Personal Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare / Director of Healthcare Simulation Education

National University of Ireland, Galway - School of Medicine / Saolta University Healthcare Group

Applications are invited for an appointment as Personal Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare at NUI Galway/Director of Healthcare Simulation Education Saolta University Healthcare Group.


The School of Medicine at NUI Galway places particular emphasis on high quality medical education and training and on the development of its staff as skilled educators. Furthermore, the School is committed to producing graduates who are prepared for clinical practice and for the delivery of quality and safe patient care. 

The Professor of Simulation Education in Healthcare/Director of Healthcare Simulation Education is a new appointment to the School that will provide leadership and expertise in the design and delivery of a modern medical curriculum. The post-holder will lead on the development of teaching expertise amongst faculty and staff.  They will develop a programme of research in the area of simulation based education (SBE) to demonstrate amongst other outputs, an effect of simulation education and training on patient safety, healthcare workers’ performance, patient outcomes and the quality of patient care. The development and delivery of SBE supports the  College’s strategic goals of, internationalisation, teaching and learning and to recruit, retain and develop the best students and faculty.

The Saolta University Healthcare Group comprises 6 teaching hospitals where healthcare workers across all healthcare disciplines are in training posts and where  healthcare staff work together to deliver quality and safe patient care.  The use of SBE to support healthcare training results in improved team working and interpersonal skills, reduction in team and performance error and improved patient outcomes.

The post-holder will report to the Dean, through the Head of School, and the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) and will have overall responsibility for strategising and leading on the development of SBE in the undergraduate medical programme and in the Saolta Group.

The post-holder will in association with the Head of the School of Medicine, the Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, the CAO and the Saolta Group Management Team develop a world-class simulation programme. A key element of the role will be to develop a framework that will optimise the resourcing available to support the development of simulation including the staff complement and finances.

The successful candidate will have a medical degree and Masters or equivalent as well as a qualification in Healthcare Simulation and Medical Education and membership of relevant professional or regulatory bodies. The post-holder will have a minimum of 10 years’ experience of leadership in the design, development and delivery of SBE in undergraduate, postgraduate and interdisciplinary settings. The post-holder should have experience in all facets of SBE and an understanding of psychological safety when using SBE. They should be able to demonstrate an effect of SBE on performance and outcomes in clinical practice.

Salary: Appointments at Personal Professor level

€125,872.00 p.a.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 17:00 (GMT) on, Thursday 24th May 2018.  It will not be possible to consider applications received after the closing date.

Garda vetting may apply.

Appointments will be conditional on work authorisation validation.

Further details are available at

For more information and Application Form please see website: Applications should be submitted online.

National University of Ireland Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

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