Lecturer (Fixed Term) in Medicine – 0.5 Post
Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Galway
Informal enquiries may be made to: Dr. Maeve C. Durkan, Dean of Portiuncula Academy,
Department of Medicine, Portiuncula Hospital, Galway; Tel. No. +353-(0)90-96-48200;
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Background Information 4
Job Description 7
Eligibility Requirements 8
Application Procedures 9
Summary CV Application Form 11
Statement of Main Terms & Particulars of Employment 13
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National University of Ireland, Galway
Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, NURSING & HEALTH SCIENCES
Applications are invited for the following post:
Lecturer (Fixed Term, half time) in Medicine
Candidates for the above post in the Academic Department of Medicine based at Portiuncula
Hospital and in affiliation with NUIG should be within or have completed General Professional
Training. They should have or be in the process of obtaining MRCPI or other higher
qualifications in Medicine.
The position will be based in the Academic Department at Portiuncula hospital in affiliation with
The successful candidates will have a major involvement in teaching and research and will be
responsible for supervising the Medical modules in the third and fourth years of the new
curriculum in undergraduate medicine.
The appointment is for a fixed term, (half time) contract which will commence December 15,
2012 to 8th July 2013.
Informal enquiries may be made to: Dr. Maeve C. Durkan, Dean of Portiuncula Academy,
Department of Medicine, Portiuncula Hospital, Galway; Tel. No. +353-(0)90-96-48200;
Salary: €55,853 - €73,288 pro rata p.a. (applicable to new entrants effective from
€62, 059 - €81,431pro rata p.a.
Salary will be determined according to the Government’s pay policy.
Closing date for receipt of applications is midnight on Thursday 22nd November 2012.
It will not be possible to consider applications received after the closing date.
For more information and Application Form please see website:
http://www.nuigalway.ie/about-us/jobs/ Applications should be sent to email@example.com
Please note that appointment to posts advertised will be dependent upon the terms of
the employment control framework for the higher education sector.
National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.
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The Fottrell Report is a vision for the future of medical education in Ireland. It is Government
policy and is currently being implemented. The implications for NUI Galway are that it will grow
from an annual EU intake of 55 students to 99 entering undergraduate medical training. We
plan to continue a non-EU cohort of 50 students, which will mean 150 students requiring clinical
teaching for the final 2½ years of their undergraduate programme in due course. Along with
increasing the number of students, the Fottrell Report recommended significant changes in the
way clinical teaching is delivered. In particular, it recommended that a variety of settings other
than conventional teaching hospitals be utilised. The Medical Council, in their most recent view
of the Medical Schools, echo this sentiment and urge Medical Schools to continue to innovate
and diversify clinical training.
The Buttimer Report on the future of postgraduate training envisages a greater role for the
universities in the early part of general professional training and in ensuring a seamless
transition between undergraduate, intern and postgraduate education. The HSE transformation
programme envisages moving care away from acute hospitals and delivering far more medical
services via primary care teams. This is also coherent with the message from Fottrell and the
Medical Council that the training of medical students should reflect their future roles as
members of primary care teams, encouraging the delivery of more education away from acute
hospital sites, and in an interdisciplinary context.
NUI Galway began the implementation of a major curriculum revision in 2006. This follows on
from a lengthy consultation process and will radically alter the student learning experience. Our
curriculum is now a 5-year programme (with a Foundation Year for students without basic
sciences in the Leaving Certificate). Teaching is delivered in integrated systems-based
modules in the first 2 years, and this is echoed in modularised education in the final 3 years.
One fifth of curricular time is devoted to medical professionalism, which includes clinical
methods; understanding health and illness; ethics, law, and informatics; and special study
The clinical curriculum has been designed so that the modular elements can be delivered either
in Galway or at one of 4 affiliated centres. When our class reaches the final planned size each
student will spend 2 semesters at an affiliated site as part of their final 3 years. We believe that
this pattern of teaching, which is similar to that which has been successfully employed at the
University of Bristol since 2002, will improve the quality of clinical training and participation in
medical education throughout the HSE West region.
THE ACADEMY CONCEPT
Each Academy will be based on a hospital and local community services. The 4 designated
sites are Sligo, Letterkenny, Castlebar, and Ballinasloe/Roscommon. Each of these hospital
groupings is of a roughly similar size with in excess of 300 acute beds and a range of services
in all of the major specialities. Each site will be able to deliver core strands involving the
disciplines of medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, radiology, paediatrics, obstetrics & gynaecology
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and psychiatry, and will have an affiliated academic general practice site. The strands will be
each delivered at 2 levels –basic and advanced, in each of the following 8 areas:
(ii) Respiratory, Perioperative and Critical Care
(iv) Acute Care and Care of the Elderly
(vi) Obstetrics & Gynaecology
(viii) General Practice / Otolaryngology
Year 3, Semester 2 (Strands i-iv)
Year 4, Semester 1 (Strands v-viii)
Year 4, Semester 2 (Strands v-viii), and
Year 5, Semester 1 (Strands i-iv) all comprise modules incorporating the 4 core strands.
Students can take a special study options at the end of Year 4 semester 2 which can also be
undertaken in affiliated sites. Eventually this option will be available in Year 3 semester 2 also.
In steady state, each affiliated site will have a total of 40 students with 5 students in each
module undertaking either basic or advanced programmes.
Each Academy will have an Academy Dean who will combine responsibility for the academic
leadership of curriculum, student supervision and pastoral care. There will be strand leaders for
each of the 8 modules. These leaders will have a coordinating and supervisory role. The
Academy Dean will be accountable to the Head of the School of Medicine. The strand leaders,
who will be Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturers, will be responsible to the Academy Dean, and
will also have a liaison with the central module coordinator at the university.
Curriculum delivery will be facilitated by the appointment of Lecturers, mostly on a half time
basis. The university will also fund secretarial support and the provision of distance learning and
e-learning support from the central hub at Galway.
The University is seeking HEA support for a €2million for capital development at each affiliated
academy. It is hoped that HSE will provide a similar level of support so that a unified academic
education centre can be provided which will serve the needs of both undergraduate and
postgraduate medical students along with providing opportunities for interdisciplinary learning
with nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare professionals.
The successful applicant will be a half time employee of the National University of Ireland,
Galway and will be appointed at the appropriate rate on the clinical academic pay scales for one
year in the first instance. He/She will be a registered medical practitioner who has completed
their basic specialist training in Medicine and obtained their MRCP or equivalent
S/he will ideally have some research and teaching experience especially in the area of clinical
teaching and communication skills. Support will be available, as appropriate, to aid in the
development of specialist educational skills. A commitment to quality in teaching will be sought
and an outline understanding of medical education theory and practice is essential. S/he will
need to be able to work with colleagues from diverse disciplines.
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The focus of this post will be on collaboratively developing and delivering the relevant modules
in the new undergraduate medical curriculum. The Medical programme is undergoing significant
curriculum revision in line with the recommendations of the Irish Medical Council. Each of the
five years is organized on a thematic basis. A recurring spiral professionalism course, dealing
with issues of general professional development, also runs through each year. The postholder
will lead the delivery of Medical education at the Portiuncula Medical Adacemy. This will involve
close liaison with Medicine consultants and NCHDs, and with nursing and allied health
professional staff. The postholder will work closely with similar postholders in Paediatrics,
Obstetrics & Gynaecology and General Practice and with academic colleagues based at NUI
Galway to deliver integrated co-ordinated specialist clinical education and assessments. There
is a strong emphasis on student centred learning and patient-centred care - small group
interactive teaching, self directed learning and regular formative and summative assessment.
An interest in undertaking quality research is desirable. The applicant will be supported in
collaborating with Medical School and Portiuncula General Hospital themes, which include
medical education, or in developing their own research programme.
The appointees will contribute to the further development of the new curriculum through
feedback at hospital and school level. They will co-ordinate and collate continuous assessments
in consultation with the Strand leaders, and Module coordinators at School Level. The
appointees will report to the Local Strand leaders, The Academy Dean, and the Head of the
School of Medicine at NUI, Galway.
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NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, GALWAY
Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh
Lecturer (Fixed Term) in Medicine – 0.5 Post
JOB DESCRIPTION – ACADEMIC
The post holder will undertake undergraduate clinical teaching, examination and research in
Medicine, at Portiuncula Hospital as affiliated with NUI Galway.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
o Teaching (Tutorial, Demonstrating, Lecturing)
Applicants will be expected to coordinate teaching and delivery of the undergraduate
Medicine curriculum in line with course delivery at NUIG. The lecturer in medicine at the
Portiuncla Hospital will be an integral component of the teaching team, responsible for
coordinating teaching activities including, small group teaching, seminars, case
presentations, bedside tutorials, lectures, field trips, etc. including timetabling of events.
Participation in assessment and provision of feedback, formative and summative, are
also key responsibilities of the post. The applicant will also have a key input into the
o Research (Publications, Grant Applications/Awards, Ph.D. students)
Applicants will be expected to actively participate in research. Formation of
research collaborations with other academic departments and clinical staff as
appropriate. Supervision of research with undergraduate and postgraduate
o Administration (Administrative, Management, Wider contribution)
Applicants will be expected to perform anticipated administration activities
such as, course timetabling, student rostering, supervising examination
delivery, student queries/feedback etc. General departmental administration
included; responsibility for leading / managing specific modules.
o Contribution to Community
Candidates will contribute to NUIG through liaison where appropriate.
Candidates will also contribute to the school of medicine via committee work
where feasible. Candidates may be involved with instruction at
Candidates will liaise with the academic team at National University of Ireland, Galway at
regular intervals to update re student progress, highlight problem areas with course
delivery, update re changes in course content/delivery, or to address concerns re specific
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Medical Degree or equivalent
MRCPI/MRCP or equivalent
At least 1 year’s experience in Medicine.
Experience at SHO level
At least 1 year medical undergraduate teaching experience
Interest in and commitment to research and evidence based practice
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Commitment to evidence based practice
Extensive experience in education
Excellent organisational skills
Ability to self motivate
Experience giving tutorials to medical students and/or students of other clinical
Experience of research activity or clinical audit
Experience of working in a team-based environment
Completed General Professional Training and have passed MRCP Medicine
Experience in student assessment processes
Published work in peer-reviewed journals.
Higher degree in medical teaching
Experience of problem based teaching methodology
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APPLICATION AND APPOINTMENT PROCEDURES
It is VITAL that you ONLY USE THE POST REFERENCE ‘007400’ in the subject line of
your application email. This will ensure that your application reaches the correct mailbox.
A. Applications should be made by sending the following information to
Please submit as one document in MS Word Format: The following documents must
be collated and submitted as one document (NOT three separate attachments):
a. A completed Summary CV Application Form (see pages 11 & 12)
b. A cover letter/personal statement outlining why you wish to be considered for the
post and where you believe your skills and experience meet the requirements for
the post of ‘Lecturer (Fixed Term) in Medicine – 0.5 Post’
c. A comprehensive CV clearly showing your relevant achievements and experience
in your career to date.
The completed application document must be forwarded by email as one attachment to
reach the Human Resources Office no later than midnight (GMT) on Thursday, 22nd
November 2012. Please note that an application will ONLY be considered if
documents a to c above are fully completed and received by the closing date.
B. All applicants will receive an acknowledgement of application within 5 working days. If
you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application within this
timeframe or if you have any other queries regarding the application process please
contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 091-492151
C. Pension Entitlements:
This is a pensionable position. Details of the applicable Pension Scheme will be provided
to the successful candidate. The Pension element of this appointment is subject to the
terms and conditions of the Pension scheme currently in force within the University. This
Scheme may be amended or revised by the Irish Government or its agents at any time.
The Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004 set a minimum
retirement age of 65 and removed the upper compulsory retirement age for certain New
Entrants to the Public Sector on or after 1 April 2004. In the December 2009 Budget, the
Government indicated its intention to (i) increase the minimum retirement age for all new
Public Servants to equal the qualifying age for the Irish State Pension that is anticipated
to be 67 for the foreseeable future; and (ii) to again introduce an upper compulsory
retirement age of 70 initially. Legislation is pending and this appointment will be subject
at all times to the provisions of such legislation.
2. Assessment Procedure
(a) Board of Assessors
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Applications will be considered by a Board of Assessors, which will shortlist and interview
candidates and report to the College, the Academic Council and Údaras na hOllscoile.
(b) Interview Dates
It is planned to hold interviews for this post on 21st November, 2012.
Expenses are paid to candidates invited to the Assessors’ Interview (see (a) above).
The appointment will be made by the President, following adoption of the report of the
Board of Assessors by the College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences. (In the
event that the College does not adopt the report, the appointment will be made by the
President, following adoption of the report of the Board of Assessors by the Academic
Council. In the event that the Academic Council does not adopt the report of the Board of
Assessors, the decision as to the appointment, will be made by Údaras na hOllscoile
(The University Governing Authority). All candidates will in due course be notified of the
outcome of their application. The Human Resources Office will offer the post to the
candidate appointed once the appointment has been made by the University Appointing
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STATEMENT OF MAIN TERMS & PARTICULARS OF EMPLOYMENT
Lecturer (Fixed Term) in Medicine – 0.5 Post – Portiuncla Hospital, Ballinasloe, Galway
1. POSITION & DUTIES
The post is half time temporary and pensionable in accordance with the terms of these
conditions effective from ___________.
This is a fixed term contract of employment and therefore the provisions of the Unfair
Dismissals Acts, 1977 to 2001, will not apply to the termination of this contract where
such termination is by reason only of the expiry of this fixed term.
Should this post fall vacant on a permanent basis, the University reserves the right to
fill this post through our normal recruitment process for such a post.
The holder of the post shall undertake such teaching, examining, research and other
duties as may be required by Údarás na hOllscoile, on the recommendation of the
College/Colleges concerned given with the approval of the Academic Council. He/she
shall carry out these duties under the direction of the Head of the School or of an
authorised senior member of the staff of the School.
2. PROBATION PERIOD
Your appointment is subject to a probationary period of six months duration. During
the probationary period the appointee shall be subject to conditions of probation which
will include such tests as may be determined by the Head of School. The appointment
shall not be finally confirmed unless the Head of School is satisfied that the appointee,
has at the conclusion of the probationary period, fulfilled the conditions of probation.
If the appointee has at the conclusion of the probationary period failed to fulfil the
conditions of probation the probationary period may be extended or the appointment
may be terminated if such an extension is not deemed beneficial.
The holder of the post will be paid on the Lecturer Fixed Term Salary Scale. Post
holder will be paid by credit transfer monthly in arrears (subject to all statutory and
Deductions for overpayments will be made from subsequent salary payments.
Annual leave will be granted in accordance with the normal University practice and
conditions. Annual leave must be taken within the contract period.
This post is pensionable in accordance with the terms of these conditions, the Statutes
of the University and decisions of Údarás na hOllscoile. The pension scheme is a
contributory one, whereby a total salary deduction of 6.5% is made, 1.5% of this
deduction is in respect of a spouse’s and children’s pension scheme.
6. SICK LEAVE
Staff may avail of up to a maximum of 7 days uncertified sick leave in any year, with a
maximum of 2 days at one time, without a sick leave certificate. For purposes of
calculation of this leave, a rolling year operates, (i.e. If a staff member is absent on
2ndMarch, 2008, then it is evaluated back to 3rd March, 2007 to confirm sick leave).
Otherwise the University shall pay sick leave only on a social welfare certificate.
PAID SICK LEAVE WILL BE GRANTED IN ANY YEAR, ON THE FOLLOWING SCALE:
LESS THAN ONE YEAR’S SERVICE: 4 WEEKS
Thereafter sick leave will comprise of six months at full pay, six months at half
pay subject to a maximum of 12 months sick leave in any period of 4 years or
Salary, where appropriate, shall be abated by the amount of social insurance sickness
benefit. Please refer to the University sick leave policy on the following website:
7. EMPLOYMENT EQUALITY
In line with the Employment Equality Acts, 1998 and 2004 the company will not
condone harassment or bullying of any form in the workplace. A detailed company
bullying and harassment policy is available at www.nuigalway.ie/hr
The postholder shall give at least one months’ notice to the Registrar and Deputy-
President, in writing, of intention to resign, such notice to expire on the last day of a
lecture semester (i.e. 31st December or 30th June). Notwithstanding the fact that this
is a specified purpose/fixed term contract, the University reserves the right to
terminate this contract prior to the cessation of the purpose/fixed term on the giving of
the appropriate period of notice set down by the Minimum Notice and Terms of
Employment Acts, 1973-2001.
Údarás na hOllscoile may, in accordance with due procedure, terminate the
appointment at any time on one month's notice in the event of unsatisfactory
discharge of duties, or for serious misconduct.
From time to time, grievances caused by misunderstanding, disagreement or general
dissatisfaction may occur among staff or between the company and it s employees.
Full recognition is given to the significance of personal grievances and it is our policy
at National University of Ireland Galway that all grievances will be dealt without undue
delay and resolved at the earliest possible stage. Details of our grievance procedure
are available at www.nuigalway.ie/hr and should be read fully as it forms part of your
contract of employment with National University of Ireland Galway.
Disciplinary action is appropriate when an employee fails to meet satisfactory
standards with regard to, for example; conduct, job performance, attendance,
time keeping and the observance of University rules and regulations. All dismissals
will be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the company disciplinary
procedure available at www.nuigalway/hr
11. PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL
A system of regular appraisal will be operated during your employment, which will
involve discussions between you and your Head of School/Unit in relation to your
performance and conduct.
For ‘new entrants’ the minimum retirement age is 65 years.
If deemed not to be a ‘new entrant’ (as defined in the Public Services Superannuation
Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 2004) the person appointed shall be entitled to hold
office until the age of sixty-five (65) years, subject to a requirement for the post and
the fulfilment of duties.
After attaining the said age, the person appointed may be continued in the service of
the University by Údarás na hOllscoile, from year to year, for a period not exceeding
five years, provided that such further continuance is recommended to Údarás na
hOllscoile by the President and sanctioned by Údarás na hOllscoile annually.
A person may retire on reaching the age of sixty (60) years, but pension and gratuity
shall be in accordance with the terms of the appropriate University pension statutes.
13. WORK OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY
The holder of the post shall not undertake paid work outside the University without
approval of Údarás na hOllscoile given through the President of the University.
The holder will be required to live in such a place as will allow him/her to attend the
University and discharge his/her duties on a full-time basis.
The holder of the post will be required to live in such a place as will allow him/her to
attend the University and discharge his/her duties on a full-time basis.
14. HR POLICIES & PROCEDURES
All University policies and procedures form an integral part of this employment
contract and are available on the Human Resources website
Policies and procedures may be subject to update and revision, from time to time, in
consultation with staff representatives as appropriate.
Hard copies of University policies and procedures are available upon written request
to the Human Resources Office.
Changes to personal details during your employment should be confirmed in writing to
the Human Resources Office where your records will be updated accordingly.