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Principal Lecturer Paramedic Science

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced paramedic with evidence of excellence in academic and professional practice to take a leading role in developing this discipline.

The post holder will further the University of Worcester’s excellent reputation in paramedic science. Applicants will have a strong academic background with evidence of dissemination of good practice to others. Applicants will need to be HCPC registered and have extensive experience in academic leadership and curriculum development. They will provide strategic leadership in developing and delivering learning and teaching subject expertise. The post holder will lead staff to achieve institutional goals through teamwork and flexible co-operation through leading and teaching on undergraduate and taught postgraduate programmes. As Principal Lecturer you will work closely with the Head of Department and Course Leaders to develop paramedic science.

The successful applicant will work in close collaboration with partner trusts, independent and voluntary sector organisations to enhance paramedic practice in University and practice arenas. The Institute is committed to engagement of users and carers in the curriculum and to inter-professional learning. The post holder will contribute across disciplines, include Physicians Associate and Advanced Clinical Practice.

The successful applicant will have a realistic vision for developing the research agenda alongside the existing Professoriate. They will act as a principal investigator in delivering applied research activities. They will also be supported to develop the national and international standing and reputation for the applied research undertaken in the Institute and to lead and participate in professional development to support applied research. In support of this, the University of Worcester is home to the Association for Dementia Studies which make a national and international contribution to building evidence-based practical ways of working with people living with dementia and their families. In addition, the University of Worcester’s National Centre for Violence is a centre of excellence that makes a significant contribution to knowledge transfer and evidence based policy and practice and ultimately to prevention.
The Institute of Health and Society has a state of the art simulation centre, which includes home, therapy and hospital simulation suites. We are committed to developing skilled practitioners, through the development of practice skills in simulated environments as well as in clinical practice.

Selection process:

Candidates invited to interview will be asked to:

• Deliver a 15 minute teaching session on one specific aspect of paramedic practice.

• Carry out a 10 minute presentation outlining a vision for multi-professional advanced practice with an underpinning rationale. This will be followed by 10 minutes of questions relating to the presentation.

• Panel interview.

If you have any questions regarding this role please contact Jo Rouse

email: Tel : 01905542271

In the supporting statement of your application form please give evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification; you are advised to address each item on the person specification in turn and give specific examples of activities you have undertaken.

Closing date: Sunday 13 May 2018

Reference number: IHS1803a-3602

Job details

Job details

Band 9 £49,149- £56,950 a year with opportunity to progress to £60,410
Full time, 37 hours per week
As soon as possible
Responsible to
Head of Allied Health
Responsible for
Interview date
To be confirmed

Institute of Health and Society

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“The University is a leading innovator in the fields of health and social care”
Dr Jan Quallington, Head of Institute



The Location

Worcester is a beautiful city situated in the heart of England on the banks of the River Severn, which combines a number of historical associations with all the modern amenities of a city. Located close to the M5 motorway and with direct rail links with Birmingham and London, Worcester is easily accessed yet is still close to the Malverns, the Welsh borders, the Wye Valley and the Cotswolds.

The University

The University of Worcester is one of the fastest growing HEIs in the UK. It is a progressive, friendly institution, which currently welcomes over 12,000 full time and part time students a year. It offers excellent courses with flexible study options, and as the only University in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, it enjoys strong vocational links with the business, creative, education, health and social care communities.

We are committed to offering our staff the creative combination of challenge, opportunity and support which is needed to grow personally and professionally. Having the best people work at the University is central to the University’s on-going and future success. We offer you a comprehensive induction, extensive staff development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including generous holiday allowance, pension scheme and access to excellent facilities. Staff can also access the University’s wide array of sports, educational and leisure facilities.

The Insitiute

The Institute of Health and Society has a state of the art simulation centre, which includes home, therapy and hospital simulation suites. We are committed to developing skilled practitioners, through the development of practice skills in simulated environments as well as in clinical practice.
The Institute of Health and Society upholds the overall mission of the University by providing high quality, accessible learning opportunities; promoting academic enquiry and the advancement of knowledge. The Institute of Health and Society comprises four academic units:

• Allied Health

• Applied Social Science

• Psychology

• Nursing and Midwifery


Main duties

Main duties

1. To undertake strategic leadership responsibilities in curriculum development and delivery, including implementation of new courses, pedagogy and assessment for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in paramedic science (including PSRB standards).

2. To lead, encourage and support new approaches and innovation in learning, teaching and assessment and ensure that all staff aspire to being inspirational teachers.

3. To take strategic responsibility for ensuring that students have an effective learning experience; from recruitment to progression and employment, including the monitoring of student progress and provide advice and guidance to personal tutors and students as appropriate.

4. To take responsibility for quality assurance and enhancement to identify and promote good practices to improve teaching quality in paramedic science.

5. To undertake teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on modules as well as CPD programmes.

6. To contribute to the assessment process for students including the setting, marking and moderation of student work, individually or collectively as part of a module team in accordance with quality assurance procedures (including PSRB standards).

7. To act as personal academic tutor supporting students with their academic development.

8. To spearhead and engage fully in developing and promoting the external profile of the Institute by developing a national profile for innovative work through publications, key note lectures and conferences.

9. To lead, develop and foster effective partnership working with health and care providers so as to ensure that staff are engaged in active partnership, which influences thinking and practice.

10. To act as a principal investigator in delivering applied research activities through; leading preparation of bids and tenders for external projects or contracts; managing delivery of externally funded projects and contracts; taking responsibility for promoting and disseminating outputs using a range of sources.

11. To lead and promote an applied research culture within the Institute including, supervision and mentoring of less experienced colleagues; supervising research students and leading doctoral programmes.

12. To identify, prepare and lead development projects within the Institute and to contribute as appropriate to university-wide initiatives.

13. To take responsibility for devolved staff and resource management including staff development and performance reviews. 

14. To, as a senior member of the academic team, undertake other duties as required by the Head of Academic Unit.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.


Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria

1. Evidence of teaching paramedic science at HE level that demonstrates excellence and innovation, including the ability to enthuse, motivate and facilitate student learning and intellectual challenge, using a variety of methods of learning and teaching, including e-learning;

2. Contemporary knowledge of the context of health and care services, including urgent and emergency pre-hospital care, and understanding of the new education requirements of the NHS and other providers;

3. HCPC registration as a Paramedic;

4. Master’s Degree or equivalent in Advanced Practice or health care related subject or in Education and a HE teaching qualification e.g. Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education;

5. Clinical and academic leadership experience with evidence of confidence in working in multidisciplinary teams;

6. Ability to undertake quality research;

7. Evidence of publication and/or scholarly activity consistent with career stage;

8. Evidence of effective team-working and inter-personal skills and the ability to inspire, influence and motivate others through effective leadership;

9. Excellent written and oral communication skills; the ability to communicate confidently and clearly with a range of people including students, tutors, managers, representatives of external organisations and the public, both orally and in writing;

10. Knowledge and experience of quality assurance and enhancement and specifically, professional approval, accreditation and monitoring by relevant professional bodies;

11. Evidence of on-going CPD.


Desirable Criteria

1. PhD or other doctoral level qualification (or nearing completion).

2. Track record of collaborative research activity, including successful project bids.

3. Fellowship of Higher Education Academy*.

*Newly appointed staff who do not already hold HEA professional recognition or a HE teaching qualification, will be required to achieve this within three years of their appointment to the post, either through completion of the PG Cert Learning and Teaching in HE, or for those with significant experience of teaching in HE, via the University’s accredited CPD scheme conferring Fellowship at the appropriate level. 

Applications from Non EEA Workers: Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction. Further details can be found at the Home Office UK Border agency website at and the points based calculator can be found at

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs

The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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