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Clinical Fellow in Human Factors & Ergonomics,CRM and Patient Safety

Job Reference: 384-BK-EMF2284-05

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
384 496840 Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Guildford, Surrey
£31,217 to £49,086 PA

The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides services from one acute hospital in Guildford and two adult community services hospitals across Surrey. We employ over 4,000 staff and serve over two million people locally and regionally. We have recently been rated as ‘Good; by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and ‘Outstanding’ for being responsive to people’s needs and for our maternity services and ‘Good’ for being caring, effective and safe. We believe that our people are the key to this success and the fact that going the extra mile is inbuilt within our teams. The recent appointment of a new CEO means you would be joining the board at an exciting time.

The Trust serves a population of over 330,000 across south west Surrey. We are a specialist tertiary cancer centre, offering state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to a population of up to two million.

It is an innovative hospital packed with ambition and is an excellent place to start your career as well as move it up a gear or to continue developing yourself professionally.

A regional cancer centre for Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire, it is also a tertiary specialist centre for ENT and Maxillofacial surgery. It attracts referrals from across the whole country for other specialties (i.e. urology). The Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit (key-hole surgery) is one of only three such training units in the UK.

The Trust has strong links with the nearby University of Surrey and staff are well supported if they wish to undertake further study. As well as this, staff are able to develop and enhance skills and knowledge by undertaking post-qualification support and training at the hospital’s dedicated Education Centre. These are just some of the training and development opportunities available to staff.

The Trust celebrated its 150th birthday on 27 April 2016.

Clinical Fellow in Human Factors & Ergonomics,CRM and Patient Safety

This post is available for an initial 6 months, but maybe extended for a further 6 months by mutual arrangement. Applicants should be ST3-ST7or post-CCT Anesthetist’s with the FRCA (or equivalent) and have an interest in patient safety, Crisis Resource Management and simulation.

Successful applicants would be expected to have up to 2/3 of their time dedicated to the development, implementation, and undertaking of QI and research projects within the SCReaM programme. The clinical commitment would be to theatres or ICU depending on service requirement, with an night shift commitment as the co-ordinating senior trainee, supervising 4 trainees across theatres, obstetrics and ICU. The rota is constructed to give generous time to non-clinical work.

The aim of this fellowship is to enable the fellow to undertake an active part in the second phase of the SCReaM programme and undertake a patient safety, quality improvement or research project whilst developing a sound understanding of human factors & ergonomicsm, patient safety, clinical risk management, quality improvement, and change management. In particular, the successful candidate will take a lead role in the delivery and further development of the Surrey Crisis Resource Management (SCReaM) programme1. We are entering into the exciting and innovative second phase of this new programme. Conceived and launched across 2 large acute NHS trusts in October 2016, SCReaM is an innovative initiative to improve patient safety and team performance, through CRM training of substantive theatre teams, supported by CRM instructors from the aviation industry and simulation. Central to this has been the introduction of a new cognitive aid, the SCReaM emergency prompt cards, for use during adverse events in theatres (ref). This is the first UK designed aid for this purpose and been in use for several years. The AAGBI’s recent launch of the Quick Reference Handbook, analogous to the SCReaM prompt cards, has led to increasing interest in this area globally. We are already near completion of one research study in this area, in collaboration with the University of Surrey, with several further research projects and QI projects in development. The initiative is being increasingly expanded to other parts of the trust including ED, cardiology etc.

This post will place the successful candidate at the heart of an enthusiastic and dynamic SCReaM team made up of clinicians, theatre team champions and aviation pilot CRM instructors. They will also work closely with the medical simulation team, anaesthetic and ICU simulation fellows.

For Further information:

Dr Chris Jones, Consultant Anaesthetist & Lead for Anaesthetic Fellows, Tel. 01483 464116 E-mail:

Dr Suzi Lomax, Consultant Anaesthetist, Trust & Anaesthetic Simulation Lead, E mail:


If you are interested in applying for this post please use the links provided to access the full job description/person specification and apply online.

The Trust is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all its employees as well as maintaining a workforce that broadly reflects the local communities we serve. In accordance with the Equality Act, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the specific criteria of the post regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy, religion or belief or sexual orientation. Reasonable adjustments to the interview process can also be made for any candidates with a disability.


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The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has a safeguarding policy for both adults and children and is committed to all safeguarding legislation and current standards.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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