Senior Clinical Fellow (ST6+ Equivalent) in Neurology

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Job summary

Applications are invited for the above full time post for this 660 bed acute hospital serving a local population of approximately 400,000. This appointment will be made in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of Service for Hospital Medical and Dental Staff (England) 2002.

The appointee will work as part of the Neurology Multi-Disciplinary Team. There will be an opportunity to develop a subspecialty interest relevant to a DGH, service need and applicant's interest and experience. The appointee will have MBBS or equivalent, a Certificate of Completion of Basic Medical Training or equivalent and 2 years' experience in neurology at registrar level. The appointee should also have MRCP or equivalent grade.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:

Play a full part in the work of the Department and will be expected to maintain and help develop neurology services.

Share equitable responsibilities with their professional colleagues and will contribute to governance arrangements of the department.

Be expected to provide neurology cover for in patient referrals but there is no on call out of hours rota.

Be required to cover for colleagues during periods of absence. They will have continuing responsibility for patient in their care and the proper functioning of the Department.

Be expected to attend Multidisciplinary Team meetings as appropriate.

Be encouraged to develop a special interest in line with the Departmental policy to expand its range of specialist services.

Be expected to work with the local managers, general practitioners and other medical and professional clinical colleagues in the efficient running of the service.

Be expected to take an active part in Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching, including the training of Specialist Registrars. Along with this, they will be expected to carry out audit projects.

About us

Our Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

Date posted

24 June 2024

Pay scheme

Hospital medical and dental staff

Grade

Doctor - other

Salary

£42,321 to £57,570 a year Per annum

Contract

Fixed term

Duration

12 months

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

418-M-GM-617

Job locations

Luton and Dunstable Hospital

Luton

LU4 0DZ


Job description

Job responsibilities

The Neurology Department currently has 8 substantive and 2 locum consultants.

Dr Paul Watts, Clinical Director, Dr Amit Batla, Professor Anette Schrag, Dr Anna Cohen, Dr Floriana De Angelis, Dr Anna Latorre, Dr Sara Collorone, Dr Mara Sittampalam and Dr Talal Al-Mayhani. A specialist registrar from the Royal Free attends once per week on a Tuesday and sees ward referrals and holds an outpatient clinic in the afternoon. The service is also currently supported by two Senior Clinical Fellows.

The department is also staffed by three MS Specialist Nurses, a Parkinsons Disease Specialist Nurse, and an Epilepsy Specialist Nurse. There are Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy Departments, which are well equipped. Swallowing and Language Therapy Services are supported by the Speech and Language Service and Dieticians, with assistance, as required from a Nurse Specialist in Nutrition.

The Neurology Department currently has four secretaries and an admin lead.

Over 2000 new out-patient referrals and over 1500 in-patient ward referrals are received each year. Almost all in-patient referrals are seen within 48 hours of receipt of the referral and most are seen the same day. There are currently 11 General and Specialist Consultant Out-Patient clinics per week including a monthly MS clinic, a monthly Parkinsons Disease Clinic and a monthly Botulinum Clinic. In addition, a clinic for pregnant women with epilepsy held every 6 weeks.

The post holder would be encouraged to participate in audits / research with allocated time in their time table. The appointee would have access to all our Library facilities, and be encouraged to attend the Regional Specialist Registrar Programme Teaching Sessions. The appointee will be entitled to study leave as prescribed by the deanery. They would have an allocated Educational Supervisor for all e portfolio activities.

This post would have all the training elements of the current Specialty Registrar programme with opportunities where available to support outpatient clinics whereby they have a specialty interest. The post holder would be encouraged to participate in audits / research with allocated time in their time table. They would have access to all our Library facilities, and be encouraged to attend the Regional Specialist Registrar Programme Teaching Sessions. They would be entitled to study leave as prescribed by the deanery. They would have an allocated Educational Supervisor for all e portfolio activities.

The postholder will be given a PDP folder by the Medical Centre staff which you should discuss with your educational supervisor at the beginning of your post.

The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) has always been renowned for its friendly atmosphere and good working relationships. The Hospital has an excellent track record of financial and senior executive stability.

The Trust has University Hospital status which provides an academic environment to the hospital. In addition to postgraduate training, we welcome medical students from the UCL Medical School throughout the year and by arrangement with the medical school provide a programme of clinical placements to support their education. We have an excellent reputation for junior staff training. Within the Centre of Multi-Professional Educational & Training (COMET) is the Medical Education Department, the library including an IT suite, and the Training & Development Department. The main aim of the Medical Education Department is to promote postgraduate and continuing medical education and training for all doctors and dentists. The Hospital actively promotes career development and progression for all staff.

The Hospital has excellent access to the surrounding areas with easy access to central London and the rural Chilterns. The rural areas include many attractive villages and towns within easy reach of the Hospital including St Albans and Harpenden. Excellent schools are found nearby. There is also very good access to the Midlands and North by road using the M1 or A1, or by rail to one of the Lutons three stations. A direct link using the new Busway takes passengers from Luton Train station just 7 minutes to reach a stop that is within a short walking distance of the hospital. London Luton Airport is within fifteen minutes of the hospital.

All applicants will be required to demonstrate a working knowledge of the English language.

Full registration with the General Medical Council is required at time of application.

The appointment will be subject to full Occupational Health Clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check for the successful candidates prior to commencement.

Please refer to the Job Description for full details of the post.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Neurology Department currently has 8 substantive and 2 locum consultants.

Dr Paul Watts, Clinical Director, Dr Amit Batla, Professor Anette Schrag, Dr Anna Cohen, Dr Floriana De Angelis, Dr Anna Latorre, Dr Sara Collorone, Dr Mara Sittampalam and Dr Talal Al-Mayhani. A specialist registrar from the Royal Free attends once per week on a Tuesday and sees ward referrals and holds an outpatient clinic in the afternoon. The service is also currently supported by two Senior Clinical Fellows.

The department is also staffed by three MS Specialist Nurses, a Parkinsons Disease Specialist Nurse, and an Epilepsy Specialist Nurse. There are Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy Departments, which are well equipped. Swallowing and Language Therapy Services are supported by the Speech and Language Service and Dieticians, with assistance, as required from a Nurse Specialist in Nutrition.

The Neurology Department currently has four secretaries and an admin lead.

Over 2000 new out-patient referrals and over 1500 in-patient ward referrals are received each year. Almost all in-patient referrals are seen within 48 hours of receipt of the referral and most are seen the same day. There are currently 11 General and Specialist Consultant Out-Patient clinics per week including a monthly MS clinic, a monthly Parkinsons Disease Clinic and a monthly Botulinum Clinic. In addition, a clinic for pregnant women with epilepsy held every 6 weeks.

The post holder would be encouraged to participate in audits / research with allocated time in their time table. The appointee would have access to all our Library facilities, and be encouraged to attend the Regional Specialist Registrar Programme Teaching Sessions. The appointee will be entitled to study leave as prescribed by the deanery. They would have an allocated Educational Supervisor for all e portfolio activities.

This post would have all the training elements of the current Specialty Registrar programme with opportunities where available to support outpatient clinics whereby they have a specialty interest. The post holder would be encouraged to participate in audits / research with allocated time in their time table. They would have access to all our Library facilities, and be encouraged to attend the Regional Specialist Registrar Programme Teaching Sessions. They would be entitled to study leave as prescribed by the deanery. They would have an allocated Educational Supervisor for all e portfolio activities.

The postholder will be given a PDP folder by the Medical Centre staff which you should discuss with your educational supervisor at the beginning of your post.

The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) has always been renowned for its friendly atmosphere and good working relationships. The Hospital has an excellent track record of financial and senior executive stability.

The Trust has University Hospital status which provides an academic environment to the hospital. In addition to postgraduate training, we welcome medical students from the UCL Medical School throughout the year and by arrangement with the medical school provide a programme of clinical placements to support their education. We have an excellent reputation for junior staff training. Within the Centre of Multi-Professional Educational & Training (COMET) is the Medical Education Department, the library including an IT suite, and the Training & Development Department. The main aim of the Medical Education Department is to promote postgraduate and continuing medical education and training for all doctors and dentists. The Hospital actively promotes career development and progression for all staff.

The Hospital has excellent access to the surrounding areas with easy access to central London and the rural Chilterns. The rural areas include many attractive villages and towns within easy reach of the Hospital including St Albans and Harpenden. Excellent schools are found nearby. There is also very good access to the Midlands and North by road using the M1 or A1, or by rail to one of the Lutons three stations. A direct link using the new Busway takes passengers from Luton Train station just 7 minutes to reach a stop that is within a short walking distance of the hospital. London Luton Airport is within fifteen minutes of the hospital.

All applicants will be required to demonstrate a working knowledge of the English language.

Full registration with the General Medical Council is required at time of application.

The appointment will be subject to full Occupational Health Clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check for the successful candidates prior to commencement.

Please refer to the Job Description for full details of the post.

Person Specification

Health

Essential

  • Meets professional health requirements (in line with GMC standards in Good Medical Practice)

Qualifications

Essential

  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification

Eligibility

Essential

  • Eligible for full registration with the GMC at the time of appointment.
  • Evidence of achievement of Foundation competencies by time of appointment in line with GMC standards in Good Medical Practice
  • Good clinical care
  • Maintaining good medical practice
  • Good relationships and communication with patients
  • Good working relationships with colleagues
  • Good teaching and training
  • Professional behaviour and probity
  • Delivery of good acute clinical care
  • Evidence of achievement of ST1/CT1 competences in a relevant specialty at time of application and likelihood of achieving ST2/CT2 competences in a relevant specialty by the start date of the post.
  • Eligibility to work in the UK.

Application Completion

Essential

  • ALL sections of application form FULLY completed

Clinical Skills

Essential

  • Acute Care Safe: ALS (or equivalent life support course) provider, Hospital at night team working/experience. Out of hours experience relevant to the job.
  • Relevant Specialty clinical knowledge; capacity to apply sound clinical knowledge relevant to the job, specialty knowledge exam.
  • Clinical judgement: experience in making clinical decisions and managing risk. Knows when to seek help, able to prioritise clinical need.
  • Practical skills: shows aptitude for practical skills, required for the job.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in different clinical settings required in the job

Desirable

  • ALS Intructors Certificate

Specialty specific skills related to the post

Essential

  • 2 years' experience in neurology at registrar level

Clinical Governance

Essential

  • Clinical Governance: Capacity to be alert to dangers or problems. Demonstrates awareness of good decision making. Aware of own limitations. Track record of engaging in clinical governance, reporting errors, learning from errors.
  • Audit: Evidence of active participation in audit.
  • Teaching: Evidence of interest and experience in teaching where required in the job.

Desirable

  • Research Skills: Demonstrates understanding of the principles of research, evidence of relevant academic and research achievements.e.g. degrees, prizes, awards, distinctions, publications, presentations, other achievements.
  • Teaching: Evidence of experience in teaching where required in the job.

Fitness to Practise

Essential

  • Applicant's knowledge is up to date and fit to practise safely

Language Skills

Essential

  • All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues, which could be demonstrated by ;
  • a) having undertaken undergraduate medical training in English
  • b) having scores in the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent to those required for recruitment to MMC specialty training programmes.

Communication Skills

Essential

  • Effective communication skills: demonstrates clarity in written/spoken communication and capacity to adapt language as appropriate to the situation.
  • Empathy and sensitivity: capacity to listen and take in others' perspectives.
  • Works in partnership with patients: always considers patients preferences when discussing treatment options. Always considers the full impact of clinical decisions on the patients, Practice shared decision making. Directs and supports patients to access the information they need to support decision making.

Desirable

  • 360 feedback
  • Patient survey feedback and reflections.

Personal Skills

Essential

  • Team working: demonstrated experience working in a team, values the input of other professional in the team.
  • Managing others and team involvement: capacity to work co-operatively with others and demonstrate leadership when appropriate. Capacity to work effectively in multi-professional teams.
  • Coping with pressure: capacity to operate under pressure. Demonstrates initiative and resilience to cope with the setbacks & adapt to rapidly changing circumstances.
  • Problem solving & decision making: capacity to use logical /lateral thinking to solve problems & make decisions.
  • Organisation and planning: capacity to organise oneself and prioritise own work. Demonstrates punctuality, preparation and self-discipline. Understands importance of information technology.
  • Flexible approach to work: able to adapt and work with employers to deliver improved patient care.
  • Equality and diversity: promotes equality and values diversity.

Desirable

  • Able to adapt to work with employers to deliver Leadership skills: experience in leadership
  • Demonstrates skills needed for effective delegation within the team: 360 feedback
  • Driver with a valid license.

Probity

Essential

  • Professional integrity and respect for others: capacity to take responsibility for own actions and demonstrate a non-judgmental approach towards others. Displays honesty, integrity, awareness of confidentiality and ethical issues.

Commitment to clinical governance / improving quality of patient care

Essential

  • Clinical governance: Capacity to be alert to dangers or problems. Demonstrates awareness of good decision making. Aware of own limitations. Track record of engaging in clinical governance: reporting errors, learning from errors.
  • Audit: evidence of active participation in audit. Teaching: evidence of interest and experience in teaching where required in the job.

Desirable

  • Research Skills: Demonstrates understanding of the principles of research, evidence of relevant academic and research achievements.
  • Teaching: evidence of experience in teaching where required in the job.
Person Specification

Health

Essential

  • Meets professional health requirements (in line with GMC standards in Good Medical Practice)

Qualifications

Essential

  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification

Eligibility

Essential

  • Eligible for full registration with the GMC at the time of appointment.
  • Evidence of achievement of Foundation competencies by time of appointment in line with GMC standards in Good Medical Practice
  • Good clinical care
  • Maintaining good medical practice
  • Good relationships and communication with patients
  • Good working relationships with colleagues
  • Good teaching and training
  • Professional behaviour and probity
  • Delivery of good acute clinical care
  • Evidence of achievement of ST1/CT1 competences in a relevant specialty at time of application and likelihood of achieving ST2/CT2 competences in a relevant specialty by the start date of the post.
  • Eligibility to work in the UK.

Application Completion

Essential

  • ALL sections of application form FULLY completed

Clinical Skills

Essential

  • Acute Care Safe: ALS (or equivalent life support course) provider, Hospital at night team working/experience. Out of hours experience relevant to the job.
  • Relevant Specialty clinical knowledge; capacity to apply sound clinical knowledge relevant to the job, specialty knowledge exam.
  • Clinical judgement: experience in making clinical decisions and managing risk. Knows when to seek help, able to prioritise clinical need.
  • Practical skills: shows aptitude for practical skills, required for the job.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in different clinical settings required in the job

Desirable

  • ALS Intructors Certificate

Specialty specific skills related to the post

Essential

  • 2 years' experience in neurology at registrar level

Clinical Governance

Essential

  • Clinical Governance: Capacity to be alert to dangers or problems. Demonstrates awareness of good decision making. Aware of own limitations. Track record of engaging in clinical governance, reporting errors, learning from errors.
  • Audit: Evidence of active participation in audit.
  • Teaching: Evidence of interest and experience in teaching where required in the job.

Desirable

  • Research Skills: Demonstrates understanding of the principles of research, evidence of relevant academic and research achievements.e.g. degrees, prizes, awards, distinctions, publications, presentations, other achievements.
  • Teaching: Evidence of experience in teaching where required in the job.

Fitness to Practise

Essential

  • Applicant's knowledge is up to date and fit to practise safely

Language Skills

Essential

  • All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues, which could be demonstrated by ;
  • a) having undertaken undergraduate medical training in English
  • b) having scores in the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent to those required for recruitment to MMC specialty training programmes.

Communication Skills

Essential

  • Effective communication skills: demonstrates clarity in written/spoken communication and capacity to adapt language as appropriate to the situation.
  • Empathy and sensitivity: capacity to listen and take in others' perspectives.
  • Works in partnership with patients: always considers patients preferences when discussing treatment options. Always considers the full impact of clinical decisions on the patients, Practice shared decision making. Directs and supports patients to access the information they need to support decision making.

Desirable

  • 360 feedback
  • Patient survey feedback and reflections.

Personal Skills

Essential

  • Team working: demonstrated experience working in a team, values the input of other professional in the team.
  • Managing others and team involvement: capacity to work co-operatively with others and demonstrate leadership when appropriate. Capacity to work effectively in multi-professional teams.
  • Coping with pressure: capacity to operate under pressure. Demonstrates initiative and resilience to cope with the setbacks & adapt to rapidly changing circumstances.
  • Problem solving & decision making: capacity to use logical /lateral thinking to solve problems & make decisions.
  • Organisation and planning: capacity to organise oneself and prioritise own work. Demonstrates punctuality, preparation and self-discipline. Understands importance of information technology.
  • Flexible approach to work: able to adapt and work with employers to deliver improved patient care.
  • Equality and diversity: promotes equality and values diversity.

Desirable

  • Able to adapt to work with employers to deliver Leadership skills: experience in leadership
  • Demonstrates skills needed for effective delegation within the team: 360 feedback
  • Driver with a valid license.

Probity

Essential

  • Professional integrity and respect for others: capacity to take responsibility for own actions and demonstrate a non-judgmental approach towards others. Displays honesty, integrity, awareness of confidentiality and ethical issues.

Commitment to clinical governance / improving quality of patient care

Essential

  • Clinical governance: Capacity to be alert to dangers or problems. Demonstrates awareness of good decision making. Aware of own limitations. Track record of engaging in clinical governance: reporting errors, learning from errors.
  • Audit: evidence of active participation in audit. Teaching: evidence of interest and experience in teaching where required in the job.

Desirable

  • Research Skills: Demonstrates understanding of the principles of research, evidence of relevant academic and research achievements.
  • Teaching: evidence of experience in teaching where required in the job.

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

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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

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Luton and Dunstable Hospital

Luton

LU4 0DZ


Employer's website

https://www.bedfordshirehospitals.nhs.uk/working-here/ (Opens in a new tab)


Employer details

Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Luton and Dunstable Hospital

Luton

LU4 0DZ


Employer's website

https://www.bedfordshirehospitals.nhs.uk/working-here/ (Opens in a new tab)


For questions about the job, contact:

Clinical Director of Neurology and Neurophysiology

Paul Watts

01582497475

Date posted

24 June 2024

Pay scheme

Hospital medical and dental staff

Grade

Doctor - other

Salary

£42,321 to £57,570 a year Per annum

Contract

Fixed term

Duration

12 months

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

418-M-GM-617

Job locations

Luton and Dunstable Hospital

Luton

LU4 0DZ


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