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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional and experienced nurse, with evidence of excellent professional and educational practice to join a team of enthusiastic and committed staff within the Department of Nursing and Midwifery.

We aim to provide engaging and transformational learning experiences for students from a broad range of backgrounds in order that they realise their aspirations and can make a real difference to the communities in which they will work as registered nurses.

As part of the academic community, you will help develop critical, competent and compassionate practitioners who can make a positive contribution to nursing practice by contributing to undergraduate and postgraduate mental health provision.

Research development will be an important element of the role and opportunities will exist to develop this agenda through effective partnerships with experienced researchers within the institute. In support of this, the University of Worcester is home to the Association for Dementia Studies, which make a national and international contribution to building evidence-based practical ways of working with people living with dementia and their families. In addition, the University of Worcester’s National Centre for Violence is a centre of excellence that makes a significant contribution to knowledge transfer, evidence based policy and practice, and the Mood Disorders Research Group focuses on investigations of bipolar disorder and other related affective and psychotic illnesses.

By providing expert knowledge, the post holder will be expected to teach and lead agreed modules, assess students, supervise undergraduate/postgraduate research studies, and engage in curriculum development. It is essential that the appointee is able to adopt a flexible approach to the subjects they teach.

Selection Process:

Shortlisted candidates invited to interview will be asked to deliver a fifteen-minute teaching session (followed by 5 minutes of questions) aimed at third year mental health nursing students entitled; 'thriving, not just surviving as a student mental health nurse’ The Chair of this panel will feedback to the main interview panel.

In the supporting statement of your application form please give evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification; you are advised to address each item on the person specification in turn and give specific examples of activities you have undertaken.

Closing date: Sunday 06 May 2018

Reference number: IHS1807 - 3595

Job details

Job details

Band AC2 /3 £32,547 - £47,723 a year, with opportunity to progress to £52,131 a year
Full time
As soon as possible
Responsible to
Deputy Head of Institute and Head of Department of Nursing and Midwifery
Responsible for
Interview date
Interview date to be confirmed

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The post sits within the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, which is one of four departments within the Institute of Health & Society. The Institute offers courses ranging from foundation degrees in various specialities in health and social care, to honours, masters and doctoral level study in a number of disciplines.

The department has over 800 pre-registration nursing students completing degree programmes. The department has an exceptional national reputation for excellence and the appointee will further develop the quality of our provision through strong collaboration with our practice partners. The high quality nature of our course provision is confirmed by the Nursing & Midwifery Council and further evidence of our quality provision is evidenced through our student body with graduate employment rates of 100%.

Staff within the department are extremely well qualified and have a research and publication profile and the new appointee would further contribute to these activities.

For an informal discussion please contact Mr Robert Dudley, Head of Department, by phoning 01905 855235 or by email to or Mrs Helen Ford, Programme Director, Tel: 01905 85 5057 or


Main duties

Main duties

1. To undertake teaching at undergraduate and post graduate level and to a wide range of students.

2. To contribute to the assessment process for students including the setting, marking and moderation of student work, individually or collectively as part of a module team in accordance with quality assurance procedures.

3. To design and develop innovative and inspiring learning materials and assessments.

4. To participate fully in curriculum development work including planning, development and evaluation of courses.

5. To engage in tripartite arrangements with students and mentors as to facilitate effective partnership working and student support in practice.

6. To act as a Personal Academic Tutor.

7. To carry out academic administrative work and participate in relevant committees within the Institute and University.

8. To participate in annual staff development and review processes.

9. To actively engage in scholarship, research and professional activity to ensure currency of teaching and professional re-validation.

10. To participate fully in the life of the Institute and University, by engaging in representational and ambassadorial activities in support of the Institute’s activities and carry out any other reasonable duties as requested by the Head of Institute or her/his nominee.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria

1. Evidence of teaching nursing at HE level that demonstrates excellence and innovation, including the ability to enthuse, motivate and facilitate student learning and intellectual challenge, using a variety of methods of learning and teaching, including e-learning.

2. Contemporary knowledge of the context of mental health including, policy, research and practice.

3. Evidence of scholarly activity (research and public output commensurate with career stage).

4. Master’s Degree (or at final completion).

5. Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate confidently and clearly with a range of people including students, lecturers, managers, representatives of external organisations and the public, both orally and in writing.

6. Evidence of effective team-working and inter-personal skills and the ability to inspire, influence and motivate others through collaborative working practices.

7. Strong evidence of ongoing continuous professional development.

8. Current NMC registration as a Mental Health Nurse.

9. HE teaching qualification e.g. Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. 

Desirable Criteria

1. PhD /other doctoral qualification or working towards.

2. Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

3. Experience of curriculum development.

*Newly appointed staff who do not already hold HEA professional recognition or a HE teaching qualification, will be required to achieve this within three years of their appointment to the post, either through completion of the PG Cert Learning and Teaching in HE, or for those with significant experience of teaching in HE, via the University’s accredited CPD scheme conferring Fellowship at the appropriate level.

Applications from Non EEA Workers:
Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at .

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Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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