POST TITLE: Professor of Pathology
DEPARTMENT: Warwick Medical School (WMS)
SUB-DEPARTMENT: Clinical Sciences Research Institute
POST RESPONSIBLE TO: Dean of WMS, Professor Yvonne Carter
REFERENCE NUMBER: 37406-039
CLOSING DATE: 30 March 2009
PROVISIONAL INTERVIEW DATE 22nd May 2009 (pm)
We are seeking a pathologist of international calibre with a recognised reputation in
You will undertake research, teaching, administration and other activities in Warwick
Medical School (WMS). You will have an honorary contract with University Hospital
Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust, and have clinical pathology
sessions as part of the Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Network.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. To develop an internationally competitive research base in order to pursue
individual and collaborative research of high quality consistent with making a full
active research contribution in line with the objectives of WMS.
2. To secure, in collaboration with colleagues as appropriate, external funding
through research grants or contracts to support a developing research agenda.
3. To manage research projects within the University, including their financial
control and to supervise post-doctoral research assistants, research students,
clinical trainees and other support staff engaged in research.
4. To consider the value of research achievements within their potential commercial
context and where appropriate and with the assistance of the Research Support
Services, take appropriate action to protect such research results by patent
application or copyright to the potential benefit of the University.
5. To develop, with appropriate support, the research infrastructure in pathology
throughout the area covered by West Midlands (South) Comprehensive Local
Research Network (CLRN).
6. Where appropriate and expedient, to secure contract work to the benefit of (your)
research activity and to provide resources to underpin this activity.
7. To publish research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing
and to publish and disseminate the results of research and scholarship in other
8. To identify and explore with WMS and the University of Warwick any
entrepreneurial opportunities which may arise and to ensure that intellectual
property rights are protected for the benefit of the University and the researcher.
9. To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and
professional conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of WMS,
Clinical Sciences Research Institute and The University of Warwick.
10. To contribute fully to the research plans developed by WMS, including providing
such information as may be required to monitor the progress of each member of
staff’s research programme and to support WMS fully in the preparation of
material required for the RAE/REF or similar activities.
1. To co-operate with colleagues in the continuous review and development of the
curriculum and in the design and launch of new degrees or other academic
awards where appropriate.
2. To design, and be responsible for the contents of specific areas of teaching and
learning within the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
3. To give lectures, seminars, tutorials and other classes as appropriate in support
of the required teaching obligations and to supervise laboratory work by
undergraduate and postgraduate students, as appropriate.
4. To supervise undergraduate and postgraduate project work.
5. To support students during any industrial placements, fieldwork or exchange
programmes as required.
6. To ensure that student feedback on teaching is sought through questionnaires
and other sources and to respond constructively to such feedback.
7. To maintain a broad knowledge of up-to-date research and scholarship in
relevant fields to ensure that teaching meets the standards expected within a
8. To undertake academic duties (i.e. setting examination questions, marking,
invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of
high quality teaching.
9. To support and comply with the University and Departmental teaching quality
assurance standards and procedures including the provision of such information
as may be required by WMS or the University.
Administration and Other Activities
1. To undertake such specific departmental roles and management functions as
may be reasonably required by the Dean.
2. To attend departmental meetings and to participate in other committees and
3. To participate in relevant professional activities.
4. To engage in continuous professional development.
5. To undertake external commitments, which reflect and enhance the reputation of
6. To ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.
Knowledge / personal qualities
1. Understanding of the clinical governance process.
2. Ability to manage a clinical team and understand the concepts of management.
3. Credible and persuasive presence both amongst clinical and management
4. Able to work well in a multidisciplinary team and maintain good relations with
5. Willingness to work collaboratively with the Trust’s executive team.
6. Excellent inter-personal qualities.
Clinical Sessions at UHCW (Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Network)
1. To participate in routine surgical pathology reporting and/or post mortem work at
UHCW in support of the Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Network (5 PAs
Clinical skills/knowledge/personal qualities
1. A thorough knowledge of medical audit, medical education, current clinical and
medical best practice.
2. Ability to advise on efficient and smooth running of specialist service.
3. Ability to supervise, appraise, coach and mentor trainee and other doctors
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but
provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. You will be required to be flexible
in your duties.
POST TITLE: Professor of Pathology
DEPARTMENT: Warwick Medical School, Clinical Sciences Research Institute
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications
required to undertake the role effectively.
REQUIREMENTS ESSENTIAL (E) or MEASURED BY:
The postholder must be able to demonstrate: DESIRABLE (D) a) Application Form
REQUIREMENTS b) Test/Exercise
GMC Specialist Registration (Cytopathology / D (E for a clinical a)
Demonstration of CCST for pathology D (E for a clinical a)
Member or fellow of the Royal College of E a)
Pathologist or equivalent specialist body
Demonstrable ability to produce and publish high E a)
quality research publications
Demonstrable ability to attract Grant income E a)
Higher degree, or relevant post-graduate research E a)
Outstanding record of international level E a), c)
publications and research and planning for future
research relating to pathology
An ability and commitment to contribute actively E a)
and lead the development of pathology research
within Coventry & Warwickshire
The ability to work well with colleagues and to relate E a)
to patients/relatives in an understanding manner
Experience of service development E a)
Experience of teaching and supervision at E a)
Capacity to work with and support other staff in E a)
developing both their teaching and research
Senior level administrative experience E a)
Good organisational skills E a)
Experience of promoting externally-funded research E a)
Ability to assist the development research in clinical D a)
Ability to lead in the translation of laboratory based D a)
research to the clinical practice
Ability to lead sub-specialty reporting service D a)
complimentary to existing or planned service
We are seeking to appoint an exceptional research pathologist, capable of building a
research base of international standing. The successful applicant must have a
strong publication record, a clear vision of the direction of his/her research and how it
integrates with existing work in Warwick (see below), and the leadership qualities
required to build and sustain a competitive research programme. Quality of research
output will be an important factor in determining our choice of appointee.
The Chair of Pathology at Warwick Medical School will complement existing research
teams at UHCW and/or The University of Warwick. You will be expected to lead
pathology based research, both in your own field and expanding the developing
research interests which exist in pathology and other clinical teams. In addition you
will take a lead role and facilitator for capitalising on the potential for translational
research which exist between the University and UHCW NHS Trust. You will have an
honorary status at The University Hospital.
You will also be entitled to clinical sessions at UHCW NHS Trust in either surgical
pathology, cytology or post mortem as your special interest dictates.
The research profile of WMS currently includes the following specialist areas:
Metabolic Diseases (diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and hypertension),
Reproductive Medicine (preterm labour, preeclampsia, stem cell biology and
infertility), Public Mental Health (epidemiology of common mental disorders,
parenting, social determinants of health), Clinical Effectiveness, Clinical Trials
(Emergency Care and Rehabilitation, Cancer, Diabetes) and Primary Care.
Candidates with a research interest which complements any of these areas are
encouraged to apply.
Due to the nature of this role, the successful applicant will be required to undergo
enhanced level Criminal Records Bureau clearance before commencing work with
the University. Clearance obtained via another institution or body cannot be
transferred. The successful applicant will also be required to undergo a Pre
Employment Medical Check before commencing work with the University. This will
involve a medical history questionnaire and may also require an appointment with a
member of the University’s Occupational Health team.
Candidates are welcome to visit the UHCW Pathology Department and initial contact
should be made with: Dr David Snead, Tel: 02476 538855, email:
The University of Warwick
The University of Warwick is arguably the most successful of UK universities founded
within the past half-century, and has earned an outstanding reputation both for
research and teaching. Warwick is comfortably ranked within the top ten of all UK
university newspaper rankings including 6th in the most recent Sunday Times Good
University Guide. It was also ranked 7th in the RAE 2008.
Founded in 1965 Warwick has been a unique and uniquely successful British
university combining a “can-do” entrepreneurial spirit with a commitment to absolute
academic excellence. Professor Nigel Thrift, Warwick’s 5th Vice-Chancellor, was
appointed in 2006 to transform the University from a leading university within the UK
to become one of the world’s top 50 universities by 2015. A new university strategy
has been launched as a result of extensive consultation with staff, students and
Warwick’s many external stakeholders, and is making good progress.
Warwick employs over 5,000 members of staff, of whom 2,400 are academic and
research staff spread across 28 academic departments and 30 research centres;
91% of the academic staff are in departments with research ratings of 5 or 5*. Of the
24 departments assessed under the subject review process, 22 were rated excellent
(or scored 21 or more out of 24) for teaching quality.
The University of Warwick has a total student population of 17,000 (full-time
equivalent) of whom approximately 11,000 are undergraduates and 7,000 are
postgraduates. Nearly one-quarter of Warwick’s students are international, helping to
create a vibrant and cosmopolitan campus environment which is valued and
celebrated by the University.
The University’s campus, located on a 400-acre site spanning the south west
boundary of Coventry and the county of Warwick, has an open and pleasant outlook
and was voted “Best University Campus” in a national student poll published by the
Times Higher Education Supplement in 2006. The campus offers excellent sporting
facilities, including a swimming pool, a newly refurbished gym, a climbing wall, an all
weather running track and acres of football and rugby pitches. An indoor tennis
centre has recently been opened. The renowned Warwick Arts Centre is the largest
outside London with the Mead Gallery showing visiting collections of contemporary
art, a concert hall, two theatres and a cinema.
The University of Warwick is ideally placed for easy access to London (just over one
hour on the train), close to the picturesque towns of Warwick, Kenilworth and
Leamington Spa and about 45 minutes from the centre of Birmingham. The
University is in the heart of Shakespeare’s Warwickshire with historic Stratford-upon-
Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Cotswolds all within easy reach.
The University of Warwick has a turnover approaching £350 million. The University
continues to invest heavily in its campus infrastructure and environment and its future
capital plan includes: a new student union building; a 500 bed student residency; new
hotel accommodation for visiting academics; a refurbishment of the Library; a further
extension to the Warwick Business School; and a state of the art Warwick Digital
Laboratory, the foundation stone for which was laid by Prime Minister Gordon Brown
in May 2007. Capital investment in the next year alone will total £35 million.
Further details about the University of Warwick can be found at
The Managerial and Administrative Structure of the University
The University’s administrative and managerial structure is headed by the Vice-
Chancellor, supported by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar, the Deputy
Registrar and the Finance Director. However, as with all such structures, the informal
lines of decision making and the sharing of responsibility for planning and strategy
flatten the hierarchy. Institutional level decisions are initially made by a group
comprising academics and administrators who form the Senate Steering Committee
which operates much along the lines of a weekly cabinet for the University.
The Registrar, Mr Jon Baldwin, is responsible for the administration of the University
and is supported in this task by a team of Senior Officers, each of whom is
responsible for a key area and associated offices of University administration: the
Academic Registrar, the Estates Director, the Director of Personnel Services, the
Director of Campus Affairs, the Director of IT Services, the Director of
Communication and Strategy, the Director of the International Office, the Director of
Research Support Services and the University Librarian. A number of office heads
and directors report in turn to these Senior Officers. To ensure overall co-ordination
between and across the University’s administration, all administrative posts within
academic departments have a “dotted line” reporting to the University Registrar as
well as the Department in which they are based.
Warwick Medical School (WMS)
Dean WMS: Professor Yvonne Carter, OBE MBBS MD FRCGP FMedSci
Vice-Dean WMS: Professor Martin Underwood, MD FRCGP
The Medical School at Warwick was established in 2000 as part of an expansion in
the number of Medical Schools nationally to deliver the additional capacity needed to
support the Government’s plan to increase the number of UK trained medical
graduate’s joining the NHS.
In its first RAE submission WMS was ranked 10th for Health Services Research and
19th for Other Hospital Clinical Subjects. This is an excellent result for a new medical
school. Our aim is to be rate in the top 5-10 in each unit of assessment in the
forthcoming Research Excellence Framework.
The School is currently organised in three Institutes, the Institute of Clinical
Education (ICE) which is the base for all the School’s educational programmes, the
Clinical Sciences Research Institute (CSRI), home for our biomedical and acute
hospital-based research groups, and Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI)
which focuses on research in the community-based clinical disciplines.
The School’s principal clinical partners are University Hospitals Coventry and
Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW), the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, South
Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust, Coventry Teaching Primary Care Trust
and the other Primary Care Trusts within Warwickshire. Additional clinical
placements are provided by Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust,
Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and by a number of general
practices throughout the West Midlands. At UHCW, a state of the art PFI hospital
provides an optimal environment to support both research and education at the Trust.
The Clinical Sciences Building and the Clinical Sciences Research Institute are
based on the UHCW site and provide a base for education and laboratory research
for the Medical School.
The Medical School’s research is focused around a number of multi-disciplinary and
cross-specialty teams; collaboration within and outside School and University is
encouraged and investigators are encouraged to work across traditional disciplinary
boundaries in innovative ways.
WMS works closely with many departments across the University for both our
Research and education programmes; these include the Department of Biological
Sciences, the School of Health and Social Studies, the Department of Sociology, the
Department of Statistics, Warwick Business School, Warwick Manufacturing Group,
Complexity Science, Centre for Systems Biology, the Law School and the
Department of Mathematics.
Clinical Sciences Research Institute (CSRI)
The Clinical Sciences Research Institute (CSRI) of WMS is a centre for research into
strategic areas of human health. The work of the Institute ranges from molecular and
cellular biology to patient-orientated physiological approaches and is based around
the major research themes of Metabolic Health (including diabetes, obesity,
cardiovascular medicine and endocrinology), Reproduction (reproductive biology and
reproductive medicine), Orthopaedics and Clinical Effectiveness. CSRI has 35 full-
time academics, ~20 research fellows, ~15 postdoctoral fellows and ~45
postgraduate students working in new, purpose-built laboratories equipped with the
latest instrumentation. There are more than 60 externally-funded projects external
currently underway at CSRI, with a total value exceeding £8.7 million. WMS signed a
strategic partnership agreement with the Medical Research Council in 2007, the first
new medical school to do so. This has already resulted in a Strategic Chair
appointment and a new Doctoral Training Centre with the Department of Biological
CSRI is sited at the recently completed University Hospital of Coventry and
Warwickshire (UHCW), providing an interface for patient-orientated research.
Translational Medicine is a key element in our research approach and we have
recently developed a major collaboration with the University of Birmingham under the
Science Cities initiative and funded by the Regional Development Agency in the
Further information about research at CSRI is available at
Institute of Clinical Education (ICE)
The Institute of Clinical Education has three core functions delivering undergraduate
medical education, postgraduate education including research degrees, and research
on clinical/health professional education. Professor Jill Thistlethwaite, the Director of
the Institute, leads a team comprising three directorates covering specific portfolios.
These are the Directorate for Masters-level Accredited Courses and continuing
professional development (Director: Dr Adrian Stokes); the Directorate for MBChB
Graduate-entry course (Director: Dr Jane Kidd), and the Directorate for Research
Degrees (Director: Dr Frances Griffiths). The Director of Quality Assurance, Dr Paul
O’Hare, has a remit across all areas of the Institute. Professor Neil Johnson, as
Associate Dean for teaching, has an overarching role across this Institute.
WMS is very active in the provision of postgraduate and continuing professional
development programmes. The university has a long history of involvement in
postgraduate medical education and CPD for health professionals, particularly in the
fields of diabetes (Warwick Diabetes Care), community child health, health
information science and sexual health. Postgraduate provision has been
consolidated, strengthened and expanded through the formation of the medical
The school provides a number of entry routes into postgraduate study. Students can
initially register for our flexible master’s programme in health sciences which allows
students to select their own combination of modules from the wide range on offer to
build sufficient credit for the award of a master’s degree. We also offer masters
programmes in diabetes, public health, implant dentistry, child health, sexual and
reproductive health, orthopaedics, philosophy and ethics of mental health, palliative
care, medical education, and health services management. We offer short courses
both accredited and non-accredited in areas such as diabetes care, occupational
health, and clinical systems improvement. Collaborations with other departments
include the Postgraduate Diploma in Regulatory Occupational Health and Safety for
The Institute is developing a number of strands of research in clinical education.
Particular areas of interest are clinical and communication skills education, values-
based practice, interprofessional education, patient involvement and service
improvement, professionalism and the professional development experiences of
The undergraduate MB ChB course at Warwick is a four-year graduate entry
programme which requires entrants to already have a first degree in biological
sciences or a similar subject. The initial element of the course (Phase 1) lasts for 18
months and provides a foundation in the clinical and social sciences with some
elements of clinical experience. This is followed by Phase 2 which is organised as a
series of clinical placements in local NHS organisations, including four local hospitals
and 30 local practices, lasting for 36 months. The annual intake to the MB ChB
programme is 164 home students and 14 overseas students and the vast majority of
our students’ progress to foundation training posts in local West Midlands NHS
Trusts following their graduation.
The MB ChB course is based in the purpose-designed medical teaching building. Dr
Jane Kidd is Reader in Communication Studies, and Director of Undergraduate
Education, working closely with Dr Philip McTernan, who co-ordinates Phase 1
teaching, and Dr Colin MacDougall, the Phase 2 co-ordinator. Dr Vinod Patel is
Reader in Clinical Skills: the curriculum places emphasis on the horizontal integration
of clinical skills teaching with communication skills as well as the vertical integration
of early learning and patient contact with later Phase 2 teaching (it is for this reason
that clinicians are involved in the Phase 1 teaching alongside their basic scientist
colleagues). Ms Deborah Markham (FRCS), and Dr Mandy Barnett are Associate
Clinical Professors in Medical Education, and Dr Ann Jackson is Associate Professor
in Interprofessional Education. Professor Peter Abrahams as Professor of Clinical
Anatomy is developing integrated clinical anatomy teaching across clinical
specialities. Dr David Davies is Reader in E-Learning. The School is very active in
the International Virtual Medical School (IVIMeds) collaboration.
At Warwick Medical School particular emphasis is placed on developing
professionalism in medical education. Professor Bill Fulford and colleagues in
Philosophy of Mental Health have been developing the concepts of values-based
practice, working to provide doctors and medical students with a system of decision
support which considers the values of patients and colleagues and which works in a
way complementary to evidence-based practice.
Community education comprises learning in general practices across Coventry and
Warwickshire PCTs and beyond. An active network of practices, GP tutors, and
practice teachers is involved with undergraduate students throughout their course.
There are 10 GP Senior or Principal Clinical Fellows in Medical Education employed
at WMS and three GP Associate Clinical Professors. Interprofessional learning is an
active partnership with University of Coventry and Faculty Development is led by a
learning and teaching specialist.
A recent collaboration sees Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) establishing
on the Warwick Medical School site under the leadership of Professor Marilyn
The Health Sciences Research Institute
The Institute comprises the disciplines of public health, primary care, statistics, health
economics and rehabilitation as well as the medical specialities of general practice,
psychiatry, emergency medicine and community child health. It has established an
accredited clinical trials unit which supports intervention trials throughout medical
school. The Institute has strong links with the NHS through the local Primary Care
Trusts, the West Midlands Deanery and the Regional Public Health Office. It also has
strong links with the Clinical Sciences Research Institute and Institute of Clinical
Education, with other Warwick University Departments particularly the School of
Health and Social Studies and with other local Universities including Leicester,
Coventry and Birmingham.
The Institute’s research programme covers new and emerging areas of health
research and key health priorities. At present there are three main research groups: -
one of which covers public health, epidemiology, psychiatry and child health; the
second primary care, primary secondary care interface and health care systems; and
the third clinical trials with a focus on emergency care, rehabilitation and cancer. The
three groups are closely integrated and members work collaboratively across all
three groups. Key research topics include:
Cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk factors and preventive programmes
including promotion of physical activity and healthy eating, prevention of
hypertension and screening for hypercholesterolemia and the emerging
burden of cardiovascular disease in developing countries.
Public mental health including the impact of life course determinants, social
inequalities and the built environment, aetiology and risk factors, links with
physical health and preventive interventions.
Emergency care, rehabilitation and prevention of injury and musculoskeletal
Management of chronic illness with a focus on decision making and patient
Cancer prevention and management.
E-health, particularly the role of the internet in healthcare.
Professors at Warwick Medical School
The current clinical professors at the University of Warwick are Yvonne Carter
[General Practice & Dean of WMS], Martin Underwood [Primary Care Research &
Vice-Dean of WMS], Neil Johnson [Medical Education & Associate Dean (Teaching)],
Sudhesh Kumar [Medicine, Diabetes and Metabolism & Associate Dean (External
Affairs)], Steve Thornton [Obstetrics & Associate Dean (Clinical Research)], Sarah
Stewart-Brown [Public Health & Director of the Health Sciences Research Institute],
Jill Thistlethwaite [Clinical Education and Research & Director of ICE], Francesco
Cappuccio [Cardiovascular Medicine and Epidemiology], Antonio Ceriello [Diabetes
& Endocrinology] Matthew Cooke [Emergency Medicine & Clinical Systems
Improvement], Jeremy Dale [Primary Care], Bill Fulford [Philosophy & Mental Health],
Fang Gao-Smith [Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain], Damian Griffin [Trauma &
Orthopaedic Surgery], Simon Murch [Paediatrics & Child Health], Chris Poole
[Oncology], Donald Singer [Clinical Pharmacology], Swaran Singh [Social and
Community Psychiatry] and Scott Weich [Psychiatry].
The non-clinical professors are John Davey [Cell Biology, Associate Dean
(Biomedical Research) & Director of CSRI], Peter Abrahams [Anatomy], Jane Barlow
(Public Health in the Early Years], Colin Blakemore, Janet Dunn [Cancer Clinical
Trials], Martin Feelisch [Experimental Medicine], Dimitris Grammatopoulos [Molecular
Medicine], Geraldine Hartshorne [Professorial Fellow], Maj Hulten [Reproductive
Genetics], Sallie Lamb [Rehabilitation & Clinical Trials], David Spanswick [Molecular
Neurosciences], Peter Spurgeon [Health Services Management], Justin St. John
[Reproductive Biology], Nigel Stallard [Medical Statistics], Ala Szczepura [Health
Services Research], Paul Thornalley [Systems Biology], Margaret Thorogood
[Epidemiology], and Victor Zammit [Molecular Biochemistry].
Other relevant departments at The University of Warwick
Department of Biological Sciences
The Department of Biological Sciences has consistently received a high rating for its
research in the research assessment exercises, being 'starred' by the UGC in 1986
and given a rating of 5 in 1989, 1992, 1996 and 2001. The Department currently has
57 members of Academic Staff, including 10 long-term Research Fellows, 1
Departmental Research Fellow, 3 Royal Society Research Fellows, 1 NERC
Research Fellow 2 Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellows and 3 Clinical
Research Fellows. In addition, there are approximately 70 Postdoctoral Research
Associates and Graduate Assistants, 50 Research Technicians, 120 PhD students
and 21 Administrative and Clerical Staff. The research staff are organised into eight
Research Groups, of which the Neurosciences and the Molecular Physiology
Research Groups have been added most recently. These groups receive substantial
support from the Research Councils, charities and other institutions, government
departments and British and overseas industry. Recent data demonstrates in excess
of 125 research grants and contracts with a combined value of approximately £29.1
Warwick Systems Biology Centre
The University of Warwick has created a new Centre in the scientifically exciting and
strategically important area of Systems Biology. The Centre will build on the
University’s current strengths and involves a substantial investment that includes 12
new academic posts and substantial dedicated accommodation and infrastructure.
The Centre is located with the Molecular Organisation and Assembly in Cells
(MOAC) Doctoral Training Centre in newly renovated accommodation at the centre of
the Main Campus. The initiative is being led by the Mathematics Institute, the
Department of Biological Sciences, Warwick Medical School and Warwick-HRI.
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
The Trust was formed as a Third Wave Trust in April 1993 by the merger between
the former Walsgrave Hospital NHS Trust and Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital.
On 1st April 1998, Walsgrave Hospitals NHS Trust merged with Rugby NHS Trust,
incorporating the Hospital of St Cross. These hospitals provide a comprehensive
range of complementary services to the population of Coventry, Warwickshire and
beyond, main purchasers being Coventry and Warwickshire PCT’s. On 1st November
2000 the Trust was renamed the “University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
NHS Trust”, (the Trust), in recognition of its status as the principal Acute Trust for the
newly formed Warwick Medical School. The Trust has Private Finance Initiative
status (PFI). More than £350 million has been invested to re-develop the existing
Walsgrave site and the new state of the art hospital was opened in July 2006. The
Hospital of St. Cross in Rugby is being further developed as a centre of orthopaedic
excellence. The Trust is currently applying for Foundation Trust status.
The Trust is managerially divided into the four areas:
Medical, Women and Children’s Division
Combined Specialities Division
Acute care, Critical care and theatre
The Trust occupies 75 acres in the North East of Coventry, some four miles from the
city centre and one mile from junction 2 of the M6 motorway. Redevelopment of the
site is almost complete, the old Walsgrave Hospital building having been demolished
in 2007. The only remaining development on site is the completion of the Myton
Hospice building. The new hospital has 1121 overnight beds and 112 day beds. In
addition the Hospital of St. Cross in Rugby, about 15 miles away, has a further 149
overnight beds and 18 day beds, around 30% of which are reserved for cold
orthopaedic surgery cases. The catchment population is over 395,000 and in the
sub-regional specialities the Trust serves a population of over 800,000.
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust provides:
Sub-regional Services District Services Diagnostic Services
Neurosurgery General medicine General Radiology
Neuroimaging Haematology MRI and CT scanning
Neurology Specialist rehabilitation Ultrasound
Neurophysiology Rheumatology Nuclear Medicine
Assisted Conception Dermatology PET / CT
Cardiology Respiratory medicine Interventional Radiology
Cardiothoracic Gastroenterology Endoscopy
Surgery Infectious diseases Neurophysiology
Renal Medicine Diabetes Respiratory function
Renal Transplantation Endocrinology testing
Oncology Radiotherapy Paediatrics Echo-cardiography
Neonatal Intensive General surgery Haematology
Care Vascular surgery Biochemistry
Clinical Physics ENT Cellular pathology
Plastic surgery Urology Microbiology
Obstetrics Vascular investigation
Gynaecology Medical physics/nuclear
Reproductive medicine medicine.
Trauma and orthopaedics
Maxillo Facial Surgery
As one of the largest organisations of its type in the UK the Trust has 1,400 beds,
around 6,500 staff and a budget of over £280 million a year.
The Trust is the major tertiary acute hospital for Coventry, Warwickshire and South
West Leicestershire, serving a combined population of around one million people. It
also provides a number of specialities on a regional basis to a much larger
Renal dialysis and transplantation centre
Cardiothoracic surgery and invasive cardiology
Major trauma for the eastern part of the West Midlands
Neo-natal Intensive Care
The money to provide hospital services comes from local Health Authorities and
Primary Care Trusts, who have the task of assessing all the health needs, setting
priorities and allocating funds to meet these as well as government health targets.
They ensure that local health priorities are met and the changes needed to
modernise the NHS take place across the whole range of health services in their
The New University Hospital, Coventry
The new PFI funded hospital opened in July 2006, and is one of the largest UK
Hospital complexes built. It provides modern purpose built facilities for patients
including state-of-the-art medical technology and ensures that the local population
continues to receive high quality services into the 21st century. The new hospital is
five storeys high and a quarter of a mile long. A third of the beds are in single rooms.
It has modern hi tech investigation, diagnostic and treatment equipment and is
currently one of the best equipped hospitals in Europe. This new building will ensure
that our patients receive care that measures up against not just the best in this
country but the best in Europe and North America.
The Hospital complex also has a state of the art Clinical Sciences Building which
opened in November 2003 and which houses the new Medical Education and
Training Centres to include:
Library areas 2 syndicate rooms
Lecture Theatre 8 Skills training rooms
14 Seminar rooms Research laboratories
3 IT training rooms IT, catering and office infrastructure
Clinical Skills room
There are also a number of close-to-patient teaching areas in the main hospital
(average 1 per ward or outpatient clinic) where students can be given practical
training in proximity to patients.
A new anatomy and surgical skills unit has been developed and will open in 2009.
This purpose built facility houses a £1m collection of plastinated dissected cadavers
and body parts, as well as providing dual facilities for cadaveric dissection and
surgical training. The trust holds HTA licences for pathology (including research),
human application and anatomy.
Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Network
Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology (C & W Pathology) was formally established
on 1st April 2008 and represents a managed pathology network providing diagnostic
pathology services to South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust (Warwick
Hospital; SWH), George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust (GEH), and University Hospital
Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW), in conjunction with Coventry and
Warwickshire Primary Health Care Trusts (PCT’s). This is a stand-alone business
unit accountable to a Shared Services Board with executive representation from each
of the three participating Trusts. The staffing model utilises a host Trust (UHCW) for
the employment of all staff groups within the Pathology service.
The model of care adopted by the Cellular Pathology Board maintains
consultant pathologist presence on the main Hospital sites of the 3 member Trusts
(SWH, GEH, UHCW Hospitals). The Cell Path Board is currently working towards a
team working approach to service delivery by promoting common IT, developing
common consultant job planning and workload distribution, sub-specialty team
reporting, and developing advanced practitioner led BMS cut-up. Current workload
across all sites is around 45,000 requests in surgical pathology, 5,700 non-gynae
cytology requests and 65,000 cervical cytology requests. Cancer services are
delivered within the Arden Cancer Network.
Main Purpose of this Post
C & W Pathology requires a Professor of Pathology at University of Warwick to
strengthen research and provide academic leadership, and provide expert cellular
pathology support covering a sub-specialty area. The appointee will be expected to
already have established an area of special interest and it is anticipated that this will
match one the current areas of activity of the department. The appointee may
become the specific lead for this area at the UHCW site and will be expected to link
with clinical colleagues including input into specific MDT meetings. Diagnostic input
into other clinical areas within the department is welcomed subject to available PA’s
and job planning review in conjunction with the Head of Department and Cellular
Pathology Director. The clinical component of this post will reflect the expertise of the
appointee. An ability to lead in molecular diagnostic pathology or even management
of service delivery may be viewed as valuable alternatives to surgical reporting in
respect of service delivery
Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Management Structure
Clinical Director Dr Neil Anderson
Clinical Director Cell Path Dr David Snead
Director of Operations Ms Jane Mills
Finance Director Mr Steve Gill
Human Resources Manager Ms Jess McCarthy
Cell Path Operations manager Ms Liz Wilson
The lines of Medical accountability are through the Head of Department to the
Cellular Pathology Director C & W Pathology Director (Dr Neil Anderson) and
Medical Director UHCW NHS Trust (Mr Richard Kennedy). Arrangements for
Appraisal and job planning will be undertaken by the clinical director.
The Department of Pathology UHCW
The Histopathology and Cytology laboratories, with the main Biochemistry and
Haematology laboratories are located on the 4th floor of the University Hospital site.
Histopathology & Cytology have conditional CPA accreditation. The Department is
approved for training specialist registrars and hosts the West Midlands SHO Training
School. The Department became an examination centre for MRCPath in 2004. Head
of Department is Dr D Snead.
The workload consists of:
27000 surgical pathology Korner requests per annum (9% from GPs)
30000 cervical cytology requests per annum (90% from GPs)
2500 non-gynaecological requests per annum
circa 500 autopsies per annum
The workload includes major head and neck, thoracic, urology, gynaecological,
plastic surgery and gastrointestinal resections as it is the cancer centre for Arden
Cancer Network, as well as renal and lung biopsies reflecting UHCW NHS Trust’s
position as a regional and a tertiary referral centre. Arrangements for cervical
cytology comply with EL (97) 67. The Department is partly sub-specialised and takes
part in a wide range of technical and diagnostic EQA programmes including a range
of specialist EQA’s. There is a BMS3 with an extended role in cut-up and an
Advanced Practitioner in Cytology.
Mortuary and Autopsy Services
There are approximately 500 autopsies per annum of which up to around 10 are
hospital autopsies and the remainder are undertaken on behalf of HM Coroner. All
autopsies are carried out at the University Hospital site. The service is supported by
6 wte Anatomical Pathology Technicians.
The Department provides a wide range of laboratory support to the diagnostic service
Frozen section and fine needle aspiration service
Immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence service
Full computerisation (Ultra/Triple G)
Digital photography and slide projection equipment
Conventional video camera and photography support
Diagnostic molecular pathology facilities including FISH
Access to electron microscopy
A wide range of specialist textbooks and journals
Staffing Structure in C & W Pathology
C & W Pathology Consultant Staff
NAME and BASE DEPT. SPECIAL INTEREST
Dr K Chen (UHCW) Urological & Renal Pathology (Arden NSSG lead)
Dr S Ferryman (UHCW) Cervical Cytology and Gynaecological Pathology
(Arden NSSG lead)
Dr T Guha (UHCW) Gastrointestinal and Breast Pathology
Dr J Macartney (UHCW) Breast and Lymphoreticular Pathology (Arden NSSG
Dr P Matthews (UHCW) Lymphoreticular and Head & Neck Pathology (Arden
NSSG Head and Neck lead)
Dr B. Sinha (UHCW) Urological and Lung Pathology
Dr D Snead (UHCW) Lung, Ophthalmic and Dermatopathology across sites
(Arden NSSG Lung lead)
Dr S Suoratamo (UHCW) Lower GI across sites
Dr Y Yeo (UHCW) Head & Neck and Gynaecological Pathology
Dr R Carr (SWH) Skin (Arden NSSG lead)
Dr N Chachlani (SWH) Haematology, Gynae, breast (Arden NSSG
Dr S Sanders (SWH) GI, Skin (Arden NSSG lower GI lead)
Dr J Simon (SWH) Breast, Gynae
Dr O Stores (SWH) Urology, Breast, Gynae
Dr L Brown (GEH) Breast, Gynae
Dr U Pandey (GEH) GI, Urology, Head and neck
Dr S Read-Jones (GEH) Breast, Gynae
Dr E Ruban (GEH) Breast, GI, Skin
Doctors in Training UHCW site
Specialist Registrars 3.0 WTE
Senior House Officers (SHO School) 2.0 WTE
Senior House Officers (Foundation) 1.0 WTE
Laboratory Staff UHCW site
Laboratory Manager Mrs L Wilson
MLSO 3 Histology Mr P Whitney
Advanced Practitioner in Cytology Mrs P Solloway
Senior Secretary Mrs P Mistry
Non-Clinical Staffing in Cellular Pathology UHCW site
HC WTE HC WTE
MLSO 3 2 2.0 Vacant 1.0
MLSO 2 3 2.5 3.0 3.0
MLSO 1 5 4.0 3.0 1.61
Tr MLSO 1 1.0 1.0 1.0
Support 4 4.0 2.0 1.54
MTO 1 1
MTO 4 4
Trainee MTO 1 1
A&C 5 1 1.0
A&C 4 4 3.8 1.0 0.41
A&C 2 1.0 0.41
The Trust has a range of Clinical Governance systems and processes to guarantee
clinical safety and ever improving quality for the patients we see and treat. This has
been highlighted by the Commission for Health Improvement’s recent report that saw
UHCW move to two star status and one on which the Trust will continue to build for
Clinical Governance refers to the quality of health care offered within a healthcare
organisation. It is defined as a ‘framework through which NHS organisations are
accountable for continually improving the quality of their services and safeguarding
the standards of care by creating an environment in which excellence in clinical care
will flourish.’ Essentially it is putting the patient first and ensuring that we have robust
systems, clear standards and high quality, well-trained staff in place to deliver care.
The Assurance & Governance Committee monitors Clinical Governance on behalf of
the Trust Board. Each speciality within the Trust has its performance of Clinical
Governance monitored and reports to the Assurance & Governance Committee
throughout the year.
The Trust has solid structures in place to cover all aspects of Clinical Governance.
Each element of Clinical Governance has its own committee, who also report to
Assurance & Governance, and each of these groups have Development
Programmes in place to ensure that all of the measures required to ensure Clinical
Governance is both delivered and monitored are in place. The Clinical Governance
Patient & Public Involvement – the Trust has its own Patient’s Council and
numerous examples of how it involves patients and the public in the design,
delivery and monitoring of services.
Clinical Audit – all specialities have programmes in place to audit their services
and have protected time to meet monthly
Clinical Effectiveness – our Trust systems ensure that the care given is based on
the best available evidence from such bodies as the National Institute for Clinical
Clinical Risk Management –the Trust has robust systems in place not only to
record when things go wrong but to ensure that when they do we learn from them
and stop them from happening again. Improving patient safety has been a major
focus of the work in Clinical Governance over the last year.
Staffing and Staff Management – the Trust is ensuring that it has the appropriate
staff, in the required numbers and in the right place. We also must ensure we
know what the needs of patients services will be in the future and that we have
the necessary workforce in place to deliver those services
Training & Development – in order to ensure that the Trust delivers high quality
care, we must have high quality, well-trained staff. The Trust has systems in
place to assess the training needs of staff and that staff are appropriately
developed in order to fulfil their own ambitions.
Clinical Information – ensures all our clinical staff has the appropriate information
to ensure they can not only deliver care appropriately but to monitor and audit
how effective their care has been.
Suggested Draft Job Plan for Clinical appointment (a Non-Clinical appointment
would not have a formal job plan)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Am Academic/ Clinical Clinical SPA Academic/
Research Pathology Pathology (UHCW) Research
Pm Academic/ Clinical SPA Academic/ Academic/
Research Pathology (UHCW) Research Research
West Midlands (South) Comprehensive Local Research Network
The West Midlands (South) Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN) is one
of 25 CLRNs across England which form part of the UK Comprehensive Clinical
Research Network (CCRN). The CCRN provides support for clinical trials and other
well designed studies in all areas of disease and clinical need.
The aims of the CLRN are,
To ensure that patients and healthcare professionals from all parts of the
country and from all areas of healthcare can take part in and benefit from
To improve the quality, speed and coordination of clinical research by
removing the barriers to research within the NHS
To streamline and performance manage NHS support for clinical studies to
ensure that the costs of research are met in a timely and efficient manner
To unify and streamline administrative procedures associated with regulation,
governance, reporting and approvals
To strengthen research collaboration with industry and ensure that the NHS
can meet the health research needs of industry
To further integrate health research and patient care.
Formally established in June 2007, West Midlands (South) CLRN is the primary
vehicle for providing infrastructure to support study involvement in Coventry,
Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. The CLRN will encourage
participation in a range of high quality clinical studies in the National Institute for
Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network Portfolio
(http://public.ukcrn.org.uk/search/) and will provide a coordinated and efficient
infrastructure of research personnel and facilities to support recruitment.
The Trusts and key stakeholders within the CLRN comprise Coventry and
Warwickshire Partnership Trust, Coventry Teaching PCT, Coventry University,
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust, Herefordshire PCT,
South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust, Warwick Medical School,
Warwickshire PCT, West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Worcestershire
Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust,
Worcestershire PCT, Worcester University, University Hospitals Coventry &
Warwickshire NHS Trust.
This post will have direct involvement with all member organisations and will provide
clear leadership to the support services. You will work with the Clinical Lead for the
CLRN and Senior Network Manager and oversee the development of standardised
approaches to the Clinical Imaging research service which in turn will remove
barriers to research. You will also work with the core CLRN team to develop a robust,
specialist training programme for Clinical Imaging research practice and ensure the
adherence to uniform Standard Operating Procedures for Research Governance.
The CLRN team will clearly work with you to implement the above but you will be
expected to be the figure-head to drive this forward and ensure that the CLRN meets
its fundamental aims.
Further information on the UKCRN and Comprehensive Local Research Networks
can be found at http://www.ukcrn.org.uk/index/networkds/comprehensive.html
Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy
(Developed in line with the CRB Disclosure information pack, part DIP011)
This Policy applies to all staff recruitment at the University of Warwick.
As an organisation using the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure service to assess
applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies fully with the
CRB Code of Practice and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly. It undertakes
not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or
other information revealed.
The University of Warwick is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff or users
of its services, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for
dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.
Our written policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders is made available to all applicants at the
outset of the recruitment process.
We actively promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and
potential and welcome applications from a wide range of candidates, including those with
criminal records. We select all candidates for interview based on their skills, qualifications
A Disclosure is only requested after a thorough risk assessment has indicated that one is both
proportionate and relevant to the position concerned. For those positions where a Disclosure
is required, all application forms, job adverts and recruitment briefs will contain a statement
that a Disclosure will be requested in the event of the individual being offered the position.
Where a Disclosure is to form part of the recruitment process, we encourage all applicants
called for interview to provide details of their criminal record at an early stage in the
application process. We request that this information is sent under separate, confidential
cover, to a designated person within the University of Warwick and we guarantee that this
information will only be seen by those who need to see it as part of the recruitment process.
Unless the nature of the position allows the University of Warwick to ask questions about the
applicants entire criminal record, we only ask about ‘unspent’ convictions as defined in the
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
We ensure that all appropriate staff in Personnel Services at the University of Warwick who
are involved in the recruitment process have been suitably trained to identify and assess the
relevance and circumstances of offences. We also ensure that they have received
appropriate guidance in the relevant legislation relating to the employment of ex-offenders,
e.g. the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Line managers are advised who to approach
for support on these issues.
At interview, or in a separate discussion, we ensure that an open and measured discussion
takes place on the subject of any offences or other matter that might be relevant to the
position. Failure on the part of the applicant to reveal information that is directly relevant to
the position sought could lead to withdrawal of an offer of employment.
We make every subject of a CRB Disclosure aware of the existence of the CRB Code of
Practice and make a copy available on request.
We undertake to discuss any matter revealed in a Disclosure with the person seeking the
position before withdrawing a conditional offer of employment.
We do not accept Disclosures transferred from other organisations and do not supply
Disclosures requested by us to any external organisations.