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Recruitment Officer | Specialty Education Advisory Committee

Responsibilities of the Recruitment Officer include:

  • Working with NHSE North West Recruitment Team and RCOG Education Team, the Recruitment Officers represent the RCOG in the development of national recruitment policy
  • Liaising with Heads of Schools regarding the application process, including the appropriateness of application forms and the standardisation of interviewing
  • Hold regular meetings with the Head of Specialty Education and Training
  • Providing regular reports and statistics on national recruitment, including year on year trends for SEAC and the Workforce Task Group to aid workforce planning

The Specialty Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is responsible for the content, structure and delivery of the Specialty Training Programme and advises on the eligibility of doctors for the award of the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). SEAC meets three times a year (once in person/twice remotely).

This appointment is for a three-year term beginning in June/July 2024 and will be appointed by interview.

UK Fellows and Members in a current substantive post at Consultant or SAS level are eligible to apply for this position.

Please see the role description, person specifications and other information at the bottom of the page.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the form via the button below. Once completed, you will be asked to share a CV with us via email to specialtytrainingcct@rcog.org.uk

 

Should you have any additional enquiries please email specialtytrainingcct@rcog.org.uk. 

Application deadline: Thursday 25 April 2024

Interview date: tbc

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Role description

Recruitment Officer

Specialty Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

Three-year term commencing June 2024

There are two Recruitment Officers (ST1 and ST3). The Recruitment Officers oversee the UK recruitment process for training places in O&G, and provide expert advice to RCOG on issues affecting the recruitment of suitably qualified individuals into O&G. The Recruitment Officers liaise with and provides advice to national and international bodies involved in recruitment, including the ongoing review/revision of application process and standardisation and development of interview schedules.

  • To liaise with Heads of Schools regarding the application process, including  the appropriateness of application forms and the standardisation of interviewing
  • To keep up to date on national developments and to brief RCOG Officers, SEAC and the Workforce Task Group as appropriate
  • To represent the RCOG in the development of national recruitment policy
  • To be the RCOG clinical lead for the national recruitment process
  • To work with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC), General Medical Council (GMC), NHS England and the devolved nations on recruitment issues, take a proactive stance towards participating in pilots and work with Specialty Recruitment Assessment to develop a tool for interviewing
  • Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment (MSRA) - participating in the ongoing development of this tool as an integral part of the recruitment process for the specialty 
  • Work with the national recruitment team to ensure the production of high validity statistics for monitoring recruitment, including demographic trends and information by deanery.
  • To provide an annual report and statistics on national recruitment, including year on year trends, for SEAC and the Workforce Task Group to aid workforce planning
  • To chair the National Recruitment Committee
  • Chair of SEAC
  • Recruitment Officer for ST3
  • Vice President for Education
  • Vice President for Membership and Workforce
  • Head of Specialty Education and Training
  • Education Department
  • Membership Department
  • Heads of School
  • National Recruitment Committee

This is variable, depending on stages of the recruitment timetable. It is likely to average around 12 hours per month. It is up to the candidate to discuss and agree the time commitment with their NHS employer.

The Recruitment Officer will be expected to attend SEAC meetings (three times a year – one in person and two remote), to attend meetings on national developments on an ad hoc basis and to liaise regularly with the SEAC Chair, ST3 Recruitment Officer, Vice President for Education and Vice President for Membership and Workforce. The Recruitment Officer will also be in regular contact with the national recruitment team, who have responsibility for the day-to-running of the recruitment process and keeping up to date with changes to the process.

The recruitment officer will chair/co-chair the NHSE NW national recruitment committee meetings as required.

The Recruitment Officer may be expected to lead and attend national recruitment days but is not expected to be present at every day of interviews.

Travel expenses will be covered in line with the RCOG travel policy

This role reflects the present requirements of the post.  As duties and responsibilities change and develop the role description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the post holder.

The role description will be re-evaluated at the end of the term. 

A new Recruitment Officer should be appointed six months before the end of the current holder's term of office and they should work closely together during this time in order to facilitate a smooth take-over period.

Person specification

Essential

  • Registered with a licence to practise with the GMC, in good standing
  • FRCOG/MRCOG
  • Current substantive post at Consultant or SAS level in the UK
  • Evidence of annual appraisal
  • Evidence of equal opportunities and diversity training within previous 3 years
  • Experience of the recruitment process in O&G at a national level
  • Experience of leading the development of a new policy or guidance across a variety of stakeholders

Desirable

  • Training in statistical methods
  • Knowledge and experience of the UK national recruitment process in O&G
  • Experience of working at a national level
  • Ability to be part of a widely dispersed team using modern methods of communication
  • Ability to show leadership and initiative in a particular area
  • Ability to represent the RCOG at external and national events and meetings
  • Ability to undertake projects to completion
  • Ability to respond in a timely way when necessary

CPD information

The 2019 RCOG CPD Guide can be found here.

Committee Chair/Member/Course Convenors and Organisers

If within your committee role or work as course convenor or organiser you gain knowledge which enhances patient care or leadership and technical skills (including for example, giving presentations, teaching sessions or mock examining) credits can be claimed as an ‘Experiential Learning Event’.

Reflection is required to claim credits for an Experiential Learning Event. 2 CPD credits are claimable following reflection. In addition 1 or 2 credits are claimable for an action following the learning (1 credit for a simple action, 2 credits for a complex action). To claim credits for an action, the individual needs to demonstrate how they have applied their learning to their practice, the service they provide and/or the potential impact of the learning.

If you are still using the previous CPD ePortfolio, you can record any new learning that you gain within this role under ‘Reflective Learning’ in the personal/professional CPD category. For some specific activities, credits can be claimed without reflection*.

*

1 credit per hour in the national/international category for giving teaching sessions or leading a workshop on a course

5 credits in the national/international category for giving a formal presentation on a course

1 credit per hour in the national/international category for mock examining

A maximum of 25 credits in each five-year cycle applies for all presentations/teachings sessions given at national/international courses or conferences, and for formal and mock examining.

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