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Lead Dean Director

NHS Education for Scotland
Scotland, Remote and hybrid working
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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Lead Dean Director – Medical Directorate NHS Education for Scotland

Hours: Full time,10 PA’s (40 hours per week)
Duration: Permanent
Salary scale: GP Educator (CRUMP) or Consultant

Flexible location: NES is a remote friendly employer supporting office, remote and hybrid working. We’re happy to talk about how you want to work.

Who We Are

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is a national special Health Board with a vision of Quality Education for a Healthier Scotland, and a mission to provide education that enables excellence in healthcare for the people of Scotland through the themes of an excellent workforce, improved quality, new models of care, enhanced educational infrastructure and an improved organisation.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Lead Dean Director to lead on General Practice, Public Health and Mental Health specialties. The post sits within the Medical Directorate which has particular responsibility for medical education and training in addition to wider corporate and multi-professional responsibilities. The postholder has a key strategic role in supporting this work, through the provision of leadership at UK, Scottish, and regional levels, contributing to the strategic development of postgraduate medical education and the wider NHS workforce.

Without the dedication and professionalism of our staff, NES would be unable to deliver education and training for those working in NES. That's why it is important for us to offer rewarding, interesting careers and a sustainable work-life balance. NES follows a value based recruitment process to ensure that our workforce is selected based on their values which match those of NES.

What you'll bring

Medically qualified with a background in primary or secondary care or public health and the relevant experience and understanding of postgraduate medical education, the postholder will require high levels of strategic thinking, influencing, negotiating and partnership working skills combined with a visible and dynamic leadership which is exercised in a local and national context. He/she must have the presence, credibility and stature to lead for NES and the Directorate in our most complex national environment and contribute to the leadership and development of a strategically highly significant Directorate which impacts directly on the delivery of clinical care and patient safety.

Further information

For further information around the role please click the Apply button.

Informal enquiries may be directed to:

Emma Watson, Executive Medical Director, NHS Education for Scotland. E-mail:

Unless otherwise stated the deadline for applications is 23:59 hours on the closing date.

Closing date: 4 April 2023.

Interview date: 18 April 2023.

You must have eligibility and entitlement to work in the UK which is required to be maintained throughout your period of employment. Evidence of this must be produced upon request.

We actively encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds, regardless of gender, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

If you have any queries regarding the application portal or the recruitment process, please contact us at:


Scottish Medical Training 

NHS Education for Scotland
Westport 102
West Port
Telephone: 0131 656 3200


Scotland-wide in our associated health boards: NHS Ayrshire & Arran, NHS Borders, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Fife, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Grampian, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Highland, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Lothian, NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland, NHS Tayside, NHS Western Isles.

Scotland has a population of 5.3 million people and environments ranging from urban inner cities to remote islands. There are 14 Health Boards providing primary, secondary and tertiary care in an integrated health system, with no separate commissioning bodies.

Scottish Medical Training is delivered by the Scotland Deanery which is part of NHS Education for Scotland (NES). The Deanery is based on four regions of Scotland centred on the Medical School centres of Aberdeen (North), Dundee (East), Edinburgh (South East) and Glasgow (West). Each region runs a wide range of programmes in partnership with local health boards, and applications are made to specific regions/programmes rather than to Scotland as a whole. There are some cross region and national programmes for smaller specialties based in two or more regions.

For more details on the programmes, the NHS in Scotland and living in Scotland, visit the ScotMT website.

Scotland will be recruiting in all Core programmes, GP and most hospital specialities for 2017. Vacancies will be posted at

Read more about the Scotland Deanery:

Careers Resources - each Deanery region has its own careers advisor. Visit for more information and contact details.

Recruitment timetables for 2017

Registration is now open at

Round 1:       
Advert 3rd November 2016
Application window: 10am on 9th November 2016 to 4pm on 1st December 2016

Round 2:
Advert: 25 January 2017
Application window: 10am on 1st February 2017 to 4pm on 22nd February 2017

Recruitment responsibilities
NHS Education for Scotland is responsible for the recruitment to all specialty training programmes within Scotland. Some  specialties utilise a national recruitment organisation and others are recruited to locally within Scotland. Full details are available at

Key personnel
Please visit the Contact Us page of the Scottish Medical Training recruitment website:

Information and updates are also posted via Twitter – follow us on @scotmedtraining 

Recruitment procedures
All specialty recruitment for 2017 will take place via the ORIEL recruitment portal 

Potential applicants can register NOW at  

Applicant Registration presents the opportunity to complete information common to all applications once, such as Personal Details, Eligibility, Equality &  Diversity etc which can pre-populate future application forms as they are opened.  

Applications can be made from the opening date through ORIEL 

Longlisting will take place to confirm eligibility to apply. Shortlisting takes place for some specialties. Online interview booking will be available . Online offers will be made to successful candidates with the option to hold/accept/reject offers.

Other information
Adverts for Scottish Medical Training specialties recruiting through UK national processes will appear on:

NHS Jobs
Job Centre Plus website

Adverts for Scottish Medical Training specialties recruiting locally will appear on:
NHS Scotland website 
NHS Education for Scotland (NES) website

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