Consultant Intensivist

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Yeovil, Somerset
£88,364 - £119,133
Closing date
15 Dec 2022
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Job overview

Make the smart choice of what’s important.  Come, live and grow where others go on holiday!

Join our multi-disciplinary Critical Care Team at Yeovil District Hospital.

As Yeovil District Hospital merges with Musgrove Park Hospital opportunities have arisen for 6 enthusiastic Intensive Care Consultants to join our Trust as we develop our critical care service and enlarge our team to enable us to achieve GPICS standards. This is an exciting opportunity for you to shape the service for the future.

We are absolutely committed to a healthy work life balance which we can offer you at whatever stage you are in your career, be it looking to reduce your working hours whilst changing your pace and priorities in life, or furthering your career whilst starting or raising a family in a phenomenally beautiful part of England. 

We are also offering an enhanced and attractive relocation package for these roles, please contact us to discuss this.

Main duties of the job

Yeovil has a job plan that will suit you.  We actively encourage personal and professional development and funding for study leave is available. 

Our role suits both dual accredited and single specialty intensive care physicians.  For dual accredited clinicians, clinical duties split between critical care and your parent specialty. While usually this is anaesthetics, we are very keen to accommodate other parent specialties, such as respiratory medicine, emergency medicine, acute medicine or others.

The intensive care medicine element of your role will be to provide comprehensive clinical care to patients requiring ICU / HDU services on our 11-bedded Critical Care Unit.

We are also offering 2.5 SPA per week to give you time to develop your ideas and career.

Working for our organisation

Yeovil District Hospital and Musgrove Park Hospital (Somerset NHS Foundation Trust) are currently in the process of merging to become one single Trust, offering combined health care service to the population of Somerset. Our aim is to offer harmonious patient and workforce experiences across both sites, offering the same standard of care to our patients.

Come and work in a friendly environment and live in the beautiful South West of England.  We have outstanding schools, spectacular countryside, excellent travel links to major cities and airports, as well as the beautiful Jurassic Coastline 30 minutes away.

We really value the impact that you as a Consultant will have on our patients and services; we therefore offer an enhanced benefits package (subject to criteria and contract length) which includes:

  • Welcome to Yeovil payment.
  • A generous relocation package.
  • 10 hours of paid time for professional development every week (2.5 SPA).
  • £700 personal budget for training and development every year.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the job description with persons specification for full details of the role, available via this link:

To contribute alongside the consultant body to an excellent standard of care covering the full range of specialist diagnosis, treatment and management of patients requiring critical care services as outlined on your job plan.

Patient safety – to be actively involved in delivering high quality patient centred care and contributing to safety and quality initiatives and improvement projects being undertaken in the trust.

Education – Supervise and support postgraduate doctors, delivering teaching sessions and assisting the personal and professional development of our non-consultant staff.   It will also include assessment and appraisal of trainees under your supervision with appropriate liaison with Clinical/College tutors when required. The department also supports the education of medical students from the Severn Deanery.

Audit – active participation in audit including initiation and supervision of audit projects related to your subspecialist interest. Participation in national audits is encouraged. All projects are approved by the Clinical Outcome Committee.

Clinical Governance – Staff are accountable and responsible for maintaining their own clinical competence and acting within their competence.  In addition, they must comply with requirements of their professional organisations regarding supervision.

Research – There is an active research programme within ICU to which the new appointees are expected to collaborate.

Administration – to undertake the administrative duties associated with the care of patients and the administration of the department.

Departmental Activities – to contribute and support regular ICU departmental meetings plus department meetings in your second specialty.

Provide dedicated non-residential on-call cover for HDU and ITU on a 24-hour basis within a rota system. Although non-residential, you may have to return to site for emergencies that necessitate consultant input.

Maintain professional competence and development.

Except in emergencies or where otherwise agreed with your manager, fulfil the duties, responsibilities and programmed activities set out in your Job Plan.

Provide cover for colleagues in their absence and deal with emergencies as the occasion demands.

To fully comply with requirements for annual appraisal and job planning and maintain an up to date mandatory training record.

To undertake CME to maintain and develop personal professional standards.

Notify your manager of any external duties you wish to undertake, in advance. Scheduling of such duties will be by agreement between you and your clinical manager.

You may be required to travel between sites.

Where emergency work takes place at regular and predictable times, it is scheduled as part of the Programmed Activities in your Job Plan. You will also participate in an on-call rota to respond to less predictable emergencies.

Fulfil any associated duties set out in of the Terms and Conditions.

Person specification

Supporting Statement

Essential criteria
  • Supporting Statement that reflects clinical skills and JD requirements

Education and Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Primary Medical Degree and Royal College membership, or equivalent.
  • Full GMC Registration with a license to practice at time of applying.
  • Entry on the GMC Specialist Register in Intensive Care Medicine via CCT (or within 6 months), FICM membership or eligible for AFICM (e.g. EDIC), CESR or European community Rights
Desirable criteria
  • An appropriate higher degree or qualification (MD, PhD or equivalent).


Essential criteria
  • Depth and breadth of clinical experience in Intensive Care Medicine
  • Experience in a special interest that will complement those existing in the department.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of intensive care medicine at consultant / locum consultant level.

Skills, Ability and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates ability to fulfil the key elements of the job description.
  • Demonstrates ability to lead and develop a service.
  • Demonstrate Knowledge clinical governance and their individual responsibility
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships on an individual, multiprofessional and team basis with all levels.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to cope with the demands of a DGH based Consultant.


Desirable criteria
  • Demonstrates knowledge of Clinical Audit principles and evidences direct involvement of 2 audits in 18 months


Desirable criteria
  • Demonstrates knowledge of principle research and evidence of involvement in a research project within 2 years


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of the NHS plan/modernisation agenda and the implications for service.
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of general management training and self development in areas such as; recruitment, leadership, change management, appraisal
  • Evidence of ability to contribute to strategic direction of an NHS Trust


Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of teaching to medical students and doctors in training and the multidisciplinary team.

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates ability to establish good working relationships with other members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrates flexible and adaptable approach to completing demands
  • Demonstrates commitment to modern practices
Desirable criteria
  • Demonstrates ability to organise own learning.

To apply, please click the apply button.


Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (YDH) is a modern hospital surrounded by stunning countryside with good transport links to cities such as Bath, Bristol, Exeter, is just over two hours from London, with a 40-minute drive to the coast.

As an ambitious Trust with a friendly, family feel, Yeovil Hospital aims to be a fundamental part of a vibrant, sustainable and collaborative healthcare community; patients’ first choice for acute health care, founded on a reputation of quality, safety and compassion. Running a highly-successful quality improvement initiative, the trust looks to drive innovation with patient-centred thinking.

YDH has 320 beds and provides acute care, including maternity services, for a growing population of approximately 200,000, mostly in South Somerset, North and West Dorset, and parts of Mendip. The Trust has a private patients’ facility, the Kingston Wing, which offers a personal service in state-of-the-art clinical facilities, with all profits being invested back into NHS healthcare.

Our successful nurse recruitment campaigns, both in the UK and overseas, have put us in a strong position to provide excellent care for our patients and our active Research and Development department is involved in a wide range of local, national and international research studies, with record numbers of patients recruited onto trials this year.

The Trust provides outpatient and inpatient consultant services for a range of specialisms including general medicine, cardiology, general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, trauma and paediatrics.

As an accredited Trauma Unit, YDH’s Emergency Department provides varied and interesting clinical challenges with a reputation for consistently performing well against the four-hour wait target. The ED team saw more than 50,000 patients through their doors last year and the hospital performed 122,281 radiology tests, held 197,631 outpatient appointments and assisted in 1,463 babies being born.

Yeovil Hospital’s iCARE model, which has established the principles of exemplary patient care, patient and employee experience, has attracted national interest and is embedded in everything we do, following our vision to care for our patients as if they are one of our family.

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