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									                               THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

                           SCHOOL OF COMMUNITY HEALTH SCIENCES


Professor of Psychological Intervention & Behaviour Change

1.     Introduction
This new chair has been established with the purpose of leading an innovative programme of
research involving the design, development and evaluation of psychological interventions that
effect behaviour change. This chair is based within the Division of Psychiatry, School of
Community Health Sciences.       The person appointed will play a key part in supporting the
programme of applied research funded within the CLAHRC and in generating further
complementary research. We anticipate the focus of work will fit with at least one of the
CLAHRC/Division of Psychiatry’s research themes in ADHD, children and young people, mental
health in primary care, somatisation, psychosis or bipolar disorder. This non clinical post is
open to candidates with a clinical or non-clinical background. A PhD studentship has been
created to support this role.

2.     Qualification, Experience & Attributes Required

2.1    Qualifications
      Essential: PhD in psychology or cognate discipline.
      Desirable: Chartered status in clinical or health psychology.

2.2    Research
      Publication record at international level with evidence of research innovation.
      Proven track record of collaboration across disciplines and agencies including working
       with NHS clinicians and clinical scientists.
      Strong track record of research funding, including funding for applied health research.
      Evidence of capacity to integrate behavioural, psychological and neurobiological
       approaches in understanding, preventing and treating mental health problems.
      Evidence of research impact on public policy (e.g. clinical guidelines).
      Excellent track record in recruiting, mentoring and supervising PhD students.
      Evidence of effective leadership of a research team.
      Enthusiasm for evaluating clinical effectiveness and translating research findings into
       practice with an understanding of the processes and barriers involved.

2.3    Teaching
      Track record of innovate teaching at undergraduate and post-graduate level.
      Experience of student-centred approaches to learning and teaching, different types of
       assessment and higher education quality mechanisms.
      Ability to take a leading role in supervising doctoral students and third-year
       undergraduate research projects.

3.     General Information

3.1    The University of Nottingham
The University of Nottingham is one of the UK's leading research universities, with a total of 26
top-rated five and five star research units (including Psychiatry) in the 2001 RAE and was
ranked 7th in the U.K. for research power in the 2008 RAE. It is also one of the top four
universities earning research funding from private industry and commerce. The Times Higher
World Rankings in 2008 place Nottingham in the top 1% of all universities worldwide.

The main university campus is set beside a lake, in an extensive belt of woodland, parks and
playing fields. The 330-acre University Park Campus is the focus of life for more than 22,000
students and houses the majority of the University's academic schools and many of the central
Services. The University Medical School is situated next to University Park. Together with the
University Hospital, it forms the Queen's Medical Centre (QMC).

3.2    The University of Nottingham Medical School

The University of Nottingham Medical School was established in the late 1960s, together with
the Medical Schools in Southampton and Leicester. The clinical departments of the School are
closely integrated with the Health Service, and the Medical School closely collaborates with
local NHS Trusts in developing healthcare in the Nottingham area. Mental Health services for
Nottinghamshire are provided by Nottinghamshire NHS trust.

The first Nottingham trained doctors qualified in 1975 and there is now an annual intake of
244 students to the Basic Medical Sciences years. Clinical teaching has been in progress since
April 1973. Academic departments are housed in the Medical School Block and in the
University Hospital at Queen's Medical Centre, at the Nottingham City Hospital and at Sir Colin
Campbell Building, Jubilee Campus. A new graduate entry programme for 90 students a year
began in September 2003 based in Derby.

The Faculty of Medicine is organised into eight Schools. The Dean of Faculty is Professor Ian
Hall. The Division of Psychiatry is located in the School of Community Health Sciences
together with the Divisions of Primary Care, Epidemiology & Public Health and Ageing and
Rehabilitation. The Head of School is Professor Penny Standen. The Faculty also contains four
Research Institutes. Most academic staff in the Division of Psychiatry are members of the
Institute of Neuroscience (IoN) and Institute of Mental Health (IMH).

4.     The University Division of Psychiatry

The University Department of Psychiatry was founded in 1971 with the appointment of
Professor J E Cooper as the Foundation Professor of Psychiatry. Professor Cooper and his
colleagues established a well-recognised line of research in social psychiatry, started a modern
and well-integrated undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and played an important role in
collaboration with NHS colleagues, in setting up an integrated community psychiatric service
for Nottingham. Since its foundation, the department has also had a Behavioural Sciences
Section, consisting of a number of non-clinical academic psychologists, who are responsible for
the teaching of behavioural sciences to medical students and students on other degree
courses. In 1997, the separate Departments of Psychiatry, Learning Disabilities, Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry and Old Age Psychiatry combined to form a single Division of Psychiatry.
The Head of Division is Professor Chris Hollis.

4.1    Location

The Division of Psychiatry is located on two sites: Queens Medical Centre (QMC) and at the
new Sir Colin Campbell Building, Jubilee Campus. The two sites are about 10 minutes
walk apart. The Queens Medical Centre comprises the Medical School and University Hospital
Nottingham (UHN). UHN is one of the leading teaching hospitals of the country; it operates as
an independent NHS Trust. Queens Medical Centre is adjacent to the University Campus
joined to it by a footbridge. UHN has most medical specialities represented in it. Most basic
neuroscience teams are accommodated in the Medical School, which also possesses animal
laboratories. The building of a new major clinical magnetic resonance imaging unit has been

4.2      Staffing
Current academic staffing of the Division of Psychiatry comprises ten professors, one reader,
six clinical senior lecturers, one non-clinical senior lecturer, six clinical lecturers and two non-
clinical lecturers.

Professors                                           Discipline
Clive Adams                                          Adult Psychiatry
Chris Bradshaw (Emeritus)                            Neuropsychology
Conor Duggan                                         Forensic Psychiatry
Cris Glazebrook                                  Health Psychology
Chris Hollis (Head of Division)                  Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Kevin Howells                                    Forensic Psychology
Georgina Jackson                                 Cognitive Neuropsychology
Peter Liddle                                     Adult psychiatry
Mary McMurran                                    Forensic Psychology
Richard Morriss                                  Adult Psychiatry
Min Yang                                         Medical Statistics

Richard Howard                                   Forensic Psychology

Senior Lecturer (Non-Clinical)
Rhiannon Corcoran                                Cognitive Psychology

Senior Lecturers
Gill Doody                                       Adult Psychiatry
Rob Jones                                        Old Age Psychiatry
Stuart Leask                                     Adult Psychiatry
Bert Park                                        Adult psychiatry
Kapil Sayal                                      Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Birgit Vollm                                     Forensic Psychiatry

Lecturers (Clinical)
Lena Palaniyappan                                Adult Psychiatry
Vacant (locum Dr Laurence Marteans)              Adult Psychiatry
Vacant (2 posts)                                 Forensic Psychiatry
Vacant (locum Dr Karthik Thangavelu)             Adult Psychiatry
Vacant                                           Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Lecturers (non clinical)
Victoria Tischler                                Health Psychology
Madeline Groom                                   Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

The Division has excellent technical, IT and administrative support.    Susan Dominic is the
Divisional Administrator.

4.3    Research
The mission of the Division of Psychiatry is to conduct research of internationally recognised
quality into the causes and mechanisms of mental health disorders across the lifespan and to
develop and evaluate interventions and treatments with the aim of improving the quality of
mental health service delivery, patient experiences and outcomes.

The research strategy of the Division is to develop a broad and sustainable funding base that
includes both research into aetiology and mechanisms of mental disorder (supported by
research councils and Wellcome Trust) as well as applied mental health services research
(supported by NIHR grants and programmes).

The Division of Psychiatry currently supports research grants worth a total £12.93m: research
councils £4.52m; Wellcome Trust and other charities £0.68m; NIHR £7.73m

Research Themes
The work of the Division is organised around the following intersecting themes:

4.3.1 Psychosis and Mood Disorders (Adams; Corcoran; Doody; Leask; Liddle, Mallikarjun;
Morriss; Park)

Epidemiology: Nottingham has a long tradition of excellence in psychosis epidemiology and is
one of two centres (Nottingham and Institute of Psychiatry, London) participating in the MRC
funded ÆSOP follow-up study (Aetiology and Ethnicity of Schizophrenia and Other Psychosis),
a population-based case-control study of multi-dimensional causes of psychosis. Dr Gill Doody
is coordinating the 10 year follow-up in Nottingham. Dr Stuart Leask uses data from large
general population birth cohorts (NCDS 1958 cohort and BCS 1970 cohort) to elucidate the
developmental and early environmental determinants of adult psychosis and to explore
population variation in handedness and cognitive ability.

Neuroscience and cognitive psychology: A team lead by Professor Liddle uses neuroscience
techniques including brain imaging with fMRI and EEG to investigate the cerebral mechanisms
underlying schizophrenia and mood disorders. A current major MRC funded study of cerebral
connectivity in psychotic disorders employs concurrent EEG and fMRI to map brain activity in
with high resolution in both time and space. Prof Jackson research focuses on understanding
the control mechanisms involved in goal directed action using behavioural and brain imaging
techniques (EEG, fMRI and MEG). Recently this research has been extended to include
developmental as well as adult populations (see 4.3.2). Since joining the Division of Psychiatry
in 2006, Dr Rhiannon Corcoran has continued her internationally recognised program of
investigation into deficits of theory of mind and social cognition in psychotic disorders.

Treatment trials and health services research: Prof Adams leads the Schizophrenia Group of
the Cochrane Collaboration, which has achieved renown for its high quality reviews of
treatments for schizophrenia. Prof Adams also played a cardinal role in the international TREC
studies which have included highly regarded studies of rapid tranquilization of agitated
patients in emergency settings. Professor Morriss leads an NIHR funded trial of a
comprehensive treatment programs for mood disorders employing psychological and
pharmacological therapies. He collaborates with the Academic Division of Primary Care in
studies of medically unexplained symptoms.

4.3.2 Neurodevelopmental Disorders & Paediatric Psychology (Hollis; Sayal, Jackson,
Glazebrook and Tischler are core members, Liddle is an active collaborator)

This research group focuses on elucidating brain-behaviour mechanisms and developmental
pathways, improving clinical identification and effectiveness of treatment interventions in child
mental health and developmental disorders.

Professor Hollis leads a major project (the MIDAS project, funded by Wellcome Trust) which
uses fMRI and EEG to investigate the effects of medication and of motivation on brain activity
associated with response inhibition in ADHD. Professor Hollis also leads the Children and
Young People’s research theme within the CLARHC. Professors Hollis and Jackson collaborate
on a program of research into Tourette syndrome which extends the research of Professor
Jackson investigating control mechanisms involved in goal direction action and explores the
relationship between clinical symptoms, the development of cognitive control and neural

Dr Sayal carries out epidemiological research in ADHD and the neurodevelopmental
consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure and a programme of Health Services Research
investigating access to services and child and adolescent mental health in schools and primary
care. He is PI on a DH-funded follow-up of an RCT investigating the impact of school-based
interventions on children's access to health services and outcomes and is the Nottingham lead
on an HTA-funded RCT for school-based CBT interventions to prevent depression in high-risk

Professor Glazebrook leads research in paediatric health psychology, with a particular focus on
child and maternal psychological wellbeing. Projects include studies of maternal mental health
outcome following multiple births, early prediction and prevention of obesity in childhood, and
the development and evaluation of exercise intervention for children with asthma.

4.3.3 Forensic Mental Health (Duggan, Gibbons; Howard, Howells, Khalifa; McMurran;

The main research themes of the forensic research program are: a) the long term outcome of
mentally disordered offenders discharged to various settings; b)       the assessment and
treatment of personality disorder; c) psychophysiological research into psychopathy; d) the
development of in reach services to prisons.

Professor McMurran leads a £1.6m HTA funded trial: Psychoeducation with problem solving
(PEPS) therapy for adults with personality disorder and is also PI on a study of motivational
intervention in personality disorder, funded by RfPB.

4.3.4 Psychopharmacology (Bradshaw Szabadi [Emeritus Professor])

Research in the Psychopharmacology Section’s animal behaviour laboratory focuses on
mathematical modelling of operant behaviour and reward processes. Current projects
supported by the Wellcome Trust and BBSRC include investigations of the roles of
corticostriatal circuitry and dopamine-5-HT interactions in regulating voluntary timing
behaviour and inter-temporal choice. Human psychopharmacological research [Szabadi]
includes investigation of CNS arousal mechanisms and the effects of psychoactive drugs on
autonomic functions.

4.3.5 Old Age Psychiatry (Jones)

The Section has led the development of the Trent Dementia Research Network, and with this
has particularly focused on: biological (including basic biological) and pharmaceutical
treatment aspects of dementia (e.g. MRC DOMINO study); evaluation of services (especially at
service interfaces) for people with dementia (funded recently by ESRC, NIHR & SDO sources);
and personal experiential, person-centred & legal/human rights aspects of dementia (e.g.
SDO-funded ethnography of care and pilot Best Interests in mental incapacity work).

4.4    Research Studentships & Fellowships

The Division has been successful in attracting overseas postgraduate research studentships
(Bradshaw, Liddle) and a studentship with 50% funding from MRC (Liddle). Rhiannon
Corcoran is the School PhD co-ordinator. Divisional staff supervise 26 PhD students (14 with
primary registration with SCHS).

Under the Research Excellence Framework (REF) it is key priority for the Division and School is
to increase the number of funded PhD studentships. This requires the School to be a
recognised site for studentships from MRC/ESRC and other funding bodies.

The Division holds a RCUK fellowship jointly with Psychology (2008-2012).

The Division has been successful in national competition in attracting two NIHR Academic
Clinical Training Fellows (ACFs), one in child & adolescents psychiatry (2007-12) and one in
forensic psychiatry (2008-13). We aim to attract an ACF appointment in 2010.

4.5    Teaching

Undergraduate teaching consists of teaching clinical psychiatry to medical students, and
teaching behavioural sciences to medical, nutrition, pharmacy and neuroscience students. The
teaching of behavioural sciences to medical students (years 1, 2) is organised by the
Behavioural Sciences Section of the Division who also provide supervision of honours BMedSci.
degree projects in year 3. Dr Stuart Leask heads the clinical undergraduate teaching
programme (year 4). The Division contributes to teaching of courses across the Medical
Faculty; in particular the Neuroscience MSci degree organised by the School of Biomedical
Sciences and the MPharmacy degree.

Postgraduate teaching consists of a University-based postgraduate degree course (MSc Mental
Health Sciences) that has both taught and research dissertation components. This provides
didactic teaching in preparation for the MRC Psych examination and an opportunity to carry
out an early research project. Dr Gillian Doody is the course director.

5.     The Institute of Mental Health

The Institute of Mental Health (IMH) was formed in 2006 as a collaborative venture between
the University of Nottingham and the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. It brings together
researchers from the Division of Psychiatry, the School of Sociology and Social Policy; the
School of Nursing; the Business School and from Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. The
headquarters of the IMH are based in the Sir Colin Campbell Building (SCCB). A recent major
grant from the Department of Health (£17.5 million including matching funding) has funded
the establishment of a CLARHC (Collaborative Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care)
program to promote new approaches to health care research with emphasis on implementation
of research findings in clinical practice. Mental health research is a major focus of the CLARHC
program and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust is the lead agency.

The rationale for the Institute of Mental Health is to promote research; to underpin and support
clinical practice; to provide a portfolio of teaching and development opportunities and to
become an expert resource for clinicians, managers of services and policy makers.

5.1    NIHR CLAHRC (Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire & Lincolnshire)

In October 2008, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust as lead organisation in partnership
with the University of Nottingham, 8 NHS Trusts, The East Midlands Strategic Health Authority
and two Local Authorities, was awarded a prestigious NIHR grant of £8.7 million over 5 years
(total value £17.4 million including matched funding from partners). The NIHR CLAHRC (NDL)
is only one of 9 awarded in the U.K.. The CLAHRC (NDL) Director is Professor Graeme Currie.

CLAHRC (Collaborations in Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care) will study how
research & innovation are actually delivered into practice by providing the information that
commissioners & service providers need to improve health services. Appointments have
recently been made to Chairs in; Health Care Innovation and Learning, Medical Statistics, and
Economics of Health and Social Policy.

CLAHRC (NDL) has four research themes: Mental health (led by Professor Richard Morris),
children & young people (led by Professor Chris Hollis), primary care (led by Professor Joe Kai)
and stroke rehabilitation (led by Professor Marion Walker).

6.     Institute of Neuroscience

The Institute of Neuroscience (loN) was established in 2002 to promote collaboration between
neuroscientists linking basic preclinical and clinical disciplines within and beyond the Faculty of
Medicine, and to enhance the research infrastructure supporting high quality neuroscience with
a particular emphasis on bi-directional 'laboratory - clinic' translational research.


The IoN spans the spectrum of neurosciences from the molecular to the clinical. Strong links
already exist between the Division of Psychiatry and the University MR Centre (Professor Peter
Morris), School of Psychology (Professor Stephen Jackson) and Behavioural Pharmacology
(Professor Kevin Fone). Other strong research group include molecular neurochemistry
(Professor R J Mayer), molecular neuropharmacology (Drs Hill and Kendall), neuropathology
(Dr J Lowe), cellular neurophysiology (Professor P N R Usherwood and Drs R Mason and R

7.      Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

The Division of Psychiatry works in close partnership with Nottinghamshire NHS Trust. This
new large mental health trust was formed in April 2001 and provides mental health and
learning disability services for the county of Nottinghamshire.     Clinical academics have
honorary contracts with the trust. The trust supports a number of academic posts in the
Division and has a large NHS R&D budget (the Head of Research and University Liaison is
Professor Nick Manning).

       Duties and Responsibilities

       Research
       To develop and lead an internationally excellent/world leading research programme in
        psychological intervention and behaviour change relevant to the understanding of
        psychopathological mechanisms, innovation in treatment delivery and evaluation of
        clinical outcomes including mediating and moderating processes. We anticipate that the
        major focus of research will be on preventative and clinical interventions such as parent
        training or cognitive behaviour therapy as well as the development of new approaches.
       To contribute to the development of research activities within CLAHRC (NDL), the
        Division of Psychiatry and School of Community Health Sciences.
       To develop multidisciplinary research collaborations within and out with the University.
       To provide research supervision for PhD, MedSci (Psychiatry) and BMedSci (medicine)

b)      Teaching
       To contribute to undergraduate (BMedSci) and postgraduate (MSc in Mental Health
        studies) teaching in the Division.
       Providing teaching on taught courses to doctoral students.
       Supervising BMed Sci undergraduate research projects.

c)      Administration
       Support for administration of the Divisional teaching responsibilities.
       Membership as required of University/ School committees.

If the person appointed has a clinical background then relevant clinical work can be
negotiated with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. The clinical work will complement
the research into psychological interventions or behaviour change. As the post is primarily
a research post, the clinical demands should not be onerous.


    Salary will be within the professorial range, minimum £55,535 per annum.
    Administrative support: provided from the Division of Psychiatry.
    Line management: the person appointed is responsible to the Head of Division of Psychiatry.
    Location: the person appointed will be based in the Division of Psychiatry (QMC or SCCB).

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor C Hollis, Head of the Division of Psychiatry,
tel: 0115 970 9946 or Email: Chris.Hollis@Nottingham.ac.uk Please note that applications sent
directly to this Email address will not be accepted.

Please quote ref. JK/33736.


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