Clinical Tutor interview

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BrokenWings
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Clinical Tutor interview

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Hi Everyone,

I've done a search and can't find anything relevant, but apologies if this has been discussed before and I've missed it.

I've got an interview for a Clinical Tutor/Lecturer post at the local D Clin Psy course. I'm currently working as a Clinical Psychologist and have never had an interview for this type of position before. I have no idea what to expect or how to prepare. I'm wondering if anyone has had an interview for a similar role and/or works in this kind of role that can give me some pointers on what to think about in my preparations?

I've been asked to prepare a 10 min presentation, and then there will be a 40 min interview.

The role involves supporting Trainees, supervising their research projects, and doing some teaching on the course. I spoke with the named contact for the post prior to applying and they suggested the job advert & description was quite open and flexible so could be shaped to suit the successful applicant.

I'm planning to re-read my thesis (to refresh my memory) and reflect on some teaching experience I was fortunate to gain whilst training. I will be thinking about current issues in Psychology, particularly around diversity... and refresh my knowledge on the NHS plans/policies etc. I'm going to read up on university related things.... Is there anything glaringly obvious that I've missed?

I think my Imposter Syndrome is sneaking in again (there's lots of 'specialist' this and 'advanced' that in the person spec and I don't feel particularly special or advanced!).... I'm trying to remind myself of my skills, qualities etc.

Thanks in advance :)
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It's probably worth also thinking about the "ethos" of the course you're interviewing for as well. Is it worth looking at the Alternative Handbook to see what current trainees say and feel? If you are going to be supporting trainees I think knowing what the course expects from their trainees is important. Obviously all courses have some expectations in common, but it's probably the differences between them that will determine if you're a "good fit" within this course. (Hope that last bit makes sense!). Good luck. Let us know how you get on.
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Agree with Geishawife's comment about getting a feel of the course ethos, and aligning your application to it.

Beyond that, I would reflect on the core duties of the tutor role. Each course runs things slightly differently, but if your role is more research/academic tutor (rather than the clinical placement visit type of tutor) it may be worth thinking about your research supervision style, your methodologies, your approach to supporting trainees going through the process of research and academic component of the doctorate.

There can often be an 80:20 rule, where 20% of the trainees need 80% of your time as invariably some are weaker than others on research, or projects fall through. As a tutor, most of your trainees will be doing okay and will require relatively straightforward input. However, it's worth thinking about how you would support a trainee struggling with an aspect of their training. If you have not struggled yourself during training, this may be harder to get your head around.

The last thing is that a few universities have research expectations on their lecturers, and will expect you to balance your NHS clinical work, tutor duties and maintain your own research programme submitting for REF etc. Check this out if this applies in advance for the advertised role, as it can be really hard to juggle everything.

Best of luck
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Politically, it might be worth understanding what is happening at Liverpool, and the dodgy metrics being used to judge the calibre of academic staff!
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Thanks for all the comments. It's reassuring that you are thinking the same things as I am!!

I've read the relevant section of the Alternative Handbook, so have an idea of the main themes that are coming across in feedback from the Trainees. I've also had a look at the relevant pages on the Clearing House website (something I never thought I'd have to do again!).

I am aware of the current situation at Liverpool... that is making me slightly cautious about this post (which is probably not a bad thing in terms of my interview anxiety....) I will review the job description/person spec, but one of my questions might be around clarifying what the role will look like and what expectations there are around conducting my own research.

Thanks again.
The interview is on Thursday, so *fingers crossed*...
I'll let you know how it goes.
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I've been (verbally) offered the post!

I'm currently waiting for official/written confirmation (I may have misheard...) and negotiating with my manager in my current clinical post about reducing my hours (the Clinical Tutor post is part time).

I'm very excited about the prospect of being more involved in research and helping to shape the future of the profession!
(And a bit nervous because I've never done this sort of role before.)
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Congratulations! I hope it all goes well.
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Congrats on getting the post.

Glad it all went well for you, and do give your insights to the forum ( well as much as you can while maintaining anonymity). It's good for the applicants here to see that trainers are just normal human beings with various rather than unfeeling and unsatisfiable gatekeepers. Any of your reflections would be more than welcome.
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BrokenWings wrote: Thu Jul 15, 2021 3:33 pm I've been (verbally) offered the post!

I'm currently waiting for official/written confirmation (I may have misheard...) and negotiating with my manager in my current clinical post about reducing my hours (the Clinical Tutor post is part time).

I'm very excited about the prospect of being more involved in research and helping to shape the future of the profession!
(And a bit nervous because I've never done this sort of role before.)
Congratulations! I imagine it would feel so strange to be on the other side!
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Thanks all :D

Negotiations around how my time is divided are ongoing... I'm trying to sit with the uncertainty...

Spatch - I will definitely try to share my thoughts on the forum. I've learned so much from reading what others have said, so it feels like 'paying it forwards'. I'm very down to earth (or at least, that's what I've been told!) so hopefully that will help! I will try to share reflections as I go along. I think this will be a very different post for me so I'm sure there will be much to learn and reflect on.

lakeland - I know! It feels so surreal to think that I will be teaching Trainees soon! :shock: I'm fairly newly qualified, and feel that I lost a year of qualified experience due to covid (directly and indirectly). I'm very aware I still have a lot to learn myself.
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