Training Programme Director in Neurology

Deanery Appointments 1

Recruitment Timetable

Apply from 5 March 2018
Closing date 22 March 2018
Interview dates 17 April 2018.

Applications are invited from Consultants in Neurology with at least two years’ experience, both as a Consultant and as a trainer of specialty trainees. 

This position is for a Training Programme Director (TPD) for specialty trainees in Neurology in Health Education England, working across the south west in the Severn region. 

To apply, please submit your CV (preferably by e-mail) together with a short paper indicating the relevant skills and experience you consider you would bring to the role to Louise Peckham, Education Programme Manager in Severn  by 10am on Thursday 22nd March 2018.

A person specification and an outline of the roles and responsibilities of a TPD are outlined on the Job description tab.  If you would like to discuss this role in more detail please contact Dr Ananthakrishnan Raghuram, Head of School for Medicine or Dr Geoff Wright, Associate Postgraduate Dean.

The post attracts funding in recognition of the time that will be required for the duties of a TPD. The post is for 0.25 management sessions . This is calculated on a pro rata basis according to the number of training posts and will be discussed at interview. 

The Interview Date is to be confirmed, however will be held at Deanery House. 

We wel­come ap­pli­ca­tions from every­one ir­re­spec­tive of gen­der and eth­nic group but, as mem­bers of eth­nic mi­nor­ity groups are cur­rently un­der-rep­re­sented in these types of posts we would encourage ap­pli­ca­tions from mem­bers of these groups.  Ap­point­ment will be based on merit alone. 

Job Description

Training Programme Director - Neurology

Summary of Role and Responsibilities

The role of Training Programme Director is to work with and support the Head of School in leading the delivery of a wide range of functions, aligned to the Health Education England mandate.

The Training Programme Director is professionally and managerially accountable to the Head of School.  The Training Programme Director will focus upon improvement of learner supervision, assessment and experience, engagement of faculty and ensuring effective educational outcomes, both now and in the future.  The role is evolving and will also focus on whole workforce transformation and developing multi-professional links.

To support the Postgraduate Dean, Training Programme Directors will work across the spectrum of health and where relevant, social care, within the context of a team, so that the provision of education reflects changing service models.  This will deliver an integrated workforce comprising individuals from a spectrum of professional and other backgrounds.

Duration: 3 years (renewable under some circumstances, subject to approval of the Postgraduate Dean and Head of School)

Sessions/Grade: 0.25 sessions

Key Areas of Responsibility


To work with the Head of School:

  • To provide effective clinical leadership, contributing to the strategic development of HEE.
  • To contribute to the vision of the local NHS and to enhance patient care by providing leadership and direction with respect to the quality of education and training.
  • To be an advocate and a positive role model on behalf of HEE, by promoting leadership that inspires, motivates and empowers all staff, and demonstrating the values of the NHS. 
  • To work on behalf of HEE, providing expert advice on specialty specific matters.
  • To work locally with key groups and stakeholders, to attend and host events across the regions, to develop key liaisons and to ensure effective local engagement and responsiveness in line with the culture of HEE.
  • To review how multi-professional healthcare teams interact and identify opportunities for different healthcare professions to work more effectively together through education and training.
  • To work with providers and others to support and capture innovation locally and ensure national and local conversations develop ‘best practice’.

Corporate Leadership

  • To support delivery of the specialty specific aspects of the HEE mandate through local initiatives and programmes.

Involvement in Programmes and Projects

  • To support work programmes on behalf of HEE that support local and national developments and initiatives. 

Quality and Safety

To work closely with the Head of School to support implementation of the HEE Quality Framework and:

Education and Training Quality Improvement and Performance

  • To emphasise the importance and promote the development of a quality learning environment for all learners.

Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality Improvement

  • To support the development of quality processes which are complementary across the healthcare workforce.
  • To support the use of clinical skills training and simulation (where appropriate/applicable), stressing the importance of teamwork and human factors.

School Programme Management

To oversee School programme management and advise the Head of School on the following matters:

  • Specialty specific matters and trainee/trainer concerns.
  • Recruitment to training posts and programmes.
  • To use HEE educational resources to support learners within programmes to fulfil their full potential.
  • Postgraduate programme management, including assessments, progression, rotations, support and remediation, OOP management, trainee management, careers support, less than full time training, inter deanery transfer, academic training and other related work streams.

To fulfil the following responsibilities:

  • To attend School meetings within the structure and other relevant meetings.
  • To meet Code of Practice requirements, ensuring that rotational information is available to local teams to meet the 12 week deadline, and to support information sharing to track exceptions, noting the contribution to HEE metrics.
  • To undertake professional development identified for the role (attendance at required training days, online eLearning packages etc.).
  • To assist the Head of School and Postgraduate Dean in the early identification of trainees requiring additional support through local monitoring, escalation as required and referral to appropriate services.
  • To facilitate career management or be able to provide access to career management skills or provision.

Educational and Workforce Development

To advise and support the Head of School in educational and workforce development elements, including:

Professional Development of the Educational Faculty

  • To support compliance with requirements particularly with regard to the supervision and support for trainees and learners.
  • To identify learning needs and support provision of educational appraisal, educator development and resource for faculty, trainees and learners.
  • To create and promote shared learning opportunities to increase effective inter-professional working across the School.

Intelligence Support/Provision

  • To ensure local intelligence processes inform quality management processes.
  • To engage with information systems (trainee database, post establishments).

Strategic Workforce Development and Commissioning

  • To develop educational programmes, where needed, to support achievement of curriculum competencies, engaging with commissioning processes as required
  • To support the implementation of alternative workforce solutions within the School.
  • To advise the Head of School on commissioning and decommissioning activities.


  • To ensure compliance with procurement requirements.

Key Relationships

  • Postgraduate Dean
  • Head of School
  • Staff at all levels across the geographical area covered by the local office 
  • Practices and schemes 
  • Deputy Postgraduate and Associate Postgraduate Deans 
  • Clinical Faculty
  • Other Heads of Schools
  • Other Training Programme Directors, including Defence Deanery leads where appropriate
  • Royal Colleges
  • Professional and regulatory bodies
  • Wider Stakeholder Network 
  • Local Medical and Dental Schools
  • Providers and commissioners across the region
  • Directors of Postgraduate Medical Education
  • Higher Educational Institutions

Person Specification








  • Primary clinical healthcare qualification
  • Membership/Fellowship of a College, Faculty, professional association and/or regulatory body
  • Attendance at courses aimed to support educational development (example: educator courses, Train the Trainer, etc.)


  • Educational qualification such as a postgraduate certificate diploma or Masters in Medical Education.


Employment/ Special Knowledge/ Experience

  • Considerable experience of working with learners or doctors in training in an educational context
  • Experience of clinical and educational leadership and innovation, including managing a multi-professional team
  • Demonstrable track record of delivery in service and education
  • Understanding of developments involving the relevant Colleges/Faculties, professional bodies, related NHS organisations and regulatory bodies
  • Understanding of the workforce transformation agenda
  • Trained and experienced in recruitment, selection and Equality and Diversity in the last 3 years
  • Active involvement in, and up to date with, appraisal processes
  • Knowledge of the NHS, its structures and processes, including an understanding of healthcare/multi-professional workforce matters
  • Applicants who are doctors require a Licence to Practise
    • Previous or current appointment as a leader in healthcare education
    • Awareness of funding streams for healthcare education
    • Understanding of current health, social care and education policy



Skills and abilities

  • Demonstrable leadership skills and an ability to influence and motivate others
  • A strong sense of vision and ability to innovate
  • Politically astute with an ability to sensitively manage complexity and uncertainty
  • Ability to problem solve and maintain objectivity
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, written and presentation skills
    • Ability to quickly establish personal and professional credibility with colleagues and other key stakeholders
    • Excellent organisational and time management skills
    • Committed to own personal development and an ability to support others to develop and progress


    • Ability to rapidly establish academic credibility