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					                        St. George's, University of London

                  DIVISION CARDIAC & VASCULAR SCIENCES
                    CENTRE FOR CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE
                         RESEARCH PSYCHOLOGIST
                                REF: 401-09
                             JOB DESCRIPTION

Post Title          Research Psychologist

Grade               SGUL6

Responsible to      Professor Hugh Markus

Accountable to      Professor John Camm, Head of Division

INTRODUCTION

We are looking for a psychologist to join an internationally renowned research team
applying state of the art MRI techniques and cognitive assessments in patients with
cerebral small vessel disease.

This post would suit a psychologist or neuropsychologist with some previous
research experience or a PhD. It might also be suitable for an enthusiastic motivated
psychology graduate who wishes to start a career in research.

The salary scale is up to the post-doctoral level according to experience.

Cerebral small vessel disease accounts for 20% of stroke and is the major cause of
vascular dementia. It has been under researched in the past but is likely to become
an increasingly important research area in the future. At St George’s we have a long
standing programme, in collaboration with the Department of Neuropsychology at the
Institute of Psychiatry (Professor Robin Morris), looking at this condition. We have
carried out studies defining the neuropsychological profile (predominantly subcortical
with executive dysfunction). We have been the first group to apply diffusion tensor
MRI to the condition and show that white matter tract disruption and subsequent
disconnection plays a crucial role in the cognitive decline.

We have applied multimodal MRI including diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in a cross-
sectional study in patients with cerebral small vessel disease. We have shown that
MRI appearances, and particularly DTI, can explain a large amount of the variance in
cognitive performance. In a small pilot study of 25 patients we have demonstrated
that DTI can detect change in this patient group during the one year follow up and is
much more sensitive than cognitive and neurological scores.

We have been awarded a four year grant from the Wellcome Trust to perform a
prospective study in 120 patients with cerebral small vessel disease. We will



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determine the rate of change of DTI and other MRI parameters, and whether these
changes correlate with cognitive decline. We hope that we can demonstrate that
multimodal MRI, and particularly DTI, is a very useful surrogate marker to monitor
the disease and study the effectiveness of new therapeutic interventions.

The post holder will join this existing study which has been running for just over a
year and co-ordinate it, in collaboration with a Clinical Research Fellow. They will
help in patient recruitment, data collection, MR scanning and MR image analysis.
They will perform neuropsychological assessments, and will help in data analysis and
writing publications.

This post offers the opportunity to join one of the leading teams working in this area.
There are excellent opportunities for carrying out this research due to a large clinical
base, a strong track record, close links with neuropsychology at the Institute of
Psychiatry, and excellent facilities for brain imaging.

Previous Research Associates and PhD students working on this programme have
been very successful with a number of first author publications. There will be the
possibility of carrying out a PhD based on this work if the individual did not already
have this qualification.

St George’s is one of the leading centres for stroke research in the United Kingdom
with internationally competitive teams in stroke imaging and stroke genetics within
Clinical Neuroscience, and carotid artery disease (carotid plaque instability,
Professor Matt Thompson, Dr Gill Cockerill, Vascular Surgery; carotid
endarterectomy trials, Miss Alison Halliday, Vascular Surgery; interventional
cerebrovascular neuroradiology, Dr Andrew Clifton, Neuroradiology ).

Clinical Neuroscience is attached to the Regional Neuroscience Centre housed in the
new Atkinson Morley Wing at St George’s Hospital. This provides neuroscience
services for South West London and surrounding regions serving a population of
about 2.5 million. There are 20 Neurologists as well Neuroradiology, Neurosurgery
services. The new building offers excellent clinical facilities and there are regular
clinical meetings and an active postgraduate programme.

STROKE RESEARCH AT ST GEORGE’S

Specific research areas within stroke include the following;

Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Stroke
We have a long standing programme applying novel magnetic resonance imaging
techniques to investigate the pathogenesis of cerebrovascular disease, and
particularly subcortical vascular disease. Much of this work centres on using
diffusion tensor imaging to look at white matter damage, and white matter tract
disruption, and related to cognitive impairment. We have performed studies in this
area in a respective cohort looking at mechanisms of normal ageing (GENIE Study),
in patients with cerebral small vessel disease, and in hypertensive individuals. We
are now developing tractography to look at the specific tracts disrupted in these
conditions and use this as an insight to investigate neural networks involved in
specific cognitive processes. We are also combining DTI with other MRI techniques
(particularly brain atrophy, perfusion, and spectroscopy) to develop surrogate
markers for assessing disease progression in the hope that we can use them to test
novel therapeutic interventions. More recently we have been using MRI to
investigate blood brain barrier permeability as a pathogenic mechanism in patients
with cerebral small vessel disease. The stroke group works closely with the


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magnetic resonance spectroscopy group (Dr Franklyn Howe) and particular expertise
in tractography and diffusion tensor image analysis is led by Dr Tom Barrick (Lecturer
in MR image analysis).

Cerebral Small Vessel Disease
A major research interest is in cerebral small vessel disease. This includes both
studies looking at risk factors and disease mechanisms, and also investigating the
mechanisms of cognitive impairment with MRI (see above). We have a large
database of patients with cerebral small vessel that we use for these studies. Much
of our risk factor work focuses on the role of endothelial dysfunction, and the
underlying genetic predisposition, as a risk factor. We have developed novel
neuropsychological tools (METB) to assess to assess cognitive impairment in
patients with this disease and are currently evaluating this new tool in a recently
funded study.

We are a national referral centre for patients with CADASIL, an autosomal dominant
hereditary form of stroke causing recurrent lacunar stroke and subcortical dementia.
We are using this as a model of pure vascular dementia to investigate underlying
pathological mechanisms and diagnostic tools. We have developed optimal genetic
screening protocols for this disease and are now looking at the role of genetic
modifiers.

Genetics of Ischaemic Stroke
Genetic studies are looking primarily at genetic risk factors for sporadic ischaemic
stroke. We have a large database of carefully phenotyped cases of stroke (>1000).
We have an active programme looking at the genetics of an intermediate phenotype
for stroke, carotid artery intima-media thickness measured using high-resolution
ultrasound. This is primarily working on a large prospective community study of 5,000
individuals (the Carotid Atherosclerosis Progression Study). We are particularly
interested in the role of cytokine genes and gene-environment interactions. We also
have a strong programme investigating the genetics of cerebral small vessel disease
and the role of variation in genes affecting endothelial function. We have recently
been awarded a functional genomics grant from the Wellcome Trust to establish a
UK wide DNA resource of young lacunar stroke. We are also investigating the
genetics of stroke in UK African Caribbeans as part of the South London Ethnicity
and Stroke project. This project collects samples from patients presenting with
stroke throughout South London. We have already shown an excess of lacunar
stroke in this group and are now investigating the underlying genetic susceptibility.
We are also a national referral centre for single gene disorders causing stroke,
particularly CADASIL.

Ultrasonic Imaging in Stroke
There is a well-established programme looking at both technical developments and
the clinical application of the use of Doppler ultrasound to detect asymptomatic
circulating emboli. This work ranges from signal processing to improve the detection
of emboli, to a large international multi-centre study to look at their predictive value.
Other ultrasound studies have looked at methods for measuring absolute volume
flow, and have also applied the measurement of common carotid intima-media
thickness to investigate genetic risk factors for atherosclerosis.

Clinical Studies in Stroke
We are involved in a number of clinical studies and trials in stroke (e.g. COSSACS,
ICSS, and PERFORM). We lead the CADISS trial looking at treatment of cervical
dissection (Professor John Norris, Professor Hugh Markus) and are involved in a
number of multi-centre trials.


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Carotid Artery Disease and Stroke
St George’s co-ordinates the Asymptomatic Carotid Surgery Trial (ACST) led by Miss
Alison Halliday, Vascular Surgery. This is the largest vascular surgical trial. She is
now also leading a trial comparing endarterectomy and angioplasty for asymptomatic
carotid stenosis. Dr Andrew Clifton, Neuroradiology, is the lead neuroradiologist for
the International Carotid Stenting Trial (ISCC) which is comparing carotid angioplasty
with carotid surgery for patients with asymptomatic carotid stenosis. Professor Hugh
Markus leads the Asymptomatic Carotid Emboli Study (ACES) which is an
international study with 20 centres worldwide determining whether asymptomatic
emboli detected by transcranial Doppler ultrasound can predict stroke in patients with
asymptomatic carotid stenosis. Professor Matt Thompson and Dr Gill Cockerill in
Vascular Surgery run a programme of research looking at carotid plaque and
mechanisms causing plaque instability.

ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH STAFF IN THE CENTRE FOR CLINICAL
NEUROSCIENCES – AND THEIR INTERESTS

Stroke Research Group
Prof. Hugh Markus           Professor of Neurology                            Stroke
Prof. John Norris           Honorary Professor in Neurology                   Stroke
Dr Steve Bevan              Non-clinical Senior Lecturer in Stroke Genetics   Stroke Genetics
Dr Atticus Hainsworth       Non-clinical Senior Lecturer                      Stroke Models
Dr Tom Barrick              Lecturer in MR Image Analysis                     MR Image Analysis
Dr Rebecca Charlton         Research Psychologist                             Neuropsychology
Dr Bhavini Patel            Clinical Research Fellow                          Neuropsychology
Dr Rebecca Brookes          Research Psychologist                             Neuropsychology
Laura Collins               Research Technician (Genetics)                    Stroke Genetics
Celia Brown                 Clinical Studies Co-ordinator                     Stroke Imaging
Samantha Febrey             Study Co-ordinator                                Stroke Imaging
Tom James                   Stroke Database Administrator                     Stroke Trials
Alice King                  Research Associate                                Stroke Imaging
Dr Karina Meidtner          Research Associate                                Stroke Genetics
Ann Marie Murtagh           SELRN Network Co-ordinator                        Stroke Trials
Joanna O’Reilly             SELRN Clinical Trials/Nurse Co-ordinator          Stroke Trials
Martin Perry                SELRN Co-ordinator                                Stroke Trials
Francesca Schiavone         MRC PhD Student                                   Neuropsychology
Dr Tom Willis               Research Psychologist                             Neuropsychology
Dr Melina Willson           Study Co-ordinator                                Stroke Imaging
Zuzana Winter               Stroke Research Group Data Administrator          Stroke Imaging


Epilepsy Research Group
Dr Hannah Cock              Clinical Senior Lecturer in Neurology             Epilepsy


Other Neurology Research
Dr Fred Schon               Honorary Reader in Neurological Education         Neurological Education
Dr Franklyn Howe            Senior Lecturer in MRI Physics                    MRI




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Neurosurgery Research
Group
Prof Anthony Bell             Professor of Neurosurgery                     SAH/Brain Tumours
Dr Marios Papadopoulos        Wellcome Senior Lecturer                      Aquaporins
                              in Neurosurgery
Mr Suresh Pushpananathan      September Lecturer in Neurosurgery            SAH
Dr Samira Saadoun             Post Doctoral Research Associate              SAH
Dr Matthew Tait               McKissock Clinical Lecturer                   SAH
Mr Greg Fellows               e-Tumour Clinical Research Fellow             SAH
Mr Jonathan Bull              CRUK Lecturer in Neurosurgery                 Neuro-Oncology

DETAILS OF POST

The post holder will join a team of researchers working on mechanisms of cognitive
impairment in patients with cerebral small vessel disease (both sporadic disease and
CADASIL) and in normal ageing. They will be supervised by Professor Hugh Markus
but will also work closely with Professor Robin Morris, Professor of Neuropsychology
in the Institute of Psychiatry. Professor Morris also has an Honorary Professorship at
St George’s and we have monthly joint research meetings. He will co-supervise the
Research Associate and particularly advise on neuropsychological aspects.

The post holder will also interact closely with the MRI imaging group which includes
both clinical sciences and a senior lecturer in MR physics (Franklyn Howe) and a
lecturer in MR image analysis (Tom Barrick).

Specific duties of the post-holder will include:

1.     Playing a central role in establishing, maintaining, and analysing data from
       the prospective study of MRI and neuropsychology in patients with cerebral
       small vessel disease. This will specifically include;
        Recruiting patients with cerebral vessel disease from clinics and other
           sources at St George’s.
        Establishing disease protocols, maintaining study files, and
           communicating with Ethics and other departments.
        Performing neuropsychological testing.
        Assisting with performing MRI scanning.
        Performing MRI image analysis.
        Keeping records and co-ordinating the study according to GCP guidelines.
        Performing interpretation and data analysis of neuropsychological tests.
        Writing up results.

2.     Assisting with other studies within the small vessel disease research group.
       This may include assistance with cognitive testing and performing MRI
       scanning.

3.     The post holder will be expected to assist with MRI scanning on a regular
       basis during our research slot (Wednesdays 16.00 to 20.00). Most scanning
       for this project will be performed during this period. It may also be necessary
       to scan at weekends if required to complete scanning.

4.     Occasional teaching of undergraduates or other staff

5.     Presentations at regular journal clubs and academic meetings.


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        Person Specification
We are looking for a highly organised and motivated individual with good interpersonal skills who is keen to
succeed as part of a successful research team. The individual should either have a PhD in psychology or a
related subject, or previous experience in psychology research, or both. We will also consider exceptional
candidates who have just completed a psychology degree. No previous experience in MRI is essential
although it would be beneficial.

The person specification will form the basis of the short listing and selection procedure.   It is therefore
expected that the following criteria will be addressed through the support statement.

                       Description
 Criteria                                                                 Essential/Desirable    How it is
                                                                                                 to be
                                                                                                 tested


 Qualifications            BSc or similar degree in psychology or         E                     CV, AF
                            related subject

                           Class 1 or 2:1                                 D                     CV, AF


                           PhD                                            D                     CV, AF


 Experience                Research experience in psychology or a         E                     SS, INT
                            psychology PhD

                           Previous experience in carrying out            D                     INT
                            neuropsychological tests

                           Experience of MRI                              D                     INT


 Knowledge/ Skills         Excellent communication and                    E                     SS, INT
                            interpersonal skills

                           Good computer literacy                         E                     SS, INT


                           High level of organizational skills            E                     SS, ST


                           Experience of databases and statistical        D                     INT
                            packages


 Personal                  Enthusiastic                                   E                     INT
 Attributes

                           Self motivating                                E                     SS, INT


                           Ability to carry out data analysis and         E                     INT
                            projects reliably with careful attention to
                            detail




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                          Ability to work as part of a team        E                    INT

Key:
AF=Application Form, CV=Curriculum Vitae, SS=Supporting Statements, ST=Selection Test/Presentation,
INT=Interview

           Date
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              19 December 2008




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                    About St George’s, University of London

St. George’s, University of London, is the only remaining independently governed
medical school in the country. A College of the University of London, we have been
providing medical and healthcare training for over 250 years.

Our Mission is “to promote by excellence in teaching, clinical practice and research,
the prevention, treatment and understanding of disease.”

5,500 students study at St George’s, divided between two faculties, Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences, and Health & Social Care Sciences (a joint venture with
Kingston University). Our courses range from medicine, biomedical sciences,
nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, to therapeutic and diagnostic radiography as well
as post graduate courses.

St George’s prides itself on providing the highest standard of learning through the
latest in teaching and learning resources, exceptional research, innovative course
development, enterprise and innovation, and strategic partnerships.

We were the first to introduce a 4 year MBBS Graduate Entry Programme (GEP)
open to graduates from all disciplines. Our latest Biomedical Informatics degree, a
programme that brings together computing, medicine, and biology in various different
applications, has seen significant enrolment in its inaugural year.

In research, we are equally as innovative and driven by high standards of excellence
to advance healthcare. The 4 major research themes at St George’s are Cardiac &
Vascular Sciences, Cell Signalling, Epidemiology, and Infection, including research
on HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, Stroke and hypertension.

St George’s success has been aided by our strategic partnerships with other
institutions. Our life-long partnership with St George’s Hospital has created a unique
learning and research environment. Our joint Faculty of Health and Social Care
Sciences, and our Foundation Year Medicine programme with Kingston University,
have significantly broadened access to medical and healthcare education for
students previously excluded from the higher education experience. And our new
three-way alliance with Kingston University and Royal Holloway, University of London
will create still more new opportunities at both the undergraduate and postgraduate
level such as the BSc in Biomedical Science.

In 2001, St George’s established an Enterprise and Innovation Centre to encourage
the transfer of knowledge and skills to business and the wider community.

St George’s academic provision is organised into 6 divisions: Basic Medical
Sciences, Cardiac and Vascular Sciences, Clinical Developmental Sciences, Cellular
and Molecular Medicine, Community Health Sciences, and Mental Health Sciences.
More information about these divisions and their research specialisms can be found
at www.sgul.ac.uk.




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                Terms and Conditions of Employment (Grades 5- 8)

A full statement of the terms and conditions will be sent to the successful candidate.

Post title:            Research Psychologist

Contract type:         Fixed term for 3 years & 8 months

Probation period:      Six months

Grade:                 SGUL6

London allowance:      £2,773 per annum

Salary range:          £29,704 - £30,594 - £31,513 - £32,458 - £33,432 - £34,435 -
                       £35,469 discretionary points £36,532 - £37,651 - £38,757

                       The maximum starting salary for the post is: £31,513

Hours:                 35 hours per week notionally. Staff are expected to work the
                       hours necessary to meet the requirements of the role.

Annual leave:          32 days per annum
                       Plus eight UK public holidays and three days when St
                       George’s is closed (usually between Christmas and New
                       Year). Part time staff receive a pro rata entitlement.

Pension:               Membership of USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme,
                       employee contribution rate is 6.35%) or of SAUL
                       (Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London,
                       employee contribution rate is 6%) is optional. Existing
                       members of NHSSS (National Health Service Superannuation
                       Scheme) may elect to remain as members of that scheme.

Notice period:         3 months

Offers of              Offers of appointment are only valid if made by the Director of
employment             Administration or designated members of the Human
                       Resources Department acting on his behalf.

                       Offers of appointment are made subject to receipt of
                       satisfactory references and satisfactory completion of
                       probationary periods where appropriate.

Place of residence     It is St George’s policy that all postholders must live within 30
                       miles of St George’s on appointment unless otherwise agreed
                       by Council.

Right to work          St George’s will comply with the Immigration, Asylum and
                       Nationality Act 2006 which requires all prospective employees
                       to provide documentary evidence of their legal right to work in
                       the UK prior to commencing employment. For posts requiring
                       a recognised degree level qualification and where there is no
                       suitable UK or European Economic Area candidate, St
                       George’s will take necessary steps to secure a work permit


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                    from the Home Office in order for a foreign national to take up
                    employment.

                    All candidates invited to interview will be asked to provide
                    copies of one of the following official documents:

                       the identification pages and appropriate visa pages of
                        their passport describing the holder as a British citizen or
                        a EEA national or showing that they are otherwise entitled
                        to work in the United Kingdom.
                       A birth certificate issued in the UK or in the Republic of
                        Ireland.
                       A certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British
                        citizen.
                       A letter issued by the Border and Immigration Agency of
                        the Home Office indicating that the person has permission
                        to take up employment.

                    All successful candidates will be required to provide original
                    documentation in accordance with the Home Office
                    documents lists, before commencing employment. Any offers
                    of appointment are subject to verification of Right to Work
                    status and failure to produce valid listed documents will result
                    in any offer of employment being withdrawn.


                    The Home Office will not grant a work permit for this post as it
                    does not meet the minimum qualifications or skills
                    requirements.       Applicants should therefore have no
                    restrictions on their legal right to work in the UK.

Medical Clearance   St George’s reserves the right to request successful
                    candidates (including internal candidates) to complete pre-
                    employment health questionnaires. In accordance with this,
                    any offer of employment is made subject to satisfactory health
                    clearance by the Staff Health Department.

No smoking          St George’s has established a no-smoking policy to minimise
                    risks to the health of staff and to maintain a tobacco smoke
                    free working environment. Smoking is not permitted in any of
                    the St George’s buildings or grounds.

Equal               St George's, University of London confirms its commitment to
Opportunities       a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities in employment
                    in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of
                    their relevant merits and abilities and are given equal
                    opportunities within St George’s. The aim of this policy is to
                    ensure that no job applicant or employee should receive less
                    favourable treatment on any grounds not relevant to good
                    employment practice. St George’s is committed to action to
                    make this policy fully effective.




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CRB/ROA                    Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure

                           This post is subject to the successful candidate being
                           asked to apply for Disclosure from the Criminal Records
                           Bureau (CRB) at Enhanced Level. Further information
                           regarding    Disclosure      can     be     found    at
                           www.disclosure.gov.uk

                           Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

                           Because of the nature of the work for which you are
                           applying, this post is exempt from the provisions of
                           Section 4(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
                           by virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
                           (Exceptions) Order 1975. Applicants are therefore not
                           entitled to withhold information about convictions, which
                           for other purposes are regarded as 'spent' under the
                           provisions of the Act, and in the event of employment, any
                           failure to disclose such convictions could result in
                           dismissal or disciplinary action by St George's, University
                           of London. Convictions within the Armed Services,
                           outside the United Kingdom or disciplinary action by
                           certain professional bodies must also be included.

                           Any information given will be completely confidential and
                           will be considered only in relation to posts to which the
                           Order applies.


                                 Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Hugh Markus on 020 8725 2735 or
email hmarkus@sgul.ac.uk

                               Making an application

All applicants are encouraged to apply on line at http://jobs.sgul.ac.uk as our system
is user friendly and the online application form is simple to complete.

If you do not have access to a computer with internet capability, a manual application
form can be requested from the Recruitment Team and should be returned as below:

Recruitment Team
Human Resources Department
St George's, University of London
Cranmer Terrace
London SW17 0RE,

Tel:   020 8725 5020 (24 hour answerphone)
Fax:   020 8725 3426

Email: jobs@sgul.ac.uk

Closing date: 21st January 2009


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We shall be holding interviews on Wednesday 4th February 2009. Please keep this
date free. As shortlisted candidates will be notified by email, it is imperative that you
provide an email address that is accessed frequently.


References will be taken up before interview unless you indicate otherwise as part of
your application.

Please quote reference 401-09.

Thank you for your interest in working at St George’s, University of London. All
applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by email (or by post if
no email address is supplied). We aim to respond to all candidates within 5 weeks of
the closing date of the vacancy.




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                                     Staff Benefits

St George’s, University of London offers staff a range of benefits and opportunities
including:

Pay and Pensions
The University offers competitive terms, conditions and benefits.

St. Georges, University of London offers optional membership of competitive final
salary pension schemes with generous employer contributions and a range of extra
benefits. The University administers 3 schemes:

Pension Scheme                                   Employee’s                 Employer’s
                                                 Contribution               Contribution
National Health Service Pension Scheme (NHSPS) 5 – 8.5%                     14%
for existing members                             dependant
                                                 on income
Superannuation Arrangements of the University of 6%                         13%
London (SAUL)
Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)         6.35%                      14%

Leave
Staff at St. Georges, University of London are entitled to a minimum of 27 days of

annual leave per year, up to a maximum of 32 days for academic and related staff

which is pro-rated for part-time staff. In addition to this are 3 extra school closure

days per year (normally between Christmas and New Year, when the University is

closed) and the 8 Bank Holidays per year.




The University also provides generous maternity leave benefits consisting of 8
week’s full pay and 16 week’s half pay, available after completing one year's
continuous service, or alternatively, adoption and paternity leave entitlements.
Parental leave entitlements also apply.


Staff are also entitled to generous long term sickness absence pay which rises to 6

months full pay and 6 months half pay after five year’s service with the University.

Paid leave to care for dependants is also available in emergency situations.




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Work/Life Balance
Flexible working, including part-time or reduced hours of work, opportunities to work

from home for many posts, and local flexibility in agreeing start and finish times of

work are among the extra benefits offered by the University.




Staff Development and Training

The Staff Development Office provides information, advice and support to all
University staff, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to develop both
personally and professionally. A range of activities are provided to meet the
development and training needs of individuals and teams, including:
    A Personal Review scheme which supports staff to achieve the objectives
       outlined in St. George’s strategic plan, and identifies and targets staff
       development and training needs.
    A programme of support and training for members of staff with managerial
       responsibilities. This includes in-house and external activities, some of which
       are run in collaboration with Kingston University and Royal Holloway,
       University of London.
    Development of leadership skills at entry level and in developing team
       leaders.
    A Learning and Teaching Support Programme aimed at supporting all
       members of staff involved in learning and teaching support
    A provision of tailored development opportunities for research staff, the
       majority of whom are on fixed term contracts.
    The University provides in-house skills training and uses the European
       Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) as a means of developing the ICT skills of
       staff to an internationally recognised standard of competence.
    All new members of staff receive an appropriate induction to St. George’s,
       their Division/Department and their job. The Staff Development Office works
       with divisions and departments to develop local induction policies.
    With advice and guidance from the Health, Safety and Environmental Adviser,
       a programme of Health and Safety training is included as part of the induction
       process and as a separate on-going programme of training.
    The Staff Development Office provides a range of comprehensive internal
       training and development opportunities for Continuing Professional
       Development, to meet generic needs identified through the Personal Review
       Scheme. In cases where the training need cannot be met by internal
       provision, appropriate external provisions are sourced and recommendations
       made.


Childcare Vouchers

St. George's has introduced as part of its family friendly initiative, a more flexible way

to meet the costs of childcare for staff. Under the Busy Bee's scheme, part of a staff

member’s wages or salary can be given up or 'sacrificed' in exchange for Childcare


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Vouchers. Within specified limits, these vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from

National Insurance Contributions and therefore represent a saving for employees

who receive them as part of their total employment package. The Childcare

Vouchers received are then exchanged, in whole or part, for childcare services.




Trade Union and Staff Representatives
The University runs and supports a Staff Forum which aims to provide a mode for
discussion of matters affecting the working lives of all staff. It is a consultative body
which is designed to seek the views of a wide membership of St. George’s staff,
through Staff Group Representatives.

The University has formal recognition agreements with a number of trade unions
including the British Medical Association (BMA), Amicus, Universities and Colleges
Union (UCU), Unison, and Clerical and Secretarial Staff.

Staff Support
The University, in liaison with St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust provides an
Occupational Health Service to ensure the health and wellbeing of staff – promoting
health and preventing ill-health through pre-employment screening, vaccinations and
immunisation, sickness absence management, health promotion and accident follow-
up.

A staff counselling and support service is also provided free of charge by a number of
registered psychotherapists.

Staff Facilities
The Robert Lowe Sports Centre, situated on the St George's Healthcare NHS Trust
site offers staff access to squash and badminton courts; weights and aerobic training
rooms; a climbing wall; facilities for basketball; cricket nets; five-a-side football,
netball and volleyball; circuit training; squash and badminton coaching; and karate.
Membership is open to staff and partners, for a very competitive membership fee.

Between the University and St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, there are a variety of
shops and services that are convenient for staff. These include:
    NatWest bank and ATM conveniently located on site
    School Shop (for food, stationery and other consumables)
    Student Bar (serving beverages, sandwiches and snacks to staff and
       students)
    Peabody’s coffee shop
    Eddie Wilson’s Café
    Books & Stuff (selling study and leisure books, medical equipment and
       clothing and gift stationery)
    Florist
    Newsagent
    Staff restaurant (offering both staff and the general public a wide range of hot
       meals, salads, sandwiches and drinks)
    Hyde Park Room (fully licensed restaurant operating weekdays and
       weekends)


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   Knightsbridge Wing Cafe
   Internet café free of charge
   Hospital Chapel, multi-faith room and church services
   Library
   On-site NHS walk-in centre
   Interest-free loans for season Travelcards.




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