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Senior Lecturer Occupational Therapy

The successful candidate will join a team of enthusiastic, committed and friendly staff within the Department of Allied Health in the Institute of Health and Society.

The post holder will also work collaboratively with colleagues across the Institute and wider University.

This post holder will contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate awards within the Institute. The post holder will contribute to learning, teaching and assessment in the occupational therapy curriculum alongside supervision for undergraduate and postgraduate research and scholarly activity.

The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with partner trusts, independent and voluntary sector organisations to enhance occupational therapy practice in University and practice arenas. The Institute is committed to engagement of users and carers in the curriculum and to inter-professional learning. The post holder will contribute across disciplines, include Physiotherapy, Physicians Associate and Advanced Clinical Practice.

The successful applicant will have a realistic vision for developing the research agenda alongside the existing Professoriate. They will also be supported to develop the national and international standing and reputation for the applied research undertaken in the Institute and to lead and participate in professional development to support applied research. 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 and evidence based policy and practice and ultimately to prevention.

The Institute of Health and Society has a state of the art simulation centre, which includes home, therapy and hospital simulation suites. We are committed to developing skilled practitioners, through the development of practice skills in simulated environments as well as in clinical practice.
The Institute of Health and Society upholds the overall mission of the University by providing high quality, accessible learning opportunities; promoting academic enquiry and the advancement of knowledge.

The Institute of Health and Society comprises four academic departments:
• Allied Health
• Applied Social Science
• Psychology
• Nursing and Midwifery
Staff are primarily located in one academic department but contribute to course delivery across the Institute in respect of their expertise.

Selection process:
Candidates invited to interview will be asked to deliver a 15 minute micro teaching session. The topic is “Occupational therapy with marginalised or underserved populations.”
This session should be prepared as if being delivered to undergraduate level 6 students. This will be followed by 5 minutes of questions relating to the teaching session and an interview of approximately 30 minutes duration.

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: Monday 07 May 2018

Reference number: IHS1808 - 3597

Job details

Job details

AC3: £37,705 - £47,723 with opportunity to progress to £52,131
Full time (part time, job share and secondment opportunities will be considered)
As soon as possible
Responsible to
Head of Allied Health
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed

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We strive to be an outstanding university at which to be both a student and a member of staff. We have a national reputation as a very friendly community, where both staff and students feel genuinely valued and empowered to make a meaningful contribution. We are one of the fastest growing universities in the UK. We are now a community of over 12,000 students and 1,000 staff members, drawn from over 60 countries and a wide variety of disciplines; we are a major employer in the region.

We are committed to offering our staff the creative combination of challenge, opportunity and support which is needed to grow personally and professionally. Having the best people work at the University is central to the University’s ongoing and future success. We offer you a comprehensive induction, extensive staff development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including generous holiday allowance, pension scheme and access to excellent facilities. Staff can also access the University’s wide array of sports, educational and leisure facilities.

Main duties

Main duties

1. To undertake teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on modules within the occupational therapy and physiotherapy programmes;

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 on going course design and development, including interdisciplinary courses and service led initiatives;

5. To contribute systematically to the further development of local and regional partnership working;

6. To engage in tripartite arrangements with students and mentors/ supervisors as to facilitate effective partnership working and student support;

7. To actively engage in scholarship, research and professional / academic publication to further leadership, mentoring and coaching in ways which contribute to the University’s / Institute’s objectives and contribute to ensuring up-to-date, leading edge teaching;

8. To undertake tutorial responsibilities, including maintaining records, for a group and/or individual students as required in order to support students to
a. optimise their learning opportunities and career progression
b. monitor their progress, deal with difficulties and enable them to develop the skills to do this for themselves;

9. To act as module leader / course leader as required, including ensuring quality assurance and enhancement process (internal and PSRB) are robustly applied;

10. To participate fully in the life of the Institute and University, and carry out any other reasonable duties as requested by the Head of Department; 

*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. Master’s Degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject.

2. Professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as an Occupational Therapist.

3. Evidence of teaching 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 blended learning.

4. Evidence of experience and expertise in Occupational Therapy.

5. Evidence of contemporary knowledge of the context of health and care services and the ability to work in a systematic way with external bodies e.g. Trusts and voluntary/ independent sector providers.

6. Ability to undertake quality research and to demonstrate subject specialism within Occupational Therapy.

7. Evidence of publication and/or scholarly activity consistent with career stage.

8. Ability to communicate confidently and clearly with a wide range of people, both orally and in writing.

9. Effective team-working and inter-personal skills.

10. Evidence of on-going CPD.


Desirable Criteria

1. PhD or other doctoral qualification

2. Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education*.

4. Fellowship with HEA*

*The following applies to candidates who do not have at least 3 years full time experience of teaching within higher education, and an accredited teaching qualification for the higher education environment or registered practitioner status with the Higher Education Academy - completion of the probationary period will be dependent on the successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education which is delivered within University of Worcester.

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

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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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