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Consultant in Gastroenterology

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 a year per annum or pro rata
Closing date
6 Jul 2022

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Hospital, Gastroenterology
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated Consultant Gastroenterologists to support and expand the high quality services our Trust already offers. The successful candidate will complement the expertise of the twelve other existing consultants in our large teaching trust, providing gastroenterology, hepatology and endoscopy to a culturally diverse population.

Main duties of the job

This post is a key part of our plans to expand and develop sub-specialisation in the department. Sub-specialist opportunities are available in Endoscopy, Bowel Cancer Screening and Inflammatory Bowel Disease as these are key areas we would like to develop further, however applicants with other subspecialty interests including hepatology, education, research and clinical leadership are very much encouraged to apply.

About us

Posts are based at Sandwell General Hospital and City Hospital, Birmingham, and cover the area local to Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust.

The Trust is a large teaching Trust with a reputation for excellent, friendly staff who provide high quality care from City Hospital in Birmingham and Sandwell General in West Bromwich. Both are busy acute hospitals providing many specialist services and a broad range of emergency services, including Accident & Emergency at both sites.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The Trust serves a population of over 500,000. The Trust is a key partner along with the local Clinical Commissioning Group, PCTs and local authorities in the Right Care Right Here programme which seeks to deliver an ambitious redevelopment of local health services. Following a very successful public consultation, implementation of the programme is underway with a wide range of secondary care services now being provided via new models of care in community locations.

As part of this programme, we are building our eagerly awaited Midland Metropolitan Hospital which will put us firmly on the map as one of the nations leading provider of integrated care. It will bring all of our acute services onto one site, promoting better patient safety and patient experience. Our 2020 Vision plans for admitting specialty consultants to work across the 7 days by redistributing our 5 day work. Teams are supporting cross-site work over the two existing acute sites as we prepare teams for our future models of care. This also provides excellent training and team development opportunities.

Applicants must possess recognised training and broad experience in Gastroenterology and General (Internal) Medicine and full registration with the GMC. Applicants must be on the GMCs Specialist Register for Gastroenterology or be within 6 months of achieving CCT in Gastroenterology.

The Gastroenterology service is supported by comprehensive endoscopy, GI physiology, pathology and imaging services. Bowel Cancer Screening lists are carried out at both sites.

The successful appointees will be expected to participate in the on-call rota for gastroenterology and endoscopy. This post does not include on-call for general (internal) medicine.

The Trust has a very good reputation for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching with strong links to the University of Birmingham, Aston University and Health Education West Midlands. Many of the department are actively involved in clinical trials and a research interest would be strongly supported for a suitably qualified applicant.

For an informal discussion please contact Dr Edward Fogden, consultant gastroenterologist and clinical lead for gastroenterology.

To apply for this job please go to reference number

CLOSING DATE: Thursday 7th July 2022

INTERVIEW DATE: Monday 18th July 2022

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to equality of opportunity and is a no smoking organisation

Person Specification

  • Entry on the Specialist Register in Gastroenterology (or entry expected within 6 months from the date of interview)
  • MRCP(UK) or equivalent



  • Higher Degree

Clinical Experience:


  • Clinical training and experience equivalent to that required for gaining CCT in Gastroenterology and General (Internal) Medicine
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for the management of acute medical emergencies
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for the care of patients
  • JAG accreditation for upper GI endoscopy
  • Ability to participate independently in the out of hours endoscopy rota



  • Special interest in IBD, nutrition or endoscopy
  • Special interest that complements the existing consultants
  • JAG accreditation for colonoscopy

Professional and Multi-disciplinary team working:


  • Ability to work well with colleagues and within a team

Experience Management and Administrative:


  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload effectively
  • Ability to plan strategically and to exercise sound judgements when faced with conflicting pressures.
  • Ability to motivate and develop the multi-disciplinary team, balancing departmental and personal objectives.

Clinical Effectiveness


  • Experience of conducting clinical audit
  • Ability to use the evidence base and clinical audit to support decision-making

Teaching and Training experience:


  • Ability to teach clinical skills to medical and nursing staff and other disciplines.
  • The ability to appraise junior doctors and other staff.



  • Formal training in teaching

Research, Innovation and Service Improvement Experience:


  • Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical problems
  • An awareness of current specialty developments, initiatives and issues.



  • Knowledge and experience of the application of information technology to Gastroenterology
  • Publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals in the last five years.
  • Evidence of having undertaken original research

Personal Attributes


  • Energy and enthusiasm and the ability to work under pressure
  • An enquiring and critical approach to work
  • Caring attitude to patients
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, patients, relatives, GPs, nurses, other staff and agencies.
  • Commitment to Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development

Other Requirements:


  • Full GMC Registration
  • Appropriate Immigration Status (where appropriate)
  • An understanding of the current NHS environment, particularly in relation to reforms, initiatives and issues.

Personal Circumstances


  • Residence within a reasonable distance of City and Sandwell Hospitals
  • Ability to undertake clinical commitments at any of the Trust's sites.

BMJRef: BMJ-81622/381-ME-4305293


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