POST TITLE: Professor in Pathology
DEPARTMENT: Warwick Medical School (WMS)
SUB-DEPARTMENT: Clinical Sciences Research Institute
POST RESPONSIBLE TO: Dean of WMS, Professor Peter Winstanley
SALARY: £74,504 - £100,446 per annum
REFERENCE NUMBER: 37406-051
CLOSING DATE: 10 June 2011
To undertake research, teaching, administration and other activities in Warwick
Medical School (WMS). You will hold 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 the provision of the clinical pathology service provided by the
Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Network (5 PAs per week) . The nature of
this work will be agreed with the Clinical Director and Director of CWPS and will
concord with the discipline interest of the appointee.
2. To participate in regular clinical meetings, clinicopathological meetings,
Multidiscipline review meetings, ward rounds as appropriate to the needs of the
service provided by CWPS.
3. To supervise trainee pathologists working in the Department and will assist in
their training and appraisal.
4. To participate in the Trust Performance and Annual review scheme and be
responsible for ensuring that they support the principles of revalidation by the
General Medical Council.
5. The appointee will be committed to, and involved in, clinical governance, risk
management and clinical audit – this will include the development and
maintenance of appropriate systems and practices to ensure continued safe
6. The appointee will participate in Departmental Error Reviews and will support the
Departmental and Trust clinical risk management policies and procedures.
7. The appointee will register with and participate in the Royal College of
Pathologists CPD programme.
8. The appointee will take part in revalidation and relicensing as directed by the
GMC and annual appraisal.
9. The appointee will take part in National and other EQA schemes as appropriate
to their service commitment.
10. Provide a consultation service and advisory service to other clinical colleagues in
other specialties and Primary Care.
11. There is currently no formal on-call rota but the appointee will ensure that
appropriate emergency services are provided out-of-normal working hours.
12. Share responsibility for data protection arising out of the use of computers.
13. Comply with all relevant Trust Policies and Procedures.
14. Take responsibility for improving and complying with infection control practices.
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.
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
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Research Pathology (UHCW) Research Research
POST TITLE: Professor in 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 DESIRABLE (D) a) Application Form
demonstrate: REQUIREMENTS b) Test/Exercise
GMC Registration E a)
Specialist Registration for pathology E a)
Fellow of the Royal College of E a)
Pathologists or equivalent specialist body
Outstanding record of international level E a) & c)
publications and demonstrable ability in
research and planning for future research
relating to pathology
Demonstrable ability to attract major E a) & c)
Higher degree, or relevant post-graduate E a) & c)
An ability and commitment to contribute E a) & c)
actively and lead the development of
pathology research within Coventry &
Warwickshire, including work relevant to
the West Midlands (South)
Comprehensive Local Research Network
The ability to work well with colleagues E a) & c)
and empathise with patients/relatives in
an understanding manner
Experience of clinical service E a) & c)
development and delivery
Experience of teaching and supervision E a) & c)
at postgraduate level
Capacity to work with and support other E a) & c)
staff in developing both their teaching
and research potential
Senior level administrative experience E a) & c)
Good organisational skills E a) & c)
Ability to lead in the translation of D a) & c)
laboratory based research to the clinical
Ability to lead sub-specialty reporting D a) & c)
service complimentary to existing or
planned service delivery
Medical Defence E a)
About the Post
The University of Warwick (in partnership with the University Hospitals, Coventry &
Warwickshire (UHCW) and the West Midlands (South) CLRN) is 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 in Pathology at Warwick Medical School will complement existing research
teams at the University and UHCW . 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 consultant
status at UHCW.
You will also be entitled to clinical sessions at UHCW NHS Trust and will contribute
to the pathology service provided by CWPS to UHCW NHS Trust, George Eliot NHS
Trust and South Warwick Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
The research profile of WMS is being reorganised at present into 5 Divisions:
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Metabolic & Vascular Health
Biomedical Cell Biology
These context of these Divisions is described in more detail below.
The pathology service provided by CWPS includes surgical pathology, cytopathology
(including cervical screening), post mortems, molecular pathology, virology, medical
microbiology and blood sciences.
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
Candidates are welcome to visit the UHCW Pathology Department and initial contact
should be made with: Dr David Snead, Tel: 02476 538855, email:
For further information about the University of Warwick, please visit our website at
Warwick Medical School (WMS)
Dean: Professor Peter Winstanley MD FRCP DTM&H
Warwick Medical School was established in 2000 and has been 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 biomedical and acute hospital-based research groups, and Health Sciences
Research Institute (HSRI) which focused on research in the community-based clinical
disciplines. The Dean is in the process of reorganising this structure into Divisions
with the general aims of (a) focusing resource into research areas that WMS does
well, (b) enhancing education – both MB ChB and Master’s level programmes, and
(c) identifying our most excellent researchers and educators.
Our new Divisions will shortly be: (a) Metabolic & Vascular Health, (b) Reproductive
Health, (c) Mental Health & Wellbeing, (d) Health Sciences and (e) Biomedical Cell
Biology. Collaboration within and outside WMS and the University is encouraged
and investigators are urged to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries in
For both its research and education programmes WMS works closely with many
departments across the University including the School of Life Sciences, the Centre
for Systems Biology, the School of Health and Social Studies, the Department of
Sociology, the Department of Statistics, Warwick Business School, Warwick
Manufacturing Group, the Law School and the Department of Mathematics.
The principal clinical partners for WMS are 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 CSRI are based on the UHCW site and
provide a base for education and laboratory research for WMS.
Institute of Clinical Education (ICE)
The Institute of Clinical Education (the nomenclature of which will change within the
new structure to reflect the fact that the Divisions will carry proportions of the
teaching) has three core functions: delivering undergraduate medical education,
postgraduate education and research on medical education..
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
WMS 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 master’s
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 undergraduate MBChB course at Warwick is a four-year graduate entry
programme which requires entrants to have a first degree in biological sciences or a
similar subject. The initial element of the course (Phase 1) lasts for approximately 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 and lasts for approximately
36 months. The curriculum places emphasis on the horizontal integration of clinical
skills teaching with communication skills as well as the vertical integration of early
teaching with later Phase 2 teaching. The annual intake to the MBChB programme is
approximately 180 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 Health Sciences Research Institute
This Institute (currently being reorganised) has included 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.
Clinical Sciences Research Institute (CSRI)
This has been the part of WMS concerned with experimental, laboratory and clinical
research; like CSRI it is currently in the process of reorganisation. High quality
laboratory facilities are available both on the Gibbet Hill part of campus and at
UHCW. The facilities include biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, functional
genomics, proteomics and imaging.
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.
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 Navin Kalia
Human Resources Manager Ms Hazel Faulkner
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 is currently undergoing a lean working review, and we have recently
signed an agreement with GE Healthcare and Omnyx to be the European
demonstration site for thee Omnyx digital pathology platform.
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
Laser capture microscopy
Diagnostic molecular pathology facilities including FISH
Access to electron microscopy
A wide range of specialist textbooks and journals
The appointee will have the opportunity to contribute to the service work in any of the
departments subspecialty areas, although we would particularly welcome support in
breast, gastrointestinal and molecular pathology.
Staffing Structure in C & W Pathology
Cellular Pathology Consultant Staff Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology
NAME MAIN SPECIAL INTEREST BASE HOSPITAL
Dr N Brearley Breast, Renal and Skin pathology UHCW
Dr L Brown Breast pathology UHCW
Vacancy Breast SWH
Dr J Simon Breast pathology SWH
Dr F Sandhu Breast and GI pathology SWH
Dr E Ruban Breast, GI and skin pathology GEH
Dr S Reed-Jones Breast and Gynaecological pathology GEH
Dr E Simmons Breast and GI GHE/UHCW
Cervical Cytology and Gynaecological
Dr S Ferryman UHCW
Dr K Gopalakrishnan Renal GI pathology UHCW/GEH
Lymphoreticular & Head & Neck
Dr P Matthews UHCW
Dr B. Sinha Urological and Lung Pathology UHCW
Lung, Ophthalmic and Skin pathology
Dr D Snead UHCW
Dr S Suortamo GI pathology across sites UHCW
Head & Neck and Gynaecological
Dr Y Yeo UHCW
Dr H ElDaly Lymphoreticular pathology UHCW
Dr K Chen Urological and Renal pathology UHCW
Dr S Sanders GI pathology SWH
Dr R Carr Dermatopathology pathology SWH
Dr U Pandey GI pathology GEH
Current Activity of Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Network
50,000 surgical pathology Korner requests per annum (9% from GPs)
120 frozen sections (parathyroid, lung and plastic surgery)
64,000 cervical cytology requests per annum (90% from GPs)
6,400 non-gynaecological requests per annum
800 autopsies per annum
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 Pathology Services 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 Pathology Services 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 supported by a
Fellow, 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
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.
Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy
As an organisation using the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure service to
assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies
with the CRB Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against
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