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Consultant in Stroke Medicine

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Sep 2022

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Hospital, Stroke medicine
Career Level
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Full Time
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We are seeking to employ 2 new substantive consultants in Stroke Medicine to join a team of stroke physicians, neurologists and a wide multidisciplinary team, who are all committed to delivering modern stroke care, across the full pathway.

In line with the Trust's priorities, we aspire to develop a fully integrated care model. We have conducted an in-depth review of medical workforce based on the available national guidance and have drawn up a scheme which puts the patients and staff wellbeing at its heart.We can accommodate candidates whose parent speciality is Medicine for Older People, Neurology or Rehabilitation Medicine. Applicants must provide evidence of training and experience in their parent speciality and Stroke Medicine plus full registration with the GMC or be within six months of achieving CCT in their parent speciality.

Closing date: 31st August 2022

Interview Date: 29th September 2022

Main duties of the job

SWBH NHS Trust provides care for an urban and diverse population of over half a million and stroke services are delivered at the Sandwell Hospital where we admit over 700 confirmed strokes annually. The Trust is preparing to move the acute services in the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital.

Our hyperacute pathway is supported by dedicated Stroke Alert Nurses that ensure timely delivery of the diagnostic and therapeutic components and admission to the Unit. Decision making is consultant led 24/7.

We are actively participating in clinical research and run a RCP accredited course for the management of hyperacute stroke twice a year. We have developed a robust Clinical Governance structure. The appointees are expected to work across the whole stroke pathway and support governance, training, education and research.

We therefore welcome to our team two enthusiastic and dynamic clinicians who can demonstrate a commitment to team working and an ability to participate in the delivery of modern stroke medicine. The post does not involve work or on-call commitments for acute medicine. However, this can be reviewed to accommodate individual special interest or wish to maintain acute GIM skills.

About us

Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust is a friendly, integrated healthcare provider focused on improving the life chances and health outcomes of our diverse population.

We have three strategic objectives:

People: To cultivate and sustain happy, productive and engaged staff;

Patients: To be good or outstanding at everything we do;

Population: To work seamlessly with partners to improve lives;

We run services from Sandwell, City and Rowley Regis Hospitals, Birmingham & Midland Eye Centre, Birmingham Treatment Centre, the Lyng and Leasowes Intermediate Care Centre. Our GP practices and community teams provide care in schools, healthcare centres and at home.

Our next milestone is opening the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital (MMUH), a once in a career opportunity to shape care transformation within and beyond the hospital walls. MMUH will host the busiest Emergency Department in Europe, with state of the art facilities and future development of a Learning Campus.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Developing and caring for our People is fundamental. We were one of the first Trusts to provide the Real Living Wage, as well as a Live and Work scheme to support people at risk of homelessness into paid work and training. We offer a range of staff benefits, health & wellbeing support and will help you to bring your ambition to life through our bespoke training and development programmes. As People is one of our three strategic objectives, we make a continued commitment to prioritise support for all our colleagues.

The single-site Acute Hospital will benefit from co-located specialist services which will support the new Emergency Department with dedicated imaging facility and Assessment Units. It will provide state-of-the-art treatment and care for patients from Sandwell and across the region and will become the civic heart of the area and a point of pride for the community.

For more information on the job role and responsibilities, please refer to the Job Description attached.

Person Specification

  • Entry on the Specialist Register in Geriatrics OR Acute Medicine OR Neurology (or entry expected within 6 months from the date of interview)
  • MRCP or equivalent


  • Higher Degree
  • CCT in Stroke Medicine

Clinical Experience:

  • Clinical training and experience equivalent to that required for gaining CCT in any parent Speciality as above
  • 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


  • Special interest that complements the existing consultants
  • Knowledge/Skills of Artificial Intelligence and use of advanced brain imaging in Stroke Medicine

Professional and Multi-disciplinary team working:

  • Ability to work well with colleagues and within a team

Management and Administrative Experience:

  • 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 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 Stroke Medicine
  • 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 with Licence to Practice
  • 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 Sandwell General Hospital
  • Ability to undertake clinical commitments at any of the Trust's sites.

BMJ Ref: BMJ-85474/381-ME-4391433


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