Job Title: Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Harrogate
Salary: £22,575 - £27,359
Job Published: February 26, 2018 11:11

Job Description

Vacancy reference: KRE4153

This post is open to applicants who can meet the College’s nationality, UK residency and vetting requirements

This role is offered as a permanent opportunity

Location: The College of Policing, Harrogate, HG3 1UF

Salary: £22,575 - £27,359

College grade: 2A

Closing date: Tuesday, 13 March, 2018 (midnight)

Candidates must be available for interview on the 22, 23 or 26 March 2018

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 four 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.
  • Building the College: developing our infrastructure so we achieve even greater efficiency and effectiveness and establish the College as an independent professional body and employer of choice.

Applications are invited for the post of Psychologist

The selected candidate will undertake tasks and activities that contribute to the design, implementation and quality assurance of selection and assessment services to support professionalism in policing.

This includes the design and delivery of assessment and development centres, and examinations. You will be working with clients at all levels, delivering briefings and facilitating groups, managing and analysing data, facilitating feedback, quality assuring assessment events, and writing assessment exercises and guidance documents.  We need people with skills across all these areas, along with excellent technical knowledge of selection and assessment principles and techniques.  We are looking for proactive, flexible people who drive for high standards. Some travel and working away from home is required.

 All applicants must hold:

  • An MSc in Occupational Psychology recognised by the Occupational Psychology division of the British Psychological Society
  • An honours Degree in Psychology, recognised by the British Psychological Society

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:

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.

This post is 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 visit or click the apply now button, and follow the instructions below

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

By email:,

By post: HR Department, College of Policing, Priestley House, Priestley Road Basingstoke RG24 9NW.

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: 02476 931 315.

Please quote the job title and vacancy reference number in all correspondence.                              

For further information visit the ‘How to apply’ page.

The College is committed to valuing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity for all.

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