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Forensic Psychology Qualification Board - Lead Assessor (Core Role 3)

The Forensic Psychology Qualifications Board formulates and manages all matters relating to policy and procedure concerned with the assessment of competence with respect to the Qualification in Forensic Psychology (Stage 2).

The Board’s work is overseen by the society's Qualifications Committee (QC).

Overview of the role

The role of the lead assessor for Core Role 3 involves drafting moderation sampling plans, second-marking samples of candidate submissions against a set of marking criteria and making judgments on the validity of the original assessment decisions, in line with the society’s standards for post-graduate qualifications and the HCPC’s SETs.

As part of their role and where appropriate, lead assessors are expected to carry out assessor appraisals under the guidance of the Chief Assessor.

Role Profile

  • to second-mark samples of candidate submissions in the required format against marking criteria provided
  • to make an informed decision on the validity and accuracy of original assessment decisions
  • to provide constructive commentary on original assessment decisions by set deadlines
  • to make moderation decisions that are robust, fair and equitable
  • to liaise with the Chief Assessors in cases of disagreements with the original assessment decisions
  • where necessary, engage in the assessment arbitration process, including provision of all relevant information to the Chief Assessor in order to allow for a fully informed and unbiased final assessment decision to be made
  • to engage with and successfully complete assessor training as required
  • to complete the annual appraisal process and positively engage with the Chief Assessor’s feedback
  • to contribute to the QFP Review process and attend/deliver training in line with the revised Qualification
  • to attend assessment standardisation events as required
  • to ensure own specialist knowledge remains current
  • to comply with all relevant codes and policies

Person Specification:

  • Significant experience as a Chartered Psychologist, Full Membership of the Division of Forensic Psychology and registration with the Health Professions Council as a Forensic Psychologist
  • Significant experience assessing work at post-doctoral level in Forensic psychology or evaluating professional practice against competency frameworks
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the society’s assessment processes
  • Ability to assess against a set of standards
  • Knowledge of professional standards of training for the Qualification in Forensic

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to stand by decisions that may prove to be contentious
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Good communication skills

Applying for the role:

The post attracts a payment of £360 annual retainer and £38 per assessment.

In addition, the post holder is expected to attend and contribute to at least one Board meeting a year as agreed with the Chief Assessor.

Attendance at other working parties to represent the Board may also be required.

FPQB Meetings:

  • March: London
  • May: Teleconference
  • September: London
  • December: Teleconference

Applications are made via a Statement of Interest form which is available from [email protected]

Please also enclose a copy of your curriculum vitae.

The society is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and to challenge prejudice and discrimination. We actively promote a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion within our discipline.

Interested parties are welcome to contact the Qualifications Board with any queries about the role, via the email address above.

The deadline for applications is Friday 29th November 2019 at 5pm.

Interviews will take place via telephone.

Interview and handover period will take place in December.

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