Forensic Psychologist (Bristol, Somerset, GB, BS16 9QJ)

Serco Limited

Forensic Psychologist

Full Time, Permanent – 40 hours

Location: HMP Ashfield, Bristol

Salary: Up to £45,000 Per annum – could be exceeded dependent upon experience per annum + Company Benefits 



Discover an exciting opportunity to enrich your career as a Forensic Psychologist at HMP Ashfield in Bristol. From a new Therapeutic Community to the use of EMDR and schema therapy, here you can enhance your experience and career with a variety of therapeutic approaches.



As part of our team, you’ll help deliver psychological services at HMP Ashfield, including:



  • Completing psychological assessments including HCR-20, SARA, WAIS, IPDE and PCL-R
  • Completing parole reports and directions
  • Undertaking psychological assessments of prisoners and individual work, all while fostering an environment focused on safety and rehabilitation
  • Managing and supervising forensic psychologists-in-training and programmes staff
  • Conducting research and consulting with other prison staff
  • Making decisions regarding suitability of candidates for accredited interventions
  • Providing staff training
  • Ensuring all activities adhere to the Code of Conduct of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • You may also be involved in the management and delivery of offending behaviour programmes, too



HMP Ashfield is a category B male prison with an operational capacity is for 412 prisoners. This is a role that offers plenty of variety and contributes enormously to the important work of stabilising and reintegrating those prisoners safely and successfully back into society.

What you’ll need to do the role:





  • We welcome people who are still in training and are close to qualification. If you are within six months of becoming Registered with the and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • If you’re already a forensic psychologist-in-training on the BPS route, you must have fully completed Stage 1 of the Qualification in Forensic Psychology and the majority of Stage 2
  • If you’re already a forensic psychologist-in-training on the Doctorate route, you must have completed all practitioner placements and be within six months of becoming registered with the HCPC



  • Qualified Forensic Psychologist registered with HCPC





  • Psychological theory regarding treatment of violent and sexual offending


Additional requirements


  • Experience in the administration, scoring and interpretation of psychological assessments such as WAIS, HCR-20, PCL-r, IPDE
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with offenders
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary way



Why Serco?


A place you can make an impact: Using specialist behavioural analysis, you’ll contribute to the reintegration of ex-offenders back into society, helping them to address the factors that influence their offending behaviour. You’ll see your skills and experience make a tangible difference to the people you work with.


A place you can count on: 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 registered status, with ongoing CPD activities and a culture of promoting from within.


A place for you: 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 the value of diverse perspectives.


What we offer:


  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme
  • A range of benefits to support the health and wellbeing of you and your family such as Employee Assistance Programme and more
  • Funding for further training
  • Access to a huge range of discounts and exclusive deals such as Merlin Attractions, mobile phone, cinema, retail, leisure and hospitality discounts
  • A fantastic culture and supportive team where you’ll get the chance to make a positive difference in a company passionate about diversity and inclusion 
  • Interesting and enjoyable work
  • Professional and personal development opportunities, with a wide range of training and coaching available to help you grow and enrich your career
  • A safe and supportive culture




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.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks – SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 

Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 

At Serco, 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 and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool. We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working. We operate a hybrid work structure in many of our business areas. We are proudly Disability Confident Leader employers and holder of the Gold Inclusive Employer Standard. 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.

At Serco we support fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the ‘Ban the Box’ pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required). Please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000 to discuss.

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