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Consultant in Palliative Care Medicine

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Swindon, Wiltshire
£84,559 - £114,003 per annum
Closing date
19 May 2022

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The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Swindon
Vacancy for Consultant in Palliative Medicine

Are you a newly-qualified or established consultant looking to join a great team?

We’re looking for a Consultant in Palliative Medicine to join us at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Swindon.

About the Trust

The Great Western Hospital is a modern, purpose-built hospital located on the outskirts of Swindon with excellent travel links to multiple cities in the region. It has good onsite parking and excellent bus services for commuters using rail services. The area has great opportunities for both rural and town living with many of our staff choosing to live in one of the many beautiful villages within easy reach of the hospital. Our Trust is an integrated provider, with an acute hospital, community services, and two GP practices.

The Trust is located on the edge of Swindon with access to a variety of outstanding areas to live which include both urban or village areas with short commutes to the site. It is also commutable from Oxford, Bristol, Bath and Maidenhead with flexibility in working hours to reflect individual requirements.

The Department

The Palliative and End of Life Care team at the Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are delighted to be looking to appoint a Consultant in Palliative Medicine to join our team substantively. This is an 8PA (7PA clinical & 1PA education) post based at the Great Western Hospital (GWH). Due to the Trust covering Acute and Community services and a large Primary Care Network, there is much scope for genuine integration of care and creativity within the role. Applicants looking for more or less than 8 PAs will be considered.

The post is part of an exciting expansion of the palliative and end of life services at GWH and there is flexibility to create the job that gives you joy, including:

  • Acute palliative medicine at the Front Door of the hospital
  • Development of a bed base for the Palliative and End of Life team
  • Collaborative working with our local independent ‘Outstanding’ hospice, Prospect Hospice
  • Supportive and educational work in both the acute and community sector
  • Leading regional change as part of a larger End of Life Alliance

•           Enhance involvement in local and national research

In April 2020 the CCG of Swindon joined with Wiltshire and BaNES (Bath and North East Somerset) to form the ‘BSW’ Integrated Care System. The BSW End of Life Alliance formed in December 2020 and is a dynamic and proactive collaboration across 3 hospices and 3 acute trusts to provide equitable sustainable and outcome driven end of life care services fit for the current and future needs of local people. This enables the post holder to be involved and influence service provision at a regional level, if it is of interest.

The Trust’s over-riding vision is to deliver great joined up services for local people at home, in the community and in hospital, helping them to lead independent and healthier lives.  This vision is linked to 4 pillars:

  • Outstanding patient care and a focus on quality improvement in all that we do
  • Staff and volunteers feeling valued and involved in helping improve quality of care for patients
  • Improving the quality of patient care by joining up acute and community services in Swindon and through partnerships with other providers
  • Using our funding wisely to give us a stronger foundation to support sustainable improvement in quality of patient care

Role Requirements

The Great Western Hospital is a teaching hospital, and the appointee will be expected to deliver undergraduate education via the Swindon Academy based at the acute hospital to undergraduates from Oxford, Kings College London and Bristol Universities. This role is supported by Palliative Medicine clinical teaching fellows.

Candidates are required to hold entry onto the GMC specialist Register or be within 6 months of gaining CCT at the time of interview.

We welcome contact from applicants for informal discussion about the role; please feel free to contact Dr Natasha Wiggins

For further information and to apply please visit and search for the vacancy using reference 249-MED9991070

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