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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£51,034 - £59,135 per year
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Position Type:
Full Time & Part Time
35 hours per week

This position has expired.

Job Summary

The School of Health Sciences aims to provide dynamic and transformational teaching, learning and research that makes a significant contribution to improving the health and wellbeing of local, national and global communities. We pride ourselves on producing people-centred, capable and professional graduates who positively impact on the lives of individuals and the health of society.

As part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to ensure that there are sufficient placement opportunities for students studying the Allied Health Professions and given the additional pressures brought about by COVID-19, additional funding has been made available to allow us to recruit staff to support the development of virtual and simulated clinical placements across the sector.

You will lead the practice-based learning team in the development and delivery of virtual practice-based learning experiences, simulation and student-led service learning experiences. Supporting the Academic Strategic Lead and Head of School you'll have delegated line management responsibilities for practice-based learning lecturers and any other delegated sub team and assume accountability for their performance. This will involve effectively developing and deploying staff and co-ordinating the work of the teams.

Hours will generally be worked Monday to Friday and you will benefit from 46 days annual leave (pro rata) including 7 days closure over Christmas and 3 statutory days. Whilst we are focussed on educating the next generation of Allied Health Professions, we also appreciate the need to retain skills in the health professions, and therefore this role is ideally suited to anyone who wishes to continue to hold a clinically based role. Alternatively you might be a private practitioner keen to broaden your skillset in teaching and/or supplement your income. If you can bring current, practical experience in the profession to our students, we will aim to consider flexible contract types, such as part time and flexible working to accommodate individual circumstances.

Degree qualified in either Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Dietetics and with an appropriate professional registration, you'll be experienced in virtual and real Practice based learning in a University setting and a competent leader of academic staff.  A relationship builder, you will have lead and activity participated in internal/external networks, professional bodies, committees, national working groups and external partnerships.

We understand you may have questions, so if you would like to have an informal conversation about the role before making an application, please contact Donna Wynne, Academic Strategic Lead on


Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.

This post is subject to the individual being required to join the PVG scheme.  For more information, visit:

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Academic Strategic Lead.

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Practice-based learning lecturers across Dietetics, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy.

PURPOSE OF POST: Ongoing leadership and development of virtual practice-based learning experiences, simulation and student-led service learning experiences. This post will predominantly be responsible for leadership and co-ordination of virtual practice-based learning experiences, simulation and student-led service learning experiences across the subject areas of Dietetics, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, however will involve other subject areas within the School as appropriate.


Lead, develop, plan and manage practice-based learning for virtual placements, simulation and student-led services across School subjects to ensure alignment with the University Strategy, University Key Performance Indicators, and any requirements of PSRBs and other relevant external bodies.

Oversee the development of virtual practice based learning experiences, simulation and student-led service learning experiences, ensuring appropriate consultation and liaison with relevant stakeholders, including clinical partners, academic colleagues, students and other partners.

Undertake responsibility for the ongoing maintenance and future developments of the practice-based lecturing team i.e., in line with the School Strategic Plan.

Develop, in conjunction with the relevant subject Academic Team Leads, coherent staff development plans to maintain requisite staff expertise in delivery of virtual and simulated practice-based learning, and present these to the Head of School, Senior Team, or relevant Academic Strategic Lead.

Contribute to the co-ordination and compilation of School level reports for practice-based learning and liaise with key stakeholders.

Attend and contribute to local and national meetings regarding virtual practice-based learning and simulation.

Delegated line management responsibility of practice-based learning lecturers, appraising staff performance including EPRs, day-to-day management (timetabling, workload allocation, annual leave approval, sick leave processes etc.).

Ensure the team are effectively communicated with in terms of wider School information.

Undertake responsibility for the ongoing maintenance and future developments of in line with the School Strategic Plan.

Carry out teaching (e.g. via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory work, field trips, practicals etc.), and associated assessment duties, or as otherwise required by the Head of School.

Participate in the promotion and marketing of the School and its courses to local, national and international clients, including student recruitment activities.

Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate practical projects. Engage with other staff in and out with the University, in research and professional activities relevant to the post.

Develop and maintain personal expertise in specialist subject areas.

Provide academic and personal guidance for students.

Perform other duties as assigned by the either Head of School or Academic Strategic Lead.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

First level Honours Degree in either Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Dietetics with an appropriate professional registration.


Significant experience of aspects of development and delivery of Practice based learning in a University setting.

Experience of design and delivery of virtual practice-based learning and simulation experiences.

Significant experience of staff co-ordination.

Engagement with relevant external professional body/TLA organisations.

Experience of providing leadership relating to teaching activities.

Experience of managing and implementing projects and strategic initiatives.

Experience of managing deployment, performance and development of staff. Demonstrable authority in communicating the UK-based higher education context, in particular the relationship between key University KPIs, policies and requirements, and the broader obligations placed on institutions by government, etc.

Evidence of leading and participating actively in internal and external networks, professional bodies, committees, national working groups and external partnerships.


Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK will be considered, however appointment may depend on being able to obtain the appropriate number of points under the Skilled Worker Visa. Please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website: for further information.


Behaviour 1 - Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 2 - Team Development - Experience of providing advice or guidance to new starts delivering training or instruction to others on specific tasks or activities 

Behaviour 3 - Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards 

Behaviour 4 - Teaching and Learning Support - Experience of providing standard information or delivering teaching or training, designing content or learning materials within existing frameworks and developing innovative approaches to learning experience and the curriculum

Behaviour 5 - Decision Making - Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others

Behaviour 6 - Pastoral Care and Welfare - Experience of calming and reassuring those with work/study related problems who may be experiencing distress and dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters 

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