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Associate Lecturer

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
Child Psychotherapy
NHS AfC: Band 7
7.5 hours per week
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Tavistock Centre
£44,347 - £50,549 per annum including HACS (Pro-rata)
01/09/2019 23:59


The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust with a focus on training and education alongside a full range of mental health services and psychological therapies for children and their families, young people and adults.

We are committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. We bring a distinctive contribution based on the importance we attach to social experience at all stages of people’s lives, and our focus on psychological and developmental approaches to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of mental ill health

We contribute to the pool of ideas through our own research and development, but are also committed to bringing together the best ideas of the time, old and new, from inside and out, together with the most gifted and able professionals in our fields of endeavour. We aim to share our ideas and practice through as many routes as possible.

As a Trust we aim constantly to be evolving in nature and form in relation to the environment in which we work, to ensure that our contribution remains relevant.



Department of Education & Training

120 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BA


Associate Lecturer Psychoanalytic Applied Portfolio

Band 7


Part-time: 7.5 hours pw (2 sessions)


Internal applicants only


The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, which consists of the Tavistock Clinic and the Portman Clinic, provides multi-disciplinary clinical services for adults, adolescents and children and their families and postgraduate training for a wide range of care-givers in the field of mental health.


This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated and adaptable child and adolescent psychotherapist to join the Psychoanalytic Applied Portfolio in the Department of Education and Training as an Associate Lecturer.


All the courses in the Psychoanalytic Applied Portfolio seek to extend students’ understanding of emotional development and human interaction, including in the workplace, while not in themselves offering a professional or clinical qualification. The courses provide students with a psychoanalytic way of thinking and an understanding of observation as a primary tool in making sense of experience. The core functions of the courses are to provide, at different levels, a learning experience that equips people better to manage and enjoy their current work with children, adolescents, adults or families and, if appropriate and wanted, to provide a pathway towards further training at the Trust.


The role includes teaching, tutoring, marking, participation in student recruitment and academic assessment as well as involvement in course review and development. The current course priorities for this role are set out below, though different courses may take priority in the future.


Currently, this role is linked to (EC1) Emotional Care of Babies, Children, Young People and Families, which offers a graduate certificate and graduate diploma level of study for students new to this area of learning. The course is validated by the University of Essex, but some of its optional modules also function as CPD modules. It is aimed both at students with a lot of experience in working with children/young people but with limited higher education experience in the field, and at those with more educational experience but in unrelated fields wishing to make a career change.

The Associate Lecturer will be a member of the core course team, contributing to course relationships with applicants, students and staff, and to the quality of learning and teaching. This aspect of the post is line managed by the EC1 Course Lead.


In addition, through the 2019-20 academic year, the Associate Lecturer will undertake teaching, tutoring, student recruitment and other aspects of course delivery on (CPD 64) Developing a diverse child and adolescent workforce: an introductory course. Within the Department of Education and Training, CPD 64 is funded by Health Education England to offer a 10-week course for unqualified support staff working with children, young people and their families in the voluntary, NHS, community, education or social care settings. The course enables support workers to develop their skills in working with children and young people in a multicultural context and may also lead to progression to further funded training opportunities in the field of child and adolescent work. The course runs in the Autumn and Spring terms and there is a study skills course in the Summer term. This aspect of the post will be line managed by the CPD 64 Course Lead.


When the commitment to CPD 64 comes to an end the Associate Lecturer will take up teaching, tutoring, assessment and recruitment tasks and involvement in course delivery and development on other course/s in the Portfolio as required within contracted hours.


The post-holder will need to be available within term times on Mondays 2 – 5.45 pm and on Thursday mid/late afternoon; outside term times hours to be agreed with course leads and portfolio manager. Some flexibility to work occasional evenings and weekends will also be required; the post holder will need to attend staff meetings, course committee meetings and open days and evenings. The post holder will need to manage peaks and troughs of demand on their time. There is likely to be greater demand during teaching terms and assessment periods and lower levels of demand outside term times.


Candidates are requested to use the section "Supporting Information" on the application form to set out their reasons for applying and their suitability, referring to the person specification, for this post.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

If you would like to talk to someone about this post please contact:

Matthew Chuard, Course Lead EC1, after 19 August

Mel Serlin, Course Lead CPD 64, before 12 August