27454 - Registered Psychologist
More than most, you know that what’s on the surface seldom tells the whole tale. So whether you’re dealing with first or frequent offenders, you’ll look to uncover the full story behind the vulnerable people in our care.
The biggest employers of psychologists in the country, we aim to reduce re-offending and help more individuals go on to lead better lives. You’ll be doing complex work in prisons, which are an environment like no other. It will see you assess high-risk offenders, do intervention work, act as a consultant for governors and senior management, carry out research, and train and supervise others.
You could be based anywhere from a young offenders institution to a high security establishment as your career progresses – which it will.
Throughout, you’ll be alongside award-winning colleagues who believe in meaningful work and in building a place of safety and rehabilitation for men, women and young people.
We’re specifically looking for Forensic Psychologists, though we’re happy to hear from you if you’re a qualified psychologist and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.
New entrants will join within the salary range for our Band 7 Registered Psychologists;
- Inner London Area – Minimum £38,196 - Maximum £45,836
- Outer London Area - Minimum £37,065 - Maximum £44,479
- National – Minimum £34,897 - Maximum £41,878
Overview of the job
This is non-operational prisoner facing job
The job holder will be working with prisoners and staff and applying their competence in the area of psychology to reduce the risk of harm and of re-offending by undertaking a range of work including risk assessment of prisoners, conducting research, providing consultancy and delivering training for staff and assessment and interventions for prisoners. This is non-operational and non rotational prisoner facing job
This job holder will be able to provide designated support and supervision to trainee psychologists.
Responsibilities, Activities and Duties
The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:
- Offer authoritative professional advice on targets and objectives for relevant offenders and advise on the best location for those offenders (both within the establishment or relocation to another category establishment)
- Offer professional opinion to teams conducting prisoner reports e.g. lifer reports, parole reports
- Develop strategy and plans of activity for some areas of operation e.g. manages the organisation of Sex Offender Treatment Programme (SOTP) assessments or manages assessment and interviews indeterminate sentence prisoners
- Provide consultancy support to colleagues such as the establishments SMT or other teams in relation to psychology services and outcomes.
- Conduct relevant research including data gathering and analysis
- Responsible for managing and providing supervision to trainee forensic psychology staff
- Provide training, mentoring and support to trainee psychologists and other staff (e.g. interventions staff).
- Can be required to provide professional (designated) supervision of trainee’s e.g. professional Supervision to ensure that a trainee is able to develop through the key steps towards chartered and registered status.
- Ensure staff are developed in accordance with key competencies and gateways and ensuring consistency across the team in the application of policies and procedures affecting staff and prisoners
- Lead on risk assessment and resulting risk management of prisoners
- Participate in risk assessment of prisoners to determine their risk of harm to self, others and the risk of reoffending. May undertake Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) and self-harm assessments.
- Can be required to deliver and/or oversee the quality of programmes (treatment management). These will be of the more complex type requiring such qualified input
- Provide consultancy role on specialist area e.g. Sex Offender Treatment Programme (SOTP) strategy or Indeterminate Sentenced Prisoners (ISP) Strategy
- Act as a negotiation adviser where suitable and competence has been demonstrated
- Act as a “professional witness” in parole board hearings, multi-agency meetings, and other formal settings where psychology input is required. May also act as expert witness in respect of court proceedings for Ministry of Justice.
- Maintain own Continued Professional Development (CPD) an registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC)
The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The Job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the Job Holder
All of the competencies in the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) Competency and Qualities Framework are relevant to this group profile. For the purpose of selection the following competencies will be measured:
- 3. Making Effective Decisions
- 4. Leading and Communicating
- 5. Collaborating and Partnering
- 6. Building Capability for All
- 14. Persuading and Influencing
The job holder will be a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council and eligible to use a protected title such as Forensic. They may also be a Chartered Psychologist and Full member of the appropriate division of the British Psychological Society (BPS) if the post requires it.
Hours of Work and Allowances
37 hour working week
We will accept your application if you’re waiting for your HCPC registration confirmation, but please make your HCPC status clear on your CV. We can make conditional offers but will need confirmation of your registration before you can take up a role.
We also often advertise for posts across the country with different populations; please indicate what, if any, preferences you have for location and client group.
Working Arrangements & Further Information
Some of MoJ’s, including HMPPS, terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on 'modernised' terms in their current post or onto 'unmodernised' MoJ terms if they are on 'unmodernised' terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.
Standard working hours for this post are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.
If you are a current NPS employee, this vacancy may be available on a Loan basis for up to 2 years. Applications are invited from suitable qualified staff.
The Loan/Secondment is subject to the approval of the selected candidate's Business Unit, which should be obtained before confirmation of appointment.
-The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.
Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays
-You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment
-The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.
Work Life Balance
-HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. HMPPS offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ
Season Ticket Advance
-After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work
-HMPPS offers a childcare vouchers scheme. The scheme enables staff to take part of their salary in the form of Childcare Vouchers. This is known as a Salary Sacrifice. The vouchers can then be used to help meet the costs of any form of registered or approved childcare for children aged 0-16. The vouchers are exempt from tax and National Insurance contributions
-HMPPS is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes
-There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and HMPPS provide a variety of training appropriate to individual posts
-All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles
-All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post
-All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within HMPPS
-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which HMPPS considers to be racist
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.
There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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