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Clinical Ethics Lead

Requisition ID:  23004

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Part Time
Posted Date:  23-Sep-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Salary: £35,254 to £56,502 per annum


Closing Date: 8 October 2022


The Role


You will be accountable to the Board of Medical Studies through the Office of the Director of Medical Studies/ Deputy Director of Medical Studies to plan, organise and manage clinical ethics training and assessment throughout the 5 years of the programme. You will review and improve the current clinical ethics strand through the programme, applying latest evidence and innovative learning and teaching strategies to build a coherent spiral strand through the 5 years of the programme.


This post is 0.2 FTE.


For more information about the Faculty of Medical Sciences please visit here.

For more information about the School of Medicine please visit here.


Interviews will take place on Wednesday 19 October 2022.


Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Andrew Chaytor, Degree Programme Director / Lead for Essentials of Medical Practice on


Key Accountabilities

Primary duties and responsibilities will include:
•    Delivering clinical ethics teaching and support other staff to do so in years 1 and 2,
•    Working effectively and in partnership with Year Leads, Course Directors, the designated local leads within the Local Education Providers and including Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed), to deliver the clinical ethics strand to the agreed learning outcomes throughout the programme
•    Running staff training workshops to improve MBBS clinical ethics training
•    Co-ordinating, developing and quality monitoring learning materials used within the course, including those uploaded to the virtual learning environment
•    Being dedicated exclusively to the Newcastle MBBS programme
•    Understanding the whole curriculum and where clinical ethics training best fits to deliver an integrated course
•    Acting as a point of reference for teachers and where appropriate students
•    Actively contributing to curriculum development meetings and other quality monitoring/management meetings as appropriate. To contribute to the agenda for meetings to ensure the relevance of topics discussed
•    Working with the Sub-Dean for Staff Development to ensure clinical teachers are appropriately trained for their role, both on-line and face to face
•    Contributing to other aspects of the programme such as admissions and assessment
Support for postholder:
•    Staff development opportunities as provided by the School of Medicine and Health Education England working across the North East
•    Support for staff development opportunities offered elsewhere e.g. ASME
•    Administrative support as appropriate from the Medical Student Office
•    Annual appraisal (University PDR process), which complements the NHS appraisal

The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
•    Knowledge of the MBBS curriculum and where the clinical ethics fits into it,
•    Track record of delivering high quality clinical ethics training,
•    Knowledge of NUMed and how the relevant courses are delivered and outcomes met,
•    Understanding of curriculum development and assessment,
•    Successful leadership experience,
•    At least two years teaching/assessment experience on the MBBS programme.

•    Track record of organising programmes of clinical ethics training,
•    Recognition of teaching and or leadership though membership or fellowship with HEA, AoMEd, FMLM or equivalent bodies,
•    Evidence of successful leadership within medical education.


Attributes and Behaviour
•    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
•    Ability to work collaboratively and across organisations, both in primary and secondary care
•    Ability to manage change.


•    Be on the General Medical Council Specialist (any recognised speciality)/GP Register or equivalent level of experience and in a substantive senior clinical role

•    A recognised teaching qualification (Course Directors will be expected to work towards this if not achieved by the time of appointment)




The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 23004