ACF in Oral Surgery
The University of Sheffield, in partnership with the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Charles Clifford Dental Hospital) and Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber (Sheffield locality) wish to offer an Academic Clinical Fellowship in Oral Surgery.
Applications are now invited for an Academic Clinical Fellowship in Oral Surgery (ACF) ST1/2/3 level in Sheffield from September 2023. The candidate must be in post no later than March 2024.
The following posts are available:
One post in Oral Surgery (ACF) ST1/2/3 level
Please note: All applicants who do not already hold a National Training Number (NTN) or Deanery Reference Number (DRN) in the GMC specialty to which they are applying for will be required to undertake the national clinical recruitment process and attend an assessment/interview for that GDC specialty as appropriate. Candidates who do not hold an NTN in Oral Surgery must be able to evidence that they achieved benchmarking at the Oral Surgery National Recruitment in 2023.
Please read through all the relevant information available on the HEEYH Oral Surgery ACF Webpage and associated links before beginning your application (link available through Oriel).
Applications open at 10am on the 14 October 2022 and the closing date is 4pm on the 11th November 2022. You will not be able to submit your application after this time. Please ensure that you have completed all the relevant sections of the application forms as missing information will deem your application incomplete and it will not be considered.
Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs) are 3-year fixed-term national training posts. They attract an NTN(A) and trainees undertake 75 % clinical and 25% academic training over the term of the post. They are employed by the NHS Trust (in this case Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and have an honorary contract with the University of Sheffield. ACF trainees undergo training in the generic skills required for a clinical academic: scientific methods, statistics, research governance, critical appraisal of research publication, grant writing etc through postgraduate taught modules provided by the University of Sheffield and for which some funding is provided by NIHR. Academic Clinical Fellows may join with the well-established Sheffield medical ACF programme within the Graduate School of the Faculty of Surgery Dentistry and Health:
Trainees do not necessarily complete the whole Masters Programme in Research Methods; they can choose the modules most relevant to them, and also choose from the continuing development programme. NIHR provide an academic training budget of £4,500 for each trainee, additional costs beyond this funding ceiling would be covered by the trainee. The major part of the academic placement will be the preparation of a scientific research proposal for a PhD project, funding for which will be sought from an external body such as the NIHR, MRC or the Wellcome Trust. Generally the preparation of the proposal is based on preliminary experimental data gathered while on the research placement. Trainees are also eligible for a £1,000 bursary per year to support research training activity (e.g. to attend academic conferences).
ACF trainees are expected to complete and submit an external funding application for a research fellowship to enable them to complete a higher degree (PhD) following the completion of their ACF fixed-term post, which would be completed as Out-of-Programme-Research (OOPR).
All Academic Clinical Fellowships are run-through posts, regardless of specialty. A trainee entering an ACF post would therefore continue training to CCST in Oral Surgery, as long as they progress satisfactorily (in both clinical and academic domains) through their training.
We advise all applicants to read through all the relevant information available on the HEEYH Oral Surgery ACF Webpage and associated links before beginning your application through Oriel.
- The Job Description
- The Person Specification
- The Timeline
- Interview Structure and location
The qualifications and professional registration requirements plus other eligibility criteria can be found in the person specification. The person specification for this specialty is available from the Job Description or the Specialty Training website.
Please upload all required evidence of competences to your online application form when completing the application form online. For those experiencing difficulties when uploading evidence, please ensure you email the evidence to the following email address by the application deadline: firstname.lastname@example.org with “your name” and “competencies” in the title of the email.
Eligibility requirements pertaining to UK Visas and Immigration are available on the Specialty Training Website in the Applicant Handbook.
Please note that there is a strict application policy that applications cannot be accepted after the deadline.
All trainees should be paid monthly at the rates set out in the national terms and conditions of service for hospital medical and dental staff and doctors in public health medicine and the community health service (England and Wales), “the TCS”, as amended from time to time. The pay scales are reviewed annually. Part-time posts will be paid pro-rata.
Current rates of pay for junior doctors may be viewed on the NHS Employers website
For any queries that cannot be answered by the methods above please contact; email@example.com with “your name” and the “Question area” in the title of the email.
For further national information please visit the Specialty Training Website
The recruitment process for this Academic Clinical Fellow post will follow the timeline below:*
10:00 on 14 October 2022
16:00 on 11th November 2022
2nd November 2022 to 13th January 2023
Initial Offers out
From 18th January 2023
25th January 2023
*Please note that all dates are indicative and subject to change.
Applications will only be accepted through the Oriel online application system.
For guidance on creating an account, registering and submitting your application using the system please refer to the Oriel Applicant User Guide which can be downloaded from the Oriel Resource Bank.
The deadline for submitting applications is 16:00 on 19 November 2021 . After this time no applications will be accepted. There will be no exceptions to this deadline. You are advised to complete and submit your application ahead of the deadline to allow for any unforeseen problems.
Applicants for this post will be required to meet the relevant Clinical eligibility criteria for the appropriate specialty and level listed at:-
- https://www.copdend.org/postgraduate-training/national-person-specification/ Please note - (applicants applying for Surgical, Medical or Psychiatry specialties at ST3 or above may be required to consult the relevant Core Training person specification):
AND the Academic eligibility criteria listed at:
It is an applicant’s responsibility to demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria. All applications will be assessed against the eligibility criteria during longlisting. Any applications which do not meet the eligibility criteria will be longlisted out of the process and will not progress to the next stage.
Please note: Applicants who submit the competency form within the application window will only have 1 opportunity to resubmit incomplete or inaccurate competency documents. Applicants who fail to submit a competency document during the application window will only have 1 subsequent opportunity to submit the form. Please therefore ensure that you have thoroughly read the guidance and checked the document you are providing carefully before submitting.
Please note: By allowing applicants to progress to the interview stage, Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber DOES NOT accept or confirm that applicants meet all eligibility requirements. This includes immigration status, evidence of achievement of core competencies or equivalent, and requisite length of time in training as per the national person specification. This list is not exhaustive, and is applicable to all eligibility criteria.
Applicants may still be withdrawn from the application process at any stage, including after the interviews have taken place, if the evidence pertaining to an eligibility criterion is found to be unsatisfactory by Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber.
Shortlisting will take place following the completion of longlisting. Where possible we aim to give applicants at least one week's notice to attend an interview. However, unforseen delays in shortlisting mean this is not always possible.
Interview Dates and Venue
The interviews for this post will take place on a date to be confirmed Online via Microsoft Teams.
Documents Required at Interview
You will be required to send a copy of your passport prior to your interview.
These documents will be checked against a checklist and the photocopies will be retained on your recruitment file. If you are appointed to a training post, these documents will be transferred to your trainee file.
The interviews will consist of a single panel interview with both academic and clinical components. The interview panel will be made up of academic and clinical panel members.
All recruitment offices will be using Oriel to make offers to Academic Clinical Fellow training posts. Oriel can be accessed at https://www.oriel.nhs.uk/
Please refer to the Oriel Applicant User Guide which can be downloaded from the Oriel Resource Bank for further information about receiving and responding to offers.
Receiving and Responding to Offers
If you are offered a post you will have 48 hours from the time of your offer, including weekends and bank holidays, to decide whether to accept, reject or hold it. You must respond to the offer through the UK Offers System. No other form of response will be accepted.
IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO YOUR OFFER WITHIN 48 HOURS, THE OFFER WILL EXPIRE AND THE POST WILL BE OFFERED TO ANOTHER APPLICANT. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY FURTHER OFFERS.
Any offer made through this recruitment process is an offer of an allocation to a training programme; it is not an offer of employment. Offers of employment can only be by an employing organisation following completion of satisfactory pre-employment checks.