UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
FACULTY OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES
SCHOOL OF CLINICAL SCIENCES
DIVISION OF CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICINE
Job Title: PROFESSOR OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN CARDIOVASCULAR RESEARCH
Salary: Clinical associate professor or professor – salary will be within the range
£74,504 - £100,446 per annum, depending on seniority
The University of Nottingham seeks applications for a full-time appointment in Cardiovascular
Research. This position is to replace Professor RG Wilcox who has retired recently and achieved
Emeritus status. The appointment is in the School of Clinical Sciences and within the Division
of Cardiovascular Medicine. The appointment may be made at full professor or associate
professor level depending on qualifications and experience. The post combines academic
responsibilities with clinical duties at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. The
successful applicant will be offered an honorary consultant contract at Nottingham University
Hospitals NHS Trust.
The University would wish to support a research program that fits in well with other activities
in the University and the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Our top priority is to
appoint a scientist with an outstanding track record of research who would complement
existing research strengths within the University. Research excellence rather than exact field is
the primary criterion. Possible fields include (but are not limited to) thrombosis and
haemostasis; imaging; clinical trials; genetics; infection; drug discovery; human
metabolism/physiology. Further details of research in the School and Faculty are attached and
we are happy to discuss how we might accommodate any area of internationally excellent
DIVISION OF CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICINE
Cardiovascular Medicine comprises academics (both clinical and non-clinical), NHS
cardiologists, postdoctoral scientists, technicians and administrators who work together to
conduct research, to provide teaching to medical students, students registered for higher
degrees and young doctors in training, and to engage in service delivery.
The Division has an international history of clinical trials in patients with a wide range of
cardiovascular problems. Examples of recent clinical research activity are trials of novel anti-
platelet and anti-thrombotic drugs for acute ischaemic coronary syndromes and a comparison
of pre-hospital delivery of thrombolysis with direct transfer for primary coronary artery
angioplasty. There is also a reputation of high quality epidemiology and health sciences
research in the fields of myocardial infarction and health economics (Dr D Gray). The clinical
academic members work closely with their NHS colleagues at both the City Hospital and
Queens Medical Centre sites, and with colleagues involved in basic research.
For many years the Division’s programme of basic research has been aimed at understanding
the mechanisms involved in cardiovascular disease and at improving diagnosis and treatment.
Much of this work is performed via the Thrombosis and Haemostasis Research Group
(Professor S Heptinstall) which has a focus on the contribution of platelets and other blood
cells to these pathological and physiological processes. Outcomes have contributed to
publications, teaching and also translational research which culminated recently in the award
of a DPFS/MRC grant, and in commercial activity via Platelet Solutions, an embedded unit that
offers services to enhance healthcare. The group includes a full-time senior research fellow (Dr
S Fox), two further post-doctoral fellows and 3.5 highly-skilled research assistants.
The Division is located in purpose-built accommodation at the Queens Medical Centre and
comprises offices and well-equipped laboratories that are in close proximity to wards and other
The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to and extend the existing research
activities in Cardiovascular Medicine and to foster collaborative links between the University
and Trust Cardiology Department as well as with research centres nationally and
internationally. The appointee will thus have established a proven track record in research and
be capable of generating a complementary research programme by securing external funding
and attracting and supervising postgraduate research students. Collaboration with other
departments within the Medical Faculty and other Faculties within the University is actively
Ideally the appointee will provide expertise and experience in an area that will enhance and
extend the research currently performed in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. There are
a number of research themes in the cardiology area (imaging, genetics, clinical trials,
intervention and electrophysiology) and in the thrombosis and haemostasis area that would be
appropriate. The researcher would liaise and collaborate with researchers in other divisions.
We are looking for the potential for high performance in REF, success in attracting external
research funding, and an interest in translational research leading to better health outcomes.
For appointment at Professorial level you will provide leadership in research and contribute
fully to the research activities of the school. You will publish research of international quality
in peer-reviewed journals and will undertake original research, of international excellence.
The University of Nottingham currently admits around 250 undergraduates to the medical
course each year. The School is committed to playing a full role in the teaching of Nottingham
Medical Faculty undergraduates and involvement in the supervision and teaching of
undergraduates (knowledge and clinical skills) as well as making contributions to the
management of teaching including participation in assessments (question writing, standard
setting, clinical skills examinations), module coordination and curriculum development is
expected. The appointee will be encouraged to offer and supervise student projects for the
Honours Year programme of the B.Med.Sci. Postgraduate teaching is to PhD and DM level and
includes attendance at a centralised training course that is organised within the Faculty of
Medicine and Health Sciences.
The post holder will play a full role in delivering teaching duties as required by the Faculty of
Medicine and Health Sciences. There is likely to be particular involvement in the third year of the
BMedSci course. The post holder will also be expected to supervise PhD and DM students.
For a professorial appointment you will also be expected to allocate teaching load.
Clinical teachers are expected to engage in professional development and attend specified
training sessions as part of their role.
A clinical appointee will be expected to fulfil the following duties with the agreed Job Plan.
A full range of cardiology emergency patients are admitted to Nottingham University Hospitals
NHS Trust and the appointee will be responsible for the management of those patients
admitted under his/her care.
Provision with Consultant colleagues of a comprehensive elective and emergency cardiology
Provision of reciprocal cover for periods of leave.
Continuing responsibility for the care of patients in his/her charge and the proper functioning
of the department.
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.
Cardiac services are delivered over both NUH campuses at Queens Medical Centre (QMC) and
Nottingham City (NCH). The consultant cardiologists at Nottingham University Hospitals (Drs A
J Ahsan, M K Baig, AA Harcombe, R A Henderson, TP Mathew, AD Staniforth, JT Walsh (Head
of Service), Dr W Smith, Dr S Jadhav, Dr Salih (locum), Dr Jacobson (locum)) provide
secondary and tertiary cardiology services to Nottingham and the Trent Strategic Health
Authority. Dr D Gray based at the Queens Medical Campus is an academic appointment but
contributes fully to the clinical service. The tertiary catchment covers Nottingham and
surrounding districts, North Nottinghamshire, and parts of Lincolnshire and Derbyshire
(population approximately 1.3 million). NUH has recently been accredited as a Regional Heart
Attack centre. Secondary cardiology services in Nottingham are provided over both campuses
with the majority of acute cardiac admissions through the Emergency Department based on
the QMC campus.
The service has recently been reconfigured to deliver cardiac support over both campuses.
Patients admitted through the Emergency Department at QMC are triaged and transferred
when indicated to NCH campus. There are 16 acute cardiac beds on the QMC campus,
including an 8 bedded Coronary Care Unit. There is a daily Consultant ward round supported
by a Specialist Registrar in Cardiology and specialist cardiac nurses who together comprise the
Cardiac Assessment Team.
The inpatient cardiology service at Nottingham City campus consists of a 6-bed coronary care
unit with two additional cardiac wards, in total providing 36 cardiac beds. Patients undergoing
procedures can also be admitted to the 12 bedded short stay unit based in the Trent Cardiac
Centre during the working week. The Trust has recently invested 4 million pounds in
reconfiguring cardiac services to provide purpose designed cardiac wards and technician
The Trent Cardiac Centre is a purpose built three storey build that opened in 2005 providing
two new cardiac catheter laboratories, and facilities for day case echocardiography (including
trans-oesophageal and stress studies). The building also includes two new cardiac surgical
theatres, dedicated intensive care and high dependency units with combined cardiology and
cardiac surgical ward accommodation. An additional cardiac catheter laboratory based in the
radiology department remains in use for pacing, electrophysiology and diagnostic coronary
work - a further catheter laboratory is expected to become operational during 2010.
The department holds several cardiology outpatient clinics per week and in 2009 the NUH
cardiologists saw some 4800 new and 12,500 follow-up patients. Patients are also seen in the
Nottingham Treatment Centre located on the QMC campus and the successful applicant may
be required to work here. The cardiologists conduct daily ward rounds on the coronary care
units and admission wards and are responsible for the care of a substantial proportion of
patients admitted to NUH with acute coronary syndromes. A large and increasing number of
patients are also transferred from surrounding hospitals for further management of acute
coronary syndromes or other acute cardiac conditions.
Non invasive cardiac imaging is well established across both campuses and includes
echocardiography, radionuclide scans and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. A small
number of cardiac CT scans are performed on a 16 slice scanner. There is a weekly cardiac
imaging meeting (Thursday lunch time) which is widely attended by all disciplines within the
Heart Services Directorate. In addition, there are regular teaching sessions for SpR’s and
Physiologists. Currently there is one cardiac imaging fellow post and the deanery has
advertised for a second post. The department has close links with radiology. Dr Mathew is the
clinical lead for cardiac imaging.
Consultants: Dr TP Mathew, Dr JT Walsh - Consultant Cardiologists
The department is equipped with eleven ultrasound machines connected to a digital server and
images can be down loaded and processed on dedicated workstations. Of the 11 machines,
eight were purchased in the last year and three have trans-thoracic 3D capabilities and one
machine has two 3D TOE probes. Full tissue Doppler package is available on three machines
and there are facilities for off-line processing including Speckle tracking and Automated
Functional Imaging on limited workstations.
The department performs over 15,000 trans-thoracic echocardiograms every year and is
supported by a team of twelve physiologists. There are regular sessions for Dobutamine
Stress Echo’s and transoephageal echocardiograms across both sites. In addition a number of
specialised echocardiographic clinics for congenital heart disease, selection and optimisation of
CRT patients, contrast echo before and after PFO/ASD closures are undertaken.
Transoesophageal echocardiography is routinely used in the catheter lab for guiding non
coronary interventions which currently include PFO/ASD closures and percutaneous closure of
paravalvular leaks. Funding has been approved for percutaneous aortic valve implantation and
the programme has recently started in December 2009.
Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CMR)
Consultants – Dr TP Mathew, Consultant Cardiologist, Dr K Pointon and Dr S Habib Consultant
Radiologists with interest in cardiac and vascular imaging.
The Cardiac MRI service was established at the NUH in 2005. The service has grown in the
last two years and currently provides a tertiary service for Nottingham and 4 neighbouring
District General Hospitals. The Unit has two scanners (performing cardiac scans) comprising of
a GE 1.5 T Signa scanner at the City Campus and Phillips 1.5 T scanner at the QMC Campus.
Plans are underway for a second scanner based at the City Hospital. There are dedicated
workstations based in the MRI department for analysis and reporting. A variety of CMR scans
are performed including structure, function and viability assessments, flow analysis, stress
and rest perfusion and congenital Imaging. Currently there are 4 CMR sessions, 2 on each site
and performs 12-15 scans/week.
Consultants – Dr TP Mathew, Consultant Cardiologist, Dr R O’Connor, Dr Des Green and Dr R
Ganatra, Consultant Nuclear Medicine Radiologists
SPECT imaging is available at both sites and performs perfusion and functional imaging. The
laboratory is fully digital and networked. Static and ECG-gated tomographic and planar
images are interpreted both visually and with commercially available quantitative software
(Cedar Sinai QGS/QPS software). Over 500 clinically requested studies are performed every
year and most studies are carried out in conjunction with pharmacological stress testing. The
department is supported by a team of nuclear medicine technologists.
In addition to the above, exercise stress testing, ambulatory electrocardiography, ambulatory
BP monitoring and tilt table facilities are available across both sites.
Coronary intervention, electrophysiology, and radiofrequency ablation services were
established at Nottingham City Hospital in 1995/6. In 2008 there were over 3500 catheter
laboratory procedures including over 1400 percutaneous coronary interventions. A full range
of coronary interventional procedures is carried out including intravascular ultrasound. The
capacity for cardiac interventional procedures at Nottingham City Hospital has recently
expanded because some diagnostic work has transferred to new catheter laboratories in
Mansfield and Lincoln. Primary angioplasty is currently undertaken during working hours with
plans to expand to a 24 hour service during 2010.
There are strong links with cardiovascular physicians and cardiologists at other hospitals in
Nottingham, Lincoln, Mansfield and Derby. Cardiac catheter laboratories are available at
Derby Royal Infirmary; King’s Mill Centre, Mansfield; and Lincoln County Hospital. Several
visiting cardiologists undertake coronary intervention sessions at Nottingham City Hospital,
including Dr Y Butt (Chesterfield), Drs C Foster and S Bashir (Mansfield) and Dr D OBrien
The cardiology department at NUH is well supported with junior clinical staff currently with
eight specialist registrars, three clinical fellows and ten SHO’s. The registrars and fellows
operate a middle grade cardiology on-call rota, but the SHO’s share an on-call (Hospital at
Night) rota with their counterparts in acute medicine.
Cardiac surgery was established at Nottingham City Hospital in late 1995 and now provides a
comprehensive adult cardiac surgical service to mid-Trent. Last year the cardiac surgeons (Mr
D Richens, Mr I Mitchell, Mr S Naik, Mr J Lu, Mr R Jutley and cardiac anaesthetists (Dr J
Skoyles, Dr H Skinner, Dr M Sharjar, Dr R Basu) undertook over 700 open heart operations.
The cardiac surgical department holds monthly mortality and morbidity meetings and publishes
an annual report, which is available on the hospital website.
SPECIALTY MEDICAL STAFF (with main subspeciality interest)
Dr A Ahsan (Electrophysiology and Coronary Intervention)
Dr K Baig (Coronary Intervention)
Dr D Gray (Academic Cardiology)
Dr Harcombe (Coronary Intervention)
Dr R Henderson (Coronary Intervention)
Dr S Jadhav (Coronary Intervention)
Dr TP Mathew (Cardiac Imaging)
Dr Salih (Locum Consultant Imaging)
Dr Jacobson( Locum Consultant Imaging)
Dr W Smith (Coronary Intervention and GUCH)
Dr Staniforth (Electrophysiology and Devices)
Dr JT Walsh (Heart failure and Imaging – Current Head of Service)
JOB PLAN AND TIMETABLE
The following draft Job Plan reflects our best assessment of what the final plan will be, based
on 10 PAs.
Any consultant who is unable, for personal reasons, to work full-time, will be eligible to be
considered for the post on a part-time basis; if such a person is appointed, modification of the
job content will be discussed on a personal basis with the Trust in consultation with consultant
This service provided by Cardiology is provided across both campuses, but your primary base
is NCH campus
The main duties of the post include contributions to:
• the inpatient and outpatient work of the cardiology department
• engagement in relevant research – such an area might be provision and further
development of advanced cardiac imaging including cardiac magnetic resonance
Direct Clinical Care:
ward rounds, admin, outpatients, MDT 3.75
Predictable and unpredictable on call 0.5
Sub Total 4.25
NHS Supporting Professional Activities:
CPD, audit, clinical governance 0.75
Sub Total 0.75
University Research & Teaching:
Research and teaching 5
Sub Total 5
Rota Frequency: 1:12
On-call Supplement: 5%
Depending on the requirements of the service 1 or 2 additional PAs may be available by
mutual agreement between the appointee and the Trust. These APAs may include an
additional imaging session, and an additional session for inpatient clinical work.
The post holder will participate fully in the department’s activities, including inpatient and
outpatient work. He/she may participate in the on-call rota for general cardiology (anticipated
to be a 1:12) and will be expected to provide cover for colleagues during periods of leave. In
addition the post holder will be expected to contribute to combined cardiac and cardiac surgical
case conferences at NCH. There will be an agreed and equitable share of facilities and support
(including junior and middle grade medical staff, outpatient and other facilities) with the other
consultants in cardiology. Secretarial support, a personal office, together with a personal
computer linked to the imaging network will be provided.
DAY AM PM
Monday Admin/SPA Clinic
Tuesday Academic Academic
Wednesday Academic Academic
Thursday CCU WR Academic
Friday Academic SPA
The on-call commitment is currently 1:12 supported by junior staff.
This post is deemed to be in Category A and an allowance is paid for being on-call, which is
Notes: This timetable reflects a 10 PA job description (direct clinical care PAs, supporting PAs
and research PAs. It is expected that the timings of fixed clinical commitments (ie clinics, CCU,
MDT’s) will normally be delivered at the times stated in the timetable. Other commitments
may be delivered at different times to those indicated, with the expectation that the total time
spent on these activities will match the weekly total outlined in the timetable.
The job plan timetables a proportion of the annualized SPA activity; it is recognised that the
precise timings of these activities may change but it is expected that the total time dedicated
to SPA activity will be the same. The precise details of SPA activity will depend on the skills /
interests of the appointee and needs of the department.
The appointee will be expected to participate in the administration of Cardiovascular Medicine
as required. Accepting responsibilities out with the School is encouraged.
The post holder would be expected to be involved in student admissions, tutorials,
examinations, course organisation and other administrative roles as required by the Faculty of
Medicine and Health Sciences.
PROFESSOR OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN CARDIOVASCULAR RESEARCH
ATTAINMENTS ESSENTIAL FOR THE POST DESIRABLE FOR THE POST
Registration: Full registration with GMC
Professional Possession of CCT or equivalent* Undergraduate degree (1st or
qualifications: *Entry on the GMC Specialist 2:1) in biological discipline
Register or eligibility for entry
within 6 months of the date of the
Advisory Appointments Committee
MBBS or equivalent
MRCP or equivalent
Higher degree: MD/PhD or equivalent High level of academic
achievement in the form of
Clinical Skills Clinical training and experience in Expertise in cardiac MRI
Management, Audit Evidence of management skills Formal management training
Evidence of participation in clinical
audit Evidence of willingness to
participate in management
Understanding of clinical
Evidence of having written/
Commitment to development of, participated in the writing of
and adherence to, departmental evidence based guidelines
guidelines and protocols and to
Appraisal and assessment
training and skills
Evidence of management
Formal audit training
Personal Able to demonstrate a good Ability to communicate
Skills/Qualities manner with patients, being effectively with external
sensitive to their needs and fears agencies and other disciplines
Able to take overall responsibility
Ability to develop good working
relationships and willingness to
share responsibilities as part of a
Good organisational skills
Good oral and written
communication skills in English
Able to supervise junior staff
Teaching Evidence of good presentation skills
Evidence of training in teaching
and learning skills
Experience and enthusiasm for
undergraduate and postgraduate Postgraduate teaching
Willingness to undertake formal Evidence of supervision of
training in teaching and learning successful research projects at
skills, if required undergraduate or postgraduate
For a professorial appointment you
will also have team leadership skills
and experience of an effective
Research Evidence of authorship of a Evidence of authorship in areas
significant numbers of peer of current major research
reviewed original publications strength in Nottingham
giving evidence of high
international standing in chosen Evidence of keynote
research field. presentations at international
and national learned societies
Must make a strong potential
return in the upcoming REF Citations of own peer-reviewed
Evidence of having secured Member of learned societies /
significant amounts of external national bodies
Evidence of leadership of research
Evidence of successful supervision
of post-graduate research
Evidence of presentations at
international and national learned
Ability to assess and apply
evidence based research into
everyday clinical practice.
Other Computer/IT skills
Ability to travel between City
Hospital and Queen’s Medical
Candidates are encouraged to make informal enquiries and arrangements to visit and should
contact the following in the first instance if they wish to do so:
Professor Stan Heptinstall, Head of Division of Cardiovascular Medicine: Tel 0115 8231013
Dr JT Walsh, Cardiology Head of Service: Tel 0115 9249924 ext -61282/61927
Professor John Atherton, Head of School of Clinical Sciences: Tel 0115 8231034
Professor Ian Hall, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences: Tel 0115 8231064
Written enquiries should be addressed to Professor S Heptinstall, Division of Cardiovascular
Medicine, D Floor South Block, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, NG7 2UH.
Office accommodation and administrative support will be provided by the University, as will a
PC with e-mail and Internet access. Secretarial support will be provided from existing
resources within Cardiovascular Medicine.
Legal Requirements (Medical appointment)
Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
Because of the nature of the work for which you are applying, this post is exempt 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 provision of the Act and, in the event of employment, any failure to disclose such
convictions could result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Trust. Any information given
will be completely confidential and will be considered only in relation to an application for
positions to which the order applies. If once employed, an employee receives a conviction
they are required to inform the Trust.
Protection of Children
Following a report by the Home Office, the Government accepted its recommendations
regarding the disclosure of criminal convictions of those with access to children. For all
consultant posts a check will be made with the Criminal Records Bureau as to whether you
have a criminal record, before the appointment can be confirmed. A child is defined as
someone under the age of 18, but this may be interpreted flexibly in relation to “vulnerable
adults” ( e.g. persons with a learning disability )
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dean: Professor Ian Hall
Head of School of Clinical Sciences: Professor John Atherton
Nottingham has a strong reputation for both clinical medicine and teaching. As one of the most
popular medical schools in the country it is able to select excellent students and produce and
attract good junior doctors. There is a strong commitment to develop and expand our research
strengths. There are excellent laboratory facilities to support the current research interests.
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.
Research within the Faculty is undertaken by staff and research groups within individual
schools and is overseen by the Faculty Research Strategy Group, which is responsible for the
overall strategic direction of research, coordination of faculty wide initiatives and
implementation of University wide initiatives.
Within the faculty are a number of flagship clinical translational priority groups, such as the
NIHR funded Biomedical Research Units (BRUs) in respiratory disease, gastrointestinal disease
and hearing research, NIHR funded Collaborative Leadership in Applied Health Research and
Care (CLAHRC) in Mental Health, ARC/Nottingham pain centre, Tobacco Control Studies. These
and other translational areas and preclinical research areas are supported by faculty wide
research platforms, covering areas such as deep sequencing, screening, human physiology and
clinical research facility, MR imaging, animal imaging and clinical trials unit. These faculty
platforms underpin basic research technologies within the Faculty emphasing multidisciplinary
In partnership with the Nottingham Universities Hospital Trust and Nottinghamshire Healthcare
Trust, the Faculty has been successful in establishing the 3 NIHR-funded BRUs a CLAHRC in
Mental Health which together have resulted in around £26m of additional NIHR funding coming
to the Trust/University partnerships. The University has also recently been successful in major
bids to develop an academic translational imaging unit and to set up the ARC/Nottingham Pain
The Faculty is a strong supporter of collaborative research, and our internationally-leading
research groups have many national and international collaborations. We also actively
encourage collaborations between workers in different Schools within the Faculty, particularly
between basic scientists and clinicians. Increasingly we are also collaborating with researchers
in other Faculties, and this has been particularly encouraged by recent strategic reviews.
Particular fields of national eminence within the Faculty of Science and Engineering include
biosciences, chemistry, mathematics, physics, engineering and pharmacy.
The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is consistently successful in raising research
funding. It generated research income of nearly £30m last year and obtained grants of more
than £30m from the Research Councils and Wellcome Trust over the last three years. There
has also been a major upgrade of laboratory facilities on all sites.
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 fifth year and admits around 90 students.
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. The School is committed to playing a full
role in the teaching of the Nottingham Medical Faculty undergraduates and this includes an
annual intake to the School of approximately 55 students for the Honours Year of the
SCHOOL OF CLINICAL SCIENCES
The School of Clinical Sciences was formed on 1st October 2008 from individuals previously in
the Schools of Human Development and Medical & Surgical Sciences and includes all hospital-
based medical and surgical disciplines. We are a large and dynamic school employing nearly
400 staff, principally in the Queen’s Medical Centre and City Hospital Nottingham Campuses
but also at King’s Meadow Campus and the University Campus in the Centre for Biomolecular
Sciences. About 70 of our staff are at Associate Professor grade or above and more than 50 of
these are clinicians.
Our Mission Statement is;
1. To deliver internationally-competitive research. In particular, to concentrate on
research which will make a real difference to patients in the short and longer terms.
2. To provide innovative and inspiring professional teaching to undergraduate medical
students, masters students and trainee researchers working towards degrees of DM and
3. To deliver cutting edge patient care in association with our NHS colleagues.
The School supports basic, translational and clinical research and works closely with the NHS,
particularly the NUH. We focus on areas of excellence where we are nationally or
internationally leading. In partnership with the NUH Trust, the school has the national
distinction of being the only University / NHS Trust partnership to win 3 bids for prestigious
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. We have also recently been funded by the Arthritis Research Campaign as their
National Pain Centre. As well as cutting edge translational research at the interface between
science and medicine, we have world-leading research programmes in basic science and run
large, influential clinical trials. Strengths within the School include, but are not limited to:
assisted reproduction; imaging, in particular MRI; clinical trials; effects of early life
environment on development and disease; stem cell science; infection; genetics; thrombosis
and haemostasis; respiratory diseases; gastroenterology and hepatology; hearing; stroke
medicine; arthritis and pain; pre-clinical cancer studies. Finally, the Nottingham clinical trials
unit (CTU) has recently been established as a research platform within the Faculty of Medicine.
We teach medical students undertaking the clinical components of their professional training
and pride ourselves on our innovative student-centred clinical training. We also run
internationally-acclaimed masters courses in stem cell technology, sport and exercise
medicine, assisted reproductive technology and translational neuroimaging.
Some of our strongest recent innovations are in research training for PhD and MD degrees.
We have recently established the N-Trans DTC (The Nottingham Translational Research
Doctoral Training Centre). This programme, for both clinicians and basic scientists, contains
taught modules in all aspects of modern translational research training alongside opportunities
to perform original research in any one of our leading units, including our NIHR Biomedical
Research Units. It complements other excellent PhD training within the School. Our next aim is
to establish a similar programme for Clinical Trial Research training
Most of our Schools’ Senior Researchers and Teachers are also clinicians who dedicate 50% of
their time to patient care within the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. This close
juxtaposition brings cutting-edge clinical care to our patients and clinical relevance to our
research and teaching. We are closely integrated with our full time NHS clinical colleagues,
many of whom are themselves leaders in research and teaching and who work closely with the
School. We are working to further increase the mutual benefit from integration between the
University and NHS.
NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST
Conditions of Service, Residence and Governance
The successful candidate will be offered an Honorary Contract with the Nottingham University
Hospitals NHS Trust under the terms and conditions of the new Consultant contract. When
undertaking clinical duties on this basis within the Trust, the person appointed will be expected
to adhere to local policies and procedures and to take note of the standing orders and financial
instructions of the Trust. In particular, where the consultant manages employees of the Trust,
she/he will be expected to observe the employment and Human Resource policies and
procedures of the Trust.
As a result of on-call commitments, the successful candidate will be expected to be contactable
by telephone and to reside not more than ten miles, or half an hour’s travelling time, from
their main base campus.
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 to) audit, incident reporting,
review of complaints, risk management, CPD and Evidence Based Practice.
The Clinical Director (Dr Julian Skoyles; Head of Service for Cardiology – Dr John Walsh) are
managerially responsible for all clinical activity and personnel in the Directorate in which the
appointee will work. The Medical Director, Dr Stephen Fowlie, has overall responsibility for the
professional performance of consultants, including of those holding Honorary Contracts with
NUH. All Consultants and Honorary Consultants are expected to comply with management
arrangements in place, to follow the guidelines on practice laid down by the General Medical
Council’s “Maintaining Good Medical Practice”, and to be accountable to the Trust for their
actions and the quality of their work. A yearly Joint Clinical and Academic Consultant Appraisal
and Job Plan review is carried out.
Information about the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
The Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest hospital trusts in the UK
with an annual budget of more than £500 Million, a total of 2,200 hospital beds across both
campuses and over 11,500 staff. NUH is a major teaching trust, enjoying close links with the
region’s Universities and attracting and developing the highest calibre of staff. The work
carried out at NUH has led to a reputation for excellence and is making a very real difference
to people’s lives. NUH is also a cancer centre – a major element of the Mid-Trent Cancer
Clinical Management Arrangements in the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
The management of the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is organised via a structure
of ten Directorates, which contain all the clinical departments. The Division of Cardiovascular
Medicine is part of the Diabetes, Infectious Diseases, Renal and Cardiac Directorate.
The Directorate Management Team is as follows:
Clinical Director Dr Julian Skoyles
Head of Service for Cardiology Dr John Walsh
General Manager Mrs Nikki Pownall
Clinical Lead / Matron Mr John Gray
Speciality Manager Dr Frances Smith
FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT NUHT, THE TWO CAMPUSES AND THE FACILITIES
PROVIDED IS AVAILABLE IN APPENDIX 1.
NOTTINGHAM AND THE TWO HOSPITAL CAMPUSES
Central within the East Midlands, Nottingham is a vibrant and prosperous city with something
to offer everyone. It is one of the UK’s leading retail centres, has a huge variety of restaurants,
bars and nightclubs which attract people from all over the UK. Culturally it has good theatres,
and an arena which attracts both national and international performers and a range of
historical interests relating to subjects such as the lace industry, Lord Byron and DH Lawrence.
Nottingham is also known for sport, being the home of Trent Bridge Cricket Ground,
Nottingham Forest and Notts County Football Clubs, the National Water Sports Centre and the
Nottingham Tennis Centre. There is a good network of roads with easy access to the M1 and
the A1, the rail service to London and other major cities is frequent and Nottingham East
Midlands Airport is only eighteen miles away.
The city is set within a county of outstanding natural beauty that includes Sherwood Forest,
Wollaton Park, lively market towns and wonderful historic buildings. It is also home to the
world’s best-loved outlaw, Robin Hood.
Housing is relatively inexpensive and, in addition to the two Universities, there are excellent
schools and colleges available.
To find out more about Nottingham, use the following links:
Nottingham County Council – Tourism
University of Nottingham
Up My Street (Guide to local area including property and schools)
2 THE TRUST
The Trust works in close association with the University of Nottingham and the University of
Derby. There are very strong links with nursing and midwifery training, which is part of the
University of Nottingham Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, and with the locally-based
Schools of Physiotherapy, Radiology and Radiotherapy.
The following two sections describe the services and facilities currently at the two campuses.
However you should also be aware that there are ongoing discussions about the future
development and location of our clinical services, as a result of which some services or parts of
services may relocate to the other campus.
(i) CITY HOSPITAL CAMPUS
The City Hospital Campus offers a wide range of clinical services to the local population of
greater Nottingham, plus a much larger population in such specialities as plastic surgery and
burns, cardio-thoracic surgery, cancer, renal, breast services, clinical genetics and
There is no Accident and Emergency department on the campus, although the hospital does
take medical and surgical emergency patients referred by GPs or from other acute hospitals.
The Nottingham City Hospital campus has a long association with the city of Nottingham. It
first opened in 1903 and the buildings are a mixture of old and new, although services have
recently benefited from huge investment in improving the facilities for patients.
These developments include the purpose-built Endoscopy Centre, Nottingham Breast Institute,
Nottingham Urology Centre, Trent Cardiac Centre, Short Stay Unit, Centre for Clinical
Haematology and PET scanner. New staff residences are also currently being built on site.
Research interests at the City campus include oncology, respiratory medicine, clinical
haematology, rheumatology, diabetes/endocrinology, stroke medicine, urology, breast cancer
and mineral metabolism. Professors in the following specialities are based on this site -
Surgical Science, Respiratory Medicine, Microbial Diseases, Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
Oncology, Medical Genetics and Stroke Medicine. In addition, there are academic departments
of Haematology, Rheumatology, Continuing Care and Anaesthetics.
City Hospital is home to training centres in breast screening techniques and cardiac surgery
and the Trust is a Cancer Centre, forming part of the Mid-Trent Cancer Network.
QUEEN’S MEDICAL CENTRE CAMPUS
As well as the hospital, the QMC building, which opened in 1978) also houses the University of
Nottingham Medical School and School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Clinical services provided within QMC include a very substantial emergency workload,
particularly in medical admissions. Within the Medical Division services include the Emergency
Department, Medicine, (including Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Gastroenterology, Diabetes and
Endocrinology, Haematology, Rheumatology, Immunology, Palliative Care,) Dermatology,
Intensive Care and Health Care of the Elderly. Within the Surgical Division services include
Surgery, (including Vascular, Colorectal and Hepato pancreatic biliary,) ENT, Ophthalmology,
Maxillofacial, Trauma & Orthopaedics, (including Spinal,) and Neurosciences. Within the
Women, Children and Clinical Support Division, services include Obstetrics and Fetomaternal
Medicine, Gynaecology, (including Fertility Services,) Child Health, (including Neonatology and
Paediatric Surgery,) and Occupational Health.
The QMC site has constantly developed the services it provides to enable it to meet the needs
of its patients both now and for the future. A recent development is the Nottingham Eye and
Ear, Nose & Throat Centre which opened in a four-storey Private Finance Initiative building at
the end of 2000. Queen’s has the only Emergency Department for Nottingham and a £6m
extension to the department opened in 2004 which significantly improved the facilities in what
is the busiest Emergency Department in the country. As well as these major building
initiatives, Queen’s is strengthening its Critical Care Facilities, having recently established a
surgical HDU, increased the number of ITU beds and implemented outreach services. A state of
the art Clinical Skills Centre opened in 2004 attached to the Postgraduate centre.
Nottingham Treatment Centre
In 2008 the new Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre opened on the QMC campus. The
Treatment Centre is managed by Nations Healthcare – an Independent Sector Provider –
however a percentage of the activity within the centre has been transferred from Nottingham
University Hospitals NHS Trust. As a result of this, the work that you do may be affected in one
of several ways.
1. Your work may not be affected at all
2. You may be required to undertake work on behalf of the Treatment Centre
3. You may be required to undertake some of your existing work in the Treatment Centre
4. You may be seconded to work in the Treatment Centre.
Only a small group of staff will be seconded to the Treatment Centre and throughout the
secondment these staff will remain employees of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust. Full
consultation will take place with affected staff well on advance of the Treatment Centre
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust fully supports and recognises the importance of
continuing professional development for Consultants and career-grade staff. The facilities
available to support this include two large purpose-built Postgraduate Centres. The Trust
encourages consultants to participate actively in Continuing Medical Education activities both
within the Trust and externally and the provision of study leave is managed by a Trust Study
Leave Committee administered within the Postgraduate Centres.
The Postgraduate Education Centre was opened in 1972 and has recently been extended. The
Centre provides an excellent educational environment for multidisciplinary conferences and
seminars, postgraduate medical education and continuing medical education. It also provides a
base for the Nottingham Vocational Training Scheme for General Practice, as well as teaching
facilities and common room for undergraduate students of Nottingham University Medical
School and a brand new Clinical Skills Centre.
The Library in the City Campus Postgraduate Education Centre contains an extensive section of
the University Library which, together with access to national lending and other libraries in the
Country, provides a wide range of literature. There is a study space for 50 readers, in a
purpose-built room there is a range of audio-visual equipment, including a CD-ROM, a video
and a computer assisted learning package for junior doctors, and there is also photocopying
and fax services.
A wide-range of postgraduate meetings are held at the City Hospital campus and the
Postgraduate Centre is recognised as a Centre of innovation throughout the Mid Trent Region.
Each teaching room is equipped with up to date Audio Visual technology and there is an
internet and intranet web site giving information on all activities and meetings. The Centre has
also recently developed an Intranet based Induction package for Locums and Junior Doctors,
and is piloting the use of a Deanery based HICOM Intrepid package for the tracking and
monitoring of Study Leave.
QUEEN’S MEDICAL CENTRE CAMPUS
The Post Graduate Centre at Queen’s Medical Centre campus contains eleven meeting rooms of
varying sizes and audio-visual equipment including video-conferencing.
The large Greenfield Medical library is situated in the Medical School within QMC. This has an
excellent retrieval service and arranges inter-library loans. All members of the hospital medical
and dental staff have free access and borrowing rights. Audio Visual services are provided from
the Medical Photography department located in the Medical School which has photographic,
medical illustration and video recording facilities as well as a service in support of presentation
The Trent Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre opened in April 2004 – a state of the art
simulation centre and clinical skills facility. It is a two-storey extension to the Postgraduate
Education Centre and the regional centre within Trent for advanced human patient simulation
training offering a range of specialty specific and inter-professional courses.
The high fidelity simulators (adult and paediatric) use sophisticated computers to create a life
like medical environment allowing realistic scenarios to be reproduced and enacted without any
risk to the patient.
• The patient simulator can be used to provide an extensive range of educational modules
including events /scenarios involving the cardiovascular, metabolic, pulmonary,
neurological and renal systems as well as trauma and airway events. In addition to
normal physiology, a variety of pathological states can be superimposed to provide
realistic, potentially life threatening scenarios and thereby challenge participants using
complex clinical situations.
• The control room operator guides the simulation in real time thereby modelling patient
responses to unfolding events. The simulation is recorded on video that afterwards
enables a through analysis and debriefing to take place.
Courses have an emphasis on key issues of crisis resource management, team training,
leadership and communication skills.
The ground floor clinical skills centre has been designed to provide a large flexible space that
can be set up to deliver a range of training.
• It can comfortably accommodate 20 candidates in a workstation station setting or
alternatively the space can be subdivided to provide 3 smaller rooms each holding
approximately 10 – 12 people.
• Preparation and storage space has been designed to support the main skills area
maximising the teaching space available.
The centre is a key site for both basic and advanced surgical skills training and is equipped
with 10 laparoscopic skills stations. It is expected that this area of training will grow
significantly during 2005/06.
The Centre has an endoscopy simulator (Immersion Medical) that is available for self-directed
learning sessions and to support training programmes and courses.
CITY HOSPITAL CAMPUS
The City Hospital campus has a variety of facilities for the use of patients, visitors and staff.
There is a restaurant, three coffee bars selling hot and cold snacks, five WRVS stalls and a
hospital shop. In addition, the Doctors’ Mess has its own snack bar and mobile snack bars visit
most wards and departments. There is a Natwest bank onsite, as well as a Nationwide cash
machine located outside the main out-patients department.
QUEEN’S MEDICAL CENTRE CAMPUS
There are a number of facilities provided in QMC, including a Newsagent, Florist, Bakery/Pizza/
Sandwich bar, Clothes shop, Rooftop Garden, Bank (National Westminster) which is open daily
from 10.30 – 3.30pm and a Pharmacy/Chemist’s shop. There is a large dining area, Cyber
Café, roof garden and an active Doctors’ Mess with kitchen, pcs with Internet access, sitting
room, billiard tables, and television.
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