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National Senior Registered Psychologist

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Location : Aylesbury , Oxford , Salisbury
Salary : £ 42,626 - £ 51,154
Type : Permanent
Closing Date : 2021-04-13
Date Posted : 2021-04-11
Reference : 42543  

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South Central Psychology Group has 3 vacancies in our team:

HMP Bullingdon Site Lead – this exciting yet demanding opportunity will arise in July with the current post holder’s departure on compassionate move. The role is a varied and challenging one at a large reception/resettlement and training site. The site offers a range of Accredited Interventions including works with sexual offenders. The role will be for an energetic and committed person to lead the site team through driving the complex case and safety strategy locally, providing support to the SMT in managing our strategy locally as well as providing individual work with challenging cases and writing risk management reports. The post holder will line manage at least 2 in training staff and supervise at least 2 others in the Group. The role also requires completing complex risk assessment work at HMPs Grendon (category B therapeutic community) and HMP Springhill (open prison) which are located nearby. Opportunities to lead our NA strategy, Forensic Testing work and a variety of other areas are available.

HMP Erlestoke – At this site we have 2 vacancies available to work in the site and across the Group providing leadership to the range of High Intensity Accredited Interventions we offer as well as leading the Safety and complex cases strategy. We have a large team of Registered and in Training staff on site to meet the needs of the men, which includes a YA cohort, Progression regime and 2 Specialist Treatment Managers (STMs). There is significant capital investment ongoing at the site and the opportunities to develop the service we offer are excellent to make the most of new and refurbished accommodation. The role holders will line manage at least 2 in Training staff as well as the STMs and supervise at least 2 in Training staff in the Group. Delivering risk management reports, advising on complex cases and supporting the existing team of Registered staff in meeting the demanding needs of the population are critical aspects of the role holder(s)

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


  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • 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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