Faculty of Medicine and Health
School of Healthcare
Associate Professor – Mental Health
Full time or part time (0.8 – 1.0 FTE) considered
The School invites applications for an Associate Professor in Mental Health. This is an exciting
opportunity to contribute to our investment in Mental Health Nursing in the school having recently
appointed a Chair in Mental Health. This post is part of our strategy to develop research capacity
and support student education related to Nursing in the school. Our research focuses in areas
such as long term conditions (wounds, pain, mental health including offender health) and decision
making. This is therefore an opportunity to lead and work with researchers in these areas and also
undertake PhD supervision.
You will have a PhD in nursing or health related subject or equivalent experience and being a
registrant on the NMC register (or be eligible for registration) is desirable.
This post is available immediately and is located in the School of Healthcare (Baines Wing).
The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. The
university is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds the Bronze award. We will be
happy to consider job share applications and are committed to flexible working for all our
University Grade 9 (£47,328 - £54,841) p.a. depending on qualifications and experience.
Informal enquiries regarding the post should be directed to Head of School Professor
Andrea Nelson +44 (0) 113 343 1373 or email; [email protected] or Academic Unit
Director Helen Chin + 44(0) 113 343 1445 or email; [email protected]
If you have any specific enquiries about your online application please contact Head of
School Office +44 (0) 113 343 1434, [email protected]
Job Ref:
Closing Date: 29 April 2015
It is anticipated that interviews will be held on 19th May 2015.
Purpose of the job:
To draw on extensive academic excellence to underpin and carry out research, teaching,
leadership and management in the field of Mental Health Nursing and within the school and
faculty. We would particularly welcome applications from staff with a research portfolio which
complements our research strengths in mental health and long-term conditions (Pain and
wounds,), decision making, and methodological innovation.
Main duties and responsibilities
 To contribute to the development and achievement of University, faculty and school
strategy within the context of an international, research-led university
 To be recognised as an authority in the field, developing and maintaining an external profile
as appropriate to the discipline.
 To maintain scholarly activity and keep up to date with developments in the field as
necessary to carry out the duties of the post.
 To carry out the duties of the post in accordance with the University values and standards,
including the Leadership and Management Standard, and in line with University policies
and procedures and local faculty/school benchmarks as appropriate, upholding high
professional standards and leading by example.
 To work with our students as members of a learning community to provide world class
education and an excellent student experience.
 To maintain own continuing professional development.
 To maintain a safe work environment, including ensuring compliance with legislation and
the undertaking of risk assessments.
 To integrate the University value of inclusiveness into all appropriate aspects of the job;
respecting the dignity and diversity of all members of the University community and of
visitors to the University.
Research, Innovation and Impact:
 To pursue, develop and lead research, innovation and impact at an appropriately
benchmarked level.
 To develop the strategic direction within own research area.
 To promote the integration of own research area with other research interests within and,
as appropriate, outside the school and faculty.
 To maintain a high quality record of regular and original research publications of external
standing as appropriate to the field or discipline.
 To attract research income on an individual and collaborative basis, as appropriate to the
field or discipline, to underpin high quality research activity.
 To provide high quality postgraduate supervision and attract research students to the
 To take part in knowledge transfer activities, where appropriate and feasible.
 To undertake research-led teaching1 at different levels on undergraduate and/or
postgraduate taught courses, regularly collecting, and responding to, student feedback.
 To contribute at an appropriate level to school and faculty policy and practice in teaching.
 To play a significant role in the design, development and planning of modules and
programmes within the subject area as required.
 To play a significant role in the review of modules and programmes and in quality
assurance and enhancement as required.
 To develop innovative approaches to learning and teaching as appropriate.
 To provide timely feedback and assessment of coursework and examinations.
 To provide general support and guidance to students, resolving issues and/or referring to
specialist parties, where appropriate.
 To act as a personal tutor, including pastoral care and supporting students in maximising
the benefit of their time at Leeds.
 To supervise students undertaking research projects as appropriate.
To provide academic leadership through:
 Significant contribution to the overall work of the University and/or equivalent external
organisations by representing the school and faculty on appropriate committees and
 Effective contribution to the management and administrative processes and committee
structures of the school, faculty and University.
 Managing or leading major initiatives or areas of work (as either sustained or one-off
projects) which facilitate school, faculty or University performance or business as required.
 Involvement in the recruitment, management and development of staff and act as a mentor
to colleagues.
 The promotion of the values of collegiality within the academic community.
 Actively promoting and embedding University standards of employment practices across
the School.
This job description provides a framework for the role and it may be necessary for an Associate
Professor to undertake any duties commensurate with the post as might reasonably be required.
University Values
All staff are expected to operate in line with the university’s values and standards, which work as
an integral part of our strategy and set out the principles of how we work together. More
information about the university’s strategy and values is available at
It is recognised that academics will, at times, teach subjects that are not closely related to their research specialism, in which case research and scholarship may inform, rather than lead, their teaching.
Person Specification
A PhD in nursing or a health-related subject, or equivalent experience.
Membership of professional body (NMC) if a nurse.
Holds a recognised teaching qualification (equivalent to ULTRA or NMC Teacher qualification) or
willing to undertake depending upon experience http://www.sddu.leeds.ac.uk/sddu-ultra.html.
A proven record of having successfully developed, organised and taught modules in Mental
Evidence of extensive experience in programme management and/or leadership role.
A proven ability to deliver innovative, effective and inspiring teaching.
The ability to motivate and engender enthusiasm in others, as evidenced for example in student
feedback obtained from teaching.
Extensive knowledge and awareness of the potential of current educational technological
advances in learning and teaching and of innovative approaches to teaching.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
The ability to work as a member of a team.
The ability to work independently, to work under pressure, and to lead teams successfully
through period of change.
A sustained track record of quality research and scholarship publications in refereed journals of
high impact.
A sustained record of obtaining significant research grant income.
Recent experience of teaching a health-related subject in a Higher Education environment.
Experience of successful supervision of research students.
Research interests in areas that align with the research projects currently housed within the
School in long term conditions ( pain, wounds and mental health),decision making, and
methodological innovation).
A research plan for future work and income generation.
Extensive experience of undertaking significant academic administration duties of the
Experience of undertaking PhD supervision or equivalent.
Registered Nurse Mental Health.
Professional Registration
As an NMC registrant you should obtain annual registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
(NMC). You will be required to maintain such registration so long as you remain employed with the
University Of Leeds, confirming to your line manager that renewal has been carried out as required
by the relevant professional organisation. You should produce documentation giving evidence of
your registration upon request.
Faculty Information
With more than 6,000 students, 1,600 staff and annual research income of £50m, the Faculty of
Medicine and Health at Leeds is bigger than some universities. Leeds has one of the largest
medical and bioscience research bases in the UK, and is an acknowledged world leader in cancer,
cardiovascular, psychiatric, genetic, musculo-skeletal and health services research. Treatments
developed in Leeds are transforming the lives of people around the world living with conditions
such as HIV, TB, diabetes and malaria.
School/Institute Information
The School of Healthcare is a research-led multidisciplinary school within the Faculty of Medicine
and Health and one of the largest schools of its type in the UK. We are in the top two for Social
Work in the Times league tables and top five for Nursing in the Complete University guide.
The School of Healthcare takes pride in being at the forefront of advancing the healthcare agenda,
driving positive change and developments in healthcare policy, practice, research and education.
The School offers courses of study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and has an
expanding community of research students.
Our research is rated as ‘World leading’ and ‘Internationally excellent’ in terms of originality,
significance and rigour in the recent Research Excellence Framework (in UoA3 91% of activity
was rated 3* or 4*) and the School has a vibrant research culture which influences national and
international healthcare policy. We have a broad ranging team of highly-trained staff and awardwinning researchers contributing to the professional areas of Nursing, Midwifery, Pharmacy, Social
Work and Counselling & Psychotherapy.
We have embarked upon an ambitious investment plan with 5 new professors in Applied Health
Research, and Nursing Research, key strategic appointments in maternal care, children’s nursing,
social work and pharmacy, and a new Clinical Skills Suite. This will ensure that our education and
research remain world-class and that students benefit from studying in a research-intensive
environment where staff and students have the opportunity to thrive.
More information about the School can be obtained at http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/soh
Additional Information
Terms and Conditions
Details of the terms and conditions of employment for all staff at the university, including
information on pensions and benefits, are available on the Human Resources web pages
accessible via the links on the right hand side, or at http://hr.leeds.ac.uk/policies
University Teaching and Research Award
The Senate of the University has agreed that all newly appointed staff with a contract of 0.5 FTE
and above who have a teaching/ research role and are deemed new to teaching or research in
Higher Education should be required to complete successfully all of the requirements of the
University of Leeds Teaching and Research or an appropriate alternative. Whether or not this
applies to you, will be decided as part of the appointment procedure at interview.
Further details of the ULTRA are available at http://www.sddu.leeds.ac.uk/sddu-ultra.html.
Staff with contracts of less than 0.5 FTE may take the ULTRA provided that they have a broad
enough range of teaching, research and assessment to complete the requirements of the
Programme: this will be decided in conjunction with the School and the course providers.
Disclosure and Barring Service checks
This post falls under the remit of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order
1975. As such, all applicants are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and
warnings, including any pending criminal prosecutions and those which would otherwise be
considered 'spent' under the 1974 Act. However, amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975
(2013) provide that certain ‘spent’ convictions and cautions are now 'protected' and are not subject
to disclosure to employers , and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the
filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service
website. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service and at
Declarations of any such information as described above, should be made in the ‘other personal
details’ section of the application form and details sent to the Recruitment Officer at
[email protected]
Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required for this position.
The successful applicant will be required to give consent for the University to check their criminal
record status through independent verification (from the DBS). Information will be kept in strict
confidence. Your offer of appointment will be subject to the University being satisfied with the
outcome of these checks.
Disabled Applicants
The post is located in the School of Healthcare, Baines Wing. Disabled applicants wishing to
review access to the building are invited to contact the department direct. Additional information
may be sought from the Recruitment Officer, email [email protected] or tel + 44 (0)113 343
Disabled applicants are not obliged to inform employers of their disability but will still be covered
by the Equality Act once their disability becomes known.
Further information for applicants with disabilities, impairments or health conditions is
available in the applicant guidance.

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