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									                                                                           Postgraduate Deanery
                                       North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire Locality Office

                        NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Psychiatry
                                   (ST1, 1 post available)

                                       REF: YOH-N-052-1-R1A

The Hull York Medical School, in partnership with Yorkshire and Humber Postgraduate Deanery and
the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, has developed an exciting pathway of academic
clinical training opportunities

Applications are now invited for an Academic Clinical Fellowship in Psychiatry at ST1 level. This new
post has been created as part of the Modernising Medical Careers (MMC)/National Institute of 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 with the potential to excel in both their clinical
and academic training and who have the ambition to be the next generation of academic clinicians.

This Academic Clinical Fellowship (ACF) programme in psychiatry will be run by the Hull York Medical
School (HYMS); University of York; Leeds York Partnership Foundation Trust - North Yorkshire and
York Primary Care Trust (in the Yorkshire and Humber SHA), and Yorkshire Deanery. The post is
tenable for up to three years and attracts an NTN(A).

The Hull York Medical School – Information for Applicants

HYMS offers an exciting and effective curriculum for the doctors of the 21st century. Innovative study
methods - including Problem-Based Learning (PBL), a virtual learning environment and a fully
integrated curriculum - are putting HYMS at the cutting edge of medical education. Students also
experience clinical placements weekly from the outset, spending time equally in hospital and
community settings.

HYMS will award joint degrees from the Universities of Hull and York. Both institutions have
considerable experience in health and bioscience education:

The University of Hull has a well-established Postgraduate Medical Institute, with strong research
activity in cardiovascular and respiratory medicine, gastrointestinal and cancer surgery, and oncology.
The University of York's bio-science and health science departments are very highly rated for both
teaching and research, with particular strengths in molecular medicine, cancer research and evidence-
based health care.

Together, the two Universities give HYMS an enviable academic base.

Post Details


NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Psychiatry

Psychiatry ACFs in York will take part in the integrated clinical training programme that is based on a
broad range of training posts in community, inpatient and specialist service settings. The clinical
training programmes in York have been repeatedly commended for its quality and diversity by RCPsych
visits and are all fully inspected and approved by Yorkshire and The Humber Deanery. The local
Diploma/MSc in Psychiatry serves also as an accredited training/preparation for MRCPsych and as
such is attended by trainees throughout the Region.

Protected time for academic training and arrangements for service cover has been agreed with the
scheme organiser (Dr Peter Horn) & LYPFT. Twenty five percent of the trainee’s time over the term of
the post will be protected for academic training; this nine month period undertaken in ST2 year. They
will not be required to do on call during six months of this year. In practical terms, this is achieved by
‘pairing’ the ACF with a non-academic ST in their clinical posts to ensure protected ‘cross cover’.

Year 1 of the ACF programme will involve attendance one day per week at the University of York MSc
modules in Health Sciences where the ACF will obtain a secure theoretical grounding in epidemiology,
biostatistics, trials and health economics. Year 2-3 will involve protected time to undertake a
supervised clinical research project that will form the basis of their MSc by research.


The successful candidates will be based in York working in conjunction with active research groupings
within HYMS/University of York. The primary academic host environment will be the Department of
Health Sciences, University of York (RAE 5*-rated). It hosts the York trials Unit (headed by Professor
David Torgerson); the Biostatistics Unit (headed by Professor Martin Bland), and the Epidemiology &
Genetics Unit (headed by Professor Eve Roman).

The Department of Health Sciences forms part of the Alcuin Health Research Collaboration, together
with the NHS Centre for Reviews (Headed by Professor Lesley Stewart) and the Centre for Health
Economics (Headed by Professor Maria Goddard). The Department is a multi-disciplinary research and
teaching environment.

ACFs will become a member of the Mental Health Services Research Group, headed by Professor
Gilbody (Professor of Psychological Medicine and Health Services Research and ACF administrative
lead). The MHRG holds an exciting and active portfolio of externally-funded multi-disciplinary research
(MRC, Health Technology Assessment Programme; National Patient Safety Programme; National
Research Methodology Programme; NHS Service Delivery and Organisation Programme). Examples of
active research projects include seven large multi-centre trials in Autism, depression, anxiety, OCD,
schizophrenia, tobacco addiction. The MHRG explores the use of new technologies (computers and
the internet) in treating common mental health problems. The MHRG also conducts evidence reviews
(Prof Gilbody is an Editor of the Cochrane Depression & Anxiety Group). You will be invited to join the
existing research programme, and there will be ample opportunities to develop a research theme and to
publish on your chosen topic.

The MHRG works and researches across the age span, with exciting externally-funded projects in Child
and Adolescent psychiatry (led by Dr Barry Wright); working- and older-age mental health (led by Prof
Simon Gilbody); Psychological therapies (led by Dr Dean McMillan); addictions and dual diagnosis (led
by Dr Liz Hughes); and forensic mental health (led by Dr Amanda Perry).

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to work within the York Neuro-Imaging Centre
(YNIC) in collaboration with Professor Gary Green. The Centre was formed in 2003 by a £4.0million
consortium of some of the strongest departments within York University including Psychology,
Computer Science, Electronics, Health Sciences and Chemistry. It has extensive links to the Hull-York
Medical School, Clinical Departments in the NHS and to industry. YNIC uses a multi-disciplinary
approach to understanding structural, chemical, functional and theoretical aspects of neuronal
mechanisms. Facilities include 3-Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging, whole head
Magnetoencephalography, high density electroencephalography, transcranial magnetic stimulation
and high performance parallel computing.

A generous £1.2 Million grant from the Wolfson Foundation has also allowed the Centre to specifically
develop research that exploits Magnetoencephalography. This represents an exciting opportunity for

The Department of Health Sciences has an excellent track record in successful applications for
Doctoral and Post-Doctoral training fellowships with external funding agencies (NIHR; Wellcome; MRC
and Cancer Research UK). We anticipate the successful exit point for ACF trainees will be the award
of such a clinical research training fellowship to pursue a PhD; prior to rejoining the HYMS academic
career path as a Clinical Lecturer.

Academic Clinical Fellowship Training Programme: Research Component

The research training will consist of:

      Formal generic research skills training on the York Health Services Research Masters
      Participation in psychiatric research in York in one of the following: psychosocial aspects of
       physical illness and health, systematic reviewing, clinical trials, health economics, psychological
       treatments, epidemiology and genetics;
      Opportunities to spend time attached to relevant linked units, eg clinical trials and genetic
       epidemiology units in York and Hull.
      Preparation for CRTF applications, supported by a senior academic appointed to each ACF as
       an academic supervisor, and including links to other centres in the UK and internationally.
      Attachment throughout the ACF to a more senior academic trainee (role model) who is currently
       working for a PhD, and who will act as mentor. The mentors will be selected by the ACF
       management committee on the basis of the most relevant research interests.

The formal research training programme (MSc) will cover the following areas (in line with
implementation    guidance      from    Best      Research       for    Best      Health):

        Statistics, bioinformatics, trial design
        Epidemiology
        Ethical aspects of clinical research
        Project design, planning, costing and management
        Research governance & the regulatory framework for research
        GCP
        Patient and public involvement in research
        Refereeing of papers and grant applications
        Diversity/equal opportunities in research/cultural competence
        Time management and personal effectiveness
        Leadership: Practitioner, Partner and Leader roles.
After initial competitive appointment from F2 level, ACFs will be assessed by the ACF management
committee comprising senior academics from HYMS/York (Prof Simon Gilbody & Dr Barry Wright), the
clinical tutors from NYYPCT (Dr Clarke), and an experienced clinical academic trainee currently
working for their PhD. An individualised research training programme will be developed.

Academic Clinical Fellowship Training Programme: Clinical Component

The North Yorkshire scheme incorporates York, Harrogate, Northallerton and Scarborough and has a
large number of working age adult psychiatry and psychiatry for the elderly posts which allow trainees
joining the scheme to quickly gain sufficient experience to sit the Paper 1 of the MRCPsych exam.
More experienced trainees have the opportunity of working in a wide variety of sub specialties including
child and adolescent psychiatry, psychiatry of learning disabilities, forensic psychiatry, substance
misuse, assertive outreach, crisis resolution and intensive home treatment. We have an established
programme for psychotherapy experience which will allows trainees to meet the Royal College
requirements for psychotherapy training. This scheme is well regarded by the Royal College of

Psychiatrists, is enjoyed by our trainees and has an excellent track record of success at getting trainees
through the MRCPsych examinations. In recent years the scheme has produced two winners of the
Laughlin Prize (awarded to the candidates obtaining high marks and the best recommendation from the
examiners in the Paper 3 and the final clinical examination). ACF doctors will spend the whole of their
ST2 year in the York locality.

Successful candidates:
The exit from this post will typically be to an externally-funded research fellowship, leading to award of
a PhD and subsequently application either for a Clinical Lecturer post or a Clinician Scientist

Unsuccessful candidates:
If the postholder does not achieve the expected clinical competencies, this will be handled in the same
way as for all other trainees in speciality medicine.

If the postholder fails to achieve academic competencies, or is unsuccessful in obtaining research
funding, they would be anticipated to return to a clinical training post. This will be discussed in good
time with the Programme Directors through the system for appraisal and mentoring of academic
trainees. Whilst no guarantee of an appropriate post is possible, every effort will be made to
accommodate such individuals within the local training schemes.

Academic Training Programme Director: Professor Una McLeod
Clinical Programme Director: Dr Peter Horn
Academic supervisor: Prof Simon Gilbody
Educational Supervisor: Dr Jeff Clarke

Further Information

For further information about the Academic Clinical Fellowship programme, please refer to the NIHR
(National Institute for Health Research) Trainees Coordinating Centre website

For Informal programme specific enquiries, please contact Prof Simon Gilbody, email:

                                            Person Specification 2013
                           Application to Enter Specialty Training at CT1: PSYCHIATRY

Entry Criteria
                                   Essential Criteria                                                                        When Evaluated1
Qualifications                     MBBS or equivalent medical qualification                                                  Application form

Eligibility                         Eligible for full registration with the GMC at the time of appointment2                 Application form
                                        and holds a current licence to practise
                                   EITHER                                                                                    Application form
                                       Evidence of current employment in a UKFPO affiliated Foundation                      Interview / Selection
                                        Programme                                                                            centre
                                       12 months experience after full GMC registration and evidence of
                                        achievement of foundation competences in the 3 years before the                      Application form
                                                                             st                 st
                                        intended start date (i.e. between 31 July 2010 and 1
                                        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
                                       Eligible to work in the UK

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 practise in 2009. Any doctor wishing to practise in the UK after this date must be both registered and hold
  a licence to practise at the time of appointment.
      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.

                                  Written and spoken English skills to enable clear communication about               Application form
Language Skills
                                  medical topics with patients and colleagues to be demonstrated by one of
                                  the following:                                                                      Interview / Selection
                                       Completion of undergraduate medical training in English
                                       Evidence of the following scores in the academic international
                                        English Language Testing System (IELTS) achieved in a single
                                        sitting within 24 months at time of application:
                                       -   Overall 7
                                       -   Speaking 7
                                       -   Listening
                                       -   Reading 7
                                       -   Writing 7

                                  Applicants who do not fit into the above categories need to provide other
                                  evidence of adequate communication skills.

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

Career                                Ability to provide a complete employment history                               Application form
                                      Evidence that career progression is consistent with personal
Progression6                           circumstances
                                      Evidence that achievement and performance is commensurate with
                                       totality of period of training
                                      No unexplained career gaps
                                      Not previously released from a UK core psychiatry training
                                      Not previously relinquished a national training number for psychiatry
                                       training except under extraordinary circumstances irrespective of the
                                       length of time in the training programme.
                                      Does not already hold or is eligible to hold a psychiatry 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

                                  Holds and will use current valid driving licence or provides evidence of
                                  proposed alternative

Selection Criteria

  e.g. a letter from a UK supervisor attesting to the applicant’s competence in English at the level appropriate for communication with patients
 and colleagues within the last 2 years
     All experience in posts at any level count irrespective of the country the experience is gained in
   Examples of a release from training include an ARCP Outcome 4 or 7 or RITA E issued at any point in core psychiatry training programme.
   Applications will only be considered if satisfactory progress (ARCP Outcome 1) at the time of resignation/relinquishing the NTN has been
 demonstrated as confirmed by a letter of support from either the Postgraduate Dean or Head of School in the Deanery in which training took
 place .
 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 an NTN either through
 sickness absence, as an LTFT trainee or in a period out of programme.

                               Essential                                  Desirable                                  When Evaluated
                               As above                                   18 months or less experience               Application form
Clinical Experience
                                                                          in psychiatry (not including
                                                                          foundation modules) by the time            Interview / Selection
                                                                          of appointment
                                                                                          2                          centre
                                                                          Clinical exposure to a community
                                                                          based specialty

Clinical Skills                Clinical Knowledge & Expertise:
                                  Demonstrates appropriate                                                          Application form
                                   knowledge base and capacity                                                       Interview / Selection
                                   to apply sound clinical                                                           centre
                                  Capacity to prioritise clinical

Academic /                     Research Skills:
                                                                                                                     Application form
Research Skills                   Demonstrates understanding                Evidence of relevant academic
                                   of the principles of audit &               & research achievements, e.g.          Interview / Selection
                                   research, with some                        degrees, prizes, awards,               centre
                                   awareness of specific                      distinctions, publications,
                                   principles of research in                  presentations, other
                                   psychiatry                                 achievements
                                                                             Evidence of active
                                                                              participation in audit
                                                                             Understanding of service-user
                                                                              contribution to and perspective
                                                                              of, audit and research
                                                                             Teaching: Evidence of
                                                                              interest and experience in

   Non training non EU posts, or UK/EU posts such as e.g. staff grade, associate specialist, locum consultant, specialty doctor, locum
 appointment for service (LAS), Trust SHO, not prospectively approved by the competent authority (STA/PMETB/GMC in UK), do not count
 towards the award of the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). Doctors who have spent time in such posts will be eligible for
 appointment to the specialty training programme leading to the award of the Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration via a combined
 programme of non‐training and training posts (CESR CP). Any time periods specified in this person specification refer to full time equivalent.

Personal Skills   Communication Skills:                   Application form
                     Capacity to communicate             Interview / Selection
                      effectively & sensitively with      centre
                      others                              References
                   Capacity to listen & engage
                    others in open/equal dialogue
                  Empathy & Sensitivity:
                     Capacity & motivation to treat
                      others with understanding &
                    Sees patients as people,
                     demonstrates awareness of
                     their needs & wishes
                  Conceptual Thinking & Problem
                     Capacity to think beyond the
                      obvious, with analytical and
                      flexible mind
                    Capacity to bring a range of
                     approaches to solving
                     problems & making decisions
                  Managing Others & Team
                   Capacity to work cooperatively
                    with others and demonstrate
                    leadership when appropriate
                   Capacity to work effectively in
                    multi-professional teams
                  Coping with Pressure:
                     Capacity to operate under
                     Demonstrates initiative &
                      resilience to cope with
                      setbacks & adapt to rapidly
                      changing circumstances
                    Capacity to deal with ambiguity
                     & uncertainty in clinical life and
                     seek help when appropriate
                  Organisation & Planning:
                     Capacity to organise oneself &
                      prioritise own work
                     Demonstrates punctuality,
                      preparation & self-discipline
                     Able to keep effective
                    Demonstrates awareness of IT
                  Vigilance & Situational
                   Capacity to be alert to dangers
                    and developing situations,
                    particularly in relation to
                    clinical governance

Probity         Professional Integrity:
                   Capacity to take responsibility                                       Application form
                    for own actions and                                                   Interview / Selection
                    demonstrate a non-                                                    centre
                    judgemental approach towards
                   Displays honesty, integrity,
                    awareness of confidentiality &
                    ethical issues

Commitment To   Learning & Personal
Specialty       Development:
                   Demonstrates commitment to           Extracurricular activities /    Application form
                    life long learning                    achievements/interest and       Portfolio review (at
                 Demonstrates interest and               realistic insight relevant to   Selection Centre)
                  realistic insight into psychiatry       psychiatry
                                                                                          Interview / Selection
                  and mental health
                 Demonstrates self-awareness,                                            References
                  capacity for reflective learning
                  & commitment to personal &
                  professional development


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

KNOWLEDGE &              • Demonstration of        - Demonstration of good general knowledge /     Application Form
ACHIEVEMENTS             acquisition of the       broad interest in science and academic           and selection
                         level of knowledge       medicine                                         centre
                         and skills               - Prizes or distinctions
                         necessary for the
                                                  - Presentation of work at a national or
                         completion of F2
                                                  international meeting
                         - Demonstration of,
                                                  - Publications in peer reviewed journals
                         understanding of,
                         and commitment to,       - Additional degree or MSc in relevant subject
                         an academic career       area
                                                  - Research experience
                                                  Demonstration of knowledge of the clinical
                                                  academic career pathway
EDUCATIONAL &            - Demonstration of       - Demonstration of educational reasons for       Application Form
PERSONAL                 understanding and        applying for this Academic Clinical Fellowship   and selection
ASPECTS                  commitment to            programme                                        centre
                         academic career          - Demonstration of personal reasons for
                         - Support of an          applying for this Academic Clinical Fellowship
                         academic referee         programme
                         for this application.
COMMUNICATION - As for standard                   - Evidence of team working skills                Application Form
SKILLS        person                              - Evidence of leadership potential               and selection
                         specification criteria                                                    centre
                                                  - 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 Psychiatry at
the appropriate level which can be found on the Intrepid Pathway 2012 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 12 noon, 13th November

We anticipate that interviews will be held on 11th December 2012.

Appendix 1:     Hull York Medical School Profile

Background to HYMS
The Hull York Medical School (HYMS) is a new Medical School that brings together the strengths of the
Universities of Hull and York in the life, clinical, health, and social sciences. The development of HYMS
also builds on a strong partnership with NHS authorities and trusts in North and East Yorkshire, and
Northern Lincolnshire (NEYNL).

HYMS admitted its first 130 students into the MB BS programme in September 2003 with its first
medical graduates in 2008. HYMS is taking a distinctive and innovative approach to training doctors for
the health services of the 21st century. It aims to influence positively the recruitment and retention of
doctors in the region and the quality of local health services, ensuring that its students experience an
excellent curriculum. Its admissions policies and criteria reflect society’s aspirations to widen access to,
and participation in, medical training for high quality students. HYMS offers a modern learning
environment with high quality training and clinical attachment opportunities for the various contexts of
contemporary health care delivery.

There is a strong focus on learning in community settings, including primary care, and on working
collaboratively with other health professionals.

HYMS is overseen by a Joint Board comprising representatives of the partners and academic
governance is overseen by the HYMS Joint Senate Committee (HJSC) with the powers delegated by
and reporting to the Senates of both Universities. These minimise the requirement to report to each
University separately.

HYMS undergraduate programmes
HYMS offers a five year MB BS programme suitable for school leavers, although applications from
mature students are also welcome. This programme consists of a core curriculum meeting the
requirements of Tomorrow’s Doctors, which uses a wide range of contemporary learning and
assessment methods and strategies in an integrated structure. A range of optional “student selected
components” (SSCs) enables students to study in more depth topics of special interest. Students are
encouraged to undertake an intercalated B.Sc. (Honours) degree at the end of year 2, which includes
an option of BSc by research in a medical or biomedical subject. There is also the opportunity to
intercalate a Masters degree after Phase II (end of year 4).

HYMS aims to produce graduates committed to lifelong learning and to practising medicine that is
based on evidence and centred on patients. Seven themes run through the HYMS core curriculum,
which are covered in a series of “system” blocks throughout the five years. The programme is
integrated, with a strong problem-based/task-based emphasis, with iterative learning opportunities
throughout the five years. The seven themes are Life Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Clinical Techniques
and Skills, Evidence-based Decision Making, Person-centred Care, Population Health and Medicine,
and Managing Resources for Efficiency and Quality. As the teaching programme is now well
established there is an opportunity to develop more research in medical education within HYMS.
Current research interests include personal and professional development of students (including an
ongoing cohort study), student learning styles, e-learning (particularly staff engagement with the e-
learning process), clinical assessment methodology, and education in management for students.

The HYMS programme is campus based in the first two years. During that time, students are based
primarily in either Hull or York (70 on each University Campus) for the first two years, giving the course
academic and social coherence and at the same time enabling students to have early clinical
experience within 30 minutes travelling time. At the end of year two, students form a single cohort for

allocation to clinical attachments across the primary, community and hospital care sectors of the North
and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire. The challenges associated with a split-site entry and
geographically dispersed locations for clinical placements are addressed by having a single curriculum,
the development of common course materials and the use of modern communication and information

We are currently considering developing additional undergraduate programmes, including a possible
biomedical degree in collaboration with the Department of Biology in York. It is also possible we may
wish to develop undergraduate degrees for new paramedical health roles as they develop.

Postgraduate Education
Since 2009, HYMS has offered postgraduate taught and research programmes, with awards made
jointly by the University of Hull and the University of York. Its postgraduate research student population
has grown rapidly, with around 60 MD, PhD and MSc by Thesis students registered for HYMS degrees,
in addition to the research students based in HYMS Centres following University of York research

HYMS is currently developing its portfolio of postgraduate taught courses and continued professional
development (CPD) provision. It offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education (PGCME),
which recruits mainly from the local population of clinicians and medical educators working with HYMS
undergraduate students. It also offers a formal Certificate and Diploma in Research Training,
compulsory for HYMS PhD and MSc by Thesis students and offered to Academic Clinical Fellows and
MD students. It has received planning approval for a new MSc in Human Evolution, taught by members
of the Centre for Anatomical and Human Sciences, to be offered from October 2012. In addition to
accredited programmes, HYMS offers short courses, aimed mainly at health professionals, in anatomy.
It is developing other CPD provision in conjunction with the Department of Health Sciences at the
University of York.

Research at HYMS
Since its inception, HYMS has sought to recruit the best teachers and researchers. The HYMS
undergraduate programme is established and has earned an enviable reputation. HYMS’s mission to
promote and further develop its world class research activity now assumes equal importance.
Increasingly, HYMS is providing a focus for internationally competitive high quality biomedical and
health services research working in collaboration with the Universities of Hull and York and the NHS in
North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire. Activity is targeted on specific important clinically
relevant areas reflecting health and biomedical priorities, and existing strengths in the collaborative
partners, to enhance opportunities for translational medicine and so impact on patient care and
population health.

The five research centres within HYMS are the Centre for Immunology and Infection (working in
collaboration with Biology at York), the Centre for Health and Population Studies (in collaboration with
Health Sciences at York), the Centre for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (collaborating with
Biological Sciences and the Postgraduate Medical Institute at Hull), the Centre for Anatomical and
Human Sciences (collaborating with the Centre for Medical Engineering and Technology in Hull and
Archaeology at York), and the Centre for Neurosciences (which is developing in collaboration with
Psychology and the York Neuroimaging Centre at York).

The Research Environment
The Centre for Immunology and Infection is housed in a brand new building next to the Department of
Biology at York. The Department is one of the largest and strongest in the UK, and includes groups

working in cancer biology and infection and immunity, and offers an innovative programme of research
training in laboratory science. The Biology Technology Facility offers access to a wide range of
equipment and services to both internal and external (academic and commercial) researchers,
including Imaging and Cytometry, Proteomics and Analytical Biochemistry, Genomics, a Molecular
Interactions Laboratory, Protein Production, and Bioinformatics.

The Department of Health Sciences ( and its associated research
centres have an international reputation in many areas including, Health Services research, systematic
review and evidence synthesis, epidemiology, clinical trials, social policy and health economics. The
Yorkshire and the Humber Public Health Observatory is also adjacent. These centres are co-located
with the medical school building on the Heslington campus.

The University of York established the Neuroimaging Centre (YNiC) within the internationally rated
Psychology Department equipped with state of the art 3-T whole-body MRI scanning, magneto- and
electroencephalography and transcranial magnetic stimulation. The facilities are used collaboratively to
undertake basic and clinically related patient based research. The University of York has also been
awarded a grant of £4.36M by the Wellcome Trust to investigate novel hyperpolarisation techniques to
enhance signals in MRI.

In relation to clinical research there is a Clinical Research Facility (the Daisy Building), which opened in
Hull at Castle Hill Hospital in July 2008 and boasts state of the art facilities, and an Experimental
Medicine Unit at York Hospital to facilitate translational research. HYMS also plays a role in
establishing and facilitating research networking between NHS partners in the region for clinical
research, through interaction with the Comprehensive Local Research Network, Yorkshire Cancer
Research, and the Haematological Malignancies Research Network.

In addition to the Clinical Research Facility and associated biomedical laboratories at the Daisy
building, laboratory facilities at Hull include flow cytometry, laser capture micro-dissection and gene-
sequencing; and a 500Mhz wide-bore NMR spectrometer (89mm) 11.75 TESLA enhancing the ability to
analyse a wide range of biological systems. Strategic research infrastructure funding from HEFCE of
around £7.5 million has also allowed completion of the Hull Immersive Visualization Environment
(HIVE), a biomechanical test and analysis laboratory, a motion capture and analysis facility, and, along
with Yorkshire Cancer research (YCR) has allowed installation of a 3 Tesla MRI at Hull Royal Infirmary.
Currently a PET CT clinical research facility is being developed. These facilities in Hull benefit from
collocation with tertiary services and clinical facilities as well as a population with high morbidity.

The Local Health Environment
The area covered by the HYMS NHS partnership comprises Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire, York
and North Yorkshire, and Northern Lincolnshire, which together have a population of around 1.8 million.
17 NHS organisations make up the HYMS NHS partnership, within which there are over 600 consultants
and 900 general practitioners. Encompassing both rural and urban populations, the region contains a
variety of environments in which health services are delivered. There are areas of considerable
deprivation, not only in urban centres, but also in patches across the rural hinterlands. Heart disease
and teenage pregnancy rates are severe problems in Hull. Measures of overall health in North
Lincolnshire are poorer than the country as a whole. However, in most of the region, rates for infant
mortality and most disease-specific death are well below national averages, the prevalence of smoking
and drug use are low, and the uptake of screening is high in many areas.

East Yorkshire with its homogenous and stable population of 600,000 is an ideal centre for prospective
observational and interventional clinical research: the central urban area of Kingston upon Hull has a
population of 350,000. The NHS clinical facilities are well developed and virtually comprehensive

across the medical and surgical disciplines; only certain transplantation and cardiac neonatal surgical
procedures require distant referral. Hence there exists a wealth of clinical material available for
approved educational and research purposes.

                                 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

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

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

If you would like to discuss what effect any criminal record or fitness to practice proceedings might have
on your application, you may contact Anil Boury, telephone (0114) 2264426, 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
Anil Boury 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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