Faculty of Medicine and Health School of Medicine Leeds Institute of Medical Education Programme Lead, Physician Associates Programme



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Faculty of Medicine and Health

School of Medicine

Leeds Institute of Medical Education
Programme Lead, Physician Associates Programme

0.8 fte, two years fixed-term
Leeds Institute of Medical Education, within the School of Medicine, is seeking to appoint a Lecturer to lead the development of a Physician Associate Programme.
Applications are invited for a 0.8 fte fixed term Programme Lead post for the Physician Associates Programme for two years in the first instance. Working closely with the Director of the Leeds Institute of Medical Education and the Director of Student Education, the post-holder will be responsible for liaising with local partners including Trusts, CCGs, and the Local Training and Education Board of Health Education England to develop a local curriculum and placements, drawing on the national curriculum, to support the training of Physician Associates.
The post holder will initially focus on developing this new programme, steering it through internal approval processes and liaising with primary and secondary care providers across Yorkshire and the Humber to ensure provision of high quality placements. The post holder will also be required to teach and assess on the programme and contribute to a variety of other educational support duties within the Institute.
Applicants should be qualified as a physician with current GMC registration or as a physician associate, with significant clinical experience. You should also have experience of teaching and assessing in a variety of settings and either hold a formal education qualification or are committed to undertake this.
This is an exciting opportunity to lead the development of a new programme responding to the needs of the local healthcare economy.
The University of Leeds is committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offers a range of family friendly policies (http://hr.leeds.ac.uk/homepage/4/policies). The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN and holds the Bronze award. The School of Medicine gained the Bronze award in 2013. We are committed to being an inclusive medical school that values all staff, and we are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees.
University Grade 8 (£38,511 - £45,954 p.a pro rata) depending on qualifications and experience.
Informal enquiries regarding the post should be directed to Professor Trudie Roberts, Director, Leeds Institute of Medical Education (t.e.roberts@leeds.ac.uk; 0113 343 4368 or Mrs Laura Stroud, Director of Student Education (L.Stroud@leeds.ac.uk; 0113 343 3951).
If you have any enquiries about your application please contact Sarah Simpson, tel: 0113 343 1889 or email: s.l.simpson@leeds.ac.uk.
Job Ref: MHIME1013 Closing date: 12th January 2014
JOB DESCRIPTION
BACKGROUND
The School of Medicine at Leeds has an enviable reputation for the quality of its MBChB programme. This post offers the opportunity to lead the development of a new related postgraduate programme responding to the needs of the local healthcare economy.

JOB SUMMARY

In line with the University’s Learning and Teaching strategy you will contribute to a highly developed portfolio of undergraduate and taught postgraduate teaching and contribute to scholarly activities within the School. Your role will focus on the development and implementation of the postgraduate diploma Physician Associates Programme, but may also include teaching, assessment, quality assurance and other related duties on this or other programmes.



MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:



PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT


  1. Lead on the development of the Physician Associates Programme with the School of Medicine, implementing the nationally-agreed curriculum and assessments, and ensuring that the Programme will meet future regulatory requirements as well as responding to the needs of local healthcare partners.

  2. Develop relationships with local secondary care placement providers to ensure provision of high quality placements throughout the programme.

  3. Liaise with local healthcare providers to ensure the programme meets their needs whilst offering all students appropriate opportunities for training and employment.

  4. Develop and maintain a corpus of expertise in appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours through the creation of a Physician Associates Programme team and committee structure that draws together relevant academic and clinical practitioner staff, NHS placement providers and students

  5. Carry out campus and clinical placement quality assurance processes to ensure the programme becomes and remains at the forefront of UK provision.

  6. Work with the Physician Associates Programme Team to ensure that all necessary University approval documentation progresses in a timely fashion for both implementation and future curriculum enhancement

TEACHING





  1. Undertake a full teaching load, including significant involvement in the design, development and delivery of modules in the subject area; contribute to teaching across undergraduate and post qualification programmes and a range of academic levels.

  2. Participate in the effective supervision of undergraduate and post-graduate students undertaking dissertations/projects as required

  3. Ensure teaching content and method of delivery meets the required learning objectives and investigate innovative approaches to teaching and assessing through work with colleagues in the School of Medicine and via membership of the MBChB Clinical Placement improvement team

  4. Incorporate policy/practice developments in the scholarship of teaching to ensure learning and teaching is clearly linked to wider strategic agenda and targets.

  5. Participate in the assessment process for students, making effective use of innovative and technological methods to ensure timely developmental feedback that focuses on improvement and student development

  6. Provide a range of pastoral, professional and curriculum support mechanisms that meets the needs of an increasingly diverse student body.

  7. Promote the inclusion of the development of enterprise/employability/entrepreneurial skills in the curriculum.

  8. Contribute to the recruitment of applicants to the course and participate in activities and events that foster widening participation for those who can benefit.

SCHOLARSHIP



  1. Transform and apply knowledge acquired from scholarship to teaching

  2. Reflect on practice and the development of own teaching and learning skills

  3. Contribute to research and/or scholarly publications in collaboration with colleagues within the School/Institute.

  4. Undertake effective co-supervision of post-graduate students undertaking research/scholarly projects at master’s level.

  5. Conduct individual or collaborative scholarly projects to contribute to the continued improvement of the programme

  6. Demonstrate achievement of markers of esteem (for example through acting as an external reviewer, presentation of peer reviewed papers at scientific and scholarly conferences at national or international standing or supporting practice developments)

  7. Work with, and support the work of, the National Association of Physician Associates



ADMINISTRATION





  1. Contribute to the administrative process of the School e.g. examinations/assessment, quality assurance process

  2. Contribute to the organisation and management of the student experience e.g. student tracking and progression

  3. Remain proactive in own personal and professional development, and to undertake staff development opportunities as may be appropriate.

  4. Undertake the role in accord with the requirements of the University’s Health & Safety Policy. This may include ensuring that risk assessments in own area are completed

  5. Engage in academic leadership activities commensurate with role and grade.

  6. Contribute to the development of teams and individuals by participating both as reviewer and reviewee in the SRDS system

  7. Contribute to the recruitment, management and development of staff as required

  8. Make active contribution to School, Faculty and University committees as appropriate

  9. Act as a mentor to colleagues with less experience and peer reviewer of learning and teaching, as required.



GENERAL


  1. Undertake any additional activities commensurate with the post-holder’s level of training and experience and conducive to fulfilment of the job purpose outlined above, as well as similar posts elsewhere within the University

  2. Have an awareness and understanding of Health & Safety issues as they relate to the University and placement settings

  3. Integrate the University value of inclusiveness into all appropriate aspects of the role, respecting the dignity and diversity of all members of the University and partner communities and of visitors to the University.

  4. Work with our students as members of a learning community to provide world-class education and an excellent student experience

  5. This job description should not be regarded as a definitive list of duties and responsibilities, which will develop and change over time through natural progression.



KEY RELATIONSHIPS
Working closely with the Director of LIME and the Director of MBChB, you will work in a team with the Placements Contracts Lead, named colleagues in the Academic Unit of Primary Care, Physician Associates and key learning, teaching and research colleagues within the School and across the Faculty and wider University to develop the programme. You will also develop relationships with external stakeholders in the health and social care economy and network extensively with the National Association for Physician Associates.

UNIVERSITY VALUES
All staff are expected to operate in line with the university’s values and standards, which work as an integral part of our strategy and set out the principles of how we work together. More information about the university’s strategy and values is available at http://www.leeds.ac.uk/comms/strategy/


PERSON SPECIFICATION
Essential Attributes:
Education and Training


  • Either current GMC registration or qualified as a UK Physician Associate, in either case with no restriction on current practice

  • Holds a recognised teaching qualification (equivalent to ULTRA) or willing to undertake


Specialist Knowledge


  • Significant clinical experience in a relevant discipline

  • Experience of teaching undergraduate and/or postgraduate students in a health related discipline

  • Good understanding of contemporary practice issues related to the practice areas of UK Physician Associates



Relevant Experience


  • Evidence of developing creative and innovative ways of delivering research-led learning and teaching including the effective use of new and creative learning and teaching technologies

  • Demonstrable ability to teach effectively and provide a stimulating environment for learning and teaching

  • An ability to motivate, inspire and challenge students intellectually, as evidenced for example in excellent student feedback obtained from teaching.

  • Developing scholarship, for example through presentation of papers

  • Experience of developing teaching material and varied approaches to meet student learning objectives

  • Potential to establish collaborative links with researchers from other fields/institutions

  • Can demonstrate a clear understanding of the health learning and teaching agenda at local, regional and national levels

  • Success in, and commitment to, working in cross-disciplinary teams and environments



Personal Attributes


  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills at all levels

  • A proven ability to work under pressure effectively, responsibly and independently and apply sound judgement and decisions to variety of challenges and situations, taking accountability for own actions and the consequences

  • Ability to build, maintain and develop effective working relationships, being an ambassador for the School, inside and outside the University

  • Highly self motivated, able to organise time, workload and prioritise tasks

  • Effective team player

  • A willingness to share the School’s vision and commitment to excellence in all aspects of work and output

  • An appreciation of the policy and strategic issues currently affecting teaching, research and IKT in higher education

  • Committed to the University values of Academic Excellence, Community, integrity, inclusiveness and Professionalism1

  • IT experience including the use of MS Office, proficient use of the web and Outlook for diary planning and email

  • Evidence of commitment to own personal and professional development

  • An ability to manage and respond to results from enhancement and monitoring activities.

  • Ability to plan and prioritise teaching and research initiatives in line with strategic objectives.

  • Proven ability to translate excellence in research and scholarship into learning opportunities for students.


Relevant Experience


  • Experience of significant contribution to effective module/programme development, administration and review

  • Experience of and participation in the supervision of post-graduate students

  • Proven ability to contribute to School, Faculty, University and/or external professional committees at a regional or national level

  • A commitment to research demonstrated through scholarly excellence in the field of subject specific area



Further Information
Faculty Information
With more than 6,000 students, 1,600 staff and annual research income of £60m, the Faculty of Medicine and Health at Leeds is bigger than some universities. Leeds has one of the largest medical and bioscience research bases in the UK, and is an acknowledged world leader in cancer, cardiovascular, psychiatric, genetic, and musculo-skeletal and health services research. Treatments developed in Leeds are transforming the lives of people around the world living with conditions such as HIV, TB, diabetes and malaria.
The School of Medicine
The School of Medicine at the University of Leeds is a major international centre for research and education. Our ambition is to improve health and reduce health inequalities, locally and globally, through excellent scientific research and the translation of that research into healthcare practice, and through the education of future scientific and clinical leaders who will advocate and practise an evidence-based approach. Our major strategic aims are to:
• Deliver outstanding research including basic discovery science through to applied health research that makes a significant difference to health.

• Produce exceptional graduates, clinicians, educators, doctoral and post-doctoral fellows whose learning has been informed and inspired by our research excellence and who will form the next generation of academic and clinical leaders.

• Develop and support knowledge transfer activities that flow from our academic activities.

• Create and maintain an efficient and sustainable environment for research and teaching within an organisational culture and management style that enacts and supports the university’s core values of community, inclusiveness, integrity and professionalism.


The School of Medicine is organised into seven Institutes. All are committed to high quality research-led teaching, through their training of postgraduate research students, delivery of postgraduate taught courses, and its leadership in undergraduate teaching. The School works closely with the local NHS, having a number of jointly funded clinical posts to ensure this relationship is effective and strong for both research and student education.
Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME) Director: Professor Trudie Roberts

LIME provides the administrative support, co-ordination and leadership for the School of Medicine’s undergraduate medical degree, including admissions, curriculum development, assessment, student support and clinical placement liaison. It provides the technology-enhanced learning and innovation support for the School of Medicine. LIME also has a very active scholarship programme of research and innovation in medical education and uses its expertise to influence medical education policy and practice nationally and internationally. To achieve this it works with a range of stakeholders including the academic community, the profession, the public, regulators and policy makers.



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Terms and Conditions

Details of the terms and conditions of employment for all staff at the university, including information on pensions and benefits, are available on the Human Resources web pages accessible via the links on the right hand side, or at http://hr.leeds.ac.uk/policies


University Teaching and Research Award

The Senate of the University has agreed that all newly appointed staff with a contract of 0.5 FTE and above who have a teaching/ research role and are deemed new to teaching or research in Higher Education should be required to complete successfully all of the requirements of the University of Leeds Teaching and Research or an appropriate alternative. Whether or not this applies to you, will be decided as part of the appointment procedure at interview.


Further details of the ULTRA are available at http://www.sddu.leeds.ac.uk/sddu-ultra.html.
Staff with contracts of less than 0.5 FTE may take the ULTRA provided that they have a broad enough range of teaching, research and assessment to complete the requirements of the Programme: this will be decided in conjunction with the School and the course providers.
Disclosure and Barring Service checks

This post falls under the remit of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975. As such, all applicants are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings, including any pending criminal prosecutions and those which would otherwise be considered 'spent' under the 1974 Act. However, amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013) provide that certain ‘spent’ convictions and cautions are now 'protected' and are not subject to disclosure to employers , and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service website. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service and at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/1198/pdfs/uksi_20131198_en.pdf


Declarations of any such information as described above, should be made in the ‘other personal details’ section of the application form and details sent to the Recruitment Officer at disclosure@leeds.ac.uk.
Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required for this position. The successful applicant will be required to give consent for the University to check their criminal record status through independent verification (from the DBS). Information will be kept in strict confidence. Your offer of appointment will be subject to the University being satisfied with the outcome of these checks.
Disabled Applicants

The post is located in the Worsley Building. Disabled applicants wishing to review access to the building are invited to contact the department direct. Additional information may be sought from the Recruitment Officer, email disclosure@leeds.ac.uk or tel + 44 (0)113 343 1723.


Disabled applicants are not obliged to inform employers of their disability but will still be covered by the Equality Act once their disability becomes known.
Further information for applicants with disabilities, impairments or health conditions is available in the applicant guidance.


1 Further information on University Values, please visit the University Strategy web pages on http://www.leeds.ac.uk/about/strategy/values.htm


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