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Joint Local SuppoRTT, LTFT Champion & Doctors Support Lead

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

Main area
Postgraduate Medical & Dental Education
Grade
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Contract
Fixed term: 3 years
Hours
  • Part time
  • Other
1 session per week (1PA)
Job ref
205-4567167
Site
Royal Stoke University Hospital
Town
Stoke-on-Trent
Closing
16/10/2022 23:59
Interview date
10/11/2022

If there is a high volume of applications the advert may be closed early. Please apply without delay if you wish to be considered for this role. (This does not apply to any medical staffing posts)

Important Information: University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust does not pay travel expenses for candidates attending interviews.

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Job overview

** UHNM Employees Only **

The University Hospital of North Midlands (UHNM) is looking to appoint an additional local champion for Supported Return to Training, Less than Full Time Training & doctors support lead.

The successful candidate will work within HEE guidance to ensure that the appropriate reintroduction to (and where relevant planning prior to the period of absence from) the work place occurs. This will be supported by specialty tutors and educational supervisors, the PMDE team, a region-wide network of SuppoRTT Champions and the LTFTT Champion already in position.

For those doctors opting or needing to work more flexible hours and/or requiring some additional support during their training, we need to ensure that they have the opportunity to offer hours that they can realistically manage for both training and service. Working with the existing LTFTT champion, the successful candidate will share the SuppoRTT role with the different but related role of Less than Full Time Training (LTFTT) Champion and doctors support lead

Interviews will be held on 10th November between 11am and 1pm

Main duties of the job

Throughout training many postgraduate doctors at some point, for a variety of reasons will have a period of planned and potentially unplanned time away from training. The junior doctor’s contract Acas agreement brought into focus the need to remove any disadvantage which may potentially be experienced by those who take a period of time away from training.  Time away from training can be associated with ‘skills fade’ and sometimes a challenging process when returning, what the SuppoRTT team strive to achieve is investing the appropriate time, resources and support in order for returning trainees to step back into training after taking time out without unnecessary difficulties.

For those doctors opting or needing to work more flexible hours and/or requiring some additional support during their training (see ii and iii below) we need to ensure that they have the opportunity to offer hours that they can realistically manage for both training and service. Working with the existing LTFTT champion, the successful candidate will share the SuppoRTT role with the different but related role of Less than Full Time Training (LTFTT) Champion and doctors support lead

Working for our organisation

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff is really important to us. We offer a range of options for our staff to help maintain a good work-life balance including full time, part time hours and bank hours. We are also committed to offering flexible working wherever we can and where relevant to the role and the service. You can select your preferences upon application.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  1. Championing Supported Return to Training

Recruitment and retention of a highly skilled medical workforce is an increasing challenge. In terms of retention there is an urgent need to facilitate the return to work for those who have spent time out of training (or out of the medical workforce) for a variety of reasons.  It is important for the individual professional, the service and our patients that the return to work is appropriately managed to ensure that skills are refreshed and any necessary re-orientation has taken place.  It is imperative that the organisation avoids the repetition of serious errors resulting in patient harm, which have been highlighted nationally when appropriate support during the return to work has not been given. It is hoped that the successful candidate would also network with the International Medical Graduates Group and SAS doctors in order to maximise the benefit of this role.

  1. Championing LTFT working in the medical workforce

Increasingly, doctors are seeking to train and work flexibly at varying stages in their careers. There are also benefits to the employer; flexible training keeps doctors working and working effectively, it has also been shown to improve recruitment, retention and return to work after maternity leave. Recently the guidance has changed to allow doctors to pursue their post-graduate training LTFT by choice rather than necessity due to personal circumstances.

Training and working on a less than full time (LTFT) basis can help to achieve a better work-life balance. UHNM recognizes the importance of LTFT training and wants to become an exemplar site trust.

  1. Supporting doctors with additional support needs

Dealing with a doctor who requires extra support in some way is complex, requiring close work with relevant supervisors and the PMDE team to optimise support, training will be supported and encouraged.

Person specification

Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Primary clinical healthcare qualification
  • Membership/Fellowship of College, Faculty, professional association and/or regulatory body
  • Substantive post within target locality/school
  • GMC full registration
  • Consultant or SAS wit a clinical contract within the target locality

Clinical Exerience & Training

Essential criteria
  • Experience of training and educational supervision of trainees
  • Experience of Postgraduate Medical Education
  • Evidence of previous provision of support for educators/trainees

Skills, Ability & Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Understanding of reasons for time out of training & challenges faced by returning trainees
  • Knowledge of HEE SuppoRTT programme and related initiatives
  • Understanding of management structure in Medical Education
  • Proven leadership ability and previous management experience/training
  • Successful multidisciplinary team-working and excellent communication/facilitation and negotiating skills

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Dr Maggie Babb
Job title
Consultant Anaesthetisit
Email address
Maggie.Babb@uhnm.nhs.uk
Additional information

Additional contact:

Dr Will Carroll

Will.Carroll@nhs.net or Ext 79603

If you have problems applying, contact

Address
2nd Floor, Springfield Building
Royal Stoke Hospital
Newcastle Road
Stoke On Trent
Staffordshire
ST4 6QG
Telephone
01782459426