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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 17/09/2020.

Head of Assessment and Research Evaluation

Job Reference: 984-M-WM-1-9617

Health Education England
National School of Healthcare Science
St Chad's Court, Birmingham
£63,751 per annum

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Head of Assessment and Research Evaluation

This is a unique opportunity to take a national leadership role in the training of an important and highly skilled workforce in the NHS. Healthcare scientists are at the forefront of innovation in patient care and have been front and central to dealing with the NHS response to Covid-19. We are looking for an inspirational individual to lead on the assessment of NHS healthcare scientists in training.

Working for Health Education England’s (HEE) National School of Healthcare Science, you will be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the assessment strategy for a wide range of healthcare science training programmes up to and including Consultant scientists.

You will also have the amazing opportunity to direct the strategy for evaluative research about the effectiveness of these innovative scientist training programmes to train the future scientific workforce in the NHS.

An enthusiastic and motivational leader, you must be able to demonstrate significant experience of leading assessment processes in an academic or professional environment. You will have the knowledge and experience to identify and manage potential risks to the delivery of high stakes assessments and to their outcomes, ensuring professional standards are maintained and the reputation of HEE and the school is safeguarded. You must be familiar with the concepts, use and interpretation of assessment theory and psychometric analysis, and with the application of cohort-centred and test-centred standard setting methods.

You will need strong skills in communication and negotiation and have the ability to successfully influence outcomes on behalf of your team, the School and the healthcare science community. You will work with networks including healthcare scientists, patients and lay people, professional bodies, trainees, and other key stakeholders in HEE and outside. You will also work collaboratively with our partner universities for the pedagogical research element of the role.

You must be educated to master’s level or have equivalent experience and learning in education/teaching or a relevant subject. A national or international publication profile is desirable. Evidence of continuing professional development is essential. You should also have a successful track record of managing teams.

The School is based in Birmingham, but we are currently conducting our business from home. We do not envisage returning to office-based working on a full time basis. As with many other organisations during the time of COVID, the exact nature of how we work in the future will be continually be examined.

Entrants to the NHS usually start at the minimum of the pay scale and progress through annual increments.

If you would like further information on the role please contact Professor Berne Ferry, Head of School, by email in the first instance at

Interviews will be held on 8th October 2020

Applicants will commence at the bottom of Band 8c with a full-time starting salary of £63,751, with a pay step increase after 5 years’ service.

These salaries are offered in accordance with NHS Terms and Conditions and the HEE Pay Progression Policy and are subject to annual cost of living review.

If you like what you have read and think you have the skills and experience we need then don't delay, apply today! We get lots of applications for our roles and so we sometimes have to close our posts early. Don't miss out!

For further details / informal visits contact:

Professor Berne Ferry, Head of School -

Tel: 0121 695 2473

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. You are advised to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

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Staff recruited from outside the NHS will usually be appointed at the bottom of the pay band.

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