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Senior Forensic Psychologist TC - HMP Dovegate

Job Req ID:  60206
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 – Therapeutic Community

Uttoxeter ST14 8XR

Salary £52,006 per annum


The Job Opportunity

Your primary job purpose will be to manage the delivery of Psychological Services for the Therapeutic Community, HMP Dovegate at senior level. You will be responsible for the clinical support and development of your staff team, ensuring that training, supervision and professional development is managed effectively and appropriately.


You will work under the Deputy Clinical Director and alongside other Senior Forensic Psychologists within the team to manage the delivery of Psychological Services within the TC ensuring that psychological work is compliant with the BPS and HCPC codes of conduct. This will involve line management and supervision of Forensic Psychologists in Training.  To oversee and further develop the assessment process and provide psychological consultancy to the TC specifically regarding risk and the management of complex offenders.  To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to deliver group based therapy.



Daily Duties Involve

  • Manage and supervise FPiT.
  • To have oversight of the TC assessment process ensuring all psychological assessments are delivered to a high standard and reports produced within deadlines.
  • Making clinical decisions regarding selection/ deselection from induction unit and during the assessment process as well as external referrals.
  • To be Designated Supervisor for Forensic Psychologists in Training enrolled on Stage 2 of the BPS Diploma in Forensic Psychology and supervision for newly registered psychologists, 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.
  • Provide a consultancy role to the Therapeutic Communities and TC managers.
  • To conduct research on the TC.
  • Contribute to therapy reviews
  • Attend clinical meetings and supervision within the TC as well as all identified training.



What we are looking for in our candidates

  • Minimum:   Forensic Psychologist Registered with HCPC and with significant post qualification experience.


  • Desirable:  Chartered with BPS including full membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology On the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors with the BPS.


  • 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 working within a Therapeutic Community.
  • 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. 
  • Familiar with the ‘what works’ literature and of a range of psychotherapeutic treatment approaches. 
  • Understanding of literature underpinning democratic therapeutic communities and the principles of therapy.



  • 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 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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