Head of Psychological Therapies

University Counselling Service

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 10th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £56,587-£60,022
  • REF: XD28896
  • Closes: 05th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

The University is looking to appoint a highly experienced and accredited clinician into a newly created Head of Psychological Therapies position, following a significant review of student mental health services (the review).

Working closely with the Deputy Head of Education Services (Student Support, Access and Welfare) and the other teams in the division, as well as in close partnership with key stakeholders across the Cambridge Colleges, central University, students’ union, and local NHS partners, the post-holder will play a key role in shaping and delivering elements of a significant change programme across the institution as recommended in the final report of the review. In addition, they will lead the newly configured Psychological Therapies Service (formerly the University Counselling Service).

The successful applicant will have in-depth understanding of a broad range of therapeutic approaches, change management experience, and excellent organisational and problem-solving skills. Strong leadership and interpersonal skills are required in this role as the appointee will need to inspire and support a large team during a period of significant transition and transformation – within the service specifically and in the context of wider reforms to the collegiate University’s mental health and wellbeing offer to students more generally – whilst also continuing to deliver business as usual. They will hold an honours degree and relevant clinical qualifications and will have experience of working in a multidisciplinary team environment and leading a transparent service which is committed to continuous improvement.

More details on the role and the requirements can be found in the Further Particulars document which is downloadable via a link at the bottom of this page.

When applying please upload your CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role. Your application should clearly set out how you meet the criteria listed in the Further Particulars along with relevant examples. Candidates will be shortlisted based upon these criteria.

Click the ‘Apply’ button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

We expect interviews to be held on Thursday 16 December 2021. It is hoped that the interviews will be held in person with any necessary safety precautions in place, however, this is subject to change in line with safety measures as directed by the University and UK Government due to the global pandemic. Further details will be provided if you’re successful in being shortlisted for an interview.

If you wish to make an informal enquiry about the post, please contact Jane Carter at jlc97@cam.ac.uk.

If you have any technical difficulties submitting your online application, please contact the recruitment team at sscjobs@admin.cam.ac.uk.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children and adults’ barred lists).

Please quote reference XD28896 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
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