Head of Psychological Services/ Principal Psychologist

Job Title: Head of Psychological Services/ Principal Psychologist
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Uttoxeter
Salary: £57,000
Job Published: January 05, 2017 16:47

Job Description

HMP Dovegate – Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

Maternity Cover until February 2018 - £57,000

About Us

HMP Dovegate is a Category B prison based near Uttoxeter in Staffordshire and is run by Serco. The Psychological Services department is based solely at HMP Dovegate and has a diverse delivery of psychological work throughout the prison. We are in the unique position of not only having a large Category B population, with designated wings for remand, drug intervention and vulnerable prisoners but also a separate 200-bed Therapeutic Prison. Psychological Services delivers Psychological assessments, individual interventions, accredited offending behaviour programmes, research, staff training and consultancy.               

Head of Psychological Services/ Principal Psychologist

Your primary purpose will be to manage and provide strategic leadership of the Psychological Services Department across HMP Dovegate.  This includes working as part of the Senior Management Team and you will ensure that all psychological work across the establishment is compliant with the BPS and HCPC codes of conduct and that all practice is up to date with current psychological research and theory. 

Experience and Skills

As the successful candidate you will hold Chartered status with the BPS, full membership of the DFP and be Registered as a Forensic Psychologist with the HCPC. You will have managed teams previously and be able to inspire the staff in the Psychological Services team. This role also has much opportunity for supervising Forensic Psychologists in training. 

It would be desirable if you could also evidence:

  • Strong research skills
  • Experience of writing Parole reports and psychological assessments
  • Experience of working therapeutically with offenders with complex needs
  • An ability to plan strategically and communicate specialist knowledge to others such as SMT

Specific Requirements

These roles are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all offers of employment are subject to security clearance checks and approval by the Home Office.

To find out more and apply, please visit our website to submit your CV for this role

Job Requisition 29801