Support Faculty Fellows

Academic Clinical Fellows/Lecturers

Recruitment Timetable

Apply from 11 February 2019
Closing date 11 March 2019
Interview dates 11 April 2019.

Health Education England working across the South West (HEE-SW) and the Postgraduate Medical Education Office is delighted to announce a training secondment opportunity to work with our senior staff within the Support Faculty on trainee support. The appointed trainee will also be supported in working towards a postgraduate qualification (PG Cert) in Medical Education in Healthcare Leadership and Management in either Exeter or Plymouth University depending on availability on application. The knowledge and skills acquired through this post will also provide leadership experience to a successful doctor in training. It is anticipated that at the end of the tenure, the Support Faculty fellows will be equipped to allow them to both to identify themselves as experienced members of the Support Faculty and to promote and disseminate support to others.

Two posts (drawn from core/ higher speciality and GP VTS training programmes) are available on a 12-month fixed-term contract from April 2019 or LTFT with negotiation. The start date will be dependent on successful negotiations with the employer and approval from their Training Programme Director, but an anticipated start date would be between April 2019 and June 2019. The trainee will then return to the training programme, assuming satisfactory ARCP progression.

Please view the Job Description for more information (shown above).

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Job Description

It is anticipated that the successful post-holders will spend 2 days (0.4 WTE) on Support Faculty strategy and proposals, lead on an individual support project and gain a PG Cert in Healthcare Leadership and Management or Education. HEE secondment time should preferably be spent at either PGME offices dependent on the locality where trainees are based. Flexibility in the work schedule is permitted with supervisor’s agreement. The remaining sessions (0.6 WTE) will be spent working in their existing clinical speciality. Flexibility will be given to the Support project depending on the interests and experience of the individual post holder. Appointees may choose to lead on a support project either with local Consultant support, Associate Dean, or with their TPD/ Supervisor in their own Trust. Post holders will be encouraged and supported to give presentations at conferences and publish their work.

This fellowship offers fellows a unique opportunity to develop the capability necessary for their future roles as clinical leaders in supporting our future doctors.

Successful appointees will be supervised by the Support Faculty within Peninsula and Severn Deaneries.

For any questions please contact

Dr Jane Thurlow, Associate Dean for Education and Faculty Development,
Adam Malin, Associate Dean Professional Support Unit - Severn 
Hiu Lam, Associate Dean Professional Support Unit - Peninsula. 

  • The trainee will work two days a week (0.4 WTE) on their current salary terms, while continuing to spend the remainder of their clinical time working within their current employer (subject to employer agreement) and participating in contractually agreed out of hours  commitment. The 0.4 WTE of their salary will be paid to their employer for the time they spend on the support project/support development/PG Cert so there is a seamless process.
  • Applicants wishing to continue their less than full time contract arrangements will be considered, but would still be required to undertake 0.4 WTE for the Postgraduate Medical Education Office, reducing the clinical commitment accordingly and in line with training requirements  for progression.
  • The Postgraduate Medical Education Office secondment would not be recognised for clinical training and as a consequence we will agree to an extension to the agreed training contract.
  • This exciting opportunity is available to core, GP VTS or higher speciality trainees who already hold a training number in the Peninsula and Severn education catchment areas of Bath, Bridgewater, Bristol, Cheltenham, Cornwall, Exeter, Gloucester, North Devon, Plymouth, Swindon, Taunton, Torbay, Weston-super-Mare and Yeovil.
  • They must be trainees currently working, or about to undertake a rotational year of work, within the South West Peninsula/Severn training footprint. At the time of commencement of the seconded post the trainee must be fully registered with the GMC with a minimum of 12-months remaining on their training contract to be eligible.
  • The secondment opportunity is not subject to an employment contract with the Postgraduate Medical Education Office; it will be regarded as an OOPE to the trainee’s training programme. The applicants are encouraged to read the OOPE policy on the Peninsula & Severn websites.
  • The successful applicant will hold an honorary contract with the Postgraduate Medical Education Office and continue to be employed by their Trust.

Person Specification

  • A GMC registered doctor working within the geographical responsibility of the Severn/ Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education Office training programmes.
  • Working days can be flexible, dependent on the clinical commitment, but the trainee is expected to be available to conduct their support work on two days a week.
  • We are looking for an enthusiastic trainee who is able to manage their own time effectively and who wishes to use this opportunity to develop their leadership and support skills, so that they will be well placed in the future to lead as members of the Support Faculty and to promote and disseminate support to others.
  • We are looking for an individual with excellent communication skills, capable of team working, maintaining confidentiality and a desire to succeed with the various challenges that the role presents.
  • The culture of the Postgraduate Medical Education Office is one of support, openness and providing equal opportunity to everyone; those working for us are expected to show empathy and courtesy at all times.
  • Only trainees on an outcome 1 will be considered.
  • All trainees in core, higher specialty and GP VTS trainees are eligible to apply if they fulfil the above criteria.
  • Selection will be by a Postgraduate Medical Education Office interview process.
  • Interview date 11th April 2019. Location – Taunton TBC

Importance of Support in NHS

The NHS, like most developed world health systems, is faced with multiple complex challenges; an aging population, the increasing burden of long term conditions and comorbidities, on-going health system redesign, and the integration and application of scientific advances - all set against a background of financial constraint and the need to improve productivity alongside quality of care. Events over the years have taught us the importance of safe, compassionate care and how all involved in the provision of healthcare must make it their responsibility to ensure the highest quality of care. The scope of these challenges necessitates that all doctors in training are fully supported to positively impact future health systems.

This Support Faculty Fellowship Scheme offers emerging clinicians across healthcare the opportunity to develop their skills in leadership, management, strategy, project management and health policy outside of their normal clinical practice.

Support Faculty. What is it?

Mission statement

Our vision is to inspire and promote excellence in medical leadership to drive continuous improvement in health and healthcare in the UK through enhancing support and promoting faculty development for doctors in the South West.

Support initiatives in the Workplace

Working closely with Faculty Development and Local Education Providers (Trusts and Primary Care), the Professional Support Unit is promoting a number of initiatives to enhance the health and well-being of junior doctors within HEE-SW. We are keen for the successful candidate to engage with one or more of these initiatives. The areas include: coaching and mentoring including peer-mentoring programmes; resilience; work-life balance; awareness and engagement with region-wide and national support programmes; processes and systems to deliver support including database, evaluation tools and communication systems.

Importance of Support in Training

The Severn and Peninsula Professional Support Units aim to promote trainee well-being and personal development. We provide support and assistance in tackling obstacles or key transitions, whether they are professional or personal.

Training as a junior doctor can be stressful and demanding, impacting on both work and personal life. We aim to provide support through our local offices and additional support structures within Trusts and Primary Care. We feel this to be a crucial element to training within an ever more challenging work environment.

PG Certificate in Healthcare Leadership and Management, Exeter University

The challenges of maintaining a safe, accessible and sustainable health service require its future leaders to be inclusive, collaborative and possess critical skills in improvement and systems leadership.

This Healthcare Leadership and Management programme has been specifically created to offer the time, space, and support you need to become a compassionate, inclusive and effective leader of the future.

It is suitable for all aspiring or established leaders in any health-related discipline which includes nurses, allied healthcare professionals, commissioners, managers and doctors of any speciality including training grades, GPs and consultants early in their leadership journey.

This programme aims to:

  • Provide you with a safe ‘practitioner researcher’ led environment of learning for you to share your ideas, perspectives and current experiences in response to realistic scenarios.
  • Challenge you to consider offering solutions alone and in collaboration.
  • Support your development as a leader through engagement with both core and advanced concepts in leadership and change focusing on the delivery of healthcare at team and system level.
  • Enable you to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and reflect on the translation of research-based evidence into healthcare practice.
  • Provide opportunities for you to refine written and verbal communication skills through the examination of theory and its use in practice.

Programme Structure 2018/19

You will learn in a supportive collective environment in which professionals of all disciplines work together to enhance their leadership and management skills. The core principles of the programme are aligned to the national framework for action on improvement and leadership development in NHS-funded services, Developing People – Improving Care.

The programme consists of four compulsory modules (each 15 Masters level credits). A blended approach to learning of taught sessions, bespoke tutorials, and practical exercises is supported by on-line resources accessed via the University of Exeter’s electronic learning environment.

Carefully selected tutors and guest lecturers will join you throughout the programme offering up-to-the minute insight, shared reflections and on-going practical support, both in person and on-line.

Modules and Delivery

The PG Certificate in Healthcare Leadership and Management is offered as a full-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 and should be completed within one year.

The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 15 credits being nominally equivalent to 150 hours of work. 

You will be awarded your PgCert on completion of:

Compulsory Modules

Code  Module  Credits
HPDM058 Implementation Science 15
HPDM059 Leading Change in Health Services 15
HPDM080  Leadership in Healthcare 15
HPDM081 Management in Healthcare 15

Tuition fees for will be supported by HEE-SW.

PG Certificate in Healthcare Leadership and management, Plymouth University

Our Postgraduate Certificate (PGC) in ‘Healthcare Management, Leadership & Innovation’ is an exciting partnership between NHS South West Leadership Academy and the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PU PSMD), this PGC stands alone but is a core part of a newly-launched Masters programme.

NHS SW Leadership Academy have responded to a need for skills enhancement in areas of management, leadership and innovation in health in the south west. The PGC offers a flexible and relevant entry to management and leadership in a health and care setting, whether your interests lie in leadership, management techniques, quality improvement, organisation development, patient safety or improvement. It is especially suitable for new and aspiring clinical leaders.

It offers understanding and exploration of the health and care landscape, including how commissioners and providers perform and interact, and which skills are required to help them. In the Foundation module of the PGC, it focuses on models of leadership, financial management, quality improvement and the leadership of patient safety. Each day will be punctuated by a ‘book club’, designed to introduce participants to key elements of the literature and stimulate their critical reading.

In the Organisation Development module, it helps participants to understand organisational structures, how design influences leadership, the culture of organisations and the place of individual values in shaping them. It will consider strategic models, planning and change management techniques and a critical view of how to apply them through production of an organisation development plan.

The venue will be the John Bull Building on the Tamar Science Park in Derriford, Plymouth.

To know more about the programme, please contact Su Smith (Programme Lead) or Louise Hardy (OD module lead)

Programme Overview

The Post Graduate Certificate consists of two, 30 credit Masters Level modules:

  • Foundation Healthcare Management, Leadership & Innovation (HML1711)
  • Organisation Development & Culture (HML1712)

Progression is available to the Post Graduate Diploma and MSc stages of the Healthcare Management & Leadership programme on a self funded basis and we are able to offer useful flexibility of module choice at Diploma level.

Programme Aims

The overall aim of the programme is to develop clinical and non-clinical leadership by enabling participants increase their efficacy through reflection on academic and practical models. The learning process will facilitate personal and organisational development through a tailored programme of structured learning through live experiential projects. The programme will consolidate and deepen prior learning and/or experience. It will enhance critical awareness of the subject. Develop specialist knowledge and skills, particularly in action research.

Participants will acquire problem-solving skills to enable them to engage in high level project management and decision-making.

Plymouth Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry offer flexible and relevant access to other modules at Diploma level for the full progression to MSc. For example – students may choose clinical education, patient safety & simulation, advanced healthcare leadership or human factors in healthcare as they progress through Diploma to full MSc.

Tuition fees for these two modules will be supported by HEE-SW.