JOB DESCRIPTION Director of Medical Education (DME) The Director of Medical Education is responsible for maintaining and developing the profile of education within the organisation and promoting high quality education. They should develop a local strategy for medical and dental education, be responsible for the Business of Medical Education and Training and for ensuring the delivery of the Deanery Educational Contract.
They will have a close professional relationship with the Dean/Deanery to ensure quality control of programmes, develop and deliver the wider multi-professional educational agenda and for supporting and developing tutors as educators. The DME should be a Senior Officer in the Health Organisation, with a seat on or access to the senior decision making structures within the organisation ensuring that medical education is fully integrated with the delivery and future requirements of the service both operationally and strategically.
Recent changes to the way junior doctors are trained, as part of Modernising Medical Careers (MMC), and restrictions imposed by the Working Time Directive pose challenges to both the educational and service environments. The explicit specialty curricula and assessments of competence detailed in MMC have changed the type of educational provision required within Trusts. Increasingly knowledge and skills training are being dealt with in the work-place. This requires a co-ordinated, cross-specialty approach with educational support readily available for those charged with implementing the curricula and carrying out assessments. Transition” from the current postgraduate medical training arrangements to those envisaged under MMC will take a minimum of 5 years and will require careful management to ensure that neither education and training nor service suffers. Education as a core NHS responsibility, is on a par with clinical activity, and as such requires robust governance policies and procedures. PMETB has the responsibility in the UK for quality assuring specialty training at a national level. At a local level it is essential that quality assurance takes place outside scheduled PMETB inspections and this requires local eadership. Education is increasingly seen as an integrated, inter-professional activity and appropriate linkages need to be developed at the local level. Quality assured, competency based, time limited and seamless medical training is key to Government’s commitment to a high quality, consultant based service. Central to this is quality assured postgraduate medical education and training. Trusts will need to create and develop a first class “educational environment” if they are to attract and retain approved training posts.
There will be a need to develop and enhance the teaching and training skills of existing medical staff. The need for educational governance is recognised by all key education stakeholders – PMETB, Deaneries, NACT UK and Royal Colleges – as is the need for a dedicated medical educational lead at Trust level. Following failures of educational supervision (e. g. Southampton University Hospitals Trust) the NHS Litigation Authority in England now views educational governance as a key component of overall corporate governance.
The structure for medical education created within the organisation should encompass medical students, doctors in training, Career/Trust posts, SASG and consultants with clear roles and responsibilities of all involved. The Director of Medical Education should be involved in the processes of NHS Appraisal, pastoral support and Continuing Professional Development of all doctors within the organisation. General Responsibilities ? Take responsibility for the organisation achieving defined standards of postgraduate (and in some places undergraduate) medical education. Provide professional leadership and vision for the organisation on medical education issues ? Produce, implement and monitor a strategy for the provision of medical and dental education and training ? Liaise with the Undergraduate Lead and the local Medical School to ensure a smooth transition from undergraduate to postgraduate training. ? Align medical training and education with the service objectives as defined by the Trust Board or equivalent ? Represent the organisation on medical education issues, both externally and internally.
In order to deliver these, the DME will ? Identify a structure for the local delivery of medical education, ensuring that all those involved have clear roles and responsibilities and are accountable for these educational roles ? Lead, direct & develop all involved in medical education and be involved in their appointment ? Represent the Provider Organisation on University and Deanery committees to ensure a joined up approach between different phases in training. ? Manage resources and budgets devolved by the organisation to medical education & training ?
Manage data collection and reporting processes necessary both for internal quality control and training service development ? Liaise with other educational leaders towards the development of multi-professional learning as appropriate Key Result Areas ? Provide evidence of robust systems for educational governance required by statute for the GMC & PMETB QA processes, and other external bodies as required ? Ensure that trainers and trainees are fit for purpose within the organisation ? Report to Trust Board, or equivalent, as appropriate to ensure awareness of the impact of changes in medical education on the organisation ?
Implement, monitor and improve medical training programmes ? Provide an annual financial report and business plan The wider role of Directors of PGME involves participating in Deanery meetings, Dean’s monitoring visits and representing the Deanery at appointments committees. Procedure for appointment & accountability Post should be widely advertised within the Trust. Applicants should be formally interviewed by a panel which should include the Postgraduate Dean (on behalf of the University and the NHS), the Chief Executive, Medical Director and the NACT UK Deanery representative.
The exact models require local negotiations between the Postgraduate Deans, the SHA, Trusts and DMEs but in most Deaneries the DME will be managerially accountable to the Trust and professionally accountable to the Postgraduate Dean. Different models may exist within and between Deaneries. Annual review of the role will take place through the appraisal and job planning processes. To ensure professional development within this role DMEs should join NACT UK and attend regional and national meetings of an educational nature. Requirements The duties will normally require 3-5 PAs of protected time.
Goods & Services – mileage, laptop & mobile internet access Administrative support (1 Grade 5 WTE) & office space PERSONNEL SPECIFICATION – Director of Medical Education |FACTOR |CRITERIA | |HOW INFORMATION WILL BE | | | | |OBTAINED | | |ESSENTIAL |DESIRABLE | | |1.
ATTAINMENTS |GMC Full Registration |Postgraduate qualification |Application Form | | |Name on Specialty Register of GMC London |in Education (could be | | |(General and Higher |Minimum of 5 years experience as a Consultant |essential in the future) | | |Education, |Minimum of 5 years experience in a senior medical education role, | | | |Professional/Management |e. . Postgraduate Clinical Tutor, Royal College Advisor, | | | |Training, Relevant |Specialty/College Tutor | | | |Experience etc. ) |Consultant with a minimum of 5 PA clinical contract with the | | | | |organisation. | | |2. KNOWLEDGE AND INTERESTS|Knowledge of management structures in medical education and |Evidence of relevant research|Interview/ Presentation | | |awareness of recent changes in the delivery of medical education, |and/or publications. | | | |nationally and locally. Evidence of experience at | | | |Interest & enthusiasm for improving delivery of medical training |strategic level of national |Interview | | |and Continuing Professional Development |and/or international | | | |Knowledge of assessment methods |education organisations | | |SPECIAL APTITUDES |Evidence of ability to work in a team and to organise and manage |Evidence of supporting |Interview | |(Dexterity, numeracy, |the work of the Department. |trainees and trainers | | |computer literacy, ability|Effective leadership & communication skills. Motivating and | | | |to drive, communication, |developing others. Approachability. Good interpersonal skills |Understand use of IT in | | |etc. ) |Evidence of delivering well evaluated teaching sessions/tutorials. education |Interview/ | | | | |Presentation | | |Ability to manage change |Evidence of successful | | | |Ability to meet the travel requirements of the post, including |delivery of training | | | |access to a car on appointment. |strategy/programmes |Interview | | |Evidence of personal development in medical education | | | | | Evidence of working with | | | | |other specialties & |Interview | | | |professions | | | | | | | | | |Evidence of audit/research in| | | | |medical education |Interview/Portfolio | |4.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS |Health Standards applicable:- | |Occupational Health | |(General Health, Eyesight,|Doctor | |Assessment | |Build and Cleanliness, | | | | |etc. ) | | |Application Form/ | | |Acceptable attendance record. | |Interview/Referee/ Report | |5.
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES |N/A | | | APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Short-listing will be carried out on a basis of the Short-listing criteria set out above, using the information given on the application form. You should therefore address the requirements of the specification when completing the application form, as failure to do so may result in you not being short listed. Applicants may be required to make a presentation to the panel as part of the selection process. Appointments are subject to verification of appropriate qualifications