Principal Educator
Flexible Location

Job reference: 107632

Location: Flexible Location

Job closing date: 12/07/2022

Job posted date: 16/06/2022

Salary: Band 8B (£61,325 - £66,018)

Employment type: Fixed-term or Secondment

Job Type: Administrative Services

Hours of work: 37.5

Department: Psychology

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Education for Scotland

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.

Up to 1.0wte - please indicate in your application how many hours you are applying for, noting the minimum offered is 0.4wte (15 hours) and maximum is 1.0wte (37.5 hours)

Secondment opportunity up to March 2026 (fixed term contract may be considered)

Who We Are

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is an education and training body and a special health board within NHS Scotland, with responsibility of developing and delivering education and training for the healthcare workforce in Scotland. 

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. 

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:

  • supporting the delivery of the NES Enhanced Psychological Practice Programme to train staff working in primary care mental health settings to assess and deliver psychological interventions for common mental health problems
  • supporting the work of the Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Improvement Network to develop and deliver a national training programme for the mental health workforce to increase capacity to deliver   psychological therapies and interventions for people with psychosis.

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; 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 will 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

This post is available as a secondment opportunity up to March 2026. If a secondment opportunity is not possible a fixed term contract will be explored, though please note secondments are preferred. Please express which basis you are applying on in the Personal Statement section of the application form.  Applicants who are 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 the Job Information pack which includes a copy of the Job Description and Person Specification.
Unless otherwise stated the deadline for applications is 23:59 hours on the closing date.

Closing date:  12th July 2022

Interview date: from the 8th August 2022

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: