Diagnostic Neuropathology ST3

Person specification and entry criteria for Diagnostic Neuropathology ST3 2023 recruitment

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Essential entry criteria

Qualifications

Applicants must have:

  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • successful completion of Histopathology FRCPath Part 1 exam by offer date.i

When is this evaluated?ii

  • Application form

 

iThe published deadline’ refers to a deadline date set in each recruitment round; Round 1 (30/03/2023) Round 2 (20/04/2023) Round 3 (23/10/2023).

ii‘When is this evaluated’ is indicative but may be carried out at any time throughout the selection process.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • be eligible for full registration with, and hold a current licence to practiseiii from, the GMC at intended start dateiv.
  • have evidence of achievement of foundation competences from a UKFPO-affiliated foundation programme or equivalent, by time of appointment in line with GMC standards/Good Medical Practice
  • have evidence of competence via one of the following:
    • current employment in a GMC-recognised histopathology programme (2021 curriculum) which leads to satisfactory completion of Integrated Cellular Pathology Training (ICPT) by the advertised post start date.
    • satisfactory completion of ICPT in a GMC-recognised histopathology training programme (2021 curriculum) evidenced by ARCP.
    • satisfactory completion of Stage A and Stage B in a GMC-recognised Histopathology Specialty Training (2015 curriculum) evidenced by ARCP.
    • achievement of ICPT competences via alternative experience to a UK histopathology training programme.
  • be eligible to work in the UK.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centrev

 

iii The GMC introduced the licence to practise in 2009. Any doctor wishing to practise in the UK after this date must be both registered with and hold a licence to practise from the GMC at time of appointment.

iv ‘Intended start date’ refers to the date at which the post commences, not necessarily the time an offer is accepted. v ‘Selection centre’ refers to a process, not a place. It involves a number of selection activities which may be delivered within the unit of application.

v ‘Selection centre’ refers to a process, not a place. It involves a number of selection activities which may be delivered within the unit of application.

Fitness to practise

Applicant is up to date and fit to practise safely and is aware of own training needs.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • References

 

Language skills

Applicants must have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English, adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues, as assessed by the General Medical Councilvi.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre

 

vi Applicants are advised to visit the GMC website which gives details of evidence accepted for registration.

Health

Applicants must meet professional health requirements (in line with GMC standards/Good Medical Practice).

When is ths evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Pre-employment health screening
Career progression

Applicants must:

  • be able to provide complete details of their employment history.
  • have evidence that their career progression is consistent with their personal circumstances.
  • have evidence that their present level of achievement and performance is commensurate with the totality of their period of training.
  • have sufficient experience (not including foundation level experience) to include:
    • completion of at least 2.5 years trainingvii in general Histopathology, including Autopsy work, by advertised post start date (unless evidence of Stage A and B completion if still on the 2015 curriculum).
  • have notified the Training Programme Director of the specialty training programme they are currently training in if applying to continue training in the same specialty in another regionviii.
  • not have previously relinquished or been released or removed from a training programme in this specialty, except if they have received an ARCP outcome 1 or under exceptional circumstancesix.
  • not already hold, nor be eligible to hold, a CCT/CESR in the specialty they are applying for and/or must not currently be eligible for the specialist register for the specialty to which they are applying.
  • for those wishing to be considered for Locum Appointment for Training (LAT) posts (where available): no more than 24 months experience in LAT posts in the specialty by intended start date.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre

 

vii Any time periods specified in this document refer to whole-time equivalent.

viii The Support for Application to another region form, signed by the Training Programme Director of their current specialty training programme confirming satisfactory progress must be submitted to the recruitment office at time of application.

ix Exceptional circumstances may be defined as a demonstrated change in circumstances, which can be shown on the ability to train at that time and may include severe personal illness or family caring responsibility incompatible with continuing to train. Applicants will only be considered if they provide a ‘support for reapplication to a specialty training programme’ form signed by both the Training Programme Director or Head of School and the Postgraduate Dean in the LETB or Deanery that the training took place. No other evidence will be accepted.

Application completion

All sections of application form completed fully according to written guidelines.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form

Selection criteria

Qualifications

Essential

Applicants must have:

  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • Successful completion of Histopathology FRCPath Part 1 exam by offer date.

Desirable

  • PhD/DPhil, MD (research), MPhil, PGCE BSc or equivalent.
  • MRCP or MRCS.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Clinical skills – clinical knowledge and expertise

Essential

  • Understanding of clinical risk management.
  • Competent to work without direct supervision, where appropriate.
  • Clear, logical thinking showing an analytical and scientific approach.
  • Demonstrates practical ability commensurate with experience.

Desirable

  • Experience of ward-based or clinic-based medicine or surgery beyond foundation level with particular focus on clinical neurosciences.
  • Experience in diagnostic histopathology and autopsy work beyond ST2 level.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Clinical Skills – clinical knowledge and expertise

Essential

  • Appropriate level of clinical knowledge.
  • Shows knowledge of evidence-informed practice.
  • Ability to prioritise clinical need.
  • Shows awareness of own limitations.
  • Ability to construct clinical pathology reports or similar structured letters to members of the medical team, for example, outpatient letters to GPs.
  • Knowledge and experience of basic techniques in histopathology and cytopathology, to include specimen dissection, microscopy, autopsy and cytopathological specimen preparation and interpretation.
  • Ability to interpret a wide range of clinical scenarios with reference to pathological interpretation.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the anatomical, pathological basis of common neurological symptoms, signs, syndromes and diseases.

Desirable

  • Demonstrates breadth of experience and awareness in and outside specialty and medicine.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Academic skills

Essential

Research, audit and quality improvement skills
  • Evidence of and active participation in audit.

Desirable

Research, audit and quality improvement skills
  • Research experience.
  • Presentations and publications.
  • Research degrees.
Teaching
  • Interest and experience in multi-disciplinary teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Qualification in medical education

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
Personal skills

Essential

Communication skills
  • Demonstrates clarity in written and spoken communication and capacity to adapt language as appropriate to the situation.
  • Able to build rapport, listen, persuade and negotiate.
Problem solving and decision making
  • Capacity to use logical and lateral thinking to solve problems and make decisions, indicating an analytical and scientific approach.
Empathy and sensitivity
  • Capacity to take in others’ perspectives and treat others with understanding.
  • Sees patients as people.
  • Demonstrates respect for all.
  • Uses a non-judgemental approach to patients and colleagues, regardless of their sexuality, ethnicity, disability, religious beliefs or financial status.
Managing others and team involvement
  • Able to work in multi-professional teams and supervise junior medical staff.
  • Ability to show leadership, make decisions, organise and motivate other team members for the benefit of patients through, for example, audit and quality improvement projects.
  • Capacity to work effectively with others.
Organisation and planning
  • Capacity to manage and prioritise time and information effectively.
  • Capacity to prioritise own workload and organise ward rounds.
  • Evidence of thoroughness (is well prepared, shows self-discipline and commitment, is punctual and meets deadlines).
Vigilance and situational awareness
  • Capacity to monitor developing situations and anticipate issues.
Coping with pressure and managing uncertainty
  • Capacity to operate under pressure and cope with setbacks.
  • Demonstrates initiative and resilience to cope with changing circumstances.
  • Is able to deliver good clinical care in the face of uncertainty.
Values
  • Understands, respects and demonstrates the values of the NHS Constitution (such as everyone counts; improving lives; commitment to quality of care; respect and dignity; working together for patients; compassion).

Desirable

Management and leadership skills
  • Evidence of involvement in management, commensurate with experience.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of NHS management and resources.
  • Evidence of effective multi-disciplinary team working and leadership supported by multi-source feedback or other workplace-based assessments.
  • Evidence of effective leadership in and outside of medicine.
IT skills
  • Demonstrates information technology skills.
Other
  • Evidence of achievement outside medicine.
  • Evidence of altruistic behaviour, for example, voluntary work.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Probity – professional integrity

Essential

  • Takes responsibility for own actions.
  • Displays honesty, integrity and awareness of ethical issues.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Commitment to specialty – learning and personal development

Essential

  • Shows initiative, drive and enthusiasm (self-starter, motivated, shows curiosity, initiative).
  • Demonstrable interest in and understanding of the specialty.
  • Commitment to personal and professional development.
  • Evidence of attendance at organised teaching and training programmes.
  • Evidence of self-reflective practice.

Desirable

  • Demonstrates interest in neuropathology.
  • Extracurricular activities or achievements relevant to the specialty.
  • Evidence of participation at meetings and activities relevant to the specialty.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References