Senior Lecturer or Reader in Pharmacy Practice (either Teaching or Research focussed)

Bangor University

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As part of our commitment to the continued expansion of medical, pharmaceutical and health sciences at Bangor University, the newly formed North Wales Medical School seeks to appoint a Senior Lecturer or Reader in Pharmacy Practice/Clinical Pharmacy to contribute to the development of our proposed MPharm degree programme. This post is advertised through either a Research-focussed (T&R) or Teaching-focussed (T&S) route and dependent on experience and potential, the successful applicant may be appointed as either a Senior Lecturer or Reader.

We are looking for an outstanding individual to contribute to the development and delivery of a newly planned MPharm programme at Bangor University. The new programme will align with the GPhC’s new Standards for Initial Education and Training of Pharmacists. This is a time of real opportunity for pharmacy education in North Wales and we are looking for an experienced, registered pharmacist to lead on the development and delivery of the curriculum in clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice. You will be an experienced educator with a track record of research or scholarly achievements who seeks the excitement of being part of a pioneering team. We aim to provide significant experiential teaching and part of your role will be to design placement activities with partners including the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Health Education and Improvement Wales. Whilst expertise in any aspect of pharmacy practice or clinical pharmacy is welcomed, additional experience of independent prescribing (practice or teaching). Working with the Professional Body (GPhC) on curriculum development or programme recognition is particularly desirable. Research opportunities currently focus around medicines use and optimisation, personalised medicines, pharmaceutical economics, policy and prescribing.

The successful candidate will be educated to PhD level or equivalent in pharmacy or a relevant subject area or else will be either working towards, or will have a Post Graduate qualification with significant experience in UK pharmacy practice through practicing as a senior pharmacist within a healthcare setting. It is expected that the successful candidate will be registered with the GPhC

The post is full-time and permanent, and the successful candidate will be expected to commence as soon as practical and is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service check. Applications will also be considered to carry out this role on a part-time or job share basis. At point of application, applicants should indicate whether they are applying via the T&R (research-focussed) or T&S (teaching-focussed) route.

The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post.

This post is subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check.

This role will be located on campus at Bangor. Through our Dynamic Working framework, there will also be the option to spend some time working remotely (although remaining in the UK) to support work life balance, which will be discussed further with candidates at interview.

Applications will also be considered to carry out this role on a part-time or job share basis.

Applications will only be accepted via our on-line recruitment website, jobs.bangor.ac.uk. However, in cases of access issues due to disability, paper application forms are available by telephoning 01248 383865.

Interested applicants are invited to contact Professor Stephen Doughty, Professor of Pharmacy and Head of Pharmacy Programme, e-mail [email protected]

 

Committed To Equal Opportunities

 


Overview

Bangor University

Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. Around 10,000 students currently study at the University, with teaching staff based within nine Academic Schools. Bangor University’s research has been ranked highly in the Government’s most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), with 85% judged to be world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*). Bangor’s research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy is ranked 15th overall in the UK. The University has been consistently successful in the National Student Survey results and is regularly amongst the UK’s top 10 Universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions).

College of Medicine and Health

The College of Medicine and Health has a track record of world-leading teaching and research excellence and high levels of student satisfaction. The College provides professional training across a wide range of medical and health professions, in addition to a range of core foundational research activities which underpin the College’s Schools’ contributions to medical and health research and research methods, translational biomedical sciences, psychology and neuroscience, preventive health, rehabilitation, clinical intervention, and human performance and applied physiology. In addition, the College boasts excellent teaching and research facilities.

 

North Wales Medical School

The North Wales Medical School is the focus for medical, biomedical, and pharmaceutical education and research at Bangor University. The school has a portfolio of programmes that continues to expand. These include the BSc in Pharmacology (first year of intake, 2023), Bangor University’s independent Medicine degree from 2024, and Pharmacy degree from 2025 (subject to accreditation). The School’s research centres span medicines evaluation and optimisation, primary and palliative care, clinical trials, health economics, and cancer biology and pharmacology.

 


Purpose of the Job

• To lead in and teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including supervision of projects and students.

• To develop teaching materials or methodologies, for example course design or assessment and being module coordinator or contribute to module co-ordination.

• To conduct research (T&R route) or academic scholarship (T&S route) of leading national standard in a relevant field, with substantial evidence of quality and an emerging international reputation.

• To provide pastoral and academic support to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

• To undertake School and College leadership roles and other duties and responsibilities as directed by the Head of School of the North Wales Medical School.

 


Main Duties and Responsibilities

Working with the Professor of Pharmacy and Head of Pharmacy Programme along with the Head of the North Wales Medical School, the post-holder will:

 

Teaching duties:

• Lead on the development and delivery of innovative approaches (significantly and sustained for T&S route) to MPharm course design, learning, teaching, and assessment practice.

• Lead on student experiential placements, liaising with Health Education and Improvement Wales and regional Health Boards.

• Plan, prepare and deliver lectures and tutorials, responding effectively to a variety of student backgrounds, learning styles and class sizes.

• Develop and deliver simulation activities relevant to MPharm teaching.

• Be willing to contribute to the development and teaching of other relevant programmes (BSc, Masters, PhD, CPD, etc) within the College.

• Participation in academic quality assurance as relevant to the post, including having a key role in on-going curriculum review processes. Lead the review of modules and programmes and quality assurance mechanisms.

• Specifically for the T&S route: Champion Learning and Teaching and Student Engagement across the University and undertake a significant and sustained role in the development and use of VLE and other forms of learning technologies.

 

Research duties (for T&R route):

• Disseminate and publish results of research or scholarly activity (for T&S route) as lead author in high quality, leading, peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, articles or monographs.

• Develop personal and/or collaborative research projects and manage projects and groups with an emphasis on research output of a quality and quantity demonstrating international excellence. (This will be extensive for Reader level).

• Sustained evidence of generating research income from recognised research funding bodies as appropriate for the field of discipline.

Administrative and Wider Contribution duties:

• Contribute to the School’s management, (e.g. participate in the administration of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes); and (for Reader) contribution to academic management, planning, governance and policy formation at University, College and School level.

• Contribute (significantly and sustained for Reader) to addressing aspects of student experience, recruitment and retention.

• Contribute (significantly and sustained for Reader) to the University’s mission (e.g. collaboration with other HEIs in the UK and further afield, promotion of equality and diversity, the Athena SWAN agenda and the Welsh language).

• Contribute to the promotion and external profile of the University/College/School through the marketing of programmes and participating in University/College/School link activities and other marketing initiatives.

• Undertake an active role in mentoring less experienced members of staff within the College/School.

• Undertake other duties and responsibilities as directed by the Head of Pharmacy and Head of North Wales Medical School.


Other Duties and Responsibilities

• The post holder will be expected to participate in performance review and developmental activities.

• The post holder will be expected to comply with the University’s equality policies and statements, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language Scheme.

• The post holder has a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and wellbeing and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for him/her self and for other members of staff, students and visitors affected by his/her actions or inactions. The post holder is also required to comply with all applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments.

• The post holder must comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their posts. Where disciplinary/capability action is taken, either the Universities procedure, or the NHS’s procedures will be used, depending on which are most appropriate to the circumstances.

 


Person Specification

Qualifications/Training

Essential:

• Be a pharmacist registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhc) with expertise in an area of clinical, social or other relevant pharmacy practice specialism.

• Educated to PhD level or equivalent in pharmacy or a relevant subject area or else will be either working towards, or will have a Post Graduate qualification with significant experience in UK pharmacy practice through practicing as a senior pharmacist within a healthcare setting. (T&S route).

• (for Reader) Experience in a leadership role within academia or as a senior practicing pharmacist.

 

Desirable:

• Hold a PGCertHE teaching qualification (or equivalent) and / or HEA Senior Fellow recognition. For Reader under the T&S route, expectation would be of having attained or be working towards Principal Fellow of the HEA.

• Hold, or have experience of teaching, an Independent Prescribing qualification.

• Member or Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

 

Experience/Knowledge

 

Essential:

• Experience of teaching at higher education level with evidence of successful student learning outcomes (Considerable experience required for Reader).

• Experience in the design, development and delivery of innovative undergraduate curricula, teaching and assessment strategies, aligned to the GPhC IETP standards.

• Evidence of leadership of quality courses and teaching and departmental initiatives that improve teaching (Reader requirement).

• Evidence of involvement in academic quality assurance assessments (e.g. annual course monitoring, internal and/or external validation panels, etc).

• Evidence of excellence in teaching (e.g. teaching profile, peer observation, student feedback, teaching award).

• Evidence of scholarship relating to learning and teaching through publication in refereed journals and/or books, articles and/or conference proceedings (requirement for T&R route).

• Evidence of recognition as an authority and leader in pharmacy practice (e.g. through conference participation as invited speaker with national and/or international reach) (Reader requirement).

 

Skills/Abilities

 

Essential:

• Ability to demonstrate innovative and exciting approaches to teaching and research.

• Demonstrable IT Skills as required (e.g. VLE techniques and other forms of learning technologies).

• Evidence of sustained record of influencing the teaching agenda through external networking and profile-raising (required for T&S route)

• Demonstrate the ability to prioritise work load and work to deadlines.

• Ability to work effectively as part of a team and on own initiative.

• Excellent verbal and written skills.

 

Other

Essential:

• Demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly in English, conveying ideas and concepts both verbally and in writing to a diverse audience.

 

Desirable:

• An appreciation of the bilingual context of health and care delivery across North Wales.

• The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh is desirable for this role. If applicants are not able to speak / write in Welsh at present, there are many opportunities to learn if the successful candidate wishes to do so.

 


General

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds.  We strive to develop a workforce from all sections of the community regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age. We promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language through our progressive Welsh Language Policy. We comply with the Welsh Language Standards and are committed to equality of opportunity. You are welcome to apply for any job in English or Welsh and all applications submitted will be treated equally.

 

We are a member of Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Gender Equality charter and hold a Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to and progress towards gender equality within the University’s policies, practices, and culture. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

 

All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact.

 

All offers are made subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references. 

 

All candidates must meet the requirements of UK ‘right to work’ requirements *** If you require Home Office permission to work in the UK, or need to switch your visa status in order to take this job  we recommend you use the following link to information about the routes into employment and to check eligibility requirements:  https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas

 

Please note that we are unable to employ anyone who does not have the right to live and work in the UK legally.   When applying for this post you will be required to explain the basis upon which you believe you will be able to live and work in the UK legally on the commencement date of the role should your application be successful.

 

Please note that, in the event of applications being received from candidates on the University’s Redeployment Register with a reasonable skills match to the post specification, these applicants will be given prior consideration.

 

Disclosure & Barring Service

This post is subject to a satisfactory SPECIFY: standard/enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check.
As Bangor University meets the requirements in respect of exempted questions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, all applicants who are offered employment will be subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) before the appointment is confirmed. This will include details of cautions, reprimands or final warnings as well as convictions. DBS checks will be updated every 3 years.

 

Candidates should note that the University uses an external Umbrella body to process  DBS checks.   As such you should be aware that, if successful in your application, your name and e-mail contact details will be shared with the Umbrella body in order that they may contact you to start the application process.

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