Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine
University Hospital of North Staffordshire
Job Pack – Post Ref: AC12/08WS
Senior Lecturer/Reader and Consultant
in Stroke Medicine
About the Trust
Work Programme/Job Plan
Applications and VisitingKeeleUniversity and the Trust
Main Conditions of Service
Terms and condition of Service
Conditions of Employment
Verification ID & Right to work
CRB disclosure- protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults
An Insight into KeeleUniversity
KeeleUniversity Research Strategy
Enterprise and knowledge transfer
Institute for Science & Technology in Medicine
An Insight into the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust
How we are organised
Our Strategic Framework
The UndergraduateManagement School
Fit for the Future and the Modernisation of the Health Service
Research & Development
Education And Library Facilities
HealthcareCareers & SkillsAcademy
Our Local Area
Thank you for enquiring about this vacancy. We hope this document will give you enough
information about our University andTrust to help you take your application forward. You will
find more information on our website: www.keele.ac.uk&www.uhns.nhs.uk
ABOUT KEELE UNIVERSITY
Keele was the first higher education institution established after the Second World War in the
United Kingdom, gaining degree-giving powers in 1949 as the University College of North
Staffordshire. University status, as the University of Keele, followed in 1962. Its founders
espoused radical educational principles and the University was founded to promote
interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary scholarship.
Building on its founding tradition, Keele’s distinctive mission is to be “The UK’s leading open,
integrated intellectual community.” With 7,500 FTE students, Keele is a relatively small
University, but it has growth potential and ambitions, and continues to make a unique
contribution to higher education by emphasising the strength of broad education and
innovative learning environments.
Keele is a residential university, and is the UK’s largest integrated campus occupying an
attractive 617 acre estate, of which a hundred acre area adjacent to the 19th century Keele
Hall has designated conservation status, confirmed by Newcastle Borough Council. Many
architectural and landscape features dating from the 19th century are of regional
Almost three quarters of undergraduate students live on campus, along with a number of
postgraduate students. Some 720 study bedrooms have been built since 1992 in award
winning residential centres. Uniquely, Keele also has a significant proportion of staff living on
campus, with a total of 172 houses and apartments.
Located centrally within the UK, in North Staffordshire, Keele is a major contributor to its
local economy. With a turnover in excess of £85m, and a total staff of some 1,700, the
University generates around £40m of business in the region.
ABOUT THE TRUST
We are very proud of University Hospital of North Staffordshire. We are one of the biggest
hospitals in the country and have one of the busiest emergency departments. In march 2012
we will move into a new state of the art hospital with all relevant specialities, investigation
and treatment facilities on one site. We are one of 3 regional trauma centres. We are one of
3 regional trauma centres and offer both secondary and tertiary clinical services. A number
of our consultants have an international reputation in both clinical work and research.
We are a teaching hospital with a very successful, highly regarded medical school. The
University Hospital is home to the Bedside Clinical Guidelines which are now used in a
quarter of the country’s acute trusts.
We are located on the border of Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme. Stoke-on-Trent
has quick and easy road and rail access to Manchester and Birmingham, Derby and
Shrewsbury and beyond. The City is surrounded by some of the most beautiful rural settings
in the country including the Cheshire Plains and the Peak District.
We like it. We hope you will too.
THE STROKE SERVICES
The Stroke Service was established in 1995 and is now jointly provided by the University
Hospital of North Staffordshire Trust and the Stoke PCT. We have a 32 bed combined acute
stroke unit (hyper acute beds, acute beds and rehabilitation beds) and a 19 bed specialist
stroke rehabilitation unit. The latter is situated at the state of the art newly built
HaywoodHospital and integrated with specialist neurorehabilitation with access to a
spasticity clinic and functional electrical stimulation. There is a daily rapid access TIA clinic,
closely linked with vascular surgery. We have 24/07 access to CT, CT angiography,
perfusion and diffusion imaging and MRI. UHNS is one of the most active thrombolysis
centres in the region with an average of 2 patients lysed a week (15% of all admitted
strokes). There are close links with imaging, vascular surgery, and neurosurgery, supported
by multi-disciplinary meetings for case review. UHNS is one of only 8 Hyperacute Stoke
Research Centres in England and one of the most experienced centres in the delivery of
interventional stroke treatments such as thrombectomy and intra-arterial thrombolysis in the
UK. Our service is recognized nationally for innovation and excellent care. At 7% we had
one of the lowest 30 day mortality rates in the UK in the 2010 National Sentinel audit.
There is a rolling programme of multi-disciplinary staff teaching, regular 6 day courses on
stroke management within the Stroke School, a Stroke Rehabilitation Course, regular
Thrombolysis Training courses, and a course in the management of spasticity, as well as a
monthly stroke research seminar, and an annual multidisciplinary stroke study day. We are
one of very few universities in the UK offering a Master’ s degree in Stroke. The training
provided by our team in conjunction with StaffordshireUniversity, KeeleUniversity, and the
Heart and Stroke network has shaped stroke services locally and regionally.
We have close links with service users and user organizations (Stroke Association, Strokes
R Us) who contribute to our research and were involved in developing the stroke unit. In
collaboration with the Stroke Association we introduced a pool of ex-patient and carer
volunteers who support patients in hospital and the community. The stroke service
publishes its own newsletter (Stroke in Stoke) and website (http://www.stroke-in-stoke.info/).
Research is encouraged and well supported by the West Midlands Local Stroke Research
Network and the Academic Stroke Department. At any one time there are 15 or more several
local and multicentre studies ongoing. Over 20% of our stroke patients participate in clinical
The stroke team consists of five consultants in addition to the new post, a stroke co-
ordinator, a nurse consultant, a stroke register officer, and an administrative assistant as
Prof. Christine Roffe (Consultant Stroke Physician, Clinical Lead of the West Midlands
Stroke Research Network and Professor of Stroke Medicine at KeeleUniversity)
Dr Indira Natarajan (Consultant Stroke Physician, Clinical Lead for Stroke at UHNS and for
the Shropshire and Staffordshire Heart and Stroke Network)
Prof Anthony Ward (Consultant Rehabilitation Medicine/ Stroke Rehabilitation)
Dr IndranilMukhopadhyay (Consultant Stroke Physician at Mid Staffordshire General
Hospital, providing 2 PA input into Acute Stroke at UHNS.
Dr RanjanSanyal (Consultant Stroke Physician commencing 06.02.2012)
1 F1, 1 F2, 1 GPVTS, 1 staff grade on ASU and 1 staff grade on the rehabilitation stroke unit
2 Stroke Specialist Registrars
2 SpRs on the Geriatric Medicine Rotation (covering rehabilitation unit, medical on take)
Emma Hall (OT and Stroke Co-ordinator)
Fiona Lunn (Nurse Consultant)
Magritte O’Mara (Lead of the Early Supported Discharge team)
Nicola Edwards (Secretary)
Janet Butler (Stroke Register Officer)
Dr Kate Wilde, Kay Finney, Holly Maguire, Sarah Gomm, Jeanette Lucas, Sue Lyjko, Jean
Leverett, Dr Sarah Pountain, Jackie Richards, Dr Frank Lally (Stroke Research Team)
Dr Simon Ellis and Dr Mark Welton (GPWSI) TIA and minor stroke out patient service and
work closely with the stroke service.
The stroke service develops and changes flexibly to meet the needs of patients on specialist
stroke wards, general wards and in the community and job plans of team members may
change in the light of new developments. The stroke service functions as one unit with all
consultants sharing the required tasks on a flexible basis.
Stroke Physician of the Day
The Stroke consultant of the day reviews all new admissions on the Acute Stroke Unit and
sees acute stroke and TIA patients in MAU / A&E for thrombolysis, advice and to enable
rapid transfer to the Acute Stroke Unit supported by a thrombolysis trained nurse form the
Stroke Early Assessment (SEAT) team, which covers 24/07. The consultant of the day
covers all patients on the acute unit, irrespective of which team the patient is in, provides
advice to back up the Stroke Hotline, and reviews patients found to have significant stenosis
on carotid Doppler to arrange vascular review for urgent carotid endarterectomy. In the
absence of the consultant the SpR will deputise for those duties with the support of one of
the other stroke consultants. The Stroke Physician of the day duties are shared between 5
Consultants including the post holder.
Thrombolysis and interventional stroke treatments
The Stroke Service has been thrombolysing stroke patients for 8 years. We were the fourth
highest recruiter worldwide to the IST-3 study and thrombolyse over 100 patients per year
therapeutically. Dr Natarajan, the Stroke lead, set up the network wide 24/07 thrombolysis
service with centres in Staffordshire and Shropshire and 15 consultants covering a
population of over 2 million. This will be supported by telemedicine form spring 2012. A&E
physicians are formally trained in thrombolysis and have lysed patients independently since
2008 with specialist support from Stroke and Neurology Consultants. The acute stroke unit is
pioneering a new model of working where all the band 6 nurses are trained in thrombolysis
and reach into A&E to support acute stroke patients and those thrombolysed from the portal
of entry and into the unit. We have an established pathway for interventional endovascular
procedures (intra-arterial lysis +/- thrombectomy) and treated 58 patients so far with
excellent results (recently [presented at the UK Stroke forum.
Post Ref: AC12/08
Senior Lecturer/Reader and Consultant Physician in Stroke
School/RI/Directorate/ Neurosciences and Elderly Care Medicine, University Hospital of North
Work-base: Staffordshire (NHS) Trust and Haywood, Within the Stroke team offices
Office base: with access to a computer. Secretarial support will be provided by the
Institute of Science & Technology in Medicine, Keele University, School
Accountable to: Medical Director – UHNS Trust Clinical
Dean of Keele University – Faculty of Heath – Academic
Responsible to: Clinical Director for Neurosciences and Clinical Lead for Stroke and
Professor of Stroke Medicine
Director of Institute for Science & Technology
Key Relationships: Consultant Colleagues, Clinical Director, Directorate Manager
Associate Director (Divisional Manager), Stroke Team, Stroke Research
Group,Colleauges in ISTM and School of Health and Rehabilitation, and
Local Stroke Research Network team
Grade/Sessions: Grade: Consultant Hours: Full time
Sessions: 10 .3 PAs Part Time
To contribute to the success of the Stroke Research Group by supporting students and on-going
research, independently developing research projects that are congruent with the research in the
current group, seeking funding, and publication of results.
To provide expert patient care in Stroke with an emphasis on hyper-acute stroke management,
stroke rehabilitation or stroke prevention. There is no commitment to acute medicine. The job links
into both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Academic Duties and Responsibilities
To independently develop a programme of research that complements the current work within
the research group.
To seek funding from appropriate funding agencies for your research.
To supervise research students (and undertake a programme of research supervisor training)
To disseminate the findings form your research in International journals and conference .
To link with members of the Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine, the School of
Health and Rehabilitation and appropriate other Keele Staff to develop joint projects.
To promote Stroke Research and our results locally and nationally by dissemination activities
To be fully compliant with research governance procedures
Clinical Duties Stroke Medicine at University Hospital of North Staffordshire
Diagnosis and treatment of ward and outpatients in stroke/ TIA services. Regular ward rounds
on the acute stroke unit and Stroke physician of the day duties.
Continuing clinical responsibility for the patients in your charge allowing for all proper delegation
to and training of your staff.
Diagnosis and treatment of patients occupying accommodation made available under section
58, 65, and 66 of the National Health Act 1977, insofar as such patients have not made private
arrangements for such treatment under section 65(2) of the Act.
To see ward consults/referrals when on call.
Two clinics per week: Stroke/TIA management with rapid access clinic.
Supervision (when on call) of SpRs and support rapid access TIA service when Stroke
Physician of the day.
Work Processes and results
Management and Service Development
In conjunction with Directorate Manager and Consultant colleagues, to take a role in the daily
business of the directorate and to develop the service in accordance with the Trust’s strategic
In conjunction with Directorate Manager and Consultant colleagues, to provide the TIA services
and weekend working to cover TIA and Stroke Services.
Take part in meetings and other activities as agreed with the Clinical Director.
In conjunction with Consultant colleagues, to take responsibility for the best use of directorate
staffing and other resources to ensure the maximum efficiency of the directorate.
To provide cover for Consultant colleagues in respect of periods of leave in accordance with
Directorate arrangements and Trust policy.
To ensure that there are adequate arrangements for hospital staff involved in the care of your
patients to be able to contact you when necessary.
To ensure that periods of leave do not coincide with those of your ‘paired’ Consultant.
Communication / Documentation
Communicate effectively across a wide range of audiences.
Liaise, establish and maintain positive links with external agencies and providers.
In conjunction with Consultant colleagues, to ensure that the requirements of clinical
governance are met, including attending the appropriate mandatory training and the
respiratory/ID morbidity and mortality meetings and, when possible those held by the acute
Supervision / Staffing.
In conjunction with Consultant colleagues, to play a full part in the professional supervision and
management of junior medical staff.
In conjunction with Consultant colleagues, to take responsibility for and devote time to teaching,
examination and accreditation duties as required for junior medical staff.
Contribute to the formal teaching programme of junior staff both within the specialty and the
hospital as a whole.
To participate in the Directorates commitment to the Under Graduate Medical School. This
session could include firm based teaching, basic skills, examiner, PBL Tutor etc.
Contribute to the teaching programmes of other health professionals in the hospital.
Personal Development / Performance
Research, Education, Audit and Continuing Professional Development
In conjunction with Consultant colleagues, to make a full contribution to postgraduate and
continuing medical education activity locally and nationally.
To take responsibility for your own continuing professional education in accordance with
guidelines set out by the appropriate college/faculty/professional body.
To initiate and participate in research and audit programmes in accordance with Trust policies
To take responsibility for acquiring the skills necessary for teaching undergraduate medical
students, delivering such teaching as required.
To work in collaboration with colleagues in developing skills to provide new ways of working
across different professions, organisations i.e. community/primary care.
To participate in the annual appraisal process, and where necessary appraise others.
Demonstrate a commitment to continuing Personal/Professional Development.
Ability to observe and define priorities and timetables in the achievement of strategic and
Adhere to the University's environmental policy and procedures and seek to promote
environmental sustainability within area of responsibility.
To take every reasonable opportunity to maintain and improve your professional knowledge
To participate in personal objective setting and review, including the creation of a personal
development plan and the Trust’s appraisal process.
Standards of Behaviour
Managers who have responsibility for supervising/managing people must comply with the
guidelines that can be found in the “Code of Conduct for NHS Managers”
The principles of “Improving Working Lives” must be upheld at all times
Equality, Diversity, Health and Safety and Strategy
A strong commitment to the principles and practice of equality and diversity
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.
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.
To co-operate with University Hospital of North Staffordshire Trust in ensuring that statutory
regulations, codes of practice, local policies and departmental health and safety rules are
To promote equality and diversity in your working life ensuring that all the staff you work with
feel valued and treated in a fair and equitable manner
To ensure that confidentiality is maintained at all times and that data belonging to the Trust is
Infection Control is everyone’s responsibility. All staff, both clinical and non-clinical, are required to
adhere to the Trusts’ Infection Prevention and Control Policies and make every effort to maintain
high standards of infection control at all times thereby reducing the burden of Healthcare
Associated Infections including MRSA.
All staff employed by the UHNS Trust have the following key responsibilities:
Staff must wash their hands or use alcohol gel on entry and exit from all clinical areas and
between each patient contact.
Staff members have a duty to attend mandatory infection control training provided for them by
Staff members who develop recurrent skin and soft tissue infections and other infections that
may be transmittable to patients have a duty to contact Occupational Health.
Safeguarding Children and Young People
All staff are responsible for ensuring that they are familiar with and adhere to the Trusts
Safeguarding Children procedures and guidelines. All health professionals who come into contact
with children, parents and carers in the course of their work have a responsibility to safeguard and
promote the welfare of children and young people up to the age of 18 years of age as directed by
the Children’s Act 1989/2004. Health professionals also have a responsibility even when the health
professional does not work directly with a child but may be seeing their parent, carer or other
All staff are required to attend safeguarding awareness training and undertake any additional
training in relation to safeguarding relevant to their role.
This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list and may be subject to change from time to time.
This job description is subject to annual review and amendment by you, you’re Clinical Director and the
Medical Director, as part of the Trust’s appraisal process.
All documents referred to throughout this Job Description can be found on the Trusts intranet, or
alternatively copies can be obtained from the Human Resources Directorate.
This is not intended as an exhaustive list of duties or a restrictive definition of the post but
rather should be read as a guide to the main priorities and typical areas of activity of the
post-holder These activities are subject to amendment over time as priorities and
requirements evolve and as such it may be amended at any time by the line manager
following discussion with the post holder.
Post Ref: AC12/08
Senior Lecturer/Reader in Stroke I = Interview
Medicine and Consultant Physician in R= References
Stroke Medicine T= Test
(or a combination)
Criteria Evidenced Evidenced
Headings Essential by Desirable by
Qualifications/ Entry on Specialist Register in A CCT in Stroke A
Education/ Geriatric Medicine
Training Medicine/Neurology/Rehabilit Up to date GCP
ation/General Medicine (or certificate
entry expected within 6 Training in
months from the date of Thrombolysis in
interview) acute Stroke
MRCP or equivalent MD, Ability to supervise
PhD or equivalent research PhD and DM
Sub-speciality training in
Stroke Medicine (or
equivalent level of
Experience Expertise in at least one A,I Successful in A,I
aspect of stroke care e.g. obtaining research
acute care including grant funding from
thrombolysis or stroke RCUK approved
rehabilitation funding bodies
Experience of conducting
Experience in developing and
conducting research projects
Experience in the supervision
of students conducting
Experience in teaching and
verbal presentation of
Experience in submitting
grant applications as a PI
Skills/ Publications in peer reviewed A,I,P A,I
Competences/ Completion of a grant
Development of own research
Ability to organise research
and work within research
Ability to motivate and
develop members of the
clinical and research teams
Other Ability to inspire
Ability to think strategically
An enquiring and critical
approach to work
Caring attitude to patients
Ability to communicate
Appointment to a Readership at Keele University acknowledges outstanding distinction and
achievement in the conduct, outcome and dissemination of research whether basic and/or applied,
beyond the level expected for a Senior Lecturer. A successful candidate should provide evidence
that their contribution to the advancement, application and dissemination of knowledge
distinguishes them as an acknowledged expert in their discipline, endorsed by recognised
authorities. Where appropriate this may also include proven success in research leadership
and/or management of a research team. Candidates will be expected to evidence at least one
successful grant application and the supervision of at least one successful MD/PhD studentship.
For clinical academics for whom research and teaching is only part of the job plan clinical
commitments will be taken into account in the assessment.
* Success in obtaining peer reviewed research grant funding as a PI is considered appropriate experience.
Please note this appointment is subject to both medical clearance and
ongoing medical surveillance by the University Occupational Health provider
and Criminal Records Bureau checks
Please do not hesitate to contact Professor Christine Roffe: Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org or
Professor Gordon Ferns: email@example.com for more details, informal advice, or a visit to the
Job packs available: www.keele.ac.uk/jobs, firstname.lastname@example.org, Human
Resources, Keele University, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG or Fax: 01782 733471
Please quote post reference: AC12/08WS
Closing date for applications: 9 May 2012
Senior Lecturer/ Consultant Physician in Stroke Medicine
The job plan is subject to a review once a year by you and the Clinical Director, and ultimately,
the Medical Director. The review process is subject to local procedures and includes
discussion of proposals and plans for any proposed developments or proposed changes to
service. To undertake the review, both you and the Clinical Director will have copies of the
work plan, relevant department statistical information, preferably over a 12-month period and
any service development plans or proposals.
Failure to agree a work plan either immediately or at an annual review results in the instigation
of local procedures, which may culminate in discussion and appearance at the Trust Board.
Day Time Location Work Categorisation
0900- ASU ward round DCC 1
Monday 1400- TIA clinic/ Admin DCC 0.75
0900- ASU Ward Round DCC DCC 1
1400- Stroke Clinic DCC DCC
0900- Keele 1
1300- CPD/SPA SPA 1
0900- Keele 1
1300- Keele 1
Friday 1300 Keele 1
09:00 Weekend ward rounds DPC 0.8
Saturday & 13:00 1:4 weekend
Sunday (covering stroke unit and
high risk TIA)
2. On-call availability supplement
Agreed on-call rota e.g. 1 in 5:
1:15 Thrombolysis rota (Regional Rota)
Agreed category (delete):
On-call supplements e.g. 5%:
The above job outline is constructed in accordance with the new consultant contract (i.e. a
minimum of 7.5 clinical and 2.5 programmed activities) (pro rata for a 50% academic /50%
clinical contract) and is compatible with existing job plans. This job plan represents the
commitments numerically, distribution of activities throughout the week/month can be
changed in agreement with the clinical and academic lead.
This work programme is subject to annual review and amendment by you, your Clinical
Director and the Medical Director for NHS commitments and the Professor of Stroke
Medicine and Director of ISTM for the academic commitments as part of the Trust/ Keele
University appraisal processes.
Any changes required to your job plan as a result of this will be discussed with you in
advance of any changes. In light of national NHS budget constraints it is very likely
that all consultant’s job plans will be amended, following consultation.
APPLICATIONS AND VISITING KEELE UNIVERSITY AND THE
Formal applications should be made through Keele University website:
Further information and visiting the University and Trust
The University welcomes applicants who wish to seek further information or visit. Please
contact the following to arrange a visit or for an informal discussion:
Further information and visiting the University
Professor Gordon Ferns,
The Institute of Science & Technology,Keele University,
University Hospital of North Staffordshire R&D
Tel: 01782 554253
Further information and visiting the Trust
The division welcomes applicants who wish to seek further information or visit. Please
contact the following to arrange a visit or for an informal discussion:
Dr Simon Ellis Clinical Director 01782 553055 or
Dr Indira Natarajan Clinical Lead Stroke and TIA services 01782 555878
Prof. Christine Roffe 0300 123 1465
Prof. Gordon Ferns
MAIN CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
Terms and Conditions of Service
The successful appointee will be employed by the Keele University, subject to national
Terms and Conditions as per the Clinical Academic Contract as amended from time to time.
Any changes to National terms and conditions determined at a local level are subject to the
Trust’s collective bargaining arrangements which include the Trust’s Local Negotiating
Committee for medical staffing issues.
The appointment is to a substantive, indefinite, full time/part time Senior Lecturer position.
The required notice period is three months on either side. The appointment is subject to the
Terms & Conditions of the Clinical Academic Contract of Employment.
The starting salary is based upon the appointee’s clinical salary and seniority, which is then
translated by UCEA for academic purposes. The current clinical salary scale ranges from
£74,504 rising to £100,446 per annum, based on 10 programmed activities per week (1
FTE). Any agreed Additional Programmed Activities (APAs), and on-call requirements will be
paid in addition to the basic salary.
Where a candidate has service in or outside the NHS which he / she feels should be taken
into account in determining the starting salary, this will be considered following the offer of
appointment by the AAC.
Pay progression is normally on the anniversary of appointment (dependent upon level of
seniority and year of Transfer) and is subject to satisfactory participation in annual appraisal,
the completion of a job plan review and agreed personal objectives as set out in the Clinical
Academic Contract Terms and Conditions.
Your annual leave entitlement is as per the Clinical Academic Contract Terms and
Conditions. At least six weeks notice is required before taking annual leave.
Numbers of Years of Completed Service as a
Up to Seven Years Seven Or More Years
Until 31 March 2004 Six weeks Six weeks
1 April 2004 – 31 March Six weeks Six weeks + one day
From 1 April 2005 Six weeks Six weeks + two days
This post is superannuable under the Health Service Superannuation Scheme.
You must be able to evidence full, continuous registration with the GMC and provide a valid
certificate annually. In addition, you are required to appear on the Register of Specialists and
hold a License to Practice
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
The following conditions must be met before the University and the Trust will confirm an offer
Verification of ID and Right To Work
All employees must provide the Trust with the following documentation to prove their ID and
eligibility to work in the UK:
UK Birth Certificate (if passport is unavailable)
National Insurance evidence (P60 / recent payslip / P45)
EEA (European Economic Area) Passport
Residence permit issued by the Home Office or UKBA
Driving Licence (ID card + counterpart)
2 addressed bills or statements (Bank / utility bill / phone bill)
Proof of qualifications
GMC Registration number, and proof of License to Practice
Note: if you are a British citizen but do not hold a UK passport then we require a UK Birth
Certificate combined with National Insurance evidence
Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults
In accordance with Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, the University and the Trust
are required to seek disclosure of criminal records when considering employing an individual
who will be working with children or have regular contact with vulnerable adults. Disclosure
will include checks on the information held in the Police National Computer, local Police
records and, where appropriate, lists held by the Department of Health and the Department
of Education and Employment. Disclosure need not necessarily be a bar to obtaining the
position you have applied for.
The information you provide and the Disclosure documents returned by the Criminal
Records Bureau (CRB) will be available only to those who need them as part of the
recruitment process. Disclosure documents will not be retained for longer than 6 months
after the recruitment decision has been made.
It is a condition of employment that references are provided which are acceptable to both the
University and Trust.
It is a condition of employment that all successful candidates undertake pre-employment
screening and are cleared before formal confirmation of the appointment is sent to
The successful candidate is required to be registered with the GMC and hold a current
License to Practice. Membership of the approved Medical Defence/Protection Society is
not a mandatory requirement for the post but is strongly advisable.
AN INSIGHT INTO KEELE UNIVERSITY
Keele University Research Strategy
The Keele University Research Strategy is a University strategy that reflects and
supports the University Strategic Plan 2010-2015, in particular:
Strategic Aim 1: to be a broad-based University of about 10,000 students,
recognised internationally for excellence in education and research
Strategic Aim 3:to deliver international excellence and impact in focused areas of
The underpinning strategic objectives as a research-led University are:
to focusourresearcheffortin areas oftheoretical,applied,andpractice-basedresearch
wherewe can achievethehighestlevelsofqualityandimpact
to foster innovation and enterprise with partners
Research-related Key Performance Indicators
Research Excellence Framework: To ensure a high level of performance inthe
forthcoming Research Excellence Framework (REF)
Research grant income: To improve the University’s performance in securing research
income year-on-year (increasing research grant income levels by 70% and net overhead
recovery rates by 25% by 2015).
Research students: to significantly increase research student numbers year-on-
year(increasing by 70% by 2015).
STRATEGIC AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
1. Quality 2. Impact
1. To deliver research of the highest quality, 1. To have significant social, cultural,
recognised internationally for its environmental and economic impact,
excellence working with external partners and
2. To demonstrate our research excellence collaborators to benefit society
by performance in the Research 2. To effectively communicate our research
Excellence Framework, research grant successes regionally, nationally and
successes, publications and outputs, internationally to promote our distinctive
international collaborations and contribution, raising our external profile
partnerships and reach
3. To continue to raise the ambition of our 3. To foster innovation and enterprise
research as a research-led University, engaging with business and external
and our external profile and reputation partners
nationally and internationally 4. To advance knowledge through high
quality independent research and
academic enquiry, disseminating our
researchthrough high quality
publications and external media,
internationally and nationally
5. To foster relationships with research
users and external stakeholders to
facilitate the dissemination, impact and
promotion of research outcomes
3. People and Environment 4. Focus
1. To develop, nurture and support our 1. To focus our research effort in areas of
researchers at all stages of their career, theoretical, applied, and practice-based
including research students and early research of international excellence
career researchers 2. To promote and develop Keele’s
2. To continue to develop a vibrant distinctiveness, in particular in our over-
research culture, environment and arching themes of Ageing, Sustainability
community where research flourishes and Health
3. To develop the quality, diversity and size 3. To actively promote interdisciplinary
of the postgraduate research student research and emerging disciplines
community 4. To use research management to clearly
4. To provide strong and effective identify and promote our research
mentorship for all researchers strengths
5. To create research leaders for the future
6. To ensure we have a research
environment that attracts new high
7. To provide a research-led environment
that contributes towards the highest
quality learning and teaching experience
1. To provide the infrastructure and support systems to fully support research excellence
and maximise its impact
2. To ensure that research is funded by a balance of HEFCE QR income and a diverse range
of external funding bodies
3. To promote Keele’s external research profile nationally and internationally
4. To maximise the visibility and impact of Keele’s research by promoting use of and access
to the institutional repository
5. To demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness to the constantly changing external
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES AT KEELE
Keele’s student population has grown robustly in recent years. Buoyant application levels for
undergraduate programmes have complemented planned expansion. It is a long-standing
objective of the University to grow, though the scale and timescale envisaged for this
depends on government policy for increased student numbers. Currently the student profile
comprises over 7,500 full-time students, approximately 1,800 students engaged on part-time
degrees or diplomas, and approximately 4,000 participants on a variety of part-time, short
and award bearing courses through Keele’s continuing and professional education
programmes. Of this number a significant and growing proportion of students are registered
on postgraduate degree programmes.
RESEARCH AT KEELE
"Keele is a research-based university and has significantly increased its research profile in
the last five years. Research grant and contract income was £12million in 2010-11, having
grown from £8million 2006-07. To enhance its research position, Keele is focusing its
research profile further, building on areas of recognised national and international strength
across its three faculties: Health, Natural Sciences, and Humanities & Social Sciences.
The Research Assessment Excercise in 2008 found that 85% of the University's research is
now classified as world leading and of international importance. Keele has top rated
departments in all of its three Faculties, and the RAE results reveal the University's world
class research activities across a wide spectrum of subject areas.
The results represent a step-up in Keele's performance from the very good results the
University achieved in the last RAE in 2001. Then, 6% of submitted research achieved the
top grade. Now, some 11% is judged to be 4* or 'world leading', the highest available
Subject areas where research at Keele has been rated world class in terms of originality,
significance and rigour are Primary Care, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Business and
Management, Law, Politics, Russian, English Language and Literature, Social Policy and
Administration, History, Music and General Engineering (which includes Biomedical
Engineering and Environmental Engineering). Keele has performed particularly well in
Music, Applied Mathematics, Social Policy and Administration and History."
ENTERPRISE AND KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER
The University is also increasing its focus upon applied research and knowledge transfer,
not least through the rapidly growing Science Park, which includes companies focusing on
medical technology and IT in medicine and is fully integrated with Keele campus. The
Science Park was been designated by Advantage West Midlands (the Regional
Development Agency) as a priority investment site, particularly focusing on the emerging
medical technology cluster in North Staffordshire, for which Keele is the hub. The Science
Park attracts both University spin-offs and companies seeking to relocate here: it currently
houses 35 companies and has created almost 500 jobs, with future employment projections
reaching 2000.Keele has a taken a leading role in North Staffordshire Regeneration Zone
and is leading the Zone’s programme on Medical Technology and Health, one of only three
priorities for the Zone. The Science Park is therefore continuing to attract substantial public
and private sector investment.
KEELE 2006: POSITIONING THE UNIVERSITY TO RESPOND TO CHANGE
The 2004 HE Bill, its predecessor White Paper on Higher Education and the Roberts Review
of the RAE, set out a clear policy direction for higher education, including: greater selectivity
in research funds; wider access to higher education; increased differentiation within and
greater collaboration across the sector and increased reliance upon private funding. Keele,
like other institutions, seeks to respond positively to the opportunities and challenges which
these policies present, and is implementing a programme of change designed to position the
University best, whilst consolidating its distinctive place in UK HE.
Keele wishes to ensure that its founding values of educational breadth are given the platform
from which the institution can continue to play a leading role in the changing context of UK
higher education. Significant changes are therefore being introduced to the academic
structure of the University with the creation of Research Institutes to manage research and
larger Schools to manage teaching. The strengthening of the management responsibilities at
Faculty level, with the introduction of executive faculty deans, is a key factor of the change
One of Keele’s biggest assets is its land, which extends over 650 acres, with a 70-acre site
earmarked for a new development in the Local Plan for a number of years. Keele has now
submitted a hybrid planning application for its development. This represents an unrivalled
opportunity to think about the focus and shape of the University, physically and strategically,
over a long time scale. This is not just about the best use of new site but about how the new
development will connect with, and add to, the existing campus, as well as the wider sub-
Essentially, this potential growth is being seen as an opportunity to plan the future of Keele -
in all its aspects - in the longer term. The Vision is to develop the estate to the benefit of the
staff, students and local community.
INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY IN MEDICINE
The Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine has evolved from Keele’s internationally
respected strength in biomedical engineering and expanded rapidly over the last ten years. In the UK
national Research Assessment Exercise 2008, 90% of the Institute's submitted staff were rated as
international quality researchers, with 10% ranked as world-leading. Previous ratings in RAE2001
and 1996 were at the highest levels of 5 and 5*. The Institute bridges the interface between new
advances in basic science and medicine, allowing the translation of laboratory findings into benefits
for patients. A truly multi-disciplinary approach to research is used to address clinical problems with
an excellent integration of the skills and knowledge of engineers, mathematicians, biologists,
physicists and clinicians.
The focussed interaction of scientist and clinician in a single unit is key to the success of the Institute,
building on the strength of the individual researchers. Clinically there are strong areas in
orthopaedics, renal and respiratory medicine, cancer, pathology, neonatal medicine and obstetrics
and gynaecology which exist across hospitals in North Staffordshire and Shropshire that include the
University Hospital of North Staffordshire,RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry and the Heywood
Hospital, Burslem. The Institute’s “bench to bedside” approach also fosters excellent working
relationships with worldwide medical and biotechnology industries.
Research in the Institute is grouped into four major themes, each with around 20 academic and
Bioengineering & Therapeutics
Clinical & Diagnostic Science
Infection, Inflammation & Immunity
Neuroscience & Human Metabolism
The Institute has laboratories at the University’s Hartshill campus where Keele and the NHS have
invested £3million in The Guy Hilton Research Centre to provide a patient treatment facility alongside
state-of-the-art equipment for translational research, which includes cell therapy suites, genomic
facilities, and advanced laser and diagnostic laboratories. The Institute has spacious new refurbished
bioscience facilities at Huxley Building on Keele campus, and new laboratories at the RJAH Hospital
including a Proteomics facility.
The Institute attracts major research grant funding of almost £4million per year from the UK Research
Councils, the European Union, National Institutes for Health USA, Department of Health, the Royal
Society, and many major UK funding charities. It currently has in training around 100 doctoral
students and supports four successful Masters courses. The Institute has developed an international
profile for its recent work at the cutting edge of stem cell therapies, and is a Centre of Excellence in
Tissue Engineering at national and European level. Institute members have active collaborations with
universities throughout the UK, and over 35 countries in Europe, USA and the developing world.
Overall, the Institute provides a dynamic and stimulating environment for biomedical, translational and
An Insight into the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust
Our new hospital
Our new £370m hospital is almost complete and we are already providing some services in
the new buildings. The new publicly financed maternity centre and cancer centre opened in
2009 and we started moving services into the new PFI funded main block in November
2011. The complex moves are phased over a period or around ten months. The first move
involved respiratory, gastro, neurology, elective orthopaedics and some theatres and critical
March 2012 will see the major transfer of the emergency department with trauma and neuro,
more theatres and critical care, cardiac surgery, imaging and children’s services. Later in
the year they will be joined by the remaining services including cardiology, outpatients,
pathology and renal.
Our new hospital is an integral part of North Staffordshire’s Fit for the Future programme – a
new whole system approach to providing health services throughout the area. As part of the
programme community hospitals and clinics have been upgraded and some services
previously provided at our acute hospital are being transferred to community settings. Once
the new building and refurbishment of existing buildings is complete we will have 1,018
We provide a full range of general acute hospital services for approximately half a million
people living in and around North Staffordshire and specialised services for a population of
some three million in a wider area, including neighbouring counties and Wales.
Our specialised services include cancer diagnosis and treatment, cardiothoracic surgery,
neurosurgery, renal and dialysis services, neonatal intensive care and paediatric intensive
We are also recognised for our particular expertise in respiratory conditions, spinal surgery,
upper gastro-intestinal surgery, complex orthopaedic surgery, laparoscopic surgery and the
management of liver conditions.
In 2010/2011 over 100,000 patients attended our Emergency Care Centre (A&E). Many
emergency patients are brought to us from a wide area by both helicopter and land
ambulance because of our skills in treating trauma cases. Indeed, we have just been
awarded Trauma Centre status under the national reconfiguration of trauma services.
The Medical School, created in 2002, now has around 130 students on each of its year
groups. Initially Keele University delivered the medical degree on behalf of Manchester
University but, from 2011/12, graduates will receive the Keele degree. This will be a
landmark moment for the school that has been so popular with students and received such
praise from the regulatory bodies and partner organisations.
The Keele curriculum is an innovative, modern medical curriculum that includes problem-
based learning. The distinctiveness of the course is that it has been designed to allow
diversity and integration. It allows students with different personalities, aspirations,
preferences, learning styles and strengths and weaknesses to be successful, to enjoy their
undergraduate time and to be able to build on these experiences during postgraduate
Offering patients an opportunity to take part in high quality research projects continues to be
a high priority for us at University Hospital.
During 2010 we recruited 3242 patients into 101 National Institute for Health Research
(NIHR) projects across 20 medical/surgical specialties. This equates to an additional 1085
participants compared to 2009. Since 1st April 2010 we have opened 62 new NIHR studies,
of which 18 are commercial trials. Our target for 2011/12 is 4000 patients. We are on target
to double the number of participants recruited into NIHR studies by 2014.
In partnership with Keele University we secured £1.1m of research grant income during
2010/2011. This partnership delivers a ‘bench to bedside’ approach to research so that the
results of research feed through to daily clinical practice in clinics and on the wards.
We continue to work towards foundation trust status, in particular building on our links with
the public and developing our future strategy with a view to becoming a Foundation Trust by
University Hospital of North Staffordshire is a large acute teaching hospital on the border of
Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire.
We are one of the largest hospitals in the West Midlands and have one of the busiest
emergency departments in the country.
We have good transport links, being close to the M6 and A50, and lie roughly centrally
between Manchester and Birmingham to the north and south, and Derby and Shrewsbury to
the east and west.
How we are organised
Our services are organised into four divisions, each of which is made up of a number of
individual directorates or departments. Our clinical divisions are surgery, medicine and
clinical support services. Each division is led by an associate director, the clinical directors
of each directorate and, within surgery and medicine, a divisional nurse. They are supported
by a human resources manager and finance manager.
We have introduced a service line management structure that places a consultant, a senior
nurse and a manager together at the head of each clinical specialty or service line. Each of
the 35 service line teams is led by a clinician managing the safety, clinical quality, patient
experience and financial aspects of their particular service. As their team performance
improves, they are given increasing levels of freedom to control and manage their own area
to give the best possible quality and service to their patients.
Our non-clinical staff support the work of the Trust’s clinical teams. Some work within the
clinical departments and others are organised into departments of central functions. These
include our executive directors, human resources, operations and performance. The
corporate services division includes estates, facilities, catering, cleaning, portering and
security.On average during 2010/11 we employed the equivalent of 6420 full time staff. A
number of staff transferred to Sodexo and more will transfer during 2011/12. Sodexo
provide some non-clinical hospital services as part of the Private Finance Initiative
Our full annual report and Review of the Year can be viewed at:
TRUST MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS - EXECUTIVE TEAM
Julia Bridgewater - Chief Executive
Julia began her career as an NHS Management Trainee based with the West Midlands Regional
Health Authority. Since then she has undertaken a variety of managerial roles at Burton on Trent and
Stafford before joining the Trust. Julia was appointed as Director of Operations in May 2003, Chief
Operating Officer/Deputy Chief Executive in April 2006 and became Chief Executive for the Trust in
Elizabeth (Liz) Rix - Chief Nurse
Liz joined the Trust in August 2009. She trained at the West Glamorgan School of Nursing,
and following a variety of nursing roles in ITU, Surgery and, as a clinical nurse specialist,
undertook the NHS Management Training Scheme. On completing this, Liz held a variety of
senior roles within the NHS in Wales. In 2006 Liz attained her first Director of Nursing role in
Swansea NHS Trust.
Liz comes to University Hospital with a wealth of acute senior nurse experience in large
hospitals, and joins us direct from her post as director of patient safety at Abertawe Bro
Morgannwg University NHS Trust, the largest in Wales.
John Maddison – Director of Finance
John moved to University Hospital of North Staffordshire in January 2012 to take up post of
Director of Finance. Prior to joining UHNS John had been Director of Finance, Information &
Technology for North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust since 2007 and Financial
Controller at the same Trust from 2005. During this time John was involved in the hospital
achieving Foundation Trust status developing governance documentation, the set up and
embedding the cost efficiency governance framework to ensure delivery of challenging cost
Previous to this John worked for County Durham and Tees Valley SHA, Head of Finance
from 2003 and other Health Authorities from 1982.
Andrew Underwood - Director of Corporate Services
Andrew is the Project Director for the Fit for the Future PFI Project and Head of the
Corporate Services Division with responsibility for capital programme management.
Previously Director of Operations and Estates and Acting Deputy Chief Executive, he is a
chartered surveyor with masters degrees in law and business administration and is a
Gateway assessor and accredited project director. He joined the North Staffordshire Health
Authority in 1990 as Director of Estates and has worked in the NHS for over 30 years – at
Board level since 1985.
Margot Johnson - Director of Human Resources
Margot has been the Director of Human Resources since 2003 having worked in the NHS
since 1979. Her first 3 years were spent in a variety of roles within finance; subsequent
years have been building a career in Human Resources. Margot has gained a broad
experience through both generalist and specialist roles eg: Workforce Planning’
Employment Relations; Organisational Development; Medical Personnel, with a 12 months
working as a business manager and 18 months working as part of a multi-agency team.
Rob Courteney-Harris - Medical Director
Robert Courteney-Harris is Medical Director of University Hospital. He continues to practice
as an ENT Surgeon with a special interest in paediatric ENT, having trained mainly in
London and East Anglia. Robert joined the Trust in 1996. Rob was Clinical Director for
Specialist Surgery for 6 ½ years and Clinical Director for A&E for 2 years. He was Deputy
Medical Director for 18 months before being appointed substantively as the Trust Medical
Director in October 2007.
PROFILE OF THE TRUST BOARD MEMBERS
John MacDonald joined University Hospital as Chairman in November 2010. John has
seven years experience in chair and non-executive roles, and plays an active role in his local
education and business communities.
He has twenty years experience of the NHS, including fifteen years managing large acute
and teaching hospitals. In recent years John has been involved in a number of reviews of
NHS services within the Midlands and the North East.
John has international planning and advisory experience prior to joining the NHS. He worked
in Africa and the Middle East in rural development programmes, economic adviser to the
World Bank, UN and British Government.
Specialising in leadership, he has lectured at both University of Birmingham and University
Non Executive Members
Kevin Fox is a Non Executive Director on the Board of University Hospital. He was a career
civil servant having spent some 24 years in the court service in various parts of England,
including three years in the Potteries as the Manager of the County Court, before setting up
the office of the Legal Services Ombudsman in 1990.
In 1993 Kevin moved to the Crown Prosecution Service where he held senior position in
Liverpool and Manchester before retiring in 2006.
Kevin has been a governor at St Gabriel’s Catholic Primary School in Alsager for some 20
years and Chairman for 15 years. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Patients Panel at
Mereport Medical Centre in Alsager.
Robert Collins was appointed as non-executive director in July 2010. He has held director
posts in both the private and public sectors. He has a strong background in finance and has
developed particular expertise in contract negotiations and developing grant aid
programmes. Robert has been heavily involved in regeneration programmes with both
Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the commercial sector. He currently runs his own company.
Professor Andy Garner
Professor Any Garner trained in physiology and pharmacology. Following Royal Society and
Swedish MRC research fellowship he joined ICI (now AstraZeneca), becoming Head of
Gastrointestinal Research (1979) and Company Senior Scientist (1982). In addition to
working in Scandinavia and North America, Professor Garner spent 5 years at UAE
University as Research Dean before returning to the UK in 1997. He has experience of
working across the NHS/university interface, having been Director of R&D then Executive
Director of Academic Affairs at Hope Hospital in Salford then Head of the Medical School at
Manchester University, where he was also Professor of Physiology and Medical Sciences.
Professor Garner moved to Keele University in 2006 as Executive Dean of the Faculty of
Health. He joined the Board of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in January
Keith is a Chartered Certified Accountant. After qualifying in 1964, his early career was
spent in the heavy engineering, construction and leisure industries, but for the past fifteen
years he has been Management Accountant at Harper Adams University College, which is
based near Newport in Shropshire. Keith was appointed to Shropshire Health Authority in
April 1996 where he served as Vice Chairman. He was a Non-Executive Director and
Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Shropshire and Staffordshire Health Authority prior
to taking up his post with the University Hospital.
Professor Paulene Collins
Paulene Collins was appointed to the Board of University Hospital of North Staffordshire in
2007. Paulene was Head of Department of Law at Staffordshire University and has also held
senior management posts in the Law Society of England and Wales and the College of Law,
where she was appointed Professor in 1998.
Paulene has also held public appointments at a senior management and Board level with the
Lord Chancellor’s Department, the Department for Constitutional Affairs, the Home Office
and the then Department for Education and Skills. She was a local councillor for 14 years
serving on Shropshire County Council and North Shropshire District Council; she was
chairman of the District Council 1984-86. She was awarded an OBE in 1996 for services to
legal education.Paulene’s particular areas of interest are governance, diversity and equality,
disability and special needs and patients’ interests in general.
John Marlor was appointed Non-Executive Director in September 2011. John is a Chartered
Accountant who has recently retired from Balfour Beatty plc, latterly as Finance Director of
Romec Ltd. During his career John has also been involved in operating facilities
management contracts at PFI hospitals and Schools and has extensive experience at Board
level leading finance functions. John is also Non Executive Treasurer with Catch22 a young
persons national charity.
Caring With Knowledge, Value Through Quality
OUR STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK
2011 to 2016
Welcome to the summary of our strategy to provide high quality and cost effective hospital care
for the people of North Staffordshire and beyond. This strategy has been developed in
consultation with patients, our key partners and our staff.
We will judge the success of our strategy by becoming one of the best performing hospitals in the
UK delivering safe, appropriate and effective care; being a recognised centre for healthcare,
teaching, education and research; developing and reinvesting in our services through providing
clinically and financially viable care; having a reputation based on excellent patient experience
and strong relationships with the wider health and social care community.
We aim to become a Foundation Trust and this strategy provides the basis on which to achieve
We have developed clinical strategies for all our services and a long term financial plan which
underpins the delivery of our strategy. If you would like more information please visit our website.
Julia Bridgewater John MacDonald
Chief Executive Chairman
We will be a leading centre in healthcare driven by excellence in patient experience,
research, teaching and education
This means that:
We are here for our patients, their carers and families. We will strive to continually improve
patient experience and the safety and effectiveness of our services.
We will support both current and future generations of healthcare professionals by instilling a
culture of clinical innovation, research, teaching and education.
We will work with other health and social care organisations to provide continuity of care from
hospital to home.
High quality care is provided by valued, motivated and well trained staff.
Respect & Dignity - Our patients are our first priority and we aim to provide consistent, high
quality treatment. We treat our patients as individuals, listening to their particular stories and
supporting them in their individual circumstances.
Safety is a Priority - We strive to keep our patients safe from harm and we create an
environment to keep our staff safe in their work.
Everyone Counts - Our staff are valued, listened to and supported. Everyone is part of the
University Hospital team and we treat everyone as an individual.
Learn from Experience - We reflect when things go right and when they go wrong. This way we
can improve where necessary and build on the things we do well.
Working Together - We put our patients first in everything we do, by reaching out to staff,
patients, carers, families, communities and health and social care partners. We put the needs of
the patient before NHS and other organisational boundaries.
In order to deliver our mission, we will focus on our four specific priorities and 16 goals
THE UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL SCHOOL
In September 2003, Keele University commenced teaching the full 5-year undergraduate medical
course under the auspices of Manchester University. In September 2007, Keele School of Medicine
commenced its own independent 5-year medical course which is delivered in partnership with NHS
trusts in Staffordshire and Shropshire and with General Practitioners in Staffordshire and
Shropshire. The first students from the Keele course will graduate in 2012. The Keele course is in
the final stages of accreditation by the General Medical Council, and the latest report can be seen
The Keele undergraduate course structure is driven by our desire to increase clinical exposure in the
early years, to provide a highly integrated course and to maximise the relevance of classroom
learning to the student’s current clinical placement. There is a continuing desire to promote adult
learning skills and a close link between the curriculum and the learning objectives of “Tomorrow’s
Doctors 2009”; the guide to medical curricula produced by the General Medical Council.
The five themes of the course are ‘scientific basis of medicine’, ‘clinical, communication and
information management skills’, ‘individual, community and population health’, ‘quality and efficiency
in health care’ and ‘ethics, personal and professional development’.
The first year of the new course is spent in a broad overview of medicine with considerable patient
contact that tests the first year student’s vocation as well as extending their knowledge of the basic
science underlying medical practice. In the second year clinical learning increases to 20% of the
timetable, with one day a week in clinical settings.The third year is 50% clinical and 50% basic
medical science with 4 days per week spent in community and hospital (mainly UHNS) clinical
environments. Students continue to relate their clinical learning to medical science in the fourth year
with exclusively clinical placements. A significant proportion of these placements in Year 4 will be in
our affiliated teaching hospitals including those in Shrewsbury and Telford as well as Stafford. The
fourth year culminates in examinations, prior to a final year spent in preparation for professional
practice with student assistantships spent in hospitals and in Primary Care. Assessment in the final
year includes work place based assessment as well as an OSCE focussed on the skills required of a
doctor entering Foundation Programme.
Keele also offers undergraduate students an opportunity to pursue an intercalated degree, with
particular encouragement to undertake a Masters degree between years 4 and 5 of the course. The
School has developed a medical research pathway option, commencing with a Research Methods
Students Selected Component (SSC) in year 3, leading to a range of intercalated degrees which
offer opportunities to develop, carry out and publish a piece of research with an academic research
For further information on the School of Medicine please visit
For information on the Keele undergraduate curriculum please consult our course brochure via the
FIT FOR THE FUTURE AND THE MODERNISATION OF HEALTH SERVICES
Fit for the Future is a major strategic project which will modernise health care systems and
clinical practice across North Staffordshire. The project has sign up from all members of the
local NHS, local authorities and educational establishments. The essence of the project is
the remodelling of services around the needs of the patients, adopting a whole health
systems approach with more care offered in locality settings. This will be achieved by the
development of a new single site acute hospital on the City General site of University
Hospital and the development of a new community hospital on the Haywood Hospital site,
with the LIFT programme developing Health Centres across the Health Economy.
The construction aspect of the programme is being procured by means of two separate
Maternity & Oncology development at City General Hospital – procured by public
funding under a Procure 21 contract.
The main emergency, elective and outpatient facilities at City General Hospital and
the Haywood Development – procured as a PFI scheme.
These developments are being undertaken by University Hospital of North Staffordshire
(NHS) Trust and NHS Stoke on Trent.
Fit for the Future will:
Create an integrated acute hospital based on the City General site
Include a special centre for Emergency Care, which will be able to provide a central
point of entry for all emergencies and will bring Medical, Surgical and Paediatric
Assessment closer together, based around the Emergency Department
Create a new Maternity Centre, a new Cancer Centre and improved inpatient
Develop a modern community and sub acute hospital at the Haywood Development
Develop intermediate care in community hospitals and make provisions for extended
Develop integrated models of care across primary, secondary and tertiary health
systems which centre on providing a seamless journey for the patient
Reorganisation of clinical services will be based around the requirements of clinical teams to
allow closer links between departments and therefore improve quality of patient care.
Throughout the process clinical teams have been extensively involved in shaping future
models of care and the hospital redesign. The formulation of expert teams for each service
area provides the vehicle for regular discussion and input into the redevelopment process
and future healthcare provision.
The Fit for the Future PFI New Hospitals Project reached Financial Close in 2007. The
£370M development is well underway on the City General site. The new CSSD building,
new Catering Building and temporary restaurant opened in 2008 along with the first phase of
the transfer of staff from the Trust to Sodexo Facilities Management. Phase 2 of the
construction on the City General site is well underway with the new Hub and Wards due to
complete in 2012. A new £32M community hospital development at the Haywood site also
opened in September 2009. This is part of the new hospitals project but comes under the
remit of NHS Stoke on Trent.
A separate £71M, publicly funded development for a new Maternity Centre and Cancer
Centre was completed and opened in 2009.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS) NHS Trust aims to be involved in the
development and delivery of new medicines, therapies, medical devices and the Innovations
of Tomorrow for the benefit of its patients and staff. Research and Innovation are vital for
the future well-being of patients, the prosperity of the Trust and the local community. The
Trust aims to build on its successes by aligning its research strengths with national
initiatives, local priorities and clinical need. This is to ensure that research, development and
innovation underpin the delivery of clinical services and research findings get translated into
practice for the benefit of our patients.
This research and innovation strategy aims to deliver the following 6 underpinning
1. To enhance the profile and culture of Research and Innovation within the Trust and
embed it as a priority at all levels within the organisation
2. To increase the capacity to deliver recruitment into NHS National Clinical Research
3. To increase the capacity to develop new Research and Innovation activity
4. To increase income and overhead for research from all potential sources including:
direct research income, NHS research support income and commercial Research
and Innovation income
5. To enhance the involvement of patients and the public in Research and Innovation,
including the setting of priority areas
6. To improve the pathway to adopt research findings, new technologies and
procedures into clinical practice
The National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network (UKCRN) was
developed to support clinical research within the NHS. As part of the UK Clinical Research
Collaboration (UKCRC), it aims to develop a world class infrastructure to support clinical
research in the UK.
The national portfolio comprises research which is funded by the National Institute for
Health Research, the Research Councils and the major charities. Industry sponsored
funded studies go through a review process before adoption onto the portfolio. Entry to the
portfolio is a mark of quality and of relevance to the NHS and, for these reasons, UHNS is
fully committed to providing patient recruitment opportunities to as many patients as
We have approximately 130 studies open to recruitment in a broad range of medical
specialities with around 4000 patients recruited each year.
The Trust has a well-developed commercial portfolio which provides opportunities for Trust
income and support for clinical research. Some commercial trials have been adopted onto
the NIHR portfolio and contribute towards our recruitment target in those areas as well. The
commercial portfolio, however, can and will be expanded.
The Trust also conducts contract laboratory research in a number of areas. These studies
link to the NHS and often require use of patient derived tissue samples, blood and DNA.
Further information can be obtained from Dr Darren Clement
EDUCATION AND LIBRARY FACILITIES
Clinical Education Centre
The Centre was officially opened on 4 March 2005 by Kate Billingham, Deputy Chief Nurse
for the Department of Health and Sir Liam Donaldson, Chief Medical Officer for the
Department of Health.
This is a partnership between the Trust and Keele University which is nearby and gives us a
central resource which enables skills to be enhanced, the latest developments in clinical
practice to be debated, facilitates team development and gives an opportunity for cross
fertilisation of professions and specialities.
The Clinical Education Centre (CEC) provides a purpose built facility to support professional
clinical education in North Staffordshire. This impressive facility is the final building of a
three phase development of the Medical School, which gives an outstanding opportunity to
develop and rationalise current arrangements for all education needs and be responsive to
future needs. There is state of the art teaching equipment and facilities which include
various size seminar rooms, interview rooms, an impressive library and access to lecture
theatres in nearby phase one and at Keele University.
The £16M CEC provides new accommodation for nurses, midwives and other health
professionals training under one roof. Along with the first Medical School building this forms
the core of our on-site education campus.
Within the Clinical Education Centre the Health Library and its associated IT Suite occupies
a large part of the ground floor overlooking the A34 on the City General site. This new
integrated service combines the resources of the NHS in North Staffordshire with those
available to Keele University staff and students.
The library is open to all staff working with or for the NHS and to staff and students of Keele
University. The Library provides a comprehensive service and is committed to supporting
information needs for clinical practice, education and research. The NHS library service
recently achieved the highest level of accreditation following a HeLiCon inspection. The
Library is open from 8.30 am weekdays until 9.45 pm Monday to Thursday, 7.45 pm on
Friday and from 10.00 am until 4.45 pm on Saturday.
HEALTHCARE CAREERS & SKILLS ACADEMY
The Healthcare Careers and Skills Academy (HCSA) is based at the University Hospital of
North Staffordshire (UHNS) and has been set up through collaboration between UHNS,
West Midlands funding agencies, Stoke on Trent College, Skills for Health, Job Centre Plus
and the Skills Funding Agency (formerly the LSC). The Academy offers access to training,
access to employment and careers advice to support new, existing and future employees.
Amongst its portfolio of short courses the Academy delivers:
Skills for Work
Leadership and Management workshops
Post Graduate Medical Education
The Academy also offers qualifications in the following subject areas:
Skills for Life
Information, advice and guidance is provided by the Academy on an array of employment
and training matters within the Trust and operates on an informal, one-to-one basis, offering
impartial, confidential information, advice and guidance.
In addition, for the past 4 years the HCSA has supported the 14-19 agenda working with and
across the health economy including:
Young Apprentices 14-16 yr olds
Post 16 Apprenticeships
Student Apprentices 16-18 yr olds
Medical Summer Schools
To find out more about what we do please contact the Academy at
THE LOCAL AREA
North Staffordshire is an area of contrasting scenes at the heart of Britain and covers approximately
340 square miles. It is bordered to the west by Shropshire and the North East by the Derbyshire Peak
District and is separated from the Black Country to the south by some 30 miles of agricultural land, in
the middle of which lies the county town of Stafford. The Trust boundaries correspond to those of the
local government districts of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Moorlands.
About two thirds of the population is concentrated in the conurbation of the City of Stoke-on-Trent and
the borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme.
The Potteries Shopping Centre is the award winning focal point of the City Centre (Hanley) which has
many major high street stores as well as indoor and outdoor markets. The other towns in the City
have their own shopping centres, each with its own distinctive atmosphere.
Home to the world’s most beautiful china, Stoke-on-Trent has visitor centres and many factory shops
to visit. Gladstone Pottery Museum provides ‘hands on’ experience and the award winning City
Museum and Art Gallery has a wide range of exhibitions and events throughout the year. The five
theatres offer a wide choice of entertainment with drama, music and live acts for all age groups
throughout the year.
The Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme was granted its first charter by Henry II in 1173 and, under
the protection of the new castle from which its name is derived, the town soon became the main route
and market centre in North Staffordshire. Today, Newcastle remains a busy market town, with many
charming villages on the outskirts, and beautiful surrounding countryside.
Staffordshire Moorlands District is a large upland area where stockbreeding is the main farming
activity and is the gateway to the Peak District National Park. The numerous walking and cycling
routes enable visitors to appreciate the area’s spectacular view of charming countryside and the main
villages of character. A main attraction of the area is Alton Towers, famous for its white-knuckle
rides, shows and attractions set in 19 century parklands. Along with nature reserves and a steam
railway to visit, Staffordshire Moorlands offers other activities including climbing and boating.
Housing is plentiful, varied and cheap, with excellent shopping and cultural facilities. There are also
fast road and rail links. Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme are adjacent to the M6 (Junction
15) motorway, about one hour’s drive from both Manchester and Birmingham. There is an Inter City
rail service, with London less than two hours away, and three international airports within a 50 mile
The indigenous population has been remarkably stable for several generations – presenting
considerable opportunities for longitudinal studies and research into epidemiological problems. The
2001 Census showed that within the last ten years, pre-school children aged 0-4 in the County have
dropped by 12% and recorded an even larger reduction of 17.9% in the 15-29 age range. However;
although the younger population appears to be diminishing, Staffordshire’s ageing population has
increased by 12.8% and is now 21% of the County’s population.
Further information can be obtained from www.enjoystaffordshire.com or
Equipment and Facilities
State-of-the-art equipment available within ISTM includes
Dedicated Human Genomics Facility.
Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS) and Fluorescence Imaging.
Microarray Analysis and Real-Time, Quantitative PCR.
Modern synthetic and spectroscopic facilities, eg GC-MS, NMR spectroscopy.
Selected Ion Flow Tube (SIFT) equipment for use in breath gas analysis.
Electron Microscope Unit: TEM with digital camera, field-emission SEM.
IP rights reside with the employer, the University of Keele, pending an agreement between
Keele and the Trust regarding IP issues. Income from patent agreements is divided between
Keele and the postholder according to an agreed formula. The resource that proceeds to
Keele is then shared with the Trust in accordance to a formula agreed between the
University and Trust in proportion to the relevant input and costs incurred.
The Trust and University both encourage the development of Spin-off companies where
appropriate. ISTM has several successful examples.
The successful applicant will apply for research funding where appropriate and where
possible from European Framework Funding and Research Councils. Full economic costings
are required and are to be estimated at Keele. An agreed formula is then developed to
distribute overheads between the University and Trust in proportion to the relevant input and
Responsibility must be supported by resource. It is therefore a requirement that this post
includes the transparency agreement already in place with other Keele researchers at the
Trust. This apportions income from teaching courses and the RAE that flows through the
University. This resource resides in a T account under the supervision of the University. The
post-holder will have the use of this resource to support his or her research and teaching
activities but only with consent of the University Group, and in support of the aims specified
by the Research Committee and University.