Clinical Lecturer, 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 Public Health

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


To strengthen the clinical academic base of General Practice within the Centre for Public Health (CPH), School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). To undertake research in line with the School’s research strategy, to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level, to contribute to the School’s 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 academic staff at this level. It is not expected that anyone carries out all the activities mentioned below and some carry out additional duties.

1. Research

  • Develop the research activities of CPH and the School by sustaining a personal research plan, managing and undertaking research activities in accordance with a specific project plan in the appropriate research team.
  • Sustain a high quality publication record by publishing in refereed journals and presenting at conferences to assist individual research and so that the School/Centre research profile is enhanced.
  • Develop research proposals and funding bids in collaboration with others.
  • Direct, coach and develop research staff, where appropriate.
  • Ensure that research projects are completed on time and within budget.

2. Teaching

  • Develop teaching methods, design course units and deliver teaching and assessment activities including lectures, coursework, practical classes, and Student Selected Components according to own area of subject specialism.
  • Develop approaches to teaching and learning, which are appropriate for the subject area and reflect developing practice.
  • Contribute to the enhancement of quality teaching within the subject, Centre, School and/or Faculty.
  • As a portfolio tutor, act as a mentor for students.
  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.
  • Contribute to the design of innovative teaching programmes.

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, where appropriate, 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 and/or the Research Excellence Framework.
  • Be responsible for the record–keeping associated with teaching and the preparation of teaching materials.

4. Clinical

  • 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 General Practice 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 up to 5 will be General Practice PAs and at least 5 PAs 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 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 for and set teaching and research objectives over a number of years.
  • Plan and manage own teaching and tutorials as agreed with Head of School.
  • 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 and research resources, laboratories and workshops as appropriate.
  • Manage projects relating to own area of work.
  • Prepare research proposals for submission for external funding
  • 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, could supervise the work of others, for example in research teams and projects.
  • Manage own teaching, research 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 research students).
  • Manage use of resources for research and teaching.
  • Participate in judgements regarding the use of resources within the research project/School/Centre.
  • Act as portfolio mentor for students.


  • Communicate complex and conceptual ideas to students as well as to peers using high level skills and a range of media.
  • Member of the School Board and Examination Board(s), as appropriate, and such committees relevant to their 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 and/or industries.


  • Primary Medical Degree
  • Higher degree (PhD, MD or equivalent).
  • Full Registration with the GMC.
  • 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).
  • A minimum of three years’ research experience in public health and / or general practice.
  • Recent, relevant publications in peer reviewed/refereed journals that are at recognised internationally as being high quality, commensurate with experience.
  • Evidence of a research programme which complements the research priorities and strengths of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences.
  • Evidence of presentations at national and international meetings and conferences.
  • Relevant teaching experience at University Level.
  • 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
  • Ability to advance the research and teaching goals of the School.
  • Ability to strengthen the School’s national and international research networks
  • Ability to negotiate contracts independently or as a leader of a section in major projects.
  • Good presentation skills with the ability to communicate complex information effectively.
  • Good communicator, written and oral.
  • Able to present research and other plans and reports to the wider academic community and non-academic audiences.
  • 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 Honorary Consultant Contract of the Relevant HSC organisation.


  • Completion of a PGCHET (or equivalent) or HEA membership.
  • Experience of supervising research activities of other Post-Doctoral Fellows or Postgraduate Students.
  • Evidence of having obtained funding from government or private charitable agencies to support independent research
  • Evidence of assisting in supervision of PhD or undergraduate research projects, or projects conducted by junior postdoctoral fellows.
  • Evidence of innovation in clinical care or health service development.