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Locum Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV (Genitourinary Medicine)

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
20 Oct 2022

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and dynamic individual to join a friendly and innovative team at Sexual Health in Plymouth, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

The department of Sexual Health and HIV provides comprehensive services with a hub and spoke model and is led by a team of five consultants. The services sit within the Care Group of Women and Children and the service line of Sexual Health/HIV/abortion care.

This post will support the fully-integrated Sexual Health service at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.

This post has been created to cover a 12 month period of maternity leave and is advertised at 7 PAs. The service will welcome applications from people wishing to work between 5 and 8 PAs ideally, and these out will be part of an annualised rota allowing weekly working or blocks of time away from clinical work. Other forms of flexible working are available. The successful candidate will be motivated to innovate and develop the service and the partnership with community organisations whilst maintaining our excellent quality of patient care. You will need to possess comprehensive contraception skills and be able to manage HIV outpatient care.

Applicants are required to be on the Specialist Register with CCT in Genitourinary Medicine (or be within six months of obtaining it by the interview date). Full Registration with the GMC is essential.

Main duties of the job

This post is for a Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV (Genitourinary Medicine) 1 year fixed term contract. The successful candidate will be responsible for the delivery of a high quality Integrated Sexual Health service.

The post holder will be expected to participate in the normal duties relating to the administration and leadership of the department and also to participate in teaching and CME.

The Job Plan is subject to modification in agreement with the post holder and the Service Line Director.

The basic week comprises 7-programmed activities rostered as part of an annualised rota. It is anticipated that some sessions can be negotiated to accommodate the successful applicant's particular interests.

About us

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is the largest hospital in the Southwest peninsula and a major trauma centre, providing comprehensive secondary and tertiary healthcare.

Our geography gives us a secondary care catchment population of 450,000 with a wider peninsula population of almost 2,000,000 people who can access our specialist services. The population is characterised by its diversity - the rural and the urban, the wealthy and pockets of deprivation, and wide variance in health and life expectancy. Population ageing is a recognised national trend, but is exacerbated locally by the drift of younger people out of the area and older people in. The proportion of our population aged 85 or over is growing ahead of the national average by approximately 10 years and we have developed a Population Health Strategy in response to this demographic shift.

We work within a network of other hospitals to offer a range of specialist services:

Kidney transplant

  • Pancreatic cancer surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Bone marrow transplant
  • Upper Gastro-intestinal surgery
  • Hepatobiliary surgery
  • Neonatal intensive care and high-risk obstetrics
  • Plastic surgery
  • Liver transplant evaluation
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery

Job description
Job responsibilities

The post holder will be expected to provide specialist Integrated Sexual Health and HIV services for Plymouth and the surrounding areas, together with appropriate teaching and supervision of nurses, junior doctors and medical students. There will be the opportunity to develop specialist interests.

The post holder will lead on outreach and community partnership working and will work closely with our partner community organisations The Zone and The Eddystone Trust to improve access and uptake of services to those with high rates of STI incidence and unplanned pregnancy. The role will have a particular focus on prevention, leading our responsiveness team with a public health focus, reaching out to those not usually accessing traditional services and geographically distant from services. An understanding and experience of working in contraception and the ability to work proactively with

our SRH colleagues will be key to the role.

As a senior employee of the Trust the post holder will work in close cooperation with and support

other clinical, medical professional and management colleagues in providing high quality

healthcare to our patients.

Integral to the responsibilities of the post are the following:

  • To ensure the provision of a first class clinical service
  • To provide effective leadership to all staff engaged in the speciality
  • To provide education and develop service redesign to ensure a truly integrated sexual and reproductive health service
  • To work closely with community partner organisations and the wider sexual health community to deliver a responsive, high quality outreach service to populations with high rates of unplanned pregnancy and STIs to enhance prevention strategies
  • To sustain and develop teaching and research wherever appropriate
  • To undertake all work in accordance with the Trusts procedures and operating policies
  • To conduct clinical practice in accordance with contractual requirements and within the parameters of the Trusts and Divisions service plans
  • To maintain the confidence of business plans and development strategies formulated for the specialty
  • to work effectively with all members of the multi-disciplinary and promote team working
  • to work closely with commissioners and wider stakeholder groups

The post holder will be key in the overall provision of sexual health services within the city, will deputise for absent colleagues, take responsibility for decisions and duties, work flexibly to ensure service delivery and patients care, engage in the job planning process and achieve value for money through the most effective use of resources.

Mentoring will be available to the successful candidate.

Person Specification

  • GMC Registration. Genitourinary Medicine CCT (proposed CCT date must be within 6 months of interview) CESR or European Community Rights MRCP/FRCP Diploma in Genitourinary Medicine Diploma of Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health or equivalent Letter of Competence in Subdermal Implant Insertion/removal and IUD/IUS insertion Level 3 child protection training


  • Higher degree. Experience outside specialty. Diploma HIV medicine Faculty Registered Trainer and ability to deliver education in SRH STIF trainer and experience of delivering Postgraduate qualifications in Leadership or Management Postgraduate prizes and awards Other medical qualifications


  • Ability to lead a team. Attended appropriate basic specialty courses Demonstrate evidence of having had a good specialty training in GUM / Contraception / HIV / sexual health problems Evidence of up-to-date CPD Ability to take full and independent responsibility for the clinical care of patients


  • Understanding of NHS. Good time management. Demonstrate evidence of wide based knowledge. Attended appropriate courses/meetings in the last 6 years covering the spectrum of the entire specialty. Other special interest and expertise complementary to those of existing consultants in the department An aptitude to work with hard to reach groups and vulnerable patients

BMJ Ref: BMJ-94321/216-4531138



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