About The Job. Academic Unit of Rheumatology Department of Infection and Immunity Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Professor of Rheumatology About The Job. Pursue the extraordinary Overview About the Department The Department of Infection & Immunity (http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/infectionandimmunity) combines basic science research in molecular cell biology, with a particular focus on host response to infection and molecular microbiology. There is strong representation from the clinical specialties of Respiratory Medicine, Renal Medicine, Rheumatology, Dermatology and Infectious Diseases. There are 30 academic staff, and approximately 200 individuals work in the Department, including post-doctoral researchers, postgraduate students and technical staff. The Academic Unit of Rheumatology, established by Professor Sir Gordon Duff, has a distinguished track record of research into the genetics and, more recently, epigenetics of inflammation. Research focusing on innate immunity represents a central component of the Department’s activity and is focused in the Academic Unit of Immunology and Infectious Diseases and in the Academic Unit of Respiratory Medicine. Research focuses on understanding the host response to infection, in particular innate responses to respiratory infection, invasive bacterial infection and systemic viral infections, as well as adaptive immune responses to infection and vaccination. There is also a strong focus on molecular microbiology and the identification of novel virulence determinants or vaccine targets. Research addressing the mechanisms controlling inflammation, centred in the Academic Unit of Respiratory Medicine, complements our research into infection, with a major focus on the regulation of inflammation during chronic lung diseases such as COPD and interstitial lung disease. There are major interests in acute, neutrophil-dominant inflammation and in the role of hypoxia in regulating inflammatory responses. Extensive experimental approaches include mammalian and non-mammalian models of infection and inflammation, with particular expertise in zebrafish models, in collaboration with the MRC Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics. The Academic Unit of Dermatology has a major interest in inflammatory skin disorders, eczema and psoriasis and the Academic Unit of Nephrology focuses in two main areas, polycystic kidney disease and mechanisms of end-stage renal failure. There is a substantial base of Wellcome Trust, MRC and AMRC grant funding. The department includes two Senior Clinical Fellows (1 MRC and 1 Wellcome Trust) and an MRC Career Development Fellow. There are also a number of Clinical and Non-Clinical Research Fellows funded by MRC, Wellcome Trust, AMRC and Kidney Research UK. There is extensive expertise in vertebrate and mammalian models of chronic inflammatory and infectious diseases. There is also a strong track record of high quality clinical and translational research. There are strategic links to the MRC Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics (PI Renshaw, Deputy Director Whyte). Sheffield is also one of 3 centres, with the Universities of Liverpool and Newcastle, which form the MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA). The successful post-holder will be a member of CIMA, of which further details are available at http://cimatraining.group.shef.ac.uk/ Academic Unit of Rheumatology http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/infectionandimmunity/units/rheumatology The Academic Unit of Rheumatology has a long track record in both cytokine biology and in the genetic and epigenetic regulation of inflammation in arthritis. Following the retirement of Professor Sir Gordon Duff and the recent move of Professor Gerry Wilson to University College Dublin, there is the opportunity to reconfigure the academic unit through a number of new appointments. In the first instance, we seek to appoint a Clinical Professor who will, in consultation with the Head of Department, lead this process. In addition to the academic and support staff listed below, there are a number of colleagues within the Mellanby Centre for Bone Research with related research interests http://mellanbycentre.dept.shef.ac.uk/ Current Staffing of the Academic Unit: Clinical Professor (vacant) Senior Clinical Lecturer (vacant pending the professorial appointment) Non-Clinical Reader (Dr David Buttle) Non-Clinical Lecturer (Dr Munitta Muthana) Academic Clinical Fellow (Dr Stuart Carter) Technician (Ms Fiona Morrow) Secretary (Mrs Paula Blackwell) Job Role This is an outstanding opportunity for a clinical academic to join a leading rheumatology unit and make a critical contribution to the shaping of rheumatological research at The University of Sheffield. We are seeking a clinician scientist who can lead a high quality independent research programme and also shape the wider research area of rheumatology in Sheffield. In addition to the current post there will be other posts to be appointed, including a Senior Clinical Lecturer, where the successful candidate can play a major role in recruitment and research strategy. We are seeking an extremely high quality individual, with an independent research programme and relevant expertise. The University’s expectations of the qualities and responsibilities of its academic staff are captured by the concept of the Sheffield Academic. The role of the Sheffield Academic is underpinned by a number of core values and qualities that are essential to the scholarly pursuit and communication of knowledge in this University. Among them is the recognition that the pursuit of research excellence and the pursuit of teaching excellence are closely linked. Please see www.sheffield.ac.uk/hr/sheffieldacademic/statement.html for further information. Job Description Main Duties and Responsibilities Contribute fully as researcher, teacher and leader, in fulfilment of the ideals of the ‘Sheffield Academic’. Job Plan This post will comprise 10 programmed activities, of which 5 will be NHS PAs and 5 will be funded from academic sources. Clinical PAs will include a maximum of 4 DCC and 1 SPA. These will be made up of a combination of out-patient clinics and ward work. The total 1.5 SPA (including 0.5 academic time) and study leave entitlement will provide you with time for continual professional development (CPD). Clinical work will be undertaken in the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (STH). Clinical Practice The clinical duties will involve joining the existing STH consultant team in rheumatology in providing secondary and tertiary care to patients within South Yorkshire and beyond. The department has been awarded EULAR Centre of Excellence status and will feature as one of the Specialised Centres for the treatment of rheumatological diseases as defined by NHS England. The detailed job plan will be drawn up in discussion with Dr Tim Tait, Clinical Lead. Duties of the Post This is a replacement post and you will take the patient load from the previous post-holder. In addition to the out-patient commitment, you will take part in the rheumatology consultant on-call rota (currently 1:9) Specimen Job Plan Day Time Work Category No. of PAs Mon 8.30 – 12.30 Academic work 1.0 12.30 – X-ray meeting / Journal Club DCC 0.25 13.30 General Rheumatology Clinic DCC 1.0 13.30 – 17.30 Tues 8.30 – 12.30 Academic work 1.0 13.30 – Academic work 1.0 8.30 – 12.30 Academic work 1.0 17.30 Wed Thur 13.00 – General Rheumatology Clinic DCC 1.0 17.00 (FU) 08.30 – Clinical admin / liaison with DCC 1.0 12.30 nurses SPA 0.25 13.00 – Consultant Meeting SPA 0.75 14.00 PG Meeting/CPD/Audit/Clinical 14.00 – Governance 17.00 Fri 09.00 – Clinical Admin / Ward Round DCC 0.5 11.00 Academic SPA SPA 0.5 11.00 – Academic work 0.5 13.00 13.00 – 15.00 Emergency Cover Flexible Direct Clinical Care Total Supporting Professional DCC 0.25 4 1.5 Activity Academic Activities 4.5 Programmed Activities 10 A review of duties will take place with the Clinical Director / Clinical Lead as part of the Job Plan process. Time will also be made available for the annual appraisal in line with the Trust and University appraisal policies. You will be required to cover for colleagues during periods of absence. You will have continuing responsibility for patients in your care and the proper functioning of the STH Rheumatology Department. Teaching You will contribute to the Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching programmes of the Department of Infection & Immunity and Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health through ward and clinic based teaching as required and lectures and seminars by arrangement. You will be involved with the assessment and mentoring of students. You will provide educational support and training to junior medical staff. You will supervise BMedSci, MD and PhD students. Research You will be responsible for establishing a high-quality research programme which attracts external research funding and delivers major scientific discoveries and published out-puts. The area of the research programme will be determined by your research interests. You will be expected to work with colleagues in rheumatology both within the department and across the wider university to develop a long-term strategy for basic and translational research in rheumatology. Administration You will be required to undertake some administrative work in support of the needs of the Department of Infection and Immunity but these duties can be negotiated. You will also be required to carry out any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post. Support Excellent office and laboratory spaces are available within the Department of Infection and Immunity on Floors K and L of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital site. Secretarial support is also available (0.5 WTE) and NHS secretarial support will be provided from existing resources within the Directorate for clinical work. Junior medical staff are available to support you and these include NIHR-funded posts in rheumatology at Academic Clinical Fellow level. Library Facilities The University Clinical Library is housed on ‘C’ Floor of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. The Medical Library is in the main University Library which is within half a mile of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital and offers excellent lending reference and national lending (Boston Spa) facilities. As part of the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health’s Medical School redevelopment, the Health Sciences Library (HSL) at RHH was reconfigured and refurbished during 2012. More information can be found at www.shef.ac.uk/library/libnews/rhhrefurb Rheumatology Services at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Clinical Directorates are led by Clinical Directors who are appointed by the Chief Executive for a three year period, subject to annual review. Managerially, the Sub-Directorate of Rheumatology is within the Directorate of Communicable Diseases and Specialised Medicine (Clinical Director – Dr Christine Bowman) which is in turn part of the wider Care Group of Specialised Cancer, Specialised Medicine and Rehabilitation (General Manager – Mr Ian Scott, Nurse Director – Mandy Yates). There are monthly meetings of the Sub-Directorate and consultants. The Sub-Directorate is responsible for providing all clinical rheumatology and non-surgical musculoskeletal services including SEM. You will join a rheumatology team presently comprising of 8 NHS consultants with a wide range of special interests. We have 3 specialist rheumatology registrars and 2 junior trainees (one GP trainee and one core medical trainee). The department is supported by a team of dedicated nurses which includes a matron, 2 clinical nurse specialists, 3 anti TNF nurse specialists, one lupus nurse specialist and a senior sister who manages the remainder of the nursing team, who rotate between the in and outpatient facilities. The rheumatology inpatient and outpatient facilities for adults (over 16 years of age) in Sheffield are based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital (RHH), a 775 bedded hospital, serving a population of 750,000. The in-patient facilities at the RHH are currently shared with haematology and oncology on Ward O1. The majority of the outpatients are seen in the dedicated department on B floor of the RHH which has the use of an ultrasound machine (with a second machine currently being purchased) and a polarising microscope. Currently, upwards of 50 separate rheumatology clinics per week are run through the out-patient facilities at RHH. In 2010, further develop rheumatology services were developed at the Northern General Hospital (NGH) which facilitated the growth of the service, reduced accommodation pressures at the RHH site and provides a more local service for patients who live or work in the north of the city. Out-patient clinics at NGH are run in a dedicated clinic located adjacent to the Metabolic Bone Unit. In-patient referrals are reviewed at NGH and those with rheumatological diseases are transferred to Rheumatology Department beds at the RHH. In 2012-13, the Rheumatology Department saw 2778 new out-patients and 21,638 follow-up patients. 2365 patients were treated as day cases, along with 141 elective in-patients and 59 non-elective in-patients. Specialised Medical Services The Rheumatology Department has access to the specialised services that one would expect of a teaching hospital with large orthopaedic and radiology departments with dedicated links to rheumatology through combined clinics and regular radiology meetings. Additional combined clinics and close working relationships have been established with dermatology, metabolic bone diseases, neurology, obstetrics, ophthalmology, renal and respiratory medicine. In particular, STH is home to one of the nationally accredited pulmonary hypertension units and close working links and joint clinics are held with the PHT unit. The Rheumatology Department has a strong track record in providing specialised connective tissue disease services and serves as a tertiary referral centre for patients with complex conditions from the South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire area. The department also provides specialist services in sports medicine, adolescent and transition rheumatology and sero negative spondyloarthropathies. STH provides access to full laboratory services and there is onsite access to PET scanning in addition to the full range of radiological services together with specialist musculoskeletal radiologists. Day Case Rheumatology Service With the advent of biological therapies there has been a progressive increase in the number of day-case attendances for various treatments, including biological therapy. There are currently over 900 patients receiving biological therapy, which increases on average by 9 per week. During 2012/13 there were 2365 day case attendances. Paediatric Rheumatology Paediatric rheumatology services are provided at Sheffield Children’s Hospital (SCH). There are transitional arrangements for adolescents with regular clinics at SCH and RHH. The designated adult lead is Dr Rachel Tattersall who also has a sessional commitment at SCH. Postgraduate Education There is a weekly postgraduate meeting to which all consultants and specialist registrars working in the South Yorkshire deanery are invited and to which you will be encouraged to contribute. This centres around a teaching programme aligned to the SpR curriculum in rheumatology. There are bi-monthly regional meetings held with local hospitals and twice yearly combined meetings held with the Yorkshire Deanery. There is also a weekly x-ray meeting and Journal Club. Undergraduate Education As a recognised teaching department in the hospital, students are received throughout the year for two week slots. Dr Lisa Dunkley leads the teaching programme and you will be encouraged to take a full part in the teaching duties of the department. The clinical department also contributes to the basic science lectures for the medical school and to the topic teaching for students entering into their clinical years. Departmental meetings There is a monthly departmental meeting to which all staff are invited at which matters of importance to the department are discussed. There is a weekly Consultant meeting. Staffing within the STH Rheumatology Department MEDICAL STAFF NHS Consultants (with clinical interests) Dr Mohammed Akil Connective Tissue Disease Dr Lisa Dunkley Spondyloarthritis and Undergraduate Education Dr Rachael Kilding Connective Tissue Disease Dr Rachel Tattersall Adolescent Transition Dr Simon Till Sport and Exercise Medicine Dr John Boulton Service Improvement Dr James Maxwell Early Arthritis Dr Tim Tait Clinical Lead and Crystal Arthritis Dr Kar-Ping Kuet Locum Consultant Dr Sachin Khetan Locum Consultant NURSING STAFF Mrs Carol Bedford - Matron Clinical Nurse Specialists Ms Debbie Fellows Mrs Pauline Mark (anti-TNF) Mrs Jayne McDermott (CTD) Ms Nicola Newell Mrs Elizabeth Byrne (anti-TNF) Mrs Emma Blanksby (anti TNF) Person Specification Applicants should provide evidence in their applications that they meet the following criteria. We will use a range of selection methods to measure candidates’ abilities in these areas including reviewing your on-line application, seeking references, inviting shortlisted candidates to interview and other forms of assessment action relevant to the post. Criteria Essential Desirable Qualifications and experience 1. PhD or MD in a relevant area of Rheumatology research. X 2. Full registration with the General Medical Council. X 3. Accreditation in Rheumatology. X 4. Specialist experience in Rheumatology. X 5. Significant postdoctoral and research leadership experience in X Rheumatology research. 6. Current grants and proven ability to attract substantial research X grants. 7. Proven track record of producing high quality publications. X 8. Experience of teaching and lecturing. X Management skills 9. Experience of managing research projects. X 10. Ability to lead a research team. X 11. Experience of formal/informal supervision of students, technical X and research staff. Communication skills 12. Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, report X writing skills and experience of delivering presentations. 13. Responsible for maintaining effective collaborations and liaising X with collaborators both nationally and abroad. Team working 14. Experience of building and developing a team and aligning the X day-to-day work and goals of the team with the organisation’s strategic vision. 15. Experience in leading a research team. X 16. Ability to motivate high performance in others. X 17. Experience of reviewing individual and team progress and X performance. Project management 18. Excellent organisational skills and the ability to manage multiple X projects. 19. Ability to take responsibility for own progress and plan X appropriate contingencies. 20. Ability to assess and organise resources and plan and progress X work activities. Personal effectiveness 21. Experience of developing and maintaining a network of contacts throughout own work area. X 22. Ability to work accurately in order to meet tight deadlines. 23. Experience of adapting own skills to new circumstances. X X Further Information This post is full-time: This role has been identified as a full-time post, but we are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities with our staff which benefit both the individual and the University. Therefore, we would consider flexible delivery of the role subject to meeting the business needs of the post. See www.sheffield.ac.uk/hr/wellbeing/info/wlb.html for more information. Benefits Terms and conditions of employment: Will be for Clinical Academic staff holding Honorary Consultant status. Salary for this grade: £75,249 per annum to £101,451 per annum, dependent upon consultant seniority. More details on salaries, terms and conditions and our wide range of benefits for staff are available at www.sheffield.ac.uk/hr/reward/structures Closing date: 27 January 2014 Informal enquiries: For all on-line application system queries and support, contact: [email protected] . For informal enquiries about this job and department, please contact: Professor Moira Whyte (Head of Department of Infection & Immunity) on [email protected] or (0114) 271 2830, or Dr Tim Tait (Clinical Director) on [email protected] or (0114) 271 1843. Criminal records check: Please note that as this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) will be required for the appointee. If you have a spent criminal record and are invited to interview for this post, you are required to provide details of your convictions in confidence, with the job reference number/ title of post/recruiting department, in advance of the interview to the Deputy Director, Human Resources, University of Sheffield, The Arts Tower, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN (mark the envelope PERSONAL). This information will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be considered if you are invited to interview for the post. If you have been barred from working with children or vulnerable adults by the Independent Safeguarding Authority it is a criminal offence to apply for a post involving regulated activity with children or vulnerable adults. Regulated activity involves contact of a specified nature. If you are unsure if you may apply for this post for this reason then please contact Catherine Merrywest ([email protected]) in Human Resources for further information. Health assessment: Please note that due to the duties of this post, the final appointment will be subject to the completion of a satisfactory health assessment from the University Staff Occupational Health Service. Selection-Next Step Following the closing date, you will be informed by email whether or not you have been shortlisted to be invited to participate in the next stage of the selection process. Please note that due to the large number of applications that we receive, it may take up to two working weeks following the closing date before the recruiting department will be able to contact you. The University of Sheffield is committed to achieving excellence through inclusion. The University of Sheffield is proud to be a Two Ticks employer www.sheffield.ac.uk/hr/equality/support/twoticks/ The University has achieved the Athena SWAN award for Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine. 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