POST TITLE: Professor of Clinical Imaging
DEPARTMENT: Warwick Medical School (WMS)
SUB-DEPARTMENT: Clinical Sciences Research Institute
POST RESPONSIBLE TO: Professor Yvonne Carter, Dean, WMS
SALARY: £73,403 - £98,862 p.a.
REFERENCE NUMBER: 37395-118
CLOSING DATE: 6 January 2009
We are seeking a clinical radiologist of international calibre with a recognised reputation in
clinical imaging / radiology research. You will undertake research, teaching, administration
and other activities in Warwick Medical School (WMS). The post will have clinical sessions at
the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) Radiology
Department and there will be an honorary clinical contract.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. To establish a sound research base in order to pursue individual and collaborative
research of high quality consistent with making a full active research contribution in line
with the objectives of WMS.
2. To secure, in collaboration with colleagues as appropriate, external funding through
research grants or contracts to support a developing research agenda.
3. To manage research projects within the University, including their financial control and to
supervise post-doctoral research assistants, research students, clinical trainees and
other support staff engaged in research.
4. To consider the value of research achievements within their potential commercial context
and where appropriate and with the assistance of the Research Support Services, take
appropriate action to protect such research results by patent application or copyright to
the potential benefit of the University.
5. To develop, with appropriate support, the research infrastructure in imaging and
radiology throughout the area covered by West Midlands (South) Comprehensive Local
Research Network (CLRN).
6. Where appropriate and expedient, to secure contract work to the benefit of (your)
research activity and to provide resources to underpin this activity.
7. To publish research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing and to
publish and disseminate the results of research and scholarship in other outlets
8. To identify and explore with WMS and the University of Warwick any entrepreneurial
opportunities which may arise and to ensure that intellectual property rights are protected
for the benefit of the University and the researcher.
9. To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional
conferences, and to contribute to the external visibility of WMS, Clinical Sciences
Research Institute and the University of Warwick.
10. To contribute fully to the research plans developed by WMS, including providing such
information as may be required to monitor the progress of each member of staff’s
research programme and to support WMS fully in the preparation of material required for
the RAE/REF or similar activities.
11. To co-operate with colleagues in the continuous review and development of the
curriculum and in the design and launch of new degrees or other academic awards
12. To design, and be responsible for the contents of specific areas of teaching and learning
within the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
13. To give lectures, seminars, tutorials and other classes as appropriate in support of the
required teaching obligations and to supervise laboratory work by undergraduate and
postgraduate students, as appropriate.
14. To supervise undergraduate and postgraduate project work.
15. To support students during any industrial placements, fieldwork or exchange
programmes as required.
16. To ensure that student feedback on teaching is sought through questionnaires and other
sources and to respond constructively to such feedback.
17. To maintain a broad knowledge of up-to-date research and scholarship in relevant fields
to ensure that teaching meets the standards expected within a research-led University.
18. To undertake academic duties (i.e. setting examination questions, marking, invigilation
and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of high quality teaching.
19. To support and comply with the University and Departmental teaching quality assurance
standards and procedures including the provision of such information as may be required
by WMS or the University.
Clinical Sessions at UHCW (Imaging)
20. To participate in routine clinical activity at UHCW in support of the Imaging Department
(5 PAs per week, 3.0 of which will be DCC) Participation in the department’s on call rota
will be expected.
Administration and Other Activities
21. To undertake such specific departmental roles and management functions as may be
reasonably required by the Dean.
22. To attend departmental meetings and to participate in other committees and working
23. To participate in relevant professional activities.
24. To engage in continuous professional development.
25. To undertake external commitments, which reflect and enhance the reputation of the
26. To ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide
guidance on the main aspects of the job. You will be required to be flexible in your duties.
Clinical skills/knowledge/personal qualities
27. Thorough knowledge of medical audit, medical education, current clinical and medical
28. Understanding of the clinical governance process.
29. Ability to organise and manage waiting list priorities.
30. Ability to advise on efficient and smooth running of specialist service.
31. Ability to manage a clinical team and understand the concepts of management.
32. Ability to supervise, appraise, coach and mentor trainee and other doctors
33. Credible and persuasive presence both amongst clinical and management colleagues.
34. Able to work well in a multidisciplinary team and maintain good relations with contacts.
35. Willingness to work collaboratively with the Trust’s executive team.
36. Caring attitude to patients.
38. Excellent inter-personal qualities.
POST TITLE: Professor of Clinical Imaging
DEPARTMENT: Warwick Medical School, Clinical Sciences Research Institute
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications
required to undertake the role effectively.
The postholder must be able to demonstrate:
ESSENTIAL (E) or
Qualified to undertake clinical work at
Demonstrable ability to produce and publish
high quality research publications
Demonstrable ability to attract Grant income E a
Demonstration of CCST for relevant
Higher degree, or relevant post-graduate
Outstanding record of international level
publications and research and planning for
future research relating to radiology
E a, c
An ability and commitment to contribute
actively and lead the development of
imaging research within Coventry &
E a, c
The ability to work well with colleagues and
to relate to patients/relatives in an
E a, c
Experience of service development E a, c
Experience of teaching and supervision at
E a ,c
The ability to work well with colleagues E a, c
Capacity to work with and support other staff
in developing both their teaching and
E a, c
Senior level administrative experience E a, c
Good organisational skills E a ,c
Experience of promoting externally-funded
E a, c
GMC Registration E a, c
Medical defence E a, c
Please note: Due to the nature of this role, the successful applicant will be required to
undergo enhanced level Criminal Records Bureau clearance before commencing work with
the University. Clearance obtained via another institution or body cannot be transferred.
We are seeking a clinician of international calibre with a recognised reputation in clinical
imaging research. This may encompass a range of modalities including CT, MRI, Ultrasound
and/or Nuclear Medicine. The successful applicant must have a strong publication record, a
clear vision of the direction of his/her research and how it integrates with existing work in
Warwick (see below), and the leadership qualities required to build and sustain a competitive
research programme. Quality of research output will be an important factor in determining
our choice of appointee.
The Chair of Clinical Imaging at Warwick Medical School will complement existing research
teams at UHCW and/or The University of Warwick. You will be expected to co-ordinate and
lead the imaging aspects of your specialist area. In addition you will take a lead role, as a
focus and facilitator, for all clinical imaging across the WMS / Trust’s research portfolio. The
appointee will have an honorary status at The University Hospital. The clinical sessions
associated with this position will reflect your research interest and will be agreed with the
Clinical Director of the Radiology Department.
The research profile of WMS currently includes the following specialist areas: Metabolic
Diseases (diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and hypertension), Reproductive
Medicine (preterm labour, preeclampsia, stem cell biology and infertility), Public Mental
Health (epidemiology of common mental disorders, parenting, social determinants of health),
Clinical Effectiveness, Clinical Trials (Emergency Care and Rehabilitation, Cancer,
Diabetes), Trauma and Orthopaedics, Primary Care, Health Care Systems Improvement,
Clinical Physics and Biomedical Engineering.
Candidates with a research interest which complements any of these areas are encouraged
Informal enquiries regarding this post may be made to Professor Martin Underwood, Vice-
Dean of Warwick Medical School on tel: 00 44 (0) 24 76 574 664, email:
The University of Warwick
The University of Warwick is arguably the most successful of UK universities founded within
the past half-century, and has earned an outstanding reputation both for research and
teaching. Warwick is comfortably ranked within the top ten of all UK university newspaper
rankings including 6th
in the most recent Sunday Times Good University Guide.
Founded in 1965 Warwick has been a unique and uniquely successful British university
combining a “can-do” entrepreneurial spirit with a commitment to absolute academic
excellence. Professor Nigel Thrift, Warwick’s 5th
Vice-Chancellor, was appointed in 2006 to
transform the University from a leading university within the UK to become one of the world’s
top 50 universities by 2015. A new university strategy has been launched as a result of
extensive consultation with staff, students and Warwick’s many external stakeholders, and is
making good progress.
Warwick employs over 5,000 members of staff, of whom 2,400 are academic and research
staff spread across 28 academic departments and 30 research centres; 91% of the
academic staff are in departments with research ratings of 5 or 5*. Of the 24 departments
assessed under the subject review process, 22 were rated excellent (or scored 21 or more
out of 24) for teaching quality.
The University of Warwick has a total student population of 17,000 (full-time equivalent) of
whom approximately 11,000 are undergraduates and 7,000 are postgraduates. Nearly one-
quarter of Warwick’s students are international, helping to create a vibrant and cosmopolitan
campus environment which is valued and celebrated by the University.
The University’s campus, located on a 400-acre site spanning the south west boundary of
Coventry and the county of Warwick, has an open and pleasant outlook and was voted “Best
University Campus” in a national student poll published by the Times Higher Education
Supplement in 2006. The campus offers excellent sporting facilities, including a swimming
pool, a newly refurbished gym, a climbing wall, an all weather running track and acres of
football and rugby pitches. An indoor tennis centre has recently been opened. The
renowned Warwick Arts Centre is the largest outside London with the Mead Gallery showing
visiting collections of contemporary art, a concert hall, two theatres and a cinema.
The University of Warwick is ideally placed for easy access to London (just over one hour on
the train), close to the picturesque towns of Warwick, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa and
about 45 minutes from the centre of Birmingham. The University is in the heart of
Shakespeare’s Warwickshire with historic Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare
Company and the Cotswolds all within easy reach.
The University of Warwick has a turnover approaching £350 million. The University
continues to invest heavily in its campus infrastructure and environment and its future capital
plan includes: a new student union building; a 500 bed student residency; new hotel
accommodation for visiting academics; a refurbishment of the Library; a further extension to
the Warwick Business School; and a state of the art Warwick Digital Laboratory, the
foundation stone for which was laid by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in May 2007. Capital
investment in the next year alone will total £35 million.
Further details about the University of Warwick can be found at http://www.warwick.ac.uk.
The Managerial and Administrative Structure of the University
The University’s administrative and managerial structure is headed by the Vice-Chancellor,
supported by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar, the Deputy Registrar and the
Finance Director. However, as with all such structures, the informal lines of decision making
and the sharing of responsibility for planning and strategy flatten the hierarchy. Institutional
level decisions are initially made by a group comprising academics and administrators who
form the Senate Steering Committee which operates much along the lines of a weekly
cabinet for the University.
The Registrar, Mr Jon Baldwin, is responsible for the administration of the University and is
supported in this task by a team of Senior Officers, each of whom is responsible for a key
area and associated offices of University administration: the Academic Registrar, the Estates
Director, the Director of Personnel Services, the Director of Campus Affairs, the Director of
IT Services, the Director of Communication and Strategy, the Director of the International
Office, the Director of Research Support Services and the University Librarian. A number of
office heads and directors report in turn to these Senior Officers. To ensure overall co-
ordination between and across the University’s administration, all administrative posts within
academic departments have a “dotted line” reporting to the University Registrar as well as
the Department in which they are based.
Warwick Medical School (WMS)
Dean WMS: Professor Yvonne Carter, OBE MBBS MD FRCGP FMedSci
Vice-Dean WMS: Professor Martin Underwood, MD FRCGP
The Medical School at Warwick was established in 2000 as part of an expansion in the
number of Medical Schools nationally to deliver the additional capacity needed to support
the Government’s plan to increase the number of UK trained medical graduate’s joining the
The School is currently organised in three Institutes, the Institute of Clinical Education (ICE)
which is the base for all the School’s educational programmes, the Clinical Sciences
Research Institute (CSRI), home for our biomedical and acute hospital-based research
groups, and Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI) which focuses on research in the
community-based clinical disciplines.
The School’s principal clinical partners are University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire
NHS Trust (UHCW), the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, South Warwickshire General
Hospitals NHS Trust, Coventry Teaching Primary Care Trust and the other Primary Care
Trusts within Warwickshire. Additional clinical placements are provided by Worcestershire
Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and by a
number of general practices throughout the West Midlands. At UHCW, a state of the art PFI
hospital provides an optimal environment to support both research and education at the
Trust. The Clinical Sciences Building and the Clinical Sciences Research Institute are based
on the UHCW site and provide a base for education and laboratory research for the Medical
The Medical School’s research is focused around a number of multi-disciplinary and cross-
specialty teams; collaboration within and outside School and University is encouraged and
investigators are encouraged to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries in innovative
WMS works closely with many departments across the University for both our Research and
education programmes; these include the Department of Biological Sciences, the School of
Health and Social Studies, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Statistics,
Warwick Business School, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Complexity Science, Centre for
Systems Biology, the Law School and the Department of Mathematics.
Clinical Sciences Research Institute (CSRI)
The Clinical Sciences Research Institute (CSRI) of WMS is a centre for research into several
areas of human health. The work of the Institute ranges from molecular and cellular biology
to patient-orientated physiological approaches. Our programme of research on Metabolic
Health including studies on mechanisms underlying the aetiology, prevention and treatment
of such conditions as diabetes, heart disease and obesity, and the effects of ethnicity on the
susceptibility to such conditions. Clinical and epidemiological studies are underpinned by
enzymological, cell biological and molecular approaches that seek to understand the
mechanisms of disease, including the study of hormone and cytokine receptor function, the
role of inflammation in diabetes/obesity, and the identification of novel markers for metabolic
disease. The programme of research into Reproductive Health has a particular emphasis on
preterm labour, preeclampsia, stem cell biology and the study of human fertility. This multi-
disciplinary approach to the study of socio-economically important conditions has brought
together a critical mass of scientists and clinicians who continue to make major contributions
towards the understanding and treatment of these diseases. The aim of the CSRI is the
promotion of human health through research, locally within the large multi-ethnic community
of the English Midlands, and globally through international collaborations and dissemination
of our research findings.
Purpose-built, brand new laboratories equipped with instruments that use the latest
technology provide an excellent base for experimental research, while special areas within
the newly-built University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) provide the
necessary interface for patient-orientated research. The Institute has established strategic
partnerships with academic and commercial centres. Research within the CSRI is focused
on major themes which are underpinned by multi-disciplinary, low-boundary and inter-related
Research Theme Groups.
Its major themes are:
• Metabolic Medicine
• Clinical Effectiveness
Rapid expansion of these research areas is anticipated. Further information is available at
The School has made a significant investment in laboratories and equipment.
WMS signed a strategic partnership agreement with the Medical Research Council in 2007,
the first new medical school to do so. This has already resulted in a Strategic Chair
appointment and a new Doctoral Training Centre with the Department of Biological Sciences.
There are advanced plans to further develop Translational Medicine in collaboration with the
University of Birmingham under the Science Cities initiative and funded by the Regional
Development Agency in the West Midlands. This post is being created to develop this
exciting new initiative.
Institute of Clinical Education (ICE)
The Institute of Clinical Education has three core functions delivering undergraduate medical
education, postgraduate education, and research on medical education. Professor Ed Peile
as retiring Associate Dean (Education) leads a team comprising four Directorates covering
specific functions. These are the Directorate for Masters-level Accredited Courses and
Continuing Professional Development (Director: Dr Adrian Stokes); the Directorate for
MBChB Graduate-entry course (Director: Dr Jane Kidd), the Directorate of Community
Education (Director Dr Neil Johnson, recently appointed as Associate Dean (Teaching)) and
the Directorate for Research Degrees (Director: Professor Margaret Thorogood). The
Director of Quality Assurance, Dr Paul O’Hare, has a remit across all areas of the Institute.
The School is very active in the provision of postgraduate and continuing professional
development programmes. The University has a long history of involvement in postgraduate
medical education and CPD for health professionals, particularly in the fields of diabetes
(Warwick Diabetes Care), community child health, health information science and sexual
health. Postgraduate provision has been consolidated, strengthened and expanded through
the formation of the Medical School.
The School provides a number of entry routes into postgraduate study. Students can initially
register for our flexible master’s programme in Health Sciences which allows students to
select their own combination of modules from the wide range on offer to build sufficient
credit for the award of a master’s degree. We also offer masters programmes in diabetes,
public health, implant dentistry, child health, sexual and reproductive health, orthopaedics,
philosophy and ethics of mental health, palliative care, medical education, and health
services management. We offer short courses both accredited and non-accredited in areas
such as diabetes care, occupational health, and clinical systems improvement.
Collaborations with other departments include the Postgraduate Diploma in Regulatory
Occupational Health and Safety for HSE Inspectors.
The Institute is developing a number of strands of research into clinical education. Particular
areas of interest are clinical and communication skills education, values-based practice,
interprofessional education, patient involvement and service improvement, and the
professional development experiences of health professionals.
The undergraduate MB ChB course at Warwick is a four-year graduate entry programme
which requires entrants to already have a first degree in biological sciences or a similar
subject. The initial element of the course (Phase 1) lasts for about 18 months and provides a
foundation in the clinical and social sciences with some elements of clinical experience and
this is followed by Phase 2 which is organised as a series of clinical placements in local NHS
organisations, including four local hospitals and 30 local practices, lasting for about 36
months. The curriculum places emphasis on the horizontal integration of clinical skills
teaching with communication skills as well as the vertical integration of early teaching with
later Phase 2 teaching. The annual intake to the MB ChB programme is 164 home students
and 14 overseas students and the vast majority of our student’s progress to Foundation
Training posts in local West Midlands NHS Trusts following their graduation.
The MB ChB course is based in the purpose-designed medical teaching building. Dr Jane
Kidd is Reader in Communication Studies, and Director of Undergraduate Education,
working closely with Dr Philip McTernan, who co-ordinates Phase 1 teaching, and Dr Colin
MacDougall, the Phase 2 co-ordinator. Dr Vinod Patel is Reader in Clinical Skills: the
curriculum places emphasis on the horizontal integration of clinical skills teaching with
communication skills as well as the vertical integration of early teaching with later Phase 2
teaching (it is for this reason that clinicians are involved in the Phase 1 teaching alongside
their basic scientist colleagues). Ms Deborah Markham (FRCS), and Dr Mandy Barnett are
Associate Clinical Professors in Medical Education, and Dr Ann Jackson is Associate
Professor in Interprofessional Education. Professor Peter Abrahams as Professor of Clinical
Anatomy is developing integrated clinical anatomy teaching across clinical specialities. Dr
David Davies is Reader in E-Learning. The School is very active in the International Virtual
Medical School (IVIMeds) collaboration.
At Warwick Medical School, particular emphasis is placed on developing professionalism in
medical education. Professor Bill Fulford and colleagues in Philosophy of Mental Health
have been developing the concepts of values-based practice, working to provide doctors and
medical students with a system of decision support which considers the values of patients
and colleagues and which works in a way complementary to evidence-based practice.
Community Education comprises learning in General Practices across Coventry and
Warwickshire PCTs and beyond. An active network of practices, GP tutors, and practice
teachers is involved with undergraduate students throughout their course. There are 10 GP
Senior or Principal Clinical Fellows in Medical Education employed at WMS and three GP
Associate Clinical Professors. Interprofessional learning is an active partnership with
University of Coventry and Faculty Development is led by a Learning and Teaching
A recent collaboration sees Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) establishing on the
Warwick Medical School site under the leadership of Professor Marilyn Hammick.
The Health Sciences Research Institute
The Institute comprises the disciplines of public health, primary care, statistics, health
economics and rehabilitation as well as the medical specialities of general practice,
psychiatry, emergency medicine and community child health. It has established an
accredited clinical trials unit which supports intervention trials throughout medical school.
The Institute has strong links with the NHS through the local Primary Care Trusts, the West
Midlands Deanery and the Regional Public Health Office. It also has strong links with the
Clinical Sciences Research Institute and Institute of Clinical Education, with other Warwick
University Departments particularly the School of Health and Social Studies and with other
local Universities including Leicester, Coventry and Birmingham.
The Institute’s research programme covers new and emerging areas of health research and
key health priorities. At present there are three main research groups: - one of which covers
public health, epidemiology, psychiatry and child health; the second primary care, primary
secondary care interface and health care systems; and the third clinical trials with a focus on
emergency care, rehabilitation and cancer. The three groups are closely integrated and
members work collaboratively across all three groups. Key research topics include:
• Cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk factors and preventive programmes
including promotion of physical activity and healthy eating, prevention of hypertension
and screening for hypercholesterolemia and the emerging burden of cardiovascular
disease in developing countries.
• Public mental health including the impact of life course determinants, social
inequalities and the built environment, aetiology and risk factors, links with physical
health and preventive interventions.
• Emergency care, rehabilitation and prevention of injury and musculoskeletal
• Management of chronic illness with a focus on decision making and patient
• Cancer prevention and management.
E-health, particularly the role of the internet in healthcare.
Professors at Warwick Medical School
The current clinical professors at the University of Warwick are Yvonne Carter [General
Practice & Dean of WMS], Martin Underwood [Primary Care Research & Vice-Dean of
WMS], Steve Thornton [Obstetrics & Associate Dean (Research)], Neil Johnson [General
Practice & Associate Dean (Teaching) & Director of the Institute of Clinical Education],
Sudhesh Kumar [Medicine, Diabetes and Metabolism & Associate Dean (External Affairs)],
Sarah Stewart-Brown [Public Health & Director of the Health Sciences Research Institute],
Antonio Ceriello [General Medicine, Diabetes & Endocrinology] Francesco Cappuccio
[Cardiovascular Medicine and Epidemiology], Matthew Cooke [Emergency Medicine &
Clinical Systems Improvement], Jeremy Dale [Primary Care], Bill Fulford [Philosophy &
Mental Health], Fang Gao Smith [Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain], Damian Griffin
[Orthopaedic Surgery], Simon Murch [Child Health], Chris Poole [Oncology], Donald Singer
[Clinical Pharmacology], Swaran Singh [Social and Community Psychiatry] and Scott Weich
The non-clinical professors are Victor Zammit [Molecular Biochemistry & Director of the
Clinical Sciences Research Institute], Peter Abrahams [Anatomy], Jane Barlow (Public
Health in the Early Years], Janet Dunn [Cancer Clinical Trials], Martin Feelisch [Experimental
Medicine], Dimitris Grammatopoulos [Molecular Medicine], Sallie Lamb [Rehabilitation &
Clinical Trials], David Spanswick [Molecular Neurosciences], Peter Spurgeon [Health
Services Management], Nigel Stallard [Medical Statistics], Justin St. John [Reproductive
Biology], Ala Szczepura [Health Services Research], Paul Thornalley [Systems Biology], and
Margaret Thorogood [Epidemiology].
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (www.uhcw.nhs.uk)
The Trust was formed as a Third Wave Trust in April 1993 by the merger between the former
Walsgrave Hospital NHS Trust and Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital. On 1st
Walsgrave Hospitals NHS Trust merged with Rugby NHS Trust, incorporating the Hospital of
St Cross. These hospitals provide a comprehensive range of complementary services to the
population of Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond, main purchasers being Coventry and
Warwickshire PCT’s. On 1st
November 2000 the Trust was renamed the “University Hospitals
Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust”, (the Trust), in recognition of its status as the
principal Acute Trust for the newly formed Warwick Medical School. The Trust has Private
Finance Initiative status (PFI). More than £350 million has been invested to re-develop the
existing Walsgrave site and the new state of the art hospital was opened in July 2006. The
old Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital in the city centre has been decommissioned. The
Hospital of St. Cross in Rugby is being further developed as a centre of orthopaedic
excellence. The Trust is currently applying for Foundation Trust status.
The Trust is managerially divided into the four areas:
• Medical, Women and Children’s Division
• Surgical Division
• Combined Specialities Division
• Acute care, Critical care and theatre
The Trust occupies 75 acres in the North East of Coventry, some four miles from the city
centre and one mile from junction 2 of the M6 motorway. Redevelopment of the site is almost
complete, the old Walsgrave Hospital building having been demolished in 2007. The only
remaining development on site is the completion of the Myton Hospice building. The new
hospital has 1121 overnight beds and 112 day beds. In addition the Hospital of St. Cross in
Rugby, about 15 miles away, has a further 149 overnight beds and 18 day beds, around
30% of which are reserved for cold orthopaedic surgery cases. The catchment population is
over 350,000 and in the sub-regional specialities the Trust serves a population of over
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust provides:
Sub-regional Services District Services Diagnostic Services
MRI and CT scanning
PET / CT
Trauma and orthopaedics
Maxillo Facial Surgery
As one of the largest organisations of its type in the UK the Trust has 1,400 beds, around
6,500 staff and a budget of over £280 million a year.
The Trust is the major tertiary acute hospital for Coventry, Warwickshire and South West
Leicestershire, serving a combined population of around one million people. It also provides
a number of specialities on a regional basis to a much larger population:
• Renal dialysis and transplantation centre
• Cardiothoracic surgery and invasive cardiology
• Cancer services
• Major trauma for the eastern part of the West Midlands
• Neo-natal Intensive Care
The money to provide hospital services comes from local Health Authorities and Primary
Care Trusts, who have the task of assessing all the health needs, setting priorities and
allocating funds to meet these as well as government health targets. They ensure that local
health priorities are met and the changes needed to modernise the NHS take place across
the whole range of health services in their area.
The New University Hospital, Coventry
More than £395 million has been invested in a new hospital for the people of Coventry and
The Hospital, currently one of the largest UK Hospital complexes built, includes state-of-the-
art medical technology coupled with modern, purpose built facilities for patients. It provides
a long awaited replacement for both the Walsgrave and the Coventry and Warwickshire
Hospitals and ensures that the local population continues to receive high quality services into
century. The new hospital is five storeys high and a quarter of a mile long. A third of
the beds are in single rooms. It has modern hi tech investigation, diagnostic and treatment
equipment and is currently one of the best equipped hospitals in the UK, if not Europe. This
new building will ensure that our patients receive care that measures up against not just the
best in this country but the best in Europe and North America.
The Hospital complex also has a state of the art Clinical Sciences Building which opened in
November 2003 and which houses the new Medical Education and Training Centres to
Library areas 2 syndicate rooms
Lecture Theatre 8 Skills training rooms
14 Seminar rooms Research laboratories
3 IT training rooms IT, catering and office infrastructure
Clinical Skills room
There are also a number of close-to-patient teaching areas in the main hospital (average 1
per ward or outpatient clinic) where students can be given practical training in proximity to
The Hospital of St. Cross, Rugby
Work is currently underway to develop the St Cross site into a centre of orthopaedic
excellence. A significant amount of orthopaedic surgery is already performed on this site and
there are plans to develop this further. As all trauma is handled at the University Hospital site
in Coventry the St Cross site deals with a large volume of the work undertaken by the
Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics.
The research fellows within the Orthopaedic Department are based at St Cross, and
frequently surgery with a research element is undertaken at Rugby. A recent example is the
PITHER trail, which is, in part, evaluating the difference in outcomes between hip
arthroplasty and hip resurfacing.
Advanced arthroscopic hip surgery is undertaken at the St Cross site and one of the theatres
within the complex is specifically configured for this surgery. Professor Griffin (part of the
Clinical Sciences Research Institute (CSRI)) who undertakes this surgery at Rugby is the
leading expert in this field.
The Department of Clinical Radiology:
The development of the new hospital in Coventry has resulted in a huge investment in the
Diagnostic Imaging Department. The department is fully digital, utilising both DR and CR
technology for conventional radiography. The hospital is utilising a GE PACS system with
HSS RIS. The Department has embraced Voice Activated reporting which has resulted in
dramatic improvements in output and productivity. Electronic requesting is being piloted in
There are total of four MRI scanners, three at the University Hospital (1.5T Siemens, 3T GE,
Open Magnet GE) and one at The Hospital of St Cross in Rugby (Philips 1.5T) which is
principally used for orthopaedic work. There are two CT scanners at University Hospital one
of which is a 64 slice system. The older system is due to be replaced by a second 64 slice
system in Autumn 2008 and the old system will be transferred to The Hospital of St Cross in
There is a suite of four fluoroscopy rooms, two of these are for barium and general
screening, a third is an advanced system for general and cerebral angiography, and the
fourth is a system for nonvascular intervention work.
There is a suite of six ultrasound rooms all with high quality ultrasound scanners used for the
full range of general and interventional work. There is a well-developed musculoskeletal,
neck/thyroid, small parts and interventional ultrasound service. 3D/4D ultrasound is also
There is a biplanar dedicated fluoroscopy unit (GE) for interventional neuroradiology.
The Imaging Department at The Hospital of St Cross in Rugby provides a basic imaging
service and also houses the fourth MRI scanner. The hospital has a fully operational PACS
system interconnected with the University Hospital system.
There are currently 19 consultant radiologists working within the Trust and all consultants
participate in the general reporting work of the department. It is hoped that there will be a
further expansion of consultant numbers over the next year. Specialty work is encouraged
and the following identifies the specialty interest of each of the existing consultants:
NAME SESSIONS SPECIAL INTEREST
Dr O Adesanya 10 PA’s PET CT, Head and Neck
Dr S K Bera 9.5 PA’s
Dr A K Dheer 10.5 PA’s Gastrointestinal, CT, MRI,
Dr M Dhillon 10 PA’s Interventional (non-
Dr A Duncan 8 PA’s Breast Imaging, Ultrasound,
Dr. V. Gaur 10 PA’s Breast radiology, Ultrasound,
Dr T Goodfellow 10.5 PA’s Ultrasound, Paediatrics, Uro-
Dr N Hadid 10 PA’s
Dr. N. Hedley 10.5 PA’s Head & Neck Imaging,
General and CT/MRI
Dr M Javid 10 PA Musculoskeletal
Dr. H. Mehta 10.5 PA’s Neuroradiology
Dr C Oliver 10.5 PA’s Vascular Radiology, CT,
MRI, Ultrasound, Screening
Dr S Rai 10.5 PA’s Musculoskeletal,
CT MRI Ultrasound General
Dr R Rattehalli 10.5 PA’s Breast Imaging, CT, MRI
Dr. A. Rennie 10.5 PA’s Interventional
Dr W Shatwell 10.5 PA’s Gastrointestinal, Ultrasound,
Dr K Sherlala 10.5 PA’s Neuroradiology
Dr A Vohrah 10.5 PA’s Vascular Radiology, CT,
Dr R Wellings 9 PA’s Orthopaedic Radiology, CT
Junior Radiological Staff
Up to five specialist registrars visit as part of the Birmingham Rotational Training scheme.
The Trust is also involved in training for FRCR Part 1. Consultants regularly participate in
teaching for FRCR final at local and regional level. All consultants are expected to
participate in regular teaching to include both undergraduate and postgraduate training.
Nuclear Medicine Department
The Nuclear Medicine Department, headed by Dr. N. Williams, provides all the nuclear
medicine imaging and non-imaging services for Coventry and Warwickshire performing over
9000 investigations per year. It is one of the largest departments in the West Midlands. The
newly equipped facilities include three dual head GE Healthcare Infinia gamma cameras,
one featuring a low dose CT unit (Hawkeye) for attenuation correction; a GE Healthcare
Discovery ST PET CT scanner with an Advantage Workstation is operational and a network
of Xeleris acquisition and analysis workstations. The local imaging network is linked to the
Trust’s integrated CRIS/PACS facilities.
Department of Clinical Physics and Bio-Engineering
The Radiology Department at UHCW has strong links with the Department of Clinical
Physics and Bio-engineering, in particular with Professor Adrian Wilson. As well as a
Professor of Medical Physics, there are 8 Clinical Scientists, 11 whole time equivalent
Medical Technical Officers and a very active research and development programme.
Current research includes Tissue Modelling and Imaging Methods. Research is centred on
the use of mathematical models to improve understanding of disease processes and to
improve treatment. Current research includes modelling the respiratory system during acute
lung disease, using MRI to characterise normal and cancerous tissue, compartmental
modelling of the dynamics of the knee joint and the use of high power ultrasound to create
The post holder will be expected to have links with other departments within the Trust that
may include for example:
• Orthopaedic and Trauma (e.g. musculoskeletal)
• Oncology and Radiotherapy
• Centre for Reproductive Medicine
• Metabolic Unit
The Trust has a range of Clinical Governance systems and processes to guarantee clinical
safety and ever improving quality for the patients we see and treat. This has been
highlighted by the Commission for Health Improvement’s recent report that saw UHCW move
to two star status and one on which the Trust will continue to build for the future.
Clinical Governance refers to the quality of health care offered within a healthcare
organisation. It is defined as a ‘framework through which NHS organisations are
accountable for continually improving the quality of their services and safeguarding the
standards of care by creating an environment in which excellence in clinical care will
flourish.’ Essentially it is putting the patient first and ensuring that we have robust systems,
clear standards and high quality, well-trained staff in place to deliver care.
The Assurance & Governance Committee monitors Clinical Governance on behalf of the
Trust Board. Each speciality within the Trust has its performance of Clinical Governance
monitored and reports to the Assurance & Governance Committee throughout the year.
The Trust has solid structures in place to cover all aspects of Clinical Governance. Each
element of Clinical Governance has its own committee, who also report to Assurance &
Governance, and each of these groups have Development Programmes in place to ensure
that all of the measures required to ensure Clinical Governance is both delivered and
monitored are in place. The Clinical Governance elements are;
• Patient & Public Involvement – the Trust has its own Patient’s Council and numerous
examples of how it involves patients and the public in the design, delivery and monitoring
• Clinical Audit – all specialities have programmes in place to audit their services and have
protected time to meet monthly
• Clinical Effectiveness – our Trust systems ensure that the care given is based on the
best available evidence from such bodies as the National Institute for Clinical Excellence
• Clinical Risk Management –the Trust has robust systems in place not only to record
when things go wrong but to ensure that when they do we learn from them and stop
them from happening again. Improving patient safety has been a major focus of the work
in Clinical Governance over the last year.
• Staffing and Staff Management – the Trust is ensuring that it has the appropriate staff, in
the required numbers and in the right place. We also must ensure we know what the
needs of patients services will be in the future and that we have the necessary workforce
in place to deliver those services
• Training & Development – in order to ensure that the Trust delivers high quality care, we
must have high quality, well-trained staff. The Trust has systems in place to assess the
training needs of staff and that staff are appropriately developed in order to fulfil their
• Clinical Information – ensures all our clinical staff have the appropriate information to
ensure they can not only deliver care appropriately but to monitor and audit how effective
their care has been.
Suggested Draft Job Plan
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West Midlands (South) Comprehensive Local Research Network
The West Midlands (South) Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN) is one of 25
CLRNs across England which forms part of the UK Comprehensive Clinical Research
Network (CCRN). The CCRN provides support for clinical trials and other well designed
studies in all areas of disease and clinical need.
The aims of the CLRN are,
• To ensure that patients and healthcare professionals from all parts of the country and
from all areas of healthcare can take part in and benefit from clinical research
• To improve the quality, speed and coordination of clinical research by removing the
barriers to research within the NHS
• To streamline and performance manage NHS support for clinical studies to ensure
that the costs of research are met in a timely and efficient manner
• To unify and streamline administrative procedures associated with regulation,
governance, reporting and approvals
• To strengthen research collaboration with industry and ensure that the NHS can meet
the health research needs of industry
• To further integrate health research and patient care.
Formally established in June 2007, West Midlands (South) CLRN is the primary vehicle for
providing infrastructure to support study involvement in Coventry, Warwickshire,
Worcestershire and Herefordshire. The CLRN will encourage participation in a range of high
quality clinical studies in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research
Network Portfolio (http://public.ukcrn.org.uk/search/) and will provide a coordinated and
efficient infrastructure of research personnel and facilities to support recruitment.
The Trusts and key stakeholders within the CLRN comprise Coventry and Warwickshire
Partnership Trust, Coventry Teaching PCT, Coventry University, George Eliot Hospital NHS
Trust, Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust, Herefordshire PCT, South Warwickshire General
Hospitals NHS Trust, Warwick Medical School, Warwickshire PCT, West Midlands
Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Worcestershire
Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Worcestershire PCT, Worcester University, University
Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust.
This post will have direct involvement with all member organisations and will provide clear
leadership to the support services. You will work with the Clinical Lead for the CLRN and
Senior Network Manager and oversee the development of standardised approaches to the
Clinical Imaging research service which in turn will remove barriers to research. You will also
work with the core CLRN team to develop a robust, specialist training programme for Clinical
Imaging research practice and ensure the adherence to uniform Standard Operating
Procedures for Research Governance.
The CLRN team will clearly work with you to implement the above but you will be expected to
be the figure-head to drive this forward and ensure that the CLRN meets its fundamental
Further information on the UKCRN and Comprehensive Local Research Networks can be
found at http://www.ukcrn.org.uk/index/networkds/comprehensive.html
Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy
(Developed in line with the CRB Disclosure information pack, part DIP011)
This Policy applies to all staff recruitment at the University of Warwick.
As an organisation using the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure service to assess applicants’
suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies fully with the CRB Code of Practice
and undertakes to treat all applicants for positions fairly. It undertakes not to discriminate unfairly
against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed.
The University of Warwick is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff or users of its
services, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibilities for dependants, age,
physical/mental disability or offending background.
Our written policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders is made available to all applicants at the outset of
the recruitment process.
We actively promote equality of opportunity for all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential and
welcome applications from a wide range of candidates, including those with criminal records. We
select all candidates for interview based on their skills, qualifications and experience.
A Disclosure is only requested after a thorough risk assessment has indicated that one is both
proportionate and relevant to the position concerned. For those positions where a Disclosure is
required, all application forms, job adverts and recruitment briefs will contain a statement that a
Disclosure will be requested in the event of the individual being offered the position.
Where a Disclosure is to form part of the recruitment process, we encourage all applicants called for
interview to provide details of their criminal record at an early stage in the application process. We
request that this information is sent under separate, confidential cover, to a designated person within
the University of Warwick and we guarantee that this information will only be seen by those who need
to see it as part of the recruitment process.
Unless the nature of the position allows the University of Warwick to ask questions about the
applicants entire criminal record, we only ask about ‘unspent’ convictions as defined in the
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
We ensure that all appropriate staff in Human Resources at the University of Warwick who are
involved in the recruitment process have been suitably trained to identify and assess the relevance
and circumstances of offences. We also ensure that they have received appropriate guidance in the
relevant legislation relating to the employment of ex-offenders, e.g. the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
1974. Line managers are advised who to approach for support on these issues.
At interview, or in a separate discussion, we ensure that an open and measured discussion takes place
on the subject of any offences or other matter that might be relevant to the position. Failure on the
part of the applicant to reveal information that is directly relevant to the position sought could lead to
withdrawal of an offer of employment.
We make every subject of a CRB Disclosure aware of the existence of the CRB Code of Practice and
make a copy available on request.
We undertake to discuss any matter revealed in a Disclosure with the person seeking the position
before withdrawing a conditional offer of employment.
We do not accept Disclosures transferred from other organisations and do not supply Disclosures
requested by us to any external organisations.