Job description

Post title Professor and Director of the King’s Maudsley Partnership for Children and Young People, with Head of Department potential
Department / Division Child & Adolescent Psychiatry / Academic Psychiatry
Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
Grade/salary The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications and experience, at a salary level settled by negotiation and commensurate with the seniority of the role and the level of appointment.
Hours of work Full time (40 hours per week).
Period of appointment The Professor role is a permanent academic appointment. The Director role will be for five years with potential to renew for a further five subject to interview and internal advert. (Subject to appointment) the Head of Department will be appointed for five years, equally, with the opportunity to renew.
Campus Denmark Hill
NHS Department / Division Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS CAG for King’s Health Partners)
NHS reporting line
Responsible to Member of CAMHS CAG leadership team with current reporting arrangements to the Head of the School of Academic Psychiatry through to the Executive Dean (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience) and within the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust to the Medical Director, through to David Bradley (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust)
Responsible for Benefits realisation, working with CAG leadership

Role purpose

With the establishment of the King’s Maudsley Partnership and Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young Person’s Mental Health (PMCYP) and the construction of a new building to house the Centre that is due to open in 2023, we are now establishing a new position of Centre Director to lead the world class research that will aim to improve the understanding and mental health of children and young people. The Centre Director also has the option of applying for the role of Head of the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and it is hoped that s/he will choose to do so.

The Centre Director will be tasked with the responsibility to:

  • Provide outstanding academic overall leadership for research and education. Build and grow world-class research teams that work synergistically with clinicians both within the Centre, the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust by supporting established researchers, identifying and growing promising early career researchers, and supporting the involvement of clinical colleagues in research

  • Create and implement a vision for how the combined clinical and research capability of the centre can benefit both the south London population as well as nationally and internationally

  • Work as part of a leadership team (with clinical colleagues, Partnership leads for research and education as well as the wider academic community) to ensure alignment of vision and strategy for research, education and training and clinical care

  • Work with the King’s Fundraising & Supporter Development team and Maudsley Charity including identifying promising philanthropic cases for support and assisting in their development and meeting with potential and actual philanthropists

  • Lead by example with an outstanding track record of internationally renowned research and clinical practice related to children and young people’s mental health and will lead and direct research and teaching in this area

  • Drive the delivery of benefits realisation including the following:

    • Leading and stimulating joint working between clinicians and academics

    • Shaping and delivering clear patient-centred clinical and research outcomes by initiating and facilitating joint projects between staff groups

    • Increasing the investment available for the Centre, working with the King’s Fundraising Team and the Maudsley Charity to attract philanthropic income to deliver additional valuable and measurable benefits for research and patient care

    • Working with commissioning entities in the NHS to attract funds, commissioning contracts and investment to trial new services, as well as supporting clinically innovative specialist NHS services/teams

    • Ensuring that research findings and clinical innovations are promptly, safely and effectively embedded in care

    • Attracting additional research funding, co-producing bids with KCL to leveraging the inherent capabilities of the CYP Centre with integrated clinical and academic excellence

    • Identifying and supporting suitable commercial partnerships

    • Building a truly global brand for the CYP Centre by raising the profile both nationally and internationally through delivery of clinical excellence, ground breaking research and developing a culture of exceptional innovation

    • Establishing effective mutually beneficial networks with academic and health organisations, government, philanthropists, voluntary organisations and media with a view to furthering the aims of the CYP Centre

    • Attracting the most promising talent to the Centre, clinical, academic and operational.

We particularly welcome applications from female and black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within the university and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust at this level. We understand that flexible working arrangements or career breaks may be necessary in certain circumstances and welcome the opportunity to discuss this possibility upon appointment and throughout the role.

Job plan (if relevant)

Total number of programmed activities (PAs) = 10

Clinical sessions (32)

The clinical timetable will comprise two programmed activities. You will have the flexibility to determine the precise distribution of work time and location as part of the job planning process. We encourage senior clinical academics to align their clinical work with research interests and support them to do so. Clinical activities may include multidisciplinary team meetings, care co-ordination reviews, Mental Health Act work and supervision of medical staff.

There is an expectation that you will remain in good standing for continuing professional development. You will have access to the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust support for CPD activities and study leave and will be expected to join a local peer review group following your appointment.

Mentoring and appraisal/performance development reviews

Mentoring will be provided by the Head of School and Medical Director.

If you are a qualified psychiatrist, annual appraisals/performance development reviews will be carried out jointly by Allan Young, Head of School (academic performance development reviews) and Michael Holland (responsible for clinical appraisal).

The final details of the job plan will be agreed following discussion with the successful applicant.

Role profile

Key responsibilities and objectives of the post will entail:

Benefits realisation

  • Prioritise and encourage high impact research programmes

  • Lead translation processes to make research outcomes standard clinical practice

  • Monitor feedback on priority research projects and effectiveness of translation and develop and implement appropriate action plans to further improve these

  • Achieve desired local, national and international impact

  • Support external marketing and fundraising

  • Attract talented scientists and clinicians at every level.


  • To lead and direct research in children and young persons mental health

  • Obtain research grant funding to support research work in child and adolescent mental health

  • Publish high quality peer-reviewed papers in this field

  • Lead the delivery of philanthropic funding

  • Undertake and direct the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students in children and young person’s mental health and related topics

  • Participate in other aspects of undergraduate teaching as necessary and as directed by the Head of Department/School.

Clinical duties

  • Consultant responsibility for the clinical speciality of the successful candidate

  • To lead specialized clinical services in a relevant child and adolescent mental health service

  • Contribute to the medical leadership of the children and young person’s services in the CAMHS CAG

  • Supervision or co-supervision of any psychiatric trainees attached to your service

  • Contribute to clinical involvement and local management arrangements

  • Complete and maintain the administrative tasks necessary for the fulfilment of a Responsible Clinician role.

Highly effective communication and influencing skills

  • The postholder will need not only a big picture vision of what can be achieved but also some very strong influencing, communication and relationship building skills and a track record that demonstrates this in addition to credibility as a clinically interested academic.

Academic strategy and financial stewardship

  • Development of an overall academic strategy for the School, which is in keeping with the overall Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust strategies, that balances the mission of research, education and translational interactions with the King’s Health Partners and integrates the contributions of the constituent Departments within the three Schools.

  • In the context of the overall research strategy of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, develop a plan for the Centre which involves active monitoring of the grant portfolio and research outputs and work with the Heads of Departments to deliver the relevant targets and outputs.

  • Collaborate with the Executive Dean and Dean of Education to develop an Educational plan for the Division including contributions to undergraduate (esp. MBBS), postgraduate and other teaching and work with the Heads of Departments of Academic Psychiatry to have this monitored and delivered.

  • Oversee the educational contributions of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience to fostering the field of children and young person’s mental health at the MBBS level and beyond including, but not limited to, the Summer School for Psychiatry, the Academic Foundation Programs, the CT/ST MRCPsych teaching, the ACF and ACLs related to academic training and events such as the Maudsley Debates.

  • Develop a financial strategy consistent with the academic strategy and compliant with relevant resource allocation models; lead the Division in the annual Business Planning Round; to lead in revenue-generation initiatives and in building the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience annual budget and to manage any intra-year budgetary transitions within the constituent Departments.

Performance development and management

  • Attend the Executive Deans’ PDR review meetings for each Department and be responsible for monitoring the follow-through actions, including performance management, and reporting on progress to the Executive Dean

  • Develop special initiatives for Faculty Development within the School with special attention to the enhancement of the work environment for women and minorities; with particular attention and support to early career researchers

  • Line manage the Heads of Departments, meet with them regularly and conduct their Annual PDRs. Where appropriate, to assist the Heads of Departments with performance management/enhancement of individual staff

  • Chair recruitments and review all probations at the Lecturer level, and where delegated, other recruitments.

Relationship with the Clinical Academic Groups

  • The primary, though not exclusive, relationship of the Division will be with the CAMHS Clinical Academic Groups at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. You will take an active role in facilitating the partnership between academics, the CAG leadership and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. You will play a central role in the adjudication of the ACCEA awards for Divisional Academics who are Honorary Consultants.

Representation and ambassadorial role

  • Together with King’s Fundraising and Maudsley Charity co-ordinate and deliver Centre involvement in major strategic awards, in philanthropic initiatives, KCL-wide research and educational initiatives, personnel and organisational development, communication, marketing and promotional events

  • In collaboration with the Executive Dean take a coordinating role in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience’s and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s input into the Centre for Young People's Mental Health and the Centre for Translation Informatics.

Responsibility to the larger Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience community

  • As a senior academic leader of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, you will foster success of the School of Academic Psychiatry in a way that enhances the entire Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust community and in particular would be expected to lead and support active collaboration with the other Schools and active participation in the cross-Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience initiatives.

Additional responsibilities

  • This description reflects the core activities of the role and as the university and the post-holder develop there will inevitably be changes in the emphasis of duties. It is expected that the post-holder recognizes this and adopt a flexible approach to work and will be willing to participate in training.

  • In addition to these responsibilities, you may be asked to represent the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust in appropriate university or Trust level committees, AHSC-level or outside committees.

Academic environment and support

As a successful applicant, you will be provided with an office and administrative support. For the academic component of the post, the research facilities are excellent, with close links to other relevant departments, full computing, statistical and IT support and a large psychiatric library with superb on-line access.

You will be expected to contribute and take a leading role in the ongoing programme of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training within the relevant Department and Clinical Academic Group and the Division of Academic Psychiatry of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

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Integrated leadership model: clinical – academic dyad model

Executive Dean, KCL Faculty KHP Pears Maudsley Centre Shared governance and delivery Host NHS CEO or COO Academic Director Pears Maudsley Centre Director & Head of KCL Dept Clinical Director of NHS Clinical Operational Directorate & Health system Clinical management Clinical performance & quality Director of Training Centre Operations manager Education lead for CAP courses Research lead Leadership dyad of clinical and academic directors. Shared leadership and accountability, with distinct responsibilities Service Director of NHS operational services University focused roles, university employees, report to Centre Director/ Head of Department. Example joint posts, hold joint contracts with university and NHS. Have dual reporting lines. NHS focused roles, NHS employees, report to Clinical & Services Director, as appropriate. } } } } } } } } }

The Centre Director could optionally be appointed as Head of Department.

The Centre Director / Head of Department roles would align with existing governance structures in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

The Centre Director would participate in CAMHS CAG management keeping a focus on benefits realisation:

  • Formal, weekly management meeting

  • On-going policy direction and issue resolution on academic matters

  • Performance would continue to be led by the service director and the medical director

  • Clinical strategy would be led by the Clinical Director.