ACF in Paediatrics Child Health ST 12013111012complete by h45RzQmo



                      ACADEMIC UNIT OF CHILD HEALTH

       NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Paediatric Medicine (ST1)
                               (Fixed Term)

                              REF: YOH-S-002-1-R1A

The University of Sheffield, in partnership with Yorkshire and Humber Postgraduate
Deanery and the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, has developed an exciting
pathway of academic clinical training opportunities.

Applications are now invited for an Academic Clinical Fellowship in Paediatric Medicine
at ST1 level. This new post has been created as part of the Modernising Medical
Careers (MMC)/National Co-ordinating Centre for Research Capacity (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 clinicians.

The post is tenable for 3 years and attracts an NTN(A). During this period it is expected
that the Academic Clinical Fellow will complete their core training in Paediatric Medicine
(ST1, ST2 and ST3 years) within the South rotation of the Yorkshire and Humber
Deanery as well as completing up to 9 months of academic research training during
which they will prepare an application for an externally funded clinical research training
fellowship to undertake a PhD.

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, 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

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:

Yorkshire South
Event Sheffield
A City You'll Love

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 £30M.

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Academic Unit of Child Health

The Academic Unit of Child Health is situated in the Stephenson Teaching and
Research Wing of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital, which is close to both the main
University buildings and to the Medical School at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Currently there are 59 people working within the unit comprising 5 Professors, 2
Honorary Readers, 2 Senior Clinical Lecturers, 2 Clinical Lecturers, 1 Clinical Lecturer, 2
Non Clinical Lecturers, 5 Clinical Fellows, 1 Honorary Research Scientist, 4 other grant
supported research staff, 1 technician, 2 PhD students, 22 NHS staff working within
department, 5 research nurses and 6 clerical staff.

The academic staff, together with their clinical and research interests, is as follows:

Clinical staff:

Head, Academic Unit of Child Health / Professor of Paediatric Bone Disease:
      Professor N J Bishop          Paediatric Bone Disease

Honorary Professor in Neonatal Screening (personal chair):
      Professor R J Pollitt        Neonatal screening

Honorary Professor in Paediatric Haematology (personal chair):
      Professor A J Vora            Paediatric Haematology

Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics
       Professor M S Tanner           Hepatology

Honorary Professor of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine
      Dr M L Everard                Respiratory disease

Honorary Reader in Paediatric Gastroenterology
      Dr M A Thomson               Gastroenterology

Senior Clinical Lecturers:
       Dr J K H Wales                 Endocrinology, growth & diabetes
       Dr A Offiah                    Radiology
       Currently vacant

Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics:
        Dr CJ Elder

Clinical Fellows:
        Dr P Sachdev          Endocrinology/obesity
        Dr V Algar                  Respiratory disease
        Dr A Patel                  Metabolic bone disease
        Dr S Borg                   Metabolic Bone Disease/endocrinology
        One post currently vacant

       Dr Olga Tsoulaki              Haematology/Oncology
       Dr Ameeta Patel
       Dr Stephanie Borg

Scientific Staff:

Lecturer in Metabolic Bone Disease:
       Dr P Grabowski               Metabolic bone biology

Lecturer in Cell Biology:
        Dr R Muimo                      Inflammatory cell biology, cystic fibrosis
In addition, the consultant staff of the Sheffield Children's Hospital hold Honorary Senior
Clinical Lecturer contracts and a number are very active in research, providing further
opportunities for research supervision.

Child Health has significantly enhanced its research profile in the recent years,
increased the number of non-clinical staff and attracted a significant number of PhD and
BMedSci students.

Laboratory Facilities
In recent years, the Medical School has spent £24m refurbishing its Basic Science
accommodation. Most of the Academic Unit of Child Health’s laboratory activity is now
undertaken in the Medical School, with major groups having critical mass and access to
core facilities, which provide international standard accommodation.

The new Sheffield Medical Research Institute contains core facilities for DNA
sequencing, flow cytometry, confocal imaging, proteomics, DNA microarrays, high
throughput robotic screening and histopathology. There are excellent opportunities to
develop strong collaborative links with other active research groups within the School of
Medicine (5, RAE 2001) as well as the Department of Biomedical Sciences (5*, RAE
2001). Active research themes within the latter include the Centre for Developmental
Genetics (Director: Professor P W Ingham, FRS), the Centre for Stem Cell Biology
(Director: Professor P W Andrews) and the Institute of Molecular Physiology.

Postgraduate Facilities
There is a vigorous programme of postgraduate clinical education organised by the
Postgraduate Medical Education department. A lecture theatre, seminar room and
library are housed on the top floor of the Stephenson Wing and are well equipped with
audio-visual facilities. A clinical skills facility is planned on the same floor.

Undergraduate Education
Child Health is responsible for paediatric teaching to approximately 240 students in
Phase 3a of the Sheffield MB ChB course. Much of the clinical teaching occurs in
neighbouring hospitals. The students have a formative assessment at the end of their
seven-week attachment, and a summative assessment at the end of the year. The new
Sheffield undergraduate curriculum was introduced in January 2006 and has been well
received. Students may subsequently elect to take an SSC (student selected
component) and each year a number choose Paediatrics or one of its related subjects
for this. A small number, usually of two or three, highly motivated students spend a year
in Child Health taking an intercalated BMedSci, which comprises 70% project work and
30% teaching. The unit has had a steady flow of BMedSci students, all of whom have

achieved a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree, and most of whom have had
one or more publications.

Children’s Clinical Research Facility
The UK’s first dedicated paediatric clinical research facility was opened at Sheffield
Children’s Hospital in January 2008. The CCRF (Children’s Clinical Research Facility)
provides all the facilities needed to undertake first class research in children and the
Trust’s R&D staff are embedded within the CRF, making it a “one-stop shop” for
supporting investigators. The CCRF can accommodate a range of studies, from
experimental medicine to phase IV clinical trials. The Trust R&D Director is Dr Paul

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Health services in Sheffield are provided for a resident population of approximately
526,000. Regional services are provided for approximately 450,000 children under
sixteen. The majority of children's services are based at the Children's Hospital. The
Children’s Hospital forms a combined Foundation Trust with Community Paediatric
Services and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Hospital services for adults are provided by the Northern General Hospital and the Royal
Hallamshire Hospital, which, together with the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital and
Weston Park Hospital, form the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
They house university departments in various disciplines and have academic, laboratory
and library facilities on their respective sites.

The Supra-District Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is part of the Jessop Wing of the Royal
Hallamshire Hospital, situated about a quarter of a mile from the Children’s Hospital.
Inpatient Ophthalmology is based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Spinal injuries
(except PICU) are based at the Northern General Hospital. Cardiac services for children
are based at the Leeds General Infirmary and their Consultant Cardiologists provide an
outreach service as required.

Sheffield Children’s Hospital

The Sheffield Children’s Hospital (SCH) is part of the Sheffield Children’s NHS
Foundation Trust. It is located approximately one mile from the city centre on the south-
west aspect of Sheffield, close to several of the hospitals within the Sheffield Teaching
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Royal Hallamshire Hospital and the Jessop Wing
(Obstetrics/Neonates); the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital; Weston Park Radiotherapy
and Oncology Hospital; and also to the School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and
the main university campus.

The Stephenson Wing of the Children’s Hospital accommodates the Academic Unit of
Child Health, the Illingworth library and lecture theatre and the Department of
Postgraduate Medical Education.

As a result of the rationalisation of paediatric services in Sheffield, the hospital is in the
process of significant development and building. Currently, the hospital supports
approximately 150 beds. All paediatric in-patients in Sheffield are cared for at Sheffield
Children’s Hospital.

There are seven operating theatres, a procedure room used for the Exodontia service, a
nine-bedded Post-Anaesthesia Care Unit and a 15-bedded Day Case Surgical Unit.

Surgical services involve general, urology, neonatal, orthopaedic (including spinal
surgery and limb reconstruction), plastic, ENT, dental and neuro-surgery. Currently
there are six Consultant General Paediatric Surgeons and six Consultant Paediatric
Orthopaedic Surgeons based at SCH.

Medical services comprise oncology, haematology (including bone marrow
transplantation), endocrine and diabetes, respiratory, neurology, gastroenterology,
hepatology, renal, inherited metabolic disease, metabolic bone disease including the
NCG-funded severe, complex and atypical OI service, intensive care and immunological
paediatrics. The hospital has a separate children's A & E department that sees about
40,000 new patients per year. SCH provides secondary paediatric services for the city,
which comprises about 20% of the population of North Trent.

There is full on-site laboratory and radiological support, including MRI and spiral CT.
The radiologists provide an echocardiography service as the cardiology service is based
at Leeds General Infirmary.

Post Details

JOB TITLE: NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Paediatric Medicine


Academic Clinical Fellowship Training Programme

The postholder will spend three years in paediatrics and neonatology at the ST1-3 level,
based at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, the Jessop Wing of the Royal Hallamshire
Hospital and will include 6 months at a local district general hospital. General paediatric
experience during ward work and acute take will be complemented by cross-cover for
colleagues in sub-specialty areas including gastroenterology, cystic fibrosis and
metabolic medicine. The academic component will comprise 25% of the total time.
Academic training will be delivered via the Clinical Research Facility, co-ordinated with
the existing ACF programme developed by the Medical School.

The ACF will undertake a specific project to collect pilot data and develop a proposal to
take forward for an externally-funded PhD. Project support is available in the specific
areas of bone metabolism, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology,
haematology/oncology, metabolic medicine and respiratory medicine including cystic

Objectives of the Training Programme
   1. To obtain core competencies at ST1, ST2 and ST3 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

Academic Programme Director: Professor Nick Bishop
Clinical Programme Director: Dr Noreen West


The ACF post offers an NTN(A) to individuals wishing to enter Specialty Training in
Paediatric Medicine. The duration of the post will be 3 years and coincide with core
training (ST1, ST2, ST3). The expected outcome of the ACF is the preparation of a
successful application for a research training fellowship or educational training
programme leading to a higher degree plus evidence of satisfactory progress in clinical
training. The successful applicant will have evidence of academic interest and should be
aiming to pursue a career in academic Paediatric Medicine. The postholder will
undertake general paediatric ward work and acute on-call, following the normal 14 week
rota cycle and will typically spend two days per week of academic time for nine weeks
and three days per week for one week. These arrangements may be altered to
accommodate the postholder’s academic needs, balanced against their clinical

The successful candidate will be expected to develop an area of research interest and
apply for a research training fellowship during the course of this post. This will be done
in consultation with Professor Nick Bishop and colleagues.

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

Clinical Duties
It is anticipated the ACF will link with a flexible trainee to provide two days per week of
academic time during 9 out of 14 weeks (18 weekdays out of 70; 25.7% time), the
remaining weeks being either clinically demanding in terms of commitments to out-of-
hours cover or statutory time off. The postholder will undertake 75% of the normal on-
call expected for a full time post holder. There may be provision to accommodate 100%
on-call if requested and appropriate to academic and clinical training needs.

The initial period of the ACF will be spent at Sheffield Children’s Hospital (SCH), with the
second year based in the NICU at the Jessop Wing. The postholder will return to SCH
for their third year. At SCH, the clinical training is delivered using a ward based system
that reflects children’s ages with junior trainees being directly supervised by more
experienced trainees as well as by the consultants in each specialty area. There are
grid trainees in most of the sub-specialty areas who will provide additional support. The
NICU offers comprehensive training in all aspects of neonatal intensive care. The
postholder will have ample opportunity to develop clinical and practical skills in both

It is envisaged that 6 months during the ST1 to 3 training period is spent at a nearby
district general hospital to provide clinical exposure outside of tertiary neonatal and
paediatric centres. The timing of this post is by mutual agreement based on training

There is an active educational programme which provides training in both core
paediatrics and more advanced paediatrics aimed at MRCPCH as well as weekly grand
rounds, case reviews and regular audit and morbidity, mortality meetings. The ACF
would be expected to engage in the regular clinical training programme run for all junior
doctors, complete MRCPCH during their fellowship and achieve the clinical core
competencies set out in the RCPCH curriculum.

The postholder will be expected to attend the regional STEPP training programme
which maps to the RCPCH curriculum
They will need to meet the requirements of the training programme and will be
assessed at laest annually by way of the ARCP process

Planning and Organising
With the project supervisor and academic lead, to develop a project for external funding
over a three year period.

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



Potential candidates should contact Prof Nick Bishop, Academic Unit of Child Health,
Stephenson Wing, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TH, Tel:
0114 271 7303,

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

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

Academic Lead                 Professor Nick Bishop
Deanery Contact               Anil Boury                academictraining@yorksandhumber

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 Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

                                                      2013 Person Specification
                                Application to enter Specialty Training at ST1: Paediatrics

Entry Criteria

                                  Essential                                                                                     When Evaluated1
Qualifications                    MBBS or equivalent medical qualification.                                                     Application form
Eligibility                           Eligible for full registration with the GMC at time of appointment and hold               Application form
                                      a current licence to practice.
                                     Minimum of 2 years of postgraduate medical experience by August 2013                      Application form
                                      (equivalent to that obtained in a UK Foundation Training programme)
                                                                                                                                Interview / Selection
                                  Either                                                                                        centre
                                      Evidence of current employment in a UKFPO affiliated Foundation
                                   12 months experience after full GMC registration and evidence of                            Application form
                                      achievement of Foundation competences in the 3 years before the
                                      intended start date (i.e. between 31st July 2010 and 1st August 2013
                                      unless a different start date is specifically indicated in advance by the
                                      deanery) from a UKFPO affiliated Foundation Programme or equivalent
                                      in line with GMC standards/Good Medical practice including

                                      o   Make the care or your patient your first concern
                                      o   Protect and promote the health of patients and of the public
                                      o   Provide a good standard of practice and care
                                      o   Treat patients as individuals and respect their dignity
                                      o   Work in partnership with patients
                                      o   Be honest and open and act with integrity
                                     Eligibility to work in the UK.
                                     Not previously relinquished, released or removed from a training
                                      programme in this specialty except under exceptional circumstances

Fitness To Practise               Is up to date and fit to practise safely.                                                     Application form

              ‘when evaluated’ is indicative, but may be carried out at any time throughout the selection process
              Time of appointment refers to the date at which the post commences
            The GMC introduced a licence to practice in 2009. Any doctor wishing to practice in the UK after this date must be both registered
          and hold a licence to practice at time of appointment.
            Examples might include ARCP outcome 4 or two or failure to progress after two or more failed RITA Es. Applications will only be
          considered if there is a letter of support from the Postgraduate Dean or designated Deputy of the deanery in which they worked.
          Should the Postgraduate Dean not support the application, appeal may be made to the Recruitment Lead whose decision will be final.
          The Recruitment lead may be the recruitment team at the office managing recruitment or at the deanery to whom you are making your
           A selection centre is a process not a place. It involves a number of selection activities that may be delivered within the Unit of

Language Skills                  All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English                  Application form
                                 adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with                      Interview / Selection
                                 patients and colleagues demonstrated by one of the following:                             centre
                                       o   that applicants have undertaken undergraduate medical training in English; or
                                       o   have achieved the following scores in the academic lnternational English
                                           Language Testing System (IELTS) in a single sitting within 24 months at time
                                           of application – Overall 7, Speaking 7, Listening 7, Reading 7, Writing 7.
                                 If applicants believe they have adequate communication skills but do not fit
                                 into one of these examples they must provide supporting evidence

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

Career                               Ability to provide a complete employment history                                     Application form
Progression6                         Evidence that career progression is consistent with personal
                                     Evidence that present achievement and performance is commensurate
                                      with totality of period of training
                                      18 months or less experience in this specialty (not including
                                      Foundation modules) by time of appointment
                                     Not previously released or removed from a UK Paediatrics Specialty
                                      training programme
                                     Not previously resigned or relinquished a national training number for
                                      Paediatrics specialty training except under extraordinary circumstances
                                      irrespective of the length of time in the training programme.
                                     Does not already hold or eligible to hold an Paediatrics CCT and is not
                                      currently on the specialist register, or equivalent, in any other EU
                                      member state

Application                                                                                                                Application form
                                 ALL sections of application form completed FULLY according to written
Completion                       guidelines

Selection Criteria

                                 Essential                                              Desirable                          When Evaluated

             All experience in posts at any level count irrespective of the country the experience is gained in
             Any time periods specified in this person specification refer to full time equivalent
           Applications will NOT be considered if an ARCP Outcome 4 or RITA E.has been given at any point in their Paediatrics
         training programme.
           Applications will only be considered if satisfactory progress (ARCP Outcome1) at the time of resignation/relinquishing
         the NTN has been demonstrated and there is a letter of support from either the Postgraduate Dean or Head of School in
         the Deanery in which they worked which confirms this.
         Extraordinary circumstances may be defined as a demonstrated change in circumstances, which can be shown to impact
         on the ability to train at that time and may include severe personal illness or family caring responsibility incompatible with
         continuing to hold a NTN either through sickness absence, as a LTFT trainee or in a period out of programme.

Clinical Skills   Clinical Knowledge & Expertise:             Personal Attributes:
                     Capacity to apply sound clinical           Shows aptitude for practical    Application form
                      knowledge & judgement.                      skills, e.g. hand-eye co-       Interview / Selection
                     Potential to develop excellent              ordination, dexterity           centre
                      diagnostic skills                          Successful completion of        References
                                                                  training in paediatric life
                  Research Skills:                                                               Application form
Academic /                                                        Evidence of relevant
Research Skills      Demonstrates understanding of               academic & research             Interview / Selection
                      importance of audit & research and          achievements, e.g. degrees,     centre
                      potential to contribute to                  prizes, awards, distinctions,
                      development in paediatrics                  publications, presentations,
                                                                  other achievements
                                                                 Evidence of active
                                                                  participation in audit

                                                                 Evidence of interest and
                                                                  experience in teaching

Personal Skills   Communication Skills:                       Management:                         Application form
                   Capacity to communicate effectively          Evidence of interest and        Interview / Selection
                     at different levels, e.g. with babies,       experience in management        centre
                     young people and their families              and leadership                  References
                  Empathy & Sensitivity:
                   Capacity to take in others’
                     perspectives and treat others with
                  Managing Others & Team
                   Capacity to work cooperatively with
                     others & work effectively in a
                     multidisciplinary team
                  Problem Solving & Decision Making:
                   Demonstrates an analytic approach
                     to practice. Capacity to bring a
                     range of approaches to solving
                  Coping with Pressure:
                   Capacity to manage acute situations
                     under pressure. Demonstrates
                     initiative & resilience to cope with
                     changing circumstances
                  Organisation & Planning:
                   Capacity to achieve a balance
                     between urgent and important
                  Vigilance & Situational Awareness:
                   Capacity to monitor acute situations
                     that may change rapidly

Probity           Professional Integrity & Respect for                                            Application form
                  Others:                                                                         Interview / Selection
                   Takes responsibility for own actions                                          centre
                     Displays honesty, integrity &                                               References
                      awareness of ethical issues
                     Understands importance of
                      advocacy, children’s rights, safety,
                      confidentiality & consent

Commitment To   Learning & Personal Development:          Extracurricular activities /   Application form
Specialty        Understanding & awareness of             achievements relevant to       Interview / Selection
                   particular requirements & demands       paediatrics                    centre
                   of working with children & their
                   Demonstrates reflective approach
                    to practice & commitment to
                    personal development


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

       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 Paediatrics and Child Health at the appropriate level which can be found on the
Intrepid Pathway 2013 online system from a link on

No C.V. or additional information to the application form will be accepted.

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

Please note the closing date and time for this vacancy, which will be 13th November
2012 at 12:00 noon.

We anticipate that interviews will be the 13th December 2012.

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

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 websites: and respectively.

General Enquiries:

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

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

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 1st 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

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 care.
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
(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
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-

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 employment.


To top