Job Description for Lecturer in Stroke Medicine
This new post will be a Lecturer (Honorary Specialist/Specialty Registrar in General (Internal)
Medicine and Stroke Medicine) at the University of Dundee in collaboration with NHS Tayside, and it
will be based at Ninewells Hospital & Medical School. This post is an exceptional opportunity for
training in Stroke Medicine and General Internal Medicine in a teaching environment which has 3
clinicians (Dr Ron MacWalter, Dr Alex Doney and Dr John Dick (Ninewells Hospital), practising as
Consultant Physicians and 2 further academic physicians (Professor Chak Lau, Professor of
Rheumatology, and Professor Jill Belch, Professor of Vascular and Inflammatory Medicine). Further
clinical input is from Dr Colin Baines a senior staff grade physician in Vascular Medicine. Up to 6
years can be spent in this post allowing the award of a CCT in Stroke and General Internal Medicine
and also providing a grounding in high quality research. There are excellent facilities for training and a
comprehensive integrated training programme will be devised to meet the needs of the successful
candidate. The candidate will require to register with JRCPTB to train in the specialties upon
appointment. Facilities for research into Stroke diseases will be provided within the University of
Dundee Vascular and Inflammatory Diseases Research Unit at Ninewells Hospital.
Dundee is a city of about 180,000 inhabitants situated on the estuary of the River Tay. At this time it
is the principal centre for the Tayside Area, the other being Perth. The total population of Tayside is
approximately 450,000. Dundee is conveniently sited for the other three cities in Scotland, which are
Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. There is easy access from the city to the surrounding countryside
of Angus and Fife. There is a good road and rail network. Dundee Airport serves London City,
Birmingham, and Belfast and the nearest International airport is Edinburgh (60 miles) although,
additionally, flights may be taken from Aberdeen and from Glasgow. The Medical School is part of the
College of Medicine, Nursing and Dentistry, one of 4 colleges in the University of Dundee. The
average intake of Undergraduate Students in Medicine is 150 per year. The clinical Departments of
the Medical School are all situated at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School which is situated about
3 miles west of the city centre and has been open since 1974. Ninewells is the main hospital of the
NHS Tayside. Currently, it has about 1000 beds. In addition, NHS Tayside provides services in
psychiatry, geriatric medicine and palliative care. The Head of College is Professor Irene Leigh, and
there is a total of 10 professoriate within the Division.
Inflammation and Vascular Research
This is led by Professor Jill Belch and Prof Chak Lau with Dr Faisel Khan as a non-clinical Reader in
Vascular Imaging and Dr Gwen Kennedy, Head of the Thrombosis Research Laboratory. They are
supported by a team of scientists and technicians and the main function of this group is to elucidate
the biochemical and pharmacological factors which modulate inflammation and vascular function.
They have particular expertise in areas relating to the vascular risks associated with Stroke Medicine.
Stroke Medicine Training in Tayside
Service provision for NHS Acute Stroke including thrombolysis and General Internal Medicine is
currently undertaken in Ninewells Hospital by Drs MacWalter, Doney and Dick in collaboration with the
2 University Consultants.
There are ample opportunities for training in all aspects of stroke medicine and general internal
medicine in the various in-patient and out-patient departments in Ninewells and related hospitals.
There are approximately 4 Vascular out-patient clinics held each week in Tayside (held in Dundee, 3)
seeing a combination of new and return patients. Dr Alex Doney has an active interest in macro- and
microvascular disease, genetics, information technology and eHealth. Dr Ron MacWalter has an
active interest in psychological factors in stroke recovery, acute interventions and secondary
prevention strategies. Drs MacWalter and Doney have an extensive database of stroke patients and
use anonymised record linkage to facilitate research. Dr John Dick has research interests in blood
flow patterns and atherosclerosis and jointly heads the combined cardiovascular risk clinic. Dr Baines
has a particular interest in the thrombophilias. A total of 650 stroke patients are admitted in Tayside
annually. At outpatients a total of 400 new and 600 return patients are seen annually by the Stroke
Service in addition to 250 new and 750 return General Internal Medicine patients. Many of the
complex patients require in-patient therapy and these patients are usually admitted to the Clinical
As appropriate for all teaching hospitals, teaching will be required. This will be in the range of one to
two sessions per week as required by the University. This may be in any part of General Medicine or
in the specialty of Stroke Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine and involves clinical bedside
teaching or lecturing or small group tutorials. The curricular Cardiovascular teaching takes place each
year in January/February and intensive sessions are required at that time. There is an active MRCP
teaching programme and the Lecturer will be expected to contribute to this. In addition there will be
the opportunity to take part in innovative teaching initiatives (e.g. MedEdWorld).
The successful applicant will be expected to make a significant contribution to the research of the
Department. It is anticipated that if he/she does not already have a higher degree that research work
carried out in the post will lead to submission of a thesis. The major research interests of the Unit are
the vascular imaging aspects of Stroke diseases but the candidate will be encouraged to participate in
the other areas of relevant research if he/she wishes. Research will be encouraged and protected time
will be given. This may vary according to the experience of the person but it would be expected that
facilities will be made available and encouragement given for a higher degree.
There is a comprehensive programme of post-graduate education within NHS Tayside and the
University. There are regular NHS teaching opportunities e.g. the post-graduate meetings on a
Wednesday lunchtime, the Directorate of Medicine meeting on a Thursday lunchtime, plus the Units
all organise local meetings which may be in general medicine in a specialty (Vascular Medicine is on a
Wednesday) or in x-rays or histology. A published programme is available. There are excellent post-
graduate facilities available within the hospital, especially in the Library.
Supervision or progress of this position from the point of view of training will be under the Education
and Training Sub-committee. Dr Ron MacWalter is currently Regional Specialty Adviser in Stroke
Medicine and Dr John Dick in General Internal Medicine and annual training reviews will be carried out
by the Training Committee with external assessors as per national requirements. Academic
supervision in terms of research will be under the supervision of Professor Jill Belch and every
encouragement will be made to ensure that this is a job that fulfils the aspirations of a trainee in Stroke
Medicine and General Internal Medicine, both to provide sound clinical experience and also to provide
an academic environment for fulfilment of higher degree functions.
Applicants are encouraged to visit the facilities. Please contact Professor Jill Belch, Professor Chak
Lau (Tel: 01382 632457) or Dr Ron MacWalter, Dr Alex Doney, Dr John Dick, Dr Colin Baines (Tel
ACADEMIC POSTS – TERMS & CONDITIONS
These are the general terms and conditions for full-time Academic staff. Part-time staff terms and
conditions are pro-rata.
Hours of Work
Working time is that reasonably required to fulfil the duties of the post.
39 days annual leave, this includes all public holidays. The leave year runs from 1 January to 31
Payment is made on the Clinical Academic Staff salary scale which is reviewed annually. After more
than 6 months employment (before 1 April), an increment is payable annually on 1 October up to the
maximum of the grade.
Payment is made monthly in arrears.
Contributions are made by both the employee and the University, with the University meeting the
balance of the cost of the benefits, to the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Superannuation is a
choice and is not compulsory for the employee; however you will be opted into the Scheme unless you
inform the Pensions Office that you do not wish to join before you take up your employment.
Employees may be eligible to join up to age 64, although there are additional contributions payable for
those joining USS who are age 60 or above.
Staff will retire on 30 September following their 65th birthday but may retire at any time following their
60th birthday on giving due notice.
Occupational Sick Pay Scheme
There is an occupational sick pay scheme where the period of entitlement to paid sick leave is based
on the length of continuous service. After 5 years’ service an employee is eligible for 6 months ‘full
pay’ and 6 months ‘half pay’.
Work/Life Balance Policies
There is a range of policies designed to support staff to balance work and home life and deal with
personal responsibilities, as well as some of life’s major events. These include Adoption leave,
Compassionate Leave – Bereavement, Family Leave – Children and Dependants, Fertility Treatment
Leave, Flexible Working, Foster Care Leave, Jobshare / Part-time Working, Maternity Leave, Parental
Leave and Paternity / Maternity Support Leave.
The University's selection procedure requires that successful candidates for these posts have their
qualifications and professional registration validated. One or more of the institutions which have
awarded the successful candidate a degree or professional qualification/registration will be contacted,
therefore, by Human Resources.
Period of Appointment
It is the custom in this University that Clinical Lecturer appointments are for a fixed-term period, since
they are normally associated with Clinical training. X(In this case, the duration of the appointment is X
years. Such appointments may be extended, if required.)
Disclosure Scotland Checks
The post for which you are applying is considered to be a child care position in terms of The
Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003. It requires the successful applicant to undergo a
satisfactory Disclosure check through Disclosure Scotland prior to appointment. This check is
necessary to ensure that the University of Dundee fulfils its legal duties under the Act.
If you are successful in your application, the offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory
Disclosure Report. The University will make a Disclosure application to Disclosure Scotland which will
reveal any past criminal convictions (spent or unspent) or inclusion on the Disqualified From Working
with Children List. Any non-conviction information held locally by the police may also be disclosed
should this be considered relevant to the position.
Please note it is a criminal offence to apply for a child care position if you are on the Disqualified From
Working with Children List.
No Smoking Policy
The University operates a no-smoking policy, with designated smoking areas available in some areas.
The University is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the
The University makes a contribution towards relocation expenses incurred by newly appointed
members of staff in moving to Dundee to take up their appointments. The reimbursement is subject to
a maximum of the equivalent of one month's gross pay calculated on basic starting salary (this does
not include any shift allowances, out of hours intensity supplements, distinction awards, etc).
Additional assistance may be given in respect of removals from overseas. If relocation expenses are
paid and the member of staff leaves within two years, the University will require repayment of any
such relocation expenses. Less than 2 years will be reimbursed on a fractional basis. Recovery will
be at the rate of 1/24th for each month less than 2 years worked and will be automatically deducted
from the final salary payment. Please see enclosed Relocation Expenses document for more detailed
Applications in the form of a CV (3 copies) and the Candidate Information Form with the names and
addresses of 3 referees should be sent to Human Resources, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1
4HN, UK. It is the practice, in this University, that references are taken up before interviewing. If you
do not wish us to contact any of your referees without your prior consent, please state this clearly on
your CV and Candidate Information Form. Closing date for applications is 18 July 2009. Please
quote reference number : MD/2813.
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