Clinical Senior Lecturer in Surgical Education & Honorary Consultant Urologist with special interest in Functional Urology

King's College London

The School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences (BMEIS) is seeking an exceptional clinical academic to join its department of Surgical & Interventional Engineering.  

This position fits with the Faculty’s academic vision for healthcare engineering and will continue to advance our research and education in line with King’s Strategic Vision 2029.  

This position will support the shared vision to create impact in education by building an education and clinical partnership between King’s College London and San Raffaele University Hospital Italy.  

Surgical education is in a period of evolution and growth. Various challenges have driven changes in the provision and structure of healthcare training. Pressures on healthcare are forcing greater efficiencies in the delivery of training.  Legal and regulatory changes are transforming the training landscape. 

The Post holder will work with the School to create flexible training programmes that can be integrated into clinical practice, ensuring that the NHS can fully benefit from new treatments and technologies. Expansion of distance learning and hybrid teaching, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, will need to continue and be developed further. These need to be effectively incorporated into existing teaching programs for flexible, student centred education incorporating hands-on training and e-learning.  

The post-holder will be responsible for academic and strategic leadership of the Recordati Surgical Data Science PhD / Fellowship programme, with the philanthropic investment (£1.5m) we will train and develop the research skills of the next generation of promising new surgeons and data researchers from both institutions.  

Clinical duties of the role will be as a substantive consultant Urologist at King’s College Hospital. The remit of the post holder will be to work within the multi-disciplinary team providing and further developing care for urology patients. The post holder will need to have an interest and expertise in functional urology and neuropathic bladder. In addition, the individual will be required to play an active role in the general workload of the department while having a significant commitment to teaching and training of junior staff. 

KCH is committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and the candidate will be encouraged to take appropriate study leave to attend courses and conferences to enhance their continued growth and education within the specialty.

On call rota is 1:9 and only covers one site ( King’s Denmark Hill site). 

On call is supported for registrar thought out (day, evening and night)

Consultant of the week is also 1:9 and during on call week it is only covering daytime ward activities when elective activities are cancelled (Mon-Fri).**

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract. 

This is a full-time  post – 100% full time equivalent

•         Develop the flexible training programmes that can be integrated into clinical practice 

•         Teach on FOLSM undergraduate or postgraduate courses relevant to the appointee’s expertise e.g. BSc in Imaging Sciences, MSc/MRes in Healthcare Technologies; as well as contribute to MBBS interviews, MBBS OSCEs, and MBBS scholarly project supervision.

•         Assist with course assessments, as required, including attendance at Examiners’ meetings.

•         Contribute to curriculum/course development.

•         Supervise and train research students at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

•         Provide clinical research leadership within neuro-urology

•         Undertake internationally leading research and submit research for publication, so as to contribute to the School’s research exercise framework and the further advancement of the discipline/profession

•         Raise funding through peer reviewed grant applications to support a substantial programme of research.

•         Develop and strengthen links with others in the appointee’s area of expertise and with external bodies to promote the research

•         To assist in reviewing scientific papers. 

•         The post holder will be provided with shared office space and administration support 

•         Together with the other Consultant Urologists, to provide a service for Kings.  This includes all aspects of treatment and relevant management duties for the proper functioning of the department. 

•         Shared responsibility with the other Consultant Urologist for providing 24 hours, 7 days a week cover for the Unit on a rota basis.  Responsible also for covering colleagues’ periods of annual leave and short-term sickness. 

•         Provide clinical supervision of junior medical staff as a shared responsibility with other consultant colleagues. 

•         Responsible for carrying out teaching, examination and accreditation duties as required and contributing to CPD and clinical governance initiatives. 

•         Responsible for outpatient clinic commitments in peripheral hospitals as agreed with the Divisional management team. 

•         Contribute to the audit programmes, Morbidity and Mortality, clinical governance programs and learning from Deaths. 

•         Conduct all activities within the contracted level of service and operating plan for service(s).  

•         Exercise professional leadership for all staff working in the specialty.  This will include fostering and developing projects focused towards these ends and ensuring that the momentum of post-qualification professional education and other appropriate training is maintained.  

•         Undertake Divisional management duties as agreed with the Divisional/departmental Manager/Clinical Director. 

•         Be aware of, and comply with, all Trust infection prevention and control policies, to include hand hygiene, personal hygiene, environmental and food hygiene.  

•         Prepare for and undertake the protective interventions that you are responsible for in a manner that is consistent with evidence-based practice and maintaining patient safety. 

The list of duties and responsibilities given above is not an exhaustive list and the post-holder may be asked to undertake other dutiesas may reasonably be expected within the scope, grading, purpose and nature of the post. This job description reflects core activities of a post at a particular time.  The College and Trust expects that all staff will recognise this and adopt a flexible approach to work. All staff are expected to contribute to the smooth running of their directorate as required; in particular, to comply with policies and procedures, Standing Orders and Financial Regulations of the School and Trust.

There may be additional programmed activities with agreement with the Clinical Lead/Head of School, which will be assessed annually at the time of appraisal. The College/Trust support the requirements for continuing professional development as laid down by the Royal College of Surgeons and are committed to providing time and financial support for these activities. KCH has the required arrangements in place, as laid down by the Royal College of Surgeons, to ensure that all doctors have an annual appraisal with a trained appraiser and supports doctors going through the revalidation process. 

Responsibility for the care of post-operative patients when the post-holder is off site is top priority for the urology department at KCH, appreciating that this is a clinical-academic post with commitments at KCL. Care of patients will remain the most important facet and will not be compromised by academic duties. Suitable cross-cover for emergencies is available at KCH and the post-holder will never be on call at KCH on the fixed days of the week that they are at KCL.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria 

1.       Full GMC Registration with entry on the Specialist Register and licence to practice 

2.       PhD awarded in relevant discipline 

3.       Ability to work well as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team and to share and encourage good practice 

4.       Track record of publications in high impact journals 

5.       Track record of securing substantial grant funding as principal investigator 

6.       Experience of undergraduate teaching and post graduate training 

7.       Strong commitment to delivering patient-centred care 

8.       Ability to work flexibly across KCH/KCL premises 

9.       FRCS (Urol) or equivalent. 

10.    Within six months of the expected date of CCT (or equivalent) on the day of interview. 

11.    Wide experience in all aspects of Urology, culminating in award of CCT or equivalent. 

12.    Specialist training in the field of Urology and Functional Urology 

13.    Effective communicator, able to work in a close-knit team and co-operate with all medical and paramedical staff. 

14.    Flexible and resilient. 

15.    Professional attitude towards work, reliability, good record of attendance and tidy personal appearance. 

16.    Able to demonstrate an understanding of Kings Values. 

17.    Commitment to uphold Kings Values 

Desirable criteria 

1.       Advanced Life Support provider  

2.       Evidence of leadership in the development of clinical services 

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine is one of the largest and most successful centres for research and education in the UK.  The Faculty was created as a result of the merger of elements of the School of Biomedical Sciences with the School of Medicine. The merger brings together basic, translational and clinical scientists to provide new cross-School research collaborations while optimising the deployment of teaching expertise across the Faculty. 

The Faculty has unparalleled expertise in basic, translational and clinical research in: analytical and forensic science; asthma and allergy; biophysics and cell biology; cancer; cardiovascular; nutrition and diabetes; genetics; infection and immunology; imaging and biomedical engineering; transplantation immunology; pharmaceutical science; physiology and women’s health. We also have thriving research programmes in global health, and health and social care. 

About the School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences

The School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging is a cutting-edge research and teaching School dedicated to development, translation and clinical application within medical imaging and computational modelling technologies. Our objective is to facilitate research and teaching guided by clinical questions and is aimed at novelty, understanding of physiology and pathophysiology as well as development of new diagnostic tools and therapies. In this way, basic science can be rapidly translated into clinical applications (and vice versa). 

The School consists of five academic departments: Cardiovascular Imaging, Cancer Imaging, Imaging Chemistry & Biology, Biomedical Engineering and Perinatal Imaging & Health. Our staff and students comprise physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians and clinicians working together in a highly cross-disciplinary way. The chemists and biologists develop new contrast agents and radiopharmaceuticals for molecular imaging; the physicists and engineers develop imaging hardware and instrumentation; and the computer scientists and mathematicians develop image-processing and computational modelling methodologies; meanwhile, the clinicians apply them in the clinic in a wide range of areas, such as cardiology, vascular surgery, cancer, neurology, paediatrics, nuclear medicine and radiology. This interdisciplinary group encourages the generation of projects far beyond classic research by combining the skills and equipment of basic scientists with those of clinical researchers.  Our proactive approach to collaboration with other departments and Schools, both in basic sciences and clinical sciences, means that we widen the use of imaging and maximise the benefit to patients. There is a close and vital relationship in our work between problem solving in clinical and biomedical application areas and methodological research in the basic disciplines.  

The School has recently received significant boost from the UK Research and Innovation, who committed to invest £10 million in the London Medical Imaging & Artificial Intelligence Centre for Value Based Healthcare.  The new Centre will train sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms from NHS medical images and patient data, to provide tools for clinicians to speed up and improve diagnosis and care across a number of patient pathways including dementia, heart failure and cancer.   In order to achieve these results, the Centre brings together an ambitious consortium including two other universities (Imperial and Queen Mary’s University London), King’s Health Partners NHS Foundation Trust partners, Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley, with Bart’s Health, multinational industry (Siemens, NVIDIA, IBM, GSK), 10 UK-based SME’s and the Health Innovation Network. 

The Centre will have a focus on transformation and value-based healthcare, and how advanced imaging and AI technologies can be used to improve the patient journey. By optimising triage and targeting resources, these technologies will also allow the NHS to reduce wasted effort that is not supporting patient care and deliver significant financial savings.  Planned to open in early 2019, the Centre is one of a number of initiatives that will feed into longer-term plans to make the St Thomas’ Hospital campus a major MedTech Hub for the UK. The work is supported by the existing Wellcome / EPSRC Centre for Medical Engineering, the School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences and TOHETI. 

The School of Biomedical Engineering and the partnering NHS trust will ensure that there is appropriate secretarial support, office space and IT facilities to support this post.  

Candidates with an existing NHS pension will have the option to remain in that scheme if preferred to the Universities Superannuation Scheme. 

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