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Consultant in Plastic Surgery

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£88,364 to £119,133 a year
Closing date
28 Oct 2022

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Hospital, Plastic surgery
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time
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The plastic surgery service at West Suffolk Hospital is entering an exciting phase of service development. As planning continues for the new hospital build the clinical team are formulating a 5-year clinical strategy to support the delivery of 130% of 19/20 activity by 2024. As part of this process alternative pathways are in development to ensure patients receive the right procedure in the right place, moving some activity such as minor ops into community sites.

Applicants are invited for the post of a Consultant Plastic Surgeon on a permanent basis. We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic Consultant who will contribute to the provision and development of high-quality plastic care for the West Suffolk population. Sessional commitments will include outpatient clinics, theatre sessions, review of inpatients at the request of consultant colleagues and multidisciplinary clinical meetings.

This post allows the opportunity for an individual with a vision and leadership qualities to further develop a modern and progressive Plastic Surgery Department. The post holder will be expected to work in partnership with all other members of the multidisciplinary team ensuring that high quality, safe and Effective patient treatment and care is maintained at all times.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to visit the department for an informal tour and discussion. Please contact: Mr Ravi Ayyamuthu, Clinical Lead, 01284713361

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The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to improve Plastic Surgery within West Suffolk and help enable the Trust to improve and maintain performance within national waiting time and national cancer targets. There will be particular emphasis within this post on supporting the service to achieve National Cancer Waiting time targets and ensure that services are delivered within agreed parameters and covering clinical guidelines.

This role will be suitable for a surgeon who is adept at balancing competing demands, is comfortable with being flexible and responsive to help meet the service needs of the department. The post holder will be expected to take a role in ensuring delivery of a quality service and contribute to the ongoing improvement of the clinical service.

If you share this vision and can work collaboratively, this is the perfect opportunity for you to be at the forefront of change.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

Were a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and childrens ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

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Duties of the post

The successful candidate will provide a general plastic surgery service with a special interest in skin cancer as directed by the Plastic Surgery department and pressure sore care.

The post holder will deliver 5 clinical sessions per week and will share their time between the Outpatients clinic, Theatres and the Day Surgery Unit.



To provide appropriate plastic surgery services as directed.

To offer expert clinical opinion on a range of problems both emergency and elective within specialty

To contribute to meeting the Surgical Directorate objectives.


To undertake appropriate projects and administration as required by the department.

Clinical Governance

To provide clinical services in line with the Trusts clinical governance arrangements, which are designed to ensure that, agreed quality standards are achieved.


To undertake audit of clinical practice within the department to ensure that current standards and evidence-based practice are applied.


All career doctors are required to maintain and develop their clinical skills. Individual training and development needs will be identified through an appraisal process taking into account Royal College requirements. Full utilisation of study leave is encouraged.


To work within the Trusts clinical risk management policies and in particular to participate as appropriate in critical incident reporting

Proposed Timetable

This will comprise of 5 clinical programmed activities including:
  • 2 Outpatient Clinic 2PA
  • 1 MOPS/DSU 1.25PA
  • 2 Theatre sessions 2.5PA
  • MDT 0.75PA
  • Ward Round - .25PA
  • SPA 1.5PA
  • Admin 2PA

The following is an example of the proposed timetable showing the fixed commitments, which may be adapted to fit in with colleagues and the work of the unit. The basic timetable amounts to 10 PAs.

A more detailed timetable will be discussed with the successful candidate.

Clinical Governance/Audit is undertaken on local and regional basis. It is expected that the appointee will be actively involved in this, and all routine clinical duties will be suspended during these sessions.

On-Call/Emergency Duties

The Plastics consultants receive a flexible PA which may include some on call or emergency activities.


The new appointee will be supported and mentored for the first six months of the post it will be provided by one of the consultants in the department, depending on the appointees choice.


The West Suffolk Hospital currently has 2 Plastic Surgery Consultants:


Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Adeshola Adeniran

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Mr Ravi Ayyamuthu, ED Consultant Clinical Lead Plastic Surgery

At present the Plastic Surgery department provides management of all aspects of plastic surgery, mostly skin cancer surgery. Full time secretarial support and office space within the Plastics admin team is provided.

The Clinical Director for Surgery at West Suffolk is Mr Andrew Dunn, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

The Trust has strong links with Addenbrookes and it is envisaged that this will continue.

Relationships with other Departments:

The department works closely with other surgical specialities and there are also close links with dermatology, oncology, tissue viability and the department of radiology.

Teaching and Post-Graduate Medical Education

There is a well-equipped and active Post-Graduate Medical Centre which provides a varied programme of lectures and regular weekly meetings organised in a wide variety of specialities. There is an excellent multi-disciplinary library which is well-stocked with textbooks, standard journals, CD ROM journals, and there is a computer room with access to Mediline, the Internet and e-mail on a 24-hour basis.

Undergraduate Medical Education

The West Suffolk Hospital hosts undergraduate medical students from the University of Cambridge, specifically the Cambridge Graduate Course in Medicine (CGCM). The CGCM provides a fast track four-year course for students who hold an existing degree. The course started in 2001 with 21 students being admitted. In September 2018 the course increased to 41 students. The hosting of the CGCM has seen an investment in education on the hospital site, with the Education Centre being built to provide improved educational facilities for the hospital, and attached community services and general practices. The Education Centre includes the provision of library and lecture theatre facilities, the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Medical Centre, and the Practical Clinical Skills Centre.

Study and Training

The applicant is expected to participate in professional continuing medical education. Thirty study leave days over a three-year cycle are available, attending approved courses agreed with the clinical director.

Continuing Professional Development

There is strong support for CPD within the Trust, under the direction of the Medical Director, Clinical Tutor and Specialty Tutors. All consultants are encouraged to undertake CPD in accordance with their Royal College guidelines.

The post-holder will be expected to participate in the annual appraisal system, be cognisant of the General Medical Council's Good Medical Practice and be responsible for his/her own revalidation with the General Medical Council.

Clinical Quality

There is a wide-ranging Clinical Governance programme across the Trust, supported by specialist staff. Clinical involvement in Clinical Audit and collaborative care planning is of paramount importance. Clinicians are generally expected to use proven and agreed clinical guidelines, especially those published by NICE.


Accommodation could be made available for a short period until a permanent residence is acquired.


Applicants requiring further information about the post are invited to contact Mr Arumugam or Mr Adeshola, Consultant Plastic Surgeons, or Mr Ravi Ayyamuthu, Clinical Lead Plastic Surgery at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St. Edmunds, who would be pleased to meet prospective candidates. Appointments may be arranged via the Department Secretaries on 01284 713791.

Person Specification
Teaching Education & Research
  • Experience of supervising junior doctors (FY1, FY2, ST1/2 and SpRs).
  • Ability to teach clinical skills
  • Ability to supervise postgraduate research
  • Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical and surgical problems
  • Experience of teaching basic clinical skills to undergraduates
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals
Management Ability
  • Ability to advise on efficient and smooth running of specialist service
  • Ability to organise and manage out patient priorities, waiting lists and operating lists
  • Ability and willingness to work within the Trust and NHS performance framework and targets
  • Experience of audit management
  • Ability to manage and lead specialist unit, surgical directorate and working parties as appropriate
  • Entry on GMC Specialist Register and hold a licence to practise or be eligible for entry on the Register (within six months of completion of
  • Certificate of Completion of Training) at time of interview.
  • Success in Intercollegiate Specialty
  • Examination or overseas equivalent.
  • FRCS
  • Postgraduate thesis
  • Clinical training and experience equivalent to that required for gaining UK CCT.
  • Ability to offer expert clinical opinion on a range of problems both emergency and elective within specialty
  • BMJRef: BMJ-93482/179-C9179-MSC48-22-2146


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