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Saving Faces - FSRF
Research Fellow

The BAOMS/ Saving Faces - FSRF Research Fellowship will offer 1 year full-time funding to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding research potential.

It will be awarded to support them in a research training programme in an environment reflecting their individual talents and training needs.

The research could be into any aspect of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS), laboratory based or clinical research.

It is anticipated that successful applicants could become independent research leaders within the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery within 6 to 10 years of completing their degree.

The successful applicant will provide an interim report in the 6th month and a final report on completion at 1 year. In the unlikely event of an unsatisfactory 6th month review, funding may be terminated.

Applicants will have a strong publication record. Applications are considered on the basis of the applicant's academic achievements and potential, the scientific merit of the research proposal, and the research environment provided by the sponsoring department.

The Fellowship is aimed at those who are committed to OMFS, holding dual medical and dental qualifications and ideally an NTN in higher training in OMFS.

The funding covers the costs of salary up to a maximum of £43,000 and a small Research Training Support Grant of £3000.


The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons / Saving Faces - Facial Surgery Research Foundation Research Fellowship

Applications are invited from BAOMS members/Fellows in Training for a research fellowship in oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS). The fellowship will cover the cost of the salary of a clinical researcher up to £43,000 plus a small research support grant of up to £3,000. The applicant should hold dual medical and dental qualifications and ideally have a National Training Number in OMFS.

Applicants will have a strong publication record. Applications are considered on the basis of the applicant's academic achievements and potential, the scientific merit of the research proposal, and the research environment provided by the sponsoring department.

Deadline for receipt of all forms is

12 noon on Friday 10 March 2017

Applications will consist of

Form A. Personal statement & structured CV of candidate outlining their career and research ambitions, their training and achievements to date and an abstract of the chosen project

Form B. Institutional Support. Statement from Head of the Academic Department of the host institution where the research will be conducted. This form is returned in confidence directly to BAOMS.

Form C. Statement of OMFS Training Programme Director attesting to adequate progress of training to date in OMFS. For those not in OMFS Higher Training they should approach their local TPD. This form is returned in confidence directly to BAOMS.

Form D. Statement from research supervisor (s)

Form E. Confirmation of Administrative Arrangements

Document F. Proposed Research. A structured protocol of the proposed research is required. This should be laid out with the following headings: Title; summary; aims (state main hypothesis or research question); background; plan of investigation (including study design, justification of sample size, selection and exclusion criteria, methods of data collection and analysis); time schedule; and key references. Justify why the research is important and its relevance to the improvement of health of OMFS patients. This protocol should include a weekly research timetable and outline of programme over the year.

Processing Application

Applications are reviewed by BAOMS research sub-committee panel members

Panel members attend short-listing meeting teleconference to discuss, long-list and rank applications and decide on external referees.

Following external references, the sub-committee will produce a shortlist of the best candidates for interview

BAOMS Endowments Sub-Committee interviews short-listed candidates and make recommendation to Council.

Assessment Criteria

Applications are assessed on the following criteria:

The potential and trajectory of the candidate as a researcher and future research leader

Previous experience of research and evidence of commitment to a career in research.

The likelihood that the individual will make a long-term contribution to research development in UK Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

The satisfactory status of the OMFS trainee for their point of training (i.e. doubly qualified, registered with GMC/GDC and ideally with national training number). This status should be confirmed by their Training Programme Director (TPD) or, if not in higher training, the TPD nearest to their current training post.

The quality of the proposed research, the likelihood of it securing external funding where appropriate and its suitability as an MD or PhD project.

The quality of the proposed research training programme.

The suitability of the proposed academic and institutional support

The appropriateness of resources claimed and whether the total funding requested represents good value for the use of BAOMS / Saving Faces - FSRF funds.

Terms and Conditions of the Scheme

The Fellowship comprises a full time research grant to support a maximum salary of up to £43,000 compatible with the applicant’s current payscale and superannuation and up to £3000 expenses.

Funding will be provided 50/50 with BAOMS / Saving Faces - The Facial Surgery Research Foundation contributing equally.

Successful applications are likely to have the following attributes:

  • the applicant is academically strong

  • there is a clear and relevant research question

  • there is a clear, novel, and deliverable project design

  • there is a strong supervisor with proven track record

  • the work will be done in an institution in which there is a track record of research support and success.

Whenever possible, the Fellowship year should be held during a year's leave of absence from a recognised basic or higher surgical training scheme, so that the applicant has a known position to which to return afterwards.

Fellowships are not renewable.

Research must be undertaken in the UK.

At the end of the research period, the successful applicant must submit a written report (5,000 words), along with details of presentations and publications. In the latter, acknowledgement must be given to BAOMS / Saving Faces - FSRF for financial support provided.

The candidate should submit an abstract based on the research project for presentation at the first subsequent Annual Scientific Meeting of BAOMS.

At least one article intended for publication which is based on the research should be offered to the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the first instance, before being offered to any other publication.

Period of Support

Fellowships will normally be held for one year, with the start date being within 12 months of the date of award. The grant becomes effective when the position is taken up and will lapse if the fellowship is not taken up within a year. Whenever possible, the Fellowship year should be held during a year's leave of absence from a recognised basic or higher surgical training scheme, so that the applicant has a known position to which to return afterwards. Fellowships are not renewable.

Financial Administration

Financial Provision

The Fellowship provides a salary for the Research Fellow, within the NHS Standard salary scales, by means of a fixed-term contract of employment arranged with the host centre. BAOMS / Saving Faces - FSRF will honour any increments and pay awards made during the period of the Fellowship. Some additional financial support is available for attendance at approved scientific meetings and a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) of up to £3,000 pa. In the unlikely event of an unsatisfactory 6 month review, the funding will be terminated.


Salaries are assessed in accordance with the standard practice of the host centre: they are normally within the NHS salary scale. They will not exceed the maximum of these scales. For Fellows on NHS scales it should be assumed that NHS procedures regarding grading and assimilation will be followed, the scale points are merely being used to give annual incrementation on a date in line with the Fellow's previous appointment or the starting date of the award. London allowance is payable where applicable. The host centre should be responsible for sending invoices quarterly in arrears.

Research Training Support Grant

A contribution of up to £3,000 pa towards the research costs associated with the Fellowship may be awarded at the discretion of BAOMS / Saving Faces - FSRF. This will be paid on receipt of an invoice quarterly in arrears. Supervisors should complete and sign confirmation of the expense and send them to the Treasurer of BAOMS.

Claims for Reimbursement of Salary

Claims for reimbursement of salary should be made quarterly in arrears and should be certificated by the finance officer (or other appropriate official) of the centre, and should be sent to the Treasurer of BAOMS. This should be submitted without delay after the end of the period covered by the claim.

Alternative Funding

Details of funding in connection with the project, from other external bodies either prior to or subsequent to BAOMS / Saving Faces – FSRF award must be stated in writing to BAOMS not later than six weeks of its being known.

Employment Status

Conditions for Application

Applications and Research Fellowship awards are made on the understanding that the host centre, the supervisor and the applicant agree to accept the regulations and conditions relating to the scheme and any amendments issued during the course of the award.

Contractual Status of Fellows

An award under these regulations will normally be administered through a fixed-term contract of employment between the Fellow and the host centre, for the period of the award. The emoluments provided under the Fellowship are chargeable to income tax under Schedule E (PAYE) and Class 1 National Insurance contributions will be payable in accordance with the Social Security Act 1973.

Where Fellows are to be admitted to the superannuation scheme appropriate to employees of the host centre, the full cost to the employer of superannuation provision will be reimbursed by the Fellowship fund. Neither BAOMS nor Saving Faces - FSRF accepts responsibility for claims under the Employment Protection (Consolidation) Act 1978 and/or any subsequent employment legislation, nor will it indemnify the host centre against claims for compensation or against other claims for which the centre may be liable as an employer.

Other awards and Emoluments

Fellowships are awarded for full-time training. The successful candidate will not undertake any other form of employment, full time or part time, during the research year including on-call activity.

Private Practice

It will be a condition of any award that Research Fellows do not engage in private practice for personal gain.


Fellows must take holidays in accordance with the conditions of service of the host centre up to a maximum of six weeks during a complete year. The date and duration of any holiday proposed beyond this period should be reported to BAOMS.

Sick Leave and Maternity Cover

Fellows will be subject to the normal conditions of service of the host centre so far as sick leave is concerned, but the BAOMS Research Committee should be notified if a Fellow is likely to be away through illness for more than a month. Fellows will be subject to the normal conditions of service of the host centre for maternity cover. BAOMS should be notified in writing if maternity leave is required. At its discretion, BAOMS may agree to extend the research period by six months but will make no supplementary financial payments over and above that originally agreed.

Honorary Clinical Contracts

Fellows who undertake, as part of their research programme, work concerned with the care of patients are reminded that they should be in possession of an honorary clinical contract from the appropriate health authority. Responsibility for seeking such a contract will lie with the head of the department in which the Fellow is working. Should any difficulties be encountered, BAOMS should be informed.

Medical Defence Cover

It is the responsibility of each Fellow to ensure that s/he holds adequate cover with a professional defence organisation for any activities undertaken which are not covered by NHS indemnity arrangements or by an additional provision which may be made by the host centre. The cost of any such cover will not be met by BAOMS / Saving Faces - FSRF.

General Administration

Change of Project or Supervisor

Any changes in the Fellow's research programme or supervisor from those originally approved by BAOMS will require BAOMS's prior consent.

Interim, and Final Report and Subsequent Post

Fellows are required to submit a report on a designated form in the sixth month and at the end of one year of their period of research concerning the work undertaken and the appointment that the Fellow will undertake at the conclusion of the award. Fellows are also required to fill in an evaluation questionnaire which will normally be sent to them within six months of the completion of their research period. Fellows are encouraged to take this opportunity of putting forward any comments they may have on the scheme.


The preliminary findings and results of a Fellow's work may be published subject to the rules outlined above. BAOMS / Saving Faces - FSRF must be acknowledged as the source of funds in any publication dealing with the work carried out during the tenure of a Fellowship. Publications and papers should be forwarded to the Research Sub-committee.

Commercial Exploitation

BAOMS / Saving Faces - FSRF is concerned to promote the transfer of research discoveries, ideas and techniques to industry and to those who deliver health care. Supervisors should therefore keep under continuous review the question of whether the work has potential industrial application, taking appropriate action in accordance with the protection and exploitation of research findings.

Supervisors are reminded that any form of 'disclosure' whether in journals or at learned society meetings, may prejudice subsequent filing of a patent application. If a Fellow has a successful outcome to any patent application, based on BAOMS / Saving Faces - FSRF funded work, both BAOMS and Saving Faces - FSRF wishes their contribution to be acknowledged.

Person Specification



Qualifications and Training:

Full GMC Registration or Full GDC Registration.

Dual fully registerable qualifications in Medicine and Dentistry.

Holder full MRCS.

Holder of MFDS or equivalent

Links to OMFS

Clear links to OMFS

Support from their local OMFS Training Programme Director

Holder of National Training Number (NTN) in OMFS i.e. ST3 or higher in OMFS


Understanding of the principles and applications of clinical research

Evidence of original research

Track record of completing research projects

Registered for a higher research degree


Experience of undergraduate teaching and post graduate training

Teaching qualification

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