Pharmaceutical Medicine ST3

Person specification and entry criteria for Pharmaceutical Medicine ST3 2023 recruitment

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Essential entry criteria

Qualifications

Applicants must have:

  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification

When is this evaluated?i

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centreii
  • Pre-employment check

 

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

ii  ‘Selection centre’ refers to a process, not a place. It involves a number of selection activities which may be delivered as part of the assessment process.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • have full registration and hold a current licence to practiseiii from the GMC at the advertised post start dateiv 
  • be employed in a UK-based position in pharmaceutical medicine in a UK organisation approved for PMST
  • hold associate membership of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine
  • 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
  • be eligible to work in the UK

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre

 

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  ‘The advertised post start date’ refers to the first date from which posts recruited in a round can commence. This will be specified clearly within the published advertisement for that recruitment round.

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 Councilv.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Pre-employment health screening

 

v  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 this 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
  • has achieved clinical and professional competences in managing patients, which may include clinical trial participants, over a period of 4 years
  • have the support of the Postgraduate Dean and submit a ‘support for reapplication to a specialty training programme’ form if they wish to reapply to the specialty after having their NTN in the specialty withdrawn or relinquished voluntarily
  • not already hold, nor be eligible to hold, a CCT/CESR in the specialty; and must not currently be eligible for the specialist register for the specialty to which they are applyingvi 
  • 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 circumstancesvii

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre

 

vi  Some programmes in ST3 medical specialties are dual accredited with general internal medicine (GIM). Applicants who hold a CCT in general internal medicine are eligible to apply but should note that they will be expected to fulfil the GIM service requirements of any post they are offered and will be unable to reduce the length of the programme.

vii  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

Desirable

  • Specialty exam relating to training path (for example, MRCP (UK), MRCGP or equivalent) at the time of application.
  • Higher degrees including MSc, PhD or MD (where the research thesis is not part of first medical degree).

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References
Career progression

Essential

  • Evidence that present achievement and performance is commensurate with totality of training.

When is this evaluated?

  • Interview/selection centre
Clinical experience

Essential

  • Evidence of experience of managing patients in a range of acute and long-term illness or close involvement on a regular basis with the management of such patients through multi-disciplinary team meetings.
  • Evidence of wide experience of prescribing and monitoring the effects of medicines.

When is this evaluated?

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

Essential

  • Appropriate knowledge base and ability to apply sound clinical judgement to problems.
  • Evidenceviii of competence in management of patients through workplace-based assessments, portfolio evidence, including logbook documentation, if applicable, satisfactory review (for example, ARCP outcome 1), reports, outcomes (for example, CT1 competences in medicine) or equivalent record of satisfactory attainment of competences.
  • Evidence of competence to work without direct supervision, where appropriate.
  • Awareness of the skills required for pharmaceutical medicine (see below)

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References

 

viii  Evidence can include portfolio, logbook, ARCP, or equivalent. Where relevant or applicable, workplace-based assessments (such as CbD, mini-CEX, ACAT, DOPS, MSF, or equivalent) may also be used to demonstrate achievement of competences.

Academic skills

Desirable

Research, audit and quality improvement skills
  • Demonstrates understanding of the importance and basic principles of scientific research, clinical research, evidence-based medical practice.
  • Demonstrates understanding of basic research methodology. Evidence of relevant academic and research achievements, e.g. degrees, prizes, awards, distinctions, publications, presentations, other achievements.
Teaching
  • Evidence of interest and experience in teaching.

When is this evaluated?

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

Essential

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.
Organisation and planning
  • Capacity to manage and prioritise time and information effectively.
  • 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.
  • 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 (such as everyone counts; improving lives; commitment to quality of care; respect and dignity; working together for patients; compassion).

Desirable

Communication skills
  • Demonstrates clarity in written and spoken communication, and capacity to adapt language to the situation, as appropriate.
  • Able to build rapport, listen, persuade and negotiate.
Management and leadership skills
  • Evidence of involvement in management commensurate with experience.
  • 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 medicine.
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.
IT skills
  • Demonstrates information technology skills.

When is this evaluated?

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

Essential

  • Demonstrates probity (displays honesty, integrity, aware of ethical dilemmas, respects confidentiality).
  • Capacity to take responsibility for own actions and demonstrates a non-judgemental approach towards others.

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 self-reflective practice.

When is this evaluated?

  • Application form
  • Interview/selection centre
  • References