St. George's, University of London Community Health Sciences Cochrane Airways Group Cochrane systematic reviewer Ref: 507-09 JOB DESCRIPTION Post Title Cochrane Systematic Reviewer Grade SGUL6 Responsible to Coordinating Editor, Cochrane Airways Group (Dr Chris Cates) Accountable to Professor David Strachan. Head of Division Managing Editor (Mr Toby Lasserson), Trials Search Coordinator Liaises with (Susan Hansen, maternity leave cover) 1. Overall purpose of job We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced systematic reviewer to the editorial team of the CAG on a full or part-time basis (minimum 0.6 FTE). The work will involve updating and improving a number of existing high priority CAG reviews and developing and writing a number of unfinished high priority Cochrane reviews in conjunction with author teams. The topic area of candidate reviews for this role will be varied including all aspects of chest diseases (particularly in relation to asthma and COPD). The majority of reviews are likely to be related to pharmacological interventions. We would expect the candidate to be able to produce at least three reviews within the first 6 months of the job. Funding for the post runs until March 2010, with an expectation of renewal after this date. 2. Main Duties and Responsibilities Work in a collegial manner with new and existing teams of Cochrane review authors Assessment of studies for inclusion in reviews including critical appraisal, data extraction, correspondence with authors Entering data in systematic review writing software (Review Manager) Writing up of the findings of the reviews. This will be done working under the supervision of the coordinating editor, Dr Chris Cates, and the managing editor, Mr Toby Lasserson. Working within the existing information management system in the office of the Cochrane Airways Group 3. Nature and Scope of Job We anticipate that the successful applicant will have a major impact on the way that the Cochrane Airways Group carries out its workload over the coming years, and how it develops its updating strategy for the systematic reviews it has published. 4. Special Factors The role may necessitate travel to one or two annual national and international meetings, and other national training events. 5. Person Specification How it is Criteria Description Essential/Desirable to be tested Undergraduate qualification E CV, AF Qualifications Postgraduate training in research D CV, AF methods Experience of collaborative working E AF Experience Experience of critical appraisal E AF, ST Experience of managing large amounts D AF of information Ability to write fluently E SS, ST Familiarity with techniques of research E AF, INT synthesis Understanding of systematic reviews D ST, INT Knowledge/ Skills Understanding of statistical meta- D INT analysis Ability to manage diverse workload D AF Authorship of systematic reviews or D AF meta-analyses Familiarity with the Cochrane Collaboration and/or the Cochrane D AF, INT Library Flexible E AF, INT Personal Enthusiastic E AF, INT Attributes Committed to Continuing Professional D INT Development (CPD) Key: AF=Application Form, CV=Curriculum Vitae, SS=Supporting Statements, ST=Selection Test/Presentation, INT=Interview Note: Elements marked SS (Supporting Statements) in the Person Specification will be highlighted in Step 6 (Supporting Statements) on the online application form. Applicants’ answers to Step 6 are an essential part of the selection process. Applicants should write individual supporting statements to demonstrate how their qualifications, experience, skills and training fit each of the elements highlighted in this section. Applicants should address other elements of the Person Specification in Step 7 (Additional Information). Shortlisting will be based on applicants’ responses to Step 6 and Step 7. Therefore applicants should complete both sections as fully as possible on the online application form. 6. Date 1st June 2009 About St George’s, University of London St. George’s, University of London, is the only remaining independently governed medical school in the country. A College of the University of London, we have been providing medical and healthcare training for over 250 years. Our Mission is “to promote by excellence in teaching, clinical practice and research, the prevention, treatment and understanding of disease.” 5,500 students study at St George’s, divided between two faculties, Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and Health & Social Care Sciences (a joint venture with Kingston University). Our courses range from medicine, biomedical sciences, nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, to therapeutic and diagnostic radiography as well as postgraduate courses. St George’s prides itself on providing the highest standard of learning through the latest in teaching and learning resources, exceptional research, innovative course development, enterprise and innovation, and strategic partnerships. We were the first to introduce a 4-year MBBS Graduate Entry Programme (GEP) open to graduates from all disciplines. Our latest Biomedical Informatics degree, a programme that brings together computing, medicine, and biology in various different applications, has seen significant enrolment in its inaugural year. In research, we are equally as innovative and driven by high standards of excellence to advance healthcare. The four major research themes at St George’s are Cardiac & Vascular Sciences, Cell Signalling, Epidemiology, and Infection, including research on HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, Stroke and hypertension. St George’s success has been aided by our strategic partnerships with other institutions. Our life-long partnership with St George’s Hospital has created a unique learning and research environment. Our joint Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, and our Foundation Year Medicine programme with Kingston University, have significantly broadened access to medical and healthcare education for students previously excluded from the higher education experience. In addition, our new three-way alliance with Kingston University and Royal Holloway, University of London will create more new opportunities at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level, such as the BSc in Biomedical Science. In 2001, St George’s established an Enterprise and Innovation Centre to encourage the transfer of knowledge and skills to business and the wider community. St George’s academic provision is organised into six divisions: Basic Medical Sciences, Cardiac and Vascular Sciences, Clinical Developmental Sciences, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Community Health Sciences, and Mental Health Sciences. More information about these divisions and their research specialisms can be found at www.sgul.ac.uk. Terms and Conditions of Employment (Grades 5- 8) A full statement of the terms and conditions will be sent to the successful candidate. Post title: Cochrane Systematic Reviewer Contract type: Fixed term until March 2010 Probation period: Six months Grade: SGUL6 London £2,773 per annum allowance: Salary range: in the salary scale SGUL6: £29,704 - £30,594 - £31,513 - £32,458 - £33,432 - £34,435 - £35,469 discretionary points £36,532 - £37,651 - £38,757 The maximum starting salary for the post is: £32,458 (pro rata) Hours: 35 hours per week notionally. Staff are expected to work the hours necessary to meet the requirements of the role. Annual leave: 32 days per annum Plus eight UK public holidays and three days when St George’s is closed (usually between Christmas and New Year). Part time staff receive a pro rata entitlement. Pension: Membership of USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme, employee contribution rate is 6.35%) or of SAUL (Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London, employee contribution rate is 6%) is optional. Existing members of NHSSS (National Health Service Superannuation Scheme) may elect to remain as members of that scheme. Notice period: 3 months Offers of Offers of appointment are only valid if made by the Director employment of Administration or designated members of the Human Resources Department acting on his behalf. Offers of appointment are made subject to receipt of satisfactory references and satisfactory completion of probationary periods where appropriate. Place of It is St George’s policy that all postholders must live within residence 30 miles of St George’s on appointment unless otherwise agreed by Council. Right to work St George’s will comply with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 which requires all prospective employees to provide documentary evidence of their legal right to work in the UK prior to commencing employment. For posts requiring a recognised degree level qualification and where there is no suitable UK or European Economic Area candidate, St George’s will take necessary steps to secure a work permit from the Home Office in order for a foreign national to take up employment. All candidates invited to interview will be asked to provide copies of one of the following official documents: the identification pages and appropriate visa pages of their passport describing the holder as a British citizen or a EEA national or showing that they are otherwise entitled to work in the United Kingdom. A birth certificate issued in the UK or in the Republic of Ireland. A certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen. A letter issued by the Border and Immigration Agency of the Home Office indicating that the person has permission to take up employment. All successful candidates will be required to provide original documentation in accordance with the Home Office documents lists, before commencing employment. Any offers of appointment are subject to verification of Right to Work status and failure to produce valid listed documents will result in any offer of employment being withdrawn. The Home Office will not grant a work permit for this post as it does not meet the minimum qualifications or skills requirements. Applicants should therefore have no restrictions on their legal right to work in the UK. Medical St George’s reserves the right to request successful Clearance candidates (including internal candidates) to complete pre- employment health questionnaires. In accordance with this, any offer of employment is made subject to satisfactory health clearance by the Staff Health Department. No smoking St George’s has established a no-smoking policy to minimise risks to the health of staff and to maintain a tobacco smoke free working environment. Smoking is not permitted in any of the St George’s buildings or grounds. Equal St George's, University of London confirms its commitment Opportunities to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities in employment in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities and are given equal opportunities within St George’s. The aim of this policy is to ensure that no job applicant or employee should receive less favourable treatment on any grounds not relevant to good employment practice. St George’s is committed to action to make this policy fully effective. Informal enquiries Informal enquiries may be made to Mr. Toby Lasserson on 020 8725 2790 or email email@example.com Making an application All applicants are encouraged to apply on line at http://jobs.sgul.ac.uk as our system is user friendly and the online application form is simple to complete. If you do not have access to a computer with internet capability, a manual application form can be requested from the Recruitment Team and should be returned as below: Recruitment Team Human Resources Department St George's, University of London Cranmer Terrace London SW17 0RE, Tel: 020 8725 5020 (24 hour answerphone) Fax: 020 8725 3426 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Closing date: 22nd June 2009 We shall be holding interviews on 15th July 2009. Please keep this date free. As shortlisted candidates will be notified by email, it is imperative that you provide an email address that is accessed frequently. References will be taken up before interview unless you indicate otherwise as part of your application. Please quote reference 507-09 Thank you for your interest in working at St George’s, University of London. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by email (or by post if no email address is supplied). We aim to respond to all candidates within 5 weeks of the closing date of the vacancy. Staff Benefits St George’s, University of London offers staff a range of benefits and opportunities including: Pay and Pensions The University offers competitive terms, conditions and benefits. St. Georges, University of London offers optional membership of competitive final salary pension schemes with generous employer contributions and a range of extra benefits. The University administers 3 schemes: Pension Scheme Employee’s Employer’s Contribution Contribution National Health Service Pension Scheme (NHSPS) for 5 – 8.5% 14% existing members dependant on income Superannuation Arrangements of the University of 6% 13% London (SAUL) Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) 6.35% 14% Leave Staff at St. Georges, University of London are entitled to a minimum of 27 days of annual leave per year, up to a maximum of 32 days for academic and related staff which is pro-rated for part-time staff. In addition to this are 3 extra school closure days per year (normally between Christmas and New Year, when the University is closed) and the 8 Bank Holidays per year. The University also provides generous maternity leave benefits consisting of 8 week’s full pay and 16 week’s half pay, available after completing one year's continuous service, or alternatively, adoption and paternity leave entitlements. Parental leave entitlements also apply. Staff are also entitled to generous long term sickness absence pay which rises to 6 months full pay and 6 months half pay after five year’s service with the University. Paid leave to care for dependants is also available in emergency situations. Work/Life Balance Flexible working, including part-time or reduced hours of work, opportunities to work from home for many posts, and local flexibility in agreeing start and finish times of work are among the extra benefits offered by the University. Staff Development and Training The Staff Development Office provides information, advice and support to all University staff, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to develop both personally and professionally. A range of activities are provided to meet the development and training needs of individuals and teams, including: A Personal Review scheme which supports staff to achieve the objectives outlined in St. George’s strategic plan, and identifies and targets staff development and training needs. A programme of support and training for members of staff with managerial responsibilities. This includes in-house and external activities, some of which are run in collaboration with Kingston University and Royal Holloway, University of London. Development of leadership skills at entry level and in developing team leaders. A Learning and Teaching Support Programme aimed at supporting all members of staff involved in learning and teaching support A provision of tailored development opportunities for research staff, the majority of whom are on fixed term contracts. The University provides in-house skills training and uses the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) as a means of developing the ICT skills of staff to an internationally recognised standard of competence. All new members of staff receive an appropriate induction to St. George’s, their Division/Department and their job. The Staff Development Office works with divisions and departments to develop local induction policies. With advice and guidance from the Health, Safety and Environmental Adviser, a programme of Health and Safety training is included as part of the induction process and as a separate on-going programme of training. The Staff Development Office provides a range of comprehensive internal training and development opportunities for Continuing Professional Development, to meet generic needs identified through the Personal Review Scheme. In cases where the training need cannot be met by internal provision, appropriate external provisions are sourced and recommendations made. Childcare Vouchers St. George's has introduced as part of its family friendly initiative, a more flexible way to meet the costs of childcare for staff. Under the Busy Bee's scheme, part of a staff member’s wages or salary can be given up or 'sacrificed' in exchange for Childcare Vouchers. Within specified limits, these vouchers are non-taxable and exempt from National Insurance Contributions and therefore represent a saving for employees who receive them as part of their total employment package. The Childcare Vouchers received are then exchanged, in whole or part, for childcare services. Trade Union and Staff Representatives The University runs and supports a Staff Forum which aims to provide a mode for discussion of matters affecting the working lives of all staff. It is a consultative body which is designed to seek the views of a wide membership of St. George’s staff, through Staff Group Representatives. The University has formal recognition agreements with a number of trade unions including the British Medical Association (BMA), Amicus, Universities and Colleges Union (UCU), Unison, and Clerical and Secretarial Staff. Staff Support The University, in liaison with St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust provides an Occupational Health Service to ensure the health and wellbeing of staff – promoting health and preventing ill-health through pre-employment screening, vaccinations and immunisation, sickness absence management, health promotion and accident follow-up. A staff counselling and support service is also provided free of charge by a number of registered psychotherapists. Staff Facilities The Robert Lowe Sports Centre, situated on the St George's Healthcare NHS Trust site offers staff access to squash and badminton courts; weights and aerobic training rooms; a climbing wall; facilities for basketball; cricket nets; five-a-side football, netball and volleyball; circuit training; squash and badminton coaching; and karate. Membership is open to staff and partners, for a very competitive membership fee. Between the University and St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, there are a variety of shops and services that are convenient for staff. These include: NatWest bank and ATM conveniently located on site School Shop (for food, stationery and other consumables) Student Bar (serving beverages, sandwiches and snacks to staff and students) Peabody’s coffee shop Eddie Wilson’s Café Books & Stuff (selling study and leisure books, medical equipment and clothing and gift stationery) Florist Newsagent Staff restaurant (offering both staff and the general public a wide range of hot meals, salads, sandwiches and drinks) Hyde Park Room (fully licensed restaurant operating weekdays and weekends) Knightsbridge Wing Cafe Internet café free of charge Hospital Chapel, multi-faith room and church services Library On-site NHS walk-in centre Interest-free loans for season Travelcards.
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