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Jigsaw Clinician

Jigsaw Clinician

Meet some of our clinicians and find out more about what the role entails. View current posts.

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Maeve Ginnell Jigsaw Clinician

Jigsaw was somewhere I wanted to work, as I viewed it as a progressive and dynamic organisation. Coming back from London and after working in the NHS, that was very important to me.

Maeve Ginnell
Jigsaw Clinician and Occupational Therapist

What does a Jigsaw Clinician do each day?

A typical day in Jigsaw varies. For the most part, it comprises completing four to five sessions as a clinician and working with people age 12-25. The work can be very young person-led or at times can be very focused on risk management and safety.

We are hiring

We are currently recruiting to form a national panel for full-time and part-time permanent and fixed purpose Clinician roles. These posts are across all of our services for current and future vacancies.

>> Read a Jigsaw Clinician job description in full

My experience before coming to Jigsaw

I worked as an occupational therapist in physical health settings for over two years and then for one year in an acute inpatient mental health ward in London.

I always wanted to work in an area seeing the challenges people faced as adults in mental health. I knew I would like to work with people younger to try and prevent some of the difficulties people faced as they grew older.

Jigsaw was somewhere I wanted to work, as I viewed it as a progressive and dynamic organisation. Coming back from London and after working in the NHS, that was very important to me.

What I wondered about before I came to work in Jigsaw

  • What type of work is involved?
  • What would the organisation be like to work for?
  • Is it a progressive working environment wanting to instil and promote best practice?
  • How are staff treated, is there a hierarchy?
  • Are different opinions valued?

What are the advantages of working with Jigsaw?

  • Gaining experience in working with 12 – 25-year-olds using evidence-based practice
  • Significant levels of knowledge and experience in leadership teams that provide strong learning opportunities for staff
  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
  • A small organisation so you know senior management names and faces
  • Ability to feed into decisions as much as practicable
  • Competitive salary and annual leave for a charity organisation
  • Open to diversity and new learning
  • Meets challenges and honest critique with a willingness to consider the concerns and is open to listening.
Christopher Jigsaw Clinician

I love working for Jigsaw because I am encouraged to be myself and bring myself into the work I do with young people.

Chris Hannan
Jigsaw Clinician and Social Worker

What does a day look like for a Jigsaw Clinician

A typical day in Jigsaw is very different from other spaces that Social Workers find themselves in. Social Workers typically work in unpredictable and fast-paced environments, running from crisis to crisis, and regularly working beyond the expected hours.

Comparatively speaking, Jigsaw provides a more structured, manageable, and nurturing environment. Set hours, a maximum of four sessions each day, protected time for case notes, and punctuated with regular supervision, training, and CPD opportunities.

We are hiring

We are currently recruiting to form a national panel for full-time and part-time permanent and fixed purpose Clinician roles. These posts are across all of our services for current and future vacancies.

>> Read a Jigsaw Clinician job description in full

What are the benefits of working at Jigsaw?

I love working for Jigsaw because I am encouraged to be myself and bring myself into the work I do with young people. I am given space and encouragement to research and explore new ways of working and can draw from other disciplines within the team.

It is a place where I feel genuinely excited to come into each day for work. Jigsaw places young people at the centre of the work and its values of compassion, collaboration, and integrity align deeply with my own and with those of social work. Each day, I am privileged to meet and get to know unique, talented, and resilient young people, and to play a small part in nurturing their potential.

Jigsaw also provides support to further your professional development by offering an Education and Training Grant and €150 Continous Professional Development support. This is in addition to covering the cost of your professional registration in CORU.

>> Read more about the benefits of working at Jigsaw

Throughout the week there is a really lovely comradery between all staff. As a team, we really put a huge effort into creating a warm and fun environment.

Ciara O'Leary
Jigsaw Clinician and Social Worker

What does a week look like for a Jigsaw Clinician?

My week is generally pretty structured:

  • Facilitating sessions with young people on a daily basis
  • Liaising with colleagues
  • Attending regular team and case management meetings
  • Attending supervision with my Clinical Manager.

 

Throughout the week there is a really lovely comradery between all staff. As a team, we really put a huge effort into creating a warm and fun environment.

We are hiring

We are currently recruiting to form a national panel for full-time and part-time permanent and fixed purpose Clinician roles. These posts are across all of our services for current and future vacancies.

>> Read a Jigsaw Clinician job description in full

My experience before coming to Jigsaw

Over the years I have gained experience across different services such as probation, adult mental health, child protection (CP, duty, and children in care teams), oncology, disability, and youth work.

A social work friend of mine informed me about Jigsaw in 2015, the conversation prompted me to look up the organisation and that’s when I became interested.

I felt the Jigsaw suited my set of skills and also offered meaningful direct work with people which I felt was lacking in other jobs that I had before.

Clinician and clinical manager talking looking at computer

"I felt Jigsaw suited my set of skills"

It also offered meaningful direct work with people which I felt was lacking in other jobs that I had before.

What are the benefits of working at Jigsaw?

 

>> Read more about the benefits of working at Jigsaw

What makes Jigsaw different?

  • Youth-friendly, warm environment – not a medicalised model approach to work
  • Transdisciplinary group supervisions
  • Opportunities to meet with other social workers on a regular basis.

As a social worker ...

My values have always stemmed from promoting social justice and being able to empower individuals to take control of their own lives within their own environment. I believe that being a Jigsaw Clinician gives me the opportunity uphold these values.

We are hiring

We are currently recruiting to form a national panel for full-time and part-time permanent and fixed purpose Clinician roles. These posts are across all of our services for current and future vacancies.

>> Read a Jigsaw Clinician job description in full

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