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Job reference: 127733
Location: Flexible Location
Job closing date: 08/12/2022
Job posted date: 17/11/2022
Salary: Band 8B (£61,325 - £66,018)
Job Type: Other Therapeutic
Employment type: Fixed-term or Secondment
Hours Per Week: 18.75
Department: Psychological Therapies
Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Education for Scotland

Job Advert

Principal Educator

18.75 hours per week

Fixed Term/Secondment Opportunity up to March 2026

Edinburgh or Glasgow based

Who We Are

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the national health board with statutory responsibilities to effect sustainable change through workforce development, education and training across the health and social care system in Scotland, while working at UK level with partner organisations.  

What You'll Do

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Psychology Directorate in a role funded by the Mental Health Division (MHD) of the Scottish Government Health Directorate (SGHD). We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated practitioner to deliver a portfolio of national educational initiatives in Psychological Therapies and Interventions for staff who work in integrated mental health settings with adults who have mental health problems. 

The post provides an opportunity for practitioners with experience in evidence based Psychological Therapies and Interventions to take a key role in a programme of work at national level that currently includes training/education developments supporting ‘Enhanced Psychological Practice Programme’, ‘Low Intensity Psychological Interventions for Secure Mental Health Settings’, ‘Safety and Stabilisation’ for staff working in forensic mental settings or prisons, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

What You'll Bring

The successful applicants will be experienced, innovative and highly motivated health service or social service practitioners (qualified to Masters level or equivalent); who have significant experience of working within integrated mental health services providing evidence based psychological therapies and interventions within a stepped care service model to adults and / or older adults; teaching / training; facilitation; and working in a health or social care / education environment.

Excellent communication, negotiation, and influencing skills are essential, as is engagement in partnership working with a range of stakeholders. In addition, the post-holder will be committed to multi-professional and inter-agency approaches to education and healthcare, and will be able to demonstrate flexibility and high-level diplomacy skills.

The base for the post with be Edinburgh or Glasgow but is important to note that it will be necessary for the successful applicant to attend a significant number of meetings in each city.  The post will require travel throughout Scotland, and occasionally to other UK countries.

Informal enquiries are welcomed by Anne Joice at

This post is available as a secondment opportunity or as a fixed term contract up to March 2026.  Please express a preference in the Personal Statement section of the application form.  Applicants who wish to apply on a secondment basis are strongly encouraged to discuss this with their current employer at the earliest opportunity.

For NHS employee applicants: Secondment or SLA will be considered in the first instance.

If you are interested in this vacancy and would like further information, please refer to the job information pack below.
Unless otherwise stated the deadline for applications is 23:59 hours on the closing date.

Interviews will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams – date tbc.

You must have eligibility and entitlement to work in the UK which is required to be maintained throughout your period of employment. Evidence of this must be produced upon request.  

 ​​​​We actively encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds, regardless of gender, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

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