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Senior Forensic Psychologist - HMP Dovegate

Job Req ID:  60237
Posting Start Date: 

Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, United Kingdom, ST14 8XR

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 Dovegate

Uttoxeter, ST14 8XR
Permanent - Flexible working available.
£52,006 per annum + Benefits



Do you want to make a positive difference to the lives of others?


We are looking for a dedicated and passionate Senior Forensic Psychologist at HMP Dovegate.


HMP Dovegate is a Category B training prison based near Uttoxeter in Staffordshire and is one of many diverse contracts run by Serco a FTSE 250 international service company.


Your primary job purpose will be to manage the delivery of Psychological Services for HMP Dovegate at senior level. Ensuring that psychological work is compliant with the BPS and HCPC codes of conduct and to help to ensure that the KPT for Programmes is achieved and Parole Directions met. Along with the development of your staff team, ensuring that training, supervision and professional development is managed effectively and appropriately.


The Job Opportunity
Your primary job purpose will be to assist in managing and administering the delivery of Psychological Services for HMP Dovegate at senior level.


  • In collaboration with the Head of Psychological Services, to oversee the Psychological Services work allocation, administration and interpretation of psychological assessments, Parole Reports, individual intervention, research, staff consultancy and staff training delivered by Psychological Services, monitoring output and regulating systems in place.
  • Develop the work of Psychological Services, for example through new assessments and group or individual interventions.
  • Undertake areas of Clinical responsibility, for example, Lead for Individual Intervention or Autism Lead for the establishment, as agreed with the Head of Psychological Services.
  • Line Management of Registered Forensic Psychologists and/or Forensic Psychologists in Training.
  • To be Designated Supervisor and Co-ordinating Supervisor for Forensic Psychologists in Training enrolled on Stage 2 of the BPS Diploma in Forensic Psychology, ensuring they work in line with the Code of Conduct of the British Psychological Society
  • Completion of Parole reports complying with deadlines.
  • To carry out psychological assessments of prisoners including HCR-20, WAIS, IPDE and PCL-r along with individual intervention with prisoners.
  • Provide a consultancy role to other managers regarding Psychological matters.


What we are looking for in our candidates


Essential Requirements:


Minimum:   Forensic Psychologist Registered with HCPC and Chartered with BPS including full

      membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology with significant post

      Qualification experience.


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

      Supervisors with the BPS.


Essential technical, professional skills, knowledge and experience




  • Significant post-qualification experience of working as a Forensic Psychologist.
  • Experience of working with offenders and carrying out assessments and interventions with a forensic population. 
  • Experience of supervising others.
  • Experience of managing staff. 
  • Experience of working with personality disordered offenders.

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



Psychological theory regarding prisoners and forensic environments, particularly working with violent and personality disordered offenders.



  • Administration, scoring and interpretation of psychological assessments such as WAIS, HCR-20, PCL-r, IPDE, VRS.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to work collaboratively with offenders.
  • Able to motivate and manage staff.
  • Experienced and skilled in working in a multi-disciplinary way.
  • Ability to develop bespoke psychological/ educational courses.

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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