Consultant post in Obstetric Anaesthesia

Norwich, Norfolk
10 Dec 2020
23 Jan 2021
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Applications are invited for a full time, substantive consultant post in the department of Anaesthetics.

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides a full range of acute clinical services through the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (1,000 beds) and Cromer and District Hospital, including more specialist services such as oncology and radiotherapy, neonatology, orthopaedics, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, rheumatology, paediatric medicine and surgery.

Our staff of over 7,000 treat more than one million patients; people from Norfolk, neighbouring counties and further afield. Our patients are referred to us by around 100 local GP practices but also from other acute hospitals and primary care trusts around the country.

As a university teaching hospital we have developed our research and development strategy in partnership with the University of East Anglia.

We also work closely with our partners on the Norwich Research Park and Norwich Radiology Academy to take forward our ambitious targets for research and development.

NNUH provides surgical services for a population of approximately 1 million, serving patients from the James Paget Hospital (Great Yarmouth), and Queen Elizabeth Hospital (King’s Lynn) as well as those living in its own catchment area.

The anaesthetic department is one of the busiest in the country providing support for approximately 30000 surgical procedures per annum. It has recently been awarded the prestigious Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA). The department supports 24 theatres (17 inpatient and 7 Day Surgery), 2 obstetric theatres, eye theatres and remote anaesthesia in various other locations around the Trust.

The appointee will take his/her share of clinical responsibilities within the Department of Anaesthesia. There are currently 10 Consultant Anaesthetists with a special interest in Obstetric Anaesthesia providing 85 hours of cover Monday to Friday including daily elective Caesarean section lists. The successful applicant would be expected to provide cover for one 10 hour Delivery Suite session and one elective Caesarean list per fortnight. The on call commitment is a 1 in 10 rota providing cover solely for Obstetric Anaesthesia. This on-call also includes on-site Consultant cover of Labour Ward until 8pm on weekdays. Separate on-call rotas exist for general anaesthesia (covering trauma, general cases, thoracics and vascular) for Paediatrics and for Intensive Care.

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has one of the busiest maternity units in the East of England and the workload and type of cases reflect its tertiary centre status. In 2018 there were 5395 deliveries; the total number of Caesarean Sections performed was 1599 (30% of total deliveries) and there were 1340 labour epidurals performed (25% of total deliveries). We are also one of only 5 units in the country to have introduced Remifentanil PCA for Labour analgesia.

In addition to duties in Obstetric Anaesthesia, the appointee will be required to provide anaesthesia for adult patients in all specialties as appropriate to his or her training and experience

Please refer to the ‘Job Description’ link to the right of the page for the full specification of responsibilities and requirements for this post.

Please attach a short CV.

The Advisory Appointment Committee will meet on 29th January 2021.

For further details / informal visits contact:

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Michael Irvine, Service Director on 01603 287086.