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Consultant in General Anaesthesia

Wye Valley NHS Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 a year PA
Closing date
16 Jun 2022

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Hospital, Anaesthesia
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Full Time
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We are delighted to invite applications for the role of Consultant in General Anaesthesia at Hereford County Hospital, Wye Valley NHS Trust.


Consultants are expected to be involved in all areas of Clinical Governance, annual appraisals and an appropriate CPD programme, as well as the GMC Revalidation programme.

This is a Generalist job with the scope to accommodate specialist interest if needed, this can be discussed at time of interview.

Main duties of the job

Job Plan

Direct Clinical Care (DCC) Programmed Activities (PA's). The service is currently working towards implementing an activity based job planning for all consultant staff.

An indicative Time Table has been included in the Job Description, please find attached. The job plan will be subject to annual review with any revisions sought by mutual agreement though it is expected that the individual will work with the Directorate management team to ensure that services are delivered efficiently and reflect best practice with processes and governance to match - this will require new and flexible ways of working in the future.

Duties and responsibilities

1. The appointee will be expected to provide a first class anaesthetic service for elective and emergency cases in all surgical specialties. Clinical anaesthetic duties will be undertaken mainly in the theatre suite but may also include Obstetrics.

2. The appointee will take part in regular Departmental, Academic and Audit meetings.

3. The post-holder would be expected to participate in Continuing Medical Education to the level required by the Royal College of Anaesthetists / IBTICM as appropriate to the individual post holders.

4. The post holder is expected to be familiar with and adhere to the Trust's policies on Clinical

About us

Where we are...

Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health care across Herefordshire bringing together acute and community services, such as dental access. We run The County Hospital in Hereford, along with community hospitals in Ross-on-Wye, Leominster and Bromyard, and a reablement centre in Hereford.

What you can expect from us...

Wye Valley NHS Trust provides high quality 21st century health care in one of the most rural counties in England. We are committed to supporting our members of staff in their own professional development and take a pride in giving our staff the freedom to be innovative and improve patient care.

Our Mission is to provide a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and friends.

Our Vision is to improve the health and well-being of the people we serve in Herefordshire and the surrounding areas.

Which means right care, right place, right time...every time.

Our Values are:

  • Care & Compassion
  • Accountability & Integrity
  • Respect & Dignity
  • Excellence

Job description
Job responsibilities

We value our anaesthetic staff by providing opportunities and training for development and career progression. This is demonstrated with a high proportion of our substantive body who access and deliver regular education and training sessions. There is a commitment from the department to ensure all our anaesthetists are exposed to the best possible environment to develop and improve in all aspects of healthcare and education.

As a department we are proud of our high training and educational reputation in the West Midland. This has been validated with consistent outstanding on the GMCs Job Evaluation Survey Tool (JEST). This is demonstrated by a high proportion of consultants who partake in regular education and training. There is a commitment from the department to ensure all our anaesthetists are exposed to the best possible environment to develop and improve in all aspects of healthcare and education. We would expect all our staff to be involved with our training programmes. Consultant Anaesthetists are expected to guide, advise and teach undergraduate students, anaesthetic trainees and Specialty Doctors. Hereford is part of the Birmingham School of Anaesthesia and receives 8 trainees at CT 1, CT2, ST3 and ST6/7 levels. In addition, as support for the Hereford Academy, we accept 3rd, 4th and 5th year Birmingham medical students and two Trust F1 rotations include 4 months of Anaesthetics. We value our junior staff by providing opportunities and training for development and career progression.

The appointee will be appointed as a Consultant in Anaesthesia, working in the operating theatres or other appropriate clinical venue with a contribution to the on-call rota (Currently 1 in 12) which covers General Emergencies, Obstetric Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. At the weekend the on call consultant is supported by another consultant who covers 8 till 2pm. This is a separate on-call rota.

The following surgical services are provided by Wye Valley NHS Trust:


  • Emergency Medicine
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Trauma and Orthopaedics
  • E.N.T. and maxillo-facial surgery
  • Colorectal and other laparoscopic surgery
  • Breast surgery, including reconstructive surgery.
  • Paediatric surgery
  • Urological surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Podiatric surgery

Operating Theatres 

The Main Operating Theatre suite is situated at the Hereford County Hospital site which has eight theatres. Elective surgery is conducted from Monday to Friday with some evening scheduled lists. There is a dedicated theatre for the emergency workload at the weekend, with an additional Sunday Trauma list. There are peripheral minor operating sites in Belmont, Bridgenorth, Brecon and Llandrindod Wells which require anaesthetic services and which subject to induction you may be expected to cover.

Critical Care 

The Unit is led by Dr Richard Hodgson plus Sisters Tracy Hamer and Kim Barrington and is part of the West Midlands Critical Care network. It is based adjacent to Operating Theatres and has 8 beds split between Level 3 and Level 2 care. The consultants with an interest in Critical Care provide a daytime service with a 1:6 (with prospective cover) week on rota (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm). The out of hours service is provided by the general on call rota whereby all members demonstrate CPD and regular sessions for Critical Care Medicine.

Obstetric Anaesthesia 

The unit delivers approximately 2000 babies per year. There are 3 elective caesarean section lists per week. Dr Duncan Cochran leads the Anaesthetic services to Obstetrics.

Acute Pain Service 

The pain service is delivered by Dr Charlotte Small, Dr David Radley and CNS Helen Burke. The current focus is on chronic pain. Specialty doctors are able to have training in this field. The acute pain service is delivered by the anaesthetic service with weekly ward rounds delivered by the pain service. Palliative Care receive dual input from the pain service and the local Hospice Team.

Pre-Operative Assessment 

The Pre-Operative Assessment is a nurse delivered, consultant led service with daily Consultant sessions and a CPEX service.

Departmental Teaching, Education, Audit and Research

The Department of Anaesthesia provides weekly trainee teaching sessions which all consultants are encouraged to participate in. In addition, the Department provides a half-day of teaching per month where Morbidity and Mortality, journal reviews, educational and audit subjects are presented.

Person Specification
Clinical Experience


  • Proven experience as a Generalist in provision of Anaesthesia
  • Higher training or equivalent in ICM
  • Higher training or equivalent in Obstetric Anaesthesia & Analgesia

Personal Qualities

  • Demonstrates passion for this field of healthcare provision
  • Leadership ability
  • Ability to take responsibility, lead, make decisions and exert appropriate authority


  • Examples of ability to develop and lead new service improvements

Academia Teaching skill & experience

  • Commitment and training in medical education.
  • Ability to teach in clinical settings.
  • Mentoring of trainees.


  • Proven experience of teaching at undergraduate and post graduate levels
  • Peer reviewed publications.

BMJRef: BMJ-76780/229-MK-SDMS-3372044



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