Locum Psychologists

Job Title: Locum Psychologists
Contract Type: Flexible
Location: Ireland
Salary: Band 7 - Band 8A equiv.
Contact Name: Brian Murray
Job Published: May 11, 2021 09:08

Job Description


LOCUM Clinical/Counselling Psychologists, Midlands Prison / Portlaoise Prison, Co. Laois, Ireland (Band 7 equiv.)
LOCUM Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist, (to cover Maternity Leave) Midlands Prison, Co. Laois, Ireland (Band 8a equiv.)
LOCUM Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist, National Violence Reduction Unit, Midlands Prison, Co. Laois, Ireland (Band 8a equiv.)

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) is responsible for the provision of safe and secure custody, dignity of care and rehabilitation to people in custody for safer communities. The IPS operates as an executive office within the Department of Justice and Equality and is a key component in our country’s Criminal Justice system. It employs some 3,200 uniformed and civilian staff. Currently, the nationwide estate is made up of 12 prisons and a number of other ancillary offices and facilities. Typically, the IPS manages approximately 4,000 people in custody at any one time, both male and female, aged 18 and over.

The IPS Psychology Service is a national, public psychological service.  Psychologists work as part of broad multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) within all prisons across the country.  The Service holds the principle of equivalence of care as its foundation.  Its integrated model of care is bio-psycho-social, strengths-based and recovery focused and balances this with the principles of Risk, Need and Responsivity (RNR).  Services are organised within a layered care model.

As the IPS Psychology Service provides an integrated care model, it accepts referrals for a broad range of mental health and criminogenic need.  The Service prides itself on thorough, individualised, evidence-based assessment and interventions with clients, and to this end, there are excellent Continuing Professional Development opportunities for all staff members. 

Prison-based Psychologists have regular contact with community agencies involved in the support and resettlement of people leaving custody.  They also work with the families and carers of those in custody. Where clinically appropriate, IPS Psychologists provide time-limited community intervention(s) to support a client’s transition from custody to community.

The Service plays a critical role in supporting the broader IPS organisation (and Criminal Justice Agency partners, as required) through consultation, training and education.  Placements are available for psychologists-in-training and the Service provides regular input training programmes.  Psychologists are also involved in research in conjunction with various Universities.   

The IPS Psychology Service is currently made up of a Head of Psychological Services, supported by a Principal Psychologist, Senior Psychologists, Staff Grade Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists.  IPS Psychology Service Headquarters is based at Arbour Hill Prison, Dublin 7.

The closing time and date for applications is 12pm, Tuesday 18th May 2021.  For details and essential requirements contact CPL Healthcare:

Brian Murray -  Client Relationship Manager Allied Health

Phone: +353 1 482 5421 / +353 87 222 6752

Address: 83 Merrion Square, Dublin 2


Potential candidates with qualifications obtained outside of Ireland must have obtained or be in the process of submitting an application for a statement of equivalence in Clinical or Counselling Psychology from the Department of Health in order to be considered.  Permanent positions will be advertised later in 2021.