Senior Forensic Psychologist - HMP Fosse Way 1

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Senior Forensic Psychologist - HMP Fosse Way

Leicestershire, LE18 4TN

Salary - £56,344

Permanent (Full-Time, 40 Hrs)


Here at Serco we are looking for a Senior Forensic Psychologist to join the team at HMP Fosse Way. Under the line management of the Head of Psychological Services, you will identify and deliver evidence-based assessments, formulations and treatment, contributing to the effective risk management of both determinate and indeterminate sentence prisoners.  The successful candidate will be expected to take an active role in promoting and developing psychological services and Rehabilitative Culture throughout this new prison and when working with or within other Serco contracts.

The individual will be a positive culture carrier, working effectively and supportively within teams, inspiring and promoting effective change. This post will suit someone who enjoys direct psychological contact, working alongside prisoners who present with a range of complex needs. Emphasis will be placed on providing high quality forensic risk assessments and interventions, providing consultancy to other professionals, providing advice and input into multi-disciplinary meetings (for example Safety, MAPPA or Offender Personality Disorder pathway advice) and providing designated support and supervision for the Forensic Psychologists in Training (FPiTs).

Some of the other responsibilities of the Senior Forensic Psychologist are as follows:


  • To provide specialist psychological assessments, for determinate and indeterminate sentenced prisoners who are referred to the team.
  • Where appropriate and directed, to design and undertake psychological interventions from evidence-based literature for offenders who have a variety of different treatment and responsivity needs.
  • Provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to offenders' formulations and treatment planning. This will include delivery of or overseeing staff training and consultation in psychological areas of prison practice, for example personality disorder awareness, Being Trauma Informed or professional boundaries.
  • Act as a "professional witness" in parole board hearings, multi-agency meetings, and other formal settings where psychology input is required. 
  • To be an active stakeholder in the Rehabilitative Culture strategy of the prison.
  • Provide supervision to FPiTs in accordance with the British Psychological Society's code of conduct and code of ethics and any University attached to a qualification as appropriate.
  • Ensure each FPiT under your supervision carries out their duties in accordance with job descriptions and specifications, providing support and managerial guidance for people to achieve their best potential.
  • Comply with appropriate training requirements within the establishment and also maintain own Continued Professional Development (CPD) and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Maintain awareness of current psychological knowledge and best practice in relation to risk assessment and intervention.

What you will need to do the role

To carry out this role successfully, you will need to be experienced and skilled in working in a multi-disciplinary way. Skilled at report writing and presenting evidence in formal settings such as Oral Hearings. Able to plan strategically and communicate specialist knowledge to others such as the Senior Management Team. Understanding in relation the training routes Forensic Psychology and ability to supervise FPiTs. Understanding and ability to administer and interpret risk assessment tools and psychometrics. Up to date knowledge in research in Forensic Psychology and particularly that relating to the rehabilitation of offenders. Good awareness and knowledge of the Offender Personality Disorder pathway. Ability to make good clinical formulations of offenders with complex needs. Experience of assessing and working therapeutically with offenders with complex needs such as personality disorder, learning disability or on the autistic spectrum.


Administration, scoring and interpretation of psychological assessments such as PCL-R, IPDE.


Why Serco 

Meaningful and vital work - Using specialist behavioural analysis you'll contribute to the reintegration of ex-offenders back into society, helping them to address the factors that influence offending behaviour 

A world of opportunity - With six prisons across the UK and a breadth of roles, you'll be wholeheartedly supported with development and career progression. We actively fund psychologists towards chartered and/or registered status and with ongoing CPD activities and look to promote from within.  

Great people - You'll become an integral member of a well-defined and supportive team, who believe passionately in the value of our work. We promote an empathic and therapeutic approach, respecting individual differences and promoting self-efficacy. 


What we offer 

  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme 

  • Employee Assistance Programme 

  • A safe and supportive culture 

  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion 

  • Serco Benefits package

  • Serco discounts which include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships

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15/06/2023 03:01:00
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