Specialty Doctor - Trauma & Orthopaedics

£45,124 to £77,519 a year per annum
24 Nov 2021
07 Dec 2021
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time

The appointee will join an enthusiastic and friendly department of Orthopaedics which is an integral part of the Division of Surgery at the QEH.

To ensure the continued delivery of high-quality care to patients within the trust and to contribute to the further development of the Trauma and Orthopaedic service. To further develop clinical knowledge and skills in Trauma and Orthopaedics to aid preparation for working as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Main duties of the job

Speciality Doctors will be assigned to specialty firms (including Trauma). Daytime sessions will include a scheduled ward round of all orthopaedic patients (on a rotad basis), specialised Elective and Trauma theatre, Elective and Fracture clinic, on call and teaching / training sessions.

About us

With over 4,000 staff (known as TeamQEH), the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn is one of the biggest employers in West Norfolk, supporting the health and wellbeing of the local community. QEH has 518 beds, 18 wards, a budget of circa £220m and provides a comprehensive range of specialist, acute, obstetrics and community-based services to those who live in the three counties of Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

We are passionate about our journey of improvement. Our vision is to become the best rural district general hospital for patient and staff experience in the UK. We strive to deliver services that our local communities can be proud of, and to deliver exceptionally high standards of care, consistently for our patients and their families. Team QEH are one of the most research-active organisations for our size in the UK, recruiting 2,188 patients in 20/21, and were ranked 27/507 nationally for Covid related research. We have a wide-ranging and diverse portfolio of clinical studies and are recognised as one of the fastest trusts in the country from set up to recruitment.

TeamQEH is proud to be an inclusive employer, with many active staff networks. We have also been recognised as an exemplar employer by BAPIO (British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) and offer outstanding health and wellbeing initiatives to support our staff and to implement our learning from the pandemic.

Job description
Job responsibilities


There are Specialty Registrars, Specialty and Specialist Doctors all working at Middle Grade level providing cover to elective, trauma and out-of-hours duties. Speciality Doctors will be assigned to specialty firms (including Trauma). Daytime sessions will include a scheduled ward round of all orthopaedic patients (on a rotad basis), specialised Elective and Trauma theatre, Elective and Fracture clinic, on call and teaching / training sessions.

Trauma Meeting

A Trauma meeting is held at 8.30am in the trauma room on Gayton ward. At this meeting all admissions from the previous night are discussed. After this arrangements are made for these patients to have their surgery on the daily Trauma lists. There is a notice board on which all the names of patients awaiting Acute Emergency surgery are listed. It is the responsibility of the junior doctors looking after these patients to make sure that this list is kept up to date.

Ward Rounds

The department has a commitment that each patient is seen every day by an ST3 or higher. In this ward round they are supported by junior doctors at Foundation level. They are also supported by the ortho-geriatrician team. Each patient should have a documented assessment every day. Ward Rounds will be timetable as a full session. It is also a teaching opportunity for the Foundation years. We anticipate an average of 1 session per week as a ward round on average.

Clinics & Theatre

Each Consultant has Fracture and Elective clinics you will take part in, Trauma and Elective theatre lists, which you will be scheduled to assist.


The on call rota for StRs and Middle Grade Doctors is a full-shift. It will be either a 1 in 8 or a 1 in 9, 24-hour non-resident on call.

Ongoing Orthopaedic Education

Teaching consists of a morning Trauma meeting to discuss the previous days admissions and management options.


  • To provide support for the effective development of the service.
  • To have responsibility for ensuring active participation in Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  • To actively participate in both departmental and Trust matters concerning Clinical Governance and audit.
  • To further develop clinical protocols, guidelines, and concise care bundles.
  • To carry out responsibilities with due regard to the Trusts Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • To be aware of the responsibility of all employees to maintain a safe and healthy environment for patients, visitors and staff and attend all relevant health and safety training.
  • To ensure that all duties are carried out to the highest possible standard.
  • To carry out annual performance reviews with each member of their staff.
  • To attend all relevant management training in health and safety, risk assessment etc.

Person Specification


  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • MRCS (Full) or equivalent experience.
  • ATLS or equivalent.


  • Full Registration and a licence to practise with the General Medical Council.
  • At least four (4) years' full-time postgraduate training (or its equivalent gained on a part-time or flexible basis) at least two (2) of which will be in Trauma & Orthopaedics or as a fixed term specialty trainee in Trauma & Orthopaedics; or shall have equivalent experience and competencies.
  • Able to deal with Trauma & Orthopaedic emergency admissions
  • Competence in pre-operative and post-operative management of general surgical patients.


  • Able to independently perform basic orthopaedic trauma operations independently to a high standard: e.g. DHS, hemiarthroplasty, ankle fracture

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