Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
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Here at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, we are offering an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and ambitious oncologist to join our dynamic and cohesive Oncology team, working in the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton.
You will work alongside 8 Clinical Oncologists and 4 Medical Oncologists, providing expert care to the people of Somerset. You will cover Urology (systemic treatments and radiotherapy) and Gynaecological - radiotherapy. The post will also provide clinical oncology input to the Urology MDT at Yeovil District General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
To be eligible for this post you should have your CCT or be within 6 months of obtaining it.
Main duties of the job
Facilities for the treatment of cancer in Taunton have undergone a major expansion, culminating in the opening of the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital in May 2009. This brought oncology facilities, including radiotherapy and chemotherapy, to the population of Somerset (c535,000 catchment).
We have undergone exciting developments including a linear accelerator replacement programme which was completed last year continuing the provision of cutting-edge service delivery with flattening filter free Elekta Versa HD machines.
Steps are in place to increase the Beacon Day Unit capacity and nursing numbers in order to continue to deliver prompt day case treatment. This involves expansion to community hospitals such as Wellington and Bridgwater.
You will be providing, to a high standard, the full range of specialist diagnosis, treatment and care to patients requiring Oncology services, as outlined in the job description.
It is expected that you will be required to supervise the education of doctors in training and also to actively participate in clinical audit.
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is the first NHS Trust on the English mainland to provide community, mental health and acute hospital services. We work with health and social care partners in Somerset to ensure that we deliver outstanding services that meet the needs of our population.
Our trust was formed on 1 April 2020 when Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust merged.
Taunton is a beautiful area of the South West, located between areas of outstanding natural beauty. Somerset offers you the opportunity to live near some of the UKs most desirable locations; from the beautiful local beaches; to the vibrant cosmopolitan centres of Bristol, Bath and Exeter within easy reach.
The County town of Taunton boasts a wide range of local amenities including; an extensive range of shopping, a wide range of local restaurants, sporting and recreational facilities, and excellent educational facilities. Taunton's nightlife offers a great atmosphere with cosy pubs and trendy bars.
Taunton provides access to the M5 motorway and a mainline intercity rail link with trains to London Paddington in less than 2 hours, and Bristol in 30 minutes.
As a consultant, you will be expected to:
- provide, to a high standard, the full range of specialist diagnosis, treatment and care to patients requiring Oncology services, as outlined in the proposed programme.
- with Dr Matthew Sephton, Clinical Service Lead for Oncology and Dr Saiqa Spensley, Clinical Director for the HCS (Haematology, Oncology, Palliative and End of Life Care and Clinical Support) Directorate, organise, manage and be responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
- except in emergencies or where otherwise agreed with your manager, be responsible for fulfilling the duties and responsibilities and undertaking the Programmed Activities set out in your Job Plan, as reviewed annually and additionally when required.
- be responsible for the associated duties set out in of the Terms and Conditions.
You will be expected to actively participate in audit and to initiate and supervise audit projects related to your particular sub-specialty interest. You will liaise with the Directorate Audit Lead Consultant. All audit projects, including Trust directed audit are approved by the Management, Effectiveness and Audit Group. Participation in national audit is strongly encouraged.
All clinical staff are accountable and responsible for their own clinical competence and should limit their actions to those for which they are deemed competent. Clinical staff are also required to comply with the requirements of their professional organisation regarding supervision. The appointee will be expected to contribute actively to the departmental morbidity & mortality meetings, as well as to contribute, where appropriate, to the Beacon Quality Improvement Group.
Research is encouraged, particularly when this is appropriate to your professional development and to the service development of the department. Opportunities are available with applications for funding co-ordinated by the Trusts Medical Directors. Clinical trial recruitment to International, National and Regional trials is active in all tumour sites. You are expected to contribute actively to the Clinical Trials Group. There is a departmental research meeting monthly which all members of staff are encouraged to attend.
Supervision, Leadership and Management
You will be involved with teaching and training junior doctors and should help with both their professional and personal development. Consultants must ensure that junior doctors in their care are not overwhelmed by clinical commitments or overburdened by responsibilities inappropriate to the experience required. Consultants are also responsible for the assessment and appraisal of trainees under their supervision and must keep the Clinical and/or College Tutor aware of problems that may arise.
Qualifications and Training
Certificate of Sponsorship
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