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Cluster Lead Psychologists London Region – 57662
£56,871 – £69,666
Multiple Locations


We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit:

Organisation Level

Senior Management – The job holder will be a Senior Manager and is accountable for the provision of leadership, direction, coordination, strategic decisions and risks for a large/complex establishment with managerial responsibility for all staff across their functions. They are accountable for the budgets allocated to functions and the effective and efficient use of resources to ensure the security of establishment.


Job holders within this Group Profile will be report to Regional Lead and be responsible for managing delivery of services across a region. They will provide specialist knowledge, guidance and support on their area of specialism to establishments with the region.

The job holder will need to ensure that they implement robust systems to manage the services they provide, as they will often be distanced from front-line duties and will need to delegate appropriately. They will be required to robustly apply national policies in their area and draft local policies accordingly.

These are non operational roles but may be prisoner facing.


Typical tasks associated with this Group Profile include:

  • Accountable for the delivery of the specialist psychological services as defined in the Service Delivery Agreements (SDA) for each prison within the cluster
  • Accountable for ensuring psychological services are delivered in an ethical and professional manner, in line with the Health Professional Council (HPC) Standards of Proficiency, the HPC Standards of Performance and Ethics, and the British Psychological Services (BPS) Code of Ethics and Conduct
  • Accountable for supporting the development of Forensic Psychological Services through the supervision of trainee Psychologists
  • Accountable for contributing to research, consultancy and training activities as deemed appropriate by the Regional Psychologist
  • Accountable for managing and providing professional supervision to forensic psychology staff across a range of locations
  • Accountable for monitoring the work outputs within the psychology clusters against the Service Delivery Agreements(SDA)s to identify performance issues quickly and effect appropriate change to rectify them if needs be
  • Liaise with Regional Forensic Psychology staff and HMPPS managers as appropriate
  • Accountable for undertaking strategic and developmental work in conjunction with the Regional Psychologist, other Cluster Managers in the Region and with the HMPPS Lead Psychologist
  • Responsible for trouble shooting and supporting prison sites with delivery issues/accredited programmes/other interventions in conjunction with the head of Reducing reoffending and/or Programme Managers at delivery sites
  • Accountable for managing the needs based prioritisation and allocation process for the provision of forensic psychological input into risk assessment and management of specific offenders within the region for their cluster.
  • Accountable for supporting the delivery and management of the risk assessment and management of offenders for their cluster
  • Accountable for collating information relating to the assessment and treatment needs of violent and sexual offenders in order to inform future commissioning of appropriate treatment/services
  • Accountable for monitoring changes to prisoner populations and subsequent demand for psychological services within the Region within their cluster
  • Work collaboratively within the HMPPS Region Forensic Psychology Service to undertake good quality and timely risk assessments, personality assessments and ability assessments as directed/required
  • Accountable for conducting and overseeing appropriate interventions with high risk offenders as directed by the HMPPS Regional Psychologist
  • Accountable for contributing to public protection and the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) process for suitable cases and in terms of attending and contributing to relevant meetings.
  • As a trained Negotiation Advisor (NA), to provide input at live and simulated incidents within the Region or wider HMPPS (e.g. as Gold NA), as required
  • Accountable for coordinating research, training and consultancy work within the cluster, and linking across clusters where necessary to limit duplication and increase cohesion of psychology work delivered
  • Represents the Region Forensic Psychology Service at internal and external events and venues.
  • Maintains own Continued Professional Development (CPD) and registration with the Health Professional Council (HPC)

Job Descriptions relating to this Group Profile

The job holder once in post will be in matched to a job description a sample list is attached below. The post is rotational so the job holder could during their career carry out the role of several job descriptions

  • Cluster Psychology Lead : Psychology


  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a Quality Service

Essential Skills/ Qualifications/ Accreditation/ Registration

The job holder will be a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council and eligible to use a protected title. They are likely to also be a Chartered Psychologist and Full member of the appropriate division of the BPS if the post requires it. They will have experience of delivering psychological services directly, and through a managed team. They will have been registered for over two years and are eligible for Associate Fellowship of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Essential Experience

  • Experience of delivering psychological services directly, and through a managed team

Technical Requirements

  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Professions Council and eligible to use a protected title
  • Must be eligible for Associate Fellowship of the British Psychological Society

Hours of Work 

37 hour working week


London salary range is £56,871 - £69,666. Your salary will be dependent on your base location

Additional Information

Working Arrangements & Further Information

The MoJ offers Hybrid Working arrangements where business need allows. This is an informal, non-contractual form of flexible working that blends working from your base location, different MoJ sites and / or from home (please be aware that this role can only be worked in the UK and not overseas). Some roles will not be suitable for Hybrid Working. Similarly, Hybrid Working will not suit everyone’s circumstances. Arrangements will be discussed and agreed with the successful candidate(s) and subject to regular review.

For nationally advertised roles, the successful candidate(s) will be appointed to a MoJ office location, which may include their nearest Justice Collaboration Centre or Justice Satellite Office. This will be discussed and agreed on the completion of pre-employment checks.

Some of MoJ’s terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Standard working hours for this post are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.

If you are a current NPS employee, this vacancy may be available on a Loan basis for up to 2 years. Applications are invited from suitable qualified staff.

The Loan/Secondment is subject to the approval of the selected candidate’s Business Unit, which should be obtained before confirmation of appointment.


Annual Leave

-The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.

Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays

-You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment


-The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Work Life Balance

HM Prison & Probation Service  (HMPPS) is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. HMPPS offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ

Season Ticket Advance

-After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work

Childcare Vouchers

For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers


HMPPS is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes

-There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and HMPPS provides a variety of training appropriate to individual posts

-All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles


-All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post

-All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within HMPPS

-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which the HMPPS considers to be racist

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles. Should you feel that the recruitment process has breached the recruitment principles you are able to raise a formal complaint in the following order

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As a Disability Confident employer, MoJ are committed to providing everyone with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills, talent and abilities, by making adjustments throughout all elements of the recruitment process and in the workplace. MoJ are able to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum selection criteria, except in a limited number of campaigns.

You will be able to request reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process within the application form. If you need additional help completing the application form, please contact the SSCL Recruitment Enquiries Team.

We encourage applications from people from all backgrounds and aim to have a workforce that represents the wider society that we serve. We pride ourselves on being an employer of choice. We champion diversity, inclusion and wellbeing and aim to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and a sense of belonging. To find out more about how we do this visit: