Academic Clinical Fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Academic Clinical Fellows/Lecturers ST2 1
PLEASE NOTE THE APPLICATION WINDOW DOES NOT OPEN UNTIL 12th MARCH 2012 AT 9;00AM
Applications are invited for the above post in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at entry level ST2 to commence in August 2012 at Southmead Hospital/University of Bristol.
The post is for three years and the appointee will have completed general professional training, and have completed ST1 Obstetrics & Gynaecology competences. MRCOG Part 1 is desirable.
The appointee may already have commenced specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology but the post is designed with early stage specialist trainees at ST2 level in mind with a view to moving to ST3 level after 12 months in post.
Applicants would ideally be planning an academic career.
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Interview date: 20th April 2012
Academic Clinical Fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at ST2 level
Southmead Hospital & University of Bristol
August 2012 start
The appointee will have completed general professional training, have passed part 1 MRCOG, have completed ST1 O & G competences and be eligible for full registration with the GMC. The appointee may already have commenced specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology but the post is designed with early stage specialist trainees at ST2 level in mind with a view to moving to ST3 level after 12 months in post. In line with the purpose of ACF posts envisaged under MMC, in addition to clinical training, the aim of the post is to establish an academic interest and provide research experience to place the ACF in a strong position to secure funding for a clinical research training fellowship from which to complete a higher research degree. Hence it is anticipated that the appointee will not previously have undertaken a full time period of research and will not necessarily have defined a research interest but will be selected on the basis of evidence of potential for academic excellence. Candidates who have obtained a research degree at an earlier stage in their career will also be considered.
The ACF will spend 25% of this 3 year post in academic training and 75% in clinical training. The clinical component will be undertaken at Southmead Hospital (part of North Bristol NHS Trust - NBT) initially at ST2 level and moving up to ST3 level after 12 months in post. Towards the end of this training, the ACF will prepare applications to the NIHR and other funding agencies for a PhD clinical research training fellowship. The research groups allied to the University of Bristol have a very strong track record in trainees securing such prestigious fellowships.
This post will ideally but not exclusively be a part of the development of national research capacity in safety and quality improvement in obstetrics. Improved emergency skills training, teamwork training and better monitoring of quality indicators (QIs) have all been recommended, but research has produced conflicting results; teamwork interventions in the US were ineffective and in one UK unit there was a 100% increase in neonatal injury after training, whereas other units, including North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT), have described significant improvements in perinatal outcomes associated with training.
The Research into Safety & Quality RiSQ multi-professional research group has been formed specifically to develop and evaluate training innovations. Consistent improvement in the quality of maternity services is a realistic goal, but a concerted and co-ordinated research effort is needed in order to bring them about. The appointment of an ACF in this area will further enable this effort to be made.
Professor Tim Draycott is funded by a Health Foundation (HF) Improvement Sciences Fellowship and leads the academic multi-professional research (RiSQ) group at NBT, which now includes 8 staff and will be part of the new SW Health Innovation and Education Cluster. He has particular expertise in outcome based research, multi-professional training for Obstetric Emergencies, team working and dashboards in maternity care. The Unit has been successful in obtaining high quality external research grant funding and the two current research fellows are externally funded.
A number of NHS consultants at NBT are involved in clinical and health services research (including NIHR funded projects) and are local investigators for various sponsored clinical trials and possibilities exist for involvement in these. The appointee will be encouraged to explore and discuss the available opportunities and determine their own research direction within the range of what can be appropriately supported with the available facilities and expertise.
The successful candidate will also become a member of the School of Clinical Academic Training (Head of School Prof Debbie Sharp) at the Severn Deanery which exists to offer specialist support to all clinical academic trainees at ACF and Clinical lecturer level.
Teaching is an important part of all academic posts and the successful applicant will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching based at Southmead Hospital, working within the current teaching structure in the department with the Academy Lead responsible for undergraduate teaching (Dr Jane Mears) and the current academic teaching fellow.
During the 75% time in clinical training the ACF will, as with other O & G specialist trainees, rotate through all aspects of O & G provided by the department.
North Bristol NHS Trust is one of the largest trusts in the country. The Trust provides general medical and surgical care, and maternity and neonatal care for a local population of about half a million people in the North Bristol and South Gloucestershire area. The Trust is a regional and specialist centre for people living in the Bristol and Weston area, as well as Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and further afield for neurosciences, orthopaedics, level 3 neonatal intensive care, plastic surgery, renal services, urology and paediatric neurology. The Trust currently runs two acute hospitals – Southmead and Frenchay – which are 5 miles apart, and employs more than 8,500 staff. A brand new hospital is currently under construction on the Southmead site to bring all the acute services together in 2014.
The Obstetric Unit is based at Southmead Hospital and is one of the major Units in the country, with over 6000 deliveries per annum dealing with a full range of both normal and abnormal Obstetrics The gynaecology unit has over 4000 admissions per annum and there are 18 gynaecology operating lists per week. Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) is adjacent to the gynaecology unit. This is a purpose built, stand alone, state of the art fertility centre and is a joint NHS and self funded unit. 1000 new couples are seen per year and 1100 cycles of IVF, 350 cycles of IUI and other fertility treatment are undertaken in the unit.
The O & G medical staff comprises 13 Consultants, 2 Clinical lecturers, 1 subspecialty urogynaecology trainee, 8 ST3-7, 9 ST1-2, 4 GPST, 1 F2, 1 academy fellow, 2 research fellows and 1 Trust clinical fellow. The appointee will participate in the out-of-hours on-call rota at the same frequency as the other trainees at the same clinical level
In the event that the appointee does not secure a research training fellowship, then at the end of the post, the trainee will return to the standard training route, completing their clinical training as part of the Severn Deanery training programme in obstetrics and gynaecology (Head of School Dr Dina Bisson). This rotation includes St Michaels Hospital Bristol, Gloucestershire Hospital, Royal United Hospital Bath, Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton and Great Western Hospital Swindon. For further information about the Severn School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology please visit the School website on http://www.obsandgynae.severndeanery.nhs.uk/
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Professor Tim Draycott to discuss the post: email@example.com or telephone 0117 323 5176.
|Application Process Academic|
|ST2 Person Specification-Clinical|
|Academic Person Specification|
|Shortlisting Scoring Criteria|
|Schools and Colleges|
|School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology|
|School of Clinical Academic Training|
|Reference Guidance Academic|
|Reference Form Academic 2012|
|Documents to bring||This is a list of all the documentation each candidate will be required to bring to interview.|
|Interview Location||Interviews will be held at the Severn Deanery.|
|Expense Form||This form can be used to claim interview travel and subsistence expenses.|
|Expense Guidance||This document contains information on travelling expenses and subsistence allowances to candidates attending interviews at the Severn Deanery.|