Academic Clinical Lecturer in General Psychiatry
Academic Clinical Fellows/Lecturers ST4 1
PLEASE NOTE THE APPLICATION WINDOW DOES NOT OPEN UNTIL 30th MARCH 2012 AT 9;00AM
Applications are invited for the post of Academic Clinical Lecturer in General Psychiatry to commence as soon as possible with the Severn Deanery/University of Bristol.
The Postgraduate Dean has confirmed that this post has the necessary educational and staffing approvals and the post will attract an NTN (A).
ACLs are specialty training posts that incorporate academic training. The successful applicant will spend 50% of their time undertaking specialist clinical training and 50% undertaking research or educationalist training.
The duration of this Academic Clinical Lecturer post is for a maximum of 4 years and it is expected that the ACL will complete their specialty training during this period.
ACLs are aimed at those who are advanced in their specialty training and show outstanding potential for continuing a career in academic medicine or dentistry.
Alongside clinical training, ACLs will be able to further develop their academic skills and will be encouraged to apply for funding to support achieving a higher degree or educationalist training.
Applications for this post will be via the Severn Deanery portal.
The links to the right include all the information to assist you with your application to the Severn Deanery.
Please ensure you have read all of the attached documents before making an application or attending an interview.
Please refer to both the academic and specialty specific person specification, as you must meet the essential eligibility criteria of BOTH specifications. It is important to demonstrate the essential requirements outlined in the specifications on your application form to ensure your application is progressed through the process.
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Interview date to be confirmed
PLEASE NOTE THE CLOSING DATE IS 9:00AM ON 16TH APRIL 2012
Clinical Lecturer in General Psychiatry in the School of Social and Community Medicine
School of Social and Community Medicine, Academic Unit of PsychiatryInformation regarding each Trust/Hospital on Training Programme
Academic Faculty/ Support Services Division
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
Hours of Work
Fixed term for 4 years
Main Job Purpose and Objectives
The objectives of this clinical lectureship are to (i) to provide a coherent programme of research, (ii) to consolidate clinical competence and experience as a psychiatrist, (iii) to gain more experience of teaching in a variety of contexts, (iv) to prepare high-quality publications and an application for a research fellowship.
Accountabilities and Tasks
The postholder will be based in the Academic Unit of Psychiatry and will have 5 academic sessions per week and 5 clinical sessions.
The postholder will be expected to carry out a research programme in collaboration with other members of the Unit. The research should be of sufficient quality to be published in peer-reviewed journals. We would hope that the postholder would contribute towards external grant applications. The job will allow between 4 to 5 sessions for research.
The postholder will be given tasks in relation to undergraduate teaching. These will include contributions towards setting exams and marking exams. In addition, the postholder will be expected to take on an area of teaching and be supervised and accountable for this work to a senior member of the Unit. This commitment would usually be up to a maximum of 1 session per week on average.
Management and Administrative Duties
The clinical lecturer will be expected to contribute to the administration of the Division as agreed with the Head of the Unit. For example, they would be expected to attend relevant staff meetings and relevant clinical committee meetings.
Clinical Work, in posts within the Severn Deanery School of Psychiatry
The post holder will become an advanced trainee in the Severn Deanery, alongside about 60 other trainees across all the psychiatric specialties.
The clinical placement will be 5 sessions per week. The post holder will rotate between the clinical sites that are open to other Specialist/Specialty Registrars in Psychiatry in the Severn Deanery. The clinical placements will be negotiated with the Training Programme Director. Details of the clinical placements are available on on the Severn Deanery School of Psychiatry website.
The General Adult Training Scheme in Psychiatry offers around 50 Advanced Trainee placements. Each placement has six core sessions, two special interest sessions and two study / research sessions. Trainees rotate each year at the beginning of August. Trainees have considerable choice in their clinical placements. Special experience sessions are also available in Community Psychiatry, Rehabilitation Psychiatry, Liaison Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Forensic Psychiatry, Mother & Baby Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Eating Disorder. The programmes in each of the placements have been planned to give Advanced Trainees a broad experience of Psychiatry, as well as providing scope to develop research and pursue special clinical interest.
The programme is administered by the Advanced Trainee Training Committee, chaired by the Programme Director, Dr Basit Hussain. The Flexible Programme Director is Dr Fiona Harrison. The Scheme is managed through the General Adult & Old Age Advanced Training Steering Committee. This reports to the multi-specialty Advanced Training Group which is a sub-committee of the Board of the Severn School of Psychiatry.
There are similar programmes (although the schemes are smaller, with fewer posts available) in the Severn Deanery in forensic, old age, child and adolescent, psychotherapy and learning disability psychiatry. Each has a training programme director.
The basic plan of each one year attachment is:
1. Three clinical sessions with the principal Consultant Trainer.
2. One clinical Special interest session, which may be with the Consultant Trainer or with another Consultant. The special interest sessions will be arranged after discussion with the Programme Director or at the ARCP meeting.
3. One non-clinical special interest session supervised by a member of the Academic Department or a Consultant Trainer. On appointment, the new Advanced Trainee has a choice of vacant slots. Thereafter, in discussion with the Programme Director and at ARCP interviews, individual placements are organised, usually in April of each year
The progress in training will be assessed at an ARCP meeting held at the Deanery each year. Trainees are expected to have regular workplace based assessment of their competencies, which form part of this and to complete an electronic portfolio recording their training activities. The training programme director oversees progress through regular reports and meetings with trainees.
Trainees progress through the equivalent of 4 years full time training and if progress is satisfactory, are awarded a CCT in general adult psychiatry which will allow appointment in the NHS to the position of consultant psychiatrist.
Teaching and management training
Most placements are in teaching hospitals and, therefore, the teaching of medical students on ward rounds, outpatient clinics, etc forms part of the day-to-day routine of the hospitals. In addition to the above there may be certain formal teaching commitments. These are detailed in the timetable and an allowance is made for known occasional commitments and cover for colleagues’ teaching commitments when they are absent. Postgraduate teaching of medical staff will be subject to paragraph 166 of the Terms and Conditions of Service for Hospital Medical and Dental Staff, but it is a normal part of the duties of this post to instruct junior staff working under supervision. On occasions a Practitioner may be asked to give lectures to Nurses or other non-medical staff (fees are payable in accordance with paragraph 165 – Terms and Conditions of Service for Medical and Dental Staff).
Trainees are expected to learn about NHS management either by involvement in management projects or through audits, attending management courses or shadowing senior managers. There are now management internship programmes running in two of the three main Trusts in the Deanery.
Further Background Information
University of Bristol
The University of Bristol is one of the UK’s leading universities with a strong research culture.
The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry includes 3 Schools: Social and Community Medicine, Clinical Sciences and Oral and Dental Sciences. There are more than 250 students studying medicine each year in Bristol. During the clinical attachments, students spend time in seven Clinical Academies that are spread through the region. The Academic Unit of Psychiatry is situated within the Section of Clinical Epidemiology, School of Social and Community Medicine, headed by Professor Glyn Lewis. The School has an active and successful research programme. There are excellent collaborative links between Psychiatry and other parts of the medical faculty. We are also part of Bristol Neuroscience that provides coordination to all Neuroscience activity, basic, clinical and translational, within the University of Bristol. There is an exciting new programme of generic research training with a wide range of opportunities.
The School of Social and Community Medicine is a leading centre for research and teaching in population health sciences. Research in the School is collaborative and multi-disciplinary, with staff coming from a wide range of academic disciplines and clinical specialties.
Within the School are several major research centres, groups and programmes:
- Academic Unit of Primary Care
- Academic Unit of Psychiatry
- MRC CAiTE (Causal Analyses in Translational Epidemiology) Centre, directed by Professor George Davey Smith and deputy directors Professor Debbie Lawlor and Professor Ian Day;
- ALSPAC (Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children), the birth cohort study, directed by Professor George Davey Smith;
- BRTC (Bristol Randomised Trials Collaboration) UKCRC/NCRI-accredited trials unit
- CCAH (Centre for Child and Adolescent Health)
- CEM (Centre for Ethics in Medicine)
- Genomic and Epigenomic Complex Disease Epidemiology (GEoCODE)
- MRC ConDuCT (COllaboration and iNnovation in DifficUlt and complex randomised Controlled Trials) methodology hub, directed by Professor Jane Blazeby;
- NIHR HTA Programme-funded ProtecT (Prostate testing for Cancer and Treatment) study –the largest evaluation of prostate cancer treatments in the world.
- UKCRC DECIPHer (Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement) Centre, jointly with the Universities of Cardiff and Swansea, directed by Professor Rona Campbell;
Undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes provide training and career development for undergraduate medical students, primary care/psychiatry/public health/paediatric and surgery trainees, other clinicians, and research staff. The postgraduate Short Course Programme is a popular source of intensive short courses in epidemiological and HSR research methods and skills. There is an active programme of research seminars in term-time.
The current Dean of the Faculty is Professor Peter Mathieson, who was appointed in October 2008. The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry encompasses the Schools of Oral & Dental Science, Clinical Sciences, and Social & Community Medicine.
There are over 230 academic staff employed within the Faculty, almost all of whom have active research interests. Many of the clinicians and scientists in the Faculty have international reputations. Overall, the Faculty teaches some 1,500 undergraduates and over 200 postgraduate research students together with over 100 on taught Masters programmes. In addition, over 500 students are studying at either postgraduate certificate or diploma level.
The three schools have the majority of their academic units housed within the major Bristol Hospitals; the School of Social & Community Medicine has sections housed at Canynge Hall and Oakfield House. The schools have strong academic links with the other acute NHS Trusts, and Primary Care Trusts in and around Bristol. Medical students are taught in community and hospital settings as well as at the University in the basic medical sciences from the beginning of their five-year programme. Medical training of undergraduates is provided through an Academy system operated throughout the South West Region.
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) the following overall returns were a significant improvement from the last exercise in 2001:
Cardiovascular Medicine 10% 4*, 45% 3*, 45% 2* and 0% 1*
Infection and Immunology 5% 4*, 45% 3*, 50% 2* and 0% 1*
Other Hospital Based Clinical Subjects 5% 4*, 55% 3*, 40% 2* and 0% 1*
Epidemiology and Public Health 35% 4*, 35% 3*, 25% 2* and 5% 1*
Health Services Research 20% 4*, 60% 3*, 20% 2* and 0% 1*
Primary Care 25% 4*, 45% 3*, 25% 2* and 5% 1*
Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Clin. Psychol 5% 4*, 55% 3*, 35% 2* and 5% 1*
Dentistry 20% 4*, 40% 3*, 35% 2* and 5% 1*
Pre-clinical, Human Biological Sciences 15% 4*, 40% 3*, 35% 2* and 10% 1*
The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry is continuing to grow and develop as an internationally recognised centre for training and research. The main undergraduate curricula have recently been restructured and improved, and a Graduate School exists to foster postgraduate education. A Faculty Quality Assessment Team monitors teaching and Research Directors help develop the exciting research portfolios of each of the departments. The Faculty also provides an ideal environment for collaborative research with colleagues in the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences located in the Medical School in the centre of the University precinct, and there are also various Science, Engineering, Law and Social Science schools nearby.
Academic Unit of Psychiatry
The Academic Unit of Psychiatry is led by Prof Glyn Lewis and has strengths in epidemiology & health services research. The Unit has an active research programme and receives funding from the MRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR as well as other sources. The unit consists of 2 professors, 1 Reader, 6 senior lecturers and associated research staff. The research programme has interests in a variety of areas concerned with the epidemiology and treatment of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and learning disability. One major theme of the work is to investigate the management of common mental disorders of depression and anxiety in primary care in collaboration with the Academic Unit of Primary Care led by Prof Chris Salisbury. There is a strong presence internationally with strong research collaborations in Europe, US and low and middle income countries. There are excellent collaborative links with other Academic Units within the Faculty and other academic centres throughout the country and internationally. The Unit works closely with Prof David Gunnell and Prof Matthew Hickman who run research programmes in suicide epidemiology and addiction epidemiology.
Relationships and Contacts
Professor Ricardo Araya
Other Internal Contacts
Academic staff and research staff in the University of Bristol.
NHS staff concerned with the clinical role and in teaching of Bristol undergraduates. Academic staff in other universities.
Prof Ricardo Araya will act as line manager. A research mentor and supervisor will be appointed from within the department, depending upon the interests of the successful applicant. The postholder will also be responsible to a senior member of department for teaching responsibilities and a clinical mentor for clinical duties.
Teaching and learning programme
All new teaching staff are required to attend the University’s part-time Teaching and Learning Programme unless they can show evidence that they have completed a similar programme elsewhere. You can find further information at www.bris.ac.uk/education/programmes/tlhe/
Academic career pathways
As part of the process of modernising its pay and grading systems, the University has introduced career pathways for academic staff. What this means is that all members of academic staff have a clear career pathway involving a series of levels with distinct role profiles, each with its unique requirements. Each profile sets out what is expected of an academic at the particular level. The role profiles also set out a collection of competencies expected for each level. Progression or promotion to the next level will occur after these competencies have been attained.
The four academic pathways are as follows:
Career Pathway One - academic roles that combine teaching, research and administrative duties.
Career Pathway Two - academic roles focusing on research and associated administrative duties.
Career Pathway Three - academic roles focusing on teaching and associated administrative duties.
Clinical Career Pathways - Sub-sets of the other pathways covering roles that also include clinical duties.
This post is located on Pathway One. Please note that an appointment may be made at any level of the pathway.
A schematic diagram of the career pathways is also attached and further information on career pathways can be found at www.bris.ac.uk/personnel/reward/acadpath
Prospective candidates who wish to discuss this opportunity informally should contact Prof Ricardo Araya (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Application Process Academic|
|Clinical Person Specification ST4|
|Academic Person Specification|
|Shortlisting Scoring Criteria|
|Schools and Colleges|
|School of Clinical Academic Training|
|School of Psychiatry|
|Reference Guidance Academic|
|Reference Form Academic 2012|
|Documents to Bring to Interview|
|Interview Location||Interviews will be held at the Severn Deanery.|
|Expense Guidance||This document contains information on travelling expenses and subsistence allowances to candidates attending interviews at the Severn Deanery.|
|Expense Form||This form can be used to claim interview travel and subsistence expenses.|