Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Rheumatology Consultant

Location
Taunton, Somerset
Posted
30 Nov 2021
Closes
03 Jan 2022
Ref
184-1CONS1157
Career Level
Consultant
Contract Type
Permanent

Job summary

Are you looking to join a Rheumatology department that are expanding and developing their service?

We are currently looking for a consultant rheumatologist to join our team in a 10 PA post, this is a replacement post and offers the opportunity for future development into the role of the Department Specialty Lead.

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.

We are also offering an attractive relocation package with this post.

 

Main duties of the job

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. This is a very exciting time to join the team as we are now looking at the future of the service for Somerset and working collaboratively with Yeovil District Hospital.

The department is staffed by three consultants, plus the successful post holder, a specialist registrar on rotation within the Peninsula training rotation, and we are also fortunate to have a new clinical fellow post. 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.

 

About us

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is the first NHS trust on the English mainland to provide community, mental health and acute hospital services.

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.

The Trust has been rated good in a recent CQC inspection, with an outstanding rating for patient care. In 2016 we were selected to be a Global Digital Exemplar, one of only 16 Trusts who have been selected to trail blaze new ways of using digital technology in order to drive radical improvements in the care of patients.

We also offer you the chance to experience life in the West Country, offering you the chance to live near some of the UKs 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 Blundells, to award winning state school such as the Richard Huish College.

 

Job responsibilities

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic Consultant Rheumatologist to join the Taunton Rheumatology Team. This is a replacement 10 PA rheumatology post, based at Musgrove Park Hospital, offering thefuture opportunity to develop into the role of Speciality Lead.

The successful candidate would help the department to expand and develop 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. Staff are firmly embedded within this process.

About the Trust

Musgrove Park Hospital is part of Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. We are a district general hospital, divided into 4 directorates (Acute Medicine, Surgery & Critical Care, Women & Children, Haematology, Oncology, Palliative & End of Life Care & Clinical Support) providing care to a population of about 350,000.

We also provide some specialist services for the whole of Somerset, making our catchment population around 544,000. We have a wide range of specialisms and career paths to offer prospective colleagues, and are keen to employ people who share the same vision and values as us. In return, we give nationally agreed rates of pay, locally agreed recognition and benefits schemes, and dedication to supporting continual professional development.

The Trust has been rated good in a recent CQC inspection, with an outstanding rating for patient care. In 2016 we were selected to be a Global Digital Exemplar, one of only 16 Trusts who have been selected totrail blaze new ways of using digital technology in order to drive radical improvements in the care of patients.

The hospital has over 700 beds, 30 wards, 15 operating theatres, a fully equipped diagnostic imaging department and a purpose built cancer treatment centre which includes outpatient, chemotherapy day care, radiotherapy and inpatient facilities. We have around 4,000 staff, and an annual budget of £246.7 million.

The Rheumatology Department provides outpatient, day patient and inpatient care for patients presenting with rheumatic complaints with a particular emphasis on those with inflammatory disease and connectivetissue disease including vasculitis. More than 95% of our patients on active follow up have inflammatory rheumatic diseases. Patients with soft tissue rheumatism and mechanical back pain are managed mostly in a community based interface service and from within a dedicated spinal service. Clinics are delivered in Musgrove Park (base hospital) and community hospitals (Bridgwater, Chard and Minehead).

Rheumatology are the leading user of the MDU with approximately 900 patients attending per year (about 25% of these patients have a connective tissue disease). There are currently weekly urgent access / early arthritis clinics, a giant cell arteritis triage service, An electronic rheumatology advice and guidance service produces a 25% reduction in referrals to the department. Combined clinics for connective tissue patients with respiratory involvement are held regularly. There are weekly multidisciplinary and regular radiology meetings and close links with a newly established multidisciplinary fibrotic lung disease videoconferenceheld between Taunton and Exeter. Research studies and disease registries are supported by close collaboration with research nurses from the Research and Development Department. The department links with the South West Specialist Rheumatology Network. Educational meetings are held regularly within the Peninsula network and jointly with the Severn group of hospitals for Connective Tissue Diseases.

Undergraduate teaching forms a part of the departments activity Students are attached to the department for clinics, ward based teaching and regular weekly seminars. There are additional teaching commitments for core and speciality trainees.

The department is staffed by three consultants: Dr Luke Gompels (clinical lead and Chief Clinical Information Officer), Dr Lucie Wilk (Consultant Rheumatologist), Dr Kerry Aston (Consultant Rheumatologist) plus this post holder. There is a specialist registrar on rotation within the Peninsulatraining rotation and we are fortunate to have a new Clinical Fellow in post.

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.

You will provide the full range of specialist diagnosis, treatment and care to patients with acute and chronic rheumatology problems as outlined in the proposed programme. We are interested in appointing a motivated and highly competent doctor to this post, and you will have the opportunity to further develop rheumatology services within the broader vision of a high quality, constantly-improving Trust, providing excellent clinical services.Except in emergencies or where otherwise agreed with your manager, you are responsible for fulfilling the duties and responsibilities and undertaking the Programmed Activities set out in your Job Plan, as reviewed from time to time. You are responsible for the associated duties set out in the Terms and Conditions of Service.

The purpose of including agreed personal objectives in your Job Plan is to set out in clear and transparent terms what you and your clinical manager have agreed should reasonably be achieved in the year in question. These objectives are not contractually binding in themselves, but you have a duty to make all reasonable efforts to achieve them.

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, which will give the Service Line Manager and/or Service Line Clinical Director the opportunity to consider the needs of the department and the aspirations of the individual in agreeing the non-generic SPA. We would anticipate this non-generic SPA to be negotiated forService Development.

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