Principal Educator

Job reference: 044284

Location: Flexible

Job closing date: 23/02/2021

Job posted date: 09/02/2021

Salary: Band 8B (£59,539 - £64,095)

Employment type: Fixed-term

Job Type: Other Therapeutic

Hours of work: Flexible-43 hours split across more than one post. Possibility of up to 37.5 hours

Department: Psychology

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Education for Scotland

**** COVID-19 – Please note that during this time all interviews will be conducted remotely.  If successful, you will also initially be working remotely in line with the guidance from the Scottish Government***

NHS Education for Scotland

Psychology Directorate

Principal Educator – Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing

Fixed term or secondment until 31st March 2022

Agenda for Change 8b £59,539 - £64,095 pro rata

Base: Glasgow or Edinburgh

Up to 1.15wte (43 hours) – may be offered on sessional basis/ split across more than one postholder

We are seeking a highly motivated, experienced and innovative health care professional to lead Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing educational developments for multidisciplinary staff working in wider Children’s Services across Scotland.

The NES Psychology Directorate programme of work around Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing comprises a programme of education, training and implementation support for the wider children and families workforce, that focuses on evidence-based and evidence-informed prevention, early intervention and treatment approaches that have been designed to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, build strong parent-child relationships, and support the promotion of resilience among children, young people and families. This work spans the perinatal period, through infancy, childhood, adolescence and young adulthood.  

The full suite of offers covers four learning levels: informed, skilled, enhanced and specialist.

You will assist the Head of Programme in supporting a large portfolio of SG agreed work within the Children and Young People’s speciality area, which is likely to include a focus on education and training in evidence-based parenting interventions, infant mental health, physical health and early intervention approaches to children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Together, these programmes of work support the social, emotional and behavioural development of infants, children, young people and their families, both for those children and families where there are early concerns, as well as at a more universal level. All of these offers are underpinned by the latest research and practice within the field of Implementation Science, to ensure that this work maximises reach and impact, in a sustainable way.

This role will include leading on the planning, development, delivery and evaluation of a range of learning programmes on behalf of NES, and through liaison with relevant stakeholders.  A major focus will be to commission, develop and deliver training in evidence based psychological interventions for practitioners working across services. The postholder will also review and develop both existing and new online educational and training resources suitable for a range of child services workers. 

You will be educated to Masters Level, or equivalent, and have considerable experience of working in Children’s services.  Experience of delivering and developing education and training materials will be essential, along with experience of managing project/planning deadlines.  You should have substantial experience of delivering evidence based psychological interventions/therapies to children, young people and families as well as experience of supervising colleagues.  You will be able to demonstrate flexibility, high-level communication skills and a commitment to engagement in partnership working with a range of multi-professional and multi-agency stakeholders.

This post will be based in either Glasgow or Edinburgh and regular travel throughout Scotland will be required due to the nature of this post.

This post (up to 1.15wte) is available on a temporary basis up to March 2022. Candidates intending to apply on a secondment basis are strongly encouraged to obtain agreement from their current employer (including both their line manager and service manager) at the earliest opportunity and prior to interview.

Informal enquiries are welcomed by Marita Brack via email:

Interviews for this post will be held via Microsoft Teams wc 8th March 2021

Closing date for applications:  23rd February 2021​​​​​​​


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