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					                              UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
                         FACULTY OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH
                               INSTITUTE OF XXXXX

                              Academic Unit of xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Post:          Academic SpR

Job Ref:       xxxxxx



The post is within the Academic Unit of xxxxxxxxx and is available from xxxxxxxx for up to
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. The clinical and research activities that take place within the Unit centre
on xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. The Unit contains (list the number of staff in the following categories
Professor, Reader, Senior Lecturer, Lecturers and full time research staff, charity-funded
and Trust funded Clinical Research Fellows). In addition to this, there is a full compliment of
senior and junior House Officers working within the clinical aspects of the Unit.

Senior Consultant staff within the Academic Unit of xxxxxx include xxxxxxxx. The clinical
workload of the Unit is carried out in conjunction with (any NHS Consultant staff who are
involved in the clinical rotas in patient out patient care associated with the Unit)

In addition, state links with other Trust/University Units providing a multi-disciplinary
approach to patients suffering from conditions treated in your Unit.

The Unit currently has strengths in the following areas of research, teaching and clinical
activity (name the activities)

The Unit is also involved in both running and participating in postgraduate (specialty)
education running courses in xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. In addition, all members of the Unit
are active participants in the (name any professional postgraduate courses and/or taught
postgraduate degrees associated with the Unit).

Purpose of the Post


To contribute and develop excellence in teaching and research (in the fields of interest of the
Academic Unit of xxxxxxxx). To develop the post holder’s clinical and surgical/medical skills
in the area of (clinical specialty(s) of the Unit) and to develop and foster appropriate inter-
disciplinary teaching and research links.

Main Duties & Responsibilities


It will be expected that the post holder will devote 4 sessions per week to teaching and
research activities.

The Academic Unit provides teaching for the xxxxxxx of the Undergraduate Course in
Medicine. The Unit is actively and intimately involved with the development of the new
Leeds MBChB Curriculum and it will be expected that the holder of this post would be
actively involved with these developments. The post holder will be required to take an
effective role in the delivery and development of undergraduate and postgraduate medical
education. They will be responsible for delivery and organisation of teaching in the
undergraduate medical curriculum and responsibility will exist for a number of administrative
tasks related to the teaching role of the Academic Unit of xxxxxxxxx.


Within the Faculty of Medicine and Health, research is organised in Groups and Centres. It
is the aim of the Faculty to improve the research ratings in all three clinical Units of
Assessment at RAE 2006. To this end the post holder will be expected to achieve and
maintain an active research portfolio both producing regular publications and developing the
skills required to write successful research grant applications. It will be expected that the
post holder will devote a significant period of their working week to innovative and scholarly
research. Currently research programmes in the Unit focus on xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.


The post holder will provide academic leadership and act as a mentor to junior colleagues.
He/she will provide support for the Head of the Institute/Academic Unit and contribute fully to
the life of the Faculty. The post holder may be expected to make a contribution to the
University by serving on appropriate committees and by representing the Faculty of Medicine
and Health within the University.

The post holder will be expected to have a basic knowledge of the financial and procurement
procedures and regulations and will be required to undertake relevant training/induction
courses in order to gain this knowledge.

Clinical Activities

The Academic SpR will enter in to an appropriate year within the xxxxxxxxxx. The Academic
Unit of xxxxxxxxxx is on call for emergencies (state on call commitment e.g. 1:2 including the
commitments of the NHS Consultant Staff named above).

The Academic SpR will be required to participate in the provision of the emergency service
according to the currently established rota. The proposed job plan for the Academic SpR is
as follows (this must contain 2 teaching sessions and two research sessions)

               Monday                        AM

               Tuesday                       AM

               Wednesday                     AM

               Thursday                      AM

               Friday                        AM

Supervision of Clinical Training

During training the trainees are supervised by the Regional Postgraduate Speciality Training
Committee on which there are representatives from the Deanery, Training Hospitals,
Universities and Junior Staff. The performance of all trainees will be assessed on a regular
basis, subject to the regulations of the relevant Royal College. Trainees are required to
keep a log book and a personal development file following the requirements laid down by the
relevant Royal College.

Other Responsibilities

The Academic Unit of xxxxxxx at the xxxxxxxxx maintains close links at all levels with the
Academic Unit of xxxxxxxxxxxx at xxxxxxxxxxx. It also has closely established links with
several other Departments providing clinical and research support. Research links have
been developed between the Academic Unit of xxxxxx and the xxxxx unit in the Institute of
xxxx and the Institute of xxxxx within the University.


The post holder will be directly responsible to the Head of the Academic Unit or his/her
nominee through whom he/she is accountable to the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and
Health. He/she will be expected to work with other members of the research teams in
addition to developing their own specific research activity. The appointee will be expected,
on occasion, to direct the work of the clerical and technical staff in the Academic Unit. On
grants for which the Academic SpR becomes the principal investigator he/she will assume
responsibility for guiding the postgraduate research fellows funded by such grants.

The University expects Academic SpR’s to take advantage of further training opportunities,
particularly with regard to developing their professional competence in teaching and
research methodology. In particular, new Academic SpR’s are, where appropriate,
encouraged to register for the Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Person Specification


Personal attributes

The appointee will be expected to demonstrate a capacity for original thought and possess
effective communication and presentation skills. Good interpersonal and time management
skills are essential as is the capacity to infuse others with their own enthusiasm and to work
successfully as a team member.


Since this is a xxxxxx Training post, it is expected that the successful applicant will possess
a Fellowship of one of the Royal Colleges of xxxxxx and have some introductory experience
in undergraduate teaching at ward level and in out patients. Formal courses in teaching are
available within the University of Leeds. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will
also have some experience in writing and will have published some work in referred journals.

Educational/professional training and technical knowledge

As described, the successful applicant should have a Fellowship of one of the Royal
College(s) of xxxxxxxxxxx. Research experience and/or a higher degree by theses,
awarded or in writing is helpful though not essential, and where appropriate, opportunities
exist within the Unit for the conduct of research leading to a higher degree by thesis.
Candidates should have some computing skills and an awareness of the potential
application for teaching and research of information technology, particularly for the purposes
of audit and research.

Further Information

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to xxxxxxxxxx of the Academic Unit of
xxxxxxxxx, Tel: 0113 xxx xxxx

University Terms and Conditions of Employment will apply

Salary - On the scale for xxxxxxxxxxxxx £xxxxxxx to £xxxxxx depending upon qualifications
and relevant experience.

Tenure – Available from xxxxxxxx for a period up to xxxxxxxxxxxxx.

Disabled Applicants

The post is located in/at XXXX.

Disabled applicants wishing to review access to the building are invited to contact the
department direct. Additional information may be sought from the Team Co-ordinator in
Disability Services e-mail or tel: 0113 343 3927

Disabled applicants are not obliged to inform employers of their disability but will still be
covered by the Disability Discrimination Act once their disability becomes known.

Data Protection

The information you provide in your application will be used to consider your suitability for the
post you have applied for. If your application is not successful the information will be
disposed of confidentially within 8 months. If your application is successful and you are
appointed, your information and future data will be processed in accordance with the
University's Data Protection Code of Practice. A copy of this code can be obtained from
either the University's Human Resources Department or by visiting

Health and Safety Responsibilities

You are required to adhere and comply to the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work
Act, related Regulations and in accordance to the University’s Policy on Health and Safety
which can be accessed via <>.
In addition you are also required to cooperate with regard to the implementation of Health
and Safety arrangements and should not interfere with or misuse anything provided in the
interest of Health, Safety and Welfare at Work.

How to Apply

Completed application forms along with CV should be returned to xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx by no
later than xxxxxxxxxx

Please quote Job Reference xxxxxx on all correspondence.

This post falls under the remit of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order
1975. As such, all applicants are required to declare all criminal prosecutions, convictions,
cautions or bind-overs, including ones which may be currently pending and those which
would otherwise be considered ‘spent’ under the 1974 Act. Details should be provided of the
nature of the offence, the approximate date and the court or police force which dealt with, or
is dealing with, the case.

The disclosure of this information will not debar you from appointment unless the selection
panel considers that the matters disclosed render you unsuitable for appointment to the post
applied for. In making this decision, the panel will take into account the nature of the
offence, how long ago it was committed, your age at the time and any other factors which
may be considered relevant.

Failure to declare a conviction, caution or bind over may disqualify you from appointment or,
if the failure comes to light after you have taken up post, could result in disciplinary action
and, potentially, summary dismissal.

Applying for posts

Please note that if you are considering applying for this post you must be able to supply
proof of the right to work in the UK. If you do not have the right to work in the UK you would
need to obtain a work permit. We are obliged by European law to appoint people who are
citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) where possible. Where there are no skills
shortages for a particular post it is highly unlikely that a work permit would be granted

If you are selected for interview we will contact you within 4 weeks after the closing date; if
you are not selected for interview the University will not contact you again. The volume of
applications for each post prevents us from being able to notify everyone of the outcome of
their application. This unfortunately means we are treating you less courteously than we
would wish, but we hope you will appreciate the reasons for this.

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