Job summary Applications are invited for the post of Consultant Cardiologist. The successful applicant will join a team of 18 consultant cardiologists. They will contribute to a comprehensive consultant-led secondary and tertiary cardiology service. They will have broad experience in all aspects of clinical cardiology, with sub-speciality expertise in heart failure and advanced cardiac imaging. The appointee will participate in the cardiology on-call rota along with undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes. The post has been configured to deal with increasing demand on the heart failure and imaging services, to assist with the emergency pathway and to support the cardiology departments contribution towards meeting the 4 hour ED target and provision of acute medicine.
Main duties of the job
Currently, in addition to providing general cardiology services on a specialty rota, the department offers subspecialty expertise in Heart Failure, Cardiac Imaging, Interventional Electrophysiology, Bradycardia Pacing and Complex Device therapy, Inherited Cardiac Conditions, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, and Percutaneous Coronary or Structural Intervention - including TAVI. Nottingham University Hospital is a designated Heart Attack Centre for the East Midlands.
The appointee will be expected to fulfil the following duties with the agreed Job Plan.
Nottingham University Hospitals Trust is a large university teaching hospital serving a local population of 675,000, tertiary population of 1.3 million. The emergency department based on the Queens Medical Campus is one of the busiest in Europe with over 4000 patients per annum admitted with cardiac chest pain. The cardiologists actively manage many of these patients in collaboration with medical colleagues and there are well developed pathways of modern cardiac care. The department is fully supported by a large experienced technical service offering a wide range of investigations including trans-thoracic and trans-oesophageal echocardiography, stress echo and cardiac MRI. Tertiary cardiac services are undertaken in the Trent Cardiac Centre on the Nottingham City Campus.
The post holder will participate fully in the departments activities, including inpatient and outpatient work. A full range of cardiology emergency and elective patients are admitted to Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the appointee will be responsible for the management of those patients admitted under his/her care irrespective of sub speciality.
Work with consultant colleagues to provide a comprehensive elective and emergency Cardiology service including reciprocal cover for periods of leave. Appointee will have continuing responsibility for the care of patients in his/her charge
The main duties of the post include contributions to:
Inpatient and outpatient work of the cardiology department
Further development of heart failure services in collaboration with existing colleagues
Support for the existing imaging service in collaboration with existing colleagues
This appointment has a definite sub-speciality focus. We are looking to appoint a talented individual to further develop our heart failure and imaging services.
He/she will participate in the on-call rota for non-interventional cardiology (currently 1 in 10 covering both campuses) and will be expected to provide cross-cover for colleagues during periods of leave. In addition the post holder will be expected to contribute to combined cardiac and cardiac surgical case meetings at NCH. There will be an agreed and equitable share of support (including junior and middle grade medical staff) with the other consultants in cardiology.
These duties are subject to review from time to time in the light of the changing requirements of the service. If alterations to the described duties are required these will be mutually agreed between the appointee and the Trust.
The person appointed will be required to devote substantially the whole of his/her time to the duties of the post and give them priority at all times.
Governance and Audit
Each consultant is expected to take an active role in clinical governance activities including (but not restricted to) clinical audit, incident reporting, review of complaints, risk management, CPD, appraisal, revalidation and Evidence-Based Practice. Each directorate has a Consultant Clinical Governance lead.
Both main campuses of the Trust are major centres for undergraduate and postgraduate education and teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to play a role in postgraduate teaching within the 10 PA job plan. Contribution to undergraduate teaching and educational/clinical supervision will be reviewed and mutually agreed. The Trust works to ensure the best possible placements and training for both undergraduates and junior doctors and to ensure consultant trainers & teachers are developed and supported. The Trust facilitates this through agreeing appropriate job plans, a clear framework for the delivery of medical education, and the opportunity to enhance clinical and teaching skills through Continuing Professional Development.
The Trust has extremely close links with Nottingham University, and has academic departments in the majority of its clinical specialties. There are University and Trust research facilities. The Trust has a research strategy and management framework which aligns its funding for research with the research and innovations activities it supports. Consultants who wish to undertake research require the approval of the Trust R&I Department and relevant ethical approval, and must adhere to the National Framework for Research Governance. Academic research within our department is under-developed. This can be discussed at the annual job plan review and additional time could be considered within the job plan. Under these circumstances, a higher degree and evidence of publication in relation to their sub-speciality focus and established links with industry and academic collaborators would be looked upon favourably.
Other Duties as Agreed
The appointee may wish to take on other roles alongside their clinical role. Any positions offered by bodies outside the Trust, (e.g. Training Programme Director, Regional College Advisor, Royal College Representative etc) must be discussed and agreed by the Head of Service in advance of the position being accepted, so that the impact upon the specialty can be fully considered and any job plan amendments undertaken should the additional role be accepted.
Please note this job description has not yet received Royal College approval and may be subject to change based on their advice.