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Programme Director on PostGraduate Diploma in CBT

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 05th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £51,799 - £54,943 (with progression to £60,022.00) per annum, pro rata
  • REF: 13896
  • Closes: 19th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary:£51,799 – £54,943 (with progression to £60,022.00) per annum, pro rata

Closing Date: 19November 2021

The Role

You will join a team within the School of Psychology which has responsibility for the delivery and assessment of teaching and learning materials associated with the CBT Diploma programme in order to support the development and assessment of clinical competency by trainees on this programme. As Programme Director you will support the management of the day-to-day workloads of the staff team in order to oversee the delivery and assessment process of the course. You will need to liaise effectively with a range of external stakeholder groups including placement providers. You will also be required to collaborate and contribute to other clinical training programmes (as appropriate) within the School of Psychology, and with colleagues at Newcastle University Psychological Therapies Research and Training Clinic. There would be the possibility of working clinically within the University Clinic if this was required to maintain accreditation.

Informal enquiries to be directed to Dr Claire Lomax (Reader in Clinical Psychology) via email:claire.lomax@newcastle.ac.uk

THis role is part time for 24 hours per week.

Key accountabilities

  • To act as Programme Director on the postgraduate CBT diploma support trainees to develop clinical competency in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, maintaining and enhancing the reputation of the programme nationally.
  • To manage the day-to-day workloads of colleagues within the team to ensure effective delivery of the course.
  • To take a lead role in quality assurance (e.g. programme documentation) for the programme and lead on all regulatory and accrediting processes (i.e. BABCP accreditation).
  • To monitor and ensure student progression by reference to defined criteria and provide constructive feedback to trainees.
  • To provide teaching in a variety of settings from small group clinical skills role-play sessions to current theoretically informed lectures, ensuring content, methods of delivery and learning materials meet the defined learning objectives for individual teaching sessions.
  • To develop and enhance teaching materials, methods and approaches with regular and consistent incorporation of innovative delivery methods.
  • To seek ways of improving performance by reflecting on teaching design and delivery and obtaining and analysing feedback, and to undertake evaluations of the programme and teaching impact as required.
  • Liaise and maintain links with a range of external stakeholder groups (including NHS service placement providers and Health Education England) with regards to broad issues around programme delivery and also individual trainee progress.
  • Raise the profile of the programme at relevant forums and representing the programme at required events, e.g. conferences, HEI and NHS meetings
  • Influence dissemination and uptake by others of curriculum development / innovation through methods such as conference presentations, workshops, publications and websites, which could include collaboration with other colleagues within the field.
  • Take responsibility for recruitment of trainees to the programme, including marketing and selection, and seek opportunities to enhance the scop
  • Keep up to date on new recommendations and guidelines set by the Department of Health or other public bodies (e.g. NHS plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Clinical Excellence).
  • To demonstrate wider influence of the role by seeking opportnities to contribute to dissemination and publication (e.g. textbook, teaching materials, journal articles)
  • Liaise with other Higher Education Insitutes (HEIs) delivering postgraduate CBT training in order to share best practice and expertise.
  • As required, to liaise across other University clinical training programmes and the Psychological Therapies Research and Training Clinic, all of which are based within the School of Psychology.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • An understanding of the roles of High Intensity (HI) and CBT therapist trainee and clinician within the UK healthcare system and the NHS, and the function of clinical training in supporting these roles.
  • Possess and maintain sufficient breadth or depth of specialist theoretical and procedural knowledge in CBT.
  • Recent clinical and supervisory experience in an NHS or IAPT service working with CBT qualified and/or HI therapists.
  • At least 2 years of post-qualification practice.
  • Evidence of delivering teaching or training within clinical training programmes or within a clinical service.
  • Leadership/management experience in a relevant context.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to develop effective rapport with individual trainees and working relationships with a range of staff.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise workload, work under pressure and to meet multiple deadlines.
  • Able to build contacts and participate in internal and external networks for the exchange of information and collaboration such as placement providers.
  • Evidence of and ability to engage in and deliver continuous professional development (CPD) training.
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) or equivalent qualification for teaching in UK Higher Education (desirable)

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Committed and enthusiastic;
  • Ambitious but collegiate;
  • Confident communicator;
  • Commitment to evidence-based and ethical research;
  • Commitment to diversity, equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practices;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Empathetic to the needs of colleagues and a diverse trainee group.

Qualifications (Essential)

  • Successful completion of a PG Dip in High Intensity CBT
  • BABCP accredited

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

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