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Trust Grade in Anaesthetics & Critical Care

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust.
£40,257 a year Per Annum
Closing date
6 Jul 2022

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Are you fed up of the constant struggle to complete WBAs? Do you want some time off the training treadmill to pursue your interests in medicine?

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic Clinical Fellow to our friendly and busy, soon to be brand new, Critical Care Unit at Northampton General Hospital who has an interest in Patient Safety and the development of their leadership and management skills.

Main duties of the job



The successful applicant is expected to participate in the Critical Care rota (full shift), as well as the day-to-day clinical and managerial running of the Critical Care Unit. The rota is staffed by doctors of varying seniority from a range of specialties. It is expected that individual staff perform at a level that is consistent with their grade/ experience. You will be expected to be actively involved in handover of patients, ward rounds, clinical procedures, clerking, transfers, following up on investigations, documentation to maintain a high standard of clinical care for patients.

Educational opportunities

The department offer extensive learning resources in addition to an active Medical Education Centre and supportive library service. There are regular educational meetings each week including journal club, ITU ward rounds and regular junior and senior ITU teaching. There are opportunities to further develop teaching skills with the senior medical students and Foundation Year 1 doctors working in Critical Care.

The rota is EWTD compliant and includes evening, night and weekend shifts within the work pattern.

It is highly recommended that you visit or contact the department to discuss this post Dr H Cronshaw Critical Care Consultant e-mail or via the departmental secretaries on 01604 545181Please note this post is not directly recognised for training.

About us

Obviously the clinical post is important but so is the local area and opportunities outside of work to create a good work-life-balance. Northampton is a historical multi-cultural town with some stunning surrounding countryside and villages. It is perfectly central with nearby cultural cities including London (50 mins), Oxford (45 mins), Leicester (60 mins) and Milton Keynes shopping and sports complex 20 mins away. There are many opportunities to get involved in both watching and playing sport with Northampton Saints Rugby, the Northamptonshire Steelbacks County Cricket Club and the Cobblers county professional football club. The nearby town of Towcester hosts the Silverstone Grand Prix motor race and there is active and competitive sailing, rowing and water sports clubs. The hospital is adjacent to the Cripps Recreation Centre which houses a fully-equipped gym and swimming pool which is extensively used by hospital staff.

Job description
Job responsibilities

This will be a 1-year post working in Critical Care alongside relevant patient safety, leadership & management activities and development, with the possibility for extension.

This is an exciting time to join Northampton General Hospital as we develop our Academic Strategy towards University Hospital status. We are also due to move into our brand new state of the art Critical Care Unit by January 2022.

Alongside clinical duties this post includes a day a week allocated to your duties as Leadership & Management Fellow.

The post will develop 3 key areas:

  1. Formal high level teaching qualification:

We will contribute to the funding of a Patient Safety or Leadership & Management PGcert. This will be done part-time alongside your clinical duties from an institution agreed by mutual consent. The support for this will be financial but also with dedicated time to enable university course days. Subject to satisfactory progression there may be the opportunity to extend this post up to 3 years to enable completion of a Masters.


Leadership & Management opportunities and training:

Alongside your studies you will get the opportunity to attend hospital management meetings and learn about the infra-structure of NHS management. One of our own Critical care consultants is associate medical director and patient safety lead for the trust and will therefore be well suited to support you in your experiences. You will attend meetings, understand the structure and action in relation to this. There will be opportunities to be involved in change management and QI/Patient safety work. Frequency/number of meetings will vary depending on month. There will be expectation to complete work that will contribute to the meetings and work streams.

Patient safety:

Our hospital prides itself on its involvement in patient safety projects and innovation. One of our Critical care consultants is hospital lead for patient safety within the trust and will be available to advise and mentor on any projects. They are the clinical lead to a patient safety improvement team. This is a recently founded team and has three patient safety specialist nurses, a VTE nurse, Sepsis nurse and an Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) nurse (to be appointed). There will be excellent opportunities to work alongside and contribute to any of the ongoing work streams.

Our critical care unit currently comprises 16 beds and is staffed by 10 consultants together with a team of 20 junior staff and MDT. The wider anaesthetic department has 43 Consultants along with 6 specialty doctors. Our department is dynamic, enthusiastic and fully committed to governance, development and training. As such, a number of us have taken on major roles within the NHS including College examiners, an Associate Medical Director, and the Director of Medical Education.

The advertised post is open to all doctors who hold full/ limited registration with the GMC and have successfully completed foundation year 2 training who wish to gain further experience in the management of critically unwell patients with a wide range of medical and surgical conditions. It would be desirable, but not essential, if the candidate had some anaesthetic or ICM experience but they should have evidence of an interest. No previous background in simulation or medical education is necessary, but enthusiastic applications from candidates wishing to extend their learning in simulation and medical education will be welcome.

This post is whole time and is covered by the Medical and Dental Staff Terms and Conditions of Service.

Person Specification
Professional Qualifications and other requirements

  • Full GMC Registration and a license to practice
  • MB ChB or equivalent


  • An additional higher qualification eg part 1 &/or 2 of FRCA, MRCP, MRCEM.


  • Experience of working in the UK or similar health systems.
  • Has evidence of an interest in Intensive care and or anaesthetics.
  • Advanced resuscitation skills
  • Evidence of continuing medical education.


  • Understanding of the principals and practice of anaesthesia and/or ICM with previous clinical experience.
  • Transfer training/experience.
  • Ability to supervise more junior trainees when on-call with Consultant support off site.

Teaching, Audit & QI

  • Ability and willingness to teach trainees and other staff
  • Understanding of clinical governance
  • Experience of audit


  • Involvement in a teaching programme at local, regional or a national level.
  • Involvement in multiple audits &/or QI projects with evidence of change.


  • Understanding of the principles.


  • Involvement in research including publications or PG diploma.


  • Understanding of clinical governance/clinical risk.


  • Understanding of management and financial arrangements in the NHS.
  • Previous evidence of enthusiasm for, and involvement in, leadership and management or patient safety.

Personal attributes

  • Ability to establish good working relationships with other colleagues of all professional backgrounds.
  • Flexibility and willingness to respond to changing circumstances.
  • Ability to function successfully under pressure.
  • Kindness
  • Willingness to seek help and advice as appropriate.
  • Motivated and committed to personal development and continuing education.


  • Good organisational skills.
  • Clear plan for continued professional development.

Communication skills

  • Excellent communication, both written and oral.


  • Computer literacy.

BMJRef: BMJ-82643/265-4311922


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