Assistant Psychologists - Temporary for 12 months

Various locations across Scotland
£20,004 - £24,873 depending on qualifications, skills and experience
Closing date
28/11/2019, 12:30
Normal Office Hours
Full-Time - 37 Hours

The post holder will contribute to the range of functions performed by psychological services with an emphasis on the maintenance of psychological records, information and case-management. This will contribute to the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) vision of helping to build a safer Scotland.

The posts are temporary for a period of 12 months in the following locations:

  • HMP Glenochil
  • HMP Edinburgh
  • Open Estate
  • Headquarters, the Gyle, Edinburgh

Other opportunities may arise in the near future in other locations such as HMP&YOI Grampian. Within the role travel to other establishments may be required.

To assist the Head of Psychology, Psychology Managers and Trainee Psychologists in the performance of their duties with prisoners that have been referred to the Psychology department.
Contribute to the collation, organisation and recording of behavioural data to support the Case-Management of prisoners with Order of Lifelong restriction sentences.
Contribute to the collation of collateral information and preparation of file reviews on those in SPS care to support the completion of assessment of offending behaviour risk and needs.
Support Psychological services in the preparation of Subject Access Requests.
Other duties commensurate with pay band and working patterns as advised by Line Manager.
To present information as required in various multi-disciplinary meetings.
Person Specification

SPS recruitment and selection practice is based on the fundamentals of our Behavioural Competency Framework. This identifies behaviours and standards required both of applicants seeking to join us, and our staff in their respective roles. Assessment of specific behaviours, of which there are twelve, will be determined by the role you are applying for. Whilst it is unlikely you will be assessed on all of them , you will be assessed on these identified as key to role.

Qualifications Requirements

Candidates must hold a degree in Psychology conferring Graduate Basis for Registration.


Candidates must be Qualified at a postgraduate level in a field of Forensic Psychology.


Experience Requirements

Candidates must be experienced in all aspects of administration and be competent in using software such as Microsoft Office Packages (Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint presentation) as well as Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and be aware of data protection legislation.


Experience of working in Forensic Settings.


Knowledge Skills Requirements

Excellent communication skills across a range of media, including written and oral.


Understanding of and commitment to SPS aims, vision and values and the organisations contribution to the wider criminal justice agenda.


Ability to work with limited supervision and prioritise workload.


Organisational skills and ability to maintain records and secure information.


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This opportunity is closed to applications.