Senior Lecturer MSc in Psychological Therapy in Primary Care University of Stirling, Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport United Kingdom

The Post

Applications are invited for a Senior Lecturer post (Teaching and Scholarship) employed at Stirling University, from psychologists with a specific interest and expertise in cognitive-behaviour therapy for common mental health disorders in adults.


Teaching requirements alternate monthly between Dundee and Stirling. The successful applicant must have a strong commitment to working flexibly ensuring availability during university based teaching blocks and supporting students and maintaining an active liaison with NHS-based clinical tutors and supervisors whenever required.


This taught postgraduate degree was developed in partnership with the University of Dundee, NHS Education Scotland (NES) and local NHS Scotland Health Boards. The course is co-ordinated by Dr Will Goodall and there are five other part-time academic staff (some of whom have fractional contracts and also holding clinical NHS posts) who contribute to the formal teaching programme, complemented by a number of visiting lecturers. It also has a part-time course administrator with support from the wider Psychology Department team.


The MSc was developed around a number of Scottish Government priorities, including the need to improve access to evidence-based psychological interventions for adults, including elderly people, presenting with common mental health disorders of mild to moderate severity in primary care. In response to emerging pressures faced by health boards, a new focus of the programme is providing training in psychological therapy for people with long-term physical conditions.


The strengths of the Masters programme include particularly close links with the commissioners, NES, NHS clinical psychology services, and related applied psychology training programmes in Scotland.


The core purpose and philosophy for the Universities of Dundee and Stirling/ NHS (Scotland) MSc in Psychological Therapy in Primary Care is to train psychology graduates to Masters level and to impart the range of competencies essential for the graduates from this programme to deliver cognitive behavioural treatments as part of a stepped or matched-care delivery of psychological therapy services for patients with anxiety, depression, interpersonal and behavioural disorders of mild to moderate severity across the adult age spectrum, in tandem with clinical psychology services.


Description of Duties

  • Design, deliver, assess and evaluate a range of teaching and learning, supervision and assessment activities at postgraduate level including online/digital curriculum where required. In particular the six course modules as required and take principal responsibility for Module 3 Problem Specific CBT for Common Mental Health Disorders
  • Lead on evidence-based clinical curriculum review and enhancement, in a manner that supports student learning and is underpinned by evidence based scholarly activity
  • Contribute to the formal clinical and academic assessment programme, the supervision of trainees’ research projects and clinical skills development, and conduct mid-placement appraisal visits
  • Enhance the quality of teaching provision and programme development, drawing on leading practices from the HE sector


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