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  1. 1. THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM INSTITUTE OF NEUROSCIENCES & NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST Job Title: Clinical Associate Professor in Neuroimaging Salary: £73,403 - £98,962 per annum, depending on seniority. Location: Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, Queen’s Medical Centre Appointment Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for this post in the Division of Academic Radiology with clinical duties in Diagnostic Neuroradiology at the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust (NUH). Candidates should have a MD, PhD or equivalent in a relevant subject and a proven record of research. The person appointed will be expected to develop a research programme relating to imaging biomarkers in clinical neurosciences that is compatible with, and complementary to, the current work of the Division. Candidates are required to hold CCT (or equivalent), be registered with the GMC and included on the specialist register (or have eligibility). Candidates are also required to have teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. An honorary NHS consultant contract will be awarded by NUH and participation in the service requirements of the Clinical Radiology, Neuroradiology Section of the Diagnostics Directorate at the NUH is required. Teaching duties include programme development and delivering of taught modules to the new MSc course in Translational Neuroimaging starting in 2009/2010. This Post Accountable to the Head of Division of Academic Radiology. The post will provide the Senior Lecturer with an exciting and challenging opportunity to build on their own research activities, to extend the clinical service offered by Diagnostic Imaging at NUH, and to participate in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. 1. Research The successful candidate will have a proven track record in initiating and undertaking original research, as indicated by excellent publications record and grant income. We wish to appoint an individual whose research activities complement the activities indicated above. A major criterion in making this appointment will be the research potential of the individual as well as the area of research activity. 2. Teaching Both campuses within Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust are major centres for undergraduate and postgraduate education and teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to play a full role in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Each year, University of Nottingham, Nottingham Health Authority and NUH Trust sign a SIFT management agreement for undergraduate teaching. In addition, NUH Trusts is contracted for the provision of postgraduate education with the Postgraduate Dean for Mid Trent.
  2. 2. Academic Radiology is committed to start a MSc course in Translational Neuroimaging in 2009/2010. The post holder is expected to contribute significantly to develop and deliver taught courses for this MSc, and to supervise MSc and BMedSci students for their research projects. In addition, contribution to mentoring and supervision of academic clinical trainees during foundation, fellowship and lecturership periods is expected. 3. Clinical Duties The appointee will be expected to fulfill the following NHS duties within the agreed Job Plan. The appointee will join the existing team of eight Neuroradiologists (7.5 WTE), and will support the growth in demand for neuroimaging services. The person appointed will be required to contribute to the provision of Diagnostic Neuroradiology services at Queen’s Medical Centre. An interest in Neonatal and Paediatric Neuroradiology and advanced imaging techniques, would be welcomed. The post includes sessions in MRI, CT and Ultrasound. In addition there is a commitment to the ‘hot reporting’ rota, a commitment to reporting CT/MRI studies at Nottingham City Hospital and an obligation to participate in multidisciplinary meetings. There is a separate on-call rota for Neuroradiology and the on-call commitment at present is 1 in 8. Provision of reciprocal cover is expected for periods of leave. The successful candidate will be expected to become an effective member of the team of Radiologists at QMC, to be responsible for the care of patients in his/her charge and to participate in teaching, research, audit and continuing professional development. He or she will be a member of the Neuroradiology Team (Lead Neuroradiologist: Dr R Lenthall) within the Diagnostics and Clinical Support Directorate (Director: Dr Stephen Ryder). In regards to this post, the team aims to continue improvements in the following aspects of the service: • Reducing the MRI waiting list to comply with the requirements of the 18-week wait. • Minimise reporting times for CT scanning to ensure compliance with the 2-week wait for cancer patients. • Improve access to the diagnostic MR and ultrasound facilities for neonates and for children with tumours of the central nervous system. • Enhance diagnostic MR for neonates and for children with tumours of the central nervous system by the introduction and validation of advanced imaging techniques. • Develop Neuroradiology support and input for advanced imaging applications using MRI and possibly PET/CT A commitment to the training of Specialist Registrars on the Mid Trent Radiology Training Scheme is required by means of formal lectures, informal tuition, supervision and by encouraging research. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to the development of Clinical Governance. The approach taken is to develop actions plans at a directorate level. Each member of the medical staff is expected to take an active role in clinical governance activities within their directorate and each directorate has a Consultant nominated as Clinical Governance lead. The activities include, (but are not restricted
  3. 3. to) audit, incident reporting, review of complaints, risk management, CPD and Evidence Based Practice. These duties are subject to review from time to time in the light of the changing requirements of the service. If alterations to the described duties are required these will be mutually agreed between the appointee, his/her Consultant colleagues and the Trust. The person appointed will be required to devote substantially the whole of their time (pro rata) to the duties of the post and give them priority at all times. 4. Managerial and Administrative As a senior member of the Division, the appointee would assist in the development of the research programme, planning and delivery of teaching and contribute to an aspect of the Division of Academic Radiology’s administration. The Senior Lecturer will share responsibility for the direct supervision of junior staff. 5. Other Duties as Agreed The above list is not fully specific or comprehensive and the appointee may be expected to undertake other activities as required by the Head of Academic Radiology/Clinical Director. The appointee may wish to take on other roles alongside their clinical role. Any positions offered by anyone outside the Trust (e.g. Training Programme Director, Regional College Advisor, Royal College Representative etc) must be discussed and agreed by the specialty lead in advance of the position being accepted, so that the impact upon the specialty can be fully considered and any job plan amendments undertaken should the additional role be accepted. 6. Job Plan The appointee will be expected to spend at least 50% of their time on academic pursuits including research. In the other 50%, you will support the clinical, diagnostic and administrative work of the Neuroradiology Team within the Diagnostics and Clinical Support Directorate. The post is made up of 5 Academic PAs and 5 NHS PAs (3.75 DPC and 1.25 SPAs).Participation in the on-call rota for neuroradiology (current 1:8) is encouraged and will be supplemented accordingly. PROGRAMMED ACTIVITIES: Direct Clinical Care: Hot reporting 1.0 Emergency duties – on-call 0.25* MRI 1.0 CT 0.5 Ultrasound 0.5 Multi-disciplinary meetings 0.5 Travelling time between sites PACS Sub Total 3.75 * subject to on-call commitment, can be replaced by Hot reporting
  4. 4. Supporting Professional Activities Training (Postgraduate) 0.25 Medical Education (Undergraduate) CPD, Appraisal, Job Planning Audit 0.25 Research 0.75 Clinical Management Other Sub Total 1.25 TOTAL PAs 5.0 Proposed TIMETABLE (subject to joint academic and clinical job planning) DAY AM PM Monday Academic Academic Tuesday MRI CT / Neonatal US Wednesday Academic SPA Thursday MDTs (0.5) SPA (0.25) Hot reporting Friday Academic Academic 7 Requirements for the post: • A CCT qualification (or equivalent for overseas graduates) in Diagnostic Radiology, • Completed subspecialty training in diagnostic neuroradiology, • A track record in research and plans for research consistent with the research strategy of the Faculty and the School of Clinical Sciences. • A higher postgraduate research degree comprising a PhD, MD, or equivalent. • The ability to work well in a teaching hospital and academic environment, being able to combine leadership qualities with team-work. • A full commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate education. 8. Qualifications and Experience The appointee to the post must be able to: • Perform well in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) or its replacement • Attract research students and research funding • Supervise MD/ PhD students • Publish peer-reviewed papers in appropriate high impact journals • Teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level to medical students • Participate in University/Faculty/School/Divisional committees and related administrative function 9. Administrative support Office accommodation and administrative support will be provided by the Trust, as will a PC with e-mail and Internet access. This new post will be supported by a share of University support staff. The Senior Lecturer will be expected to obtain funding for PhD and Postdoctoral Staff.
  5. 5. 10. HEFCE funding The person appointed will be expected to apply for HEFCE or equivalent funding to support the academic Pas of the post. 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 purposes 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 only in relation to an application for positions to which the Order applies. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor D P Auer, Head of Academic Radiology, Email: Please quote ref. VF/28660X1. Closing date: 28 November 2008.
  6. 6. Appendix 1: Faculty of Medicine/ Institute of Neuroscience The University of Nottingham Medical School and University Hospitals closely co-operate in translational and clinical research. Research excellence has been recognized and boosted by the recent award of funding from the National Institute for Health Research to establish three Biomedical Research Units in GI&Liver disease, respiratory medicine and hearing research (in partnership with MRC Unit Hearing Research). Institute of Neuroscience In 2003 the University of Nottingham established the Institute of Neuroscience (IoN, co- directors Professors Stephen Jackson and Philip Bath) with the objective of promoting and developing the University’s established strengths in basic and clinical neuroscience. The IoN brings together a critical mass of more than 100 researchers to undertake high quality preclinical, translational and clinical research. To facilitate and foster transdisciplinary research, the IoN is divided into four sections, and the person appointed is expected to contribute in particular to the Neuroimaging section. For further information see The UoN has invested in excellent facilities for translational imaging and in particular neuroimaging, with whole-body MRI scanners operating at 0.1 T, 1.5 T (two scanners, one of which is to be located in a clinical research unit based on the University Hospital campus), 3 T and 7T (the only 7T available in the UK, funded chiefly by the Wellcome trust). These scanners are all dedicated to research, providing ample access at reasonable scanning costs. Also available are animal scanners operating at 7T and 2.35 T, an NMR microscope operating at 9.4T, bench top NMR systems, and an experimental 3T scanner used for novel hardware developments. To support these NMR facilities the UoN also has a number of experimental and commercial hyperpolarization systems, including one to be based in the clinical research unit. Complementary to these NMR facilities are an MEG scanner, several MRI compatible EEG systems and other MRI related infrastructure, including a number of computing clusters.
  7. 7. Appendix 2: School of Clinical Sciences Background The Faculty of Medicine and Health Services is organized into eight academic schools, namely the School of Clinical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Medical Sciences, Community Health Sciences, Biology, Pharmacy, Nursing Midwifery & Physiotherapy and Veterinary Medicine & Science. Clinical Sciences (head Professor Ian Hall) consists of 17 divisions. Most of the divisions are bases at Queens Medical Centre but others are located at Nottingham City Hospital, the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences and King’s Meadow campus. The School has a management group, which meets monthly, and teaching committees. Five Research Institutes reflect the existing research strengths and priorities of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and provide the organisational infrastructure supporting the further development of high quality research. The Heads of Schools and Institutes sit on the Faculty Management Committee which meets monthly and is chaired by the Dean of Faculty (Professor Terence Stephenson). Research The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has created five research institutes to enable it to fulfill its commitment to expanding high quality focused research: Inflammation, Infection and Immunity (co-directors Professors Alan Knox and Richard James); Genetics (co-directors Professors Jane Hewitt and Ed Louis), Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics (co-directors Professors Saul Tendler and Ian Hall); Neuroscience (co-directors Professors Stephen Jackson and Philip Bath – see above) and Clinical Research (co-directors Professors Hywel Williams and Paul Greenhaff). These Institutes bring together internationally recognised investigators from the various Schools within the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, and from other relevant Schools in the University, such as Pharmaceutical Sciences, Psychology, and from the MRI unit in the School of Physics and Astronomy. There is a strong emphasis on promoting cross-disciplinary collaboration, especially on promoting fruitful interaction between basic research and clinical research. A sub-group for Translational Research brings together representatives of the Institutes and the relevant NHS Trusts in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, and provides a forum for joint planning. The review of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences also led to the creation of several Centres that support technologies that underpin medical research, including a Centre for Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics and the Centre for Integrated Systems Biology & Medicine. The main medical research interests in the school are in cancer, allergic and inflammatory disease and in vascular medicine and the school has laboratory, clinical and epidemiological strengths in these areas. Members of the School of Clinical Sciences are actively engaged in each of the five Institutes. Several research groups have longstanding national and international collaborations and members of the School attracted research income in excess of £8m last year and have obtained grants of more than £3m from the Research Councils and Wellcome Trust over the last three years. Members of the School were principal investigators in a recent successful cross-School bid for MRC Co-operative Group status for studies of mucosal immunity. There has also been a major upgrade of laboratory facilities on all sites. In partnership with the NUH Trust, the school has been successful in winning 3 bids for NIHR- funded Biomedical Research Units in Digestive Disease, Respiratory Disease and Hearing Research which together will result in around £18m of additional NIHR funding coming to the Trust/University partnership. The University has also recently been successful in a major bid to develop an academic translational imaging unit, which the school of Clinical Sciences is heavily involved in. Teaching Student teaching began in 1970 with an initial intake of 48 students a years, rising progressively to 253 students last year. More recently the Faculty has established a graduate entry programme at Derby which is now in its fourth year and admits around 90 students. Members of the School of Clinical Sciences contribute to courses throughout the curriculum in
  8. 8. addition to taking part in bedside teaching and topic teaching of both introductory and final year medical students. Some students carry out their 16 week research project for the B Med Sci Honours degree in year three in the School of Clinical Sciences. Undergraduate clinical teaching takes place at various hospitals in Nottingham. The responsibility for teaching within the faculty lies with the Curriculum Policy Group which reports to Faculty Board. Course Management Committees responsible for individual attachments report to the Curriculum Committees. Appendix 3: Academic Radiology The Division of Academic Radiology is part of School of Clinical Sciences (previously School of Medical and Surgical Sciences). The Division of Academic Radiology has established an international reputation in translational and clinical neuroimaging research. It has major interests in development and qualification of biomarkers for common brain diseases (neurodegeneration, stroke, mental disorders, multiple sclerosis and gliomas). The research is funded by National Institute of Health Research, Department of Health, Medical Research Council, research charities and the EU. Divisional office space and a seminar room with modern audio-visual and IT equipment is based at NUH, Queen’s Medical Campus, and the Senior Lecturer will be based there. QMC also hosts other University Departments, the office of the Faculty of Medicine, and lecture theatres. There is access to the NUH PACS and CRIS system. Academic Radiology has dedicated research access to the clinical MRI scanners at NUH including a modern 3T MR scanner allowing for MRI research also in children and acutely ill patients. In addition, there is access to the unique MR scanning facilities at the UoN for research in healthy volunteers and ambulatory patients. Staff of Academic Radiology University:- Professor DP Auer Head of Division Senior Lecturer/Clinical this vacancy Senior Lecturer/non clinical vacant Dr M I Schubert Lecturer (clinical) Sharon Forman Research Co-ordinator and PA to Prof Auer There are two fixed-term non clinical vacancies at postdoctoral level. The division hosts an academic training programme with currently 2 academic clinical fellows in post (Year 1 and Year 2) and a further fellow and lecturer post coming up in 2009. There is an active postgraduate training programme with currently 10 postgraduate students (8 PhD and 2 MD students) in Academic Radiology and a further 3 PhD students from other Schools are co-supervised by AR researchers. Research Interests of existing staff The main research interests of the department are as follows:- • Neurodegeneration – MRI biomarkers of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer diseases • Stroke/TIA – Neuroimaging markers to predict risk of recurrent stroke/ outcome • Multiple Sclerosis – Advanced MRI to improve radio-clinical correlation • Mental health – Neurobiological basis, Neuroimaging of drug effects/ stress effects Academic Radiology has close research links within the School of Clinical Sciences, in particular Institute of Neuroimaging, Sir Peter Mansfield MR Centre and with many clinical neuroscientists in NUH.
  9. 9. MEDICAL STAFF IN RADIOLOGY, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Group Dr Annesley-Williams Professor Auer Dr Dawson Dr Emberton Dr Fairbairn Dr Evans Dr Jaspan Dr Kerslake Dr Lenthall Dr McConachie Dr Shah NN Body imaging and Interventional Group Dr Dunn Dr Dhingsa Dr Gregson Dr Habib Dr Jobling Dr Kennedy Dr Kumaran Dr Dr Latief Dr Ludman Dr O Neill Dr Pointon Dr Whitaker Cancer Imaging Group Dr Ahmed Dr Burrell Dr Cornford Dr Evans Dr Ganatra Dr Green Dr Hamilton Dr James Dr Lloyd Dr O Connor Paediatric, Maternity and Emergency Radiology Dr Broderick Dr Fender Dr Halliday Dr Somers Dr Twining
  10. 10. MEDICAL STAFF IN RADIOLOGY, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust Neuroradiology and Musculoskeletal Group Dr Annesley-Williams Professor Auer Dr Dawson Dr Emberton Dr Fairbairn Dr Evans Dr Jaspan Dr Kerslake Dr Lenthall Dr McConachie Dr Shah NN Body imaging and Interventional Group Dr Dunn Dr Dhingsa Dr Gregson Dr Habib Dr Jobling Dr Kennedy Dr Kumaran Dr Dr Latief Dr Ludman Dr O Neill Dr Pointon Dr Whitaker Cancer Imaging Group Dr Ahmed Dr Burrell Dr Cornford Dr Evans Dr Ganatra Dr Green Dr Hamilton Dr James Dr Lloyd Dr O Connor Paediatric, Maternity and Emergency Radiology Dr Broderick Dr Fender Dr Halliday Dr Somers Dr Twining