G4 - Registered Psychologist, UKPPS

Job Title: G4 - Registered Psychologist, UKPPS
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £34,971 - £43,809 + London Weighting £3,258
Job Published: April 24, 2019 16:11

Job Description

G4 - Registered Psychologist, UKPPS

Closing date: 24 May 2019

Reference number: 1628320

Salary: £34,971 - £43,809 + London Weighting £3,258

Grade: Higher Executive Officer

NCA G4/ Police Sergeant

Contract type: Permanent

Business area: Other

Type of role: Health Professionals

Working pattern: Full-time

Hours: 37

Number of posts: 1

Location: Based in London with some flexibility

About the job

Job description

We are seeking to recruit a confident and resilient Registered Psychologist to join UKPPS Psychological Services. This business area manages risk and vulnerability in a uniquely sensitive and discreet law enforcement context. The application of psychology is a highly valued specialist capability and the successful applicant will have the opportunity to demonstrate their flexibility and innovation working with the Lead Psychologist to develop the service. 

The post-holder will be working as a member of UKPPS Psychological Services supporting the delivery of UKPPS objectives by conducting clinical and risk assessments of protected people and providing psychological advice to operational colleagues to assist the management and support of protected people. 

We advise that applicants apply discretion in discussing their application with others due to the sensitivity of the work conducted by UKPPS. The successful candidate will receive advice on discussing their role upon appointment. 

This role involves frequent UK-based travel and occasional international travel. The post holder will be based primarily in London, although there is some flexibility depending on the applicant’s ability to travel. 

Note: The successful applicant will be responsible for managing some areas of psychological service delivery for a temporary period to cover the Lead Psychologist’s maternity leave. After this period, some management responsibilities can be retained by the post holder if agreed following review. 

Written enquiries can be directed to

Key Responsibilities: 

  • To demonstrate best psychological practice in line with ethical and legal frameworks and professional standards 
  • To conduct clinical and risk assessments of protected people, developing psychological formulations and risk management plans 
  • To provide timely and accessible theoretically-based psychological advice to colleagues to assist case management of protected people 
  • To work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders 
  • Manage security and accuracy of information, maintaining confidentiality and duty of care 
  • Anticipate and prepare for the future by scanning for ideas, best practice, research findings and emerging trends that will have an impact in the clinical forensic field 
  • To proactively identify areas for continued personal and professional development and complete training as required 
  • To design and deliver training to meet business needs as required 
  • To complete research/audit to meet business needs as required 
  • To represent UKPPS Psychological Services at national and international events 


  • Registration as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) 
  • Post-graduate training (MSc or Doctorate) in applied psychology 


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

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

  • National Insurance Number - Required for monitoring purposes only
  • Specialist knowledge of i) psychological theory underpinning mental health problems including PTSD, personality disorder, anxiety and depression, and ii) theories of offending behaviour
  • Assessing clients using psychological methods and translating complex psychological findings into information and advice for non-psychologist colleagues
  • Conducting clinical/risk assessments with offenders, victims or witnesses
  • Developing psychological formulations of complex clinical and risk information
  • Working independently and taking initiative

We only ask for evidence of these technical skills on your application form:

  • National Insurance Number - Required for monitoring purposes only
  • Specialist knowledge of i) psychological theory underpinning mental health problems including PTSD, personality disorder, anxiety and depression, and ii) theories of offending behaviour
  • Developing psychological formulations of complex clinical and risk information
  • Working independently and taking initiative



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 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: or

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift results are expected to be released w/c 27th May 2019. 
Interviews will take place throughout June & July 2019 - locations to be confirmed. 

Full details of the assessment process will be made available to shortlisted candidates. 

Should you be successful at sift but cannot attend on the interview date(s) listed the recruitment team cannot guarantee an alternative date. Please contact the recruitment team. 

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 to 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.