Lecturer in Mental Health (Research & Teaching)

Care in Long Term Conditions

London, Waterloo Campus


  • Posted on: 02nd Nov 2021
  • Salary: Grade 7, £46,934 - £55,299 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 033147
  • Closes: 23rd November 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care (NMPC) is offering an outstanding opportunity for a talented individual who wishes to advance education and research relevant to mental health and mental health nursing to join our Faculty.

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 department spanning clinical, health services and implementation research in the UK and internationally. The post holder 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.

You will make a substantive contribution to the academic work of the Faculty and King’s, working with education, research, and clinical teams. You will collaborate with existing researchers and educators in the Faculty and in King’s, and 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 child and adolescent mental health. 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, 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

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

Key responsibilities

  • Contribute to and develop a transformative funded health care applied research programme relevant to the Division and to mental health care that delivers high quality research publications and impact to improve care. It is anticipated that the post-holder will have particular expertise and a track record within one or more of the areas relevant to the mental health and divisional research.
  • Play an active role in the Faculty and King’s undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training, focussed on the programmes in mental health nursing, including module and programme leadership, developing, and delivering high quality innovative education and education materials, including on their/faculty research expertise and/or findings, and generating excellent student feedback.
  • Have a clear forward plan for sustaining and enhancing the Faculty research, PhD supervision, and education consistent with the Faculty strategy, including to increase research / evidence informed education and multi- and interdisciplinary endeavours.
  • Contribute to the academic work of the Faculty, working with colleagues and clinical teams, with the aim of obtaining significant research funding and conducting research at an international and world-leading standard to be 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.
  • Form and grow external collaborations to enhance the quality of reach of our research programmes, linking with world leading academics and groups in related fields.
  • Supervise, co-supervise and nurture clinical and non-clinical researchers (including PhD students and fellowships) 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.
  • Attract and supervise PhD students.
  • Ensure research has a pathway to measurable impact.
  • Actively participate in and 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 Module Lead as appropriate and supervise MSc and BSc Dissertation/Projects.
  • Contribute to Curriculum Development.
  • 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.
  • Actively participate in relevant audit and clinical governance activity, including audit of research and teaching activity, data protection, ethical and research governance principles and practices
  • Maintain and keep up to date confidential student records.
  • Maintain and keep up to date site files and all appropriate contents and training for studies underway.
  • Produce evidence of their contribution in these areas are part of their annual appraisal.
  • To have and maintain a research passport, honorary contract and good clinical practice in research as required
  • Undertake peer review of teaching, annually.
  • Complete all mandatory training in line with Faculty and College expectations.
  • Undertake relevant professional development and if relevant maintain registration in negotiation with line manager and PDR discussions.

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.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

1. PhD in relevant topic to this role

2. Excellent written, verbal, and digital communication skills, in all formats, face to face, email, reports, written and for teaching

3. Track record of peer-review publication and presentations that demonstrate international excellence or are world leading in terms of originality, rigor, and significance

4. Ability to secure research grant funding, demonstrated by track record of involvement in research active teams, developed responsibilities, future plans, awareness of funding schemes and previous experience.

5. Sound knowledge of research methods to be able to supervise, PhD, MSc and undergraduate student projects and critically appraise a wide range of relevant research, including data presentation and basic analysis,

6. Understanding of education methods and approaches, including emerging digital learning

7. Evidence of continued development in of expertise and knowledge in research methods and education relevant to this role, through courses, reading publications and/or learning as part of their development

8. Ability to work well as an effective member of an education team and to share and encourage good practice in research and teaching

9. Personal effectiveness, able to deliver high quality work and projects to deadlines, work efficiently and prioritise appropriately, and take individual responsibility for planning and undertaking work

10. Understanding of the relevant audit, governance, ethical, data protection and engagement processes in relation to education

11. Commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity for staff and students

Desirable criteria

1. A teaching qualification or equivalent

2. Experience of supporting students at postgraduate or undergraduate level through personal tutoring and/or research supervision

3. Experience of course development, marketing, and high-quality education to relevant audiences

4. Evidence of delivering impact of research completed

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 clearance.

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