Deputy Director of Scientific Development

Are you passionate about research in the profession? If so,the Scientific Development Committee needs you!  

The Scientific Development Committee brings together members who are working to develop the scientific work of the ACP.

This includes support for research and research literacy across the profession, working closely  with the Events Development group to produce a programme of events (including the annual conference) which inform the needs of members for their continuing professional development, our publications (The Journal of Child Psychotherapy and the Bulletin), the creation and support of specialist Supported Clinical Networks, and maintaining vibrant links with the European Federation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. In bringing these areas together, we are finding new synergies between our existing activities and interesting new developments, such Practice Research Networks (local research and evaluation projects), contribution to commissioning and policy development from the SCNs and the newly forming Study Groups.  

The SDC has strong links with other ACP committees and we contribute to and benifit from dialogue with them.  

As Deputy, you will help the Director to lead the work of the Scientific Development Committee, giving you a chance to  learn while in Deputy role, to step up into the Director role following a further selection process. As Deputy Director, we will require you to think creatively, to actively have an overview of all four areas of  our work,  to provide leadership and to enable members working in different parts of the ACP to collaborate with each other and with ACP staff, in particular the Events and Development manager, who supports the work of the committee.  

The Director will work with you to decide which particular areas of work will fall to you. This is an exciting and challenging role! 

For more information: see the Terms of Reference for the Scientific Development Committee and/or email Marie Bradley, Director of the Scientific Development.

Remuneration: The Deputy Director of Scientific Development is a paid Role. ACP paid roles are paid £450 per month for half a day per week (under review) but as with all ACP honoraria this is not a direct indication of hours worked but acknowledgement of a significant contribution that will contain a voluntary element.

Time commitment/availability: The Committee meets 6 times a year on the third Friday of the month from 14:45 – 16:45. Meetings currently take place on Zoom. The post holder is also expected to be available on some Thursday afternoons and occasional evenings.

How to apply: To apply, please email a copy of your CV and a short statement explaining why you are interested. These need to be submitted to

Closing date: Closed

Interviews: (tbc)