Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing (Research & Teaching) OR Mental Health Nursing Edu

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Grade 7, £46,934-£55,299 (Lecturer) OR Grade 8, £56,848-£65,318 (Senior Lecturer) per annum, includi
10 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
03 Jul 2022
Contract Type

This role

This is an outstanding development opportunity for a talented individual who wishes to advance excellent and innovative education and research, especially in relation to advanced mental health nursing practice. Along with teaching on the BSc & MSc in Mental Health Nursing, the postholder will develop an advanced practice component for mental health on the MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice.


We particularly seek applicants with experience and expertise of one or more of the following: advanced mental health nursing practice, forensic mental health nursing, acute mental health nursing, dementia care or community mental health nursing.


Why choose us

King’s College London is a leading University with nine Faculties. As part of King’s Health Partners, we have an excellent environment for health care interaction and a strong focus on mentoring and career development.

The 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) placed King’s applied and allied health research 1st for: overall proportion of research rated 4* (world-leading, the best mark possible), research papers rated 4*, impact rated 4*, environment rated 4*(joint), Grade Point Average and Power.  REF2021 rated as world-leading: 100% of our environment, 86% of our impact and 70% of our research overall. Over 95% of our research overall was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.


For the last three years, King’s has been number 2 in the world and number 1 in Europe for Nursing (QS world rankings). King’s produces more highly cited research outputs (top 1% citations) on palliative care than any other centre internationally (SciVal).

It is based in the heart of central and south London. It includes the Cicely Saunders Institute for Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation, the premier Institute for Palliative Care, bringing together clinical, research and education teams with pioneering patient and public engagement.

Our award-winning Faculty education programmes span pre-registration nursing and midwifery, multidisciplinary and clinical post-graduate taught and research programmes. King’s is the largest provider of health care education in Europe.


You should apply if

We are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated individual who can make a distinctive contribution, bridge theory and practice, inspire and inform students, and if on a research and teaching pathway, drive forward collaborative sustainable high quality and impactful research. You should have excellent teaching and communication skills, and, if on the research and teaching pathway, a demonstrable ability to delivery high quality impactful sustainable research.


Owing to the agility of our Faculty and King’s we are able to consider applicants who are interested in either a Research and Teaching pathway (teaching and research) or Academic Education Pathway (predominantly teaching with scholarship).

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract  pending successful completion of probation (3 years). 

The post-holder is required to actively participate in academic performance development review (PDR) annually.


This is a full-time  post - 100% full time equivalent. However, we offer flexibility for part-time working.


Key responsibilities

  • Play an active role in the Faculty and King’s undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training, focussed on the programmes, especially educational content outlined above and below. This will include module and programme leadership, developing and delivering high quality innovative education and education and relevant materials, including incorporating King’s and Faculty research, pastoral support, supervision, and assessment and generating excellent student success and feedback
  • Have a clear forward plan for sustaining and enhancing Faculty education, PhD supervision, and research consistent with the Faculty strategy, including to increase research / evidence informed education, multi- and interdisciplinary endeavours, digital offerings and improved student success and experience
  • [If on R&T contract, with 40% teaching, 60% research] Contribute to and develop a sustainable, high quality applied health care research programme in areas core to one or more of the Faculty’s research Divisions or Institute and relevant to the educational focus of this post. You will work with relevant health care, charity, industry/ commercial and academic research partners


Other responsibilities include:

  • Deliver outstanding education for relevant programmes based on best evidence, health policy and research, for relevant programmes in the Faculty, including the BSc & MSc in Mental Health Nursing, MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Actively participate in, and where appropriate plan and lead relevant modules and teaching programmes at King’s, with a strong focus on excellent student experience and success
  • Seek opportunities for efficiencies with other modules and programmes where appropriate
  • Communicate and collaborate with students, patients, families, the public, policy makers and clinical colleagues and in research and teaching, and its relevance to care and policy.
  • Work in collaboration and partnership with key stakeholders, institutions, and organisations
  • Actively participate in marking, course and programme development, assessment, module leadership,  personal tutoring, project supervision as appropriate. This can include being Personal tutor, Link Lecturer and Academic Assessor, and Module Lead, supervising and coordinating MSc, BSc Dissertation/Projects, and research electives/placements
  • Proactively communicate and collaborate with research and teaching staff within the Faculty, across the University, and where appropriate lead collaborative developments
  • Actively engage in Patient and Public Involvement and imbed Patient and Public Involvement into all research projects and teaching endeavours
  • Engage with the media, press, publicity, policy makers, practitioners, and others to deliver impact of the research and teaching to the benefit of patients, families, and society
  • Play a broader role in the Faculty, contributing to the growth and development of our people, and the wider organisation as appropriate to role
  • Actively participate in relevant audit and clinical governance activity, including audit of research and teaching activity, and team building activities
  • Champion, model and uphold King’s values and principles, and maintain highest standards of adherence to data protection, ethical and research governance principles and practices
  • Have and maintain a research passport or honorary contract if required, Good Clinical Practice in research, and complete all mandatory training
  • Undertake relevant professional development in negotiation with line manager and PDR discussions.


Research (if Research and Teaching contract, 60% time):

  • Contribute to the academic work of the Faculty, working with colleagues and clinical teams, with the aim of obtaining significant research funding and conducting research at an international and world-leading standard according to King’s performance framework
  • Collaborate on, assist with and increasingly lead externally funded peer-reviewed collaborative research projects, programmes and fellowships, including winning funding from NIHR, UKRI, industrial/commercial funding and prestigious charities as co-investigator or Principal investigator
  • Form and grow external collaborations to enhance the quality of reach of our research programmes, linking with world leading academics and groups in related fields.
  • Supervise, co-supervise and nurture clinical and non-clinical researchers (including PhD students and fellowships) to build the field for the future.
  • Publish research findings in high quality peer view journals, with 1 – 2 publications that are internationally excellent or world leading each year.

If Senior Lecturer (R & T contract) above plus

  • Generate substantive external peer review grant income, sufficient to support research group with 1-3 research staff, and with >10% research time, steadily increasing, funded from external grants FEC
  • Minimum of 3 research publications consistent with 3*-4* REF outputs over a rolling three-year period with unique role clearly identified in acknowledgements.


Scholarship (if Academic Education Pathway contract, 20% time):

  • Co-author on one quality paper for a professional or academic journal or a book chapter relevant to Faculty research programmes or education innovations each year
  • Actively collaborate with Faculty research themes to enhance research informed education and evidence-based practice
  • Act as a collaborator to design innovations or projects to enhance research and integration with education


If Senior Lecturer (AEP) above plus:

  • Act as a co-applicant on one application for funding, which can involve working with research teams in the Faculty, or for an educational innovation or improvement
  • Design, implement and review innovations or projects to enhance educational provision, plus a first author publication each year.


Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria (Research and Teaching or Academic Education Pathway) for Lecturer & Senior Lecturer

  1. Registered Nurse – Mental Health with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, UK with clinical credibility in mental health nursing practice
  2. Experience of the planning, delivery, and evaluation of high-quality education at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels in education or practice setting with a strong focus on a high-quality student experience, success, and scholarship. If Senior Lecturer, evidence of leadership in education or assessment initiatives
  3. Evidence of commitment to continued development in evidence-based practice, research methods and evidence relevant to care, with up-to-date knowledge, skills, and accomplishments, able to supervise MSc and undergraduate student projects and critically appraise a wide range of relevant research, including data presentation and basic analysis
  4. Ability to work well as an effective member of teams and networks and to share and encourage good practice in scholarship, teaching, and research and to inspire and motivate others, including in challenging environments. If Senior Lecturer, evidence of successful team or staff development
  5. Excellent written, verbal, and digital communication skills, in all formats, face to face, presentation, email, reports, written and for teaching. If Senior Lecturer, evidence of developing this in others.
  6. Excellent administrative and organisational skills, underpinned by strong interpersonal skills and personal effectiveness, able to deliver high quality work and projects to deadlines, work efficiently and prioritise appropriately, and take individual responsibility for planning and undertaking work.
  7. Commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity for staff and students

Essential criteria (Research and Teaching)

  1. PhD relevant to healthcare and/or the research themes of the Faculty.
  2. Track record of peer-review publication and presentations that are world-leading or demonstrate international excellence in terms of originality, rigour and significance in areas relevant to Faculty research themes and this role. If Senior Lecturer should demonstrate leadership in publications/projects, with sustainable track record consistent with world-leading or internationally excellent REF outputs
  3. Evidence of ability to secure research grant funding, demonstrated by previous experience or track record, involvement in research active teams, responsibilities, plans, awareness of funding schemes relevant to Faculty research themes. If Senior Lecturer should demonstrate upward sustainable trajectory, being CI/PI on at least one substantial externally funded current grant, or with clearly defined major role within a very large programme, and plans to win support for research group of 1-3 externally funded staff
  4. Evidence of continued development in research methods in health services or clinical research, with increasing expertise in specific areas relevant to the Faculty (e.g., statistics, implementation science, co-design, trial designs, mixed methods study designs and patient and public involvement).

Essential criteria (Academic Education Pathway):

  1. MSc or equivalent relevant to themes of the Faculty and this role
  2. In depth understanding of education methods and approaches, including emerging digital learning. If Senior Lecturer extensive evidence of educational innovation and leadership in achieving student success, with published evaluation of achievements or other relevant publications.
  3. Proven commitment to innovation and student learning in education, to support student welfare, and enabling students’ personal and professional development, and providing academic advice and pastoral support. If Senior Lecturer evidence leadership role in student support, welfare or assessment.
  4. Publications, conference presentations and/or applicant on funding to support educational enhancement, service improvement, research and/or scholarship

Desirable criteria (Research and Teaching or Academic Education Pathway)

  1. Advanced Clinical Practice qualification
  2. Completion of appropriate training in Higher Education teaching and learning/academic practice
  3. Experience of innovative and effective approaches to teaching, including distance learning, blended learning, digital learning / simulation (virtual / face to face)
  4. Experience of co-leading/leading research projects, education activities/clinical service

Desirable criteria (Research and Teaching)

  1. Experience of and training in PhD supervision, as first/second supervisory / as part of supervisory progression panels. If Senior Lecturer track record of supervision of ≥2 PhD/MD students, mostly as first supervisor in topics consistent with the Faculty’s research themes and strategy

Desirable criteria (Academic Education Pathway)

  1. Evidence of innovative and effective teaching, and ability to engage and inspire students of diverse backgrounds at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  2. Experience of course development, with creative approaches to assessment, providing robust, developmental and constructive feedback at undergraduate / postgraduate levels. If Senior Lecturer proven track record in course and assessment development, with documented positive evaluation of student experience and success.

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