Speciality Doctor

Douglas Macmillan Hospice

The closing date is 26 September 2021

Job summary

Would you like to join a team that makes a real difference every day and at the same time expand your knowledge and experience of palliative care? If so, then we would really love to hear from you.

We are currently looking for a doctor to join our team as a Specialty Doctor who share our passion in providing excellent, personalised and compassionate care to patients and their families within our recently refurbished In-Patient unit.

Main duties of the job

This is a 26-bed specialist palliative care unit. This post will offer you a wealth of experience working within a multi-disciplinary team and training in all aspects of palliative medicine.

You will work alongside Lead consultant and Associate Specialist on ward rounds and over time would be able to see patients in clinics or in the community if desired. We offer regular educational sessions including journal club and grand rounds. If a candidate is interested there are ample opportunities for research and education.

Applicants must have full GMC registration with a licence to practise, have at least 3 years experience and preferably hold the MRCP / MRCGP.

About us

Dougie Mac is an open-culture organisation, underpinned by clear strategic aims, vision and values. The Hospices many different services provide patients, their families and carers, with physical, emotional, social, psychological and spiritual support ensuring that all are supported as they face death, dying and loss.

The Hospice offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including generous holiday allowance, funded study, free parking, Paycare and much more.

If you would you like to be part of our friendly, supportive team delivering high standards of specialist palliative care which endeavours to go the extra mile in supporting our patients and their families, then we would love to hear from you.

Want to know more?

If you have a question or would like to have an informal conversation about the opportunities available, please contact Dr Emer Cunningham McKenna our Lead Consultant.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Responsible for the delivery of Medical Services to the patients of the hospice as part of the team of medical staff under the supervision of the Lead Consultant in Palliative Medicine in accordance with the policies and procedures agreed by the hospice and as set out in this job description and the agreed job plan for the post.

Duties & Responsibilities:

A comprehensive induction program is carried out for all new post holders and supervision and advice from Lead Consultant or senior medical team will be available at all times

The main duties of the post holder will be on the hospice inpatient unit and will include:

1. Admitting new patients performing holistic palliative care assessment and identifying a management plan in conjunction with other members of the multi professional team ensuring that medical care is evidence-based (as far as is possible) and best practice

2. Conducting daily medical reviews of inpatients. Continuously updating management plans and evaluating treatments.

3. Taking part in the weekly multi professional team meeting and either consultant led or associate specialist led ward round.

4. Communicating effectively with patients, relatives and carers.

5. Maintaining clear contemporaneous patient records, writing discharge summaries, writing prescription charts, TTOs,

6. Confirmation and certification of death in line with local protocol, liaising with the Coroners Office where required by law and local practice. Completion of the first part of the cremation certificate according to regulations.

7. Will demonstrate flexibility in work practices and cross-cover for colleagues on the inpatient unit as required

8. Carry out basic clinical procedures as necessary including phlebotomy and cannulation. Catheterisation of male patients is occasionally required. Perform / arrange other necessary procedures for patient comfort such as abdominal paracentesis and blood transfusions. The post holder will not be expected to attempt procedures in which they do not feel competent.

9. Liaise with primary and secondary care services (and other statutory and voluntary agencies) as appropriate to ensure continuity of medical care

10. Provide supervision and support for more junior team members eg IMT

On Call:

11. The post holder will work one night non-resident on call each week and one weekend in 6.

12. Undertake planned and emergency admissions, in agreement with the out-of-hours consultant and nurse in charge.

13. Weekend typically involve a resident shift on the IPU between 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Attend nurse led handover on site Saturday and Sunday and re-assess, review and adjust treatment of any inpatient where necessary due to change in patient condition.


14. The post holder will act at all times in accordance with the GMC document Good Medical Practice

15. The post holder will participate in clinical audit as defined by the Hospices clinical audit programme.

16. The post holder will participate in educational and professional development in palliative care. This includes attendance at the 3 weekly doctors meetings.

17. The post holder will actively engage in annual appraisal both for revalidation and as part of internal appraisal processes.

18. The post holder may contribute to the delivery of education and training provided by the hospice education department.

19. Many opportunities for training/professional development exist within the organisation and the post holder will be encouraged to make use of these opportunities during their period of employment.

Person Specification

Skills & Knowledge


  • - IT skills including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint) and sufficient to use computerised clinical records system at the hospice after training on the system.
  • - Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • - Excellent clinical skills in history taking and examination
  • - Understands the concept of palliative care and has an interest in palliative medicine work
  • - Able to manage complex clinical situations


  • - Audit/Quality Improvement/Research skills and experience
  • - Advanced communication skills training
  • - Diploma in Palliative Medicine



  • - Experience of caring for patients with palliative care needs
  • - At least 3 years experience post registration for specialty doctor post (or its equivalent gained on a part time or flexible basis)


  • - Experience in Specialist Palliative Medicine or Oncology



  • - GMC registration and license to practice
  • - Evidence of annual appraisal
  • - A member of a medical protection organisation


  • - Diploma in Palliative Care

Other Job Requirements


  • - Due to the nature of the workplace, a Covid vaccine is necessary for all new starters. You will be required to provide proof of your vaccine status.
  • - Dress in a manner that conforms to accepted formal codes of business dress
  • - Flexible working to meet shift requirements and willing to participate in the 1 in 6 on call system for medical staff.
  • - Ability to travel independently throughout the locality with access to suitable vehicle for business purposes.
  • - Able to meet the requirement of the job role

Aptitudes & Attributes


  • - Have an excellent face to face & telephone manner
  • - Ability to relate to the multi-disciplinary team within the hospice.
  • - Able to be flexible and share the care of patients with others.
  • - Able to use their own initiative
  • - Aware of limits of own knowledge and when to seek help
  • - Committed to continuing personal development and medical education
  • - Demonstrate a commitment to assuring high standards and strive for a user centred service

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Douglas Macmillan Hospice


Barlaston Road




Employer's website


For help with your application, contact:

Dr Emer Cunningham McKenna



Date posted

01 September 2021

Pay scheme



£45,124 to £75,000 a year



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Barlaston Road




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