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Senior Registered Psychologist Women’s Estate

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Location : Ashford (Surrey) , Wilmslow
Salary : £ - £ 42,626
Type : Permanent
Closing Date : 2022-07-01
Date Posted : 2022-06-26
Reference : 60111  

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Senior Registered Psychologist: Band 8 posts - Transition Unit for Young Adult Women (HMP Styal and HMP Bronzefield):

These two posts are required to support the development and implementation of two new young adult transition units at HMP Styal and HMP Bronzefield. These units will be designed to enable young adult women to more easily make the transition from youth custody services or local authority secure children’s homes to the adult women’s prison estate (there are no specific YOIs for young adult women). Currently this ‘step-up’ is a difficult transition for many young women. The post holders will help to design and develop the service, and will be the Unit Psychologist, working collaboratively with the young adult women and supporting staff on the unit to work effectively with them to prepare them for successful transfer into the main adult prison population.

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 required 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 "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
  • 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.

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


Making Effective Decisions


Communicating and Influencing

Working Together

Developing Self and Others

Managing a Quality Service

Delivering at Pace

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

They are likely to also be a Chartered Psychologist and Full member of the appropriate division of the BPS if the post requires it.

Technical Requirements

The job holder will be a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council and eligible to use a protected title. 

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