Job reference: 141148
Salary: Please see advert
Job closing date: 04/04/2023
Job Type: Medical and Dental
Location: Flexible
Employment type: Permanent
Hours Per Week: 40
Job posted date: 07/03/2023
Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Education for Scotland
Department: SPDS

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Lead Dean Director – Medical Directorate NHS Education for Scotland

Hours: Full Time,10 PA’s (40 hours per week)

Duration: Permanent

Salary Scale:  CRUMP or Consultant

Flexible Location: NES is a remote friendly employer supporting office, remote and hybrid working.  We’re happy to talk about how you want to work.

Who We Are

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is a national special Health Board with a vision of Quality Education for a Healthier Scotland, and a mission to provide education that enables excellence in healthcare for the people of Scotland through the themes of an excellent workforce, improved quality, new models of care, enhanced educational infrastructure and an improved organisation.  The work of the organisation is underpinned by the NHS Scotland Quality strategy, and the 2020 Vision for health and social care. 

NES has leads for each of the key professional groups in the NHS, organised within a Directorate structure.  The Medical Director has particular responsibility for medical education and training in addition to wider corporate and multi-professional responsibilities. The postholder has a key strategic role in supporting this work, through the provision of leadership at UK, Scottish, and regional levels, contributing to the strategic development of postgraduate medical education and the wider NHS workforce.​​​​​​​

Key responsibilities will include but are not restricted to;

  • Giving direction and management of postgraduate medical education infrastructure at local, and regional levels, and national responsibility as appropriate, including overall financial planning and accountability for expenditure with delegated budgetary responsibility from the NES Medical Director.
  • Management of doctors in training through all aspects of medical education including, appraisal and assessment as well as the pastoral care of trainees.
  • Contributing UK-wide to national postgraduate medical education policy development through NES, and other agencies
  • Establishing joint planning mechanisms with NHS Boards, Regional Workforce Planning groups and other agencies to ensure planning decisions take account of postgraduate medical education, and to contribute to workforce planning for other professional groups.
  • Commissioning and monitoring of specialist training programmes, co-ordination of the regional activities associated with placement of doctors within Foundation, Core and Specialty programmes.
  • Ensure that all programmes are delivered and quality managed in compliance with GMC standards and all other relevant quality-assurance, governance and regulatory requirements.
  • Contribute to the work of the directorate in supporting the continuous professional development of trained doctors, including work on appraisal and revalidation.
  • Supporting the Medical Director in their role as Responsible Officer to the GMC for all doctors in training in Scotland.
  • Contribute to the work of the directorate in supporting the provision of leadership training for doctors and other health professionals.

What you'll bring

Medically qualified with a background in primary or secondary care or public health and the relevant experience and understanding of postgraduate medical education, the postholder will require high levels of strategic thinking, influencing, negotiating and partnership working skills combined with a visible and dynamic leadership which is exercised in a local and national context. He/she must have the presence, credibility and stature to lead for NES and the Directorate in our most complex national environment and contribute to the leadership and development of a strategically highly significant Directorate which impacts directly on the delivery of clinical care and patient safety.​​​​​​​

Key attributes will include but are not restricted to;

  • Good understanding of the context for undergraduate and postgraduate medical education in Scotland, the NHS and a strong grasp of all aspects of clinical career development
  • In-depth knowledge of education training and development systems and processes in health care systems
  • Sound knowledge of integrated multiprofessional approach to the practice of governance in healthcare.
  • Successful initiation and facilitation of strategic partnership working and alliances through excellent relationship management skills
  • Proven track record of leading change within complex systems
  • Advanced communication skills congruent with high profile leadership role
  • Commitment to NES diversity and equality agenda
  • Can demonstrate a sound knowledge of integrated multiprofessional approach to governance.​​​​​​​

Informal enquiries may be directed to:

Emma Watson, Executive Medical Director, NHS Education for Scotland. E-mail:

For further information please refer to the Job Information Pack below.

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

Closing date: 4th April 2023

Interview date: 18th April 2023

You must have eligibility and entitlement to work in the UK which is required to be maintained throughout your period of employment. Evidence of this must be produced upon request.  

We actively encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds, regardless of gender, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

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