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Clinical Lecturer in General Surgery
Hull York Medical School (HYMS), University of Hull,
and Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber
Clinical Lecturer in Surgery – Hull York Medical School (HYMS)
Professor Ian Chetter, Professor of Surgery, Hull York Medical
Job Description
The Post
Applications are now invited for an Academic Clinical Lecturer in General Surgery within the Academic Training
Programme. This new post has been created as part of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Research Capacity
(NIHRTCC) programme of Integrated Academic Training and offers candidates a comprehensive experience of clinical
academic medicine working alongside internationally renowned clinicians and researchers.
It is anticipated that this post will be based at the Academic Vascular Surgical Unit (AVSU), Hull Royal Infirmary. The
AVSU was established 10 years ago and investigates all aspects of vascular disease & associated therapies, and
collaborates with some of the strongest departments within the University of Hull including: Clinical Biosciences
Institute; Centre for Medical Engineering & Technology; Department of Biological Sciences; Department of Sport,
Health and Exercise Science. It has close links with the Hull York Medical School, Department of Health Sciences,
University of York, Clinical Departments in the NHS and to industry. The AVSU has become the hub of a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and managing all aspects of arterial and venous disease. Staff include; 7
consultant vascular surgeons; 6 consultant interventional radiologists; 4 Specialist Registrars; 1 core surgical trainee; 4
FY1 doctors; 3 vascular technicians / sonographers; 5 specialist / research nurses; 7 research fellows. Facilities include
fully equipped vascular laboratory (4 ultrasound scanners, plethysmography equipment; treadmills; cardiopulmonary
exercise testing); access to CT, MRa, combined procedures and interventional radiology suites. The AVSU has a proven
track record in peer review publication, successful grant applications, and supervision of successful MD, MSc, BSc &
PGCert students. For trainees in other surgical specialties, suitable research opportunities will be offered. Please
contact Professor Ian Chetter for details (email: [email protected])
We are seeking highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals wishing to excel in both their clinical and academic training
and who have the ambition to be the next generation of world-leading academic clinicians.
The successful candidate will have a proven track record in initiating and undertaking original research, as indicated by
excellent publications record in a field related to surgery. A major criterion in making this appointment will be the
research potential of the individual as well as the area of research activity. The Lecturer will be expected to develop
his/her own research programme within the divisional research directions, and to obtain research funding support for
research projects.
Research activities and opportunities in the area of vascular surgery include;
a) Lower limb peripheral vascular disease (PVD); The AVSU has a 15 year history in this field. In particular,
the impact of PVD on sufferers quality of life and the clinical and cost effectiveness of intervention. More
recently the focus has shifted to analyse the association between PVD and physical function, balance and falls
risk. In addition, specific areas of interest include; the ischaemia reperfusion insult associated with exercise in
patients PVD and the impact of tissue factor on disease progression / response to intervention.
b) Lower limb venous disease; there has been a revolution in the management of varicose veins over the last
decade with minimally invasive therapies (Endovenous thermal & chemical ablation) The AVSU was at the
forefront of this development with the publication of several seminal papers. Currently one of the 7 co
investigating centres in the NIHR funded CLASS trial.
c) Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) disease; using finite element analysis of CT scans this programme of
research has analysed the impact of peak wall stress on AAA expansion, rupture and AAA wall MMPs & TIMPS.
Currently one of the 18 co investigating centres in the NIHR funded IMPROVE trial. More recently investigating
the clinical and cost effectiveness of supervised exercise prior to AAA repair.
d) Dialysis access arteriovenous fistulae; currently investigating the value of preoperative arteriovenous duplex
& post-operative surveillance in the context of a RCT, and the influence of circulating prothombotic complexes
and vein histology on fistula patency.
e) Surgical Wounds Healing by Secondary Intention; funded by an NIHR Programme Grant the AVSU in
collaboration with collgues from York and Leeds are investigating the aetiology, impact and management of
these wounds
For other surgical specialties, please contact Professor Ian Chetter (email: [email protected])
The appointee will be involved in teaching HYMS medical students (phase 1 & 3) and will be required to assist and cosupervise BMedSci, MSc and MD students undertaking research projects in the unit.
Relationships and Team working
The successful candidate with be expected to:
 Liaise with colleagues and students
 Build internal contacts and participate in internal networks for exchange of information and to form
relationships for future collaboration
 Join external networks to share information and identify potential sources of funds
 Collaborate with academic colleagues on course development, curriculum changes and the
development of research activity
 Attend and contribute to group meetings
 Contribute to collaborative decision making with colleagues on academic content and on the
assessment of students’ work
 Share responsibility for deciding how to deliver teaching and assess students
Clinical Training
The Lecturer will continue clinical training at 50% whole time equivalent rate within the Health Education Yorkshire
and the Humber.
The award of a NTN(A) will be made to the appointee, who will undertake the ST3 - 5 training programme in the
Health Education Yorkshire and Humber School of Surgery. As training in surgery 5+ years, an additional period of
dedicated clinical training either before or after the Clinical Lectureship may be required.
The successful applicant will work with the Training Programme Director and Academic Lead to develop a
configuration of research to clinical training conducive to both progression and academic output.
Educational Supervision
The Lecturer will be appointed with a clinical and academic educational supervisor with appraisal at 3 monthly intervals,
and will be subject to Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) which will be conducted by Health Education
Yorkshire and the Humber.
Further information for clinical training can be provided by the Training Director (Professor Una Macleod) or the
Yorkshire & Humber Training Programme Director (Vascular) (Professor Ian Chetter)
The above job duties and responsibilities are intended to describe the general nature of the role. The duties and
responsibilities and the balance between the elements of the role may change or vary over time depending on the
specific needs at a specific point in time or due to changing needs in the department.
Additionally the post holder will be required to:
 Undertake all duties in line with the University Health and Safety Policy
 Show a commitment to diversity, equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practices.
Bursary and Research Grants
The NIHR bursary provides trainees with a source of funding to attend meetings and conferences that are relevant to
academic training.
The NIHR bursary provides £1,000 per financial year per trainee to the host Medical school. The Medical school is
responsible for managing the bursary fund and your Medical school is therefore responsible for approving expenditure
against the bursaries. Unclaimed bursary funds currently remain with the Medical school for use on activities that
benefit the academic development or training of the NIHR CL trainees.
Commencement date and duration of appointment
The post is available with immediate effect and the candidate must be available to take up employment by 31st March
2016. The duration of the post is four years fixed term or until CCT is reached, whichever is sooner. A lecturer
appointed at ST4 level would be expected to have progressed to CCT level by the end of the period of appointment.
Because of the nature of the work for which you are applying this post is exempted from the provisions of Section 4
(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 by virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions)
Order 1975.
Applicants are therefore not entitled to withhold information about convictions, which for other purposed are
‘spent’ under the provisions of the Act and in the event of employment any failure to disclose such convictions could
result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the University. Any information given will be strictly confidential and will
be considered.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to:
Professor Ian Chetter, E: [email protected]
Academic Vascular Surgical Unit, Hull Royal Infirmary, Anlaby Road, Hull. HU3 2JZ
Telephone: +44 1482 675784 / 07952274595
Person Specification
Please refer to the Health Education England website for details specific to this specialty:
Supplementary Person specification details:
Evidence of achievement of
Foundation competences or
Must hold a higher degree
(MD, PhD or equivalent) in a
relevant subject area.
Evidence of good progress in
clinical training and that
completion of specialty
training may be
accommodated either during
or after the 4 year period of
the NIHR CL award.
Candidate must be at ST3
or above.
Demonstration of acquisition
of the level of knowledge and
skills necessary for the
achievement of Foundation
and clinical (matched to the
entry level) competencies or
Demonstration of the
potential for scientific
independence and the ability
to lead a research team.
Potential to become a leader
in chosen field.
Evidence of commitment to
GMC specialty.
Intercalated honours degree
and/or additional
qualifications e.g. MSc etc.
Application form
Knowledge of the centre
hosting the research and how
this is best placed to support
the research, education and
training needs.
Prizes or distinctions.
Presentation of work at a
national or international
Significant publications in peer
reviewed journals.
Application Form and
selection centre
Demonstration of
understanding, and
commitment to, an academic
Indication of medium and
long-term career goals.
Demonstration of educational
reasons for applying for
Clinical Lectureship
Application Form
Evidence of team working
Evidence of leadership
Application Form and
selection centre
Appendix 1: Further particulars – Hull York Medical School
The Hull York Medical School (HYMS) is a collaboration between the Universities of Hull and York and the
NHS. HYMS operates from both University campuses and within teaching hospitals and medical practices
throughout the Yorkshire and Humber region. Having recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, HYMS is a
young medical school which is developing a growing reputation for its teaching and research.
HYMS has a strong reputation as an undergraduate medical school. Our innovative curriculum includes an
enquiry based approach to learning, early clinical experience, balanced teaching across all health sectors and
a wide range of student selected learning opportunities. Our graduates are recognised as being very capable
Foundation Doctors, many of whom have stayed locally to help develop health care services in this area.
We run two small postgraduate taught programmes and have a range of post graduate research programmes
and teams.
The quality and impact on health and patient care of research carried out in the Hull York Medical School
(HYMS) was recognised by the University of York’s ranking as 7th in the country for Public Health, Health
Services and Primary Care in the national Research Excellence Framework 2014, which published its results
today. HYMS researchers were also part of York’s top-10 rated submissions in Biology and Psychology.
Across the whole of HYMS, a partnership between the Universities of Hull and York, over 85% of research
was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.
Within the Universities, research development in HYMS has been based on a distributed model, in which
academic staff may have a research base in a cognate academic department of the University of Hull and/or
York, providing scientific integration, critical mass and technology platforms with which to work. In relation
to clinically orientated research there is a Clinical Research Facility (the Daisy Building) in Hull at Castle Hill
Hospital and an Experimental Medicine Unit at York Hospital, to facilitate translational research. HYMS also
plays a role in establishing and facilitating research networking between NHS partners in the region through
topic based regional meetings.
The area covered by the HYMS NHS partnership comprises Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire, York and North
Yorkshire, and Northern Lincolnshire, which together have a population of around 1.8 million. 17 NHS organisations
make up the HYMS NHS partnership, within which there are over 600 consultants and 900 general practitioners.
Encompassing both rural and urban populations, the region contains a variety of environments in which health services
are delivered. There are areas of considerable deprivation, not only in urban centres, but also in patches across the
rural hinterlands. Heart disease and lung cancer are severe problems in Hull. Measures of overall health in North
Lincolnshire are poorer than the country as a whole. However, in most of the region, rates for infant mortality and
most disease-specific death are well below national averages, the prevalence of smoking and drug use are low, and the
uptake of screening is high in many areas.
East Yorkshire with its homogenous and stable population of 600,000 is an ideal centre for prospective
observational and interventional clinical research: the central urban area of Kingston upon Hull has a
population of 350,000. The NHS clinical facilities are well developed and virtually comprehensive across the
medical and surgical disciplines; only certain transplantation and cardiac neonatal surgical procedures require
distant referral. Hence there exists a wealth of clinical material available for approved educational and
research purposes.
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