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RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
£34,804 - £49,553 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'll join our multi-professional team developing, consolidating and delivering our innovative Occupational Therapy programmes to ensure our graduates are ready to meet the needs of a changing health care environment.

This will involve the preparation, organisation, facilitation of teaching materials/opportunities and the assessment of students predominantly related to virtual practice-based learning experiences, simulation and student-led service learning experiences and groups. Part of this role will involve liaison with RGU teaching staff, Practice Educators and other external agencies with a view to extending, diversifying and evaluating practice-based learning.

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.

You will be highly motivated with a degree in Occupational Therapy and appropriate professional registration. Postgraduate qualification to Masters level would be advantageous but is not essential. A background in Occupational Therapy is required with a broad understanding/experience of different specialities and sectors, beneficial.

Staff in the School of Health Sciences contribute to research in the following priority areas: (i) Professional/clinical practice, (ii) Human Performance, (iii) Education; incorporating research on professional, patient and public education as well as teaching and learning research.

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

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


Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Academic Team Lead via Academic Strategic Lead

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No Supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF THE POST: To contribute to the development, delivery and coordination of a portfolio of sustainable learning and education development activities related to virtual practice-based learning experiences for Occupational Therapy students.


Participates in the co-design, development, organisation, preparation and delivery of teaching material and support related to virtual practice-based learning experience, simulation and student-led service learning opportunities and groups.

Ensures that the provision of practice-based learning meets both service and professional requirements and supports local opportunity for interprofessional learning.

Increases the capacity within RGU to provide quality practice-based learning and simulation opportunities for pre-registration Occupational Therapy students.

Supervises students on virtual practice-based learning experiences and/or student-led service learning opportunities and exercise groups; this could include supervision of service user/volunteer patient interactions, exercise classes and external agencies.

Delivers simulated learning experiences to students including facilitating sessions, liaising with participants, and debriefing.

Provides tutorial and personal guidance for students specific to practice-based learning experiences.

Carries out designated teaching and assessment duties as required to the School portfolio of courses or as otherwise requested by the Head of School.  Participates in course developments.

Develops and maintains expertise in subject area. Actively participates in research activities (e.g. evaluation of virtual practice based learning experience, simulations, writing for publication, presenting at conferences etc).

Undertakes appropriate administrative responsibilities as required.

Maintains working relationships with other Schools/Department/Units within the University, as necessary, for the smooth operation and continued development of the School and its courses.

Actively participates in and suggests relevant staff development activities.

Engages with other staff, wherever possible, in consultancy activities relevant to the School.

Establishes and maintains relevant professional and industrial links, as necessary, for the effective operation of the School’s course (e.g. engagement in work of external bodies, educational and professional).

Grade 7 Salary Scale: £34,804 – 40,322
Grade 8 Salary Scale: £41,526 – 49,553
Salary on appointment will be dependent upon experience.

Candidates with limited or no prior experience as an academic will be placed on the first point of the Grade 7 scale. Consideration will be given to offering an Academic Attraction Payment (adjusted annually) for those candidates who have specific industry knowledge, skills or, expertise which are required for the position.

Please see the job attachments for further information regarding the Grade 7 and Grade 8 criteria.  Further guidance on Academic Attraction Payments can be found here.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

First Level Degree/Honours Degree in relevant discipline.

Membership of HCPC and RCOT

Knowledge and Skills

Effective verbal and written communication skills.

Leadership skills.

Competent in aspects of Digital Technology and presentations.

Effective role model and organisational qualities.

Safe/Effective decision making, facilitation and problem solving skills.


Varied post registration experience in Occupational Therapy practice demonstrating developed clinical skills within healthcare settings.

Experience of clinical supervision of students on placement.

Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.

Experience of working across inter-agency and organisational boundaries.



Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Other Higher (Postgraduate) Degree or PhD.

Recordable teaching qualification.


Extensive and varied post registration experience in Occupational Therapy healthcare setting which has a variety of practice-based learning activities and experiences.

Teaching experience.

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

Behaviour 4 - Liaison and Networking - Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner, working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships, leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest and leading and building external networks to enhance the work of the organisation

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 other

Behaviour 6 - Analysis and Research - Experience of identifying or designing data gathering and analytical methods appropriate for each investigation, and producing reports that identify key issues and findings

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