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International Medical Graduate Programme Lead

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Worthing, England
£93,666 - £126,281 per annum
Closing date
26 Feb 2024

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Contract Type
Fixed term
Full Time

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Job overview

The Trust is committed to supporting International Medical Graduates (IMGs), including in postgraduate medical training, and recognises the unique challenges they may face. In light of this, the Trust has created an IMG Programme Lead role. Applications from both SAS and Consultant grade doctors are welcomed. The post-holder will receive a responsibility payment for one programmed activity, job planned within Supporting Professional Activity (SPA) time to carry out the role. The primary aim of the IMG Programme Lead is to enable the Trust to deliver structured support to IMGs through established NHS processes. The Trust anticipates that a successful IMG Support Programme will help IMG doctors feel supported and valued, develop new skills, join and advance their careers with the Trust, and tackle differential attainment.

The IMG Programme Lead will be in a robust position to apply for a substantive IMG Tutor role.

Please note that successfully shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on Friday 15th March 2024.

Main duties of the job

The development of an International Medical Graduate (IMG) programme of support is a critical strategic Trust objective. This one-year role supports the strategic development of a programme for substantive IMGs (the "IMG Support Programme"), focusing on the following:
  • Recruitment
  • Induction
  • Training and Education
  • Professional support
  • Well-being

Working for our organisation

The medical leadership team will support the post-holder as they develop the IMG Support Programme, including the Director of Medical Education, Medical Director of Workforce, SAS Tutor, and SAS Advocate. The Chief Medical Officer will provide executive sponsorship.

The Director of Medical Education will provide regular supervision.

The Medical Directorate Programme Manager will provide project management support.

The office of the Chief Medical Officer will provide administrative support.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
  • Undertake a stakeholder analysis
  • Engage with stakeholders to learn from their experience and insights.
  • Lead a gap analysis on Trust provisions to implement an IMG induction.
  • Consider the benchmarks for an optimal Trust IMG Support Programme
  • Develop a synergistic regional strategy with Kent, Surrey and Sussex Trusts counterparts.
  • Identify existing projects or programmes that overlap with the IMG Support Programme
  • Define the IMG Support Programme scope
  • Develop a comprehensive business case
  • Identify and assess potential risks
  • Determine the necessary resources
  • Define the tangible and intangible outputs or deliverables
  • Identify the key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Establish a robust governance structure to oversee the programme's progress
  • Develop a timeline with specific milestones and checkpoints
  • Plan the organisational changes required to support the programme's implementation.
  • Develop a communication plan

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Full GMC / UK registration
  • MB BS or equivalent medical qualification.

Desirable criteria
  • Management qualification or equivalent level of experience and proven ability to perform at this level e.g. NHS Leadership Academy, Kings Fund

Knowledge/ Experience

Essential criteria
  • A broad understanding of the needs and challenges of IMG doctors in the NHS
  • An understanding of issues affecting IMG doctors joining the Trust and employed across specialties.
  • Ability to advocate effectively and to be capable of challenging & effecting change with senior management.

Desirable criteria
  • Previous or current experience of working as an IMG doctor.


Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate clearly and openly with staff at all levels
  • Ability to analyse and interpret performance and financial information, excellent numerical and presentational skills

Sussex Partnership NHS FT is committed to supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our communities. Our workforce is currently under-represented from Black and Minority, Ethnic and disabled communities and we would welcome applications from these communities.

We regret that we are unable to advise candidates if they have not been shortlisted. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

In the event of an excessive number of applicants the Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy earlier than indicated.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust takes its responsibilities for the safeguarding and protection of children and young people and vulnerable adults very seriously and expects this of all its employees and bank workers. The Trust works with adult and children's social care to ensure that the integrated service has systems in place to equip staff and bank workers with the knowledge and skills to recognize abuse, and take action to safeguard and protect vulnerable adults and children and young people. It is expected that all staff and bank workers familiarise themselves with the appropriate structures and policies and with the Sussex child protection and safeguarding procedures and the Sussex multi-agency policy and procedures for safeguarding vulnerable adults and undertake the relevant essential training and further training appropriate to their role.

Successful candidates are normally offered salaries at the bottom of the relevant salary range. However, where previous or equivalent NHS experience in a similar role can be demonstrated and evidenced, this may be taken into consideration when setting the starting salary.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have regular contact with vulnerable people and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.


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