Forensic/Senior Forensic Psychologist positions UK-wide

Job Title: Forensic/Senior Forensic Psychologist positions UK-wide
Contract Type: Full-time
Location: United Kingdom
Salary: £39,000 - £53,046 per annum + Corporate Company Benefits
Job Published: December 02, 2020 09:21

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.

Full Time / Permanent 

£39,000 - £53,046 per annum + Corporate Company Benefits

Here at Serco we’re looking for Forensic Psychologists and Senior Forensic Psychologist to join us in a number of our prisons: HMP Lowdham Grange, HMP Ashfield, HMP Kilmarnock, HMP Thameside, HMP Doncaster and HMP Dovegate, where we have safety and security at the heart. Joining our onsite team in any one of these prisons, you’ll play a key role in delivering Psychological Services to residents.

You could be responsible for the line management of Forensic Psychologists and Forensic Psychologists in Training, as well as direct psychological contact with prisoners - many of which have a range of complex needs, including mental illness, personality disorders, cognitive deficits, self-harming behaviours and significant offending histories. Not only will you ensure that all our work adheres to our code of conduct and BPS guidelines, you’ll also:

  • Undertake forensic risk assessments of prisoners that contribute to the safer custody of residents.
  • Act as a “professional witness” in parole board hearings, multi-agency meetings, and other formal settings.
  • Lead and contribute to the development and delivery of new offending behaviour programmes.
  • Deliver training on issues such as personality disorder, psychopathy or managing difficult behaviour.

This is a role that offers variety and contributes enormously to the important work of reintegrating offenders back into society.

What you’ll need to do the role

First and foremost, you will have Chartered status with the British Psychological Society and Registered as a Forensic Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council and be on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAAPS) with the BPS.

You will possess good awareness and knowledge of the Offender Personality Disorder pathway and the experience and ability to make good clinical formulations of offenders with complex needs. You will be comfortable completing parole reports and carrying out assessments such as WAIS IV, HCR-20, PCL-R, IPDE and SARA, you’ll also be able to work in a multi-disciplinary way and bring a collaborative approach to your work with your team and with the offenders.

Highly Skilled at report writing and presenting evidence in formal settings such as Oral Hearings and significant post qualification experience working in secure settings.

Whilst performing as an active stakeholder in the Rehabilitative Culture strategy of the prison, you will keep yourself up to speed with knowledge in research in the area of Forensic Psychology and particularly that relating to the rehabilitation of offenders.

For further information or for an informal discussion, please contact Seph Nelson (Talent Acquisition Senior) on

Why Serco

Meaningful and vital work - Using specialist behavioural analysis you’ll contribute to the reintegration of prisoners back into society, helping them to address the factors that influence offending behaviour.

A world of opportunity - With six prisons across the UK and a breadth of roles, you’ll be wholeheartedly supported with development and career progression. We actively fund psychologists towards chartered and/or registered status and with ongoing CPD activities and look to promote from within. 

Great people - You’ll become an integral member of a well-defined and supportive team, who believe passionately in the value of our work. We promote an empathic and therapeutic approach, respecting individual differences and promoting self-efficacy.

What we offer

  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A safe and supportive culture
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Serco Benefits package
  • Training Fees paid
  • Serco discounts which include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, cycle to work scheme and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships

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.