The Parole Board for England and Wales is recruiting for psychologist members.
Details of the role and how to apply are below.
Role: The key task of all members of the Parole Board is to make rigorous, fair and timely risk assessments about individual cases which have the primary aim of protecting the public and which contribute to the rehabilitation of offenders where appropriate. You will apply psychological knowledge and professional judgement to parole cases to decide whether a prisoner can safely be released into the community; to set licence conditions where release is appropriate; and, in relevant cases, to decide whether to recommend a prisoner is transferred to open conditions.
Eligibility: You must be a registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), with knowledge and understanding of forensic risk assessment and no outstanding fitness to practice matters
This is a senior position where it is expected individuals will use their knowledge of psychology, risk assessment tools and risk management skills, to work independently and in consultation with other Parole Board colleagues in deciding if an offender should receive parole.
Location: Recruitment is open to those who live in all regions of England and Wales. The role is home based, with some hearings undertaken remotely by telephone and video. Travel will also be required to attend oral hearings during the working day in HMP establishments across England and Wales.
Although much of our work can be completed remotely, we still need members to attend prisons for hearings. We have greatest need for members outside the London and South East area. Demand is highest in the North, Wales, Midlands and East Anglia. You will be asked as part of your application to nominate three priority prisons that you can attend, at least one of which is from our high priority list. You will subsequently be asked to select another 23 prisons that are accessible to you.
Time commitment: At least 35 days annually, including preparation time for panels, which can be undertaken at home. You may give more time if there is work available. There is no guarantee of work. You will be supported with ongoing training and development.
Remuneration: Casework fees currently range between £345 and £365 per day, depending on the role. A fee review is underway and these rates may change. Remuneration is subject to deduction of tax and NIC at source, and the role is not pensionable.
Start date: Appointment offers will be made before the end of the year. Training will be provided early in 2021.
Tenure of appointment: Five years, with the possibility of re-appointment.
We are seeking to improve the diversity of the Parole Board membership and particularly welcome applications from people with black and minority ethnic backgrounds, as well as Welsh speakers.
- Decision making: Demonstrable ability to conduct effective evidence-based decision making, bringing independence of mind and making sound judgements through: weighing facts and evidence, analysing and critically evaluating large volumes of complex information and identifying key issues, within tight deadlines and working on own initiative.
- Effective interpersonal skills: able to gain respect and maintain rapport through effective communication and influencing skills. Confident to challenge opinions, work collegiately and resolve differences to reach sound decisions. Able to communicate expert knowledge in a manner a lay person can readily understand.
- Adaptable communication skills, both written and oral: Able to communicate sensitively and effectively with a wide range of individuals, varying the approach as necessary, treating others with respect, listening actively and evaluating replies to probe issues.
- Effective written skills: the ability to draft well-formed written accounts which accurately document, analyse and summarise evidence in support of a decision or recommendation. Able to work collaboratively to produce written reasons that accurately reflect how the panel came to its decision or recommendation.
- Demonstrable high standards of corporate and personal integrity and conduct: including a strong desire to serve the public, evidence of commitment to equality and diversity, resilience and reflection in decision making, and personal accountability.
- Effective time management, organisational and administrative skills: Able to identify and resolve issues at an early stage taking proactive steps to ensure cases are concluded at the earliest opportunity. Strong commitment to professional and personal development.
Closing date: 5pm on Thursday 2 July 2020
Applications should be submitted to the Ministry of Justice Public Appointments Team via firstname.lastname@example.org
To access our candidate pack, please visit: https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/parole-board-psychologist-member-pat150093/