Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology (Clinical Tutor)

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Position Details

School of Psychology

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £45,585 to £54,395 with potential progression once in post to £61,198

Grade: 8

Part Time (22.5 working hours per week)

Permanent

Closing date: 29th February 2024

 

Academic Development Programme – new Assistant Professors will undertake a 5-year development programme, at the end of which they are expected to be promoted to Associate Professor. The programme consists of a variety of development opportunities and the time to reflect and develop.

Background

We are looking for a creative, thoughtful, and collaborative colleague who would like to develop their academic and clinical career with us, and who will welcome the opportunity to be part of our Centre for Applied Psychology (CAP). It is an exciting time for CAP as we consider how to develop further a dynamic an integrated suite of programmes that will provide challenging and contemporary professional training that is forward-looking and equips our graduates with the skills needed to thrive as members of the mental health and applied psychology workforce.

The post will be based in the Centre for Applied Psychology at the University of Birmingham. The Centre for Applied Psychology is staffed by Clinical, Forensic, and Research psychologists who support a broad range of teaching and research including Professional Doctoral programmes in Clinical, Forensic, and Forensic-Clinical Psychology. We also provide an MSci Psychology and Psychological Practice, as well as a range of other accredited programmes leading to qualifications in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

Our Centre for Applied Psychology is an integral part of our School. We are a community of over 140 academic and research staff, and we support a cohort of over 1300 students and trainees on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. We are committed to fostering an inclusive and vibrant research and teaching environment in which everyone in our community can flourish. The clinical doctorate programme is well integrated with clinical psychology services in Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country, where clinical psychology is a strong and well-developed profession.

Role Summary

You will contribute to a range of education-related activities. In addition, you will be expected to demonstrate academic citizenship, developing and maintaining mutually respectful and supportive working relationships with all staff and students, and ensuring the way you carry out your role impacts positively on how others carry out theirs.

You will contribute to the full range of placement-related, teaching and administration duties on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate as well as, where appropriate, other courses delivered by the School of Psychology.

We will consider appropriately qualified Clinical Psychologist applicants at the level of Assistant Professor who are interested in the role of Clinical Tutor and who will contribute to the development and delivery of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate through shared leadership, teaching, marking, appraisal, supervisor liaison, and with opportunities for research activities (support for trainees and the opportunity for personal research within the constraints of an education- / teaching-focused role). We welcome applications from those with established experience as clinical psychologist practitioners as well as those more recently qualified.

The focus of the clinical tutor, placement-related, component of the role will predominantly include: (1) liaison with external stakeholders (e.g., Trusts, non-NHS services, supervisors, managers) to assess and appraise the suitability of placements for trainees, (2) contributions to placement organisation and planning with local partners on an ongoing basis, (3) development, delivery and evaluation of supervisor training, (4) appraising, reviewing and overseeing trainees’ clinical competences development as benchmarked against relevant professional and regulatory bodies, and (5) supporting the clinical placement activity of trainees, their more general placement experiences over the course of training, and the quality of placement provision. A demonstrable appetite and evidence of aptitude for acting as a clinical tutor for placement-related work, clinical supervisor liaison, and overseeing trainee competency development, is required.

Teaching is likely to include a substantial contribution to: (a) the development, management, and leadership of module / sub-courses (including programme/module review) and delivery of teaching and assessment at postgraduate level; (b) supervisor training / workshops; (c) enhancement of the student experience or employability; (d) contributing to the marking of academic work of trainees; and (e) opportunities to support trainee research projects. The role will typically also involve developing and advising others, including: (a) providing expert advice to staff and students, and (b) developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks, approaches, and methods.

Teaching focused role-holders should advance the practice of teaching within the school, take a role in leading curriculum development, and play an important role in student academic and pastoral support. You will deliver excellent teaching and training that inspires students and is informed by discipline-based research and current clinical practice.

Management and administration are likely to involve contributions within the Centre for Applied Psychology/School by, for example, taking on a teaching-related administrative role (e.g., year tutor, organisation for professional mentors) and can also include leadership and management activity within the School. Such activity may also include making an important contribution to management/leadership (e.g., working groups) within the University, to include, for example, developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, school’s outreach, or similar activities that are of manifest benefit to the Department/School level or further within the University.

The successful candidate will be expected to be flexible within their role, and while we envisage that the substantive contributions will be to our ClinPsyD, contributions to other CAP programmes and to other School programmes might also be required.

Expectations for the role include: placement sourcing and organisation, supervisor training, teaching, module organisation, marking and some limited research opportunities, including developing and delivering specific aspects of training / teaching within the ClinPsyD to include the delivery of high-quality, research-intensive, inclusive teaching in areas of specialty.

All applicants will be able to use their knowledge and skills to contribute to outstanding postgraduate teaching and learning, evidence of the ability to teach in clinical or applied psychology, and have experience of working in clinical settings. Applicants will be able to demonstrate established academic leadership and management skills appropriate to their career stage and will be expected to contribute to the management, leadership and enterprise activities of the programme and School, as appropriate.

Whilst expertise in any core clinical psychology specialty and theoretical model is welcome, we especially encourage those who hold Full Accreditation with the BABCP for cognitive and behavioural therapies and / or have accreditation with the Association of Family Therapy and / or have relevant certifications in psychodynamic practice.

Main Duties

Education

You will contribute across the range of teaching and learning activities:

  • contribute to leading curriculum development and/or renewal;
  • develop and manage approaches to teaching and learning that are best practice in the subject area or institution;
  • advise others on aspects of learning, teaching and assessment;
  • deliver (where appropriate to the discipline) specific professional programmes;
  • advance the practice of teaching in their modules and within the school, and play an important role in student academic support;
  • inform your teaching practice by discipline based research;
  • frequently update your subject expertise, and undertake personal professional development in teaching, including self-reflection on own teaching, using student and peer review feedback, to enhance own teaching and learning processes;
  • you may play an important role in the recruitment and admission of students; and co-supervise doctoral students to completion.

Using a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students, including (as appropriate):

  • teaching and examining courses at a range of levels;
  • planning and reviewing your own teaching approaches and encouraging others to do the same;
  • designing contemporary, inclusive, engaging and academically challenging curriculum content;
  • working collaboratively with colleagues to design and deliver teaching, learning and assessment;
  • using digital resources/environments effectively to support learning and assessment;
  • developing programme proposals and making substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely;
  • where appropriate, undertaking and developing the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining;
  • developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods;
  • developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement activities or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and which benefits the College and University;
  • devising and supervising projects, student dissertations and practical work.

Management/Administration

To contribute to Departmental /School administration. This may include:

  • contributing to the administration/management of teaching across the Department/School;
  • where appropriate, leading and managing a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive);
  • advising on personal development of colleagues and students;
  • making a contribution to administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups);
  • managing enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities;
  • developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach;
  • promoting equality, diversity and inclusion through monitoring and evaluation and actively challenging unacceptable behaviour.

Citizenship 

Contributing to an inclusive working environment:

  • pursuing your activities in a way that helps others to pursue their activities effectively and efficiently;
  • demonstrating a willingness to be involved in a variety of activities supporting University life (e.g., participation in graduation, Departmental/School committees);
  • demonstrating support for colleagues, such as sharing resources, providing advice;
  • willingness to volunteer for one-off duties (such as supporting School, Institute, and Departmental projects);
  • positively engaging in School strategic initiatives;
  • proactive support and involvement in activities specifically contributing to a positive and inclusive community spirit across the School/College/University.

Person Specification

  • A Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent qualification.
  • Registration as a practitioner psychologist / clinical psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • For psychologists with a secondary accreditation – evidence of accreditation with the appropriate body (e.g., BABCP or AFT for CBT and systemic practice, respectively).
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning for self and others.
  • Skills and experience working in a clinical/applied area as a qualified Clinical Psychologist.
  • High-level communication skills in both individual and group situations.
  • Skills and experience in clinical supervision of trainee clinical psychologists and / or research supervision or activity.

Teaching

  • Teaching experience at higher education level (or in professional practice) and scholarship within subject specialism.
  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes / workshops.
  • Experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate, inclusive, approaches to learning and teaching.
  • Skills in managing, motivating, supervising, and mentoring others successfully at all levels, which should include, as appropriate to the professional background and training of the applicant, trainee clinical psychologists or other applied practitioners and/or students.
  • Ability to support the integration of practice-based and academic learning.
  • Skills in partnership working with internal and external stakeholders for job area.

Management Administration

  • Ability to contribute to Programme/School /Departmental management processes.
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively.
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.
  • Experience of championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in own work area (e.g., clinical practice, teaching, supervision, research).
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate the extent to which equality and diversity legislation, policies, procedures are applied.
  • Ability to identify issues with the potential to impact on protected groups and take appropriate action.

 

Informal enquiries to Dr Gary Law, Programme Director for Clinical Psychology Doctorate, email: g.u.law@bham.ac.uk and Professor Ed Wilding, Head of School for Psychology, email: E.L.Wilding@bham.ac.uk

 

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