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Clinical Fellow – Supported Return to Training

NHS Medical & Dental: GP Educator

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Clinical Fellow
NHS Medical & Dental: GP Educator
Secondment 12 months
Minimum 16 hours per week
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Blenheim House
HEE Local Office (various locations)
NHS Medical & Dental: GP Educator
31/01/2019 23:59

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Are you a post-Foundation doctor in training with good knowledge of the current healthcare system, including delivery of safe effective healthcare services? Are you looking to gain national experience and knowledge of programmes dedicated to improving junior doctors’ working lives as a Clinical Fellow in Health Education England (HEE)? If you have answered yes to all the above, then this may be the opportunity for you.

An opportunity has risen for four WTE secondments within HEE as a Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT) Clinical Fellow (part of the Enhancing Junior Doctors Working Lives programme), starting on August/ September 2019 to August/ September 2020.  We are wishing to appoint Fellows who will work with the four regions of HEE located in the North, Midlands & East, South, and London & South East of England.

You will be exposed to high level interaction and decision-making within HEE and develop an understanding of healthcare policy, workforce transformation, leadership, management and delivery. As the regional SuppoRTT Clinical Fellow within HEE you will have the opportunity to work closely with and be mentored by a range of senior staff. You will also work alongside a variety of HEE delivery teams across England and the Medical Education Reform Programme.

As the SuppoRTT Clinical Fellow, you will:


  • Gain knowledge of existing work programmes, including: Enhancing Junior Doctors Working Lives, Improving Surgical Training, the ARCP Review, and other related work
  • Undertake a specific piece of work to contribute to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of HEE’s SuppoRTT programme;
  • Provide continuous improvement of the SuppoRTT strategy and delivery by work closely with the Postgraduate Deans, HEE national policy team and a variety of stakeholders as part of the project;
  • Conduct further investigation and development of successful approaches to support doctors returning to training after time out of programme;
  • Develop recommendations for defining the generic and specialty specific requirements that will inform the return to training process;


In return for your dedication, enthusiasm and commitment, you will receive:


  • Salary commensurate with the existing service pay grade;
  • Experience of working closely with and being mentored by a range of senior staff including the Executive Director of Education & Quality and Medical Director, the Acting Deputy Medical Director for Medical Education Reform, the Chair of Health Education England’s Postgraduate Deans and the Senior Education & Training Policy Manager;
  • Opportunity to gain experience from a Leadership programme provided by HEE;
  • Professional, challenging and proficient work environment combined with a great learning experience.


This is an exciting opportunity and we are seeking dynamic self-starters, eager to adapt and learn with excellent communication, leadership and management skills. The role requires interest across and a desire to learn about this innovative work programme. The candidate should have knowledge of  and an interest in the UK healthcare systems and the culture, structures and policies of the NHS and arm’s length bodies. It is desirable for the candidate to have an understanding of the impact returning to training after time out of programme has on postgraduate medical trainees and an interest in quality improvements to support trainees.

These posts could be full-time, less-than-fulltime or job shared at up to three days a week and no less than two (equivalent to 0.4 WTE at a minimum). Applicants must gain permission from their employer for release from their current duties in order to take up this secondment opportunity from 1st August 2019. If an applicant is planning on completing the fellowship on secondment whilst out of programme, this must be approved in principle by the educational supervisor and employer prior to interview.

Location of base will be agreed on appointment, but must be within a designated region.  Please note you will be expected to travel as and when required.  Please state clearly at the start of your supporting information, which of the four geographies you would be willing to cover and your preferred option of full-time, LTFT or job-share and preferred length of Fellowship.

An assessment day with interviews will be held in central London in on 27th or 28th February 2018 (date to be confirmed).

Candidates who are shortlisted for interview are expected to bring approval in principle from their Educational Supervisor in writing to the interview. 



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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Antonia Calogeras

Associate Dean for Wessex/ Thames Valley

Lead for SuppoRTT Fellowships