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  • 1. Postgraduate Deanery West Yorkshire Locality Office NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Gastroenterology (ST1 – ST3) REF:POST DETAILSJOB TITLE:NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in GastroenterologyBRIEF OUTLINE:Duration of the PostThe ACF post is for 3 years as a fixed term. Within that there will be a 9 month periodfor research training in Gastroenterology.For ST1 or ST2 entry this research training will be part of core medical training in internalmedicine.For ST3 entry this research training will be part of Specialty Gastroenterology/GIMTrainingLead NHS Hospital/Trust in which training will take placeLeeds Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustIndicative rotations might be structured as:Example 1Leeds St James’s (SJUH): gen med & diabetesLeeds General Infirmary (LGI): cardiologyLeeds SJUH: elderly medLeeds LGI: neurologyLeeds LGI: GastroenterologyLeeds SJUH: OncologyExample 2Leeds LGI: cardiologyLeeds SJUH: Acute medLeeds SJUH: elderly medicineLeeds SJUH: haematology 1
  • 2. Leeds SJUH:oncologyLeeds LGI: gastroenterologyThese combine acute care training with several opportunities in academic departments,and therefore excellent opportunities for rapid and comprehensive progress throughpostgraduate clinical skills and examinations.Research Institution in which training will take placeSection of Molecular Gastroenterology (within the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine,School of Medicine, University of Leeds)What arrangement of day release or block release will be used for protected researchtime?ACFs would have access to day-release training on the accredited PostgraduateCertificate in Health Research course run by the University of Leeds as part of theirstudy leave entitlement, preferably before undertaking the dedicated period of research.The block release 9 month research period would be within the Section of MolecularGastroenterology (within the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine,University of Leeds) likely consisting of separate 6 month and 3 month periods, theprecise timing of which could be determined to fit best with MRCP training commitmentsand the timing of Research Fellowship applicationsAcademic Clinical Fellowship Training Programme: Research ComponentACFs choosing Gastroenterology for their dedicated 6 month research training post willbe hosted in the Section of Molecular Gastroenterology in LIMM by the ResearchTraining Supervisor, Professor Mark Hull. The ACF will spend one week attached to 5research Groups covering the spectrum of Gastroenterology research in LIMM(molecular/cell biology of carcinogenesis, mouse models of GI cancer, functionalimaging of the GI tract, epidemiology of GI cancer risk, inflammatory bowel disease) inorder to experience differing aspects of applied Gastroenterology research. During thistime, the ACF, in discussion with the Research Training Supervisor, will choose a topicfor a 3000-word literature review dissertation to be completed by the end of the post. It isexpected that this literature review could lead to development of a future ClinicalResearch Training Fellowship proposal. The ACF will then spend 4 months attached to aResearch Group of his/her choice in order to gain specific research methodologytraining. The final month will be spent completing the dissertation leading todevelopment of a Research Fellowship proposal. During the attachment, the ACF willattend a fortnightly Gastroenterology Journal Club, a fortnightly GI research-in-progressmeeting in LIMM and will be expected to attend the many excellent outside speakerseminars arranged in LIMM. A further 3 month period of dedicated research time couldbe used to submit a Research Fellowship application or spend time with a differentresearch team.Academic Clinical Fellowship Training Programme: Clinical ComponentThis post can be offered at ST1, ST2 or ST3 level. ACFs planning to enter at ST1 or ST2level will undergo core medical training co-supervised by the Yorkshire School ofPostgraduate Medicine whose remit is to ensure the provision of an education of aconsistent high quality across the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery, manage initial 2
  • 3. selection, subsequent allocation and appropriate placements. The will also provideinduction (in collaboration with the host NHS Trust), appraisals and competence basedcurriculum delivery assessments. The clinical training programme will be tailored to suitthe needs of the trainee and will rotate through academic medical units where the ACFswill complete their core medical training and obtain the MRCP.NB: Candidates applying to enter at ST3 (direct into specialty) must have already obtained their full MRCP (Part 1, Part 2 & PACES).Clinical Gastroenterology Training will be based mainly in the Gastroenterology Unit inLeeds General Infirmary (LGI). This is a busy Unit caring for in-patients with the fullspectrum of GI and liver disorders, particularly GI bleeding, alcoholic liver disease andinflammatory bowel disease. Out-patient work and Endoscopy are based in all thehospitals of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust including LGI, St James’sUniversity Hospital, Seacroft Hospital and Wharfedale General Hospital. In addition togeneral Gastroenterology clinics, there are specialist clinics for Coeliac Disease andInflammatory Bowel Disease, which the ACF will be encouraged to attend, particularly ifit is relevant to an academic interest. The ACF will also train in endoscopy dependent onseniority. There are weekly radiology and monthly histopathology meetings. The ACFwill experience the full range of diagnostic modalities used in Clinical Gastroenterology,which will be invaluable as the ST ACF decides whether to pursue Specialist ST3training in Gastroenterology.Academic Lead (University) for the IAT ProgrammeProfessor Philip Quirke, University of LeedsAcademic Supervisor (University) detailsProfessor Mark Hull, University of LeedsEducational Supervisor (Trust) detailsEducational Supervisor – A named supervisor from one of the component specialtiesClinical Supervisor(s) (Trust) detailsClinical Supervisor – One of the Consultants in Gastroenterology (Clinical Director – DrClare Donnellan)Deanery Programme Training Director detailsGastroenterology - Dr Sunil Sonwalkar, Calderdale Royal HospitalCore Medical Training - Dr Karen Goodman, Calderdale Royal HospitalConfirmation that ACF posts attract an NTN (a)This post attracts an NTN(a) with run-through to Specialty Training. For ST1-2 entrants,subject to satisfactory acquisition of CMT competences (including the completion ofMRCP exams), the post will run through to ST3-CCT in Gastroenterology/GIM. This willbe arranged around out-of-programme training for a doctorate or similar further researchtraining. 3
  • 4. Successful candidates:The exit from this post will typically be to an externally-funded research fellowship,leading to award of a PhD and subsequently application either for a Clinical Lecturerpost or a Clinician Scientist Fellowship. Obtaining funding for that period of researchtraining beyond the ACF will be supported by senior academics, but success cannot beguaranteed.Unsuccessful candidates:If the postholder does not achieve the expected clinical competencies, this will behandled in the same way as for all other trainees in speciality medicine.If the postholder fails to achieve academic competencies, or is unsuccessful in obtainingresearch funding, they would be anticipated to return to a clinical training post. This willbe discussed in good time with the Programme Directors through the system forappraisal and mentoring of academic trainees. Whilst no guarantee of an appropriatepost is possible, every effort will be made to accommodate such individuals within thelocal training schemes. 4
  • 5. Further InformationFor further information about the Academic Clinical Fellowship programme, please referto the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Coordinating Centre for ResearchCapacity Development website http://www.nihrtcc.nhs.ukFor Informal programme specific enquiries, please contact Professor Mark Hull,M.A.Hull@leeds.ac.ukHow to Apply:Candidates need to complete the application form for the Academic Clinical Fellowshipin Gastroenterology at the appropriate level which can be found on the I:CAMS onlinesystem from a link on www.yorksandhumberdeanery.nhs.ukFor further information on how to apply please call the Academic Co-ordinatoron 0114 226 4426.Please note the closing date of 3rd December at 12 noon.It is anticipated that interviews will be held on the 17th December 2010. 5
  • 6. For candidates entering at ST1 (CMT1) 2011 Person Specification Application to enter Specialty Training at CT1: Core Medical Training Essential When Evaluated1Qualifications MBBS or equivalent medical qualification. Application formEligibility • Eligible for full registration with the GMC at time of appointment2 and hold Application form a current licence to practice3. Either Application form • Evidence of current employment in a UKFPO affiliated Foundation Interview / Selection Programme centre4 OR • 12 months experience after full GMC registration or equivalent and evidence of achievement of Foundation competences between 31st Application form July 2008 and 3rd August 2011 from a UKFPO affiliated Foundation Programme or equivalent in line with GMC standards/Good Medical Practice including: o Good clinical care o Maintaining good medical practice o Good relationships and communication with patients o Good working relationships with colleagues o Good teaching and training o Professional behaviour and probity o Delivery of good acute clinical care • Eligibility to work in the UK.Fitness To Practise Is up to date and fit to practise safely. Application form ReferencesLanguage Skills All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English Application form adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with Interview / Selection patients and colleagues demonstrated by one of the following: centre o that applicants have undertaken undergraduate medical training in English; or o have achieved the following scores in the academic lnternational English Language Testing System (IELTS) in a single sitting within 24 months at time of application – Overall 7, Speaking 7, Listening 7, Reading 7, Writing 7. If applicants believe they have adequate communication skills but do not fit into one of these examples they must provide supporting evidenceHealth Meets professional health requirements (in line with GMC standards/Good Application form Medical Practice). Pre-employment health screeningCareer • Ability to provide a complete employment history Application formProgression5 • Evidence that career progression is consistent with personal circumstances • Evidence that present achievement and performance is commensurate with totality of period of training • 18 months or less experience6 in medical specialties (not including Foundation modules) by time of appointment2Application Application form ALL sections of application form completed FULLY according to writtenCompletion 1 ‘when evaluated’ is indicative, but may be carried out at any time throughout the selection process 2 Time of appointment refers to the date at which the post commences 6
  • 7. Essential When Evaluated guidelines3 The GMC introduced a licence to practice in 2009. Any doctor wishing to practice in the UK after this date must be both registeredand hold a licence to practice.4 A selection centre is a process not a place. It involves a number of selection activities that may be delivered within the Unit ofApplication.5 All experience in posts at ST level count irrespective of the country the experience is gained in6 Any time periods specified in this person specification refer to full time equivalent 7
  • 8. Selection Criteria Essential Desirable When EvaluatedClinical Skills Clinical Knowledge & Expertise: Application form • Appropriate knowledge base Interview / Selection and ability to apply sound centre clinical judgement to problems References • Application formAcademic / Research Skills: Evidence of relevant academic &Research Skills • Demonstrates understanding of research achievements, e.g. Interview / Selection the importance of audit & degrees, prizes, awards, centre research distinctions, publications, presentations, other achievements • Evidence of active participation in audit Teaching: • Evidence of interest and experience in teachingPersonal Skills Communication Skills: Application form • Capacity to adapt language as Interview / Selection appropriate to the situation centre Problem Solving & Decision References Making: • Capacity to use logical/lateral thinking to solve problems/make decisions Managing Others & Team Involvement: • Capacity to work effectively with others Empathy & Sensitivity: • Capacity to take in others’ perspectives and treat others with understanding Organisation & Planning: • Capacity to manage/prioritise time and information effectively Vigilance & Situational Awareness: • Capacity to monitor developing situations and anticipate issues Coping with Pressure: • Capacity to operate under pressure. Demonstrates initiative & resilience to cope with changing circumstancesProbity Professional Integrity: Application form • Capacity to take responsibility Interview / Selection for own actions. Demonstrates centre respect for all References 8
  • 9. Selection CriteriaCommitment To Learning & Personal • Extracurricular activities / Application formSpecialty Development: achievements relevant to medicine Interview / Selection • Realistic insight into specialty. centre Commitment to personal and References professional development For candidates entering at ST2 (CMT2) 2011 Person Specification Application to enter Specialty Training at CT2: Core Medical TrainingEntry Criteria Essential Criteria When Evaluated7Qualifications MBBS or equivalent medical qualification Application formEligibility • Eligible for full registration with the GMC at time of appointment and 8 Application form hold a current licence to practice.9 • Evidence of achievement of Foundation competences from a UKFPO Application form affiliated Foundation Programme or equivalent by time of appointment 2 Interview / Selection in line with GMC standards/ Good Medical Practice including: centre10 o Good clinical care o Maintaining good medical practice o Good relationships and communication with patients o Good working relationships with colleagues o Good teaching and training o Professional behaviour and probity Application form/ o Delivery of good acute clinical care Interview / Selection • Evidence of achievement of CT/ST1 competences in this specialty by centre time of appointment2 Application form • Eligibility to work in the UKFitness To Practise Is up to date and fit to practise safely Application form ReferencesLanguage Skills All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English Application form adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with Interview / Selection patients and colleagues demonstrated by one of the following: centre o that applicants have undertaken undergraduate medical training in English; or o have achieved the following scores in the academic lnternational English Language Testing System (IELTS) in a single sitting within 24 months at time of application – Overall 7, Speaking 7, Listening 7, Reading 7, Writing 7. If applicants believe they have adequate communication skills but do not fit into one of these examples they must provide supporting evidence 7 ‘when evaluated’ is indicative, but may be carried out at any time throughout the selection process 8 Time of appointment refers to the date at which the post commences 9 The GMC introduced a licence to practice in 2009. Any doctor wishing to practice in the UK after this date must be both registered and hold a licence to practice. 10 A selection centre is a process not a place. It involves a number of selection activities that may be delivered within the Unit of Application. 9
  • 10. Entry CriteriaHealth Meets professional health requirements (in line with GMC standards/ Good Application form Medical Practice) Pre-employment health screeningCareer • Ability to provide a complete employment history Application formProgression11 • Evidence that career progression is consistent with personal circumstances Interview / Selection • Evidence that present achievement and performance is commensurate centre with totality of period of training • At least 12 months experience12 in medical specialties (not including Foundation modules) by time of appointment2Application Application form ALL sections of application form completed FULLY according to writtenCompletion guidelines 11 All experience in posts at ST level count irrespective of the country the experience is gained in 12 Any time periods specified in this person specification refer to full time equivalent 10
  • 11. Selection Criteria Essential Desirable When Evaluated1Qualifications As above MRCP Part 1 Application form Interview / Selection centreClinical Skills Clinical Knowledge & Expertise: • Competences equivalent to Application form • Appropriate knowledge base and CMT/CT1 completion, as Interview / Selection ability to apply sound clinical designed by ARCP decision centre judgement to problems aid. References • Application formAcademic / Research Skills: Evidence of relevantResearch Skills • Demonstrates understanding of the academic & research Interview / Selection importance of audit & research achievements, e.g. degrees, centre prizes, awards, distinctions, publications, presentations, other achievements • Evidence of active participation in audit Teaching: • Evidence of interest and experience in teachingPersonal Skills Communication Skills: Application form • Capacity to adapt language as Interview / Selection appropriate to the situation centre Problem Solving & Decision Making: References • Capacity to use logical/lateral thinking to solve problems/make decisions Managing Others & Team Involvement: • Capacity to work effectively with others Empathy & Sensitivity: • Capacity to take in others’ perspectives and treat others with understanding Organisation & Planning: • Capacity to manage/prioritise time and information effectively Vigilance & Situational Awareness: • Capacity to monitor developing situations and anticipate issues Coping with Pressure: • Capacity to operate under pressure. Demonstrates initiative & resilience to cope with changing circumstancesProbity Professional Integrity: Application form • Capacity to take responsibility for Interview / Selection own actions. Demonstrates respect centre for all References 11
  • 12. Selection CriteriaCommitment To Learning & Personal Development: • Extracurricular activities /Specialty • Realistic insight into specialty. achievements relevant to Application form Commitment to personal and medicine Interview / Selection professional development centre References 12
  • 13. For Candidates entering at ST3 2011 Person Specification Application to enter Specialty Training at ST3: GastroenterologyEntry Criteria Essential Criteria When Evaluated13Qualifications • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification Application form • MRCP Part 1 (UK) or equivalent at time of application 14 Application form Interview / • MRCP (UK) full diploma or equivalent2 by date of commencement of ST3 training Selection centre / post pre-employment checkEligibility • Eligible for full registration with the GMC at time of appointment15 and hold a current Application form licence to practice.16 • Evidence of achievement of Foundation competences from a UKFPO affiliated Application form Foundation Programme or equivalent by time of appointment in line with GMC 3 Interview / standards/ Good Medical Practice including: Selection centre17 o Good clinical care o Maintaining good medical practice o Good relationships and communication with patients o Good working relationships with colleagues o Good teaching and training o Professional behaviour and probity o Delivery of good acute clinical care Application form/ • Evidence of achievement of CT/ST1 competences in medicine at time of Interview / application & CT/ST2 competences in medicine (as defined by the curricula Selection centre relating to Core Medical training) by the commencement of the ST3 training post Application form (August 2011 or later), supported by evidence from work-based assessments of clinical performance (DOPS, Mini-CEX, CBD, ACAT) and Multi-source Feedback or equivalent, ARCP or equivalent • Eligibility to work in the UKFitness To Is up to date and fit to practise safely Application formPractise ReferencesLanguage All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English adequate to Application formSkills enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues Interview / demonstrated by one of the following: Selection centre o that applicants have undertaken undergraduate medical training in English; or o have achieved the following scores in the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in a single sitting within 24 months at time of application – Overall 7, Speaking 7, Listening 7, Reading 7, Writing 7. If applicants believe they have adequate communication skills but do not fit into one of 13 ‘when evaluated’ is indicative, but may be carried out at any time throughout the selection process 14 It is not possible to specify individual equivalent exams. If CMT competencies will have been gained (see ‘Eligibility’ section) before commencement of ST3 training then the associated Postgraduate exam is likely to be deemed equivalent 15 Time of appointment refers to the date at which the post commences 16 The GMC introduced a licence to practice in the autumn of 2009. Any doctor wishing to practice in the UK after this date must be both registered and hold a licence to practice. 17 A selection centre is a process not a place. It involves a number of selection activities that may be delivered within the Unit of Application. 13
  • 14. Entry Criteria these examples they must provide supporting evidenceHealth Meets professional health requirements (in line with GMC standards/ Good Medical Application form Practice) Pre-employment health screeningCareer • Ability to provide complete details of employment history Application formProgression18 • Evidence that career progression is consistent with personal circumstances • Evidence that present achievement and performance is commensurate with totality Interview / of period of training Selection centre • At least 24 months’ experience19 in medicine or an ACCS20 programme or equivalent (not including Foundation modules) by the time of commencement of ST3 trainingApplication Application form ALL sections of application form completed FULLY according to written guidelinesCompletionSelection Criteria Essential Desirable When EvaluatedQualifications As above • MRCP (UK) or equivalent2 at the time Application form of application Interview / • Intercalated BSc or equivalent Selection centre • Higher degrees including MSc, PhD or MD (where research thesis not part of first medical degree)Career • Evidence that present achievement Interview /Progression and performance is commensurate Selection centre with totality of period of trainingClinical • Evidence of experience in a range of • Experience at ST1 or 2 level of Application formExperience acute medical specialties, with managing patients with Interview / experience of managing patients on gastroenterology / hepatic conditions Selection centre unselected medical take during core by the time of commencement of ST3 References medical training or equivalent training 18 All experience in posts at ST level count irrespective of the country the experience is gained in 19 Any time periods specified in this person specification refer to full time equivalent 20 An ACCS programme provides 6 months in Acute Medicine, Anaesthesia, Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine. 14
  • 15. Selection CriteriaClinical Skills Clinical Knowledge & Expertise: • Appropriate knowledge base and • Demonstrates awareness of the basics Application form ability to apply sound clinical of managing gastroenterological and Interview / judgement to problems hepatic conditions, including Selection centre • Awareness of the basics of managing emergencies such as GI bleeding References patients with gastroenterology • Evidence of some competences in the disease specialty as defined by the relevant • Able to demonstrate proficiency in a curricula range of medical procedures as an • Evidence of skills in the management of indication of manual dexterity and acute medical emergencies (e.g. hand-eye coordination ALERT, IMPACT certification) • Evidence of competence in management of medical emergencies and in-patients through continuous work-based assessments, portfolio evidence, including log book documentation if applicable • Evidence of competence to work without direct supervision where appropriate • Demonstrate current ALS certification or equivalentAcademic Research & Audit skills: Application formskills • Demonstrates understanding of • Demonstrates an understanding of research methodology Interview /(research, research, including awareness of Selection centreaudit, teaching ethical issues • Evidence of relevant academic &etc) • Demonstrates understanding of the research achievements and basic principles of audit, clinical risk involvement in a formal research management, evidence based project practice, patient safety and clinical • Evidence of relevant academic improvement initiatives publications • Demonstrates knowledge of • Evidence of involvement in an audit evidence-informed practice project, formal research project or other activity o Focussing on patient safety and clinical improvement o That in addition to the mandatory curriculum demonstrates an interest in and commitment to the specialty • Evidence of a portfolio of audit projects Application form including where the audit loop has been Interview / closed and there is evidence of learning Selection centre of the principles of change management • Demonstrates an understanding of clinical governance Application form • Evidence of exceptional achievement in medicine Interview / Selection centre Teaching: • Evidence of involvement in teaching • Evidence of teaching experience and/ students, postgraduates and other or training in teaching professionals • Evidence of participation in a teaching course 15
  • 16. Selection CriteriaPersonal Skills Communication Skills: Management Skills: Application form • Demonstrates clarity in • Evidence of involvement in Interview / written/spoken communication & management commensurate with Selection centre capacity to adapt language as experience References appropriate to the situation • Demonstrates an understanding of • Able to build rapport, listen, persuade NHS management and resources. & negotiate • Evidence of effective multidisciplinary Problem Solving & Decision Making: team working and leadership • Capacity to use logical/lateral thinking supported by multi-source feedback or to solve problems/make decisions, other workplace-based assessments indicating an analytical/scientific approach IT Skills: Empathy & Sensitivity: • Demonstrates information technology • Capacity to take in others’ skills perspectives and treat others with understanding; sees patients as people Other: • Demonstrates respect for all • Evidence of achievement outside medicine Managing Others & Team Involvement: • Able to work in multi-professional teams & supervise junior medical staff • Ability to show leadership, make decisions, organise and motivate other team members for the benefit of patients through, for example, audit and improvement projects • Capacity to work effectively with others Organisation & Planning: • Capacity to manage/prioritise time and information effectively • Capacity to prioritise own workload & organise ward rounds • Evidence of thoroughness (is well prepared, shows self- discipline/commitment, is punctual and meets deadlines) Vigilance & Situational Awareness: • Capacity to monitor developing situations and anticipate issues Coping with Pressure: • Capacity to operate under pressure • Demonstrates initiative & resilience to cope with changing circumstancesProbity Professional Integrity: Application form • Demonstrates probity (displays Interview / honesty, integrity, aware of ethical Selection centre dilemmas, respects confidentiality) References • Capacity to take responsibility for own actions 16
  • 17. Selection CriteriaCommitment Learning & Personal Development: Application formTo Specialty • Shows initiative/ drive/enthusiasm • Extracurricular activities / achievements Interview / (self-starter, motivated, shows relevant to the specialty Selection centre curiosity, initiative) References • Evidence of participation at meetings • Demonstrable interest in and and activities relevant to the specialty understanding of the specialty • Commitment to personal and professional development • Evidence of attendance at organised teaching and training programme • Evidence of self-reflective practice 17
  • 18. APPLYING FOR AN NIHR ACADEMIC CLINICAL FELLOWSHIP ESSENTIAL DESIRABLE WHEN EVALUATED21ELIGIBILITY • Evidence of - Evidence of Application form achievement of commitment to the Foundation specialty- Intercalated competences honours for BSc and/or additional qualifications e.g. MSc etc - Distinction or honours during MBBS programme - Completion of Academic Foundation Programme or equivalentKNOWLEDGE & • Demonstration of - Demonstration of Application Form andACHIEVEMENTS acquisition of the level good general selection centre of knowledge and knowledge / broad skills necessary for the interest in science and completion of F2 academic medicine - Demonstration of, - Prizes or distinctions understanding of, and - Presentation of work commitment to, an at a national or academic career international meeting - Publications in peer reviewed journals - Additional degree or MSc in relevant subject area - Research experience Demonstration of knowledge of the clinical academic career pathwayEDUCATIONAL & - Demonstration of - Demonstration of Application Form andPERSONAL understanding and educational reasons for selection centreASPECTS commitment to applying for this academic career Academic Clinical - Support of an Fellowship programme academic referee for - Demonstration of this application. personal reasons for applying for this Academic Clinical Fellowship programmeCOMMUNICATION - As for standard - Evidence of team Application Form andSKILLS person specification working skills selection centre criteria - Evidence of21 ‘when evaluated’ is indicative, but may be carried out at any time throughout the selection process 18
  • 19. leadership potential - Evidence through scientific publications and presentationsPlease note that candidates with MB/PhDs or other relevant higher degrees are eligible forthe scheme and are advised to consult the paper ‘NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowships:Entry, Eligibility and Exit Points for Appointments Made in 2011’ which can be downloadedfrom the website www.nihrtcc.nhs.uk. 19
  • 20. General Statement of PolicyGeneral Statement of Policy regarding fitness to practice proceedings by alicensing/regulatory body and relating to criminal records.Registration with a professional body, such as the General Medical Council or GeneralDental Council, imposes a duty on health care professionals to provide a good standardof medical care for, and behave appropriately towards, patients. NHS employers alsohave a duty to ensure that patients receive a good standard of medical care and to takeall practicable steps to ensure the safety of patients and staff.In order to assess job related risks, the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery needs toestablish if applicants who may be offered a placement on a Specialty trainingprogramme have a criminal record in the UK or in another country that they can lawfullybe required to disclose.Applicants for Specialty training posts are exempted from the Rehabilitation of OffendersAct 1974, and can therefore be asked to disclose “spent” convictions that they wouldotherwise not have to declare.Applicants for Specialty training posts will also be asked if they are “bound over”, havereceived a police caution, warning or reprimand and whether they have been chargedwith a criminal offence that is not yet disposed of.Prior to making an appointment, the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery also needs toestablish if applicants for Specialty training posts have ever been disqualified from thepractice of a profession or required to practice it subject to specified limitations followingfitness to practise proceedings by a regulatory body in the UK or in another country, andwhether they are currently the subject of any investigation or proceedings by any bodyhaving regulatory functions in relation to health/social care professionals, including sucha regulatory body in another country.Where such a position involves regular care, training, supervision or sole charge ofpersons aged under 18 or vulnerable adults (as defined by The Police Act 1997(Enhanced Criminal Record Certificates)(Protection of Vulnerable Adults) Regulations2000), applicants will also be asked whether they are currently the subject of any policeinvestigation in the UK or any other country of which they are aware.Where the position is a “regulated position” under the terms of the Protection of ChildrenAct 1999 (as amended by the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000), checks willbe carried out in accordance with the Protection of Children Act 1999. Anyone whosename is on the list is legally barred from working with children. It is an offence for such aperson to knowingly apply for, offer to do, accept or to do such work. If you areappointed to a Specialty training post, you will be subject to a Criminal Records Bureau(CRB) check.Applicants are encouraged to declare criminal conviction information and any othermatters that are, or that might be, relevant to the position for which they are applying atan early stage in the appointment process.All applicants are also expect to inform the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery if, beforetaking up any position offered to them, they are cautioned or charged with a criminaloffence in the UK or another country. 20
  • 21. The Yorkshire and Humber Deanery is an equal opportunities recruiter, and allapplications will be decided fairly and on merit. Information declared will be used toconsider the applicant’s suitability for the position. Information supplied will be treated inconfidence and will not be used as the sole criterion to decide an applicant’s fitness forthe position.Unless an appointment is prohibited by law, a criminal conviction will not automaticallydebar the applicant from appointment. Applicants will be given an opportunity to discussany information supplied before a final decision is taken regarding their appointment.However, an applicant may not be selected if the selection panel considers that theinformation declared renders that person unsuitable for the position for which they haveapplied. In reaching such a decision the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery will considerthe nature of the record/action, its relevance to the position applied for, and any otherinformation the applicant wishes to provide.The information declared will be treated in compliance with the Data Protection Act1998.NOTE: Failure by an applicant to provide accurate and truthful information isconsidered to be a serious matter.Where it is found that a person has intentionally or recklessly provided inaccurateinformation or withheld information relevant to his/her position, this maydisqualify them from an appointment, or if appointed, dismissal and referral to theappropriate professional regulatory body.If you would like to discuss what effect any criminal record or fitness to practiceproceedings might have on your application, you may contact Lucy Smith, telephone(0114) 2264540, in the Academic department, in confidence.Any information you provide regarding criminal investigations, convictions or fitness topractice proceedings will be kept confidential. If the Deanery considers that theinformation provided may have a bearing on your appointment and that the informationneeds to be considered by the selection panel, we will discuss this with you in advance.If we do not raise this information with you, this is because we do not believe that itshould be taken into account. In that event, you still remain free, should you wish, todiscuss the matter with the interviewing panel.Prior to making a final decision concerning your application, we shall discuss with youany information declared by you that we believe has a bearing on your suitability for theposition.The Yorkshire and Humber Deanery aims to promote equality of opportunity and iscommitted to treating all applicants for positions fairly and on merit regardless of race,gender, marital status, religion, disability, sexual orientation or age. We undertake not todiscriminate unfairly against applicants on the basis of criminal conviction or otherinformation declared.The Data Protection Act 1998 requires us to provide you with certain information and toobtain your consent before processing sensitive data about you. Processing includes:obtaining, recording, holding, disclosing, destruction and retaining information. Sensitive 21
  • 22. personal data includes any of the following information: criminal offences, criminalconvictions, criminal proceedings, disposal or sentence.The information that you provide on the Declaration Form in the application form will beprocessed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will only be used for thepurpose of determining your application for this position. Once a decision has beenmade concerning your appointment, we will not retain this Declaration Form longer thanis necessary (i.e. until you leave your post/programme or the recruitment episode isclosed).The Declaration Form will be kept securely and in confidence, and access to it will berestricted to designated persons within the Academic Department of the Yorkshire andHumber Deanery and other persons who need to see it as part of the selection processand who are authorised to do so. The information may be passed to your employingtrusts. ***Important information*** It is essential that all applicants read this page.Dear Applicant,Thank you for your interest in this training programme.It is essential that you give careful thought to your answers and complete each sectionaccurately.Please note that you may be asked to provide evidence to support the statements youhave made in any part of your form. All offers of appointment are subject to CriminalRecords Bureau (CRB) checks and other pre-employment screening, such asprofessional registration status, fitness to practice and occupational health clearance.Please pay particular attention to the following and complete the corresponding sectionsin the application form as appropriate:Fitness to PracticeWhen completing that part of the application form headed “Fitness to Practice andCriminal Investigations”, you should note that all doctors are exempt from theRehabilitation of Offenders Act and you are therefore required to complete the section atthe back of the application form which relates to your Fitness to Practice status.If you have any queries about any of the statements in this section please do nothesitate to contact Lucy Smith at the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery atacademictraining@yorksandhumber.nhs.uk. Any query you may have will be treatedconfidentially.Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) ChecksCRB checks are carried out by the employing Trust in accordance with the guidelines setout by NHS Employers (http://www.nhsemployers.org). 22
  • 23. All offers of appointment are subject to CRB checks. The Yorkshire and HumberDeanery will inform your first employing Trust of your offer of appointment, however onreceiving your offer you should make contact with the Medical Staffing Department atyour Trust to arrange for a CRB check.The Yorkshire and Humber Deanery would like to wish you good luck with yourapplication and your future career. 23