Director of Medical Education (DME)

£82,096 to £110,683 a year
02 Jul 2021
02 Aug 2021
Career Level
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time

Health Education England (HEE), Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) and Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) Director of Medical Education (DME)

The role of Director of Medical Education at KMPT involves the management, organisation and development of postgraduate medical education and enables the organisation to deliver its contractual commitments to HEE KSS in respect of Medical and Dental Education.

Responsible to both HEE KSS and to the Trust, your role will lead on the delivery of education and training for our medical staff, including our amazing students.

Main duties of the job

Were looking for an outstanding new leader, someone who can assist the Executive Medical Director in providing professional leadership while helping balance educational and service objectives. You will build strong links with colleagues and stakeholders that will help us to build an outstanding reputation for education in Kent and maximise the opportunities available by working closely with the new Kent and Medway Medical School.

The sessional commitment for this role is 3 programmed activities. The sessional adjustments and/or additional support requirements will be met by the Trust and applicants will be welcome to discuss this with Executive Medical Director prior to application.

About us

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) provides mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and other specialist services for 1.8 million people across Kent and Medway. We pride ourselves on providing high quality clinical services, innovation and partnership working. We are one of the larger NHS trusts covering an area of 1,450 square miles, employing over 3,600 staff and operating from over 100 buildings across Kent and Medway.

The range of services offered by KMPT offers unique opportunities for your professional development. We are committed to delivering integrated, community-based health and social care services and our strategy is underpinned by a recovery and wellbeing model delivered in partnership with service users, their families and a wide range of organisational stakeholders.

Job description

NHS consultants with an understanding of educational principles, policies and methods, experience as an educational supervisor, and preferably with previous experience in an organisational role, are invited to apply. In addition, you will need to work towards attainment of a certificate, diploma or degree in teaching/education within one year of joining us and become a member of the National Associate of Clinical Tutors (NACT).

Clinical opportunities available across adult and older adult psychiatry services can be linked to the DME post, up to a 1 WTE or 10 PA contract with additional renumeration of 2 PA's for this post. Our vacant posts can be accessed on

The DME element of the contract is for a fixed term period of three years.

Contact us so we can work together to make this your next step in your professional career.

Please see attached the Job Description and person specification for further information relating to the post.

Person Specification

Personal qualities

  • High ethical standards
  • Empathy with trainees and sensitive to their needs
  • Awareness of the need to act as a role model to others
  • Commitment to continuing personal and professional development
  • Embracing diversity


  • Broad experience of UK clinical practice at consultant or general practitioner programme director level and current role as an NHS consultant or general practitioner
  • Previous experience as an educational supervisor
  • Direct involvement in postgraduate medical education
  • Previous experience of an organisational role
  • Experience of managing change
  • Previous experience of motivating and providing support to others

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Understanding of educational principles, policies and methods
  • Familiarity with trends and expectations in health care delivery
  • Ability to provide career advice and guidance
  • Awareness of relevant NHS structures, including managerial and policies
  • Ability to negotiate with people at all levels, change management skills
  • Ability to promote equality of opportunity and operate within an equal opportunities framework, and trained in equal opportunities or willingness to undertake training within six months of appointment
  • Vision, strategic thinking and planning
  • Leadership and effective interpersonal skills, team membership skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Time management and administrative ability, ability to meet travel requirements
  • Basic IT, including handling high volumes of email


  • Registered with a licence to practise
  • Fellowship/Membership of College (or equivalent) and/or higher degree. Consultant with a minimum of two PAs within the LEP.
  • To have completed the local Qualified Educational Supervisor Programme (QESP) or Educational Supervisor Training deemed equivalent by HEE KSS
  • Certificate, diploma or degree in Teaching/Education, or willingness to commence within one year of appointment
  • To have completed or to complete the NACT Basics for Leadership in Medical Education (BLIME) course within one year

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