice (including statutory advice) to SEND services, schools, parents and children/young people. Contribute to multi agency support to ensure children and young people’s life experiences are optimised, with a focus on agreed outcomes. Provide crisis/critical incident support, including debriefing for colleagues.

Trainee Educational Psychologists

Develop knowledge, skills & experience required within the role of an Educational Psychologist through increasing independent responsibility and involvement in service activities.

Psychology Assistants

Provide support to EPs in appropriate areas of service delivery. Assist EPs & independently deliver interventions & training to Schools/educational settings.

Educational Psychology Service Support Officers

Provide administrative support to Educational Psychologists and support the functioning of Educational Psychology Service teams through direct work with EP team managers.

Educational Psychology Service Performance Monitoring & Projects Officer

Lead & manage large and complex projects within the service. Design & implement the provision of regular management/performance information & service level monitoring data.

We value:

  • Work/life balance and staff wellbeing
  • Flexibility of working practices
  • Prioritisation of professional and peer supervision, separate from line management
  • Keeping up to date with, and contributing to, research and evidence based practice
  • Staff views and collaboration to develop our service to promote the impact made to children and young people’s life outcomes

 

 

In addition to Hertfordshire’s reward package, our service can offer you:

  • Up to 36 days annual leave (pro rata)
  • Additional market forces payment of £3,000 (pro rata) paid in two equal instalments over the financial year
  • ‘SEN Support’ intervention through a Consultation model of service delivery
  • Regular CPD opportunities: Learning Sets, professional networking & development, Service, County and external events, reflective supervision and peer support
  • Opportunities to participate in countywide initiatives e.g. Autism Education Trust Training, VIG, Task and Finish groups
  • Team desks and storage, with dedicated EP team based administrative support
  • Being part of a broad multi-disciplinary integrated local team, working closely with SEN Officers, Early Years Practitioners, Specialist Teachers, and Attendance Officers
  • Free parking
  • Strong links with university courses
  • A varied workforce, including Principal EP, Team Managers, Senior EPs, Trainee EPs, Psychology Assistants, Performance, Monitoring and Project Officer and Support Officers
  • Relocation package if eligible (quick access from Hertfordshire to London by train from all team areas)

Educational Psychologist Jonathan

It's a privilege... I can think and work creatively and collaboratively to meet the needs of Hertfordshire’s children and young people. Each day brings new opportunities.

There's a strong emphasis on professional development here, and quality supervision has enabled me to continue to grow as a psychologist.

With children of my own, I also appreciate Hertfordshire County Council's approach to ensuring a healthy work/life balance."

Dr. Jonathan Moore - Senior Educational Psychologist

Nicole - educational psychologist

“Working as an EP in Hertfordshire, I enjoy being able to use a consultation model with parents and school staff.

I value the support and reassurance I receive from my EP colleagues, who provided informal peer supervision whenever I needed it, both during the 2 years of my training at Hertfordshire and during my newly qualified year, which I have just finished.  

My experience as a trainee was wholly positive... careful planning and regular supervision strengthened and extended my formulations. “

Dr. Nicole Salisbury - Educational Psychologist