£34,212 - £51,753 dependant on location – England and Wales
As a Psychologist in prisons, you’ll deal with complex work in an environment like no other; helping individuals to go on to lead better lives and helping the organisation strengthen its rehabilitative ethos. Whether you’re dealing with first or frequent offenders, you’ll look to understand the full story of the people in our care and you’ll help build a positive culture wherever you work. Throughout, you’ll be alongside award-winning colleagues who, like you, believe in meaningful work and in building a place of safety and rehabilitation.
What you could do
The work of our Psychologists is focused on transformation and achieving positive outcomes. On the clinical side, you’ll be undertaking interventions and carrying out risk assessments – which can involve report writing, completing assessments and making recommendations for the parole board, and as part of your training role you’ll add to the skills of psychologists and non-psychologists alike as well as your own development. At senior level, there’s the need to share your expertise to develop, manage and supervise those still in training.
You can have a real impact using your research skills, for example conducting in-house research into policy implementation, services or creating new interventions and adding to the evidence-base for all areas of practice is a priority. Lastly, organisational change is influenced by consultancy work which covers anything from advising Governors and senior management on improving the rehabilitative climate of their prison, to guiding prison staff in more effective ways to work with certain individuals.
What you’ll need
You should be a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. If you’re joining us at senior level, you are likely to have been registered and operating as an autonomous practitioner for a period already. You’ll be keen to make the role your own, and to look for a wealth of career development opportunities across the organisation.
Created in April 2017, HMPPS is a new agency in the Ministry of Justice, covering 121 prisons and employing over 42,000 staff. Our mission: to drive the biggest reform of our prison system in a generation. Across the UK, we're committed to improving how we rehabilitate offenders and protect the public.
We want to build pride in the prison service and make it a place where dedicated professionals change what we do for the better. Since we’re the largest employer of Psychologists within the civil service, you will enjoy real flexibility, career development and prospects. All this, and the opportunity to do something meaningful in the long term by changing people’s lives.
Whilst we mainly employ forensic psychologists, we are growing our teams of those registered with the HCPC in other domains.
To apply, please visit www.psychologycareersinside.co.uk