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									                        DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN METABOLISM
                    (OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY)

         NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (ST3)
                                     (Fixed Term)

                                     REF: YOH-S-040-3-R1A

The University of Sheffield, in partnership with Yorkshire and the Humber Postgraduate Deanery and
the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has developed an exciting pathway of
academic clinical training opportunities.
Applications are now invited for an Academic Clinical Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at
ST3 level. This new post has been created as part of the Modernising Medical Careers
(MMC)/National Institute for Health Research Trainees Coordinating Centre (NIHRTCC) programme
of Integrated Academic Training and offers candidates a comprehensive experience of clinical
academic medicine working alongside internationally renowned clinicians and researchers.
We are seeking highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals wishing to excel in both their clinical and
academic training and who have the ambition to be the next generation of world-leading academic
The post is tenable for 3 years and attracts an NTN(A). During this period it is expected that the
Academic Clinical Fellow will develop their training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (ST3 -ST5 years)
within the South Yorkshire rotation as well as completing up to 9 months of academic research
training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology during which they will prepare an application for an externally
funded clinical research training fellowship to undertake a PhD or MD.
All Academic Clinical Fellows will be entitled to automatic enrolment on the Masters Programme in
Clinical Research that is offered by the University of Sheffield. This is a programme that has been
specially designed for ACF's and is aimed to provide students with in-depth understanding of the
process and techniques for clinical research. It has been designed around the ACF posts and
extends over a period of three years. Core modules cover all the important aspects of the research
processes, study design, statistics and clinical trial methodology. There are optional modules
covering specific areas of research methodology and a research placement and portfolio which will
be based around the ACF's individual research placements. Most of the taught modules are provided
by the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), which has a strong record of providing
taught Masters programmes in this area.

The University of Sheffield – Information for Applicants

The University of Sheffield is one of the world’s top 100 universities as ranked by both the Shanghai
Jiao Tong and The Times Higher Education in 2012. As a leading global university with ambitious
plans for future achievement, we are able to demonstrate cutting-edge research across all our
Faculties, from medicine to engineering, from nanotechnology to politics and the arts. The Quality
Assurance Agency places us in the highest category for academic quality. Other recent independent
quality surveys have placed us in the highest categories for research and teaching. The last Teaching
Quality Assessment awarded us grades of "excellent" in 29 subject areas, a record equalled by only a
handful of UK universities.

It was recently named University of the Year in the 2011 Times Higher Education Awards.

Our history reaches back to 1828 with the foundation of the Sheffield School of Medicine. In 1905, the
University was established by Royal Charter. Our growth and achievements in the century which
followed have been dramatic, ranging from the development of stainless steel to recent Nobel Prize
winners in science and medicine, giving public credit and recognition to our scholars’ endeavours.
Our outstanding collaborations with Boeing and Rolls-Royce won us a fourth Queen’s Anniversary
Prize and status as a preferred model of industrial research collaboration across the UK and
internationally, cited in Parliament as an inspiring model for future economic success.

Our focus on challenging thinking, grounded by applications to real life challenges, characterises an
atmosphere of scholarship with purpose that is Sheffield. A century after we were founded by local
people ambitious for the highest standards of education and a far-reaching impact, our founding
motto of Rerum Cognoscere Causas – “To discover the causes of things” – lives on in our world class
research and teaching.

Sheffield is a University with the broadest of horizons. We have around 6,000 staff and over 24,000
students from more than 130 nations, and our efforts in discovery draw on the rich diversity and talent
of our university community. The last Teaching Quality Assessment awarded us grades of "excellent"
in 29 subject areas, a record equalled by only a handful of UK universities. Our reputation for
excellence is also global, with graduates in leadership positions around the world and our outstanding
performance for research, as a member of the Russell Group of leading UK research universities,
consistently confirmed by independent assessment internationally.

The most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008) placed Sheffield in the top ten UK
universities with 93% of its research ‘internationally recognised ‘(3*) or ‘world-leading’ (4*). The
quality of the student experience is also consistently rated as amongst the very best – The Times
Higher Education Student Experience Survey in 2010 placed the University in the top five institutions
in the UK.

The University of Sheffield is a large and complex organisation, brought together with a common
academic purpose. We operate on an international basis with an annual turnover of £400 million. Our
staff work in 70 academic departments across five faculties (Arts & Humanities, Engineering,
Medicine, Dentistry & Health, Science and Social Sciences) and Professional Services (which
includes Development and Alumni Relations, Estates and Facilities Management, External Relations,
Human Resources, Information Services, Research and Innovation Services, Planning and
Governance Services, Student Services, Finance and Accommodation and Commercial Services).

About Sheffield

Sheffield is England's fourth-largest city, with the wealth of facilities you’d expect to find in a major
city, yet it's compact, welcoming and accessible. It’s a friendly city with a prosperous economy and
relatively low cost of living, all of which makes for an excellent quality of life. The University campus is
on the western edge of the city centre and is easy to get to by car, bus and tram.

The city of Sheffield contains an abundance of entertainment and cultural activities including award-
winning theatres, museums and galleries, a variety of clubs and live music venues, and a range of
spectator and participation sports. With a thriving cultural industries quarter and a range of city-wide
events throughout the year, there is something on offer to suit everyone’s taste and interests.

More than a third of the city lies inside the beautiful Peak District National Park, and it’s virtually
surrounded by open countryside – over half the city’s population live within 15 minutes of open
countryside. It’s also the greenest city in England, with 175 woodlands and 75 public parks. Official

statistics confirm Sheffield is one of the UK's safest cities. There is also a wide range of affordable
housing and excellent state and independent schools on offer.

The University is integral to the life of the city on many levels – a high number of graduates like the
city so much they choose to stay, and the knowledge economy has been central to wider
regeneration. All these factors combine with the genuinely welcoming nature of the city and the
University to offer all those working, studying and living in Sheffield a great experience.

For more information about living in/relocating to Sheffield visit:

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The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health is one of the major UK centres for education and
research in health and related subjects. With origins dating back to 1828, the faculty has a long-
standing tradition of excellence in clinical education and research.

Over 2,500 students study in the faculty each year on over 40 different courses. In addition, over 200
students are registered on research degrees, supporting a faculty research portfolio in excess of

Independent assessments of our teaching and research quality rate us as among the best in the UK.

With over 250 academic and clinical staff, and 250 research associates, the faculty has the training
and development of staff at the centre of its strategic priorities. A tailored training programme – Think
Ahead – in line with the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers is available to
all researchers in the faculty. This includes a departmental induction process; workshops linked to
working-based learning opportunities; employer lead career days; and tailored support in preparation
for the end of a contract. A newly developed career mentoring scheme with academic, industrial and
alternative careers’ strands gives practical support for career development in your chosen destination.
The portfolio of transferable skills and career development courses is continuously updated and
tailored to the researcher and the employer needs and to fit with the strategic aims of the faculty. For
more information on current opportunities see
health/training-for-researchers or email Kay Guccione (

The Medical School

Sheffield School of Medicine was founded in 1828, subsequently merging with Firth College (1879),
forerunner of the University, and Sheffield Technical School (1884) to form University College
Sheffield in 1897. The University of Sheffield was granted a Royal Charter in May 1905.

The Medical School today is home to more than one thousand students at undergraduate and
postgraduate levels. Our aim is to provide high quality, innovative teaching and research to ensure
tomorrow's doctors are best equipped to tackle disease. The school's activities incorporate teaching,
research and the practice of medicine. Our courses expose medical students to best current practice,
through learning with the excellent Primary and Secondary care providers in the region.

Equally important is the research we engage in to contribute to developing the medicine of tomorrow.
In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, we submitted to 6 Units of Assessment. Overall, 90% of
our research was assessed as internationally recognised with 60% of research in UoAs 2 and 4 being
rated world-leading or internationally excellent. We increased substantially the number of staff
submitted and our research power ranks us 11th out of the 20 Russell Group Medical Schools.

Department of Infection and Immunity

The department combines basic science research in molecular cell biology, with a particular focus on
innate immunity, with clinical specialties including Respiratory Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Renal
Medicine, Rheumatology and Dermatology.

There is a very substantial base of Wellcome Trust, MRC and BHF grant funding. The department
includes two MRC and one Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellows and one Wellcome Intermediate
Clinical Fellow. There are also a number of Clinical and Non-Clinical Research Fellows funded by
MRC, Wellcome Trust, ARC and Kidney Research UK.

There is extensive expertise in vertebrate and mammalian models of chronic inflammatory and
infectious diseases. There is also a strong track record of high quality clinical and translational
research. There are strategic links to the MRC Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics
and to the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology within the University of Sheffield.

Department of Human Metabolism

The Department of Human Metabolism combines strong basic and clinical science groups to create a
major focus on translational research. This is well illustrated by the integration of the Biomedical
Research Unit for Bone within the department. The research strengths are in the fields of
Musculoskeletal Research, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Reproductive Medicine with cross-cutting
themes in Clinical Pharmacology and Imaging.

Research activity is supported by state of the art molecular biology laboratories, dedicated clinical
research facilities and access to the latest imaging technology including MR, NMR and PET
scanning. The department is home to the Sheffield Institute for Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Imaging
(SIMFANI). The main areas of musculoskeletal research are in osteoporosis, childhood bone
disease, inflammatory arthritis and bone oncology and the Mellanby Centre for Bone Research is
located within the department. Reproductive research is in fertility, andrology and the department
hosts one of the most successful Assisted Conception Units in the country, with facilities for human
embryonic stem cell derivation. The Diabetes Group has a focus on hypoglycaemia, neuropathy and
diabetic education. The Endocrinology Group has expertise in pituitary and autoimmune thyroid
disease with research programmes directed at optimising endocrine replacement therapy. The
Clinical Pharmacology Unit has extensive expertise in pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic modelling,
human drug metabolism and pharmacogenetics.

Research activity is supported through a broad portfolio of research funding. This includes project
and programme grant support from major UK funding organizations such as the Medical Research
Council, NIHR, the Arthritis Research Council, Diabetes UK and the Leukaemia Research Fund.
Substantial support from biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies has formed the basis for a
significant knowledge transfer activity and the department supports four university spinout companies
(Asterion, Diurnal, Medella, Health Care Solutions). A major emphasis of the department is in career
development. This has been demonstrated by the success of members of the theme in attaining
personal support through Fellowship schemes, which include NIHR, Arthritis Research Council
Clinician Scientist and Clinical Research Fellowship awards.

Department of Oncology

The Department of Oncology at the University of Sheffield has an extensive research programme
from basic science through to clinical trials. There are three main groupings in the department. The
Institute for Cancer Studies (Head, Professor Mark Meuth) receives core funding from Yorkshire
Cancer Research and the major focus of research relates to genomic instability and DNA repair
mechanisms. The clinical trials unit at Weston Park Hospital (Head, Professor Robert Coleman) has
major areas of research in the field of bone oncology, particularly the role of bisphosphonates in the
prevention and management of patients with bone metastases. This work links closely with other
principal investigators in the University with a strong research interest in bone oncology and bone
health (Professor Richard Eastell). The third major area of research is tumour microcirculation and
micro environment (Professor Gill Tozer and Professor Nicola Brown) with a research interest in
angiogenesis as a target for cancer treatment. This work links to other groups in the university
undertaking related research (tumour targeting group, Professor Claire Lewis). Cancer research in
the Department of Oncology receives extensive funding from Cancer Research UK, Yorkshire Cancer
Research, NIHR, Leukaemia Research Fund and other national and local research organisations.

In addition to these areas, the department includes the Academic Units of Urology, Supportive Care,
Human Nutrition and Ophthalmology. All of these have strong areas of research activity both within
their specific fields and integrating with the areas outlined above.

Together with the Academic Unit of Medical Education and the other four departments that comprise
the Medical School, the Department of Oncology makes a substantial contribution to teaching in the
undergraduate medical curriculum. The department also hosts the Undergraduate degree course in
Optometry and a Postgraduate Master’s course in Human Nutrition contributing to the Master’s
course in Molecular Medicine.

Department of Neuroscience

The Neuroscience Department comprises multidisciplinary groups from Neurology, Neuropathology,
and Academic Clinical Psychiatry (that also includes a strong interest in neuroimaging) working in
both basic and clinical neuroscience. The major areas of research interest are in neurodegenerative
diseases (diseases of the motor system, basal ganglia and dementia); psychiatric disorders
(psychosis and major affective disorders) and neuroimaging. The Neurodegenerative Disease
group research portfolio includes genetic, cellular, molecular and clinical research into common
disorders including motor neuron diseases, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and the
ageing brain and dementia. The research focus is strongly translational and a new 2,800m2 research
facility, the Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), was officially opened by Her
Majesty The Queen in November 2010. The Academic Clinical Psychiatry group within which
the Sheffield Cognition and Neuroimaging Laboratory (SCANLab) resides, has major research
programmes investigating perception in auditory and visual modalities and their interaction; time
perception and processing; social cognition and executive function in health and psychiatric disease.
Structural and functional MRI are the main neuroimaging techniques used to define these processes.

There are strong collaborative links with other Neuroscience groups within the University of Sheffield,
including: the neuroradiology group which focuses on the investigation of the causes and sequelae
of cerebrovascular disease; neurodegenerative processes and foetal and childhood developmental
brain abnormalities; the MRC Centre for Development and Biomedical Genetics (CDBG) which has
major strengths in developmental neuroscience and in model systems for neurodegenerative
disease; the Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging groups in the Department of Psychology and
with tissue engineering and nanotechnology groups within the Kroto Institute.

Research activity within the Neuroscience Department is supported through a broad portfolio of
research funding. This includes project and programme grant support from major UK funding
organizations such as the Wellcome Trust; Medical Research Council; NIHR; EU and multiple
neurological and psychiatric disease related charities. Substantial funding from biotechnology and
pharmaceutical companies supports our translational and clinical research programmes. The
Neuroscience Department attaches great importance to career development. We have an excellent
track record of attracting prestigious external fellowship awards and six of these fellows have recently
progressed to faculty positions within the department.

Department of Cardiovascular Science

The Department of Cardiovascular Science has a strong base in vascular cell biology and
inflammation-related and thrombosis-related discovery science. This is being translated through a
number of experimental and preclinical models to studies in man. Specific research groupings within
the department engaged in this activity include cell biology, inflammatory signalling, vascular biology,
haemostasis, non-mammalian models, platelets, medical physics, pulmonary vascular and coronary
artery disease.

The department expertise in Vascular Biology and Haemostasis/Thrombosis research is
internationally recognised and Pulmonary Vascular Disease is an emerging area through an MRC
Career Development Award. The Medical Physics grouping have substantial EU funding for the
computational modelling of flow in vascular systems. Significant research, equipment and capital
project funding has been made to the Department by the MRC, BHF and Wellcome Trust.

The department has strong links with the University’s Centre for Stem Cell Biology and MRC Centre
for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics, and with the Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS
Foundation Trust through the Clinical Research Facility (Director: Professor C. Newman). Funding
sources in the department include NIHR, MRC, EU and BHF.

Academic Unit of Medical Education

The goal of the Academic Unit of Medical Education is to provide high level professional educational
services to support and enhance the teaching role of the medical school. In doing so, it will
undertake research and development activities which will establish a national and international
reputation as a centre of excellence in the field of medical education.

The academic unit provides high level professional educational services to support and enhance the
teaching role of the medical school. Academic staff in the unit undertake research and development
activities which seek to establish a national and international reputation as a centre of excellence in
the field of medical education.

The unit has responsibility for:
    Curriculum development, management and enhancement
    Staff development
    Research in medical education
    Operating the clinical skills centre
    Overseeing the Patients as Educators programme
    The use of information technology for curriculum management and communication
       between staff and students, via Minerva, our managed learning environment
    Collaborative and consultancy activities, locally, nationally and internationally

Academic staff in the unit have a range of research interests including, competency based
assessment, professionalism, curriculum evaluation and interprofessional education.

The curriculum of the MBChB course integrates clinical medicine and medical sciences throughout all
years. Both academic staff and NHS clinicians teach and assess students. There are opportunities
for students to undertake intercalated Bachelor of Medical Sciences courses and short research
attachments lasting a few weeks as part of the MBChB curriculum.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust was created through the merger of the Central Sheffield
University Hospitals and the Northern General Hospital NHS Trusts on 1st April 2001. Sheffield
Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust incorporating the Northern General Hospital, the Royal Hallamshire
Hospital, the new Jessop Wing, Weston Park Hospital and Charles Clifford Dental Hospital is now the
fourth largest NHS Trust in the country. It was granted Foundation Status in 2004. As a Trust,
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation trust is responsible for the planning and delivery of the
highest quality patient care, providing services for patients not only form Sheffield but all parts of the
North Trent region and UK. The annual budget is over £350 million with nearly one million patients
coming for treatment each year. Further details are included in the attached document ‘Profile of
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’.

Academic Unit of Reproductive & Developmental Medicine
(Obstetrics & Gynaecology)

The Academic Clinical Fellow will join a team of clinicians and scientists who share research interests
in basic and clinical aspects of reproductive medicine and infertility. Dr Alireza Fazeli, Reader,
studies molecular mechanisms of the interaction between gametes and Fallopian tube epithelium. Dr
Hany Lashen is Clinical Senior Lecturer with interests in obesity and anovulation, Assisted
Conception and PCOS. Dr Allan Pacey, Senior Lecturer, heads the clinical Andrology service and
researches in sperm/tubal epithelial interactions. The feto-maternal medicine research team is
headed by Professor Dilly Anumba, with interests in fetal diagnosis and therapy, and the physiology
of premature and term labour. Dr Neil Chapman, Nonclinical Lecturer, researches into the molecular
biology of premature labour. Dr Elspeth Whitby is Senior Lecturer in Radiology and leads a research
programme investigating Fetal and Neonatal MRI.

The Jessop Wing includes a newly built research laboratory suite and a custom built centre for IVF
and associated techniques for treatment of infertility. This development has established one of the
largest research facilities in Human Reproductive Health in the U.K. and offers a unique opportunity
to amalgamate researchers in this area into a coherent team. The departmental research programme
in Reproductive Medicine is complemented by a large clinical workload, shared with Professor T C Li,
NHS consultant specialising in minimal access surgery and Reproductive Medicine. There are
weekly Reproductive Medicine and Infertility clinics and the University Department has one whole day
operating list per week.

The Maternal and Fetal Medicine Unit is situated within a purpose built centre of the Jessop Wing
equipped with state of the art suites for fetal ultrasound and fetal surveillance. It offers a full range of
high risk pregnancy care services which includes a wide referral base in Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
from all over North Trent and Humber, and obstetric medical clinics with a similar catchment run in
conjunction with Physicians of international repute. There is an internationally renowned Fetal MRI
academic unit with which a close collaboration has been established. This service attracts referral
from all parts of the country.

Post Details

JOB TITLE: NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Obstetrics & Gynaecology


Academic Clinical Fellowship Training Programme

This post attracts an NTN(A).

The postholder will join the ST3 trainees in Obstetrics and Gynaecology working within the South
Yorkshire rotation. The first year of training will be full time clinical work at ST3 level in one of the
associated hospitals. He/she should have passed the MRCOG Part 1, and will consolidate the
development of core clinical skills during the first year. Clinical competencies will be formally
assessed by consultants involved in clinical supervision of the trainee in out-patient clinics, during
ward work, in operating theatre, labour ward and on the gynaecology emergency on-call rota.

The trainee will undergo the same process of assessment as his/her full time colleagues. The Fellow
will attend weekly didactic and interactive teaching sessions derived from the basic training
curriculum for South Yorkshire trainees.

The clinical lead will be Mr Tom Farrell, Training Programme Director, Jessop Wing whilst the
Academic Lead will be Professor Dilly Anumba. The programme will be flexible where possible in
terms of: i) Organisation of the clinical and academic components ii) Individualised training and
mentorship from multiple experienced academic and clinical supervisors iii) access to external
mentoring and support throughout the programme. The academic and clinical components of the
programme will be subject to a programme of annual appraisal as part of the Deanery’s ARCP
exercise. .

Occasionally, a trainee may not fulfil the outcome requirements of their academic training post. As
long as the trainee has met their clinical training competencies, they would return to a standard
clinical training programme. The Clinical Academic Working Group (CAWG) will receive and assess
each trainee's compulsory academic progress report at 6 month intervals to determine at an early
stage whether a trainee requires further support or in exceptional circumstances will exit from the
academic training programme.

Objectives of the Training Programme
   1. To obtain core competencies at ST3, ST4 and ST5 levels.
   2. To undertake a generic programme in research methodology.
   3. To identify an area of academic and clinical interest upon which to base an application for an
       externally-funded PhD programme.
   4. To develop a competitive Fellowship Application that leads to an externally-funded PhD

Academic Programme Director: Professor Dilly Anumba
Clinical Programme Director: Mr Tom Farrell


The research project will be undertaken in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Reproductive Biology,
Developmental Biology, or in Health Services Research relevant to Women’s Health. There is
flexibility within the Academic Unit regarding a specific research programme, and the trainee will work
closely with a chosen Academic Supervisor, co-ordinated by the Academic Lead, to develop a
bespoke programme of research training likely to lead to a competitive Fellowship application bid with
a high chance of success. The trainee will be encouraged to choose a research theme of a clinical,
translational or applied nature, and will also have the option to develop a research career based on
molecular biological techniques.

The postholder will contribute to the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes of the
School and will also be involved with the assessment of students and have personal mentoring
responsibilities for a small group of students on the MBChB programme.

Clinical Duties
The clinical role will be based within the South Yorkshire rotation. The postholder will undertake a full
range of clinical work in obstetrics and gynaecology at a level appropriate to their training. Clinical
placements will be geared towards ensuring that the postholder achieves the competencies required
for their level of training, as detailed in the RCOG training curriculum and training matrix. During this
training the postholder will be expected to make progress with the acquisition of intermediate
competencies, completion of the basic ultrasound training modules, and the acquisition of such other
skills as will be determined by the programme director. The rotations will include sessional
commitments to antenatal and gynaecology clinics and operating lists. There will be an obstetrics and
gynaecology ‘on call’ commitment. The clinical rotations will be tailored to the postholder’s training
requirements, taking into account the needs of other trainees within the rotation. It is expected that
the postholder will work to successfully attain the MRCOG Part 2, by the end of ST5, during the
duration of the Academic Clinical Fellowship.

Planning and Organising
The postholder will be part of the medical team providing services to patients of the Trust. They will
participate in the planning and organisation of treatments, and the wider running of the Unit, under
the direction of the Clinical Head.

Accommodation and support for the post
Office space will be made available within the Academic Unit.



Potential candidates should contact Prof Dilly Anumba, Academic Unit of Reproductive &
Developmental Medicine, Level 4, The Jessop Wing, Tree Root Walk, Sheffield, S10 2SF, Tel: 0114
226 1075,

Departmental website:

Information about clinical academic training is available from the NIHRTCC website:

FURTHER INFORMATION: This is a full-time training post for 3 years.

Academic Programme            Professor Dilly
Director                      Anumba
Deanery Contact               Mr Anil Boury  

Please also refer to the website for further information on Academic Clinical
Fellowship posts and the Integrated Academic Training Pathway.

Further information on the University of Sheffield’s Research Support Training Programme to support
Academic Clinical Fellows and information on Academic Medicine can be located on the website:

Successful candidates will be entitled to an honorary contract with The University of Sheffield for
three years which carries no remuneration.

Terms and Conditions of Employment:
Please see additional document entitled “Terms and Conditions of Employment” for the Sheffield
Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

                                    2013 PERSON SPECIFICATION

                                                               ESSENTIAL                                          DESIRABLE                 WHEN EVALUATED1
QUALIFICATIONS                        •      MBBS or equivalent medical qualification.                                                     Application form
                                      •      MRCOG Part 1
ELIGIBILITY                           •      Eligible for full or limited registration with                                                Application form
                                             the GMC at time of appointment
                                      •      Evidence of achievement of ST1 and ST2                                                        Application form /
                                             competences by time of appointment in line                                                    Interview / Selection
                                             with RCOG training matrix                                                                     centre
                                      •      Eligibility to work in the UK
                                      •      ARCP1 for ST1 at time of application
                                                                                                                                           Application form

FITNESS TO                            •      Is up to date and fit to practice safely                                                      Application form /
PRACTICE                                                                                                                                   References

LANGUAGE SKILLS                       •      All applicants to have demonstrable skills in                                                 Application form /
                                             written and spoken English that are                                                           Interview / Selection
                                             adequate to enable effective                                                                  centre
                                             communication about medical topics with
                                             patients and colleagues which could be
                                             demonstrated by one of the following:
                                                 a) that applicants have undertaken
                                                 undergraduate medical training in
                                                 English; or
                                                 b) have the following scores in the
                                                 academic lnternational English
                                                 Language Testing System (IELTS) –
                                                 Overall 7, Speaking 7, Listening 6,
                                                 Reading 6, Writing 6.
                                      •      However, if applicants believe that they
                                             have adequate communication skills but do
                                             not fit into one of the examples they need
                                             to provide evidence

HEALTH                                •      Meets professional health requirements (in                                                    Application form / Pre-
                                             line with GMC standards/Good Medical                                                          employment health
                                             Practice)                                                                                     screening

CAREER                                •      Ability to provide complete details of                                                        Application form
PROGRESSION                                  employment history

APPLICATION                           •      ALL sections of application form FULLY                                                        Application form
COMPLETION                                   completed according to written guidelines

      ‘when evaluated’ is indicative, but may be carried out at any time throughout the selection process
      A selection centre is a process not a place. It involves a number of selection activities that may be delivered within the Unit of Application

CLINICAL     • Clinical Knowledge & Expertise:           • Personal Attributes:           Application form / Interview
SKILLS       Capacity to apply sound clinical            Shows aptitude for practical     / Selection centre /
             knowledge & judgement. Able to              skills, e.g. manual dexterity    References
             prioritise clinical need
             Satisfactory progress in achieving
                                                                                          E portfolio
             competences in basic curriculum
ACADEMIC /   • Research Skills: Demonstrates             • Evidence of relevant           Application form / Interview
RESEARCH     understanding of the principles of audit    academic & research              / Selection centre
             & research                                  achievements , e.g. degrees,
                                                         prizes, awards, distinctions,
                                                         publications, presentations,
                                                         other achievements
                                                         • Evidence of active
                                                         participation in audit
                                                         • Teaching: Evidence of
                                                         interest and experience in

PERSONAL     • Communication Skills:                                                      Interview / Selection centre
SKILLS       Demonstrates clarity in written/spoken                                       / References
             communication & capacity to adapt
             language as appropriate to the
             situation. Able to build rapport, listen,
             persuade & negotiate
             • Problem Solving & Decision
             Making: Capacity to use logical/lateral
             thinking to solve problems/make
             • Managing Others & Team
             Involvement: Capacity to work
             effectively with others. Able to work in
             multi-professional teams
             • Empathy & Sensitivity: Capacity
             to take in others’ perspectives and treat
             others with understanding; sees
             patients as people
             • Organisation & Planning:
             Capacity to manage/prioritise time and
             information effectively. Capacity to
             prioritise own workload
             • Vigilance & Situational
             Awareness: Capacity to monitor
             developing situations and anticipate
             • Coping with Pressure: Capacity
             to operate under pressure.
             Demonstrates initiative & resilience to
             cope with changing circumstances
PROBITY      • Professional Integrity &                                                   Interview / Selection centre
             Respect for Others: Capacity to                                              / References
             take responsibility for own actions and
             demonstrate a non-judgemental
             approach towards others. Displays
             honesty, integrity, awareness of
             confidentiality & ethical issues

COMMITMENT   • Learning & Personal                       • Extracurricular activities /   Application form / Interview
TO           Development: Demonstrates interest          achievements relevant to         / Selection centre /
SPECIALTY    and realistic insight into anaesthesia,     anaesthesia                      References
             intensive care & acute care.
             Demonstrates self-awareness & ability
             to accept feedback.

                                    ESSENTIAL                         DESIRABLE                   WHEN EVALUATED3
ELIGIBILITY                 • Evidence of achievement         - Evidence of commitment to        Application form
                            of Foundation competences         the specialty- Intercalated
                                                              honours for BSc and/or
                                                              additional qualifications e.g.
                                                              MSc etc
                                                              - Distinction or honours
                                                              during MBBS programme
                                                              - Completion of Academic
                                                              Foundation Programme or

KNOWLEDGE &                 • Demonstration of                 - Demonstration of good           Application Form and
ACHIEVEMENTS                acquisition of the level of       general knowledge / broad          selection centre
                            knowledge and skills              interest in science and
                            necessary for the                 academic medicine
                            completion of F2                  - Prizes or distinctions
                            - Demonstration of,               - Presentation of work at a
                            understanding of, and             national or international
                            commitment to, an                 meeting
                            academic career
                                                              - Publications in peer
                                                              reviewed journals
                                                              - Additional degree or MSc
                                                              in relevant subject area
                                                              - Research experience
                                                              Demonstration of knowledge
                                                              of the clinical academic
                                                              career pathway
EDUCATIONAL &               - Demonstration of                - Demonstration of                 Application Form and
PERSONAL                    understanding and                 educational reasons for            selection centre
ASPECTS                     commitment to academic            applying for this Academic
                            career                            Clinical Fellowship
                            - Support of an academic          programme
                            referee for this application.     - Demonstration of personal
                                                              reasons for applying for this
                                                              Academic Clinical
                                                              Fellowship programme
COMMUNICATION - As for standard person                        - Evidence of team working         Application Form and
SKILLS        specification criteria                          skills                             selection centre
                                                              - Evidence of leadership
                                                              - Evidence through scientific
                                                              publications and

Please note that candidates with MB/PhDs or other relevant higher degrees are eligible for the scheme
and are advised to consult the paper ‘NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships: Entry, Eligibility and Exit Points
for Appointments Made in 2013’ which can be downloaded from the website

    ‘when evaluated’ is indicative, but may be carried out at any time throughout the selection process
How to Apply:

Candidates need to complete the application form for the Academic Clinical Fellowship in Obstetrics
and Gynaecology ST3 level which can be found on the Intrepid Pathway 2013 online system from a
link on

For further information on how to apply please call the Academic Coordinator on 0114 226 4426.

Please note the closing date of 13th November 2012 at 12 noon.

General Enquiries:

Fitness to Practice and Criminal Records Bureau Checks: Tel: 0114 2713621
About the Academic Clinical Fellowship Scheme: Dr Lynsey Grieveson, 0114 2713908

An introduction to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust manages the five adult hospitals in
Sheffield (Northern General, Royal Hallamshire, Jessop Wing, Weston Park and Charles
Clifford Dental Hospital).

As a trust we are responsible for the planning and delivery of the highest quality patient care and
provide services for patients from not only Sheffield and South Yorkshire but all parts of the UK. We
have an annual budget of around £690 million, employ over 13,000 staff and provide around one
million patient episodes each year, making us the second largest NHS trust in England.

As well as providing hospital services for our local population, our hospitals provide a range of vital
regional and national specialties. Regionally these include cardiac and orthopaedic surgery,
neurology and renal care. National services include pulmonary hypertension treatment, particular
ophthalmology, spinal and neurosurgical care, and specialist cancer treatments.

We have been one of the best performing NHS organisations in the country over the last five years.
In October 2007 the Healthcare Commission scored us excellent in use of resources and excellent for
quality of services. We are also proud of our record as having the lowest MRSA infection rates
amongst major teaching hospitals in the UK, according to figures released by the Health Protection
Agency in 2007. The Trust was awarded the Dr Foster’ Hospital of the Year accolade in 2005.

We also have a strong tradition of research and the Trust leads on a number of key studies including
prostate cancer, diabetes, breast cancer and chronic chest disease.

An NHS Foundation Trust
We became one of the first NHS Foundation Trusts in the country on 1 st July 2004. NHS foundation
trusts have greater freedom from central government control and the ability to work with their
community and staff to set local health priorities. We have a well established elected governor’s
council, which is made up of patients, public, staff and partner organisations and works with the Trust
to help set strategic goals and make key decisions.

Our Hospitals
Although the Trust has overall management responsibility for the services provided, our hospitals
each have their own history, which we are rightly proud of. Between them they offer just about every
kind of service available in the modern NHS.

The Northern General is the largest of our hospitals with 1100 beds. Located to the north of the city,
the hospital is spread out over a large site. Amongst the specialist services located there are
orthopaedics, renal, spinal injuries, general surgery and cardiothoracic (heart and lung) services.
Sheffield’s adult accident & emergency department is also based here. A major £30 million state-of-
the-art new medical ward development, known as the Sir Robert Hadfield Wing, opened to patients in
April 2007 and a brand new critical care facility, one of the largest in Europe, opened in 2008.

The other Trust hospitals are based closely together on a campus to the west of the city centre; this is
known as the Central Campus.

The Royal Hallamshire is a major acute teaching hospital based around a tower block of 800 beds
and a large outpatient department. The hospital is home to a range of expert specialist services which
include neurosciences, urology, general surgery, breast surgery, dermatology, hearing services and
ophthalmology. The hospital also has a minor injuries unit and an NHS Walk-In-Centre for emergency
Linked to the Royal Hallamshire by a footbridge, the Jessop Wing is Sheffield’s 216 bed women’s
hospital. Opened in February 2001 it has brought together all of the city’s obstetric, gynaecology and

neonatology services in a state-of-the-art, purpose built, £24 million building. Almost 7000 births take
place at the Jessop Wing each year.

Weston Park is one of only three purpose built specialist cancer hospitals in the UK and provides a
full range of non-surgical cancer services to the population of South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire
and North Derbyshire. It also enjoys national and international recognition for certain specific
treatments. It has 140 beds and is home to a specialist cancer research centre and one of the UK’s
only teenage cancer units.

The Charles Clifford is a dental teaching hospital linked to The University of Sheffield’s School of
Clinical Dentistry. The hospital provides dental outpatient services and emergency dental services for
the city.

As a teaching trust, all of the hospitals have close links to the University of Sheffield, home to
Sheffield’s medical school, and Sheffield Hallam University – which provides nurse training. It is a
major teaching centre for future health professionals.

The Trust Executive Team

Chairman                                     Mr Tony Pedder
Chief Executive                              Sir Andrew Cash OBE
Chief Nurse and Chief Operating Officer      Prof. Hilary Chapman
Acting Director of Human Resources           Mr Mark Gwilliam
Director of Service Development              Ms Kirsten Major
Director of Finance                          Mr Neil Priestley
Medical Director                             Prof. Mike Richmond

Services Provided at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

 Accident and Emergency                           Obstetrics/Gynaecology/ Neonatology
 Acute General and Elderly Medicine               Occupational Health Service
 Assisted Conception                              Operating Services
 Anaesthetics                                     Ophthalmology
 Cardiothoracic surgery & Cardiology              Oral-maxillofacial Surgery
 Chemotherapy                                     Orthopaedics
 Clinical Research and Development                Palliative medicine
 Communicable Diseases                            Pharmacy
 Critical Care                                    Professions Allied to medicine
 Day Surgery                                      Radiology
 Dental Services                                  Radiosurgery
 Dermatology                                      Radiotherapy
 ENT,       Hearing Services and Medical          Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns
 General Surgery                                  Reproductive Medicine
 Haematology                                      Renal Services
 Laboratory Medicine                              Rheumatology
 Medical Physics                                  Under and Post graduate Education
 Mobility and Specialised Rehabilitation          Urology
 Metabolic Bone Disease                           Vascular Surgery

For further information on STH please see


The appointment is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service of Hospital Medical and Dental
Staff (England and Wales) as amended from time to time and also such other policies and
procedures as may be agreed.

The successful candidate will work in various Trust Hospitals within the Region. As a consequence
he/she will be expected to be aware of local policies and procedures and take note of the standing
orders and financial instructions of that unit.

In accordance with the Terms and Conditions of Service of Hospital Medical and Dental Staff
(England and Wales) paragraph 110, Junior Doctors shall be expected in the run of their duties, and
within their contract and job description, to cover for the occasional and brief absence of colleagues
as far as is practicable.
In accordance with HSC 1998/240 and HSC 2000/031 STH Trust are committed to monitoring the
hours worked by junior doctors. In accordance with HSC 2000/031 junior doctors have a contractual
obligation to monitor hours on request. This will include participation in local monitoring exercises at
Directorate level and STH Trust junior doctors hours screening exercise undertaken twice yearly.
The salary scale is £29,411 per annum, progressing by annual increments to a maximum of £46,246
per annum, in accordance with the current nationally agreed salary scale.
(Salary scales effective from 1 April 2009)

This appointment is subject to medical fitness and the appointee may be required to undergo a
medical examination and chest X-ray.
Potential applicants should be aware of the Department of Health and GMC/GDC requirements with
regard to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C viruses.
Candidates are advised that they will be asked at interview whether they are aware of anything
preventing them from fulfilling their professional commitments and this includes health.
The successful candidate must be immune to Hepatitis ‘B’ and Tuberculosis. They will be required to
provide, in advance of appointment, evidence of immunity or have a local blood test (as deemed
appropriate by the Occupational Health Department).
Study Leave is granted in accordance with the recommended allowance subject to the maintenance
of the service and to prior approval of the Director of Postgraduate Education at the appropriate
Employing Trust.
Study Leave is defined as leave taken to attend formal course of study designed to further the
employees career and to enable the employee to obtain his/her professional qualifications or gain
necessary expertise in order to carry out his/her job.
Wherever possible employees should attend locally organised courses (i.e. or within Trent Region)
and discuss study leave with Educational Supervisors.

Specialty Registrars on the minimum, first or second incremental points of their payscale, shall be
entitled to leave at the rate of 5 weeks a year.
Specialty Registrars on the third or higher incremental point on their payscale, shall be entitled to
leave at the rate of 6 weeks a year.

This is a non-resident post, except when on-call you may be required to be resident on-call.

Irrespective of his/her place of residence, it is the responsibility of the appointee to ensure that when
on-call, he/she is available to meet his/her clinical commitments.

Married or single accommodation may be available. Enquiries regarding accommodation should be
made to the Residences Manager, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, telephone (0114) 271 2182.


Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust now operate their own policy for reimbursement
of relocation expenses.

You should not commit yourself to any expenditure in connection with relocation before first obtaining
advice and approval from the Medical Personnel Department otherwise you may incur costs which
you will be unable to reclaim.


Each Trust participating in this Training Scheme recognises its duties under the Health and Safety at
Work Act 1974 to ensure, as far as it is reasonably practical, the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work
of all its employees and, in addition, the business of the Trust shall be conducted so as to ensure that
patients, their relatives, contractors, voluntary workers, visitors and members of the public having
access to Trust premises and the facilities are not exposed to risk to their health and safety.


Specialty Registrars are required to give a minimum of three months notice of termination of the

                             General Statement of Policy
      General Statement of Policy regarding fitness to practice proceedings by a
              licensing/regulatory body and relating to criminal records.
Registration with a professional body, such as the General Medical Council or General
Dental Council, imposes a duty on health care professionals to provide a good standard of
medical care for, and behave appropriately towards, patients. NHS employers also have a
duty to ensure that patients receive a good standard of medical care and to take all
practicable steps to ensure the safety of patients and staff.
In order to assess job related risks, the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery needs to establish if
applicants who may be offered a placement on a Specialty training programme have a
criminal record in the UK or in another country that they can lawfully be required to disclose.
Applicants for Specialty training posts are exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
1974, and can therefore be asked to disclose “spent” convictions that they would otherwise
not have to declare.
Applicants for Specialty training posts will also be asked if they are “bound over”, have
received a police caution, warning or reprimand and whether they have been charged with a
criminal offence that is not yet disposed of.
Prior to making an appointment, the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery also needs to establish
if applicants for Specialty training posts have ever been disqualified from the practice of a
profession or required to practice it subject to specified limitations following fitness to practise
proceedings by a regulatory body in the UK or in another country, and whether they are
currently the subject of any investigation or proceedings by any body having regulatory
functions in relation to health/social care professionals, including such a regulatory body in
another country.
Where such a position involves regular care, training, supervision or sole charge of persons
aged under 18 or vulnerable adults (as defined by The Police Act 1997 (Enhanced Criminal
Record Certificates)(Protection of Vulnerable Adults) Regulations 2000), applicants will also
be asked whether they are currently the subject of any police investigation in the UK or any
other country of which they are aware.
Where the position is a “regulated position” under the terms of the Protection of Children Act
1999 (as amended by the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000), checks will be
carried out in accordance with the Protection of Children Act 1999. Anyone whose name is
on the list is legally barred from working with children. It is an offence for such a person to
knowingly apply for, offer to do, accept or to do such work. If you are appointed to a
Specialty training post, you will be subject to a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check.
Applicants are encouraged to declare criminal conviction information and any other matters
that are, or that might be, relevant to the position for which they are applying at an early
stage in the appointment process.
All applicants are also expect to inform the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery if, before taking
up any position offered to them, they are cautioned or charged with a criminal offence in the
UK or another country.
The Yorkshire and Humber Deanery is an equal opportunities recruiter, and all applications
will be decided fairly and on merit. Information declared will be used to consider the
applicant’s suitability for the position. Information supplied will be treated in confidence and
will not be used as the sole criterion to decide an applicant’s fitness for the position.

Unless an appointment is prohibited by law, a criminal conviction will not automatically debar
the applicant from appointment. Applicants will be given an opportunity to discuss any
information supplied before a final decision is taken regarding their appointment.
However, an applicant may not be selected if the selection panel considers that the
information declared renders that person unsuitable for the position for which they have
applied. In reaching such a decision the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery will consider the
nature of the record/action, its relevance to the position applied for, and any other information
the applicant wishes to provide.
The information declared will be treated in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
NOTE: Failure by an applicant to provide accurate and truthful information is
considered to be a serious matter.
Where it is found that a person has intentionally or recklessly provided inaccurate
information or withheld information relevant to his/her position, this may disqualify
them from an appointment, or if appointed, dismissal and referral to the appropriate
professional regulatory body.
If you would like to discuss what effect any criminal record or fitness to practice proceedings
might have on your application, you may contact Lucy Smith, telephone (0114) 2264540, in
the Academic department, in confidence.
Any information you provide regarding criminal investigations, convictions or fitness to
practice proceedings will be kept confidential. If the Deanery considers that the information
provided may have a bearing on your appointment and that the information needs to be
considered by the selection panel, we will discuss this with you in advance. If we do not raise
this information with you, this is because we do not believe that it should be taken into
account. In that event, you still remain free, should you wish, to discuss the matter with the
interviewing panel.
Prior to making a final decision concerning your application, we shall discuss with you any
information declared by you that we believe has a bearing on your suitability for the position.
The Yorkshire and Humber Deanery aims to promote equality of opportunity and is
committed to treating all applicants for positions fairly and on merit regardless of race,
gender, marital status, religion, disability, sexual orientation or age. We undertake not to
discriminate unfairly against applicants on the basis of criminal conviction or other
information declared.
The Data Protection Act 1998 requires us to provide you with certain information and to
obtain your consent before processing sensitive data about you. Processing includes:
obtaining, recording, holding, disclosing, destruction and retaining information. Sensitive
personal data includes any of the following information: criminal offences, criminal
convictions, criminal proceedings, disposal or sentence.
The information that you provide on the Declaration Form in the application form will be
processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will only be used for the
purpose of determining your application for this position. Once a decision has been made
concerning your appointment, we will not retain this Declaration Form longer than is
necessary (i.e. until you leave your post/programme or the recruitment episode is closed).
The Declaration Form will be kept securely and in confidence, and access to it will be
restricted to designated persons within the Academic Department of the Yorkshire and
Humber Deanery and other persons who need to see it as part of the selection process and
who are authorised to do so. The information may be passed to your employing trusts.

                             ***Important information***
                  It is essential that all applicants read this page.

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in this training programme.

It is essential that you give careful thought to your answers and complete each section accurately.

Please note that you may be asked to provide evidence to support the statements you have made in
any part of your form. All offers of appointment are subject to Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks
and other pre-employment screening, such as professional registration status, fitness to practice and
occupational health clearance.

Please pay particular attention to the following and complete the corresponding sections in the
application form as appropriate:

Fitness to Practice

When completing that part of the application form headed “Fitness to Practice and Criminal
Investigations”, you should note that all doctors are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
and you are therefore required to complete the section at the back of the application form which
relates to your Fitness to Practice status.

If you have any queries about any of the statements in this section please do not hesitate to contact
Lucy Smith at the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery at
Any query you may have will be treated confidentially.

Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Checks

CRB checks are carried out by the employing Trust in accordance with the guidelines set out by NHS
Employers (

All offers of appointment are subject to CRB checks. The Yorkshire and Humber Deanery will inform
your first employing Trust of your offer of appointment, however on receiving your offer you should
make contact with the Medical Staffing Department at your Trust to arrange for a CRB check.

The Yorkshire and Humber Deanery would like to wish you good luck with your application and your
future career.


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