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Psychologist - Forensic

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A forensic psychologist works with people who have committed crimes, treating them for problems such as stress, drug addiction or violent behaviour, with a view to rehabilitating them and preventing them from re-offending. They also help reduce stress for staff working in prisons.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

A qualified forensic psychologist working for the Scottish Prison Service would earn around £36,000 a year.

The salaries for NHS Psychologists in Scotland are usually based on the NHS Agenda for Change pay rates. The current pay scales are from April 2019.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Employers are mainly the Scottish Prison Service, the National Health Service (NHS) and Departments of Social Work. You would work in prisons, psychiatric hospitals and secure units and with offenders who are on probation.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
3411
1.8 %
RISE
2024
3474
  United Kingdom
2019
31547
2 %
RISE
2024
32186

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What Does it Take?

You need:

You should be:

Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Psychological Society
Tel: 0116 254 9568
E-mail: enquiries@bps.org.uk
Website: http://www.bps.org.uk
Website (2): http://careers.bps.org.uk
Twitter: @BPSOfficial
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialBPS/

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Tel: 0300 500 4472
E-mail: registration@hcpc-uk.org
Website: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/
Twitter: @The_HCPC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hcpcuk

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct in the following health care professions: Arts Therapists; Audiologist; Biomedical Scientist; Chiropodist and Podiatrist; Clinical Scientist; Dietician; Dramatherapist; Occupational Therapist; Operating Department Practitioner; Orthoptist; Paramedic; Physiotherapist; Practitioner Psychologist; Prosthetist and Orthotist; Radiographer; Speech and Language Therapist. (The HCPC may regulate other healthcare professions in the future.) The HCPC website contains a register of all approved courses in the above professions.

Scottish Prison Service (SPS)
Tel: 0131 330 3500
E-mail: gaolinfo@sps.pnn.gov.uk
Website: http://www.sps.gov.uk/
Twitter: @scottishprisons
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottishPrisonService

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