Post Ref: ku00000343 School of Medicine Project lead: Physician Associate Programme (Lecturer) Fixed Term – 6 months/Secondment Job Description Keele University

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School of Medicine

Project lead: Physician Associate Programme (Lecturer)

Fixed Term – 6 months/Secondment

Job Description

Keele University

Keele University is the UK's leading campus based university offering a premium student experience. The University offers a truly international appeal with students from over 120 countries and has one of the largest student residential communities of any university in the UK. In the 2014 National Student Survey Keele was ranked 1st nationally and we continue to be a top ten University for graduate employment despite the current academic and economic climate.
Keele University promotes interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary scholarship making a distinctive contribution to higher education by emphasising the strength of a broader educational programme.

The School of Medicine has an annual intake of 130 undergraduate medical students for its highly rated, innovative integrated MBChB five year course which is committed to “Graduating Excellent Clinicians”. The 2012-13 GMC QABME team reported “the Keele curriculum prepares students well for working as a foundation doctor” and “F1 supervisors we met were impressed with the can-do attitude and maturity of Keele graduates”. The Keele MBChB course is ranked 7th in the National Student Survey for Medicine 2016, is 9th in the Complete University Guide for Medicine 2017, and is 4th in the Guardian League for Medicine for 2017. Since 2012, Keele has been in the top 4 of UK medical schools by the proportion of graduates appointed to Specialist Training (ST) and Core Training (CT) posts in the UK.
The School also offers a range of programmes, modules and short courses in postgraduate medicine aimed at addressing the differing needs of healthcare professionals at different stages in their careers. Courses offered include Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters in Medical Education, Masters in Medical Science with a range of specialist routes such as Stroke, Surgery and Audit, and a range of Clinical Leadership and Management courses. The School also offers 2 successful full-time Masters courses, in Cell & Tissue Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering.



Responsible to:

Director of Postgraduate Programmes


Grade: 7a (non-clinical) or appropriate point on clinical scales, or Secondment

Incremental Scale: Yes (if Grade 7a)

Starting Salary: £ 33,943 - £39,324 pro rata (non-clinician)


Part Time: 0.2 FTE

Role Summary:

To lead the scoping and development of a Physician Associate programme plan to include curriculum outline, placement plan and funding model including likely participant numbers. This includes researching existing models, visiting other Universities, meetings with Health Education England, visits to healthcare partners and, should the School decide to go ahead with the programme, the production of a business case to submit for University approval.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Work Processes and results

With respect to the development of a Physician Associate programme:

  • Develop a curriculum built on current national guidance and cognisant of the local academic and placement strengths of Keele School of Medicine. To include

    • Intended Learning outcomes

    • Clinical and communication skills teaching

    • Professional practice

    • Assessment

    • Teaching & Learning approach (including synergies with current programmes)

    • Student support

  • With healthcare partners, to develop a programme of clinical placements, which is likely to involve visits to relevant NHS staff to inform them about the programme requirements, possibly giving presentations, information seeking, negotiating placements.

  • Develop a robust approach to student selection to the programme, which is likely to involve information gathering (including face to face visits) about how this works best at other universities, discussion with Health Education England, and working in liaison with relevant Keele staff to decide about how Keele will select from the pool of applicants.

  • Develop a business case (in liaison with other School members) for submission to Keele for formal approval to run the programme.

Key relationships

  • Members of School of Medicine Executive Committee

  • Senior School support staff

  • Members of the other schools within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

  • Placement providers (Primary and Secondary Care)

  • Relevant staff of Health Education England (Midlands and East)

  • Members of the Faculty of Physician Associates (RCP UK)

Team Work

  • Effective communication and team working across a wide range of academic, clinical and support staff

Communication / Documentation

  • To communicate effectively across a wide range of audiences.

  • To liaise, establish and maintain positive links with external agencies and providers.

Personal Development / Performance
  • To demonstrate a commitment to continuing Personal and Professional Development.

  • To have the ability to observe and define priorities and timetables in the achievement of strategic and operational objectives.

  • To adhere to the University's environmental policy and procedures and seek to promote environmental sustainability within area of responsibility.

Equality, Diversity, Health and Safety and Strategy

  • To have a strong commitment to the principles and practice of equality and diversity

  • To have a thorough understanding and application of the Dignity and Respect Framework

  • To take reasonable care of the Health and Safety of yourself and that of any other person who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work.

  • To co-operate with Keele University in ensuring as far as is necessary, that Statutory Requirements, Codes of Practice, University Policies and School/Departmental health and safety arrangements are complied with.

This post is unlikely to meet the relevant criteria to allow the University to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship.  Applications from candidates who require a Certificate of Sponsorship to work in the UK will be considered against the requirements stated in the recruitment documentation. Recruitment decisions will be made in accordance with the UK Visas and Immigration guidance.


You are asked to provide details of two referees (three if you are applying for an academic or research post) on your application form, one of which must include your current or most recent employer. Referees should be able to comment on your work and/or educational background and may be approached before interview. In providing these details you are giving the University permission to request personal information about you from your referees, which may include confirmation of your previous salary, disciplinary and work history.

Two Ticks Scheme

Keele University is committed to taking positive steps to employ, keep and

develop the abilities of disabled staff and has been awarded the disability symbol. We undertake to offer all applicants with a disability and who meet the minimum essential criteria an interview. If you wish to be considered under this scheme, please indicate this by selecting ‘Yes’ in the Guaranteed Interview Scheme Section of your application. You can also provide specific information of any requirements/adjustments you may require to assist you during the recruitment process within this section.
The information you provide on your application will be forwarded to the recruiting area so that they may consider whether they can facilitate your requested adjustments. Please note that if you do not indicate that you wish to be considered under the Two Ticks Scheme in your application, you will not be considered under this Scheme.

Evidence Key

A = Application

I = Interview

R = References

T = Test

P = Presentation

(or a combination)















  • Health professional qualification (e.g. Medicine, Nursing, Physician Associate)

  • Registration with Licence to Practise from the relevant regulatory body.



  • Education qualification, such as Postgraduate Cert in Medical Education



  • Experience in Undergraduate or Postgraduate teaching

  • Experience in curriculum development

  • Experience in project management

  • Experience of writing business cases




  • Leadership of a module in a health-related subject

  • Experience of writing successful business cases






  • Ability to manage a project

  • Ability to communicate well with a wide range of individuals as reflected by the stakeholders

  • Understanding of principles of adult


  • Good IT skills

  • Excellent team-working skills

  • Excellent communication and organisational skills

  • Negotiating skills

  • Problem-solving skills






  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post


For full post details and to apply, please

Closing date for applications: 04 January 2017

Interviews will be held on: 18 January 2017

Post reference: KU00000343

Promoting Equality, Valuing Diversity.


The School is interested in developing a 2-year Physician Associate graduate entry programme. The success of such a programme is contingent on successful engagement of stakeholders, notably local healthcare providers, Health Education England (Midlands and East) and also members of all four schools in the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences at Keele.

This post is available either as a substantive contract or a secondment arrangement, by negotiation with the appointee.
If, at the end of the 6-month period, the School decides to go ahead with the programme (for an intake in 2018), the appointment of a Course Lead would be required. There would be a discussion with the Project Lead at the appropriate time.

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