There are several different
routes to joining us as a Psychologist
After passing your interventions training, you’ll deliver group sessions to prisoners early on in your career. If you enjoy it all and have an aptitude for this type of work, you can apply for promotion into a trainee role or into other non-psychology routes. There is a competence-based application and assessment process.You’ll need 5 GSCEs (Grade A* to C) oyou enjoy it all and have an aptitude for this type of work, you can apply for promotion into a trainee role or into other non-psychology routes. There is a competence-based application and assessment process. You’ll need 5 GSCEs (Grade A* to C) or equivalent, including Maths and English.
Trainee psychologist (B5)
To join us, you’ll need a psychology qualification conferring Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society, and an accredited MSc in Forensic Psychology. When you apply, please tell us when you’ll be completing your MSc – if you haven’t already. We can make you a conditional offer while you matriculate, but we’ll need proof of MSc completion by the time we’ve completed internal checks. We also on occasion seek to employ trainees other than forensic. You will still need GBC, and the relevant Masters qualification. If outside the UK, you need to demonstrate that you are meeting the necessary standards.
Qualified Registered Psychologist (B7)
Once you’ve finished your training and have Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration, you’ll be able to take on a role as a registered practitioner psychologist. It’s not essential for you to have chartership at this level. You’ll focus on delivering services directly to the men, women and young people in our care.
Senior Registered Psychologist (B8)
You should already be operating as an HCPC registered psychologist. Like most people at this level, you’ll have worked as a psychologist and be keen to help manage and develop others and work more strategically across the team. You don’t need chartered status but it’s an advantage in roles that involve supporting others in training on BPS routes.
Cluster Psychology Leads/Principal Registered Psychologists (B9)
You will manage a group of registered and senior registered colleagues to deliver services either in large single prison sites or across several prisons. Leading on key priorities, you’ll ensure national, regional and local priorities are communicated and effectively shared across your team. You’ll work directly with governors and other stakeholders inside and outside the organisation.
Regional Psychologist team leads (B10)
You’ll oversee teams and work alongside prison group directors, National Probation Service leads, headquarters teams and other colleagues. You’ll also lead on key national themes on behalf of psychology; this could be across safety, security, Human Resources, learning and development, regime development or prisoner progression for particular groups.
What kind of opportunities are open to you working for HMPPS? Find out from one of our staff, Kerensa.