Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery

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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery, The University of Edinburgh, UK

Located on the Easter Bush Campus, just outside the historic and picturesque city of Edinburgh in Scotland, an exciting opportunity has arisen for the right individual to join the small animal orthopaedic surgery team based in the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. The successful candidate will help to contribute to the hospital's mission to deliver world leading care alongside an outstanding student experience and transformative clinical research. The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked as a global leader in veterinary science, and offers opportunities to work with internationally leading academics whose visions are shaping tomorrow's world.

As part of a team covering all aspects of small animal orthopaedic surgery, you will play an important role in the development and provision of the clinical service that supports our expanding caseload. You will play a key part in patient and client care, the delivery and assessment of the BVM&S undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes, and in enhancing e-Learning teaching initiatives.
Working in a multidisciplinary environment, where collaboration is actively encouraged, you will be supported by teams of specialists in soft tissue surgery, neurology, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, oncology and anaesthesia among others, and our physiotherapy service.

You will be provided with the support and time you require to develop your clinical interests, teaching and research ambitions. Interaction with colleagues across the range of specialist disciplines will provide the support and stimulation you need to develop your career from a campus with strong collaborative links. Research in Edinburgh takes place within a vibrant, integrated, and interdisciplinary structure, which facilitates and encourages interaction between researchers across groups, centres, schools and colleges.

You will hold a veterinary degree and, at the time of appointment, be registered with the RCVS and be boarded or board eligible for the appropriate European or American Diploma. Experience in teaching and basic science or clinical research along with a postgraduate research qualification to PhD level are desirable, but not essential.
Informal enquiries are encouraged, and can be made to the Head of Companion Animal Sciences, Prof. Richard Mellanby ( ), Director of Clinics, Dr Sue Murphy ( ) or Head of Small Animal Surgery, Dr Dylan Clements ( ).

Competitive salary offered subject to experience and role.

1. Job Description
Job Details

Job title: Lecturer in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery
School: Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Unit (if applicable): Hospital for Small Animals
Line manager: Head of Small Animal Surgery

Job Purpose
To assist in the provision of a referral level Small Animal Orthopaedic Service in the Hospital for Small Animals within normal University hours and to assist in the provision of the Small Animal Emergency Surgical Service out with normal University hours; to contribute to the teaching and research efforts of the Service and assist in the development of the Small Animal Orthopaedic Services.

Main Responsibilities
• A share of the small animal orthopaedic caseload of the Hospital for Small Animals. This involves taking responsibility for externally referred cases, and also cases referred internally from other services, and attending to all aspects of clinical decision-making. It also involves practical training of undergraduates, principally Final Year BVM&S students on clinical rotation, and clinical scholars (postgraduates) through case based teaching, lectures, small group tutorials and practical classes.

• To undertake research of suitable quality to permit contribution to the scientific literature in the discipline, to enhance the professional reputation of the service and further the academic aims of the School.

• Teaching and training undergraduates, clinical scholars and other postgraduates, involving lectures, small group tutorials and practical classes, including provision of CPD and material for the masters in veterinary science course.

• Involvement in administrative duties within the Hospital and School and undertaking CPD to maintain up-to-date knowledge and expertise, to further personal development and the development of the Small Animal Orthopaedic and Surgery teams.

Planning and Organising
• The job-holder will work as part of the Small Animal Orthopaedic team, dealing with all aspects of planning, diagnosis and treatment of individual cases he or she assumes responsibility for.

• The job-holder will work within an organised rota, but will not be directly supervised in relation to clinical work unless requesting assistance or guidance.

• The job-holder must time-manage to ensure the case list and other duties are completed efficiently and to the highest established standards by effective management of time. This will include prompt and effective communication with clients and referring practitioners and appropriate case charging.

• In consultation with the line manager, the post-holder will plan elements of the teaching programme related to their areas of clinical expertise.

• The job-holder will participate in outreach activity delivered in conjunction with the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre.

Problem Solving
• The job-holder must provide a safe and practical solution to all clinical challenges presented, seeking specialist assistance and/or input where appropriate.

• The role involves application of prior knowledge and experience to sustain the high standards of clinical practice established in the hospital.

• The job-holder will
• assist residents when required
• balance practical, ethical and financial factors in deciding on appropriate care for individuals and groups of patients.
• use knowledge derived from clinical work, external sources or previous experience to improve teaching practice.
• help and advise junior staff and students as appropriate.
• Register for, and complete, Level 2 of the Edinburgh Teaching Award ( ), if the candidate is not currently a FHEA.

Decision Making
• The job-holder will be personally responsible for decisions of a clinical nature on individual cases.

• Complex cases may be discussed with senior colleagues, in surgery and other disciplines, but responsibility for the case will remain with the job-holder.

• The job-holder will generally have to explain clinical decisions not only to pet owners and referring practitioners but also to groups of students and clinical scholars.

Key Contacts/Relationships
• Line manager (currently the Head of Surgery)
• Other staff members, students, pet owners, referring practitioners and external contacts as appropriate.
• Clinical Scholars, to whom the job-holder will delegate cases and responsibilities and oversee their work to ensure it is effectively completed.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Essential
• A degree registrable with the RCVS
• Successful completion of an ECVS or ACVS accredited residency training programme.
• Postgraduate experience in referral level Small Animal Orthopaedics.
• Membership of (or eligible to become a member of) the RCVS
• Full valid UK driving licence, as there is a requirement to travel to the hospital out of hours to respond to emergency situations when public transport is unavailable.
• An ability to work alone but also to supervise and instruct students
• Experience in teaching, learning and assessment in a veterinary school
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Desirable
• ECVS or ACVS diploma
• PhD in a topic relevant to the research undertaken in the Roslin Institute, or elsewhere in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
• Evidence of an interest in, and activity in, impactful clinical research

Dimensions
• The Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery Service has an international reputation in clinical service provision and in clinical and basic research. The Orthopaedic Surgery Service is a subdivision of the Small Animal Surgery Service, which currently comprises of 2 senior clinical academic staff practicing full time Soft Tissue Surgery and 2 senior clinical academic staff practicing full time Orthopaedic Surgery. Three senior clinical academics are ECVS diplomats and ECVS / RCVS specialists. The residency programme comprises four ECVS registered small animal surgery clinical scholars. The surgery service is supported with two full time surgical interns. The Small Animal Orthopaedic Service works closely with many other services, notably soft tissue surgery, diagnostic imaging, to provide outstanding patient, client and referring veterinarian care. The Small Animal Orthopaedic Service is housed within the Hospital for Small Animals which is a superbly equipped, modern hospital with on-site MRI and CT scanners, fluoroscopy unit, High Definition equipment for minimally invasive surgery, an interventional radiology theatre, and ICU facilities.

• There are excellent opportunities for the job-holder to develop their own research programme, teaching programme and clinical profile.

• The job-holder is expected to contribute to out-of-hours cover for emergency surgical cases on a pro-rata basis.

Job Context and any other relevant information
The Small Animal Surgery Service plays a very significant part in supporting the clinical, teaching and research work of the School. The job-holder will have a client-facing role and will help to generate caseload through interaction with referring vets in private practice and with the pet-owning public.

Job Description
Job Details

Job title: Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery
School: Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
Unit (if applicable): Hospital for Small Animals
Line manager: Head of Small Animal Surgery

Job Purpose
To take a leading role in the operation and management of the Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery Referral Service within normal University hours and to assist in the provision of the Small Animal Emergency Surgical Service out with normal University hours. To make a significant contribution to the School's surgical research output at the clinical, applied and basic science level. To make a significant contribution to the clinical, research and teaching aims of the R(D)SVS. The post holder will be expected to contribute to and enhance eLearning and on-line teaching initiatives.

Main Responsibilities
• Share with senior colleagues the day-to-day operation of the Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery service. This involves taking responsibility for externally referred cases, and also cases referred internally from other services, and attending to all aspects of clinical decision-making. It also involves practical training of undergraduates, principally Final Year BVM&S students on clinical rotation, and clinical scholars (postgraduates) through case based teaching, lectures, small group tutorials and practical classes.

• To undertake research of high academic quality, with clear pathways to impact. Research activity should enhance the professional reputation of the Service, further the academic aims of the Service and the School, and facilitate other colleagues in the development of appropriate research output. Publication of research and its dissemination through speaking at national and international conferences is expected.

• Teaching and training undergraduates, clinical scholars and other postgraduates, involving lectures, small group tutorials and practical classes, including provision of CPD.

• Involvement in administrative duties within the Hospital and School, and undertaking CPD to maintain up-to-date knowledge and expertise, to further personal development and the development of the Small Animal Orthopaedic and Surgery teams. This will also include provision of appropriate CPD to referring practices and modules for the masters in veterinary science course.

Planning and Organising
• The job-holder will be a senior member of a small clinical team, who will take a lead in sustaining and developing the service in collaboration with senior colleagues from other services. In addition, the job holder will deal with all aspects of planning, diagnosis and treatment of individual small animal orthopaedic cases.
• The job-holder is expected to contribute significantly to the ongoing research of the School and The Roslin Institute and to disseminate research findings in appropriate publications and at national and international conferences in collaboration with colleagues. The job-holder will be appointed as a Clinical Research Associate of the Roslin Institute, giving full access to the Institute's facilities.
• The job-holder will contribute significantly to the development, application and maintenance of standards and techniques in their field of work and will be expected to contribute to the development and expansion of the Service.
• The job-holder will work within an organised rota, but will not be directly supervised in relation to clinical work. The job-holder must time-manage to ensure cases are appropriately managed and other duties are completed efficiently and to the highest established standards. This will include prompt and effective communication with clients and referring practitioners and appropriate case charging.
• In consultation with the Head of Surgery and the Veterinary Teaching Organisation, the job-holder will plan elements of the teaching programme related to their areas of clinical expertise, and ensure their integration with other relevant aspects of the BVM&S course.
• The job-holder will help develop, and participate in, outreach activity delivered in conjunction with the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre

Problem Solving
• The job-holder must provide a safe and practical solution to all clinical challenges presented, seeking specialist assistance and/or input where appropriate.

• The role involves application of prior knowledge and experience to sustain the high standards of clinical practice established in the hospital, and help develop and deliver cutting-edge and novel treatments and care.

• The job-holder will:
• assist residents.
• balance practical, ethical and financial factors in deciding on appropriate care for individuals and groups of patients.
• use knowledge derived from clinical work, external sources or previous experience to improve teaching practice.
• help and advise junior staff and students as appropriate.
• Register for, and complete, level 2 of the Edinburgh Teaching Award ( ), if the candidate is not currently a FHEA.
• Demonstrate leadership within the service to push forward the clinical, research and teaching ambitions of the service and staff within, including helping to develop their careers.

Decision Making
• The job-holder will be personally responsible for decisions of a clinical nature on individual cases.
• Complex cases may be discussed with senior colleagues in the Small Animal Orthopaedic Service and other disciplines but responsibility for the case, particularly in relation to liaison with the client, will remain with the job-holder.
• The job-holder will generally have to explain clinical decisions not only to pet owners and referring practitioners but also to groups of students and clinical scholars.

Key Contacts/Relationships
• Line manager (currently the Head of Surgery)
• Veterinary Services administration, Heads of Services and clinical colleagues within and out with the Small Animal Orthopaedic Service.
• Other staff members, students, pet owners, referring practitioners and external commercial contacts as appropriate.
• Clinical Scholars, to whom the job-holder will supervise or delegate cases and responsibilities and oversee their work to ensure it is effectively completed.
• Consulting and liaising with professional and government bodies (e.g. RCVS) to ensure legal and regulatory requirements are fulfilled.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
Essential
• A degree registrable with the RCVS.
• An ECVS or ACVS diploma, or evidence of sustained diploma-level surgical knowledge and abilities over a sustained period of time.
• Demonstrable, high-level, research output (clinical and/or basic science/translational), with impact, or clear pathways to impact within a short period of time.
• Extensive postgraduate experience in referral level Small Animal Orthopaedics.
• Extensive experience in teaching, learning and assessment in a veterinary school.
• A full valid UK driving licence is essential as there is a requirement to travel to the hospital out of hours to respond to emergency situations when public transport is unavailable.
• An ability to work alone but also to supervise and instruct students, and junior and senior colleagues where appropriate.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Desirable
• A PhD in a topic of strategic interest and relevancy to the Roslin Institute, or elsewhere in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.
• Supervision of surgical trainee's in an ECVS residency program.
• A track record of research in a topic of strategic interest and relevancy to the Roslin Institute, or elsewhere in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

Dimensions
• The Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery Service has an international reputation in clinical service provision and in clinical and basic research. The Orthopaedic Surgery Service is a subdivision of the Small Animal Surgery Service, which currently comprises of 2 senior clinical academic staff practicing full time Soft Tissue Surgery and 2 senior clinical academic staff practicing full time Orthopaedic Surgery. Three senior clinical academics are ECVS diplomats and ECVS / RCVS specialists. The residency programme comprises four ECVS registered small animal surgery clinical scholars. The surgery service is supported with two full time surgical interns. The Small Animal Orthopaedic Service works closely with many other services, notably soft tissue surgery, diagnostic imaging, to provide outstanding patient, client and referring veterinarian care. The Small Animal Orthopaedic Service is housed within the Hospital for Small Animals which is a superbly equipped, modern hospital with on-site MRI and CT scanners, fluoroscopy unit, High Definition equipment for minimally invasive surgery, an interventional radiology theatre, and ICU facilities.

• There are excellent opportunities for the job-holder to develop their own research programme, teaching programme and clinical profile.

• The job-holder is expected to contribute to out-of-hours cover for emergency surgical cases on a pro-rata basis.

Job Context and any other relevant information
The Small Animal Surgery Service plays a very significant part in supporting the clinical, teaching and research work of the School. The job-holder will have a client-facing role and will help to generate caseload through interaction with referring vets in private practice and with the pet-owning public.

Standard Disclosure
This post is subject to a Standard Disclosure Check. Employment in this post is conditional on the University receiving a satisfactory standard Disclosure check. The successful candidate will not be permitted to commence employment until this has been received. Information provided will be kept confidential and individuals will not be discriminated against unnecessarily due to non relevant offending background.

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Salary
Salary will be based on experience. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

Pension Scheme
This role is grade UE08 / UE09 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

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Right to Work
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All applicants should apply online by clicking the "apply" button at the foot of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

Closing June 2020 at 5pm.

Interview date
You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.
var links = document.querySelectorAll(".targetLink"), i, j, aTags, string; for(i=0; i The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (R(D)SVS) ( ) The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, headed by Professor David Argyle, has an international reputation for its research, teaching and clinical services. In 2008, The Roslin Institute was incorporated into the University and became the R(D)SVS associated research institute. The School is consistently highly ranked by The Times Higher and the Guardian newspaper.

The School is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and participates in the Veterinary Medical Colleges Admissions Service (VMCAS).

The School, (with The Roslin Institute) and Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), were part of a joint submission to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. This submission to Unit of Assessment 6 (Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science) was ranked as number 1 in the UK. The joint submission was the largest to UoA6, with over three quarters of the research outputs submitted judged to be "world leading" or "internationally excellent". Over 80% of the submitted impact studies were scored highly, in addition to which the research environment was scored as 100% at 4*. The REF results saw the School maintain its position as the number 1 ranked vet school for research in the UK.

The School is a global education provider and has nearly 1,000 undergraduate, postgraduate and research students from a number of different countries. We provide world-class education to improve the health of animals and human beings alike and are leaders in veterinary education, research, and clinical practice, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The Roslin Institute collaborates closely in delivering research-led teaching to undergraduate veterinary students, and promoting clinical veterinary research and translation. The unique association with leading medical and veterinary schools (through the University's College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine) with a genuine commitment to the concept of One Medicine, also enables the translation of expertise and knowledge into human health and vice versa.

The School has recently established a new Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security with £35M funding from the University. Its vision is to enhance sustainable development in global agriculture and rural land-based and aquatic economies. This will involve interdisciplinary teaching programmes intended to bridge theory, policy and practice, as well as basic and applied research that complements that of The Roslin Institute. It is forming partnerships across academia, commerce, government, civil society and local communities to form equitable relationships to improve food security.

The School holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of its commitment to advance the representation of women in veterinary medicine.
The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine traces its origins back nearly 500 years (Darwin, Simpson and Conan-Doyle were students here) and is internationally renowned for its research and teaching. Professor Moira Whyte is the Head of College, the only conjoint Medical and Veterinary Medical School in the UK. The College employs over 3000 academic and support staff. The College has two Schools, the Edinburgh Medical School comprising 3 Deaneries; Biomedical Sciences; Molecular Genetic and Population Health Sciences and Clinical Sciences and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

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The undergraduate medicine teaching programme in the College enjoys a high reputation nationally and internationally, with over 1,300 students enrolled on the MBChB and Intercalated courses and nearly 1000 on the Veterinary Sciences BVS and related programmes. In addition, approximately 2000 students are currently enrolled in the College's taught and research post-graduate courses, including an extensive range of online distance learning diplomas and degrees. They are trained by over 1000 outstanding academic staff. Details of PhDs, research programmes and studentships are available through our interdisciplinary research institutes and centres .

The academic disciplines within Medicine are largely concentrated in the two teaching hospital campuses, the Royal Infirmary at Little France and the Western General Hospital. Both have extensive new infrastructure with major research institutes and state of the art research facilities on clinical sites. Edinburgh hosts a number of prestigious MRC and BHF Research Centres. The approach is interdisciplinary, with basic and clinical researchers working together at the laboratory bench and in our clinical research facilities to address major themes in basic, clinical and translational medicine.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies on the Easter Bush Campus houses outstanding teaching and clinical facilities as well as the splendid Roslin Institute, one of the world's leading veterinary research centres. The College offers outstanding opportunities to address 'One Health' and Global Health problems of the highest international priority.

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The College's reputation as one of the world's leading centres of medical and veterinary medical research has been reaffirmed by its UK REF2014 results. Medicine, the University's largest submission, was ranked in the top 5 in the UK. Veterinary Medicine came 1st in the UK, and retained its position as the UK's top Vet School. It made a joint submission with Scotland's Rural College (SRUC). Neuroscience was ranked 3rd in the UK out of 82 submissions, representing a major advance. Overall, 84% of the College's research activity was rated world leading or internationally excellent (3* and 4*). In terms of 'one medicine' research (human and animal medicine), the University of Edinburgh's research power (quality x volume) is the strongest in the UK. The University of Edinburgh For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They've explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.
The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.

As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 41,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 14,500 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.

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