Consultant Haematologist with an interest in Red Cell Disorders and general Haematology
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Interview date: 22 June 2022.
Applications are invited for a new Consultant Haematologist post for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GG&C), based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary (GRI). We are looking for a motivated individual to join the team of 33 Haematology consultants in Greater Glasgow & Clyde. The successful applicant will be based at GRI, to provide non-malignant haematology services to GRI and haemoglobinopathy services to the patients of Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
This is a new full time post (10PAs – 9DCC, 1SPA) working closely with another Consultant Haematologist and Clinical Nurse specialist but also being part of a larger team totalling 5.5 Consultants and 1 Associate Specialist delivering outpatient, day case, consultative and laboratory commitments.
The successful applicant will be involved in the on-going development of Clinical & Laboratory Haematology services for GG&C, in particular, in relation to general haematology and red cells. On-call responsibility will 1:5.5 for GRI haematology (lab and clinical), for the regional haemophilia service and Golden Jubilee National Hospital (GJNH) [(the haemophilia service/GJNH is an out of hours role only for this postholder). The applicant should be appropriately experienced and qualified in the specialty, fully registered with the GMC and have a licence to practice. Those trained in the UK should have evidence of higher specialist training leading to CCT or eligibility for specialist registration (CESR) or be within 6 months of confirmed entry from date of interview. Non UK applicants must demonstrate equivalent training.
GRI is the main acute hospital for North Glasgow. Currently there are 3.5 full time substantive haematology consultants in post at GRI. This, and a post in haemostasis and thrombosis, are new posts being created concurrently to recognise the growing complexity of haemostasis and thrombosis, and the rapidly expanding population of patients with haemoglobinopathies resident within the health board. There are 3-4 haematology specialist trainees also based at this site at any one time.
GRI is a busy teaching hospital with a number of centralised services including haemophilia (west of Scotland), maternity (north sector), urology (NHSGGC), hepatobiliary surgery (west of Scotland) and plastic surgery (NHSGGC). There is a 24-hour consultant-staffed ITU and a large, modernised Accident and Emergency department, including an Acute Admissions Unit (AAU). It is the second largest admitting site in GG&C with the full range of medical and surgical specialties on-site allowing for significant consultative work.
Patients in the north sector with new or known haematological disorders, including new haematological malignancies, are currently admitted to GRI but since the reorganisation of haematology services in 2008, there are now no dedicated in-patient haematology beds. One current consultant post is based between GRI (0.5 WTE) and the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (BWoSCC) to ensure the patients admitted to this site have appropriate haemato-oncological support and are transferred to BWoSCC when required.
The GG+C haemoglobinopathy service is a rapidly expanding service within GRI due to the growing clinical need. The haemoglobinopathy clinic in GRI serves the patients across Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The number of adult patients in GG+C with sickle cell disease in the last 5 years has trebled to over 70. There are also a few patients with thalassaemia and other congenital red cell disorders that are cared for by this service. One of the significant roles of this post is to support and develop the haemoglobinopathy service with the current red cell/general consultant.
There is currently a haemoglobinopathy clinic run fortnightly out of the haemophilia centre. This is currently supported by the haemophilia nurses, but a WTE Clinical Nurse Specialist post has been approved and will be advertised soon. Support for the red cell service is provided by 24 hour access to red cell exchange, with one of the blood transfusion consultants supporting the clinic.
Patients with sickle cell disease are admitted across GGC (GRI, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Royal Alexandria Paisley) and the service supports the other hospitals remotely. Within GRI the patients are admitted under the acute medical team, with significant management input from the red cell/general consultants and haematology registrars.
The service requires development in relation to CNS activities, new therapies, and liaison with other specialties to ensure that recognised clinical standards are achieved. There is an active Scottish Paediatric and Adult Haemoglobinopathy (SPAH) network which supports MDTs, guideline development and educational activities. SPAH is linked with the West London Haemoglobinopathy Coordinating Centre with excellent opportunity to discuss complex cases and share experience.
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Closing date: 10 June 2022.