Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist for CAYA

Location

CHI @ Crumlin

Duration of Post

Permanent

Campaign Reference

146586

Closing Date

9th August 2022

Purpose of the role:

The purpose of this post is to provide a neuropsychology assessment and therapeutic service to the children and families attending the NCCS within CHI at Crumlin. This will include patients under the care of Oncology, Malignant Haematology and patients attending the Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) service and CAR-T-CELL service. As presented in the newly published Framework for the Care and Support of Children and Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer 2021-2026, this service will expand in the next few years to include patients with new diagnoses up to the age of 19 (+364 days), in order to accommodate those older teenage patients with paediatric centric cancers, estimated to be an additional 40-45 patients per year. AYAs with cancer are a diverse group as defined not simply by their age and distinct biology of their cancer, but in terms of the challenges they face with regards to adequate access to age-appropriate oncological care, representation on clinical trials, short- and long-term health and psycho-oncological needs, including: fertility, transition to survivorship care, adherence to treatment, neuropsychological sequelae, mental health, social and vocational issues.  With this CAYA framework in mind, the National Control Cancer Program funded this new exciting CAYA Principal Neuropsychology post.

This role will have two main functions:

0.8 WTE clinical work, working within the National Paediatric Psycho-Oncology Service providing highly specialist neuropsychological assessment, clinical formulation and diagnosis, treatment and neuropsychological rehabilitation and intervention to children and adolescents, both inpatients and outpatients, attending the NCCS, CHI, Crumlin. This will include a flexible service provision for pre-surgery, pre-transplant and pre-proton therapy patients, when clinically appropriate. This will also include liaison with schools supporting re-integration in the educational system. Many patients will be attending long term, from infancy through adolescence. Some patients will relapse and will need support in terms of end-of-life preparation from the entire MDT. The successful candidate may be asked to provide assessment and consultations when appropriate within the palliative care journey of these patients.

0.2 WTE AYA Principal Neuropsychology clinical lead role, working closely and collaboratively with the National Paediatric Psycho-Oncology Service Clinical Lead and the AYA network to develop the neuropsychological aspects of care for the newly developing AYA service within NCCS, CHI (16-19 +364) and St James’s. When needed to link in with adult neuropsychology colleagues nationally and internationally (e.g. The Children’s Oncology Group) to develop this pathway.  The purpose of the role is to contribute to the on-going service development and delivery of a new dynamic and effective neuropsychology service to CAYA patients and families.

Research and audit in neuro-oncology and psycho-oncology, which is well supported within the hospital, is also considered a central aspect of this newly created post.

Essential Criteria:

  • Hold a recognised University degree or diploma obtained with first or second class honours in which psychology was taken as a major subject and honours obtained in that subject or hold a recognised qualification equivalent to above.                                                                                             

And

  • Hold a relevant post-graduate professional qualification in Psychology recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland.

Or

  • Hold a postgraduate professional psychology qualification validated by the Department of Health and Children. Applicants should refer to the Dept. of Health & Children regulations on the Employment of Psychologists in the Health Services, as well as, the PSI Guidelines on Post Graduate Training & Qualifications. Candidates requiring validation to work in Ireland must provide proof of same at the time of application.
  • Have a specific qualification in Paediatric Neuropsychology.
  • Have at least 8 years’ satisfactory postgraduate experience in Paediatric Neuropsychology, inclusive of any time spent in pursuing a course leading to the postgraduate qualification, at least three of which are at senior grade.
  • Possess the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the post.
  • Have significant experience working with children and adolescents preferably in a paediatric setting.
  • Have experience of performing specialist neuropsychological assessment with children and adolescents with complex neuropsychological needs in acute/chronic physical illness preferably in a paediatric setting.
  • The experience of and ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems/situations, working in a complex system facing death and dying of children.
  • Demonstrated competence in clinical audit and research skills.
  • Demonstrated competence in teaching and training skills.
  • Experience of formal neuropsychology supervision of Staff grade and/or Senior Psychologists and/or Psychologists in training.

How to Apply and Informal Enquiries:

Please note that you must submit a cover letter with your CV, this forms part of your application and CV’s will not be accepted without a detailed cover letter. Please click here for a copy of the job description for this post.

The closing date for submissions of CV’s and letter of application is Tuesday 9th August 2022, by 23.59pm with interviews due to take place 6th September 2022. Applications must be completed through the advertised post on CHI.jobs by clicking ‘Apply for Job’.

Applications will not be accepted through direct email or any other method.

For informal enquiries for this post, please contact Dr Chiara Besani, Principal Specialist Clinical Psychologist and National Paediatric Psycho-Oncology Service Clinical Lead, CHI, Crumlin at chiara.besani@olchc.ie or (01) 409 6247. A visit to the service can also be arranged;

and/or Dr Gillian Fortune, Head of Psychology at gillian.fortune@olchc.ie  or (01) 409 6330.

For other queries relating to this recruitment process, please contact recruitment@nchg.ie 

 

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CHI provides a comprehensive benefits package to meet your needs through your work life and beyond:

  • Excellent Annual Leave entitlement
  • Pension Scheme
  • Sick Pay Scheme
  • Monthly Health & Wellbeing Activities
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Access to excellent public transport at all CHI sites
  • Bike to Work
  • Tax Saver Travel Scheme
  • On-site Banking
  • Choirs/Musical Society
  • Running Clubs/ Walking Groups
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Lunch and Learns

CHI provides a comprehensive benefits package to meet your needs through your work life and beyond:

  • Excellent Annual Leave entitlement
  • Pension Scheme
  • Sick Pay Scheme
  • Monthly Health & Wellbeing Activities
  • Access to first-rate postgraduate programmes/Educational Assistance
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Access to excellent public transport at all CHI sites
  • Bike to Work
  • Tax Saver Travel Scheme
  • On-site Banking
  • Choirs/Musical Society
  • Running Clubs/ Walking Groups
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Lunch and Learns