Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy

Edinburgh Napier University - School of Health and Social Care

Redefine the delivery of allied health and social work education with Edinburgh Napier University

Why Join Us?

Edinburgh Napier is one of the largest providers of nursing and midwifery education in Scotland; with a further significant profile across the wider UK and transnationally. Uniquely, in Scotland, the School offers midwifery and all four fields of practice in nursing: adult, child health, mental health and learning disabilities.

We are committed to growing our academic reputation and providing an unrivalled student experience through our strong links with industry and our innovative teaching methods. As part of this commitment we are excited to announce our ambitious plans to diversify and provide new educational programmes at pre and post-registration level for allied health and social work professions, uniquely informed by innovative applied research.

We are recruiting the first of a new team of academics to lead this exciting new development; as our associate professor of occupational therapy you will have a pivotal role in this. We will give you the autonomy to design our new, ground-breaking programmes in occupational therapy. We will support you to work beyond the traditional boundaries and make entrepreneurship and innovation key to our curricula. You will work with others across physiotherapy and social work to foster an inter-professional approach to educational delivery from the outset, and will have steer in recruiting further professionals to support our new programmes.

Please view our Applicant Information Pack for further information on our vision for Allied Health Care and Social Work at Edinburgh Napier and what this opportunity could mean for you.

Who Are We Looking For?

Along with a post-graduate qualification in teaching and learning, the successful candidate will require strong academic leadership and engagement with practice to secure quality clinical placements. Research and scholarly activity will be essential to inform curricula and demonstrate impact, as such you should bring a national reputation for excellence in healthcare education, research and scholarly activity to the role – and should be committed to developing your reputation in this area.

As your immediate priority will be the development and approval of pre and post registration programmes of education for occupational therapy; a professional qualification in occupational therapy is essential, along with eligibility for registration with the Healthcare Professional Council (HCPC).

You must be ambitious and enthusiastic about both cross-disciplinary and collaborative working across the University and in practice. You will also be prepared to engage in overseas teaching and scholarly activity where required.

For a detailed list of the requirements, you can read the full role profile here

Edinburgh Napier University is committed to supporting equality in the workplace and encourages diversity. We currently hold a bronze Athena SWAN institutional award

How Will We Reward You?

The University offers an extensive personal benefits package, as well as discounted membership to our innovative gym & leisure facilities across various campuses.

Further information regarding our excellent benefits can be viewed here

Interviews will likely be held between the 18th and 20th of October

For informal discussions about this position, please contact Kirsty McKay on 0131 455 2925 or email

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