Educational Lead
Flexible Location

Job reference: 099753

Location: Flexible Location

Job closing date: 19/05/2022

Job posted date: 21/04/2022

Salary: Band 7 (£40,872 - £47,846)

Employment type: Fixed-term or Secondment

Job Type: Other Therapeutic

Hours of work: 37.5

Department: Psychological Therapies

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Education for Scotland

Educational Lead

Hours: Up to 37.5 hours available (1 wte)

Duration: Secondment/ Fixed Term Opportunity up to March 2023 (in the first instance)*

Flexible Location: NES is a remote friendly employer supporting office, remote and hybrid working.  We’re happy to talk about how you want to work.

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 problems with substance use.  

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  and develop of a range of education resources based on motivational enhancement, recovery-based behavioural change which will be underpinned by trauma informed and responsive approaches.  The importance of increasing the confidence of practitioners to address substance use, trauma, mental health, physical health, cognitive impairment, social and family recovery in an integrated model will be emphasised to improve quality of life and reduce morbidity and mortality.

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 substance use 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. The post is originally home based in line with current Scottish Government guidance.

Informal enquiries are welcomed by Laura Freeman at 

* This post is available as a secondment opportunity in the first instance. If a secondment arrangement is not possible for you we encourage you to make contact to discuss options. Applicants applying on a secondment basis are strongly encouraged to discuss this with their current employer at the earliest opportunity. 

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. 

Closing Date:  19th May 2022
Interview Date: to be confirmed (Interviews will be conducted remotely)

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.

If you have any queries regarding the application portal or the recruitment process, please contact us at:  NES HR Recruitment: