Closing date for applications: Monday, 28 February 2022
If your application was successful in 2021, you do not need to reapply this year. You are instead asked to contact FacultySec@medschl.cam.ac.uk with ‘teaching recognition’ in the subject line, confirming whether your contribution has remained the same or has changed. We will then liaise individually with those whose contribution has changed. This change in process has been agreed for this year due to ongoing pandemic. From 2023 this will revert to being an annual application process.
If you would like to apply for recognition of teaching time, but have not applied previously or your application last year was unsuccessful, you must submit an application this year, for recognition of teaching time over the next twelve months from 1 April 2022. Application is made via online form and you are required to complete all sections of the form.
Recognition is for the forthcoming year. For example, individuals approved for recognition in Lent Term 2022 would be recognised for the contributions they will make in the period 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.
Anonymised statistical data on teaching qualifications/training gathered through this exercise will also be used to return information on Staff Development Key Performance Indicators as part of the data the Trust provides every year to the Clinical School as part of the School’s annual quality assurance process. The statistical data will be used to answer questions such as ‘What percentage of key teaching staff have undertaken an accredited educational qualification?’ and ‘What percentage of key teaching staff have discussed undergraduate education as part of their annual appraisal?’ This data was gathered via a separate questionnaire in 2018, and it has been agreed that gathering it as part of the annual application for recognition of teaching contributions will be more efficient and will reduce duplication.
Criteria for Application
Who can apply? This application relates to NHS consultants employed by the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUHT), and not to those on Academic/University contracts holding established University positions, where teaching is already part of the role (even if they hold an Honorary Consultant contract with CUHT).
For what teaching duties can application be made? Application requires delivery of undergraduate teaching over and above that which would normally be expected within a teaching hospital, and therefore beyond what would be encompassed within the standard 0.5 SPA allocation for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Supervising SSC students may form part of this additional activity if it happens with regularity, as may regular small group teaching (e.g. for professionalism, radiology or in other areas).
How does this relate to lead roles involved in the organisation as well as the delivery of teaching? Specialty or theme leads who are not University Teaching Officers should apply through this route.
If you are unsure whether to make an application, please discuss with your Specialty Lead teacher in the first instance.
This application feeds into the job planning process within Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. A Clinical School Panel meets annually in Lent Term to review all applications and make recommendations to the Trust where additional PAs could be recognised within an individual’s job plan over and above the ‘standard’ 0.5SPAs for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
The Recognition of Time Process
The Clinical School can only recommend recognition of time, and this does not, therefore, constitute approval of additional payment. If the Panel recommends that additional teaching time is recognised within an individual’s job plan, the individual would need to approach their Specialty Lead / Clinical Director to discuss how that additional recognition might be implemented given the details of their own contract. The Clinical School has no input into this discussion. If an additional payment is agreed, this would be made through the Trust payroll and there would be no need to claim this from the Clinical School direct.
As job plans are reviewed annually, verification is usually required on an annual basis of the fact that the details of teaching submitted in a previous round are still correct. If teaching activities have changed, a new application for recognition of time will be required. However, as noted above, this year due to the pandemic, verification of continuation of teaching activities will be via email rather than online form, and only new applications (or applicants who were unsuccessful in the last round) are asked to apply online.
Individuals’ teaching will be reviewed regularly through the Trust’s appraisal processes, but also, for lead roles (for example, Specialty Leads) via the Clinical School.
Closing date for applications: Monday 28 February 2022
If you have any questions about the teaching contributions annual process, please contact the Secretary of the Faculty Board at the Clinical School, Box 111 Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge, CB2 0SP (FacultySec@medschl.cam.ac.uk).