NHS Education for Scotland
11 Jan 2018
12 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Base Location; Grampian and also Orkney/ Shetland
Part Time; 1 PA per week
Fixed Term; until March 2019 in the first instance (possible future extension subject to funding)

NHS Education for Scotland is leading a programme, funded by Scottish Government, to support the professional development of Staff Grade, Associate Specialist and Specialty Doctors and Dentists, who form a significant part of the NHS Workforce. This development is supported by a dedicated SAS Professional Development Fund, to which SAS Doctors and Dentists can apply, beyond their contractual entitlement to study leave, to support access to significant training opportunities which will enhance delivery of clinical services and improve patient safety and care. The aims of the SAS Development Programme include supporting the aspirations of SAS Doctors who have not completed a CCT, but may be able to achieve entry onto the specialist register by completion of a Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR).

The SAS Education Adviser will assume a key leadership role at local level, in conjunction with their local Director of Medical Education (DME), and will aim to support all substantive SAS grades employed in their territorial health board, to achieve their professional development aims. NES is seeking to appoint an innovative individual, who will:

-Identify and communicate with their local SAS community, regarding their development needs and career aspirations
-Facilitate SAS Doctors and Dentists to align their training needs to service development and improvement
-Support SAS Doctors to collect supportive evidence in their portfolio/PDP for appraisal, revalidation and/or CESR purposes
-Facilitate submissions of applications for professional funding from their local SAS community
-Raise the profile of training and development opportunities for SAS Doctors and Dentists
-Participate in Quality Management
-Participate in the national managed educational network of Education Advisers.

The successful candidate will be a qualified doctor or dentist and hold a substantive post in NHS Grampian, at SAS or other defined grade.

Applicants can apply to undertake the role in addition to existing PAs, or if the role is to replace existing PAs, the candidate must have the approval by the time of interview from their Clinical Director. While there can be flexibility in terms of when the PAs are worked, it is expected that this work will be predominantly carried out within office hours, Monday - Friday.

The appointment process will be the responsibility of NES Medical Directorate and the NHS Board's DME. The management of the SAS Education Adviser will be the responsibility of the Associate Postgraduate Dean/ SAS Development Programme Lead.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Dr Lynne Meekison) or Nicola Armstrong) in the first instance, or your local DME.

Applicants who wish to apply on a secondment basis are strongly encouraged to discuss this with their current employer at the earliest opportunity.

CLOSING DATE: 15 January 2018

Unless otherwise stated the deadline for applications is 23:59hrs on the closing date.

Please be aware that the NES online application system will not be available on Saturday 9 December 2017 due to essential system maintenance - it will not be possible to work on your application in the live system, or to submit your application form, on this date.

Applications must be made online via our website:

CVs will not be accepted.