G3 Clinical Psychologist, Protective Operations - HP1581801HG

National Crime Agency

Closing date: 31 May 2017

Reference number



£41,607 to £54,727 (Depending on skills and experience) - We will match civil servant salaries upto £41,607


Senior Executive Officer
NCA Grade 3

Contract type


Business area

Other - Central Bureau (UK Protected Persons Service) Vulnerabilities Command

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time


37 hours per Week

Number of posts



Flexible between NCA Sites across the UK. Location is negotiable.

About the job

Job description

The NCA is an organisation which leads the UK’s fight to cut serious and organised crime. This includes class A drugs, child exploitation, people smuggling and human trafficking, major gun crime, fraud, cyber crime, money laundering and the corruption that organised criminals use to facilitate these crimes.

We work to imprison serious criminals, and use many other tactics to disrupt crime and keep people safe. In particular, we want to ensure crime doesn’t pay and that it’s harder to commit.

We also draw on innovative new approaches to prevent crimes from happening in the first place.

We expect our Officers to work to the highest standards of behaviour in everything they do.

Our values and behaviours are:

Flexibility – seeking continuous improvements to the way that we work, adapting to find solutions to difficult problems.

Integrity – acting with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

Respect – treating everyone with dignity and respect, valuing diversity, working in partnership, and sharing knowledge and best practice.

Serving the public – being proud to put the public interest at the centre of everything we do.

Transparency – being truthful, open and accountable for our actions.

Grade & Role Title: G3 Clinical Psychologist, Central Bureau (UK Protected Persons Service) Vulnerabilities

Command - HP1581801HG

Vacancy Reference Number: HP1581801HG

Open to: Substantive and External Staff on Lateral Transfer or Promotion, Permanent

Location: Flexible between NCA sites

Closing Date: Midday 31st May 2017

Salary: The salary band for this position is £41,607 to £54,727 (Depending on skills and experience).  Where existing Civil Servants apply on transfer to the NCA at the equivalent grade, pay principles on Civil Service transfers will apply. All other salary offers will be made within the advertised band.

Role summary:

This is a new post into the National Crime Agency, therefore the post holder will be required to demonstrate flexibility and have the appetite to shape the future of psychological support to the UK Protected Persons Service.

The main functions are to apply specialist psychological knowledge, skills and experience to assist with the following:

- Identifying and conducting psychological and social assessments for the adoption of new protected persons cases.

- Identifying and evaluating the psychological requirements for long term protection arrangements.

- Coordinating the on-going assessment and psychological support of protected persons and maintaining an overview of services provided (UKPPS)

- Identifying the need for, and facilitating the provision of additional expert advice in order to provide bespoke psychological support to protected persons.

- Maintain responsibility for the psychological element of educational training, developing and designing training for UKPPS staff.

-Manage security and accuracy of information, maintaining confidentiality, sensitivity and duty of care.

- Maintain high professional standards. Develop and maintain personal and organisational psychological best practice.

- Represent UKPPS at National and International arenas.

- Monitor, review and implement current and future developments within the clinical / forensic psychology field.

- Ensure own Continued Professional Development (CPD) and to optimise support provided to PPS.

- Responsible for the strategic development of psychological support to the UKPPS.

- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders in order to foster collaborative working.

Deployment at short notice may be necessary, including a requirement for remote working, long distance travel and frequent overnight stays across the UK.

The post holder will be required to undergo DV clearance. Achieving DV clearance is an essential requirement of the post.

Location is negotiable.

To apply:
Please carefully read all the information on this advert and the attached documents.

Candidates must fully complete the attached two forms to be considered for this vacancy:

• External Application Form
• Equality & Diversity Form

Please return both documents to central.recruitment@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk mailbox no later than 12.00hrs Midday on 31/05/2017.

If you already work for the NCA and wish to apply for this role you must complete the Internal Application Form found on the NCA intranet.

The Application Form, Guidance Notes and Personal Qualities Framework (PQF) should be attached. If they are not or you can not download them please email central.recruitment@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk for an application pack

To ensure that your application / emails regarding this vacancy are actioned please ensure that the title of the email contains the following information listed above –followed by the vacancy reference number HP1581801HG.

Should an application arrive after the stated deadline it will not be included in the recruitment process, regardless of the reason.

Should you be successful at short listing but cannot attend on the date/time allocated to yourself for a interview date The Recruitment Team cannot guarantee an alternate date, regardless of the reason.

If you wish to make a complaint in relation to any stage of the recruitment and selection process please email central.recruitment@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk. please ensure that you refer to the campaign reference number.

To be considered, you will need to successfully complete DV clearance within the first 12 months as part of your probation period.

You will also be required to undertake a mandatory pre-employment substance misuse test and achieve a satisfactory result.


The NCA is a Disability Confident Employer. If you would like this application form in a different format, please contact the Recruitment Team using the details shown towards the end of the form or email:- central.recruitment@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles. Further information about the Recruitment Principles can be found on http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/


Essential at Entry:
1. Chartered Psychologist
2. Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registered
3. At least 5 years experience within a clinical or forensic psychological setting

Desirable at Entry:
1. Experience of working within a highly secure environment


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Behavioural 1: Communication
  • Behavioural 2: Teamwork and Partnership
  • Behavioural 3: Personal Accountability
  • Behavioural 4: Negotiating and Influencing
  • Behavioural 5: Innovation
  • Entry Criteria 1: Significant experience in the field of risk assessment
  • Entry Criteria 2: Recognition of the importance of professional and ethical standards, from both an academic and police perspective, and understand performance management as it relates to both the Agency and the individual.
  • Entry Criteria 3: Recognition and experience of the issues surrounding access to and contact with sensitive and confidential information.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Hayley Grey - 0117 372 0166

Sift/interview dates and location


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