SHE113.18 - Psychologist (working with British Para Table Tennis)

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Posted: 07/12/2018 12:06
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £26,006 - £32,908 p.a.
Location: Sheffield
Level: Practitioner
Deadline: 07/01/2019 09:00
Hours: 15-22 hours per week
Benefits: 29 days holiday (pro rata), career average pension scheme
Job Type: Permanent

JOB DESCRIPTION – PSYCHOLOGIST (WORKING WITH BRITISH PARA TABLE TENNIS)

Salary Scales: £26,006 - £32,908 pa.

Grade: Level 2 (Psychology)

Hours of Work: Such hours as necessary to carry out your duties. This will involve between 15 & 22 hours per week depending on the successful candidates flexibility and may include working outside normal office hours at evenings and weekends and on Public Holidays.

Location: The normal place of work is Sheffield, however the EIS may from time to time require you to travel to and work at other offices as well as work overseas at camps and competitions.

Interview date: To be confirmed but expected to be on 18th Janaury 2019

ROLE SUMMARY

This role will provide the delivery and development of Psychology support to the athletes and team on the British Para Table Tennis World Class Programme. The role will involve working as part of a multi-disciplinary team of support staff & coaches to create a world class high performance training environment in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics games and beyond.

MAIN TASKS AND ACTIVITIES

Work with the Head of Performance Support, Technical lead Psychologist and identified NGB staff to improve performance through developing, implementing and evaluating psychology services.

  • Deliver individual and group psychological support sessions across the British Para Table Tennis WCP within the training and competition environment.
  • Work with performance staff, coaches and athletes to identify individual psychological support requirements.
  • Work as part of the MDT, contributing, refining and aligning to the What It Takes To Win model.
  • Ensure that the delivery of the psychology service effectively meets its commitments to athletes, coaches and National Governing Bodies including appropriate training objectives.
  • Assist coaches where necessary in the facilitation of pressure training programmes.
  • Pro-actively lead psychology services for the British Para Table Tennis WCP in the lead into the Paralympic Games and other major competitions.
  • Facilitate and support coach development to ensure key messages and appropriate communication strategies are in place to support coaches and athletes.
  • Contribute to supporting and maintaining athlete mental health and wellbeing.
  • Drive and sustain the culture and values of the British Para Table Tennis WCP.
  • Understand and adopt an individual approach to the impact of Para specific impairments on the performance environment.
  • Where appropriate identify and facilitate appropriate communication methods, including workshops, to inform and educate athletes, coaches and Performance Directors in the effective use of psychology support
  • Maintain a comprehensive, indexed database of work conducted with athletes and coaches
  • Manage project work or applied research across the organisation as appropriate.
  • Where appropriate, attend, contribute to and provide regular reports at appropriate meetings associated with the programme and to key stakeholders including other EIS colleagues and NGB staff
  • Contribute to knowledge development, aggregation and sharing across the organisation to support the development of world class psychology services and the high-performance system #CollectiveBrilliance.

 

This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive. It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.

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PERSON SPECIFICATION - PSYCHOLOGIST LEVEL 2

COMPETENCY AREA

ESSENTIAL / DESIRABLE

ASSESSED BY

Qualifications

   

PhD or Masters (or equivalent) in Psychology or Sport Science

Essential

Sight of certificates

British Psychological Society Chartered Status or BASES Support Accredited (or equivalent)

Essential

Sight of certificate

Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) or completing BPS stage 2 training

Essential

Sight of accreditation

Experience

 

 

Significant experience in the provision of physiological support to athletes and coaches to improve performance.  This should include work with national teams and their athletes.

Essential

Application

Interview

Experience of developing and implementing innovative ideas and putting them into practice, including working in an applied and integrated manner

Essential

Application Interview

Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of psychological support to high performance sport

Essential

Application

Interview

Demonstrated ability to analyse a range of sports in relation to their psychological needs. To develop, implement and evaluate psychological programmes for individual athletes within these sports

Essential

Interview

Experience of and ability to modify psychological support programmes according to the results of assessment data, in conjunction with coaches and other support staff

Essential

Application

Interview

Demonstrate knowledge of challenges faced by Para Athletes in the performance environment.

Desirable

Application

Interview

Experience of dealing with national performance programmes within National Governing Bodies of sport

Desirable

Application

Interview

Have travelled with a team to major international competition at senior or junior level (eg. Olympic or Paralympic Games, World or European Championships or Commonwealth Games)

Desirable

Application

Interview

Experience of strategic planning, implementation and monitoring of psychological support to high performance athletes

Desirable

Application

Interview

Experience of coaching

Desirable

Application Interview

Knowledge and Skills

 

 

An understanding of the needs of elite athletes and coaches in a high performance environment

Essential

Interview

An understanding of the various sports science and sports medicine disciplines

Essential

Interview

Ability to scientifically validate the methodology of test protocols and data and other relevant scientific data

Essential

Interview

Excellent presentation and communication skills that can motivate behavioural change to have a positive impact on performance

Essential

Practical task

Interview

Ability to communicate complex data in terms that are easily understood by a wide range of audiences

Essential

Practical task

Interview

An interest in sport and recognition of the importance of promoting and supporting equality, safeguarding and anti-doping within sport

Essential

Interview

Ability to supervise athlete-testing protocols

Desirable

Interview

Skilled in building and maintaining productive relationships with high performance staff within national governing bodies of sport

Desirable

Interview

Can demonstrate knowledge and awareness of Athlete Support Personnel roles and responsibilities under the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code

Desirable

Interview

Having the willingness to engage with and support continuous professional development in anti-doping, i.e. UKAD Accredited Advisor Certification

Desirable

Interview

May be required to work with athletes under 18 (DBS check required)

Yes

 

For this level of role we would expect the individual to have between 2 and 4 years’ experience in elite sport, although this does not preclude applicants without this from applying if they feel they have the necessary knowledge and skills.

There is a practical task and assessment process involved in the selection of this role. Further details will be provided to shortlisted candidates.



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