24003 - Band 8 Senior Registered Psychologist

£40,690 - £48,831
12 Months
North West
Preston , Wigan
HM Prison Wymott, PR26 8LW, HMYOI Hindley, WN2 5TH
Band 8
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Flexible Working, Other

As part of the Offender Personality Disorder Pathway two additional services are being commissioned in NW prisons, a PIPE for prisoners convicted of a sexual offence and a small preparation PIPE for men presenting with complex needs. NW Psychological Services has responsibility for the clinical input to the two new services as well as an existing PIPE at HMP Wymott. Each PIPE has a B8 clinical lead, responsible for ensuring the clinical integrity of the service, supporting staff, overseeing selection of prisoners and contributing to developing the ethos of the service. The post-holder will report to the B9 Cluster Lead and will be expected to be part of the wider NWPS team.

For more information please contact Carol Bond, NW Regional Psychologist carol.bond@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

Overview of the job

This is non-operational prisoner facing job


The job holders covered by this job description are usually categorised as specialists in their field or those whose role requires significant additional experience, training and personal development.

The job holder will largely excel in the area of individual prisoner risk assessment or be a specialist in a specific area such as working with sex offenders. At this level the jobholder may have responsibility for the key specialist tasks involved in the delivery of a programme or related individual case management which would also entail overseeing the quality of delivery and supervision. They will also provide direction and support for other supervisors. This is a non-operational and non rotational job.

The job holder will be working with complex prisoners and prison staff and applying their experience and competence in the area of psychology to reduce the risk of harm and re-offending by undertaking complex risk assessment of prisoners, conducting research, providing consultancy and delivering training for staff and interventions (individual and group) for prisoners.

Responsibilities,Activities and Duties

The job holder will be require to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

Reviews cases and reconsiders the professional advice given by other psychologists on the potential release of serious prisoners  

Conducts full case reviews on difficult cases and offers authoritative advice on next steps relating to sentence plan

Specialises in delivery of psychology services in settings such as therapeutic community wings

Lead and supervise and facilitate group sessions

Offers professional opinion to multi functional teams conducting offender reports e.g. risk reports, parole reports on high risk or vulnerable prisoners

Develops and/or strategies such as sex offender or indeterminate sentence prisoner assessment and intervention strategy

Delivers and supervises (treatment management) the delivery of more complex programmes e.g. healthy sexual functioning

Provides consultancy support to colleagues such as an establishment Senior

Management Team (SMT) in relation to psychology services and outcomes

Conducts relevant research including data gathering and analysis

Act as a professinoal witness in parole borad meetings, 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

Responsible for managing and providing professional supervision to trainee forensic psychology staff

Provides supervision, training, mentoring and support to trainee psychologists and where relevant other staff such as interventions staff

Assist in national specialist tasks such as training on courses related to their specialist discipline

Provides professional supervision to support a trainee in developing through the key steps towards chartered and registered status. This may be as a coordinating or designated supervisor

Ensures 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 offenders

Leads on risk assessment and resulting risk management of complex, vulnerable or high risk prisoners. Will be competent to undertake the full range of risk assessments including the more complex risk assessments. Gives feedback of the assessment to the prisoner and other stakeholders

Contributes to other offender management processes (usually with more complex cases in work such as Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) assessments and self harm or personality disorder assessments)

Provides consultancy role to wider team on their specialist activity. Visit a range of sites to advise on complex cases

Act as a negotiation adviser where suitable and competence has been demonstrated

Manage own Continued Professional Development (CPD)   requirements and maintains professional standards

Ensure they maintain their professional Health Professions Council (HPC) registration

Provide a psychological contribution to the work of areas of the regime such as a therapeutic community

Provide psychological reports when requested for life sentence prisoners and to submit within the appropriate time framework

Responsible for relevant accreditation audit baselines as detailed in the audit document

Line management of trainee psychologists

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

9. Managing a Quality Service

12. Showing Drive and Resilience

Essential Skills/Qualifications/Accreditation/Registration

The job holder will be a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health

Professions Council and eligible to use a protected title. They are likely to also be a Chartered Psychologist and Full member of the appropriate division of the BPS if the post requires it.   They are likely to have been registered for a minimum of two years.

An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English or (where specified in Wales) Welsh

Hours of Work and Allowances

37 hour working week

Excess Fares

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.


Annual Leave

-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

Childcare Vouchers

-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.

To Be Confirmed

11/02/2019, 23:55 hours.

Closing date: 11/02/19 at 23:55 hours

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk. Please quote the job reference.

Please note the successful applicant will need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Security Check for this post.

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This Vacancy is closed to applications.