Principal Psychologist Manager

Job Title: Principal Psychologist Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Dublin
Job Published: May 03, 2018 07:22

Job Description

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) is responsible for the provision of safe, secure and humane custody for those people committed to prison by the Courts.  The IPS accommodates approximately 3700 persons committed to custody at any one time.  There are 12 institutions in the Irish prison system; ten closed institutions and two Open Centres.

The IPS Psychology Service forms part of the multidisciplinary Care and Rehabilitation Directorate.  Psychologists work across all prison establishments in the country.  The prison population is a community within our broader community, and therefore the Psychology Service provides a range of primary, secondary and tertiary care Psychological Services in adherence with the principle of equivalence of care.  The Service also provides support, training and education to the broader IPS organisation, including input to policy development and implementation, and IPS working groups.  Governance, management, supervision and continuous professional development arrangements are in place for all Psychology staff.  The Service also has close links with various Clinical and Counselling Psychology Doctoral programmes.

The Irish Prison Service (IPS) is recruiting a Principal Psychologist Manager to the Psychology Service. The post holder will be based in Dublin and will report to the Head of Psychology.  S/he will lead and be responsible for the effective delivery of quality Psychology Services across all prisons, in line with service strategy plans, and within professional standards, guidelines and policy.  S/he will work with senior management and the Heads of Discipline / Services across the prison estate to ensure a co-ordinated and comprehensive service delivery to the client population.  S/he will contribute significantly to service planning, development, evaluation and quality initiatives.  

Candidates must have at the latest date of application:

  1.  (i)   A recognised University degree or diploma (NQAI Level 8 equivalent) obtained with first or second class honours in which Psychology was taken as a major subject and honours obtained in that subject.


  1. A recognised postgraduate professional psychological qualification appropriate to the area of professional Psychology to include one of more of the following:
    1. A postgraduate professional qualification in Clinical Psychology recognised by PSI. (Applicants with qualifications obtained outside of Ireland must obtain a statement of equivalence in Clinical Psychology from the Department of Health);


  1. A postgraduate professional qualification in Counselling Psychology recognised by PSI.  (Applicants with qualifications obtained outside of Ireland must obtain a statement of equivalence in Counselling Psychology from the Department of Health);


  1. A recognised postgraduate qualification in Forensic Psychology and have obtained Chartered Forensic status from the British Psychological Society.


(b) Have at least seven years satisfactory post graduate experience in the area of professional psychology in which the position is designated inclusive of any time spent in pursuing a course leading to the postgraduate qualification and including at least two years satisfactory experience in a senior capacity.


(c) Possess the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and management ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the post.

For a full job description, and application form please see  Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm Friday 15th June. For informal enquiries, please contact Alicia Flynn at