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Course Director Clinical Decision Making

Requisition ID:  5650

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Part Time
Posted Date:  12-Jan-2021


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.


Salary: £82,096.00 - £91,090.00 pro rata


Closing Date: 26 January 2021

The Role

Accountable to the Board of Medical Studies, through the Office of the Director or Deputy Directors of Medical Studies, to manage the delivery and assessment of the Clinical Decision Making Course of the MBBS curriculum.

Prospective applicants who wish to discuss the appointment informally should contact Dr Paul Paes, Director of Medical Studies on paul.paes@newcastle.ac.uk.


For more information about the Faculty of Medical Sciences please visit: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medicalsciences

For more information about the School of Medical Education please visit: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sme/

The post is part time at 10% FTE.


Interview date: 05/03/2021.


Key Accountabilities


Accountable to the Board of Medical Studies, through the Office of the Director or Deputy Directors of Medical Studies, to manage the delivery and assessment of the Clinical Decision Making Course of the MBBS curriculum:

  • The Course Director’s role is to ensure the equality of teaching, learning and assessment for all MBBS students undertaking this course within the Regional Medical School
  • To plan, organise and manage the course across all sites to ensure it is fit for purpose and to ensure equivalence of student experience. This includes process and resource planning
  • To work effectively, and in partnership with the designated local leads within the Local Education Providers and including Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed), to deliver the course to the agreed learning outcomes
  • To be dedicated exclusively to the Newcastle MBBS programme
  • To understand the whole curriculum, where this course fits, and build on prior learning in the development of the placement
  • To link with years 1 and 2 to ensure linked case teaching has clinical input and spirals in to the Clinical Decision Making course
  • To act as a point of reference in respect of the placement for teachers, and where appropriate students, through the Local Education Providers (LEPs) leads
  • To contribute to the regular creation and review of the examination question banks specifically in relation to the particular placement either in writing or at meetings, to ensure the learning outcomes for the placement are being appropriately assessed
  • To contribute to the clinical and professional assessment processes for the placement and the programme as a whole, including involvement in the standard setting process
  • To quality monitor and ensure standardisation and uniformity of any in-course assessment for the course across the Regional Medical School
  • To co-ordinate and quality monitor learning materials used within the course, including those uploaded to the virtual learning environment
  • To contribute to the review of content of shared learning materials, and placement documentation within the required timelines to ensure the students receive them in a timely manner
  • To work with the Year 4 lead and actively contribute 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
  • To engage with regional medical school leads and other Course Directors including colleagues in Primary Care, to ensure horizontal and vertical integration
  • To work with the Sub-Dean for Staff Development to ensure clinical teachers are appropriately trained for their role, both on-line and face to face

Support for post holder

  • Staff development opportunities as provided by the School of Medical Education 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, with one of the Deputy Directors of Studies

Key Relationships

  • Liaison with the Board of Medical Studies in relation to the course and future change or developments
  • Liaison with Leads in Local Education Providers and staff at NUMed, to ensure the course is being delivered consistently across the Regional Medical School including the branch campus at NUMed Malaysia
  • Liaison with the year 4 Lead and other Course Directors through quality monitoring and management meetings
  • Administrative and clerical staff in the Medical School, and Base Units


The Person (Essential)
Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Knowledge of the MBBS curriculum and where the course fits into it
  • Knowledge of the relevant subject areas delivered in Years 1 - 5 of the MBBS curriculum
  • Knowledge of NUMed and how the relevant courses are delivered and outcomes met
  • Understanding of curriculum development and assessment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • At least two years teaching/ assessment experience on the MBBS programme
  • Successful leadership experience
  • Ability to manage change
  • Ability to work collaboratively and across organisations
  • Recognition of teaching and or leadership though membership or fellowship with HEA, AoMEd, FMLM or equivalent bodies (Desirable)
  • Evidence of successful leadership within medical education (Desirable)




  • Ability to respond enthusiastically and positively to students
  • Demonstrable willingness and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues as part of a team
  • Sensitivity to the views of others
  • Enthusiasm for the task in hand




  • Be on the General Medical Council Specialist Register (any recognised speciality) or GP Register
  • Postgraduate qualification in medical education at or working towards Masters Level


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff 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.


Requisition ID: 5650