Consultant in Palliative Medicine

NHS Tayside
Perth, Perth and Kinross
15 Jan 2021
01 Feb 2021
Career Level
Contract Type

Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine

Based in Perth, Cornhill Macmillan Centre, Perth Royal Infirmary 10 PAs (with on-call)

Interview date: 16th February 2021

Applications are invited for a Consultant in Palliative Medicine to join the Tayside Palliative Care Team.  This is a substantive appointment based at Cornhill Macmillan Centre, Perth Royal Infirmary, Perth.

This post represents an exciting opportunity to work in the specialist palliative care unit, community facing services and the acute hospital setting. Teams for all three settings are based in Cornhill Macmillan Centre and form part of a dynamic multidisciplinary team.

Tayside Specialist Palliative Care Service

NHS Tayside serves a population of approximately 415,000 people over the local councils of Perth and Kinross (151,000), Dundee (148,000) and Angus (116,000). It also accommodates patients from North East Fife (74,000). It is a large geographical area with its population scattered over an area of approximately 100 miles by 80 miles. Tayside Specialist Palliative Care Service aims to provide quality care appropriate to location [home, palliative care unit, nursing home or hospital] and level of complexity. Education and telephone advice for all health professionals are core activities of the service. The Tayside Specialist Palliative Care Service is hosted within the Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership but operates across four main clinical hubs:

Angus Specialist Palliative Care Service, Roxburghe House & Dundee Specialist Palliative Care Service, Ninewells Specialist Palliative Care Service and Perth and Kinross Specialist Palliative Care Service.

The latter is based in Cornhill Macmillan Centre, serving the community and Perth Royal Infirmary, as well as housing a 10-bed specialist palliative care unit. The Tayside Palliative Medicine Service works across each of these clinical centres as a unified team and provides specialist palliative care support across Tayside out of hours.

Specialist Palliative Care in Perth & Kinross

Cornhill Macmillan Centre

Cornhill Macmillan Centre is a 10-bed purpose built NHS palliative care unit in the grounds of Perth Royal Infirmary, Perth. It has an experienced Multidisciplinary Team  and also serves as a base for the hospital palliative care team and the community facing team, providing out-patient facilities and Day-Care services. There is a temporary education team who are providing a variety of education events across the community and are linked with the Education Facilitators based in Dundee.

There are strong links with Dundee Medical School with delivery of undergraduate education and a variety of post-graduate education events organised and delivered for Foundation doctors, GP trainees, Specialty Trainees and other Health and Social Care professionals.

The successful applicant will work closely with the other consultant, three experienced specialty doctors, two Advanced Nurse Practitioners and an enthusiastic multidisciplinary team. The successful applicant will also work collaboratively with the other members of the Tayside Specialist Palliative Care Service including five other consultants. Other members of the Cornhill team include an FY2, a GPST2 and Specialty Trainees who rotate through Cornhill Macmillan Centre as part of a Tayside wide training programme. The post will involve working on a rotational basis with the other consultant to provide medical leadership across the in-patient unit, hospital and community teams. On call for weekends and weeknights is non-resident with availability supplement. Frequency is pro-rata and is approximately 1:6. There are fixed weekend ward round sessions job planned at the same frequency.

Within the wider NHS Tayside Palliative Care Service there are a number of innovative developments taking place, in particular the recent launch of the Macmillan Tayside Managed Clinical Network for Palliative and End of Life Care which includes sub-groups of Education, Research / Quality Improvement, End of Life Care, Audit / Data Collection and Non-Cancer Palliative Care .  Other initiatives include: an Acute Palliative Care Unit (3 beds) based in Ninewells Hospital, a Renal Supportive Care service, the ECHO (Enhanced Community Healthcare Outcomes) education project, a Dementia QI Project in collaboration with Health Improvement Scotland, a Master of Public Health (Palliative Care Research) Course and research links with the University of Dundee.

Perth is a beautiful city and provides a high quality of life. Its central location allows good links with Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, yet its close proximity to beautiful countryside and coast offer a perfect blend of urban and rural lifestyle.

Applicants must be fully registered with the General Medical Council and have CCT or CESR in Palliative Medicine or be within 6 months of the anticipated award of CCT or CESR (CP) at the time of interview for the post.

Informal enquiries are welcomed by: Dr Claire Douglas, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Cornhill Macmillan Centre (01738 413 001 or Dr Katharine Thompson, Acting Clinical Lead in Palliative Medicine, Roxburghe House and Angus (01382 423 132,

Hours of work are:  40 hours (10 PA with on-call) but less than WTE will be considered.

NHS Tayside is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community.