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Associate Professor/Clinical Director

University of Plymouth - School of Psychology

Location: Plymouth
Salary: £49,149 to £56,950 per annum pro-rata - Grade 9
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 18th July 2018
Closes: 19th August 2018

Permanent, 0.5 FTE

The Clinical Psychology Programme in Plymouth is nationally recognised for its innovative approach to teaching and learning, training for values based practice, and for its critical approach to psychological knowledge. It strives to deliver high quality clinical training in the South West Peninsula Region. Service receiver participation is fully embedded in all aspects of programme delivery. The Health and Care Professions Council have approved the programme and it was successfully re-accredited by the British Psychological Society in 2018. Commendations included clear values based philosophy and reflective practice, inclusion of service receivers in programme delivery, staff commitment, and strong leadership and teamwork in challenging times. The Programme has an expected annual intake of 11 trainees for 2018, with 35 trainees anticipated in total for 2018-19 enrolled. This is an exciting opportunity to join a progressive and cutting edge University in a beautiful location.

There is also interest within psychology and the medical school to develop alternative frameworks for diagnosis in understanding emotional distress. This fits comfortably with the recent publication of the Power Threat Meaning Framework by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology. This offers a framework based on formulation that incorporates both social meaning and power to facilitate collaborative understanding clinical problems.

The Clinical Director will have a senior management and leadership role within the Programme, holding responsibility for all aspects of placement learning and operational management of the Clinical Tutor team. The Programme team and Clinical Tutor sub-group meet regularly to ensure we provide a supportive environment for trainees to experience a high quality of learning and pastoral care throughout their training. Close working relationships with our South West colleagues delivering clinical psychology training in Bath and Exeter are maintained. The Plymouth Doctorate programme operates under a single joint Contract with Exeter Unversity to provide independent training at both Universities. The Programme Director who reports to the Head of the School of Psychology holds line management responsibility for this post. It is envisaged that there will be exciting opportunities for the successful applicant to be involved in shaping future developments in developing a psychological workforce fit for purpose in a modernising NHS.

You will be expected to have significant experience of teaching and leadership, along with a sustained track record of excellent clinical supervision and/or clinical mentorship. You will hold a PhD or equivalent international qualification or commensurate level of recognition/international profile in a relevant discipline including a professional doctorate and will be registered with the HCPC as a Clinical Psychologist.

For an informal discussion, please phone Dr Jacqui Stedmon on 01752 586659 or email

This vacancy will involve working with children and/or vulnerable adults and any appointment will be subject to receipt of clearance for the Protection of Children from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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