Professor of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

open until filled
Medical Sciences, Child Care, Mental Health Nursing
University of York
York, United Kingdom

Hull York Medical School: the joint medical school of the Universities of Hull and York, and home world-leading research and one of the UK’s most exciting and innovative undergraduate medicine programmes.

We are seeking to appoint an individual who aligns to our values:

  • Everyone Counts: We promote a culture of diversity, respect and aspiration, and empower everyone to realise their potential.
  • Pursuing Excellence: We combine a pioneering approach with innovative methods to drive excellence in all we do.
  • Socially Responsible: We are dedicated to public service and to improving lives within our communities.
  • Collaborative: We work in partnership, recognising the strengths of others.

We are seeking an individual with an outstanding track record of research in child and adolescent mental health, especially clinical trials. We especially welcome clinically qualified candidates who are keen to have a clinical attachment at consultant level with a local NHS Trust.

Main purpose of the role:

  • Professors at York are expected to advance their subject nationally and internationally and to contribute to maintaining the University as an international centre of excellence for the relevant subject area through research and publication, teaching, networking and consultancy. Accountable to the Dean of the Medical School, the role of the Professor of Child and Adolescent Mental Health is to support the research and scholarship activities of the Medical School, especially:

  • Lead high-quality applied or population-level research in child and adolescent mental health, with the capacity to attract external funding and sustain a strong publication record.

  • Build and nurture a team of researchers and methodologists with the ability to sustain an externally funded programme of research

  • Build collaborative partnerships with NHS, third sector and voluntary services involved in the care of children and young people.

  • Disseminate research findings in national and international contexts

  • Support and mentor junior academic colleagues in order to promote quality of teaching and research and their career development.

Medically qualified appointees will be encouraged to hold a clinical academic contract through the University of York, and an Honorary Contract with the NHS, the details of which will be subject to negotiation. The clinical commitment will be agreed to enable the post-holder to balance their commitments between teaching, research and university citizenship activities in line with a workload model. Clinical appointees will be subject to joint annual appraisal in accordance with Follett principles, and this system has operated successfully in the Medical School over a number of years for all senior clinical academics. There will be joint annual appraisal by the Dean of the Medical School (or their deputy) and a senior NHS appraiser. At the commencement of a clinical academic appointment, a job plan will be agreed between the successful appointee, the Medical School and the Trust, and there will be annual job planning thereafter.

A clinical appointee would be required to engage in developmental activities to ensure revalidation in line with guidance from their Royal College and in line with local NHS procedures. They will be required to ensure good standing from their Royal College and this will form part of annual appraisal. A psychiatrist would be required to maintain approval under section 12 of the Mental Health Act (with ‘approved clinician (AC)’ status). Any on-call commitment is flexible and by negotiation in the job plan.

To Apply
Please direct informal enquiries to the Professor Una Macleod ( Dean of Hull York Medical School

Closing Date: 17 October 2021
Interviews: 9 November 2021

About Us
Through a unique partnership with the Universities of Hull and York, NHS Trusts and community healthcare providers, we are one of the UK’s most exciting, contemporary schools, delivering innovative and rigorous medical education. Our impact goes beyond teaching and learning and extends to research, which has discovery and innovation at its heart.

This research is improving the lives of patients locally and impacting national and international health agendas, in areas such as cancer research, palliative medicine, mental health and global public health.

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The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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