Deputy Head of Undergraduate Medical School Clinical Placements (MBChB Year 3-5)

University of Glassgow
February 12, 2024
Offerd Salary:£96,963 – £128,841
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Deputy Head of Undergraduate Medical School Clinical Placements (MBChB Year 3-5)

The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing are seeking to appoint a Deputy Head of the Undergraduate Medical School (UMS) for MBChB Year 3-5.

The post attracts 3 PAs and reports to the Head of the Undergraduate Medical School, Professor Malcolm Shepherd and works in partnership with Deputy Head of the Undergraduate Medical School Bioscience (i.e MBChB Years 1-3). This post is a secondary appointment for an initial term of 4 years, sitting alongside the postholder's underlying substantive role, with appropriate workload adjustments being made to accommodate.

The School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing is renowned for pioneering teaching methods and superb facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate study. The School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing is part of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences.

Job Purpose

The Deputy Head of the Undergraduate Medical School (UMS) for MBChB Year 3-5 will support the Head of the UMS in the provision of academic leadership and overall management in the development and delivery of teaching, research and other activities within the School to ensure it produces graduates who are fully equipped with the knowledge and competencies necessary for safe clinical practice and postgraduate training and practice. The role has particular responsibilities for Years 3-5 of the MBChB programme.

Key Tasks

1.To work collaboratively and participate actively with the review, revision and development of the undergraduate medical programme (including assessment) of Years 3-5 of the MBChB in the context of the overall curriculum and within the framework of:

• The requirements of the General Medical Council.

• Evidence of best educational practice.

• The University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Strategy.

• Feedback on performance of graduates in clinical practice.

• Feedback from students.

2. To be an active member of the UMS Executive and the Operational Management Committee, chairing these groups in the absence of the Head of the UMS.

3. To provide leadership of the Years 3-5 MBChB academic team, and to interact with teaching staff and the Professional Services staff providing support to the MBChB.

4. To liaise and engage with the NHS staff involved in the delivery of the MBChB Programme, providing leadership as required.

5. To review and facilitate the development and training of staff, particularly clinical staff, participating in the delivery of Years 3-5 of the MBChB

6. To actively promote and encourage scholarship and research in medical education.

7. To provide line management for academic staff with responsibilities in Year 3-5 of the MBChB.


• A senior clinician with a proven track record of charismatic leadership and engagement.

• Clinically active with credibility in the medical community in Glasgow and the West of Scotland, with both NHS Hospital staff and General Practice.

• Commitment to, and experience of, fostering excellence in learning and teaching.

• Knowledge and experience of teaching, learning and assessment in undergraduate medical education.

• Experience of educational programme development and innovation.

• Commitment to research informed undergraduate medical education.

• Good management skills with the ability to listen, engage, persuade and negotiate.

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1 MB ChB or equivalent and Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in specialty or GP training.


A2 A higher degree in research or education.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience


C1 Experience and/or understanding of Undergraduate Medical Education in the UK, including curriculum design, national assessment strategy, funding and workforce planning.

C2 Experience of organising and delivering clinical teaching in different environments.

C3 Experience in working with the major partners of the UMS including the NHS, GMC, Medical School council, other Scottish HE institutions and Scottish Government.

C4 Experience of leadership in dynamic and multi-disciplinary teams.

C5 Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to engage confidently and competently with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

C6 A track record in managing students in difficulty including those with academic difficulties, professionalism concerns and welfare issues.

C7 Commitment to continuing professional development in education.


D1 In depth understanding of the drivers, stakeholders and external factors impacting on undergraduate medical education in Scotland.

D2 Experience of UG Admissions processes and management.

D3 Experience of the provision of support to student pastoral care services.

D4 Experience of managing UG assessment procedures.


• The Undergraduate Medical School has approximately 1700 students and approximately 1500 teachers incorporating clinical academics and honorary clinical staff.

• Responsibility for the administrative management of key elements of the undergraduate medical degree (MBChB) student admissions, student support and assessment procedures.

Planning and Organisation

• Ongoing short and long term strategic planning to ensure the delivery of best practice in the areas of responsibility of the post.

• Oversee the planning and workload of the admissions, student support and welfare teams.

• Prioritise a complex workload.

Decision Making

• High level of independent decision making on a day to day basis prioritising own workload and that of others.

• Contribute to decisions with implications for UMS administration.

• Provide advice on operational administrative matters to senior academic and administrative colleagues.

Problem Solving

• Problem solve independently on a wide range of issues, this includes anticipating problems in order to avert, manage or refer upwards.

• Taking forward change designed to improve administration and/or to address problems.

Internal/External Relationships

• Administrative and Academic colleagues in the UMS.

• Senior colleagues in the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing and the College of MVLS.

• University Student Services.

• NHS Education for Scotland – ACT liaison.

• Education leads in the surrounding NHS Boards.

• GPs and GP Practices contributing to UMS teaching.

To achieve the above the postholder will have a sophisticated and detailed understanding of the UMS and its wider hinterland.

Terms and Conditions

An honorary consultant contract will be applied for from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, with an associated salary from

£96,963 – £128,841 per annum pro rata on the New Consultant Contract (NCC) Scotland. Further payments may be made by the NHS for clinical activity e.g. a clinical EPA, Discretionary Points, Merit Award and/or Availability Supplement, if eligible.

This post is part time, 12 hours per week and fixed term for up to 4 years.

The post for which you are applying is considered registered work in terms of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act. It requires the successful applicant to become a Protecting Vulnerable Groups PVG Scheme member prior to appointment. If you are successful in your application, the offer of employment will be subject to PVG Scheme membership. Please note it is a criminal offence to apply for a child care position if you are on the Disqualified From Working with Children List.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www., benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing https: // www.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. for more information.

Informal enquires should be directed to Professor Malcolm Shepherd, [email protected]

Vacancy Ref: 138330, Closing Date: 12 February 2024.

Vacancy Ref : 138330 Close Date : 12-Feb-2024 23:45

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