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Academy Dean - UoB


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Academy Dean
Fixed term: 3 years
Part time - 4 sessions per week
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Bristol Medical. University of Bristol
£84,559 - £114,003 per annum
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Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.


Job overview

Applications are invited for the post of Gloucester Academy Medical Dean/Deputy Dean from all eligible senior doctors within Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

4 funded sessions (PAs) per week are available for this Academy. 

The current arrangements are that the Academy Medical Dean undertakes the role taking 3 PAs. The remaining 1 PA funds one Deputy Academy Medical Dean. These roles could either continue as per the current arrangement or as a job share as Co-Deans on 2 PAs each. 

Main duties of the job

The Academy Medical Dean combines the roles of director of undergraduate medical education and clinical dean in an Academy, accordingly with responsibility both for academic leadership of the academy and for students’ academic supervision and pastoral care. Academy Deans are represented on the Programme Management Committee in the Bristol Medical School. The Academy Medical Dean role would be for three years in the first instance, renewable for a further three years by mutual agreement. To allow continuity of leadership, a six-month period of notice of cessation would normally be expected from either the appointee or the University. 

For full details of the role, please see attached Job Description. Please apply by application form and attach your CV, plus a personal statement in support of your application (including approval from your department) and ensure your referees are up to date on your application.  Following which interviews will be held at Gloucester (or online), date TVA.

The interview panel will consist of representatives of both Gloucestershire NHS Trust and the University.

For further information please contact: Amanda Carmichael

Working for our organisation

We are a large organisation providing acute services from Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in Gloucester and Cheltenham General Hospital to a population of 652,475 in Gloucestershire as well as caring for patients from surrounding counties and beyond.

Our workforce is almost 8,000 strong and our caring and dedicated staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred, high quality emergency, elective and specialist care across a range of clinical areas.

The anaesthetic department is an integral part of the hospital involved in many aspects of clinical care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • The Academy Medical Dean (AMD) is responsible for ensuring that each student attached to their academy receives high quality learning and teaching experiences by working with year and clerkship co-ordinators, tutors and teachers to satisfy standards and requirements laid down by the GMC and the University of Bristol according to the curriculum approved by its Programme Management Committee. In order to achieve this the AMD will need to work with organisations to whom clinical care and teaching is subcontracted by the Trust
  • The AMD, or deputy, will meet all students who are placed in their clinical academy on their arrival, and will advise times as to their availability in accordance with the MB ChB Programme Open Door Policy
  • The AMD is responsible for ensuring that all students who are placed in their academy have access to and know how to access pastoral support.

Please see JD for more details

Person specification

Experience, Skills and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Considerable enthusiasm for the teaching and welfare of medical students
  • Experience of teaching undergraduate medical students
  • Excellent leadership and managerial skills
  • Ability to write clear concise reports
Desirable criteria
  • Good understanding of the MB ChB programme at Bristol
  • Budgetary management experience


Essential criteria
  • Primary medical qualification
  • Membership/Fellowship of relevant Royal College
Desirable criteria
  • Postgraduate teaching qualification e.g. Cert Med Ed, PGCE or successful completion (or studying towards) of the University’s CREATE programme

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Essential criteria
  • An ability to demonstrate and encourage excellent partnership working between University and Trust employees in clinical and professional services roles
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to negotiate with and influence senior colleagues in the relevant NHS Tust.
  • Commitment to working flexibly with colleagues

Additional Criteria

Essential criteria
  • Willingness to work with other Academy Deans to share good practice
  • Must have sufficient capacity within the current NHS job plan to be able to undertake role. Current Specialty Lead will need to confirm that this role can be accommodated within Job Plan.
  • Must commit to working within the Academy office on at least one of the sessions per week to foster good relationships with the Academy staff.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Prof Karen Forbes
Job title
Co-Directors MB ChB programme
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information
07779 847773