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									                           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
      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

                          Undergraduate qualification                    E                     CV, AF
                          Postgraduate training in research
                                                                          D                     CV, AF

                          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

                          Understanding of systematic reviews            D                     ST, INT
                          Understanding       of      statistical   meta- D                    INT
                          Ability to manage diverse workload             D                     AF

                          Authorship of systematic reviews or
                                                                          D                     AF

                          Familiarity with the Cochrane
                           Collaboration and/or the Cochrane              D                     AF, INT

                          Flexible                                       E                     AF, INT

Personal                  Enthusiastic                                   E                     AF, INT
                          Committed to Continuing Professional
                                                                          D                     INT
                           Development (CPD)


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

   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
                   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
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
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
                   A certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British
                   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

                                    Making an application
All applicants are encouraged to apply on line at 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


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

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
                                         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%


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
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
    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
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
      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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