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Memory Clinic Physician/Clinical Research Fellow

   

Location: Bath

Salary: £36,393.60 (£60,656 Full time equivalent)

Term: One year fixed (pending further review, 3 days a week (0.6wte)

RICE is an independent, registered charity dedicated to essential research and providing support for people with dementia, their families and carers. We provide the contracted NHS Memory Service for the Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES) area. Our internationally renowned dementia research and treatment centre is located in a purpose built facility in the grounds of the Royal United Hospitals, Bath. The main focus of our research has been memory problems and dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease, but our research activities are now expanding to include other important health problems of older age. 

We are building strategic partnerships with the University of Bristol and the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust to further clinical research. Many of our other trials are undertaken in partnership with pharmaceutical companies. 

For more information please contact RICE HR Manager:

Email: a.easto@bath.ac.uk  - telephone 01225 476420

Closing date: 14 December 2020

We reserve the right to close this position prior to the stated closing date should a suitable applicant be found.

THE ROLE 

You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team (including doctors, nurses and psychologists) working across a range of clinical and research activities at RICE. The work in our NHS contracted Memory Clinic helps us to identify and work with suitable patients for clinical trials, to develop ideas for research and to use the findings to help develop new treatments and inform best practice. Potentially the role offers longer term opportunities for the right person, combining clinical practice and research activities, and we will provide training within the role as appropriate.

Hours of work are normally 9.00am – 6pm between Monday to Friday, with 30 minutes lunch but some flexibility is required and flexible working will be considered. Occasional out of hours work may be necessary, for example as dictated by drugs trials. 

CLINICAL RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Memory Clinics 

  • Assess and diagnose patients attending the Memory Clinic 
  • Initiate and monitor treatment where appropriate 
  • Work closely with the nurses and psychologists within the RICE team
  • Liaise with GPs, mental health teams and other agencies
  • Assist with reviewing patient referrals 

Clinical Research Studies 

  • Assist with patient and volunteer recruitment 
  • Determine patients’ and volunteers’ suitability for research studies 
  • Provide medical supervision of patients and volunteers 
  • Supervise drug administration 
  • Report serious adverse events to relevant authorities , and provide follow up
  • Undertake mandatory training for your role in each trial
  • Take part in a rota carrying the (rarely used) emergency mobile phone for clinical trials  
  • Attend Investigators’ and other relevant meetings as appropriate 
  • Liaise with pharmaceutical company monitors for the duration of a clinical trial 
  • Ensure studies are carried out according to the protocol and relevant guidelines including Good Clinical Practice 

EDUCATIONAL & PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Help to ensure that patients and carers are as fully informed as possible about their illnesses and benefits to which they are entitled. 
  • Give talks to carers attending Carers’ Courses

Visitors to the unit 

  • Explain the work of the Institute to visitors, including other health professionals and members of the public 

Health professionals 

  • Assist with professional educational meetings, the teaching of medical students and other occasional visitors to the Memory Clinic 

Outside organisations 

  • Represent the Institute at external functions and describing the work of the Institute

Training of new staff 

  • Be willing to share skills and contribute to the training and supervision of all new medical, nursing and psychology staff 

Personal development 

  • Take responsibility for personal development and education 
  • Maintain up-to-date clinical skills in resuscitation and related activities 
  • Maintain standards of Good Medical and Good Clinical Practice 
  • Undertake annual appraisal and work towards 5 yearly statutory revalidation

OTHER RESPONSIBILITES 

  • Write clinical reports and assist with others when necessary 
  • The post holder is required to familiarise themselves with all RICE policies and procedures and to comply with these at all times. 
  • Be familiar with and work to all the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and assist in ensuring that they are kept up to date 
  • Abide by legal rules and statutory regulations relating to practice, including Mental Health Legislation
  • All staff must have eligibility to work in the United Kingdom and be fully registered with the GMC. 
  • All staff are required to undergo DBS checks. 
  • All employees are required to carry out other such duties as may reasonably required for the smooth running of the Institute 

CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT 

Much of the work relating to patients is of a confidential nature. Confidentiality must be preserved as detailed in the GMC “Duties of a Doctor”. Confidentiality must be maintained on any information – verbal or written – that is learned as part of the RICE research programme. All employees sign a confidentiality statement on commencement of employment. 

SAFEGUARDING ADULTS AND CHILDREN 

All staff have a responsibility to safeguard adults and children, which includes an understanding of and commitment to the relevant policies and procedures, with refresher or updated training as required.

HEALTH & SAFETY 

  • All employees must comply with Health and Safety legislation, policies and practice. 
  • It is the policy of RICE to promote positive health. Smoking is prohibited in RICE and on the Royal United Hospitals site. 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES 

RICE is committed to equality of opportunity in the workplace. 

ANNUAL REVIEW AND APPRAISAL 

The post holder will agree annual objectives with the Deputy Director who will lead a formal review in line with RICE annual review and appraisal policy. 

You will also have an annual external appraisal for regulatory purposes. 

DISCIPLINARY AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE 

RICE has a disciplinary and grievance procedure. 

PERSON SPECIFICATION 

You must have eligibility to work in the United Kingdom. All staff at RICE are required to undergo DBS checks. 

Essential

Desirable

Fully registered and in good standing with GMC with at least 2-3 years post registration experience.

Experience and familiarity with memory clinics and a range of clinical assessments and treatments for people with dementia and memory impairment.

At least 1 year experience working with older adults, either in hospital medicine, psychiatry (preferably old age psychiatry), a memory clinic or appropriate community setting

Understanding of NHS, research and charity governance and regulatory requirements, including Good Clinical Practice.

Strong team player

Membership of appropriate networking and professional organisations.

Excellent communication skills, verbal, non- verbal and written with both service users and other professionals

Experience of participating in clinical trials and/or other research programmes and projects.

Ability to function autonomously as well as part of a multi-disciplinary team

Experience of presenting conference abstracts (poster/ oral)

Clinical governance knowledge

Publications

Member of a professional indemnity organisation (MDU or MPS)

Car driver

Enquiring mind, self-motivated to learn and teach




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