Forensic Psychologist

35020.00 - 35020.00 GBP Annual + GBP35020/annum
12 Jul 2018
09 Aug 2018
Contract Type
We are looking for dedicated and passionate people to work as Forensic Psychologist at HMP Dovegate.

HMP Dovegate is a category B male establishment prison based on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border near Uttoxeter. The operational capacity is for 1100 inmates who are serving a range of sentences including; trial, remand, those awaiting sentence and convicted men serving between 4 years to life.

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

To 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 forensic 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.

Key Requirements

* Manage and / or supervise the FPiT.
* Establish and develop the 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/ de-selection from induction unit and during the assessment process as well as external referrals.
* Completion of Parole reports complying with deadlines.
* To carry out psychological assessments of prisoners including HCR-20, WAIS, IPDE and PCL-r.
* To oversee and conduct research on the TC,

Essential qualifcations

Minimum: Forensic Psychologist Registered with HCPC and Chartered with BPS.

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

Supervisors with the BPS

Essential technical, professional skills, knowledge and experience


Minimum: 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.

Desirable: of supervising others.

Experience of working with personality disordered offenders.

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

What we can offer you

Other Benefits

We offer you a holiday entitlement of 28 days (inclusive of UK bank and public holidays), 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 (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