Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

Edinburgh, UK
Jun 26, 2020
Jul 26, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Applications are invited for the position of Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, in the School of Health in Social Science.

This post will contribute to teaching and research activity in Clinical Psychology, primarily aligned to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsychol). The DClinPsychol is delivered as a three-way collaboration between NHS Education for Scotland, The NHS Health Boards and The University of Edinburgh. The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. The successful applicant will provide teaching, research supervision and student support. They will also undertake teaching and supervision duties contributing to other programmes in the subject area. They will undertake independent research, and contribute to subject area and school level committees, structures and systems. Other teaching and administrative tasks may be agreed with the Head of Subject.

Candidates will need to show recent success in peer reviewed publications, and evidence of a strong potential to become an independent researcher. They will also need to show evidence of teaching development, delivery and organisation, experience of online training will be particularly useful. Experience of providing research supervision to doctoral trainees is expected. Experience of leadership and citizenship in terms of committee work would also be desirable.

Negotiation of an honorary NHS contract or potential for part-time employment would be feasible in order to facilitate clinical research and the maintenance of relevant clinical expertise. The University of Edinburgh has a Market Pay Policy which for clinically specified posts such as this, takes grade equivalent NHS Agenda for Change salary banding into account. The maximum Market Pay Supplement that can be applied to this post is to the top of the Agenda for Change Grade 8b scale. Starting salary will be based on the successful candidate's experience.

This is a full time (35 hrs per week), open-ended post.
Salary is £41,526 - £49,553 per annum.

The closing date for applications is 24 July 2020, 5pm (GMT).

1. Job Details

Job title: Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

School/Support Department: School of Health in Social Science

Unit (if applicable): Clinical Psychology

Line manager: Head of Subject Area, Head of School

2. Job Purpose
This post is designed to contribute to core teaching and research activity in Clinical Psychology. Contribution to course organisation, teaching and research supervision will be predominantly to students on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. We invite applications from qualified clinical psychologists of any speciality who have an interest in the training of Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Associates and Psychological Therapists. In addition, the post holder will significantly contribute to thesis and dissertation supervision. Involvement and development of independent research will also be expected, either in collaboration with members of staff or in the applicant's own area of interest.

3. Main Responsibilities
  • Contribute to the Subject Area's teaching activity in pursuit of explicit continuous improvement objectives and in line with appropriate best practice benchmarks.
  • To develop, lead, co-ordinate and contribute to courses in Clinical Psychology.
  • Contribute to the delivery and development of approaches to teaching, learning and assessment in Clinical Psychology of outstanding quality and excellence.
  • Develop a programme of clinically related research that can support PG student projects at Doctoral and Masters level.
  • Personal tutoring support to students in Clinical Psychology.
    (Approx. 40% of time)
  • Contribute to research and knowledge exchange in the School by developing research proposals, securing research grants, and contributing to wider research and knowledge exchange programmes in collaboration with colleagues.
  • Plan, secure grants for, and lead the development, implementation and publication/ dissemination of research of outstanding quality and international repute within Clinical Psychology.
    (Approx. 40% of time under usual circumstances, but this will be temporarily reduced to 20% to manage the increased activity required to bring teaching online)
  • Contribute to leadership and management in the School through such activities as mentoring, motivating and developing performance in the clinical psychology team and beyond.
  • Contribute to School and Subject Area governance and operations by participating in and potentially leading committees and workstreams.
  • Other duties as required.
    (Approx. 20% of time)

  • 4. Planning and Organising
    Plan and review own teaching, supervision and research activity.
    Workload will be determined by the subject area's schedule and commitments.

    5. Problem Solving
    Assisting students to achieve their potential.
    Identify students experiencing difficulties in their learning and assisting them to find solutions.
    Resolve and make constructive use of unexpected issues arising in the course of teaching and research.

    6. Decision Making
    Take responsibility for organising own activities and for the management of any resources allocated in the context of the wider teaching and research programmes.

    7. Key Contacts/Relationships
    Head of Subject Area (Dr David Gillanders)
    Head of School (Prof Matthias Schwannauer)
    Director of Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology (Dr Helen Griffiths)
    School Director of Teaching and Learning (Dr Emily Taylor)
    Colleagues in Subject Area
    External colleagues in the professional field
    Students and prospective students.

    8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


    • BPS recognised degree in Psychology
    • Postgraduate qualification in Clinical Psychology (professional qualification and registration with HCPC as practitioner clinical psychologist)

    Personal Attributes
    • Ability to apply relevant knowledge and skills in teaching, student support, and research
    • Ability to communicate clearly and work with complex theoretical ideas
    • Personal integrity and commitment to the training of ethical and safe practice in clinical psychology
    • Commitment to a holistic vision for clinical psychology training, incorporating awareness of diversity and social context as important influences in practice and in training
    • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
    • An enthusiastic, positive and creative approach across all areas of activity

    Teaching Attributes
    • Experience and expertise in delivery of teaching in psychology or psychological therapies
    • Ability to develop teaching materials and activities that are suitable for both academic and skills training
    • Ability to teach / train in both face to face and distance learning modes
    • Experience of course co-ordination
    • Experience of dissertation supervision and marking in applied research
    • Knowledge of UK and Scottish Clinical Psychology training routes, professional requirements
    • Ability to lead small group teaching in tutorial formats
    • Ability to mark student assignments
    • Evidence of developing and delivering excellent research-led teaching to students

    Research Attributes
    • A recent track record of research publications in international peer reviewed journals (minimum of three since 2014)
    • Experience of working within multidisciplinary research teams
    • Strong potential to develop an independent portfolio of research projects, research funding applications and publications within five years of appointment

    • Willingness to provide service to support the wider functioning and governance of the Subject Area, School and University
    • Experience of contributing to or leading committees and workstreams in a large organisation


    • Experience of engagement with and co-production of training and/or research with Experts by Experience
    • A track record in attracting research funding.

    9. Dimensions
    The post-holder will engage in delivering doctoral and masters level teaching, research supervision, personal tutoring and both student led and independent research in applied and/or clinical psychology.

    10. Job Context and any other relevant information
    The post will be based within Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, School of Health in Social Science. The University of Edinburgh has a Market Pay Policy which for clinically specified posts such as this, takes grade equivalent NHS Agenda for Change salary banding into account. The maximum Market Pay Supplement that can be applied to this post is to the top of the Agenda for Change Grade 8b scale. Starting salary will be based on the successful candidate's experience and current Agenda for Change banding if appropriate.

    Application Procedure

    All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV and covering letter that outlines their suitability for the post. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

    You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

    Informal enquiries about the role may be made to Dr David Gillanders, Head of Clinical Psychology (David.Gillanders@ed.ac.uk) or Prof. Matthias Schwannauer, Head of School (M.Schwannauer@ed.ac.uk).
    Questions about the application process should be addressed to Ms Lynette Hothi, HR Officer (HR.Health@ed.ac.uk).

    The closing date is 24 July 2020, 5pm (GMT).

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    Conditions of Employment

    Pension Scheme

    This role is grade UE08 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

    For further information please visit our Pensions website .


    The role is grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of £41,526 to £49,553 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

    The University of Edinburgh has a Market Pay Policy which for clinically specified posts such as this, takes grade equivalent NHS Agenda for Change salary banding into account. The maximum Market Pay Supplement that can be applied to this post is to the top of the Agenda for Change Grade 8b scale. Starting salary will be based on the successful candidate's experience and current Agenda for Change banding if appropriate.

    The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.
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