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Associate Director for Research and Development (ADRD)

Any dependant on role

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Any dependant on role
Fixed term: 3 years (3 years with extension to 4 years by mutual consent)
Part time - 8 hours per week (The post holder will be expected to commit to the equivalent of 8 hours per week (2 PAs) time commitment)
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Responsibility Allowance i.e. management responsibility payment based on 20% of current basic salary (2 PAs) and pensionable. (Annual pay thresholds and enhancements such as CEA etc. for medical staff will not apply
21/04/2021 23:59
Interview date

Please note that this post may close earlier than the indicated closing date if a sufficient number of applications are received.

Our Trust is committed to treating individuals fairly and ensuring they have the same opportunities to fulfil their potential, even if this means doing things differently for different people sometimes. We are working hard to ensure our workforce reflects the diversity within Birmingham and Solihull and that our services meet the needs of all diverse service users and carers.

Job overview

An excellent opportunity has emerged within Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) for the position of Associate Director of Research and Development. Members of all professions with the relevant experience and qualifications are welcome to apply.

Research is a significant part of core business at BSMHFT. Currently research active portfolios exist in Mood Disorders, Addictions, Perinatal Mental Health, Neuropsychiatry, and Dementia. The Research and Development Department has a strong record of successful National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) grant funding and strong partnerships with academic institutions including the University of Birmingham and within it the Birmingham Institute of Mental health; Aston University and other academic institutions. The collaborations include for example joint clinical/academic posts,

There are significant financial gains to be made in research. This senior leadership appointment is crucial. The time commitment is two PA’s (or equivalent) and we are looking for a qualified clinician with both experience of working at a Director Level and a research track record including grant funding and publications in Mental Health and related areas.

The post is for a fixed term of 3 years with extension to 4 years by mutual consent.

The post attracts a responsibility payment based on the equivalent of 2 Programmed Activities (based on % of basic pay, pensionable and enhancements/annual threshold increases will not apply)

A job share can be considered; please use the supporting information section of the application form to outline this and to demonstrate how the share would work in practical terms.

In addition to the application form, a formal assessment will be undertaken which includes the following:

  • Discussion of 2 page CV which covers Research Grants, Publications and research impacts
  • Stakeholder Presentation Panel
  • Panel Interview - interview date Friday 30th April 2021

For further information or an informal discussion with regard to the post please contact:

Professor Alex Copello, Associate Director of Research and Development in the first instance on 07985 882870 or alex.copello1@nhs.net



Main duties of the job

The Associate Director (AD) for R&D will provide strategic direction and leadership to the Trust’s R&D activities working closely with the Head of Research and Development to ensure maximum influence and impact upon clinical services. The AD for R&D will be responsible for ensuring that BSMHFT remains at the forefront of research, developing a brand both nationally and internationally as a world leader in Mental Health Research and Development. In addition to academic institutions, the post holder will liaise closely with the Clinical Research Network (CRN) West Midlands and other bodies actively involved in initiating research and/or developing innovative practises, encouraging adoption of proven interventions and practises.

Working for our organisation

The R&D department is currently made up of 22 staff members, which includes Research Nurses and Clinical Study Officers. The team works together to ensure NIHR portfolio studies are set up and delivered in line with local targets, to support our local Chief Investigators in delivering their own work and to provide help and support to junior researchers embarking on their personal research careers. The department offers a varied service across numerous specialties.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For further information about the main responsibilities please view the attached job description and person specification.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • A qualified clinician currently registered with a relevant professional body with significant experience working in Mental Health.


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrable track record of delivering an effective and governant service as a senior clinician, with examples of introducing innovative changes to clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate the behaviours outlined for managers in the BSMHFT Managers Behavioural Profile.
  • An ability to work with and gain the respect of staff from all areas across the Trust.
  • An ability to demonstrate a commitment to team and multi-professional working.
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships externally
  • An aptitude for innovation personally and inspiring others to innovate.
  • Excellent communication and leadership skills – verbal and written, with demonstrable experience of negotiating and influencing.
  • Ability to think beyond their own professional viewpoint.
  • Ability to resolve conflict
  • Ability to manage and plan use of time effectively
  • Ability to work as part of a team including an understanding of corporate decision making and responsibility
  • Ability to support others
  • Emotional intelligence, resilience, ability to deal with uncertainty and sense of humour
  • Ability to promote and live trust values including compassion, commitment and inclusion

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Director/management level experience and experience of driving change and transformational level programmes
  • A proven track record of research including grant funding and publications in Mental Health and/or related areas
  • A high level of knowledge and understanding of the National responsibilities for Research in the NHS, the barriers and opportunities
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Professor Alex Copello
Job title
Associate Director of Research and Development
Email address
Telephone number
07985 882870