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Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing (Research & Teaching) OR Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing Education (Academic Education Pathway)

Mental Health Nursing

London, Waterloo Campus


  • Posted on: 02nd Nov 2021
  • Salary: Grade 7, £46,934 - £55,299 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 033126
  • Closes: 23rd November 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

This is an outstanding development opportunity for an innovative, talented individual who wishes to advance research/scholarship and education relevant to mental health and mental health nursing.

The Faculty ranks no 2 in the world for its research and education (QS rankings). The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), rated over 90% of our research as world class or world leading, and 84% of our impact was world leading. Our applied clinical and health research transforms health, quality of life and care across nursing, midwifery, palliative and end of life care, rehabilitation and related clinical, health and social sciences. This appointee will contribute to a thriving multi-disciplinary Faculty spanning clinical, health services and implementation research in the UK and internationally.

Owing to the agility of our Faculty and King’s we can consider applicants who are interested in either an Academic Education Pathway (AEP) (predominantly teaching with scholarship) or those who wish to apply for a Research and Teaching (R&T) pathway (teaching and research).

The post holder on the R&T pathway will join an established team of academic researchers in the Division of Care for Long Term Conditions, led by Professor Jackie Sturt, with mental health research led by Professor Alan Simpson, working in partnership with the Department of Mental Health Nursing led by Dr Tommy Dickinson. Professor Simpson works jointly between our Faculty and King’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience linking these two world-leading King’s Faculties. Professor Simpson is also Co-Director of the NIHR UCL-KCL Mental Health Policy Research Unit and leads a programme of high-quality research with the aim of improving the delivery and experience of mental healthcare and mental health nursing across diverse service settings. Under his leadership we plan to develop a leading Centre for Mental Health Nursing. Those on the AEP will join an established and diverse team of dynamic educators in the Department of Mental Health Nursing led by Dr Tommy Dickinson.

You will make a substantive contribution to the academic work of the Faculty and King’s, working with education, research/scholarship, and clinical teams, with the aim of obtaining continuing research/scholarship funding, conducting research/scholarship at a world-leading level to be published in major academic journals, and delivering inspiring undergraduate and postgraduate education, especially focussed on mental health nursing. You will collaborate with existing researchers and educators in the Faculty and in Kings. Those on an R&T pathway will play a key role in working with Professor Simpson to advance research in mental health, mental health nursing, and mind body research to improve care and services. You will join our multi-professional teams, with vibrant researchers skilled in qualitative and quantitative methods with a common purpose to improve patients’ lives.

Our education is driven by the philosophy that there is no health without mental health, and we work relentlessly to change the way people understand the relationship between body and mind. Our ambition is to extend our digital, postgraduate, and international offering. Many members of the Faculty have national and international recognition as world leaders in their field of practice and have been selected for fellowship of various learned societies and academies. Clinical credibility and a willingness to develop and deliver high quality simulated practice will be expected. There may be opportunities for some clinical activity if of interest to the successful candidate. We have recently extended our educational portfolio in dementia care. Therefore, we particularly welcome applications who have clinical and/or research experience in this area.

We welcome interest from candidates who share our vision of delivering high quality, inclusive research/scholarship, and education in a dynamic healthcare economy and who are enthusiastic about patient focussed, evidenced based care.

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract contract

This is a full-time post – 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • Play an active role in the Faculty and King’s undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training, focussed on the programmes, especially educational content outlined above and below. This will include module and programme leadership, developing and delivering high quality innovative education and education and relevant materials, including incorporating King’s and Faculty research, and generating excellent student feedback.
  • Have a clear forward plan for sustaining and enhancing Faculty education, PhD supervision (where appropriate), and research/scholarship consistent with the Faculty strategy, including to increase research / evidence informed education, multi- and interdisciplinary endeavours and improved student experience.

[If on R&T contract]

  • Contribute to and develop a transformative and sustainable applied health care research programme in areas core to one or more of the Faculty’s research Divisions or Institute and relevant to the educational focus of this post. You will work with relevant health care, charity and industry/ commercial research partners.
  • Actively participate in and deliver, and where appropriate lead elements of, the teaching programmes at King’s, and in particular the teaching of the mental health nursing programmes.
  • Work in collaboration and partnership with key stakeholders, institutions, and organisations.
  • Contribute to the planning and development of the Faculty’s education programmes and modules, including lecture planning, preparation and scholarship, assessment, and feedback of students’ work.
  • Act as a Personal Tutor, Link Lecturer and Academic Assessor and supervise MSc and BSc Dissertation/Projects and where applicable PhD (can be second or third supervisor).
  • Contribute to Curriculum Development and actively participate in team building, peer review and quality improvement initiatives of the Faculty and King’s, and in own development and embracing changes in the field.
  • Maintain nursing professional registration and continuing development.
  • Attract and if appropriately qualified supervise PhD students.
  • Actively participate in Department/Faculty team building, and relevant committees, boards, working or executive groups as appropriate.
  • Play a broader leadership role in the Faculty, contributing to the growth and development of our people and the wider organisation.

R&T Role (only):

  • Contribute to the academic research of the Faculty, working with colleagues and clinical teams, to win research funding and conduct research at international and world-leading standards, and published in major academic journals.
  • Collaborate on and increasingly lead externally funded peer-reviewed collaborative research projects, programmes, and fellowships, including winning funding from NIHR, UKRI and major charities as co-investigator or Principal investigator.
  • Supervise, co-supervise and nurture clinical and non-clinical researchers including MSc/MRes and PhD students to build the field for the future.
  • Publish research findings in high quality peer view journals, with 1 – 2 publications that are internationally excellent or world leading each year.

Research / Scholarship (if Academic Education contract):

  • Co-author on one quality paper for a professional or academic journal or a book chapter relevant to Faculty research programmes or education innovations.
  • Actively collaborate with Faculty research themes to enhance research informed education and evidence-based practice.
  • Act as a collaborator to design innovations or projects to enhance research and integration with education.
  • Contribute to staff development activities e.g. presentations, sharing good practice.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post. A Lecturer (R&T) will typically devote 60% of their time to research and 40% of their time to education. If appointed as lecturer (AEP), the appointee will devote 80% of their time to education, delivering and leading undergraduate, postgraduate/post qualification courses, and 20% to scholarship.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria (both roles)

1. Educated to Masters Level

2. Current registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nurse – Mental Health

3. Excellent written, verbal and digital communication skills, able to communicate with a wide range of audiences, with diverse levels of knowledge and expertise, and of differing professional backgrounds

4. Track record of delivering and developing high quality, relevant teaching and education, including in curriculum development, simulation and digital, remote, or blended learning,

5. Sound knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods to be able to supervise BSc and where appropriate MSc/MRes student projects, including standard analysis

6. Knowledge and clinical credibility in mental health nursing and mental health, including experience of working within an educational leadership role

7. Vision and appropriate plans for deliverable future education and if needed research programme relevant for this post

8. Vision and appropriate plans for deliverable future education

9. A flexible, energetic and well-organized self-starter able to engage actively with students, team members, the wider College and other potential collaborators in developing a programme of teaching

10. Commitment to improving equality, diversity and inclusion in the Faculty

Additional Essential criteria (Research and Teaching only)

  • PhD in relevant topic
  • Track record of peer-review publication and presentations that demonstrate international excellence or are world leading in terms of originality, rigor and significance in areas relevant to Faculty research themes.
  • Evidence of ability to secure research grant funding, demonstrated by previous experience and track record, involvement in research active teams, responsibilities, plans, awareness of funding schemes relevant to Faculty

Additional Essential criteria (Academic Education Pathway only)

  • Registerable teaching qualification

Desirable criteria (both roles)

11. Second registration with the NMC as a Registered Nurse – Adult

12. Experience in supervising PhD students

13. Able to lead and manage change, and motivate others, colleagues, and students

14. Evidence of delivering impact in research or teaching

Further information

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, and welcome applications from those often under-represented in academia.

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.

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