Clinical Lecturer, Education General Practice

Belfast, Northern Ireland
£76,001 - £102,466 per annum
10 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
10 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Centre for Medical Education

Closing Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018
Salary:  £76,001 - £102,466 per annum
Anticipated Interview Date:  Monday 12 November 2018

Job Purpose

To strengthen the clinical academic base of General Practice within the Centre for Medical Education, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). To undertake significant teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, engage in scholarly activity and contribute to School/Centre administration/outreach activity and to deliver and enhance clinical services in General Practice.


The following describes the type of work that is typically required of teaching staff at this level. It is not expected that anyone carries out all the activities mentioned below and some carry out additional duties.

  • Develop teaching methods, design course units and deliver a range of teaching and assessment activities including lectures, coursework, practical sessions, and Student Selected Components according to own area of subject specialism.
  • Design and be responsible for course/s delivered by others, preparing the teaching materials and being responsible for the assessment.
  • Develop approaches to teaching and learning, which are appropriate for the subject area and may reflect developing practice.
  • Contribute to the enhancement of quality teaching within the subject, Centre, School and/or Faculty.
  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.
  • Contribute to the design of innovative teaching programmes.
  • Plan and review own approach to teaching.
  • As a portfolio tutor, act as a mentor for students
  • Be responsible for practical work where applicable, and advise students on techniques.

Scholarly Activity

  • Develop links with relevant professional bodies to ensure that teaching reflects current best practice in own area of subject specialism.
  • Develop proposals and prepare, in collaboration with others, funding bids for external contract work that might involve, for example, publishing materials for use within the profession.
  • Engage in scholarly activity e.g. conference paper presentations, secure external funding, book reviews published, writing practice manuals, and publication of professional materials.
  • Maintain and develop teaching and subject expertise.

3.   Administration/Contribution to Community

  • Contribute to the School/Centre outreach strategy by developing external links.
  • Develop links with relevant industries and external bodies to encourage technology transfer opportunities and create opportunities for future research projects.
  • Liaise with the relevant academic and clerical student support staff within the Centre to ensure, as far as practicable, that all student support issues are dealt with in a timely, sympathetic and effective manner.
  • Carry out designated School functions, including, for example, participation in committee work, assisting in the process of admissions, and preparation of submissions relating to quality assessments of teaching
  • Be responsible for the record–keeping associated with teaching and the preparation of teaching materials.
  • Hold an Honorary General Practice contract with an agreed practice which will involve a maximum of 5 Programmed Activities agreed through the annual, integrated job plan.
  • Undertake clinical sessions appropriate to the specialty and as agreed on appointment/in the integrated annual job plan.
  • Provide a professional service in an area of subspecialist interest of his/her choice, as agreed in the job planning process.
  • Undertake supervision, management and training of junior medical staff along with other professions associated with his/her specialist area.
  • Comply with all health and safety policies, participate in the clinical and research governance framework of the Department of Health and comply with all legislation relating to the handling and storage of human tissues.
  • Provide leadership in the delivery and integration of education and research between colleagues in General Practice and University and also with students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Participate in the General Practitioner appraisal process appropriate for clinical academics, take part in continuing professional development activities and additionally undertake medical and clinical audit and quality assurance activities, as appropriate.
  • Undertake administrative duties associated with ongoing teaching, research and related patient care.

Sample Job Plan

  • The successful applicant will have clinical sessions appropriate to the specialty and as agreed on appointment in the integrated annual job plan.
  • This post will comprise 10 programmed activities (PAs), of which 5 will be General Practice PAs and 5 devoted to academic duties. Clinical PAs will include a maximum of 4.25 DCC and 0.75 SPA. The academic PAs will also include 0.75 SPA. The DCCs will be made up of a combination of clinics, and other clinical activities, as appropriate. The sub-specialty area for clinics can be negotiated with the appropriate clinical managers. The exact timings within the week will be determined in line with the successful candidate’s research and teaching areas.
  • Suitable office space and facilities with IT access will be made available at both the General Practice and University sites, as required. The clinical academic GP will have appropriate secretarial support.

General NHS Responsibilities:

  • Members of staff including clinical academic appointments are expected at all times to provide a caring service and to treat those with whom they come into contact in a courteous and respectful manner. As with other staff, the appointee will be expected to demonstrate his/her commitment to the General Practice by regular attendance and the efficient completion of all allocated tasks.
  • All staff including clinical academics must comply with the relevant No Smoking Policy.
  • All duties must be carried out in compliance with the General Practice and statutory regulations.
  • Appointees are required to adhere to the relevant Equal Opportunities Policy throughout the course of their employment.
  • To ensure the ongoing confidence of the public and to maintain high standards of personal accountability, staff including clinical academic appointments must abide by the Code of Business Conduct.


  • Plan and manage own teaching and tutorials as agreed with Head of School.
  • As module coordinator, liaise with others (such as support staff or academic colleagues) to ensure student needs and expectations are met.
  • Design/update modules in line with School/Centre teaching strategy.
  • Plan for the use of teaching resources, laboratories and workshops as appropriate.
  • Manage projects relating to own area of work
  • Undertake Continuous Professional Development relevant to both the academic and clinical components of the post.


  • Mentor colleagues with less experience and advise on personal development.
  • Depending on the area of work, may supervise the work of others.
  • Manage own teaching and administrative demands under general supervision of Centre Director
  • Assist in the development of skills and competence in others (for example through the supervision of Teaching Assistants).
  • Manage use of resources for teaching.
  • Participate in judgements regarding the use of resources within the School/Centre


  • Communicate complex and conceptual ideas to students as well as to peers using high level skills and a range of media.
  • A member of the School Board and Examination Board(s), as appropriate, and such committees relevant to his/her administrative duties.
  • Collaborate with other staff within the Centre/School/Faculty.
  • Participate in and develop networks, for example to identify sources of funding, contribute to student recruitment, secure student placements, market the institution, facilitate outreach work, generate income, obtain consultancy projects, or build relationships for future activities.
  • Contribute to the School/Centre outreach programme by establishing links with local community groups, industries, etc.


  • Primary Medical Degree
  • Higher degree (Masters or equivalent in a relevant subject area)
  • Full Registration with the General Medical Council.
  • Inclusion on the relevant GP Register or eligible for inclusion within six months of the interview date.
  • Post registration qualification (Membership of appropriate Royal College or equivalent by examination or Membership By Assessment of Performance).
  • Commensurate with stage of career:
  • Scholarly publications, including some that are peer-reviewed, contributing to the conceptual and/or practical development of the discipline.
  • Experience of presenting at national conferences.
  • Relevant teaching experience at University Level.
  • Ability to develop and devise new programmes, modules, techniques and methods.
  • Relevant academic administrative/management experience
  • Clinical experience in general practice and evidence of progression appropriate to career stage.
  • Experience in the management of clinical service in the relevant specialty.
  • Ability to devise, advise on and manage teaching programmes.
  • Ability to manage resources and understanding of management processes
  • Good presentation skills with the ability to communicate complex information effectively.
  • Good communicator, written and oral
  • The ability to organise workload and prioritise competing demands.
  • Ability to manage resources and staff
  • A team player who can develop effective internal and external links.
  • Leadership capability
  • This position is exempted from the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Exceptions) Order (Northern Ireland) 1979 and any applicant who is offered employment will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Check/Criminal Records Bureau Check.
  • Applicants must comply with the Terms and Conditions of the University’s substantive Clinical Academic Contract and the Relevant HSC organisation.


  • Completion of a PGCHET (or equivalent) or HEA membership
  • A doctoral degree
  • Evidence of innovation in clinical care or health service development.