Applied Psychologist

Job Title: Applied Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: England
Salary: £43,288 + London Weighting of £3,258 Pro Rata
Job Published: April 03, 2019 12:23

Job Description


Birmingham, West Midlands : London : Warrington, North West

Reference number



£43,288 + London Weighting of £3,258 Pro Rata


Senior Executive Officer

NCA Grade 3 / Police Inspector

Working pattern



7.5 to 15 hours

About the job

Job description

Due to the nature of the role it is highly advised that you review the Candidate Information pack attached to this vacancy.
See the candidate information pack for more detail.

In order to support The National Crime Agency’s dedicated workforce, we currently have a number of exciting opportunities for experienced Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) registered clinical or counseling psychologists to join our Psychological team within the Occupational Health & Wellbeing Setting.

We are currently looking to fill three part time roles based on a full time equivalent contract of 37 hours per week:
0.2 FTE in Birmingham (1 day)
0.4 FTE in London (2 days including a Friday)
0.2 FTE in Warrington (1 day)

Key Responsibilities:

• You will have experience of (min 3 years) and be able to apply best practice methods and develop, bespoke time limited interventions, when carrying out pre-employment / placement and routine psychological assessments. In addition to writing and delivering workshops and promotional material relating to wellbeing and mental health.

• You will be expected to work as part of a dedicated team, in conjunction with other medical professionals, to ensure that the medical and psychological requirements of a diverse workforce of approximately 4,500 officers are met. Where possible and depending on business needs, you will also have the opportunity to develop pro-active interventions and engage in assignments within business areas across the agency.

• A flexible approach is required as there may be travel within the role depending upon business need as appropriate. A flexible approach is required as there may be travel within the role depending upon business need as appropriate. Where possible this is planned in advance.

Essential Criteria

• Doctoral level training in Clinical or Counselling psychology.
• Evidence of significant experience in a supportive role e.g. management, supervision.
• Current registration with the Health Care Professional Council as a clinical or counselling psychologist with a minimum of three years’ experience.
• Evidence of expertise in two or more types of evidence based psychological therapies (preferably one or both of which may be CBT, EMDR or trauma focused), and models of psychopathology.
• Experience in CBT or EMDR therapy, especially working with trauma.

Please read the Person Specification on pages 8 and 9 of the Candidate Pack for more detail about the requirements of the role before applying.


• Doctoral level training in Clinical or Counselling psychology.


• Current registration with the Health Care Professional Council as a clinical or counselling psychologist with a minimum of three years’ experience.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • National Insurance Number - Required for monitoring purposes only



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


All officers in the NCA are members of the UK Civil Service. You will be eligible for:

• Civil Service pension scheme
• 26 days annual leave rising to 31 on completion of 5 years continuous service
• Training and development opportunities
• Cycle2work scheme

We take the welfare of NCA officers very seriously. All staff have access to Occupational Health services and there are a number of staff representative groups. We also have a range of sporting and other activities on offer.

We can provide flexible working arrangements if the role in question is suitable. These include flexi-time, job sharing and compressed hours (working contracted hours over a shorter period).


Roles based in London will also receive an additional London Weighting of £3,258.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

Once submitted your application will be acknowledged by the Government Recruitment Service.
A panel will then assess your application to select those demonstrating the best fit with the role by considering the evidence you have provided against the criteria set out in the Entry Criteria section. Failure to address any or all of these may affect your application.
You will then be asked to attend an interview in order to have a more in-depth discussion of your previous experience and professional competence.
Full details of the assessment process will be made available to shortlisted candidates.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

We encourage all candidates to thoroughly review the candidate pack which explains the role further before submitting an application.
If you have any specific queries about the role that is not covered by the candidate pack, please contact:

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift results are expected to be released w/c 29 Apr 2019 & 06 May 2019
Interviews will take place in May & June - locations to be confirmed.

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview.

Full details of the interview process will be made available to shortlisted candidates where you will be assessed against the criteria listed in the candidate information pack.

Further information

Please take a moment to read the NCA Privacy Notice attached Privacy Notice Attached

Equality and Diversity information

You will also be asked to complete Equality and Diversity information on submission of your application. In order to monitor the effectiveness of the National Crime Agency’s equality and diversity strategy, the NCA require certain personal details about you. Please note that this will be treated in confidence and will not impact your application. You will be asked to complete an E-consent survey asking for permission share this data with the NCA to be used for statistical/monitoring purposes only, refusal of consent to share the information will not impact your application.

Security Check and Role Requirements

To be considered for this vacancy, you will need to successfully complete SC clearance before commencing the role and for specified roles DV clearance within the first 12 months as part of your probation period.

You will also be required to undertake a mandatory pre-employment substance misuse test and achieve a satisfactory result.

To meet National Security Vetting requirements you will need to have resided in the UK for at a minimum 3 out of the past 5 years for SC clearance and a minimum of 7 out of 10 years for DV clearance. You will still be considered if you were posted abroad as part of your service with the HMG or armed forces or a UK government role during this period.

Reasonable Adjustments

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments in order to support disabled job applicants and ensure that you are not disadvantaged in the recruitment and assessment process. Reasonable adjustments could include; allowing extra time during selection tests; ensuring that information is provided in an accessible format or; by providing training.

If you feel that you may need a reasonable adjustment to be made, or you would like to discuss your requirements in more detail, please contact us in the first instance.

If you wish to receive a hard copy of the information, or in an alternative format e.g. Audio, Braille or large font then please contact:

If you cannot apply online, please post your application to:

National Crime Agency Strand, Government Recruitment Service, LG/73, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.

Please quote the vacancy reference number on the envelope.

If you wish to make a complaint in relation to any stage of the recruitment and selection process please email please ensure that you refer to the campaign reference number. If you remain dissatisfied following the outcome of your complaint you have the right to contact the Civil Service Commission to pursue it further.

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