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Consultant in Palliative Care Medicine

NHS Lothian
Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh
£91,474 - £121,548
Closing date
29 Oct 2022

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Hospital, Palliative medicine
Career Level
Contract Type
Part Time
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NHS Lothian is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.

To this end, NHS Lothian welcomes applications from all sections of society.

Applications are welcome for the above Permanent, part time (24 hours per week) post based in the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

The post holder will provide a visible, accessible and dependable presence within the specialist Hospital Palliative Care Service to whom staff, patients and their families can turn to for expert advice and support. 

The role also involves participation in the training and educational work of the specialist services, postgraduate teaching programmes and clinical supervision of junior medical staff (with specific emphasis on palliative medicine teaching for Internal Medicine Trainees (IMTs)), undergraduate teaching programmes, specialty trainees and involvement in the management, quality improvement, clinical governance, research and development roles of the service.

There is an on-call commitment covering all palliative care patients in Lothian and the Borders. The on-call rota is shared with the other Lothian consultants in Palliative Medicine. The consultants are 2nd on-call for the hospices but usually 1st on call for giving advice to other areas.

Applicants must be fully registered with the GMC and hold a License to Practice and be on the GMC Specialist Register in Palliative Medicine or be eligible for inclusion on within 6 months. The post holder will be granted Honorary status as a Consultant at St Columba’s Hospice, Edinburgh and Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh and NHS Borders to facilitate on-call commitment.

The main aspects of the role will include:

  • Provision of high quality, flexible and responsive palliative medicine to patients, families and carers, who have complex pain, symptom, spiritual or psychosocial needs which require specialist palliative care interventions
  • To provide medical support and guidance to the multidisciplinary palliative care teams within the acute hospital setting
  • To contribute to the out of hours palliative medicine on call service
  • Participation in and leadership of teaching and educational activities (students, health care professional colleagues, patients and families)
  • Lead, implement and support clinical governance and quality improvement activities, implementation of best practice statements, Realistic Medicine and the National Framework for Palliative Care
  • Contribution to service development in line with local and national strategies
  • Working with colleagues to raise the profile of palliative medicine in the care of patients with all life-limiting illnesses

Opportunities exist for the post holder to develop links with two well established palliative care research teams and the University of Edinburgh.

For an informal discussion please contact:
Dr Abi Walton, Clinical Director, NHS Lothian.
PA Shirley Hamilton Tel 0131 536 3620

We cannot accept CV’s as a form of application and only a completed online application form will be accepted. Personal information will not be sent with the application for short listing. The application form will be identified by the candidate number only to ensure that all applicants are treated equally. 

Closing Date: 29/10/2022

***PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept late applications so please ensure your application is submitted early***

Interview Date: 23/11/2022



NHS Lothian is the second largest health board in Scotland serving the fastest growing population. We cover four local authority areas, including the city of Edinburgh. As one of the largest healthcare organisations in the UK, we invest approximately £1.6 billion a year in protecting and improving the health and wellbeing of our communities. Our permanent workforce of over 28,000 delivers a comprehensive range of primary, community-based and acute hospital services to a population of over 850,000 people. We have 21 hospitals, 119 GP practices, 182 community pharmacies, 173 general dental practices and 127 optometry practices. As a regional centre, we also provide some services for patients in neighbouring areas and we are a national centre of expertise for other specialties, serving people across Scotland.
We have recently invested in a brand-new children’s hospital, the Royal Hospital for Children & Young People, and a new state of the art Department for Clinical Neurosciences. Now is also an exciting time to join our ophthalmology and oncology teams as we embark on plans to invest significant capital into building leading treatment and research centres.

Living in the Lothians

Edinburgh and the Lothians are all home to ample amenities, beautiful countryside and rich history. With museums, castles, beaches, markets, plenty of activities for the family, shops, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife – all on your doorstep – there truly is something for everyone here.
Edinburgh, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is consistently named one of the best cities in the UK to live in and people come from all over the world to visit. The city hosts the annual Festival Fringe and world-famous Hogmanay events and has great transport links, being home to Scotland’s busiest airport and the UK’s second largest train station.

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