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Academic Tutor

Requisition ID:  20248

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Part Time
Posted Date:  22-Jun-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Salary: £31,406 to £40,927 per annum, pro rata


Closing Date: 15 July 2022


The Role


This post is for a Tutor on the IAPT Low-Intensity Psychological Therapies programme.  You will join a team within the School of Psychology which has responsibility for the delivery and assessment of teaching and learning materials associated with the Low-Intensity Psychological Therapies programme in order to support the development and assessment of clinical competency by trainees on this programme.  


You will help ensure the efficient and effective delivery of the programme by providing teaching and training, and undertake the assessment and evaluation of the trainees.  You will be required to liaise effectively with a range of external stakeholder groups including placement providers, and work alongside colleagues on other clinical training programmes within the School.


This role is part time for 40% of the full time equivalent


For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Claire Lomax, Reader in Clinical Psychology -


Key Accountabilities

  • Act as Academic Tutor on the Low-Intensity Psychological Therapies programme of study to support students to develop clinical competency in the low intensity CBT clinical method
  • Provide teaching in a variety of settings from small group clinical skills role-play sessions to current theoretically informed lectures, ensuring content, methods of delivery and learning materials meet the defined learning objectives for individual teaching sessions
  • Develop and enhance teaching materials, methods and approaches
  • Seek ways of improving performance by reflecting on teaching design and delivery and obtaining and analysing feedback, and to undertake evaluations of the programme and teaching impact as required
  • Participate in the trainee selection process with other members of the team
  • Monitor and ensure student progression by reference to defined criteria and provide constructive feedback to students
  • Liaise with a range of external stakeholder groups (including IAPT service placement providers) with regards to broad issues around programme delivery and also individual student progress
  • Keep up to date regarding new recommendations and guidelines set by the Department of Health or other public bodies (e.g. NHS plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Clinical Excellence)
  • Liaise with other HEIs delivering low-intensity CBT training in order to share best practice and expertise
  • Liaise across other University clinical training programmes and the Psychological Therapies Research and Training Clinic as required, all of which are based within the School of Psychology


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • An understanding of the roles of PWPs within the UK healthcare system and the NHS and the function of clinical training in supporting these roles             
  • Recent clinical and/or supervisory experience in an IAPT service operating a stepped care model of service delivery
  • A comprehensive grasp of the theoretical and practical foundations of low-intensity working, with the flair and flexibility to accommodate future developments
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload
  • Ability to build good working relationships with a wide range of individuals likely to be encountered in the role, including trainees, colleagues and a range of University and NHS staff


  • Experience of involvement in delivering teaching and training, including CBT and/or PWP training
  • Experience in supervising others in CBT/PWP work
  • Experience in appraising the competence of trainees including through assessment of academic and/or clinical assignments


Attributes and Behaviour / Success Factors

Planning and Organising

  • Manage time and resources by prioritising and organising effectively
  • Identifies quickly what is important and prioritises accordingly
  • Establishes clear roles and responsibilities for self and others
  • Maintains flexibility in work plans to allow for changing circumstances
  • Works in a planned and structured way
  • Ensures all activities are completed on time
  • Uses systems and tools to ensure records and audit trails are clear and up-to-date


  • Works collaboratively with others, plays a positive role in teams and establishes and grows relationships across the project where different skills, expertise and opinions are valued
  • Respects the expertise and contribution of others even if own opinion is different
  • Shares relevant and useful information with others
  • Keeps other team members up to date with progress
  • Gets involved with team tasks
  • Willing to help others and share workloads
  • Supportive of team decisions
  • Asks others’ opinion
  • Encourages others to get involved
  • Talks about other team members in a positive way
  • Respects the value that different views bring to the team


  • Uses clear, concise and accurate communication, tailoring the approach accordingly and encouraging a two way communication process
  • Is factually correct and gives consistent verbal and non-verbal messages
  • Chooses communication tools appropriately eg selective use of e-mails and other channels of communication
  • Uses face to face communication regularly; team meetings, one to ones, informal discussions/chats, briefing sessions etc
  • Tailors content of communication to the audience, changing style, tone and format appropriately

Projecting Confidence

  • Projects a positive attitude through personal confidence and enthusiasm in order to achieve organisational success
  • Inspires the trust and confidence of others
  • Projects energy
  • Enthusiastic and positive outlook
  • Confident statements of own position or views
  • Demonstrates self-assured manner
  • High level of self-motivation even when things are not going well
  • Remains calm when responding to challenging situations

Embracing Change

  • Recognises the need for change and is forward looking. Promotes the benefits of change to others and regularly comes up with new ideas. Has the willingness to adopt new ways of working and to make improvements
  • Accepts the reality and requirements of change as part of achieving organisational goals
  • Is able to achieve change at individual and functional level
  • Reviews and revises plans to meet with changing circumstances
  • Is supportive of others during change
  • Develops and implements new ideas



  • Successful completion of a Degree Level 6/PGCert in Low Intensity Psychological Therapy (or equivalent) from a provider of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner training accredited by the British Psychological Society


  • Successful completion of a PG Dip in High Intensity CBT

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 20248