Senior Forensic Psychologist

FTE £48,000 per annum
09 Aug 2017
19 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Forensic Psychologist - HMP Dovegate

32 hours per week

FTE Salary £48,000 per annum + Benefits

Serco is a FTSE 250 international service company which combines commercial know-how with a deep public service ethos. We improve services by managing people, processes, technology and assets more effectively. We advise policy makers, design innovative solutions, integrate systems and - most of all - deliver to the public. Serco supports governments, agencies and companies who seek a trusted partner with a solid track-record of providing assured service excellence. Our people offer operational, management and consulting expertise in the aerospace, defence, education, health, justice and immigration, local government, science, technology, transport and the commercial sectors.

We are actively looking to recruit Senior Forensic Psychologist into our skilled and supportive Psychology team.

HMP Dovegate is a Category B training prison based near Uttoxeter in Staffordshire and is one of many diverse contracts run by Serco a FTSE 250 international service company.

The Psychological Services department is based solely at HMP Dovegate and has a diverse delivery of psychological work throughout the prison. We are in the unique position of not only having a large Category B population, with designated wings for remand, drug intervention and vulnerable prisoners, but also a separate 200-bed Therapeutic Prison, split into six Therapeutic Communities (TCs).

The work of Psychological Services includes psychological assessment, individual intervention, post-TC assessment and accredited Offending Behaviour group work, in addition to non-accredited group interventions. We are actively involved in research at the prison, training staff and consultancy where psychology work can assist in decision-making throughout the prison. This has included self-harm and suicidal ideation, violence reduction, personality disorder and behavioural management.

As a Senior Forensic Psychologist will assist in managing and administering the delivery of Psychological Services for HMP Dovegate at a senior level. You will be accountable for co-ordinating and/or Designated Supervisor for Forensic Psychologists in Training enrolled on Stage 2 of the DFP Diploma alongside line management duties for Registered Forensic Psychologists or Forensic Psychologists in Training.

You would also complete psychological assessments of prisoners including HCR-20, WAIS, IPDE and PCL-r in addition to completing parole reports for prisoners complying with deadlines, and providing a consultancy role to other managers to assist in the continuing development of the prison.

About you

As a minimum you will be a Forensic Psychologist registered with HCPC and Chartered with BPS including full membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology. It would be desirable if you had PCL-r certification and published research.

You must be able to able evidence significant post registration or chartership experience of working as a Forensic Psychologist. Experience of working with offenders and carrying out assessments and interventions with a forensic population is also a requirement of the role.

  • Strong research skills alongside excellent written and verbal communication skills

Experience of writing Parole reports for life sentenced prisoners, completing HCR-20, PCL-r, IPDE assessments and WAIS, VRS.
Experience of supervising others.
Experience in delivery and management of accredited offending behaviour programmes.
Experience of working therapeutically with personality disordered offenders.

What we can offer you

Salary and Shift Patterns

The FTE salary for this position is £48,000 per annum (Pro Rata). This role will require you to work 32 hours per week (part time) we are flexible in terms of days/ hours of work and this will be discussed further at interview stage.

Other Benefits

We offer you up to 6% contributory Pension Scheme, Life Assurance, and access to childcare vouchers. Alongside Serco discounts which include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, cycle to work scheme and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships. At HMP Dovegate we actively encourage you to develop your personal CPD and ensure that you have the time that you need in order to focus on this alongside enabling you to attend events throughout the year.

Specific Requirement

Serco Home Affairs is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all offers of employment are subject to security clearance checks and approval by the Home Office.

On occasion we receive significantly more applicants than expected for some vacancies and under such circumstances we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of the advertisement. We therefore strongly advise you to apply for the role promptly to avoid disappointment should the closing date be brought forward. Serco is committed to equal opportunities and requests any potential applicant to contact the Serco Recruitment Team on 0345 010 4000 as soon as possible if an applicant has any additional queries, requirements or will need additional time in submitting an application should the closing date of the advertisement be brought forward.

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