Clinical Academic Council

Dundee University Clinical Academic Council

The Clinical Academic Council for Dundee Medical School comprises senior clinical academic staff and representation from senior NHS consultants.  This body has an important advisory role within the Medical School with representation on the Medical School Executive and Board. 


The Clinical Academic Council is chaired on a 3 year, renewable rotational basis by a senior clinical academic.  It represents disciplinary groups from Departments which map onto NHS Departments as follows:

  1. Medicine (including all medical specialties)
  2. Surgery (including all surgical specialties excluding orthopaedics)
  3. Trauma and Orthopaedics
  4. Psychiatry
  5. Child Health
  6. Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  7. Critical Care (including Anaesthetics and Intensive Care)
  8. Accident  and Emergency Medicine
  9. Medical Imaging
  10. Oncology (including Haematology)
  11. Pathology (including Histopathology, Biochemical Medicine and Medical Microbiology)
  12. General Practice

Formal appointments as heads of these Clinical Academic Departments have been be made and all these individuals have University contracts or honorary University contracts.  They are all invited to nominate deputies.


In addition, Dean of the Medical School, the Medical Director of the Medical Research Institute, the Director of TICR, the Lead for the Clinical Academic Track, the Undergraduate Dean, the Postgraduate Dean, the NHS Teaching Lead, the Medical Director and Associate Medical Directors, the CE of NHS Tayside and the Associate Director, Change and Innovation NHS Tayside are members of the Council.


  • To meet quarterly (or as often as required) to review clinical academic issues and to identify any key concerns which affect the relationship between the Medical School and its NHS partners.
  • To identify opportunities and mechanisms for strengthening the clinical academic input to the medical undergraduate curriculum
  • To provide leadership (which can be delegated) for organising the ward based teaching for their specialty.
  • To support and help develop initiatives to develop academic training opportunities for junior clinicians
  • To lead the interaction with the clinical management of the NHS in developing strategies to facilitate clinical academic development for NHS staff
  • To provide leadership, in conjunction with NHS clinical management, in the process of clinical appraisal, clinical job planning and OSAR for academic consultants
  • To provide a regular forum to meet with NHS clinical management to identify current and future issues that result from University retirements and recruitments
  • To provide academic support for recruitment and appointment of NHS staff
  • To provide advice regarding the award of honorary University positions to NHS staff.
  • To raise the profile of clinical academic medicine through enhancing the prestige and impact of Grand rounds and other professional activities

Method of Working

Meetings of the Clinical Academic Clinical Council are statutory requirements and take place sufficiently often (at least 4 times/year) to allow meaningful input into the Medical School Executive Team and Medical School Board.  It is required of the Heads of the Clinical Departments to have regular meetings of their Departments so that they can adequately represent the members of these Departments.  Individual Departments will not have SFC budgets but the Clinical Academic Council is currently seeking a modest budget for supporting discipline based and interdisciplinary academic events e.g. a Grand Rounds/Visiting Lecturer Programme and to support discipline-based teaching.  The Chair of the Clinical Academic Council has a seat on the Medical School Executive Team and thereby represents the clinical academic community.


Current Council Members

Heads of Departments:

  • Medicine – Alan Struthers
  • Surgery – Bob Steele (Also Chair of Clinical Academic Council)
  • Trauma and Orthopaedics – Rami Abboud (Also Postgraduate Teaching Lead)
  • Psychiatry – Keith Matthews
  • Child Health – Steve Green
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology – Gary Mires (Also Undergraduate Teaching Dean)
  • Critical Care – Graeme MacLeod
  • Accident and Emergency Medicine – Bill Morrison
  • Medical Imaging – Andy Evans
  • Oncology – Alastair Munro
  • Pathology – Simon Herrington / Stuart Fleming
  • General Practice and Public Health – Frank Sullivan


  • Dean of the Medical School – John Connell
  • Clinical Director of the Medical Research Institute – Andrew Morris
  • Director of TASC – Jill Belch
  • Lead for Clinical Academic Track – Sara Marshall
  • Teaching Dean – Gary Mires
  • Postgraduate Teaching Lead – Rami Abboud
  • Postgraduate Dean – Philip Cachia
  • NHS Teaching Lead – Dilip Nathwani
  • Chief Executive NHS Tayside – Gerry Marr
  • Associate Director – Carrie Marr

Associate Medical Directors

  • Medicine – Dave Johnstone
  • Surgery – John Colvin
  • Access – Alan Cook