Rheumatology Consultant

Taunton, Somerset
£79,860 - £107,668 per annum
28 Sep 2020
26 Oct 2020
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Contact Details

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is seeking to appoint an enthusiastic Consultant Rheumatologist to join the Taunton Rheumatology Team. This post is a replacement full time 10 PA rheumatology post based at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Somerset with an opportunity in the future to develop into the role of Speciality Lead.

The Role:

This is an exciting opportunity to join a department who are in the process of expanding and developing the service. The Trust has clear objectives in terms of delivering excellent, safe and effective patient care and aims for services that are positively rated by patients, families and stakeholders. Furthermore the Trust aims to ensure a first class educational experience alongside financial security over the longer term. Staffing is firmly embedded within this process.

Job share and part time applicants are welcome and any modification of job content can be discussed on a personal basis. We would welcome applicants who have had previous leadership experience or who would like to develop leadership skills.

The department is staffed by four consultants, plus the successful post holder, a specialist registrar on rotation within the Peninsula training rotation. A small number of rheumatology inpatient beds are supported by junior medical staff shared with the gastroenterology team. There are four rheumatology nurse specialists who undertake nurse led clinics and a medical day unit team to assist with infusions and day case therapies. There are departmental plans to broaden the multidisciplinary team to include further specialist Allied Health Professional and Pharmacy support.


There is no on-call commitment with this post. All new appointment will be based upon a 10 PA activity plan. All new job plans will be offered within 8.5 DCC, 1.5 generic SPA. A job plan review meeting will be conducted within 6 months of appointment


  • GMC Registration
  • CCST (or within 6 months of award) in Rheumatology
  • MCRP

About the Trust

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. We provide community and mental health services across the whole of Somerset and acute hospital services in the north, west and centre of the county and beyond.


We also offer you the chance to experience life in the West Country, offering you the chance to live near some of the UK’s most desirable location; from the beaches in North Devon and Cornwall, to the cosmopolitan centres of Bristol, Bath and Exeter, whilst also being less than 2 hours from London. The County town of Taunton has diverse shopping, restaurants, and regularly hosts international music and sporting fixtures. Somerset also offers some of the best school in the country from Public Institutions such as Millfield, Queens College, Taunton School, Kings College, Wellington School and Blundell’s, to award winning state school such as the Richard Huish College.


For further information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Dr Luke Gompels on luke.gompels@somersetft.nhs.uk or 01823 342176.