Consultant Diabetes & Endocrinology
County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
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County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest integrated care providers in England, serving a population of around 600,000 people. We are a high performing organisation with a track record of success.
We are an enthusiastic and motivated unit providing ample opportunities to develop and reshape the delivery of both diabetes and endocrine services in County Durham and Darlington. We are looking for new colleagues who will be able to work with us to achieve this goal while establishing our niche on the research map.
We are proud to be one of the few foundation trusts who also have the complete ownership of community health services including district nurses and community diabetes specialist nurses in addition to the hospital nurses. We see this as a great opportunity for those of us who have traditionally worked within the hospital to consider ingenious ways of delivering ‘care closer to home’ while being an established secondary care clinician.
The posts are tenable on a whole time or part-time basis with the department willing to explore flexibility in job plans and specialist interests to attract the right candidate.
Main duties of the job
The basic contract is for 10 programmed activites (PAs) with elective outpatient work and inpatient care in both diabetes and endocrine services. These duties will be shared with the 5 (1 part time) other consultants based in UHND making it a 1:5 flexible commitment and 4 other consultanst based in DMH making a 1:5 commitment.
The appointees will be required to provide basic skills in diabetes and endocrinology but will be encouraged to develop additional special expertise of their choosing (for example diabetic foot, bone metabolism, type 1 diabetes, Lipid services or Erectile dysfunction services) to complement the special interests of the other consultants within the Trust.
We are one of the largest integrated care providers in England. Over 7,000 Staff serve a population of around 650,000 people in the North East,
We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.
At County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust our aim is to always deliver excellent care with compassion to deliver the highest quality of care our patients deserve. We value the personal skills, experiences and qualities that individuals bring to the Trust; creating an inclusive working environment to attract talented people who feel motivated, involved and able to influence the future direction of our services. The wellbeing of staff is important to us; we have a dedicated Health and Wellbeing team who provide support on a range of topics.
We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented
Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents
The post-holder will be expected to undertake clinical work in conjunction with his/her clinical colleagues and other professional staff in order to maintain and develop the diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic service.
The following are subject to change as the Trust will seek to rethink post COVID19 ways of working.
1. The post-holder will be based at the University Hospital North Durham or Darlington Memorial Hospital, with commitment to out-patient services in associated hospitals within the Trust.
2. The post-holder will be expected to undertake clinical work in conjunction with his/her colleagues and other professional staff in order to maintaining and develop diabetes and Endocrinology services and develop specialist skills in accordance with the needs of the department. They will be responsible in conjunction with colleagues for planning future developments of these services.
3. The post holder will be expected to work with Primary Care Trusts to develop services in the community including a contribution to the development and co-ordination of GPs with a special interest and the role of the Diabetes Specialist Nurses in the Community.
4. The post holder will share responsibility with the other Diabetologists in the trust to maintain and develop specialist services as well as working with the PCT local implementation teams. This will also include a level of clinical supervision for GPs with a special interest and community Diabetes Specialist nurses, a point of contact, advice and referral.
5. The post holder will have continuing responsibility for the care of patients in his/her charge and will be expected to provide a comprehensive clinical service to consultant colleagues in other clinical disciplines in the hospital and to general practitioners in County Durham.
6. The post holder will participate in the 1:12 on call rota with unselected take along with the other consultants covering both week days and weekends as required. Consultants will cover colleagues in their absence and ensure continuous patient care.
7. For management purposes and use of resources he/she will be accountable to the Clinical Director of the Medical Directorate and will ensure the effective and efficient use of resources allocated.
8. The post holder will be responsible for the professional and educational supervision of junior staff.
9. The post holder will be expected to participate in the postgraduate teaching of medical staff and undergraduates attached to the Trust and in the training of all grades of staff in hospital and community.
10. Research activities, which are considered to be an inherent part of normal clinical duties, will be encouraged and limited research funding may be available following successful applications to the local research and development committee.
11. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - the post holder is responsible for ensuring that he/she meets the national requirements for CPD, both internal and external. He/she will be expected to attend regularly, and contribute to, the educational programmed activity held by the Directorate.
12. It is expected that the appointee will actively and regularly participate in all clinical audit.
13. The post holder will be expected to participate in clinical governance arrangements in line with national and local guidelines and in respect of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Trust in accordance with current best practice.
14. If the post holder is involved in the care of a patient who subsequently initiates a claim against the Trust he/she will be expected to provide, free of charge, an opinion and statement facts on the case.
15. The post holder will be expected to deputise in the absence of colleagues in cases of annual leave, study leave and sickness as far as is practicable.
16. The post holder will uphold the visions of the Trust and work with the team to help deliver 7 day services for acute medicine and diabetes services which we are working towards.
17. Where it is agreed between the parties, work on behalf of the Trust, such as domiciliary consultation.
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