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Junior Clinical Research Fellows

Job Description

Work for the Best in the North West*

Would you like to be part of a multi award winning NHS Foundation Trust that is one of the best performing Trusts in the region?

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust and Edge Hill University
MCh (Trauma and Orthopaedics)

Junior Clinical Research Fellowships in Orthopaedics
(ST1/2 or equivalent)
MN35 £30,302 - £40,090 p.a. plus 1A banding for on call

This is an exciting opportunity for doctors considering a career in Orthopaedic surgery to gain specialist clinical experience whilst undertaking a structured programme of education in professional practice and research, organised jointly by Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust and Edge Hill University.

The posts are available from August 2016 for the period of the postgraduate course which will usually be two years. Progress from one year to another will depend on satisfactory appraisal and will also depend on the continued funding of these non-training posts from the various trusts. Throughout the programme, NHS consultants and senior staff will mentor the Fellows

Appointment carries a requirement to register for the MCh - Master of Surgery (Trauma and Orthopaedics) Programme with Edge Hill University. The Programme is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. One of the key requirements is to register with ISCP and acquire required competencies. This will allow candidates to complete an alternative postgraduate educational programme while preparing for specialist qualifications.

Fees of £16,000 for the 2 year programme are applicable and will be met by the student. Payments can be spread over 3 instalments made between September 2016 and September 2018.

Specific rotations will be allocated after interview, but subject to availability we can provisionally offer 2 or 3 year rotations between Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust and one of the following:

Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, Royal Oldham Hospital, Rotherham General Hospital, Alder Hey Childrens Hospital, Glan Clwyd Hospital in Rhyl, Royal Blackburn Hospital, Royal Salford Hospital, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, Tameside General Hospital and Birmingham Heartlands Hospital,
Whiston Hospital, Warrington General Hospital, Arrowe Park Hospital..

3 year rotations generally involve one year at junior ST1/2 level and two years at senior ST3 level. Please note that each yearly appointment will be subject to the employing Trusts Terms and Conditions of Service and on call banding may not be applicable to some Senior CRF posts.

The entire academic programme is designed to support work-based learning. The initial academic elements involve flexible delivery and synoptic events/blended learning progressing to focused academic elements tailored to the Fellow’s particular interest, and research project.

Wrightington Hospital is a busy elective Orthopaedic Centre, which has an international reputation for joint replacement surgery. Full trauma facilities are based at the nearby Royal Albert Edward Infirmary. Applicants will be actively involved in surgical assessment and management under direct Consultant supervision. They will have access to support for learning and research through facilities in the Orthopaedic Unit and through the University.

The Research Fellowships based at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh comprise 7-8 clinical and 2-3 education sessions per week. The Junior CRF posts will work alongside the other STs, Foundation doctors and Senior CRF posts will work along with the other SpRs in the Division.

Clinical Research Fellows will be exposed to both trauma and elective surgery. These Fellowships would suit doctors who would like to acquire skills relevant to their personal professional development within the health service, and to their subsequent practice and career development in an evaluative environment.

To apply for these posts and to download job descriptions, visit the trust website and go to the ‘work for us’ section, quoting reference 302-MHR-216

For enquiries regarding the course and the jobs at Wrightington Hospital. Please contact ( Email address removed ). Further information can also be found on the Edge Hill website

For those who wish to enrol on the MCh programme independent of the clinical posts advertised, please contact Julia Berry on ( Email address removed )

For further details / informal visits contact:
For further information, please contact Julia Berry on  ( Phone number removed ) 

About our Trust

WWL NHS FT are the proud providers of acute hospital services to the people of the Wigan Borough. At WWL, we value our staff believing that ‘happy staff, makes for happy patients’. We have a recognised track record in staff engagement, and living our values ‘the WWL Way’.

We are committed to placing the patient at the heart of everything we do, and in the provision of safe, effective care that ensures dignity. With this in mind we are seeking to recruit people who share the WWL’s values and beliefs.

*Since 2014 our trust has been honoured to receive more than 25 local, regional and national prominent awards, including the prestigious HSJ Provider Trust of the Year Award.

We have recently opened a new Orthopaedic Centre, Fertility Unit and Cancer Care Suite which will revolutionise the way we work and care for our patients.

What Our Staff Say about Us

Here are some excerpts from our recent anonymous Staff Survey

'I am proud to work for WWL and to help the organisation provide first class healthcare to my community.'

'WWL is a great place to work and staff are always encouraged to do their best.'

Recruitment Information

We prefer candidates to submit applications online. Please contact the Recruitment Team on  ( Phone number removed )  if you have difficulty applying online.

The recruitment information for candidates document attached includes details of local places where you can access the internet, and useful information about the recruitment process. We recommend that you use the supporting information section of your application form to demonstrate how you meet the essential and desirable criteria listed in the Person Specification. We aim to inform all applicants of the outcome of their application by email.

Please note that senior positions (AFC band 8B or above) will be expected to participate in the Senior Manager on Call rota.

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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