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Location : Cardiff , Usk
Salary : £ 37,218 - £ 42,800
Type : Permanent
Closing Date : 2020-07-01
Date Posted : 2020-06-21
Reference : 35018  

We welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including groups currently underrepresented in our workforce and pride ourselves as being an employer of choice. To find out more about how we champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity

Rydym yn croesawu ac yn annog ceisiadau gan bawb, yn cynnwys grwpiau sydd wedi’u tangynrychioli yn ein gweithlu ar hyn o bryd, ac rydym yn ymfalchïo mewn bod yn gyflogwr o safon uchel sy’n denu llawer o ymgeiswyr. Ewch i https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/about/equality-and-diversity i gael rhagor o wybodaeth am sut rydym yn hyrwyddo amrywiaeth a chynhwysiant yn y gweithle.

Preventing victims by changing lives
HMPPS in Wales works in an integrated way to keep communities in Wales safer and to give the men and women we work with the opportunity to change their lives. We commission and provide offender management services in the community and in custody to deliver the orders of the courts and support rehabilitation. Our aim is to deliver outstanding, seamless offender management services in Wales that protect the public, reduce reoffending, deliver value for money and support our partners.

The Welsh Language Scheme
Welsh Language skills for this post are desirable.

Atal pobl rhag dod yn ddioddefwyr trwy newid bywydau
Mae HMPPS yng Nghymru yn gweithio mewn ffordd integredig i gadw cymunedau yng Nghymru yn fwy diogel, a rhoi cyfle i’r dynion a’r merched hynny rydym yn gweithio â hwy i newid eu bywydau. Rydym yn comisiynu a darparu gwasanaethau rheoli troseddwyr yn y gymuned a’r carchar i weithredu gorchmynion y llysoedd a chefnogi adsefydlu. Ein nod yw darparu gwasanaethau rheoli troseddwyr ardderchog ac esmwyth yng Nghymru sy’n gwarchod y cyhoedd, lleihau aildroseddu, cynnig gwerth am arian a chefnogi ein partneriaid.

Y Cynllun Iaith Gymraeg
Mae sgiliau iaith Gymraeg yn ddymunol ar gyfer y swydd hon.

Forensic Psychological Services, HMPPS (Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service) in Wales is seeking a registered practitioner to join our expanding team. Our psychologists have the opportunity to work with a diverse offending population across Wales’ public sector prisons as well as in National Probation Service settings in the community. We undertake complex risk assessments and interventions, develop and deliver training, oversee research and provide consultancy to a range of stakeholders, working closely with partners from Welsh Government, NHS, Police and Crime Commissioning, Youth Justice and academia. We provide opportunities for our staff to be involved in innovative projects, developing the scope and impact of our work and psychologists benefit from ongoing training and development opportunities.

We welcome applications from registered practitioners with relevant forensic experience.

Mae Gwasanaethau Seicolegol Fforensig, HMPPS (Gwasanaeth Carchardai a Phrawf Ei Mawrhydi) yng Nghymru yn chwilio am ymarferydd cofrestredig i ymuno â’r tîm. Mae ein seicolegwyr yn cael cyfle i weithio ag amrywiaeth eang o garcharorion ar draws carchardai sector cyhoeddus Cymru yn ogystal ag unigolion mewn amgylcheddau yn y gymuned gyda’r Gwasanaeth Prawf Cenedlaethol. Rydym yn cynnal asesiadau risg cymhleth ac ymyriadau. Rydym yn darparu hyfforddiant, yn gorchwylio gwaith ymchwil ac yn darparu ymgynghoriaeth i amrywiaeth o randdeiliaid, ac yn gweithio’n agos â phartneriaid o Lywodraeth Cymru, GIG, Comisiynwyr Heddlu a Throsedd, Cyfiawnder Ieuenctid a’r byd academaidd. Rydym yn cynnig cyfleoedd i’n staff fod yn rhan o brosiectau arloesol i ddatblygu cwmpas ac effaith ein gwaith ac mae ein seicolegwyr yn elwa o hyfforddiant parhaus a chyfleoedd i ddatblygu’n bellach.

Rydym yn croesawu ceisiadau gan ymarferwyr cofrestredig sydd â phrofiad fforensig perthnasol.

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.

An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence through the medium of English


  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Developing Self and Others

Essential Experience

  • Possess a professional background in one of the following disciplines:Psychotherapy, Psychology, Psychiatry, Nursing

  • Experience in providing clinical supervision

  • Completed relevant training in effective models of treatment and best practise


  • Qualified and registered clinician with an associated and relevant professional body, e.g. BACP, BPS, BABCP, UKCP

  • Qualification in Clinical Supervision

Hours of Work(Unsocial Hours) Allowances

37 hour working week

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