Consultant Anaesthetist

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

The closing date is 31 July 2024

Job summary

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and dynamic consultant who is eager to join the Anaesthetic team at Whittington Health NHS Trust .

This post is required for the delivery of high-quality general anaesthetic care for patients attending for a variety of surgical procedures at the hospital. We provide surgical services forgeneral surgery, orthopaedics, gynaecology and urology. We are a centre for bariatric surgery and perform approximately 200 cases per annum. Obstetric anaesthesia cover is provided for the Maternity Department for approximately 3600 deliveries per year. There is, in addition, some paediatric work.

The post holder will join a well-structured department that is renowned for providing high quality training for junior staff and is committed to delivering a professional service for patients. They will be required to contribute to and help develop the ongoing activities of the department, including undergraduate and postgraduate education.

You will be performing a 10 PA (programmed activity) job, with 8 PAs for direct clinical care and 2 PAs for supporting programmed activities.

Candidates must be on the GMC Specialist Register or within 6 months of CCT at time of interview

Interview date: 1st October 2024.

Main duties of the job

Please see the full Job Description and the Person Specification for further details about the job role.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trustbelieves that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Date posted

01 July 2024

Pay scheme

Hospital medical and dental staff

Grade

Consultant

Salary

£99,532 to £131,964 a year per annum

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

220-029-AAC-SC

Job locations

Whittington Hospital

London

N19 5NF


Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties of the post

The post holder will be performing a 10 PA (programmed activity) job, with approx. 8.1 PAs for direct clinical care, with 1.9 PAs given for supporting programmed activities initially. The on-call commitment is 1:12 (= 0.5PAs). Consideration will be given to increasing SPA: DCC allocation at job planning and review of non-clinical responsibilities.

There will be some flexibility in the type of lists performed, and these lists can be tailored to an individuals preference and clinical interests.

The timetable and commitment would be appropriately amended for an individual who wished to work part time, in line with national agreements.

The theatre sessions will include fixed and flexible lists, which are used to cover consultant leave, urgent lists (utilised for cancer surgery and other urgent cases) or trauma and emergency lists.

We are particularly interested in consultants who can work flexibly and adapt to new working practices. This can involve, for example, a session dedicated to pre-operative assessment unit and sessions as consultant of the day, in a troubleshooting role, ensuring adequate anaesthetic cover for scheduled lists and emergency procedures on a given day.

The successful candidate would therefore be expected to possess, and maintain to a high standard, a wide range of anaesthetic skills appropriate to all specialities represented at Whittington Health. It is expected that the post holders will adhere to the GMC good conduct and professional standards, as well as those set by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Association of Anaesthetists for the speciality.

Supporting PAs include time for teaching and training, continuing professional development (CPD), audit and governance activity, personal management including job planning and appraisal and contributions to departmental management. Any timetable agreed with the successful applicants will be kept under regular review and will be subject to annual job plan review to ensure it remains within the 10 PA contract.

The appointee will also be expected to play a role in educating postgraduate doctors and nurses in all specialties. The successful candidates for this post will be expected to participate in undergraduate teaching, including acting as an undergraduate examiner, and support and facilitate research activities as appropriate.

Please see the attached job description and person specification for full details about the post.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Duties of the post

The post holder will be performing a 10 PA (programmed activity) job, with approx. 8.1 PAs for direct clinical care, with 1.9 PAs given for supporting programmed activities initially. The on-call commitment is 1:12 (= 0.5PAs). Consideration will be given to increasing SPA: DCC allocation at job planning and review of non-clinical responsibilities.

There will be some flexibility in the type of lists performed, and these lists can be tailored to an individuals preference and clinical interests.

The timetable and commitment would be appropriately amended for an individual who wished to work part time, in line with national agreements.

The theatre sessions will include fixed and flexible lists, which are used to cover consultant leave, urgent lists (utilised for cancer surgery and other urgent cases) or trauma and emergency lists.

We are particularly interested in consultants who can work flexibly and adapt to new working practices. This can involve, for example, a session dedicated to pre-operative assessment unit and sessions as consultant of the day, in a troubleshooting role, ensuring adequate anaesthetic cover for scheduled lists and emergency procedures on a given day.

The successful candidate would therefore be expected to possess, and maintain to a high standard, a wide range of anaesthetic skills appropriate to all specialities represented at Whittington Health. It is expected that the post holders will adhere to the GMC good conduct and professional standards, as well as those set by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Association of Anaesthetists for the speciality.

Supporting PAs include time for teaching and training, continuing professional development (CPD), audit and governance activity, personal management including job planning and appraisal and contributions to departmental management. Any timetable agreed with the successful applicants will be kept under regular review and will be subject to annual job plan review to ensure it remains within the 10 PA contract.

The appointee will also be expected to play a role in educating postgraduate doctors and nurses in all specialties. The successful candidates for this post will be expected to participate in undergraduate teaching, including acting as an undergraduate examiner, and support and facilitate research activities as appropriate.

Please see the attached job description and person specification for full details about the post.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Full registration with GMC with a licence to practise
  • FRCA (or equivalent)
  • On the Specialist Register for Anaesthesia or within 6 months of completion of UK specialist training (at time of interview)

Desirable

  • Additional degrees or postgraduate qualification
  • Post graduate prizes

Clinical skills and experience

Essential

  • Completion of seven years of training in an Anaesthetic training programme
  • Professional experience of working in the NHS
  • Knowledge and skills in a wide range of anaesthetic techniques and procedures appropriate to the Whittington Hospital including Advanced level training in one of: General anaesthesia, Paediatric Anaesthesia, Obstetric Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine, or Regional Anaesthesia

Desirable

  • Additional sub-specialty interest in Bariatric anaesthesia or other area aligned to Whittington service provision.
  • Experience of working in a non-UK health system
  • Relevant experience outside anaesthesia
  • ATLS/APLS

Teaching

Essential

  • An interest and proven ability to teach medical students, medical staff in training and non-medical staff

Desirable

  • An understanding of current issues in medical education
  • Possession of teaching qualification / attendance at recognised teaching course.
  • Achieving GMC standards to be recognised as an Educational Supervisor
  • Life support course instructor

Communication Skills

Essential

  • Excellent written and spoken English with ability to communicate effectively with staff and patients

Management / Leadership

Essential

  • Understanding of local and NHS-wide management structures

Desirable

  • Previous management/leadership roles
  • Evidence of the ability to lead a team.
  • Management/leadership qualification

Clinical Governance

Essential

  • Demonstration of consistent effective participation in medical audit and quality improvement
  • Awareness of national policies and quality initiatives relevant to role

Desirable

  • Evidence of implementing evidence based change to improve patient care.
  • Presentation at regional and national meetings
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Full registration with GMC with a licence to practise
  • FRCA (or equivalent)
  • On the Specialist Register for Anaesthesia or within 6 months of completion of UK specialist training (at time of interview)

Desirable

  • Additional degrees or postgraduate qualification
  • Post graduate prizes

Clinical skills and experience

Essential

  • Completion of seven years of training in an Anaesthetic training programme
  • Professional experience of working in the NHS
  • Knowledge and skills in a wide range of anaesthetic techniques and procedures appropriate to the Whittington Hospital including Advanced level training in one of: General anaesthesia, Paediatric Anaesthesia, Obstetric Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine, or Regional Anaesthesia

Desirable

  • Additional sub-specialty interest in Bariatric anaesthesia or other area aligned to Whittington service provision.
  • Experience of working in a non-UK health system
  • Relevant experience outside anaesthesia
  • ATLS/APLS

Teaching

Essential

  • An interest and proven ability to teach medical students, medical staff in training and non-medical staff

Desirable

  • An understanding of current issues in medical education
  • Possession of teaching qualification / attendance at recognised teaching course.
  • Achieving GMC standards to be recognised as an Educational Supervisor
  • Life support course instructor

Communication Skills

Essential

  • Excellent written and spoken English with ability to communicate effectively with staff and patients

Management / Leadership

Essential

  • Understanding of local and NHS-wide management structures

Desirable

  • Previous management/leadership roles
  • Evidence of the ability to lead a team.
  • Management/leadership qualification

Clinical Governance

Essential

  • Demonstration of consistent effective participation in medical audit and quality improvement
  • Awareness of national policies and quality initiatives relevant to role

Desirable

  • Evidence of implementing evidence based change to improve patient care.
  • Presentation at regional and national meetings

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

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

Additional information

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

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

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

Address

Whittington Hospital

London

N19 5NF


Employer's website

https://www.whittington.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)


Employer details

Employer name

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

Address

Whittington Hospital

London

N19 5NF


Employer's website

https://www.whittington.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)


For questions about the job, contact:

Clinical lead

Dr Amila Gunawardhana

Amila.gunawardhana@nhs.net

Date posted

01 July 2024

Pay scheme

Hospital medical and dental staff

Grade

Consultant

Salary

£99,532 to £131,964 a year per annum

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

220-029-AAC-SC

Job locations

Whittington Hospital

London

N19 5NF


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