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Locum Consultant in Critical Care and a joint specialty

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 a year
Closing date
11 Oct 2022

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Hospital, Adult critical care
Career Level
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time
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Applications are invited to join our forward-thinking, friendly department in Critical Care with the option of an associated specialty in either Anaesthesia, Acute Medicine, or Respiratory Medicine at Mid-Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This is a 12 month fixed term post.

This post is be based at Leighton Hospital, Crewe and the successful applicant will work between the Critical Care Unit and the associated Specialty Area.

Applicants must have full registration with the GMC including a License to Practice and be on the Specialist Register, or be within six months of obtaining their Certificate of Completion of Training in both specialties.

The post is offered based on 10 Programmed Activities per week, however the Trust would welcome discussion with individuals looking for a more flexible working pattern to support a different work life balance.

Main duties of the job

This is a fabulous opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic doctor to join the teams to enhance links and share expertise across specialties. The post's emphasis for clinical work will be on Adult Critical Care and either Acute Medicine, Respiratory Medicine or Anaesthesia. On-call out of hours provision will be provided in Adult Critical Care.

About us

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) provides good quality, safe and effective healthcare to the people of Cheshire and beyond. The Trust, which manages Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich, and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, was established as an NHS Trust in April 1991 and became a Foundation Trust in April 2008.

We employ almost 5,000 members of staff, provide around 540 hospital beds, with a range of services including accident and emergency, maternity, outpatients, therapies, and children's health.

The Trust is also part of Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP), a unique local health partnership that provides a range of community services for people across South Cheshire and Vale Royal. During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Trust was recognised nationally for its 'Be Safe Be EquiPPEd' campaign, which aimed to make the Trust as safe as possible for staff and patients, through supporting the correct use of PPE. The results in the 2020 national NHS Staff Survey showed improvements in all elements of the safety culture theme, with 92% of respondents feeling their role made a difference to our patients. We were also recognised nationally for our workforce health and wellbeing initiatives.

At Mid Cheshire, we value our staff and appreciate that in order to give our patients the best quality, compassionate care, we also need to look after our colleagues.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The successful candidate will join the existing team of seven Critical Care Consultants providing medical cover for an eleven bedded Critical Care Unit. The Consultant body work closely together and act as a very supportive group with a determined ethos.

This exciting opportunity also allows the successful candidate to widen their interest in one of the specified specialty areas, alongside dedicated teams of consultants who are focused on improving outcomes and patient experience.

The successful applicant will also contribute to the Critical Care Consultant on-call rota on a 1:8 basis.

The post involves a 1:8 Consultant of the week role on Critical Care plus attendance at the weekly MDT meeting, where we have strong links with radiology, microbiology and the respiratory medical team as well as the wider allied health professional team.

The department forms part of the Health Education England NW (Mersey) training rotation and we have 10 anaesthetic/ACCS trainees from CT1 to ST3+ level.

We also have 13 specialty doctors/clinical fellows, 2 Advanced Critical Care Practitioners (ACCPs), and 2 ACCPs in training.

In addition, the department has a dynamic and progressive outreach team which has recently expanded as a 24/7 service led by a band 8 senior nurse and supported by the consultant body.

There is a monthly follow-up clinic, journal club and liaison meetings with the Emergency Department. The Unit has been actively involved in recruitment for trials including, most recently, the Recovery-RS trial.

Within the Critical department we have a Course Director for BASICS (the regional core trainee teaching programme), a Chair of a regional Critical Care Group and a Course Director for the regional obstetrics anaesthetic course (EASE) which is run at the Trust.

Person Specification

  • MBBS or Equivalent
  • Full registration with GMC with licence to practise
  • For post with anaesthetics: FRCA or equivalent; minimum of 6 years' experience in anaesthesia
  • For post with respiratory/acute medicine: MRCP or equivalent


  • Additional degree or post-graduate qualification
  • For post with respiratory medicine: Pleural/Thoracic US Level 2; EBUS/ Thoracoscopy
  • For post with anaesthetics: APLS/ATLS (or equivalents);


  • For post with respiratory medicine: Pleural/Thoracic US Level 1; Bronchoscopy
  • For post with anaesthetics: higher training in some modules

Clinical Governance

  • Active consistent engagement with clinical audit
  • Ability to develop evidence-based practice
  • Regular commitment to continuing medical education
  • Evidence of reflective practice

Personal Attributes

  • Commitment to team working
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Good interpersonal skills


BMJRef: BMJ-93926/412-MED-7444


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