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Consultant in Acute Medicine

King's Lynn
£84,559 to £114,003 a year per annum
Closing date
28 Jan 2022

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Hospital, Acute internal medicine
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time
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To ensure the continued delivery of high-quality care to patients within the trust and to contribute to the further development of the Acute Medicine service. To provide support and leadership to the Acute Medicine department nursing and medical staff.

The Acute Physicians are responsible for the areas listed below, will supervise junior staff and provide post take for patient on AMU and senior review for patients in Same Day Emergency Care (SDEC) and Terrington Short Stay (TSS).

Main duties of the job

The appointed consultant would be expected to contribute to the on-going service improvement programme developing:
  • Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT)
  • Cost Improvement programme (CIP)
  • Implementing evidence based new ways of working when necessary

We also encourage consultants to apply for fellowship of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, to which we are an affiliated member.

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

  • To provide rapid assessment of acute medical patients.
  • To stabilise and manage patients admitted with medical emergencies
  • To carry out post-take ward rounds during the week.
  • To maintain effective communication and handover to the on-call team.
  • To develop emergency services, liaising with other departments including Accident & Emergency, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation and Community Care, and developing speciality teams and fast-track services.
  • To work in the Ambulatory Emergency Care unit to avoid admissions
  • To take part in the weekend General Medical on-call rota with colleagues, currently 1 in 18, as first on-call 8:30 till 20:30 and a second on call covers the wards from 9:00 till 14:30 at weekends.

  • Teaching and training of junior staff, medical students and other healthcare professionals.
  • To act as clinical/educational supervisor to locally employed doctors and doctors in training programmes of a variety of grades and experience as appropriate.
  • To actively participate in both departmental and Trust matters concerning Clinical Governance and audit.
  • To provide leadership and support for the effective development of the service.
  • To have responsibility for ensuring active participation in Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  • 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 agree annual personal development plans with their staff and support them with any training or development requirements to fulfil their role.
  • To attend all relevant management training in health and safety, risk assessment etc.
  • To participate in personal objective setting and review, including the creation of a personal development plan and the Trusts appraisal process.

Additional DutiesThis job description is not intended to be exhaustive but provide an indication of the range and complexity of the work to be undertaken.

Person Specification
  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification.
  • MRCP Part 1 and Part 2 or equivalent experience.
  • MD or PhD
  • Full Registration and a licence to practise with the General Medical Council.
  • Entry on GMC Specialist Register; eligible for entry on Register or within six months of receipt of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) at time of interview
  • Evidence of specific and broad training in Acute medicine and/or General medicine.
  • Competence and expertise in Acute and General medicine
Skills and Knowledge
  • Clinically evaluates and manages a patient, formulating a prioritised differential diagnosis, initiating an appropriate management plan, and reviewing and adjusting this depending on the outcomes of treatment.
  • Manages the difficulties of dealing with complexity and uncertainty in the care of patients; employing expertise and clinical decision-making skills of a senior and independent/ autonomous practitioner.
  • Demonstrates key generic clinical skills around the areas of consent; ensuring humane interventions, prescribing medicines safely and using medical devices safely.

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