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Consultant Gastroenterologist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Taunton, Somerset
£84,559 to £114,003 per annum
Closing date
8 Jun 2022

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Hospital, Gastroenterology
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Full Time
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Job summary

We are looking for a full time Consultant Gastroenterologist to join our team based at Musgrove Park Hospital, due to colleague retirement and also in response to increasing local demand for endoscopy and outpatient activity. We will consider sub-specialty interests which align with departmental requirements - candidates are encouraged to discuss in advance specific areas of interest and departmental needs.

Main duties of the job  

We run a comprehensive gastroenterology and hepatology service to West Somerset with over 4,500 new outpatient referrals annually. We are also the regional hub for the NHS bowel cancer screening programme and offer a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures within a friendly DGH setting.

We have recently received substantial investment from NHS England, which has enabled us to purchase state of the art endoscopic equipment for all our procedure rooms. We have secured investment to increase the size of our satellite endoscopy unit which will soon have 3 procedure rooms.

The Trust is currently undergoing significant modernisation with a new £80 million surgical centre/critical care build (due completion 2023) incorporating a new endoscopy suite on the Musgrove Park Hospital site. There has been a further £450million funding secured for site developments currently in discussion.

The hospital has an excellent reputation regionally for teaching and training, provides a number of region wide services and has a truly patient centred care focus throughout the organisation supported by excellent managers and a dedicated clinically run Improvement Network. Our services are highly rated by patients, families and stakeholders and for a large DGH the hospital provides an incredibly friendly supportive and collegiate atmosphere to work in.


Taunton is a beautiful area of the South West, located between areas of outstanding natural beauty. Somerset offers you the opportunity to live near or visit some of the UK's most desirable locations; from beautiful local beaches; to the vibrant cosmopolitan centres of Bristol, Bath and Exeter, all within easy reach. There is an abundance of outdoor pursuits such as walking, cycling, surfing, climbing to name but a few.

The County town of Taunton boasts a wide range of local amenities including; an extensive range of shopping, a wide range of local restaurants, sporting and recreational facilities including Somerset County Cricket Ground, Taunton Racecourse and The Blackbrook Theatre. Taunton's nightlife offers a great atmosphere with cosy pubs and trendy bars.

There is outstanding range and quality of education available both primary and secondary level and state and private provision. Cost of housing is relatively low for the south west and crime rates are very low - all of which contributes to excellent standards of living for families and the opportunity for great work life balance.

Taunton also provides access to the M5 motorway and a mainline intercity rail link. Travel connections are convenient with the main line station offering trains to London Paddington in less than 2 hours.

The Trust

Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton is a successful and progressive District General Hospital, the largest in Somerset, with an excellent reputation for providing a comprehensive range of medical, surgical and specialist services and an excellent teaching environment. The Acute hospital Trust has recently merged with our community trust.

The Trust prides itself on a providing exemplary patient centred care and we are supported by responsive management teams and a dedicated clinically run Improvement Network, who strive to enable all endeavours to achieve this.

Life outside work is also rich and rewarding. Taunton, the County town, has diverse shopping, restaurants, and regularly hosts international music and sporting fixtures (such as recently cricket World Cup). Straddled between areas of outstanding natural beauty and the idyllic rolling hills of Exmoor, featuring national hotspots for cycling, surfing and climbing such as Cheddar Gorge, theres plenty to keep you occupied alongside the abundance of music festivals and local traditions.

Somerset offers some of the best schools in the country. Ranging from public institutions such as Millfield, Queens College, Taunton School, Kings College, Wellington School and Blundells, to award winning state schools such as the Richard Huish College which has been ranked in the top 10 of A-level providers nationally for the last eight years, through to secondarys ranking in the top 5% nationally such as The Castle School.

Services provided by the Gastroenterology department

Acute Inpatient Care

27 bedded inpatient ward allocated to gastroenterology (Sheppard ward).

Consultants rotate through hot week system for 7 days (care for ward patients, acute GI problems elsewhere e.g. ITU, theatres) gastroenterologist of Week (GoW). This role is supported by a second consultant (buddy role) who manages interdepartmental referrals and the Advice & Guidance service (currently also supported by sessional colleague)

Hot week consultant supported on ward by F1, F2, one ST1/2, Physician Associate (PA) and 3 higher gastroenterology specialty registrars (StR) subject to availability.

Main duties of the post

Clinical Duties

The post-holder will provide, to the highest possible standards, treatment and care to patients with gastroenterological disease in Somerset to a level consistent with the broader vision of a high quality, constantly improving Trust providing excellent clinical services. This will include inpatient, outpatient and endoscopy services.

Participation is expected on the on-call rota for both emergencies and out of hours ward work.

Educational Supervision

Consultants are required to participate in the education of doctors in training. The post holder will be involved with teaching and training junior doctors and should help with both their professional and personal development. Consultants are responsible for the assessment of trainees under their supervision and must keep the Clinical and Educational Supervisor and/or programme leads or College Tutor aware of problems that may arise.


The Gastroenterology consultants will provide teaching in Gastroenterology and endoscopy as part of their programme.


The research lead for the department is Dr Emma Wesley. The gastro team has a dedicated research nurse and takes part in commercial and NIHR studies including intervention studies. In addition Dr Jobson has been awarded a £1.4 million grant from NIHR for a project looking at case finding in patients with asymptomatic liver disease.

Clinical Governance

The team constantly strive to improve care, participating in service improvement projects and audit (both local and national). The surgical directorate holds quarterly governance meetings to review any concerns.


The nature of secondary care gastroenterology means that the post holders will have responsibility for non-face to face clinical care for their patients, including reviewing results, planning investigations and communicating with patients and their other care providers. Other roles are managed through the Job Planning process. VPN access and a laptop will be provided to ensure maximum flexibility in the post-pandemic era. A basic level of core administrative duties are part of the requirement for delivering a modern consultant role. Gastroenterology offices are all close to each other and we meet regularly. Secretarial services are provided by three secretaries and admin support workers. Each consultant, including this post-holder, has a named shared secretary who coordinates their support.

Appraisal, Job Planning and Mandatory Annual Training

All consultants are required to participate actively in the appraisal and job planning process and are expected to undertake mandatory annual update training.

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