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Job reference: 150168
Salary: Please see advert
Job closing date: 01/06/2023
Job Type: Medical and Dental
Location: Flexible Location
Employment type: Fixed-term
Hours Per Week: 1 PA (4 hours per week)
Job posted date: 18/05/2023
Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Education for Scotland
Department: Professional Development

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Hours: Part Time, 1 PA (4 hours per week) 

Duration: Fixed Term / Secondment until July 2026, may be renewed for further 3 years by mutual agreement* 

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

Base Location: NHS Highland 

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the national health board with statutory responsibilities to effect sustainable change through workforce development, education and training across the health and social care system in Scotland, while working at UK level with partner organisations.   

NHS Education for Scotland is leading a programme, funded by Scottish Government, to support the professional development of Staff Grade, Associate Specialist, 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 and enthusiastic individual to work as a local SAS Education Adviser, as part of a national managed educational network, 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 at SAS grade. The programmed activity allocation is based on the headcount number of SAS doctors and dentists working in the NHS Highland and NHS Western Isles Health Boards. 

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. The management of the SAS Education Adviser will be the responsibility of the SAS Associate Postgraduate Dean. 

The post will be on a fixed term basis until July 2026 in the first instance, with option to continue by mutual agreement.  

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Dr Lynne Meekison in the first instance, or to Phil Smith (0141 488 1690) 

*For NHS employee applicants: Secondment or SLA will be considered in the first instance 

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

If you are interested in this vacancy and would like further information, please refer to the Job Information Pack below.   

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

Closing date: Thursday 1st June 2023 

Interview date: Monday 19th June 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. 


If you have any queries regarding the application portal or the recruitment process, please contact us at:  NES HR Recruitment:  

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