Higher Psychologist/ Psychologist

Job Title: Higher Psychologist/ Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Harrogate
Salary: Higher Psychologist: £27,744 - £33,961 or Psychologist: £22,203 – £27,173
Reference: KRE3750/3751
Contact Name: 01256 692519
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 04, 2016 09:49

Job Description

Vacancy reference: KRE3750/3751

These posts are open to applicants who can meet the College’s nationality, UK residency and vetting requirements.

There are two posts available:
KRE3750 – Permanent post
KRE3751 – 12 month fixed-term appointment

Location: These posts are based at The College of Policing, Harrogate, HG3 1UF. Occasional long hours, travel and time spent away from home, including weekends (and very occasionally overseas) will be required.

Salary: Higher Psychologist: £27,744 - £33,961 or Psychologist: £22,203 – £27,173.

College grade: Higher Psychologist: National 2B or Psychologist: National 2A.

Closing date: Monday, 5 December, 2016 (midnight).

Interview date: 12th or 13th January 2017, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

​About us:

Our vision is to be a world class professional body, equipping members with the skills and knowledge to prevent crime, protect the public and secure public trust. The quality of our services, the support for our members and a reputation for cutting-edge research and teaching will have a profound effect on the future development of policing in the UK and overseas for years to come.

We have three complementary functions:

  • Knowledge: developing the research and infrastructure for improving evidence of ‘what works’. Over time, this will ensure policing practice and standards are based on knowledge, not custom and convention
  • Education: supporting the development of individual members of the profession. We set educational requirements to assure the public of the quality and consistency of policing skills, and facilitate academic accreditation and recognition of our members’ expertise. 
  • Standards: drawing on the best available evidence of ‘what works’ to set standards in policing for forces and individuals, for example, through Authorised Professional Practice and peer review.

Applications are invited for the posts of Higher Psychologist and/or Psychologist. Both permanent and fixed term positions are being offered. Please indicate in your application whether you are applying for permanent, fixed-term, or either.

We are seeking applications from enthusiastic and proactive Psychologists. You will need to demonstrate personal responsibility, great planning and organising skills, flexibility, and high standards of ethics and professionalism, in addition to a strong technical background.

You will have a degree in Psychology and an MSc in Occupational Psychology, recognised by the BPS. BPS occupational test user qualifications are also desirable. Higher Psychologists are likely to have a number of years’ relevant work experience and be able to demonstrate having managed the delivery of significant assessment product. Applicants for Higher Psychologist posts should be chartered or actively working toward chartered status.

The Selection and Assessment department is responsible for the design, delivery, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of national assessment processes for the police service. These include recruitment, officer and staff development and promotion, as well as identifying those who will go on to become the future leaders of the Service. Our services are received by thousands of candidates every year, and ultimately our work touches every member of the public by improving and maintaining the standards and professionalism of policing.

Psychologists use their skills in contributing to the design of robust and valid assessment processes and in delivering services to a high standard with excellent customer/client relationships. They conduct statistical analysis of data for marking and evaluation and design innovative bespoke products.  They also facilitate feedback to candidates and officers and staff seeking development.  In addition to the above, Higher Psychologists are expected to take responsibility for ensuring the delivery of significant projects or areas of work.

Please see job description for full details of the role.

Applications will be sifted against the ‘Essential criteria’ section of the job description.

Additional information and eligibility:

The College of Policing offers a supportive and stimulating working environment and the opportunity to be involved in major national products that make a significant contribution to the professionalisation of policing at all levels and across a range of specialisms. We offer a broad range of work that provides a good basis for those working toward chartered/registered status, and the opportunity to work with skilled and experienced professionals in the field.  We will provide support for candidates in achieving chartered status, including financial assistance.
In addition the College offers a good pension, flexible working and a range of employee benefits. Full details of staff benefits are available on the College of Policing website.

New entrants are normally appointed at the pay scale minimum for their grade although there is limited scope for negotiation based on skills and experience.

Existing staff and civil servants should note that, if successful, their salary on appointment would normally be determined by applying the College’s usual salary progression rules. If the appointment is on level transfer, your substantive salary (excluding any allowances) will remain unchanged (unless it exceeds the maximum stated within the College pay band) and unless the successful candidate’s current salary is below the relevant College grade minimum. If the appointment is on temporary or substantive promotion, the successful candidate’s salary will be increased by the appropriate promotion percentage or moved to the relevant College grade minimum, whichever is the greater.

These posts are open to UK nationals, Commonwealth citizens, EEA nationals of other member states and certain non-EEA family members. There must be no employment restriction or time limit on your permitted stay in the UK. You should normally have been resident in the United Kingdom for at least three years, and in some cases five or even 10 years, preceding your application due to the requirement to have a checkable history for security vetting purposes. If you answer 'No' to the questions regarding nationality, then it is unlikely your application will be pursued. If you are unsure as to your eligibility on any of these points, please contact us for advice.

College posts are subject to both national security vetting and force vetting requirements.

How to apply and contact information:

Please complete the application and diversity forms and return them to one of the following:

By email:,
By post: HR Department, College of Policing, Albert Day Building, Sunningdale Park, Larch Avenue, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 0QE.

Documents can be downloaded from

If you have trouble downloading any of the documents, or for further information regarding this position, please contact us via the details above, or by telephone: 01256 692519.


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