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Job id: 089066. Salary: £55,329- £63,152, excluding London Weighting Allowance £2,162 per annum.

Posted: 07 May 2024. Closing date: 04 June 2024.

Business unit: Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine. Department: Department of Women & Children's Health.

Contact details: Professor Andy Shennan. andrew.shennan@kcl.ac.uk

Location: St Thomas Campus. Category: Academic & Teaching.

Job Description

The post is to build capacity for research and education within the Department of Women & Children’s Health under the School of Life Course & Population Sciences.

This post includes 50% clinical activity in an Obstetric focussed Senior Registrar rota line.

The post holder will have a background in one of the Department’s strategic research areas: premature birth, global health, parturition, reproductive and developmental biology, or other pregnancy complications, and be expected to realise the potential for integrated research activity across the wider School.  The post holder will have an excellent track record in research; a proven ability to attract external funding to support their research programme, and a good record of publication in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals. Whilst primarily a career research focussed post, the postholder will undertake some leadership within the MSc in Women & Children’s Health (e.g. module leadership, teaching, assessment and administration) and contribute to other relevant teaching within the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine.  Experience of teaching at a relevant level (e.g. BSc/MBBS or MSc teaching) and in an area related to Women & Children’s Health is therefore essential.  The post will be predominantly based across two campus sites, St Thomas’ Hospital and KCL’s Guy’s Campus.  Teaching activities will be mainly across KCL’s Guy’s and Waterloo Campuses but could also be at other sites.

You will participate in our ST6-7 Obstetrics & Gynaecology rota which includes cover for first on-call obstetrics and gynaecology (with ST1-5 and consultant support)obstetric elective lists; wards; and clinics.

This role is designed to provide cover across our obstetrics service.

Obstetric duties will include working at ST6-7 level on the hospital birth centre (HBC) as third on-call (and senior decision maker overnight, with an offsite Consultant on call), antenatal clinics, maternity assessment unit (MAU), ward rounds on the antenatal and postnatal wards and elective theatre list on HBC.

The post-holder will have passed MRCOG part 3 (or equivalent) and must have completed at least 3 years at registrar or equivalent level (ST3-5) in an RCOG approved (or equivalent) unit. If you already have experience at ST6-7 level, that is of benefit.

The post also includes first on call cover for acute gynaecology at night. The holder will be expected to take an active part in the management of gynaecological emergencies on the emergency gynaecology unit and gynaecology ward, as well as pre-operative and post-operative management of patients.

This post is fixed term Until September 2027.

This is a full-time post – 100% FTE.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide active senior medical input into the antenatal and postnatal care of women in the hospital and community setting
  • Take an active part in the management of gynaecological emergencies on the emergency gynaecology unit and gynaecology ward
  • Support current research groups related to Women & Children’s Health, while developing leadership to create their own programme of work.
  • Publish high-impact research that contributes to the discipline and the Faculty’s research record.
  • Apply for and secure peer-review research funding and PhD studentships.
  • Develop and strengthen links with other academics in King’s and externally to promote research and secure additional funding.
  • Take a leadership role and deliver relevant teaching and tutorials, i.e. lead a module in the MSc in Women & Children’s Health or equivalent; contribute to BSc and MBBS teaching.
  • Obtain relevant HE teaching qualifications.
  • Assist in setting and marking of in-course assessments, examinations and attend assessment boards as required.
  • Supervise and train other undergraduate and postgraduate research students as required.
  • Act as a personal tutor for undergraduate and postgraduate students as required.
  • Carry out teaching and research administrative duties as required and represent the Department on School, Faculty and University Committees as required.
  • Undertake appropriate professional duties, such as serving on the scientific committees of conferences, editorial boards of journals, grant funding committees, and involvement in professional bodies.
  • Be collegiate, promote a positive research college, embed EDI in all activities and undertake public engagement/outreach.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  1. Eligible to work as an Obstetrician in the UK.
  2. MBBS and GMC registered.
  3. Completion of MRCOG part 3.
  4. Experience at registrar level (ST 3-5) at the time of starting in this post
  5. PhD in an area related to Women and Children’s Health, or related area or with extensive equivalent research experience.
  6. Evidence of ability to write competitive, peer-reviewed grant applications. 
  7. Publication of research papers related to preterm birth.
  8. Knowledge and practical methodology skills in an area of research relevant to the Dept. of Women and Children’s Health.
  9. Supervisory/leadership experience in an area of research relevant to the Dept. of Women & Children’s Health.
  10. Ability to work well in a multidisciplinary team and to share and encourage good teaching and research practice.
  11. Evidence of actively promoting a positive research culture.
  12. Committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, actively addressing areas of potential bias. 

Desirable criteria

  1. Senior Registrar (ST 6-7) experience
  2. Experience working in NHS hospital(s), or similar healthcare system
  3. Evidence of external recognition of expertise (e.g. teamworking grant/paper reviewing, invitation to speak at conferences).
  4. Mentoring of junior staff in early career development.
  5. Experience of university administrative duties.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to specifically address the essential criteria outlined in the Person Specification in their covering letter.

Further Information

We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

The School of Life Course & Population Sciences is one of six Schools that make up the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine at King’s College London. The School unites over 400 experts in women and children’s health, nutritional sciences, population health and the molecular genetics of human disease. Our research links the causes of common health problems to life’s landmark stages, treating life, disease and healthcare as a continuum. We are interdisciplinary by nature and this innovative approach works: 91 per cent of our research submitted to the Subjects Allied to Medicine (Pharmacy, Nutritional Sciences and Women's Health cluster) for REF was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. We use this expertise to teach the next generation of health professionals and research scientists. Based across King’s Denmark Hill, Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Waterloo campuses, our academic programme of teaching, research and clinical practice is embedded across five Departments.

More information: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/slcps