Clinical Skills Manager - MDS Infrastructure and Facilities

University of Birmingham

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Position type:

Full time


£27,924 to £30,497

14 Jan 2022
10 Feb 2022

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-2200001E

Position Details

Infrastructure and Facilities - College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £27,924 to £30,497, with potential progression once in post to £34,304

Grade 6

Full Time and Permanent

Closing date: 10 February 2022



Roles at this at this level will require an in-depth knowledge of technical, IT or scientific practices, methods and procedures gained through either experience and/or formal qualification and role holders will deploy this knowledge to provide a range of high-level technical support activities. You will enjoy a high degree of personal responsibility and initiative which you will use to resolve issues; you will use your judgement to deal with unforeseen problems and circumstances, all with limited guidance/supervision.


Role Summary

The Clinical Skills Manager will work closely with academic staff and external teaching providers in coordinating the timetabling/scheduling of teaching activities. You will ensure that appropriate equipment and other resources are available to support those teaching sessions and maintain the facilities as fit for purpose. Where needed you will demonstrate and train others in the use of the equipment.

You will develop (in partnership with academic staff), clinical training scenarios for use within the facility and be active in the development of a proposed new Biomedical Skills Building, which will accommodate our clinical skills, biomedical teaching laboratories and anatomy teaching delivery.


Main Duties

1. Operational Management of Clinical Skills Facilities

Be responsible, in partnership with academic staff, for the coordination and scheduling of teaching with due regard to the availability of staff and equipment. This will require you to understand requirements and ensure sessions are scheduled to meet needs, liaising with the University timetabling teams as required.

Prepare facilities in advance of scheduled teaching and ensure that all waste is dealt with promptly and the facilities rest for other users at the end of the sessions.

As necessary demonstrate the use of and provide training in the use of specialist equipment within the facilities to users. o Manage the use and issue of all equipment and consumables.

Oversee the self-access room used by students and ensure it is suitably stocked and fit for use

2. Service Development and Improvement

Actively engage with the design and development of the new clinical and biomedical skills facility under development.

Make recommendations to the Technical Manager (Biomedical Skills) for improvements to enhance the experience for students and staff.

Work closely with the College Lead for Outreach and Widening Participation and lead on the development, preparation and running of suitable outreach activities.

Develop new simulation scenarios, gather appropriate data, and proactively make recommendations.

Analyse, evaluate, and recommend improvements to existing sessions in-line with current and future directions of skills training. o In collaboration with academic staff, seek and develop opportunities for the skills areas to host internal and external Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses.

3. Staff Management and Development

Actively support the training and development of the apprentice technicians within the wider practical teaching team.

Assist the Technical Manager in the recruitment and selection process of new/replacement staff.

Assist the technical Manager in the annual staff performance and development reviews, coaching, and mentoring staff to create an effective team and help build a supportive environment. o Proactively engaging with the University Technical Academy to support the University’s actions to develop technical staff; this may involve leading on discrete pieces of project work within area of expertise.

As the service develops and grows undertake direct line management of future staff.

4. Management of Health and Safety within the Clinical Skills Facilities including:

Ensuring local management practices are robust, contributing to developing practices and policies as appropriate.

Ensuring that there is compliance with University Health and Safety policies.

Taking corrective action where compliance is not robust.

Advising individual staff and students in undertaking appropriate risk assessments.

Undertaking specific health and safety management roles where necessary; fire warden, first aider.

5. Responsibility for managing the procurement, management and maintenance of equipment and consumables. This will include:

Providing advice in regard to the procurement of new equipment, ensuring best value for money at all times.

Creating requisitions for the purchase of consumables and equipment and receipting all goods and services received to facilitate prompt payment; liaise with suppliers and finance colleagues in resolving issues with payment as necessary.

Arranging service and maintenance for all equipment within the clinical skills facility.

6. Promotes equality and values diversity, acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

7. Any other duties commensurate with the grade.

Core competencies/transferable skills

All postholders working at this level will be able to develop and demonstrate the following core competencies/transferable skills and will be expected to be flexible as required in supporting their department and wider University.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualification, Experience

  • Educated to Degree level (or equivalent qualifications) in a healthcare or related Medical subject or relevant technical qualification and relevant experience. Where no equivalent qualification is held, extensive experience in a similar role will be required
  • Extensive proven practical experience in clinical skills simulation preferably within NHS clinical skills training areas.
  • Proven ability in managing a customer facing service.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to act assertively and decisively when required.
  • Good negotiation skills and the ability to collaborate and work well with different groups of people including working with and influencing senior management.
  • Understanding and practical experience of statutory and regulatory requirements affecting biomedical education
  • GCSEs to a minimum of grade C in English and Mathematics (or equivalent qualifications).
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day-to-day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment

We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.


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