May 272016

Parole Board Members

Recruiter: Ministry of Justice
Location: London (Greater)
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 20 May 2016
Closes: 08 Jun 2016
Job Function: Board Member
Industry: Public

The Parole Board plays a crucial part in contributing to public safety and maintaining confidence in the criminal justice system. The Parole Board makes risk assessments about prisoners to decide who may safely be released into the community.

We are seeking to recruit independent, psychiatrist and psychologist members of the Parole Board. These appointments are made by the Secretary of State for Justice and are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. We are looking for people with a real interest in the Parole Board’s work and with the competencies, skills and judgement to be an effective member. The criteria are explained in the candidate information packs.

Applications are welcome from those aged 18 or over who meet the eligibility criteria.  For the psychiatrist posts, applicants must have full registration with the General Medical Council and have worked as a consultant psychiatrist in the UK for at least five years. For the psychologist posts, applicants must be registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council.

The minimum time commitment for independent members is 115 days per year, and for psychiatrist and psychologist members it is 35 days per year. The roles are fee paid at set rates according to work done.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, regardless of ethnicity, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity or any other irrelevant factor.

For further information, including the criteria for appointment, please visit

Closing date: 13:00, 8 June 2016. 

The Parole Board for England and Wales was established in 1968 under the Criminal Justice Act 1967. It became an independent Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) on 1 July 1996 under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

How to Apply

Recruitment process

The recruitment process consist of applying for the role through an on-line system, shortlisting and interview.

To apply, please click on the following link to access the site for applying for the role:

The Ministry of Justice is using the Judicial Appointments Commission’s online recruitment system to process applications for this recruitment competition.
To apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button. You will be asked create an account before you can apply. Your account will include your personal and diversity profiles. This information is stored on the system.

The Parole Board manages its caseload on a regional basis. There are vacancies across all regions and particularly need members covering the North and Midlands regions. You will be asked, as part of the application process, to indicate which regions you would be prepared to work in if you are appointed.

You will be also be required to complete the self-assessment section.  See the attached document ‘Tips for completing your self-assessment’.

Once you are content with your application you should submit it. It is recommended that you submit in good time before the deadline as late applications cannot be accepted.

The shortlisting process consists of:

  • An online multiple-choice test. Those successfully completing the test will be invited to;
  • An online scenario based test – those successful in the scenario test will have their application go forward to;
  • A sift review of the self-assessment material provided.

If you are unsuccessful in the multiple choice or scenario tests, you will leave the process at the shortlisting stage.

Following the shortlisting, candidates will be invited to interview. Please note referees will be only be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview.

Reference Number: PAT150017-PAROLEBOARD-MEMBERS-i

If after reading the candidate information pack you have any queries, please email:

Parole Board Candidate Information Pack for independent members 2016 final
Tips for completing your self-assessment
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