Senior Tutor / MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Programme Leader (0.5 FTE)
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Applications will be considered at senior lecturer level from
Grade: suitably trained and experienced individuals with both clinical and
Professor Patrick Bolton, Programme Chair and
Professor Emily Simonoff, Head of Department
To lead and teach on the MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
To oversee the development and running of the MSc including novel teaching
approaches, development and extension of distance learning and to develop new
collaborations as appropriate.
To act as tutor and supervisor to post-graduate students
The opportunity also exists to supervise students at PhD or other levels.
ROLE OUTLINE – MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
The successful candidate will be required:
To lead the existing Masters programme, including overall management of teaching
and clinical placements, clinical and academic tutors and maintaining oversight of
the various course components.
To lead and innovate the academic content and course structure of the MSc as a
whole. This will include:
- course modifications to remain up-to-date with current clinical practice and
- extension into novel teaching methods involving IT and distance learning
techniques as appropriate
- developing new links with other institutions nationally and internationally to extend
the teaching/learning base
- reviewing and identifying new models of teaching and knowledge transfer.
To serve as a supervisor to Masters students.
To oversee the selection and admission of prospective students.
To coordinate the internal and external marking of essays, examination scripts and
(zero assigned sessions per week)
The post holder will not have any specifically designated clinical sessions. It is expected
that the appointee may have a separately-secured contract for their clinical activities and
will have existing links with a range of types of clinical service across the Child Psychiatry
field. The position will be offered as a university appointment or jointly with an NHS
provider (e.g. SLaM) according to discussions between the appointee and the university.
Communication & Networking:
High quality communication skills are needed not only to teach but also to serve as
a tutor. This requires the successful candidate to be sensitive to the needs of a
wide range of students from different cultures and of varied ages and academic
Demonstrated skills in teaching.
Liaison with other departments and schools is also expected, including contribution
to school committees, panels etc. as appropriate.
Decision Making, Planning and Problem Solving:
The post holder will be jointly responsible with the programme chair for reviewing
modules within the course, and the course as a whole so that it meets the students’
academic and clinical needs.
Knowledge of Blackboard and Moodle, the College’s e-learning packages, is required,
as all materials on this course are also available electronically. In the absence of
existing knowledge, training will be available to a candidate who has IT aptitude.
The post holder will be expected to lead on innovations and developments, including
links and collaborations with other institutions and developing new models of teaching.
A high standard of teaching is expected as this is a specialist course occupying a
niche market. Currently, it is among only a few of its kind in the UK and recruits
The course will be monitored by the Programme Chair and also assessed by
student feedback. The post holder will also be involved in the monitoring process.
Information gained through monitoring will be used to modify course content,
teaching techniques assessment methods and the provision of course material.
Team Work, Teaching and Learning Support:
The MSc is an important part of the Department’s teaching programme and is one of
the few Masters programmes in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in the UK. It is a
small course with 12-16 students annually from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Several students complete the course part-time over two or more years.
The post holder will be expected to keep up to date with academic developments in
the field and to use their own expert knowledge of the area to modify the syllabus and
deliver high quality teaching, including research methods appropriate to the field.
The post holder will be expected to identify teachers for the different topics
The post holder will be expected to have good social and management skills as the
post requires liaising between students, other teaching staff and external experts.
Given that this is a niche course which attracts high-quality students from a range of
disciplines and nationalities, the post holder will be expected to be sympathetic to and
have understanding of diverse approaches and cultures while at the same time being
aware of the other demands experienced by academic and clinical supervisors. The
post holder may need on occasion to manage difficult situations between students and
IOP and King’s offer training in teaching methods and learning support if needed.
Sensory/Physical Demands and Work Environment:
There are no exceptional responsibilities for health and safety.
There are no particular considerations regarding physical effort, mental agility,
prolonged concentration etc. that are required to carry out this role.
A key role is to provide support to students. This is mainly in the field of academic
work but may also involve more general pastoral questions such as
The course also provides a separate pastoral tutor.
You may be required to work irregular hours in accordance with the needs of
Information of a confidential nature must be kept strictly confidential and
should never be disclosed either inside or outside work. It should be noted
that breach of confidentiality is a serious offence which may lead to dismissal.
This appointment is subject to Occupational Health clearance. Should you be
offered this post you will be sent an Occupational Health Questionnaire along
with your contract of employment. When the Occupational Health Department
have evaluated your questionnaire and declared that you are fit for
appointment, your appointment will be formally confirmed.
All staff are expected to adhere to King’s policies and procedures.
Date: September 2012
This job description reflects the core activities of the role and as the College and the
post holder develop there will inevitably be changes in the emphasis of duties. It is
expected that the post holder recognise this and adopt a flexible approach to work
and be willing to participate in training.
If changes to the job become significant, the job description should be reviewed
formally by the post holder and line manger. The HR Department should then be
consulted as to the implications of the proposed changes.
CRITERIA E D HOW IDENTIFIED
S E AND ASSESSED
S S AP = application
E I AS = assessment
T A I = interview
I B P = presentation
A L R = references
Education/qualification and training
Masters in relevant subject X AP
PhD in relevant subject X AP
Clinical qualification in child and adolescent psychiatry, e.g., X AP
Teaching groups and supervising individuals X AP, I
Expertise in child and adolescent mental disorders X AP, I
Familiarity with e-learning programmes X I
Knowledge of research methods X AP, I
Experience of teaching X AP, I
Experience of teaching students from a range of cultures X AP, I
Familiarity of course module design / curriculum X AP, I
Experience of student feedback monitoring and critical X AP, I
Personal characteristics/other requirements
Ability to work closely with others X AP, I, R
Ability to liaise with colleagues from different departments X AP, I, R
and schools and develop professional relationships
Ability to develop and follow through new work programmes X AP, I, R
SUMMARY OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
The conditions of service will be those that apply to non Academic staff employed by
the Institute and include the following:
Salary negotiable salary commensurate with NHS consultant level
Hours 0.5 fte
Holidays 27 working days per annum in addition to public holidays (pro-rata for
Pension This appointment is superannuable under the pension scheme.
Ticket Loan An interest free Season Ticket Loan is available for staff.
Canteen The Institute operates a staff canteen and members of staff also have
access to dining facilities at the Maudsley Hospital.
Probation The standard probationary period for Institute appointments is 6
References All Institute appointments are subject to receipt of satisfactory
references and, where appropriate, confirmation of qualifications.
Medical All Institute appointments are subject to a satisfactory medical report.
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THE INSTITUTE OF PSYCHIATRY
The Institute of Psychiatry is a postgraduate medical school associated with the
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and is a School of
King's College London of the University of London. It has an outstanding
international reputation in the field of research. In the most recent Research
Assessment Exercise (2008), “the IOP had the largest number of world leading or
internationally excellent research activity units” for Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology
and Neuroscience in the UK. The Institute has approximately 870 students and
1000 staff and has an annual budget of approximately £70 million. The Institute
offers a range of Diploma, MSc, MPhil, and PhD courses in psychiatry, psychology
and related basic and clinical neurosciences.
The complementary roles of the Institute are
to pioneer research into new and improved ways of understanding and
treating mental illness and brain disease;
to offer advanced University training for psychiatrists, psychologists,
neurologists and other scientific and paramedical workers.
The Institute comprises 9 Academic Departments - Psychology, Psychiatry,
Neuroscience, Clinical Neuroscience, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Behavioural
& Developmental Psychiatry, Psychosis; Addictions, Old Age Psychiatry &
Dementia ; two Research Centres; Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry
Research Centre, Health Services and Population Research Centre; and a full range
of academic support services.
THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY
The department has a very broad range of research interests with several research
groups covering general psychiatry, cognition, genetics, neuroimaging,
epidemiology, psychopharmacology, bipolar disorder and cognitive neuropsychiatry.
Researchers work to understand the mechanisms of the processes that govern
thinking, perception, judgement and emotion. The Head of the Department is
Professor Emily Simonoff.
Applications should be made on the enclosed form and applicants may enclose a
brief covering letter highlighting experience and skills relevant to the vacancy. If you
wish us to view your CV you may enclose it with the covering letter and completed
Completed application form should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to
the address below:
Human Resources Office, Box 007,
Institute of Psychiatry,
De Crespigny Park,
London, SE5 8AF.
The closing date for applications is 9th November 2012
Please quote reference number 12/P36
Candidates who would like to discuss the post further are invited to contact
Professor Emily Simonoff on 44(0)20 7848 5312 or via email:
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If therefore, your application is not successful, we hope that you will not be
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