Associate Lecturer (PWP IAPT) & Practising PWP (E&S)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Deadline: 02 Mar 2023

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

The Faculty wishes to recruit an Associate Lecturer/PWP practitioners on a full time basis split between CEDAR and work on a MRC-funded Student Mental Health grant.

This post is available from 1st March 2023 on a fixed term contract for 24 months. Although the post is on a fixed term basis it is highly likely, subject to funding, that it can be extended. As such we are hoping to recruit staff that are committed to this role rather than wanting a short-term contract.

This role may be subject to additional background screening.

The role

The post will be 0.5 (2.5 days) working in the Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR) team with academics in support of the delivery of  the Low Intensity Psychological Practice (PWP) programme  teaching within one of the leading providers of research-led and research-informed training in low-intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The post will contribute to the delivery of the new training curriculum for PWPs enhancing competency to work with Adult with anxiety and depression.

The other 2.5 days will be working on the Developing and Evaluating a Stepped Change Whole-University approach for Student Wellbeing and Mental Health project funded by the UK Medical Research Council, led by Professor Ed Watkins. In this role, the post will be providing guided self-help cognitive-behavioural therapy in two clinical trials: (a) a feasibility trial of a supported strengths-focused self-help workbook intervention to build resilience in students; (b) a trial of digital online cognitive-behavioural therapy for anxiety and depression in students.

About you

We are seeking a qualified and IAPT-experienced Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner who would be interested in developing services and providing bespoke provision for students. You will be a skilled practitioner who has a thoughtful and adaptable approach to your work, as well as a real interest in managing complex difficulties and sensitively supporting students. You will also be committed to the advancement of stepped care services in a multidisciplinary team of staff. A DBS check will need to be completed.

You will also be keen to support PWP core training with a developing portfolio across the PWP CEDAR taught programmes, working with the wider PWP traning team.

The posts will include supporting the student learning experience using a range of approaches and modes of delivery appropriate to the teaching and development of clinical competency in low-intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Specifically, you will work within a wider team to support the delivery of the curriculum associated with the  Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme for the clinical training of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners. Whilst the main base will be in Exeter, the course is also delivered across the South West in locatons such as Bristol and Taunton and further afield outside of the South West for occasional delivery days.

The successful applicants will already possess an accredited Degree Level 6, PG Cert or above, in Low Intensity CBT (Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner) or a PG Dip in High Intensity CBT.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role by clicking on the attachment.

What we can offer you:

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly;
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development;
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supports high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career;
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy;
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.

For further information please contact Dr Elaine Norton ( or Professor Ed Watkins (

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