Senior Forensic Psychologist-HMP & YOI Doncaster

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Senior Forensic Psychologist- HMP Doncaster

Permanent - Full Time (40 hours)

£56,292.83 per annum, Plus Serco Benefits


Here at Serco we're looking for a Senior Forensic Psychologist to join us at HMP Doncaster, a category B local remand and resettlement prison situated in South Yorkshire, housing a male population of up to 1145 individuals, approximately 240 of whom are young adults aged 18-25.


This post will suit someone who has a strong interest in supporting trainees in working alongside prisoners who present with a range of complex needs, including mental illness, personality disorders, cognitive deficits, self-harming behaviours and significant offending histories. This is also an exciting opportunity that offers autonomy and flexibility to a motivated individual, who can contribute to the continued shaping and direction of the psychological service we provide here at HMP Doncaster. The successful post holder must be able to influence and bring in new ideas around what can benefit the services we provide, and how we contribute to the prison as a whole.



The individual will be a positive promoter of rehabilitative culture, working effectively and supportively within teams, inspiring and promoting effective change to successfully deliver on the following accountabilities:


  • To help develop a Rehabilitative Culture
  • To work alongside the Head of Psychological Services and Operational Lead to implement the Young Adult Strategy.
  • Staff training and development
  • To work collaboratively with other agencies across the prison.
  • To identify risk, need, treatment and progression for prisoners with complex needs, particularly linked with violence and self-harm.
  • To support the provision of specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to prisoners' formulation and treatment plan.
  • Provide supervision to Forensic Psychologists in Training in accordance with the British Psychological Society's code of conduct and code of ethics.
  • Ensure each Forensic Psychologist in Training 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.
  • Through the supervision of others, to contribute to the provision of specialist psychological assessments, for determinate and indeterminate sentenced prisoners who are referred to the team.
  • 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). 


What you'll need to do the role



First and foremost, you will have Chartered status with the British Psychological Society and Registered as a Forensic Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council and be on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAAPS) with the BPS.


You will possess good awareness and knowledge of the Offender Personality Disorder pathway and the experience and ability to make good clinical formulations of offenders with complex needs. You will have experience in the completion of parole reports and carrying out assessments such as WAIS-IV, HCR-20, PCL-R, IPDE and SARA, to support Trainees in their practice. You'll also be able to work in a multi-disciplinary way and bring a creative and collaborative approach to your work with your team and with the prisoners.


For further information or for an informal discussion, please contact Vikki Bleanch - Head of Psychological Services at HMP Doncaster at or alternatively call 01302 760870 ext 130



Why Serco


Meaningful and vital work - Using specialist behavioural analysis you'll contribute to the reintegration of prisoners 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


  • A salary of £56,292.83 Per Annum
  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme
  • 25 days, plus 8 bank holidays
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A safe and supportive culture
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Serco Benefits package
  • Training Fees paid
  • Serco discounts which include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, cycle to work scheme and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships



About Serco

At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.


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Serco is a Disability Confident Employer committed to employing and retaining people with disabilities. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview. For help with your application please contact 0345 010 4000.

We see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates. We're a proud holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard and we actively encourage applications from females, those with disabilities or from an ethnic minority background. 

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