Senior Forensic Psychologist

49000.00 - 49000.00 GBP Annual + GBP49000/annum
17 May 2018
14 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Job Title - Senior Forensic Psychologist
Location - HMP Dovegate, Uttoxteter, Staffordshire
Salary - GBP48,000 PA

Do you want to make a positive difference to the lives of others?

We are looking for a dedicated and passionate Senior Forensic Psychologist at HMP Dovegate.

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.

Your primary job purpose will be to manage the Induction Unit, manage the delivery of Psychological Services for the Therapeutic Community, HMP Dovegate at senior level. You will be responsible for the clinical support and development of your staff team, ensuring that training, supervision and professional development is managed effectively and appropriately.

To provide management and clinical leadership of the induction unit. Have oversight of the delivery of Psychological Services within the TC ensuring that psychological work is compliant with the BPS and HCPC codes of conduct. To develop the assessment process and provide psychological input to the management of the TC. To provide direct clinical leadership for the delivery of psychological / educational interventions aimed at reducing the likelihood of violent and general recidivism, whilst upholding and putting into practice TC values & principles

Overview of Role

Your primary job purpose will be to assist in managing and administering the delivery of Psychological Services for HMP Dovegate at senior level.

* To act as clinical lead for the Induction Unit on the TC. Manage and/ or supervise the staff working on the unit including FPiT and Officers.
* Establish and develop the Induction Unit having oversight of preliminary assessments such as psychometrics and IQ, developing psychological/ educational induction programmes to introduce residents to TC and build motivation and resilience.
* To manage and develop the assessment process throughout the TC. This will involve having oversight of the assessment process, management or supervisory responsibility for psychologists based on communities.
* Making clinical decisions regarding selection/ deselection from induction unit and during the assessment process as well as external referrals.
* To be Designated Supervisor and Co-ordinating Supervisor for Forensic Psychologists in Training enrolled on Stage 2 of the BPS Diploma in Forensic Psychology and supervision for newly registered psychologists, ensuring they work in line with the Code of Conduct of the British Psychological Society
* Completion of Parole reports complying with deadlines.
* To carry out psychological assessments of prisoners including HCR-20, WAIS, IPDE and PCL-r.
* Provide a consultancy role to communities and TC managers.
* To oversee and conduct research on the TC,
* Act as clinical lead for the TC in the absence of Head of Psychotherapy

About you

Essential Requirements:

Minimum: Forensic Psychologist Registered with HCPC and Chartered with BPS including full

membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology with significant post

Qualification experience. Or Clinical Psychologist Registered with HCPC / BPS.

Desirable: PCL-r certification, On the Register of Applied Psychology Practice

Supervisors with the BPS.

Essential technical, professional skills, knowledge and experience


Minimum: Significant post-qualification experience of working as a Forensic Psychologist.

Experience of working within a Therapeutic Community.

Experience of working with offenders and carrying out assessments and interventions with a forensic population.

Experience of supervising others

Experience of managing staff.

Experience of working with personality disordered offenders.

Desirable: Experience of writing parole reports for life sentenced prisoners, completing HCR-20, PCL-r, IPDE assessments. Experience of research.


Psychological theory regarding prisoners and forensic environments, particularly working with violent and personality disordered offenders. Familiar with the 'what works' literature and of a range of psychotherapeutic treatment approaches. Understanding of literature underpinning democratic therapeutic communities and the principles of therapy.


Administration, scoring and interpretation of psychological assessments such as WAIS, HCR-20, PCL-r, IPDE, VRS.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Able to work collaboratively with offenders.

Able to motivate and manage staff.

Experienced and skilled in working in a multi-disciplinary way.

Ability to develop bespoke psychological/ educational courses

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 (Apply online only) 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