Principal Lecturer – Physician Associate Programme (Permanent) and Head of Department

Opening Date:
23 Oct 2023
Closing Date:
6 Nov 2023
Salary Range:

The University of Worcester is a high achieving, award winning, dynamic institution set within an inclusive and engaged community. The number one University in England for gender equality, according to the last three years of the Times Higher Education’s University Impact Rankings, with multiple accolade s for teaching quality, inclusion, contribution to the community, and environmental sustainability, the University has been shortlisted as Times Higher Education University of the Year three times in recent years. One of the best Universities for health education, Worcester is creating the distinctive Three Counties Medical School (TCMS), aiming to widen access to careers in medicine and retain graduates in the local area.

This is an exciting time to join the University, as the Physician Associate MSc Programme which has been successfully running for a number of years at the University, has recently moved Schools to join the new Three Counties Medical School, aligning the courses requiring GMC regulation. The Medical School will open to its first MBCHB students in September 2023.

With Physician Associates about to become regulated by the General Medical Council, this is the ideal opportunity for someone who is interested in PA and Medical Education to be able to join the team, as part of Three Counties Medical School, and contribute to the design and implementation of an exciting new curriculum.

The post holder will be responsible for the leadership of the Physician Associate programme and its research and scholarship output. They will work closely with the Dean of the Three Counties Medical School on the strategic direction of the programme, including: collaboration with NHS partners to seek opportunities for joint working ventures to improve recruitment, retention and quality of clinical placements, teaching and the student experience; preparation for the PA Apprenticeship; and the regulation of physicians associates with the GMC including policies and processes, quality assurance and self-assessment, and the alignment of course design, syllabus and assessments with GMC learning outcomes.

The successful candidate will be a proven leader, with the ability to motivate and influence their colleagues to achieve tangible positive outcomes, as well as demonstrate an excellent awareness of the Higher Education environment.

This is a permanent Principal Lecturer post on the Physician Associate Programme, with a role allocation as Head of Department, which is for an initial fixed term of 3 years.