Head of Educational Psychology

Location Hampshire, England
Job type Contract
Salary £800 per day
Reference 157921

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading and award winning recruitment agency is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Head of Educational Psychology to work full-time based in Hampshire.

The pay rate for this locum Head of Educational Psychology job is £800 per day and is a 12-month contract.


  • Lead and manage Hampshire and Isle of Wight Educational Psychology (HIEP)
  • Contribute to raising standards and emotional well being for Hampshire children and young people
  • Ensure the planning, identification, and management of human and physical resources needed for service delivery by HIEP
  • Ensure the further development of HIEP sold services and marketing
  • Contribute to county strategy, policy making and implementation, particularly in relation to effective inclusive education
  • Contribute to the management of the Children’s Services Department, particularly in relation to the Education and Inclusion Branch
  • Assist the SEN Service in its statutory functions and its strategic and operational management
  • Contribute to the development of applied psychology
  • Actively promote and support a research based culture in HIEP, and the local authority
  • Contribute to the management development of senior psychologists
  • Promote the reputation of HIEP locally, in the region, and nationally
  • Promote and support the regional consortium for initial EP training with Southampton University
  • Ensure that all educational psychologists are compliant with HCPC requirements for registration, ethical practice, supervision and continuing professional development
  • Staff Management
  • Workforce planning
  • Deployment of staff
  • Appointing and managing senior staff
  • Ensuring that induction, supervision, mentoring and appraisal reviews are undertaken, and that professional development is accessed by all staff
  • Partnership Working
  • Ensure that links are maintained with: Headteacher representatives and conferences/Services for Young Children and providers/CAMHS/Public Health/The Virtual School/The Adoption Service/The Fostering Service/The Residential Care Service/The Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service/Health Service/Children and Families Branch/Education Inclusion Service/Primary Behaviour Support Teams/Children’s Social Care Services/Adult Social Care Services/SEN Service/Southampton University, in particular in relation to initial training and research initiatives/Voluntary Organisations/Youth Offending Team/Clinical and Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
  • Information Management
  • Report on HIEP statutory activity and other data as required and evaluations carried out by HIEP
  • Ensure that complaints are addressed and monitored
  • Analyse complex data sets to inform strategic planning and priorities for service delivery e.g. audit data
  • Ensure that quality standards are met for all activities
  • Ensure that user views are included in direction setting
  • Collect and analyse consumer feedback
  • Prepare services for external inspection

Requirements of the Head of Educational Psychology:

  • HCPC registered psychologist
  • Honours degree in psychology or equivalent recognised by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for graduate Basis
  • Professional postgraduate qualification in Educational Psychology (MSc or above)
  • Knowledge, skills and experience as a successful team and financial manager in a complex local authority environment
  • Evidence of contribution to innovation, service development, delivery and strategic development
  • Identifiable contribution made to policy and practice within a Local Authority
  • Successful prior experience as a practising educational psychologist and managing educational psychologists
  • Successful experience of managing change in complex organisations
  • Demonstrable contribution to advancing the Psychology Profession
  • Commercial acumen
  • Ability to lead and motivate others effectively and to facilitate the development of others
  • Able to articulate service vision and enthuse and inspire others to work towards it
  • Evidence of policies and practices being developed on time and with desired outcomes
  • Evidence of prudent budget management
  • The skills to, articulate clearly and concisely orally and in writing
  • High quality presentation skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Flexibility to maintain effective working relationships with educational psychologists, other staff and users
  • Ability to plan creatively and to implement ideas systematically
  • Good self-management skills in relation to workload
  • Ability to design, implement and evaluate research projects
  • Skills in the use of IT, particularly Outlook, WORD, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Capable of using data to inform planning
  • Ability to demonstrate professional growth and learning from experience as an educational psychologist and as a manager in complex organisations
  • Commitment to the development of inclusive and effective educational practice
  • Sound knowledge of current psychology on which to base practice and evaluate its effectiveness
  • Commitment to promoting the development and image of the profession of educational psychology
  • Commitment to participating in high quality staff induction, supervision, performance review and professional development
  • Awareness of current issues affecting children’s services and educational psychology and how these will impact on the local authority and colleagues
  • Ability to respond proactively to the changing context for public sector services
  • Self aware and socially skilled in individual and group situations, with clients and colleagues
  • Own vehicle for work purposes
  • Awareness of own emotional experiences and the way in which these may affect perspectives within the role
  • Commitment to developing knowledge of local community and to multi-agency partnerships
  • Understand national and Hampshire policy and priorities, and able to operationalise them in local context

Benefits of working for Sanctuary Personnel:

  • Free DBS and compliance service
  • Daily payroll
  • Access to exclusive roles that aren't available with other agencies
  • Your own dedicated consultant with extensive psychology knowledge
  • Refer a Friend bonus - get £250 for each candidate you refer who we successfully place
  • Find your own job bonus - Receive £250 for bringing your own position to us
  • Clinical governance support
  • In house payroll system
  • Revalidation
  • Industry leading shift booking system
  • Nationwide coverage including the Channel islands


This Head of Educational Psychology job is advertised by Dan Potts; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.