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Report of the General Board on the establishment of an office of Director of Medical Education in the Faculty of Clinical Medicine

The GENERAL BOARD beg leave to report to the University as follows:

1. The Faculty Board of the School of Clinical Medicine have undertaken a major strategic review of the leadership required for their medical educational responsibilities. This has been undertaken in the light of requirements arising from the recommendations of the General Medical Council, issues concerning teaching quality assurance and assessment, and re-organization in the NHS concerning Workforce Confederations and the Service Increment for Teaching.

2. In response to these requirements the Faculty Board propose the establishment of a new office of Director of Medical Education in the Clinical School, replacing the existing office of Clinical Dean (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 569).

3. The Director would be accountable to the Regius Professor of Physic for all aspects of undergraduate medical education in the Clinical School, and would work in partnership with the Director of Medical and Veterinary Education in the School of the Biological Sciences, Heads of Clinical School Departments, the Regional Post-Graduate Dean, and partner NHS Trusts, on medical education issues.

4. The office would be established in the Faculty of Clinical Medicine as a full-time appointment. In order to provide the necessary academic leadership, candidates for the Directorship should possess a strong record in medical educational development, management and delivery, and familiarity with the clinical educational setting. The office may be filled by secondment from a current University or NHS appointment.

5. The specific duties of the office would be determined by the General Board after consultation with the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine. The Board have agreed that the stipend of the office should be at step 28 of the University's general scale of stipends (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 646) in line with that of the Director of Medical and Veterinary Education, unless the postholder is medically qualified under which circumstances appointment would be at the maximum point of the scale for NHS consultants. Any additional recurrent cost would be met from funds available to the School of Clinical Medicine.

6. The General Board have accepted the advice of the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine that the chances of attracting a strong field of candidates for the Directorship would be enhanced if provision were also made for the Board to recommend the establishment of a Professorship in the Clinical School for a Director of the appropriate academic standing.

7. The General Board consider that it would be appropriate and in accordance with the arrangements of officers of comparable seniority for appointments to the Directorship to be made by the Board on the advice of a committee constituted along the lines of a Board of Electors to a Professorship.

8. Subject to the approval of the recommendations of this Report, the General Board will appoint an Advisory Committee, consisting of the Vice-Chancellor as Chairman, three members nominated by the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine, three by the Board, and three by the Council, at least two of whom will be from outside the University. The Committee will consider applications and will advise the Board on the choice of a suitable person for appointment as Director of Medical Education.

9. If, in the light of advice from the Committee, and with reference to the criteria for promotion to a personal Professorship, the Board consider it appropriate for the Director to be appointed to a Professorship, they would then report again to the University recommending the establishment of a fixed-term Professorship for a named person and its assignment to the Faculty of Clinical Medicine. The regulations for the Professorship would require the Professor to hold the office of Director of Medical Education during his or her tenure.

10. The General Board accordingly recommend:

I. That an office of Director of Medical Education be established in the Faculty of Clinical Medicine from 1 April 2003.

II. That regulations for the office of Director of Medical Education, as set out in the Schedule to this Report, be approved.

III. That the regulations for the office of Clinical Dean (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 569) be rescinded with effect from 1 April 2003.

10 July 2002ALEC N. BROERS, Vice-ChancellorKATIE CHILDSA. C. MINSON
 TONY BADGERANDREW CLIFFKATE PRETTY
 P. J. BAYLEYS. LEATON GRAYM. SCHOFIELD
 N. O. A. BULLOCKPETER LIPTONS. J. YOUNG
 H. A. CHASE 

SCHEDULE

Director of Medical Education

1. Appointments and reappointments to the University office of Director of Medical Education in the Faculty of Clinical Medicine shall be made by a the General Board, on the advice of a Committee specially constituted for the particular occasion.

2. Appointment shall be for an initial period of five years. On reappointment, the Director shall hold office, subject to the provisions of Statute U, until the retiring age, so long as he or she satisfactorily performs the duties of the office.

3. The duties of the Director of Medical Education shall be determined by the General Board after consultation with the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine.


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Cambridge University Reporter, 24 July 2002
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