Professor Simon Carrington

Director Psychotherapy and Counselling

Professional Biography

Professor Simon Carrington is the Director Psychotherapy and Counselling with leadership over the content and delivery of the postgraduate level psychotherapy training, accredited by the UKCP. He also has oversight of content for the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DPsych).

Simon gained his PhD from the Department of Pharmacy, University of Bath. He was a lecturer at University of Bradford and then principal Lecturer at Kingston University. Simon was involved with pharmacy course development and accreditation and was Course Director for MPharm Pharmacy. As an active research supervisor, he guided a number of doctoral students to successful completions.

Simon moved to the independent higher education sector to apply his experience of clinical programme development and delivery to psychotherapy.  He was Head of Academic Governance, Quality Assurance and Registry at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, an organisation unique within the NHS in designing and delivering its own postgraduate degree programmes. Simon was an important link between the Trust and validating university partners. He also led on the design, accreditation and delivery of a CPD programme to allow teaching staff to achieve Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Simon has an ongoing interests in the delivery of mid-career postgraduate education and diversity in psychotherapy training. He has delivered conference presentation on the utility of the professional doctorate.


  • MBA Higher Education Management, IOE/UCL (2018)
  • PhD Pharmacy, University of Bath (1999)
  • BSc (hons)/MSc Chemistry, University of Bristol (1993 / 1995)

Past Employment

  • 2021-2022: Head of Policy, Planning and Compliance, Metanoia Institute
  • 2016-2021: Head of Academic Governance, Quality Assurance and Registry, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2004-2015: Principal Lecturer/Course Director MPharm Pharmacy, Kingston University
  • 2000-2004: Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Bradford


Conference papers

  • “Models for the Professional Doctorate Delivered in a Mental Health Setting” with Prof Andrew Cooper at the UK Council for Graduate Education International Conference on Professional & Practice-Based Doctorates, February 2021
  • “Delivering a Mentorship and CPD Programme in an NHS Trust” Advance HE Accredited Programme Leader Network, June 2019
  • “Student-directed use of individual and cohort learning gain data to monitor professional skills development” with Dr. Gwyneth Hughes, at the Society for Research in Higher Education Conference, December 2017
  • “The impact of new technologies in healthcare – how can higher education respond?” University of Essex Future World of Work Conference, September 2017

Research Interests

  • Training and education in psychotherapy
  • Clinical education in independent higher education

Professional Affiliations

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Society for Research in Higher Education

External Appointments

  • 2020-2021: Independent Higher Education, Co-chair for Research and Innovation network
  • 2019: Reviewer for National Teaching Fellowship scheme, Advance HE
  • 2014-2018: Award external examiner, University of Cumbria
  • 2009-2013: External examiner BSc Pharmaceutical Management, University of Bradford

Teaching & Course Development

Leading course development in psychotherapy:

  • Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • MA Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • PGCert Integrative Psychotherapy
  • PGCert Existential Psychotherapy