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Senior Forensic Psychologist - HMP Lowdham Grange

Job Req ID:  60233
Posting Start Date: 

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, GB, NG14 7BZ

Contract Type:  Full Time
Job Description: 


At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.



Senior Forensic Psychologist 

HMP Lowdham Grange, Nottingham

Permanent, Full Time

£53,046 per annum + Company Benefits


The Role


Under the line management of the Head of Psychology Services, you will identify and deliver evidence based assessments, formulations and treatment, contributing to the effective risk management of both determinate and indeterminate sentence prisoners. The successful candidate will be expected to take an active role in promoting and developing psychological services and Rehabilitative Culture throughout the prison and when working with or within other Serco contracts. The individual will be a positive culture carrier, working effectively and supportively within teams, inspiring and promoting effective change. This post will require someone who enjoys direct psychological contact, working alongside prisoners who present with a range of complex  needs, including mental illness, personality disorders, cognitive deficits, self-harming behaviours and significant offending histories. Emphasis will be placed on providing high quality forensic risk assessments and interventions, providing consultancy to other professionals, providing advice and input into Safer Custody and providing designated support and supervision for the Forensic Psychologists in Training. There could also be requirement for overseeing the implementation of high intensity programmes.


The post holder will be working with prisoners and staff and applying their competence in the area of Forensic Psychology to reduce the risk of harm and of re-offending in offenders. They will have responsibility for assisting in enabling the delivery of an effective and efficient forensic psychology service to the prison and working in a multi-disciplinary way to grow the Rehabilitative Culture.


What we are looking for in our candidates


  • To provide specialist psychological assessments, for determinate and indeterminate sentenced prisoners who are referred to the team. This will be based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi structured interviews.
  • You may be involved in the management and supervision provision of High Intensity programmes. Therefore, a good knowledge on Offending Behaviour Programme delivery would be advantageous.
  • Where appropriate and directed, to design and undertake psychological interventions from evidence-based literature for offenders who have a variety of different treatment and responsivity needs.
  • Provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to offenders’ formulation and treatment plan.
  • Act as a “professional witness” in parole board hearings, multi-agency meetings, and other formal settings where psychology input is required. 
  • To be an active stakeholder in the Rehabilitative Culture strategy of the prison.
  • Provide supervision to Forensic Psychologists in Training in accordance with the British Psychological Society’s code of conduct and code of ethics and any University attached to a qualification as appropriate.
  • Ensure each Forensic Psychologist in Training under your supervision carries out their duties in accordance with job descriptions and specifications, providing support and managerial guidance for people to achieve their best potential.
  • Comply with appropriate training requirements within the establishment and also maintain own Continued Professional Development (CPD) and registration with the Health  and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Maintain awareness of current psychological knowledge and best practice in relation to risk assessment and intervention.
  • Deliver staff training as required on issues such as personality disorder awareness, Being Trauma Informed or professional boundaries.
  • To receive and attend regular forensic professional supervision from the Head of Service to review caseload and forensic cases.


Essential Qualifications


  • Chartered status with the British Psychological Society and Registered as a Forensic Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • You will have significant post qualification experience working in secure settings.


Essential technical, professional skills, knowledge and experiences


  • On the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAAPS) with the BPS.
  • Skilled at report writing and presenting evidence in formal settings such as Oral Hearings.
  • Able to plan strategically and communicate specialist knowledge to others such as the Senior Management Team.
  • Understanding in relation the training routes Forensic Psychology and ability to supervise Forensic Psychologists in Training.
  • Understanding and ability to administer and interpret risk assessment tools and psychometrics.
  • Up to date knowledge in research in the area of Forensic Psychology and particularly that relating to the rehabilitation of offenders.
  • Good awareness and knowledge of the Offender Personality Disorder pathway.
  • Ability to make good clinical formulations of offenders with complex needs.
  • Experience of delivering and managing accredited Offending Behaviour Programmes and a proven track record of achieving KPT’s.
  • Experience of assessing and working therapeutically with offenders with complex needs such as personality disorder, learning disability or on the autistic spectrum.


Special features of the role


  • Administration, scoring and interpretation of psychological assessments such as WAIS IV, HCR-20, PCL-R, IPDE and SARA.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Experienced and skilled in working in a multi-disciplinary way.




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 a Disability Confident Employer committed to employing and retaining people with disabilities.  Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview. For help with your application please contact 0345 010 4000.

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