Body: Parole Board
Appointing Department: Ministry of Justice
Sector: Prison & Policing
Location: Travel as required to the headquarters in London, Prisons throughout the country, or for other Parole Board related events, with the occasional overnight stay.
Number of Vacancies: up to 20
Remuneration: Remuneration is taxable and subject to Class 1 National Insurance contributions. The role is not pensionable and your remuneration may be abated if you receive a public service pension. • The work is fee paid. Remuneration is taxable and fee-paid members have no pension rights. Details of the fee structure is at Appendix 1 of the candidate pack. • Travel and Subsistence - Members are entitled to claim for those travel costs necessarily and actually incurred on Parole Board business at the normal public service rates. Where no extra expense is incurred, no reimbursement is due. Members are also entitled to claim subsistence payments to reimburse them for any additional expenditure incurred while away from home on Parole Board business. • Attendance at Parole Board meetings - There is an expectation that members will attend training and development events organised by the Parole Board, and, where appropriate, contribute to the development of the organisation through consultation, pilot projects and non-casework activity, such as mentoring, training and quality assessment. Fees are payable for time spent on Parole Board business.
Time Requirements: The appointment will run for 5 years with the possibility of reappointment for a further term subject to satisfactory appraisal and at the discretion of Ministers. The time commitment for this role is at least 35 days a year. Much of this time commitment will be undertaking hearings, but a proportion is preparation which can be done flexibly. Additional capacity is welcome subject to availability of work.


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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    21/05/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Interview Dates: 10 July 2018, 12 July 2018, 13 July 2018, 16 July 2018, 19 July 2018. Date of Residential Induction Training - 23-26 October 2018, Derbyshire


Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

The key task of all members of the Parole Board is to make rigorous, fair and timely risk assessments about individual cases which have the primary aim of protecting the public and which contribute to the rehabilitation of offenders where appropriate.

As a Psychiatrist Member of the Parole Board for England & Wales you will:
• Use psychiatric knowledge and skills of assessment and management of risk/dangerousness in criminal groups.

• Apply knowledge and skills to individual prisoner cases (with determinate and indeterminate sentences) in order to decide whether it is safe enough for release into the community.

• Advise panels to clarify specific psychiatric issues of a case e.g. risk issues, cognitive functioning, response to treatment, psychopathy etc.

• Advise panels about psychiatric reports including qualifications and experience of author, specific assessment tools used, overall quality of assessment and conclusions drawn.

• Take an active part in oral hearings, questioning witnesses as appropriate, particularly leading on questioning of psychiatrist witnesses at oral hearings to elicit relevant information to inform the panel’s assessment of risk.

• Advise panels when two or more differing psychiatry opinions exist.

• Work collaboratively with other panel members in order to make judgements on the evidence supplied and to provide a concise summary of the decision taken in light of the evidence.

• Use Parole Board IT effectively to access electronic dossiers, draft and comment on summaries and decisions, to communicate with other panellists and executive staff, and to keep up-to-date with current case information, relevant developments and best practice guidance.

• Be responsible for their own personal development by accessing training, guidance and information offered by the Parole Board and contributing positively wherever possible to the effective running of the organisation.

• Carry out all casework for which they have been trained and accredited, keeping up practice in these areas, whether carrying out work on paper panels, case management, oral hearings or any other casework.

• Be an effective ambassador for the Parole Board when representing it at hearings or any other event.

• Travel as required to the headquarters in London or Prisons throughout the country, or for other Parole Board related events, with the occasional overnight stay

Person Specification


• Applicants must have unconditional registration with the General Medical Council as a fully registered medical practitioner. A licence to practice is not required.
• Have worked as a consultant psychiatrist in the UK for at least 5 years

There are circumstances in which an individual will not be considered for appointment. They include:
• People who have received a prison sentence or suspended sentence of three months or more in the last five years;
• In certain circumstances, those who have had an earlier term of appointment on the Parole Board terminated; and
• Current employees of Her Majesty’s Prison Service.

This is a senior position where it is expected individuals will use their knowledge of psychiatry, risk assessment skills and risk management skills, to work independently and in consultation with other Parole Board colleagues in deciding if an offender should receive parole.

You will be required to provide at least 35 days commitment annually, much of this time commitment will be undertaking hearings, but a proportion is preparation which can be done flexibly. Additional capacity is welcome subject to availability of work.
Primarily you will undertake oral hearings with colleagues but you will also have the opportunity to develop other roles within the Parole Board and undertake work such as paper panels and case management.
You will be supported by a mentor during your first year, with ongoing training and development. The Parole Board works in a digital environment and it essential that applicants are IT literate. Tablet equipment is provided, training and on-going support services.

Essential criteria
The essential criteria below will be tested throughout the recruitment process.
• Evidence of ability to conduct effective evidence-based decision making, weighing facts and evidence, analysing and critically evaluating large volumes of complex information and identifying key issues, within tight deadlines and working on own initiative.

• Independence of mind and sound judgement, with the ability to make evidence based decisions that are accurately documented.

• Demonstrable knowledge and experience in the effects of psychiatric conditions on offending behaviour and of the assessment and management of risk in this context

• Excellent interpersonal skills: the ability to gain respect and maintain rapport through effective communication and influencing skills – with the confidence to challenge opinions where necessary, work collegiately and resolve differences to reach sound decisions.

• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral: the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with a wide range of individuals, varying your approach as necessary and treating others with respect, to listen actively and evaluate replies in order to probe issues.

• Excellent written skills: the ability to draft well-formed written accounts which summarise evidence in support of a decision or recommendation.

• Demonstrable high standards of corporate and personal integrity and conduct, such as a strong commitment to equal opportunities, and the ethos of supporting the wider public or community good through your contributions.

• High levels of time management, organisational and administrative skills, together with strong personal motivation and commitment to professional self-development.
• An understanding of the importance of the victim’s perspective.

Additional Information

• The interview process will include both written and verbal elements and will test your ability to meet the essential criteria for this role.
• It will be important that a Member’s other commitments do not cast any doubt on their ability to act independently and impartially in discharging the role; any potential conflict of interest or anything which might cause embarrassment should you be appointed must be declared.

How to Apply

Send the following documents:
o A copy of your CV, in no more than two sides of A4;
o A supporting statement that provides responses to the three questions on p.8 of the Candidate Information pack;
o Declaration of interest form;
o Previous or current public appointments;
o Names and contacts details of two referees (who will be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview);
o Political activity declaration form;
o Equal opportunities monitoring form; and the
o Guaranteed interview scheme declaration, if relevant.

Completed applications should be sent to: , receipt of applications will be acknowledged.

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