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Jigsaw Senior Clinician

Jigsaw Senior Clinician

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Leona McManus Senior Clinician

Jigsaw is a good place to work if you are interested in working in a non-traditional role.

Leona McManus
Jigsaw Senior Clinician and Occupational Therapist

What does a Jigsaw Senior Clinician do each week?

I would say some elements of the week can vary but the consistent, predictable aspect of each day involves 1:1 support work with young people.

I typically have three-four appointments each day. These appointments may be intervention or assessment sessions. I usually have three initial screening appointments each week and approximately 13 more appointments that are either follow-up assessments or intervention sessions.

During intervention sessions, I collaborate with young people, empowering them to achieve their goals and provide them with a space to work through their areas of concern. Some sessions may require follow-up actions such as check-ins with parents, consultation with other services, or making onward referrals. Time is spent on these kinds of follow-up each day.

We are hiring

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

>> Read a Jigsaw Senior Clinician job description in full

My experience before coming to Jigsaw

Before coming to Jigsaw I worked for four years in two different paediatric services. I worked with children with disabilities aged 0-18 in different contexts: home, school, community, respite, and residential.

I really enjoyed working with children and young people however the waitlists were very lengthy and as such staff were unable to provide a level of service that children and teenagers needed.

Jigsaw appealed to me as it seemed a service that ‘did what it said on the tin’. It provided early intervention at an early stage. I was satisfied that I could continue working with young people but would allow me to make a difference rather than fire fighting against wait lists.

What I wondered about before I came to work in Jigsaw

  • What would a typical day look like?
  • What type of work might I be doing with young people?
  • Transdisciplinary work is new to me, what does that entail?
  • Will my background as an Occupational Therapist fit within this model of working?
  • Will transdisciplinary working be recognised by my professional body?

What makes Jigsaw different?

Personally, I feel that Jigsaw is more progressive than a lot of public services. It strives for change and doesn’t remain stagnant. It strives to respond to the presenting issues of a time and I value this progressive and responsive approach. Jigsaw encourages staff to become involved with initiatives for service development.

Jigsaw is a good place to work if you are interested in working in a non-traditional role. It affords you the opportunity to work with young people at a primary care level if this is an area of work that interests you.

Jigsaw's transdisciplinary model

I had learned about the transdisciplinary model in college and there was an emphasis on emerging roles within occupational therapy (OT)  so this was a model of working that was encouraged however I had not seen it in practice until working with Jigsaw.

I feel that OT does fit well within the transdisciplinary model and that OTs have very valuable perspectives to share re: impact of mental health difficulties on occupation and the role of the environment in shaping an individual’s wellbeing.

>> Read more about Jigsaw’s transdisciplinary model

Ger O'Donovan Clinician and Psychotherapist

“The pace is fast but fun and enjoyable too. Being in a good team in Limerick makes working with Jigsaw very satisfying.”

Ger O'Donovan
Jigsaw Clinician and Psychotherapist

What does a typical day look like for you?

My day usually involves between three and five sessions with young people as well as the necessary admin following the sessions. Usually, there is time for a chat and a giggle with the other members of the team too.

The pace is fast but fun and enjoyable too. Being in a good team in Limerick makes working with Jigsaw very satisfying.

We are hiring

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

>> Read a Jigsaw Senior Clinician job description in full

My experience before coming to Jigsaw

My first career was as an Army Officer in the Irish Defence Forces.

I later trained in Integrative Psychotherapy and managed a community-based counselling and psychotherapy service in Limerick before joining Jigsaw. As I wanted to work in a clinical role and was interested in working with young people, Jigsaw seemed to be the perfect fit.

What I wondered about before I started?

What was important for me was the opportunity to do clinical work with an organisation that is focused on young people, progressive, and positive to work for.

I wondered how I would fit in coming from a psychotherapy background given that Jigsaw had only recently started to employ psychotherapists.

As a psychotherapist ...

My discipline is a good fit for working in mental health. It has been very interesting to work in Jigsaw alongside clinicians from other professional backgrounds and I really value the input and sharing that happens at group supervision and case management meetings.

The transdisciplinary approach brings a richness of experience and a variety of perspectives that ultimately benefit the mental health of young people beyond what might normally be encountered in other settings.

Vickey Tobin

What attracted me to working in Jigsaw was the transdisciplinary model. This was something I had seen while working in Australia, but not in Ireland at this point. It signalled to me that this is a progressive organisation.

Vickey Tobin
Jigsaw Senior Clinician and Mental Health Nurse

What does a Jigsaw Senior Clinician do each week?

On a typical week in Jigsaw, I might have two initial assessments with young people. This involves getting to know what is going on for the young people, assessing their needs, and whether Jigsaw is the right place at that time for them. If not, supporting the young person in accessing a service better suited to their needs.

My other 1:1 sessions during the week – approximately 14 – are ‘intervention sessions’. Her,e we focus on whatever the young person has identified as a goal, or what they would like to get from the service. The sessions are a blend of in-person, video, and phone. Within a session a variety of modalities can be applied, and flexibility is based on the needs of the young person.

Other parts of the job include: case management and team meetings; returning calls to parents, young people and professionals who ring in to the service with queries/concerns; liaising with external agencies to foster relationships; participation in working groups, and completing workshops or talks to different audiences, like parents, young people and students.

We are hiring

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

>> Read a Jigsaw Senior Clinician job description in full

My experience before coming to Jigsaw

After qualifying as a mental health nurse, I worked in adult mental health services (AMHS) for a few years across a range of settings: acute ward to community. I then moved to Australia where I worked in drug and alcohol rehabilitation services and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

I really enjoyed working within CAMHS settings, with the young people there. On returning to Ireland, I came across the advertisement for Jigsaw.

Coming as a mental health nurse to the role of a Jigsaw Clinician, there are many transferable skills. It is quite a different role when compared to working in an acute ward setting, and has similarities to a day hospital. The work is 1:1, and psychoeducation is a large component.

I have worked in Jigsaw for over two years now, and have progressed to the Senior Clinician role.

Why Jigsaw?

What attracted me to working in Jigsaw was the transdisciplinary model. This was something I had seen while working in Australia, but not in Ireland at this point. It signalled to me that this is a progressive organisation.

Another thing was the Monday – Friday roster, with no nights or weekends (woo!!). Also, the primary care level in which Jigsaw operates was another draw.

The values of Jigsaw as an organisation, and the way in which Jigsaw conceptualises mental health aligns with my own understanding of and approach to mental health. Young people are also involved in all of the decisions at some level.

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