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Clinical Manager

Clinical Manager

Works as part of a collaborative leadership team to ensure effective service delivery.

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Cian Aherne Clinical Manager

I love working with young people and I love helping young people to make sense of the difficulties that they are experiencing.

Cian Aherne
Clinical Manager Limerick

What is a typical day for a Clinical Manager?

Working in Jigsaw brings a lot of variety, so no two days are the same for me. I have national and local meetings with people within the organisation and with community stakeholders. I provide supervision for clinicians on the team and get my own supervision too.

I attend group supervision in the team and for my discipline. I participate in research projects and attend and present at conferences. We have weekly team meetings locally and I oversee referrals and the clinical work that comes through the service.

My experience before coming to Jigsaw

I did my undergraduate in Psychology at UCD from 2005-2008 and did a Research Masters in the University of Limerick in 2010. I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from UL in 2015 and worked in CAMHS in North Tipperary after that. I joined Jigsaw in 2017.

What makes Jigsaw different?

We are progressive and we try to make a difference on a societal scale (not just at an individual level). We are open to change if it is for the betterment of young people and we actively seek young people’s input into our work.

We are collaborative and work together as a network. Jigsaw employs good people. Skills are important but the people who work in Jigsaw are generally very kind at heart and interested in what they do.

What I wondered about before I started in Jigsaw

I wondered what it would be like to work in a non-medical mental health service. I was also hugely excited about the prospect of having an influence and help run a service.

I was interested as to what would happen to my identity as a Clinical Psychologist entering into a transdisciplinary team. It was also very exciting to be part of a new team and setting up the service for the first time in my hometown.

Vanessa Dowling Clinical Manager Laois/Offaly

There is a real focus on youth participation at Jigsaw which means that young people have a strong influence on everything that we do.

Vanessa Dowling
Clinical Manager Laois/Offaly

What is a typical day for a Clinical Manager?

As Clinical Manager my role is to provide strong clinical governance within our local Jigsaw Service. I provide clinical supervision to all Clinicians and Senior Clinicians within our team. I also provide consultation and direction in relation to case management.

20% of appointments within the service each week, are offered as initial screening assessments. I regularly offer guidance to other clinicians in relation to child protection and management of risk disclosures to ensure that young people who use our service receive the support that they need.

I work closely with the Service Administrator and with the Service Manager to ensure that our service operates smoothly and that it remains accessible to young people. The Service Manager and I work jointly as partners to lead the local service. We collaborate on everything that happens within the service, such as; clinical operations, strategic planning, completing risk registers; team performance; engagement with schools and local service, and team cohesion.

"I have been working in mental health for almost 30 years."

I initially trained as a mental health nurse and became dual qualified as a psychotherapist after completing an MSc in CBT.

My experience before coming to Jigsaw

I have been working in mental health for almost 30 years. I initially trained as a mental health Nurse and became dual qualified as a psychotherapist after completing an MSc in CBT. I also completed advanced skills training in CFT and a BSC in Health Promotion.

I worked for many years in acute settings in mental health hospitals. I was employed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for 12 years. I was responsible at that time, for the development and facilitation of therapeutic services, with psychotherapy workshops and programmes for adults who were being treated in hospital settings or were attending day services.

What makes Jigsaw different?

Jigsaw is different from other mental health services because it is still relatively new and evolving. There is a real focus on youth participation which means that young people have a strong influence on everything that we do. This helps us to remain fresh and responsive to young people’s needs across our communities.

 

What I wondered about before I started in Jigsaw

I wanted to know if I had enough expertise to work with young people aged 12 and up because most of my experience at that time was with adults.

I wanted to know if Jigsaw was a nice place to work what the values of the organisation were and if the style of management in place was congruent with those values.

Working hours greatly influenced my decision at that time. While my children were young I was striving for a good work-life balance that allowed me to manage commitments at home and ensured a good quality of life for my children while affording me an opportunity to continue to work and grow professionally.

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