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Psychologist training

Induction and initial training

When you first start in your role, you will complete an induction on working at HMPPS. You will also have a training plan tailored to your personal needs and experience.

Trainee forensic psychologist

When you start your role, you will need to enrol on one of the accredited qualifications in psychology (known as Stage 2) to support you to achieve your registered psychologist status with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This qualification will take between 2 and 4 years to complete.

We will fund your Stage 2 qualification and you will be supported to work towards your registered status. Whatever your training route, you will also need to be a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a trainee, which we will provide funding for.

You will have a personal training plan, working with a range of experienced clinicians. You will also be allocated a senior psychologist who will coordinate your training and supervise your work.

Registered psychologists

If you are a registered psychologists you will have access to a range of continuous professional development opportunities and have access to funding to support your ongoing academic development, including doctoral qualifications and registrations for other psychology specialisms.

We will also fund HCPC fees for registered psychologists, as well as some BPS fees, depending on your role.