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Head of Education & Assessment

Health Education England

Location: Birmingham
Salary: Band 8d (£70,206-85,333 usually starting at the minimum and progressing on an incremental scale)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th August 2018
Closes: 24th August 2018
Job Ref: 984-M-WM-1-3137

This is a very senior post in the National School of Healthcare Science, and an exciting opportunity to take a national leadership role in education and assessment for NHS healthcare scientists.

Reporting directly to the Head of School, you will be responsible for the strategic development, implementation and evaluation of the education and assessment strategy that underpins a broad range of training programmes for healthcare science, ranging from NHS apprenticeships to training for consultant clinical scientists. You will hold responsibility for the work of the Education and Assessment team which covers assessment, curriculum development and review, training for workplace trainers and assessors, and educational research.

You must be able to demonstrate significant experience of providing leadership for education and assessment processes and outcomes in an academic or professional vocational environment. You must have sufficient knowledge and experience to identify and manage potential risks to the delivery of high stakes assessments, and the reliability and validity of trainee outcomes. You will need to ensure the maintenance of appropriate professional standards and the professional reputation of the school. Applicants must be familiar with the concepts, use and interpretation of assessment theory and psychometric analysis, and familiar with cohort-centred and test-centred standard setting methods, and be able to apply these to drive quality standards forward.

A highly skilled communicator, you will be persuasive and able to negotiate and influence outcomes on behalf of the Education and Assessment team, the School and healthcare science. You will need to facilitate effective networks including members of the healthcare science profession, patients and lay people, professional bodies, trainees, the Academy for Healthcare Science, and other key stakeholders across the healthcare system.

You will be educated to master’s level or have equivalent experience and learning in education/teaching or a relevant subject. A doctoral level qualification is desirable. A national or international publication profile is also desirable. Evidence of post qualifying and continuing professional development is essential.

The School is based in Birmingham but there will be a requirement for occasional travel and to stay at venues nationally so the post holder should expect to work flexibly as required.

If you would like further information on the role please contact Professor Berne Ferry, Head of School, by email in the first instance at

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