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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. An assistant psychologist with the Prison Service starts on around £20,000.

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 2021.

Qualified psychologists start on Band 7, £40,872 to £47,846 a year. With experience this rises to Band 8a, £50,470 to £54,482 a year, and Band 8b, £60,730 to £65,377 a year.

Consultant/lead psychologists are on Band 8c, £72,792 to £78,452 a year.

Conditions

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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What Does it Take?

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You should be:

Training

Getting On

Video

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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

NHS Scotland Careers
Website: http://www.careers.nhs.scot
Website (2): https://jobs.scot.nhs.uk/
Twitter: @NHSScotCareers

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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