Person specification

Eligibility to work in the United Kingdom

Applications are welcomed from international candidates. The recruitment of this post meets Home Office advertising requirements that qualify the role for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker visa. Consequently, if required, the university could potentially sponsor the successful candidate in applying for a visa as a Skilled Worker under the points-based immigration system, providing all other requirements are met.

Information on Skilled Worker visa sponsorship can be found on the UK Visas and Immigration website:


Essential Desirable How identified
and assessed*
*For ‘How identified and assessed’:   AP = application,   AS = assessment,   I = interview,   P = presentation,   R = references

Education / qualification and training

Undergraduate medical or another relevant qualification X   AP
PhD or equivalent Doctoral qualification X    
(ONLY FOR CLINICAL APPLICANTS)   Registered as a Specialist in an appropriate professional field, e.g., Psychiatry, Psychology, Paediatrics X   AP
(ONLY FOR CLINICAL APPLICANTS)   Certification of specialist training relevant to child and adolescent mental health X   AP

Knowledge / skills

Knowledge of evidence base and current developments in neuropsychiatry X   I
Publications / books on child and adolescent mental health which have had at least a international impact X   AP
Ability to provide academic leadership X   I
Ability to provide leadership to both clinicians and non-clinical scientists X   I
Consultant (senior clinician) level experience in the clinical management of psychiatric disorders or other related clinical experience   X AP
Established national reputation for work and research in child and adolescent mental health X   AP
Excellence in mentoring junior clinical researchers   X AP, I


Experience in delivering teaching or training on children and young person’s mental health or other related fields X   AP
Has experience of holding more than one independent grant to support research in children and young person’s mental health or related research fields X   AP
Presentations at international conferences   X AP, I
Organisation of teaching or training courses   X AP, I

Personal characteristics / other requirements

Able to work collaboratively with colleagues from a range of backgrounds/disciplines X   I
Excellent communication skills X   I
Commitment to evidence based clinical practice X   I
Commitment to delivering high-quality clinical care X   I
Ability to network across different teams and organisations, including at a national/international level X   AP, I

Disclosure and Barring Service Clearance (DBS formerly CRB)

This position is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). As such, shortlisted candidates will be required to declare full details of any criminal background, regardless of whether the conviction is spent, and the university will be required to apply for an enhanced disclosure (a criminal records check) from the Disclosure & Barring Service in relation to the successful candidate.

Level of DBS Clearance required - indicate all applicable aspects:
Carrying out regulated activities1: Yes No Regulated Activity but contact with vulnerable groups2:  
No Regulated Activity but deemed a position of trust3:     Situated in a Regulated Environment i.e. NHS premises4:    
  1. The scope of Regulated Activity for work with children and young people is defined under the age of 18 years old. An adult is not considered to be vulnerable due to any personal characteristic: however, an adult may be regarded as vulnerable due to particular circumstances at a particular time, for example when they are receiving treatment in a hospital.
  2. Contact with vulnerable groups must meet the frequency threshold of 4 days in a 30 day period.
  3. A position of trust is any post that requires authorisation for restricted access to confidential data (not including anonymised patient data), premises or currency.
  4. KCL buildings do not qualify as regulated environments and only our partner NHS Trust sites qualify as regulated environments.

Further information about the Disclosure scheme can be found at:

A criminal record will only be taken into account for recruitment purposes, where the conviction is relevant to the position being applied for, and whether this is the case, will not necessarily bar candidates from employment. Any decision will depend on the precise nature of the work, the circumstances and background to the offence(s). The same procedure will be followed for university staff applying internally for a vacancy.

Occupational Health Clearance

This appointment is subject to Occupational Health clearance. The successful applicant will be sent an Occupational Health Questionnaire along with their contract of employment. When the Occupational Health Department at King’s College Hospital have evaluated the questionnaire and declared that they are fit for appointment, your appointment start date will be formally confirmed.

Specific aspects - indicate frequency D (daily), W (weekly), M (monthly) where applicable:
Intensive Display Screen Equipment work (e.g. data entry or digital microscopy)1: D Direct patient contact involving exposure prone procedures (EPP)2: N/A
Heavy manual handling1: N/A Direct patient contact, no EPP2 D
Highly repetitive tasks (e.g. pipetting or re- shelving books)1: N/A Work with patient specimens (e.g. blood or tissue samples)2: D
Shift work, night work or call-out duties2: D Work with GM organisms or biological agents that may pose a hazard to human health2: N/A
Work involving risk of exposure to environmental or human pathogens (e.g. in waste streams or soils)2 N/A Hazards which require health surveillance
e.g. respiratory sensitisers (allergens, substances with risk phrase R42, wood dust etc.) or loud noise2
Driving vehicles on university business2: N/A Food handling or preparation2: N/A
Work at height (e.g. ladders, scaffolds etc.)1 N/A Work in confined spaces (e.g. sump rooms, etc.)1 N/A
  1. These hazards do not require health assessment but may require advice from OH if a successful candidate declares a disability or health condition in the Health & Capability Declaration.
  2. These hazards automatically require the successful candidate to undergo employment health assessment to identify any necessary health surveillance, recommended vaccinations or other risk control measures. The Occupational Health option must be checked on the SRAF or the Employment Checks page in the e-Recruitment system.

Equal opportunities

King’s College London recognises that equality of opportunity and the recognition and promotion of diversity are integral to its academic and economic strengths. The following principles apply in respect of the university’s commitment to equality and diversity:

  • To provide and promote equality of opportunity in all areas of its work and activity;
  • To recognise and develop the diversity of skills and talent within its current and potential community;
  • To ensure that all university members and prospective members are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential without receiving any unjustified discrimination or unfavourable treatment on grounds such as age, disability, marital status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, trans status, socio-economic status or any other irrelevant distinction;
  • To provide and promote a positive working, learning, and social environment which is free from prejudice, discrimination and any forms of harassment, bullying or victimisation;
  • To foster good relations between individuals from different groups and tackle prejudice and promote understanding.

King’s has been a member of the Athena SWAN Charter since 2007 and first gained its Bronze institutional award in 2008. Our award was successfully renewed in 2016 for a further four years. The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience has held a Faculty Level Silver award since 2014. The Athena SWAN agenda forms part of a wider suite of diversity and inclusion work streams. Working with the Charter is helping King’s to identify best practice for the working environment of all staff working in science disciplines.

King’s also holds a Race Equality Charter Bronze Award to recognise our commitment to addressing issues of race and racism and became a Stonewall Diversity Champions member in 2016.

Summary of terms and conditions of service

This appointment is made under the King’s College London Terms and Conditions of Service for Academic staff, a copy of which is available from the Recruitment Team upon request.

Annual leave

30 working days per annum pro rata (please note the annual leave year runs from January – December) bank holidays and customary closure days in are in addition to the annual leave entitlement. Staff receive four additional customary closure days in December. Notification as to how these days are taken is circulated at the start of the academic year.


This appointment is superannuable under the USS pension scheme. In accordance with recent legislation, we automatically enrol our staff in a pension scheme if they meet certain age and earning criteria. This is known as auto-enrolment. The university collects pension contributions via a salary sacrifice method called PensionsPlus. These deductions are made before the calculation of tax and national insurance is calculated; therefore reducing the amount you pay.

Staff already superannuated under the NHS Superannuation Scheme may opt to remain in that scheme provided an application to do so is received by the NHS scheme trustees within three months of appointment to King’s College London. Please note that NHS Superannuation Scheme: Medical Schools are classed as “Direction Employers” and some benefits of the NHS Scheme are not available to Direction members.

Alternatively, staff may opt to take out a personal pension. Please note that the university does not provide an employer's contribution towards a private pension plan.

Staff benefits

King’s College London offers a wide range of staff benefits. For the full comprehensive list of staff benefits please refer to our website: