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Clinical Fellow - Clinical Psychology
Vacancy Ref: : 048455 Closing Date : 11-Sep-2019
Contact Person : Joanne Hendry Contact Number : 0131 650 3887
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1. Job Details

Job title: Clinical Fellow in Clinical Psychology (UE08)

School/Support Department: School of Health in Social Science

Unit : Clinical Psychology

Line manager: Head of Subject Area, Head of School

2. Job Purpose

The post holder will provide specialist supervision to other therapists and provide CBT supervision to therapists in training. Teaching and supervision contributions will predominantly be to the MSc/PGDip Psychological Therapies. There will be the opportunity to train in other psychological models, to develop current practice as a supervisor or trainer, and be part of developing the models provided by the MSc in Psychological Therapies. The post will be integral to helping train the workforce of the future. Referrals to the service are likely to be diverse and the post holder will be required to work across the spectrum of severity. Working closely with the Director of the Psychological Therapies Centre and the Programme Director of the MSc in Psychological Therapies, this post will play a part in realising the potential of what the service could provide for the community through linking research, practice and engagement. The post holder will be part of a wider clinical academic community and have access to a varied programme of supervision and CPD, there will also be opportunities for external training and to be involved in service based clinical research. Involvement and development of independent research will be expected, either in collaboration with members of staff or in the applicant’s own area of interest.

3. Main Responsibilities

Teaching / Training
• Use direct clinical work (specialist psychological assessment, formulation & intervention) as a vehicle for training and teaching students in Psychological Therapies (Therapists in training).
• Provide specialist psychological advice, supervision, consultation and support to therapists in training.
• Provide specialist assessment of the suitability of individuals for therapeutic work with therapists in training.
• Undertake risk assessment & risk management for those using the service & provide advice to other professionals & therapists in training.
• Take a lead in role in developing sound evaluation processes of psychological care through collaboration with the service Director and other academic staff in the Department of Clinical Psychology.
• Contribute to teaching & supervision on the MSc Psychological Therapies Program, with the possibility of leading/coordinating courses e.g. Fundamentals in CBT.
• Potential to contribute to the teaching & supervision on the other courses within Clinical Psychology.
• Set and mark assessments & advise students on their progress, in particular evaluating competency in psychological therapies for therapists in training.
• Supervise students preparing MSc dissertations (and possibly contribute to DClinPsychol & PhD theses).
(Approx % of time 70)

Research & Scholarship
• Play a lead role in developing models of research and knowledge exchange within the service for Psychological Therapies.
• Contribute to research and knowledge exchange in the School by developing research proposals, research grants, and contributing to wider research and knowledge exchange programs in collaboration with colleagues.
(Approx % of time 15)

• Contribute to leadership within the service, the School & at a national level through activities such as committee participation.
• Other duties as required.
(Approx % of time 15)

4. Planning and Organising
• Contribute to providing a psychological therapies service to individuals in the Lothian area as part of the campus-based Psychological Therapy Service.
• Identifying ways of using the direct therapies work to support student learning.
• Contributing to educational and clinical governance of the service, by undertaking service development tasks and management roles consistent with grade & expertise.
• To hold an independent caseload and work within professional guidelines, providing specialist psychological therapies assessment and intervention.
• To provide clinical supervision to therapists in training and hold clinical responsibility for their cases.
• To plan and review own teaching, supervision and research activity.
• To be part of developing the culture and processes of the new Centre based at the University of Edinburgh, its delivery model and engagement with the public.
• In collaboration with the Centre Director, Director of the Psychological Therapies Programme, and other academic staff, develop the ability of the Centre to host, facilitate and produce research findings in the field of psychological therapies.

5. Problem Solving
• Assisting students to achieve their potential.
• Identify students experiencing difficulties in their learning and assisting them to find solutions.
• Supervising the clinical work of MSc Psychological Therapies therapists in training.
• Making risk assessments and risk management decisions regarding own work, triaging to other grades of therapist and providing guidance to therapists in training.
• Resolve and make constructive use of unexpected issues arising in the course of teaching and research.
• To sustain highly complex analytical and judgement skills where expert opinion may differ, taking into account systemic factors to formulate using a breath of information and a range of theoretical models.

6. Decision Making
• Take responsibility for organising own activities and for the management of any resources allocated in the context of the wider provision of services and education.
• Exercise autonomous professional responsibility for assessment, intervention and discharge of individuals using the service.
• Conduct specialist psychological assessment of individuals seeking psychological therapy treatments. This may also include appropriate selection, interpretation and integration of complex data gathered from a variety of sources, such as psychological and neuropsychological tests, rating scales, observational data, clinical information and information gained from others involved in the client’s care or education.
• Take responsibility for the supervision of clinical work carried out by MSc Psychological Therapists in training and aid then in making safe and informed decisions about therapeutic care.
• Participate in guiding the culture and building the reputation of the new service, potentially representing the service within the School, the University and beyond.
• To participate, when necessary, in the recruitment and selection of staff, including appointment and subsequent supervision of volunteers.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships
• Head of Subject Area (Dr David Gillanders)
• Head of School (Prof Matthias Schwannauer)
• Programme Director MSc Psychological Therapies (Professor Corinne Reid / Prof Liz Gilchrist)
• Director of the Psychological Therapies Service (Dr Rachel Happer)
• Director of Teaching and Learning (Dr Emily Taylor)
• Colleagues in Subject Area
• External colleagues in the professional field
• Students and prospective students.
• General public
• Key stakeholders interfacing with the University of Edinburgh Psychological Therapies Clinic.

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


• BPS recognised Undergraduate degree in Psychology (or equivalent Conversion degree)
• Postgraduate doctorate or equivalent in Clinical Psychology.
• HCPC-registered Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling)
• Candidates with other backgrounds with training to accreditation level in psychological therapies such as CBT and IPT will also be considered (e.g. Nurses and AHP’s with Accredited CBT training)
• Experience in delivering training in at least one modality (e.g. CBT, IPT).
• Eligibility to register with psychological therapies bodies or the capacity to work toward it (i.e. BABCP, IPT-UK)
• Enhanced Disclosure Scotland/PVG Scheme eligibility
• Supervision training
• Experience of supervision of staff and trainees (in clinical psychology, psychological therapies, counselling psychology etc)
• Minimum 3 years post qualification experience of direct practice, which includes opportunities for supervision, training others, and service development tasks.

• Post-doctoral training in one or more specialist areas of psychological practice
• Trained in IPT, IPT supervisor, IPT trainer or interest in working toward these incremental stages

Essential Attributes

General attributes
• Ability to apply relevant knowledge, skills and techniques in teaching / training and supervision;
• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing at a level appropriate to the activity.
• Ability to work independently and also be a constructive team member
• Ability to communicate clearly and work with complex theoretical ideas

Clinical attributes
• Supervised experience of working as a qualified clinical or counselling psychologist, or accredited CBT or IPT therapist.
• Experience of delivering evidence-based interventions within a clinical setting
• A track record of experience of supervising other colleagues, including those at training grades
• Experience of providing consultation & training
• A strong foundation of clinical work delivered using a CBT model.

Teaching attributes
• Experience and expertise in delivery of teaching in psychology or psychological therapies
• Ability to develop teaching materials and engage with a virtual learning environment
• Experience of supervising applied research
• Ability to lead small group teaching in tutorial formats
• Skilled communicator in writing and orally with a very wide range of stakeholders

Research attributes
• Interest in contributing to knowledge exchange and public engagement events and projects.
• Experience of conducting fidelity assessments of psychological therapies.
• Some experience of publishing research or academic writing

Desirable Attributes

• Experience of delivering evidence based interventions in group settings.
• An interest in service delivery across the lifespan for those with the full range of clinical severity across the range of clinical settings.
• Experience of working with data management systems
• A track record of publishing reports and /or peer reviewed academic papers.
• A track record in attracting research funding
• Experience of publishing research based on routine clinical practice
• Experience of working within multidisciplinary research teams
• Evidence of public engagement in research

9. Dimensions
The post-holder will engage in direct clinical work, alongside the clinical supervision of MSc Psychological Therapists in training. They will deliver MSc level teaching and develop a portfolio of applied psychology research. They will contribute to governance and development of the Psychological Therapies service.

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 takes grade equivalent NHS Agenda for Change salary banding into account. This post will be matched up to A4C Grade 8a. This applies to designated clinical psychology academic posts such as this one and candidates who are currently registered as practitioner psychologists (clinical or counselling). The post can be taken full time or part time and job share is also possible.

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. 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.

The closing date is 5pm (GMT) 11th September 2019.

Right to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).
To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on right to work please visit our right to work webpage

If you are from outside the EEA and not currently eligible to work in the UK, there are visa routes that may be available to you, for example:

  1. Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website
  2. Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).

Please note if you were last granted leave to stay in the UK in any Tier 2 category in the 12 months immediately preceding an application and the leave has
• ended or expired.
• the CoS which led to that grant of leave was issued for more than 3 months, and
• you are either:
o applying for entry clearance from outside the UK, or
o you are in the UK and had a previous period of Tier 2 leave, but then changed (‘switched’) into a different immigration category and now wishes to apply again under Tier 2.
You must wait 12 months before applying again.

Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at:

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 £40,792 to £48,677 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.

Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG)
This post is subject to registration with the Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme, for regulated work with children and/or protected adults as appropriate. Employment in this post is conditional on the successful post holder being able to obtain/holding PVG scheme membership. The successful candidate will not be permitted to commence employment until this has been confirmed.

Information provided will be kept confidential and individuals will not be discriminated against unnecessarily due to non relevant offending background. If you require further information on the PVG scheme please visit Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme

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.

Clinical Psychology
The Clinical Psychology subject area runs a range of taught postgraduate degrees in applied and developmental psychology. Two taught postgraduate degrees are delivered in partnership with NHS Education Scotland (NES) as well as local NHS Boards: the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and the MSc Applied Psychology for Children and Young People. We also offer an MSc in Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice, a BPD conversion MSc Psychology of Mental Health, a distance learning programme the MSc Children & Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice, together with research degrees. The subject area currently has 20 academic staff (most also holding clinical posts in the NHS) who contribute to research and teaching activity. It also has 2.5 full-time office support staff together with support from the wider School office team. The current Head of Clinical Psychology is Prof Matthias Schwannauer. Working alongside this team is a Clinical Practice Director and five NHS clinical tutors employed and funded directly by NES who contribute directly to the delivery of clinical practice education.

The Section of Clinical Psychology has an active research group in the area of applied developmental psychology and psychological therapies research. Research in clinical psychology contributed to the University of Edinburgh’s REF2014 return to sub-panel 4 (Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience) and sub-panel 22 (Social Work and Social Policy). The research interests of academic staff in clinical psychology comprise the following programmatic research areas:
Developmental psychopathology of significant mental health difficulties; Autistic Spectrum and Theory of Mind; Attachment; Parenting; Eating Behaviours and Disorders; Trauma and Abuse; Medically Unexplained Symptoms; Anxiety and Stress Management; Depression; Emotion Regulation; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; Mindfulness and Third Wave Approaches; Personality Disorders and Maladaptive Schemas; Sex Offenders; Psychosis; At Risk Mental States; Long-Term Health Conditions; psychological therapies development and evaluation; RCT methodologies.

Interdisciplinary research is encouraged through the School’s research and knowledge exchange themes of:
  • child and adolescent mental health
  • disability
  • critical care
  • ageing and dementia
The School of Health in Social Science
The School of Health in Social Science is a vibrant research and professionally driven academic School which strives to have a transformational impact on individuals and communities through internationally excellent research, knowledge exchange, learning and teaching. The distinctive composition of disciplines in the School leads to an emphasis on optimising physical, mental and emotional health for people; amplifying the potential of people and communities vulnerable to exclusion and working with others to achieve this. The Subject Areas are: Clinical Psychology; Nursing Studies; Counselling & Psychotherapy; Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in Health. The School works in partnership with a wide range of global and local educational and research partners.

The School of Health in Social Science is a leading provider of postgraduate and undergraduate education in health, health policy and related fields. We offer two undergraduate programmes (one leading to professional registration in nursing); together with several postgraduate degrees in Clinical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dementia, Health and Social Care and Nursing Studies and an expanding range of Continuing Professional Development and on-line distance learning opportunities.

The School of Health in Social Science holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.
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The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a large and diverse part of the University. Led by Vice-Principal Professor Dorothy Miell, it has 13,800 undergraduates, 5,500 taught postgraduates, 1,300 research students and more than 3,800 academic and professional services staff. The College incorporates 11 Schools (Business; Divinity; Economics; Edinburgh College of Art; Education; Health in Social Sciences; History, Classics and Archaeology; Law; Literatures, Languages and Cultures; Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences; and Social and Political Science), the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the Centre for Open Learning. The College is located on multiple sites across Edinburgh, with the majority of Schools and College Offices based close to the central George Square area. The College, which is recognised as one of the world's leading centres for the arts, humanities and social sciences in research and teaching, has been growing and investing strongly in recent years.

Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014)

The College operates at the highest levels of international quality across a very wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences and submitted the work of more than 750 staff to 23 Units of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. The College achieved a superb result, combining a large-scale, broad and diverse submission with very high quality outcomes: 86% of its research impact and 76% of the overall quality profile were assessed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*). Using the widely used Research Power index (which combines the submission's overall score for 3* and 4* work with the volume of staff submitted), 12 of the College’s Units were ranked within the top five in the UK, and 18 were ranked first in Scotland. With an assessment of more than 95% at 3* and 4*, we're particularly proud of the outstanding research environment we create for staff and research students.
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