HSE seeking to hire clinical psychologist under JobBridge Scheme

€50 per week post working with mental health services
Suitable applicant must have a masters in psychology

Sligo News File Online

Senator David Cullinane, Sinn Fein
Senator David Cullinane,
Sinn Fein

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Workers Rights has condemned the news that the HSE are using JobBridge to hire a clinical psychologist to work with its mental health services in Waterford. The advert calls for a candidate with a masters in psychology who will work for 30 hours a week for a €50 top-up on their dole payment.

Senator Cullinane said:

“This is further proof of the exploitative nature of the JobBridge scheme which the Minister herself now agrees is long past its sell-by date. Her assertion earlier this week that JobBridge was introduced ‘as a temporary response to an unprecedented collapse in the economy’ and is now being evaluated at a time that ‘real jobs’ are being created, flies in the face of this latest scandal.

“This is coming at a time when thousands of vulnerable people in this country are on waiting lists for months or even years for HSE psychology services. Áine O Connor, Director of mental health service for the HSE, has highlighted the recruitment of psychologists as a key issue for delays in provision of services. The HSE has admitted that it has the money and the authority to recruit psychologists but cannot find recruits.

“As I speak, there are over 80 psychologists including graduates, on a HSE Psychology Recruitment Panel unable to access HSE psychology jobs due to restrictive recruitment practices that have been in place in Ireland since 2009. I urge the Minister look at this discriminatory and restrictive recruitment practice and rectify it immediately.

“As recently as May 2015 the Psychiatric Nurses Association expressed concerns about Waterford Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services which has stopped taking new referrals due to the inability of the HSE to appoint a permanent consultant psychiatrist.

“It appears to me that our current government has let the ball drop yet again. They are showing their utterly scandalous disregard for those vulnerable children, adolescents and adults afflicted by mental health issues in our society.

“They’ve now added insult to injury and put salt in the wounds of the people of Waterford by offering yet another yellow-pack solution to plug the yawning hole in mental health provision.

“I urge the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, to ensure the HSE use the funds they have at their disposal to employ a full- time clinical psychologist, in a ‘real job’.

“Exploiting another young graduate under the abusive JobBridge scheme, undermining the psychology profession itself and displacing a job at a time of extraordinary need when our Heath service is in crisis, is nothing short of outrageous.”

The JobBridge HSE advertisement.

Based in WATERFORD CITY Ref. INTE-963303Description
The intern will gain practical experience in devising and collating data for clinical research projects, audit and service developments. Clinical duties under supervision at an appropriate level for an intern. The intern will receive formal/informal training in the following: Clinical Audit, Research ethics, Research skills relevant to Clinical Psychology, Service evaluation, Scoring and interpretation of psychometric tests, Assisting to run therapy groups and Project Management. On completion the intern will have attained skills in areas required for Clinical Psychology Training.

Skills Requirements
Excellent written and oral communication skills, good team worker, good problem solving abilities and enthusiastic, reliable and trustworthy.

Please Note:
This is an Internship. An allowance of €50 per week will be paid in addition to your current Social Welfare payment.See eligibility criteria above.

Waterford Mental Health Services

The Organisation will assign a mentor to support you during the Internship.

9 Months

Number of Positions

Contract Type

Days, Hours & Start Date
Days per week: TBA
Hours per day: Not specified
Hours per week: 30
Start Date: TBC

Experience Required:
No Experience Required

Education Requirements:
Third Level – Degree in Psychology recognised by PSI. Masters in Psychology in a relevant Clinical Area