KSS SFP Programme Academic Management & Leadership

Royal Sussex County Hospital in Association with University Hospitals Sussex NHS Trust

Academic Foundation Programme Job Description 

Programme 16, 17, and 18 – Academic Management and Leadership – based at BSMS/RSCH 

Reference: 2024BSMS/16 Reference: 2024BSMS/17 Reference: 2024BSMS/18 

Type of programme:  Leadership and Management, overseen by Dr David Bloomfield, Consultant Oncologist 

Employing trust:  University Hospitals Sussex NHS Trust 

Academic placement based at:  Royal Sussex County Hospital

Brief outline of department: Examples of recent projects include: activity, capacity and demand work and developing an electronic handover tool, change in practice as a result of an evidence based librarian on ward rounds and building a business case for expansion of the Acute Oncology Service to the Princess Royal Hospital site. 

Structure of academic project/what is expected  

1) Engagement with the UHS leadership network throughout both FY1 and FY2

 ‐ Expected:  Organise any Read-to-Lead events which fall during your academic rotation 

 ‐ Expected: Attend leadership faculty group meetings during your academic rotation (and where possible throughout your time as a leadership trainee) 

‐ Expected: Mentor management and leadership (M and L) FY1s and update M and L handbook 

‐ Rota permitting: Attend monthly peer support meetings 

‐ Rota permitting: Attend quarterly IHI, Read to Lead the Innovation Forum  


2) Plan and run a service improvement project 

‐ Expected: Identify a project and supervisor six months prior to the start of your academic rotation 

‐ Expected: Have significant involvement in a project which results in a sustained change to a clinically relevant service 

 ‐ This project should allow you to demonstrate both management and leadership qualities; pure audit or research is not appropriate 

 ‐ Successful projects are usually trust wide and involve multi-disciplinary working however, they may also focussed on developing services within specialist departments 

 ‐ The “Compendium of Academic Competences” leadership and management section outlines the expectations of your academic project (www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk  


3) Share your work 

‐ Expected: Send a summary of your projects’ progress to the Leadership Faculty Group during your rotation 

‐ Expected: During your rotation present a 6-slide summary of your project to each peer support group to keep the group updated on your progress.

‐ Expected: Send a final summary of your project for inclusion in the M and L online “drop-box” 

‐ Expected: Present your project at the academic presentation evening at the end of F2 

‐ Expected: Either publish your work in a peer review journal OR present your work at a regional, national or international meeting – can be performed after end of rotation 


4) Gain academic and leadership skills 

‐ Expected: Complete a masters-level module in Leadership and Commissioning provided by the BSMS Post Graduate Faculty of Health and Social Science

‐ Expected: lead third year medical student specialist study module on ‘leadership through doing’ (1 afternoon per week x 6 weeks). 

‐ Possible: Complete a PG Certificate during the foundation programme (two modules would need to be self-funded and study leave obtained)

‐   Possible: complete an NHS Leadership Academy qualification such as the Mary Seacole PG Certificate in Healthcare Leadership 

‐   Encouraged:  Attend CRF research courses as related  to  your learning needs 

‐   Encouraged: Complete BMJ/ IHI e-learning modules which are related to your learning needs 


5) Gain an understanding of the trust’s clinical governance structures 

‐   Expected: Attend a wide range of trust management meetings (E.g. trust board meeting, clinical management board, nursing management board) 

‐   Encouraged: Shadow chief executive for a half-day 

‐   Encouraged: Become a CQC specialist advisor 


Academic Lead: For further information about possible projects and potential supervisors, please contact: 

Katie Teague, Leadership Faculty Administrator,


Dr David Bloomfield, Head of Medical Leadership Faculty UHS 


Maidstone and Tonbridge Wells in Association with KMMS

Programme Reference Code 

Please note that all SFP programmes linked to Kent and Medway Medical School are new for 2023, and details of the academic placements are subject to further development’  

2425/KMMS/13, 2425/KMMS/14, 


Type of programme Leadership/Education(Based in Cardiovascular Medicine) 

The aim is to introduce Foundation doctors to leadership and education in medicine, in order to encourage individuals to consider a clinical educationalist or leadership career. 

Employing trust: 

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells 

Academic placement based at: 

Maidstone Hospital 

Brief outline of department: 

You will work in a busy Cardiology Department (with complex pacing/ EPS/intervention and echo facilities), specifically looking at leadership and service improvement projects and education of Junior Doctors and Medical Students for this unit. 

Successful applicants are recruited to a specific 4- month Academic F2 post. This post sits within a generic 2-year Foundation Programme with five other clinical placements, balanced to enable acquisition of foundation competences. 


Structure of project/what is expected:

The department is expanding and you will be able to develop teaching and training facilities within this expansion and also in relation to the general medical unit. 

This could include simulation, development of clinical reasoning, technology based learning, bedside and ward round teaching. The increased number of Medical Students will also give the opportunity to enhance teaching and set up a programme devised for them. 

You will be supervised by a Consultant with a specific leadership/educational role and with links to the Kent and Medway Medical School. 

We will support you in obtaining a PGCert in medical education. 


Clinical commitments during academic placement:

These will fit around the educational/leadership projects, to take part in general cardiology ward care as agreed with your supervisor, for instance to help identify patients suitable for teaching or those to be referred to MDTs (no formal minimum commitment), no on call rota but you will be able to take on some on call commitments as part of the bank rota in medicine or surgery again as appropriate. 



Leadership/service improvement project alongside the cardiology clinical lead with the chance to shadow members of the Trust Board, educational impact project with evidence gathering and presentation of findings at a national meeting if possible. 


Departmental academic teaching programme:

The aim is to improve upon the existing teaching and MDT programmes within the department and provide a comprehensive teaching plan for the general medical juniors delivered as part of external programmes (such as grand rounds and mandatory foundation teaching) and also to develop specific cardiology teaching/training programmes within the unit with the supervision of a consultant.  

Develop an undergraduate teaching programme for cardiology. 


There is dedicated FY2 teaching programme on Thursday in Maidstone.  


Academic Lead: 

Dr. Bet Mishra, Deputy Director of Medical Education.