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Consultant Anaesthetist

Hywel Dda University Health Board
£86,063 to £111,732 a year per annum
Closing date
13 Dec 2022

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Hospital, Anaesthesia
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

37.5 hours per week / 10 sessions

We are seeking to appoint enthusiastic motivated Consultant Anaesthetists to join our team of Consultant Anaesthetists in the Department of Anaesthetics in Bronglais General Hospital in Aberystwyth, West Wales.

Bronglais General Hospital has 165 inpatient beds, providing acute surgical and medical services to the area including Critical Care. It also provides Consultant led obstetric care and paediatric services for the mid Wales region.

All members of the department work fully flexible rotas providing very good work-life balance. As our department does not host any trainees doctors, the role of a Consultant includes both first and second on-call, as well as elective work. On calls cover emergency Anaesthesia, Obstetrics, and Critical Care. Please note that the first on call Anaesthetist is required to stay at the hospital as a resident also at night. Elective work will include day-time Critical Care cover, and Anaesthesia for General Surgery, Urology, Orthopaedic, Gynaecology, Obstetric, and Ophthalmic surgery.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable, but not essential.

Training & Education including a successful Consultant Development & Mentoring scheme aimed at developing you as a senior leader to enable you to effectively contribute to Hywel Dda and its future direction.

We welcome and encourage pre-interview contact and visits.

Main duties of the job

Integral to the responsibilities of the post are the following requirements:

  • To ensure the provision and delivery of a first-class clinical service
  • To provide effective leadership to all staff engaged in the specialty
  • To sustain and develop teaching and research wherever appropriate
  • To undertake all work in accordance with the Health Board's Values, procedures and operating policies
  • To conduct clinical practice in accordance with contractual requirements and within the parameters of the Health Board's service plans
  • To maintain the confidence of business plans and development strategies formulated for the specialty or the Health Board
  • Core clinical expertise in General anaesthesia and experience and knowledge of running a sub specialty service
  • Leadership and team building skills as well as working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Supporting and training multidisciplinary teams
  • Participating in CPD including Audit
  • You are expected to maintain your professional development for Revalidation
  • Contribute to teaching and training of medical undergraduates and postgraduates
  • To undertake regular multidisciplinary clinical audit and provide evidence based medicine

About us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is the planner and provider of NHS healthcare services for people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and its bordering counties. Our 11,000 members of staff provide primary, community, in-hospital, mental health and learning disabilities services for around 384,000 people across a quarter of the landmass of Wales. We do this in partnership with our three local authorities and public, private and third sector colleagues, including our volunteers, through:


  • Four main hospitals: Bronglais General in Aberystwyth, Glangwili General in Carmarthen, Prince Philip in Llanelli and Withybush General in Haverfordwest;
  • Seven community hospitals: Amman Valley and Llandovery in Carmarthenshire; Tregaron, Aberaeron and Cardigan in Ceredigion; and Tenby and South Pembrokeshire Hospital Health and Social Care Resource Centre in Pembrokeshire;
  • 48 general practices (four of which are managed practices), 47 dental practices (including three orthodontic), 99 community pharmacies, 44 general ophthalmic practices (43 providing Eye Health Examination Wales and 34 low vision services) and 17 domiciliary only providers and 11 health centres;
  • Numerous locations providing mental health and learning disabilities services;
  • Highly specialised and tertiary services commissioned by the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, a joint committee representing seven health boards across Wales.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please find attached the Job Description and Person Specification for more information.

Qualifications - Essential

  • Full and specialist GMC Registration in Anaesthetics with a Licence to Practice
  • Certificate of Completion of Training in anaesthetics or Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration in Anaesthetics (or equivalent) or within 6 months of issue of CCT or CESR or equivalent European Qualifications for Specialist Registration
  • Fellowship of the Royal College of anaesthetics (FRCA) (or equivalent)
  • Batchelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree


  • Appropriate Higher Degree e.g. MD, PhD or MSc or equivalent

Clinical Experience - Essential

  • Broad based experience in Anaesthesia
  • Recent senior trainee, fellow or locum Consultant level experience in Anaesthesia (or equivalent)
  • Sufficient experience to participate in on-call provision of paediatric resuscitation and stabilisation services alongside paediatric colleagues
  • Intermediate training in obstetric anaesthesia
  • Evidence of valid advanced life support skills


  • Experience of working within the NHS in Wales
  • Higher or Advanced training in Obstetric Anaesthesia

Clinical Governance & Research - Essential

  • Understanding clinical governance and quality improvement principles
  • Understanding critical appraisal of clinical evidence
  • Evidence of participation in clinical governance


  • Participation in a research, service evaluation or quality improvement project
  • Involvement in guideline creation
  • Publication in a medical textbook or peer reviewed journal
  • Presentation at a national or international medical conference

Personal Development & Teaching Essential

  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Evidence of participation in teaching sessions for doctors, medical students or other multi-disciplinary staff
  • Experience of supervising junior doctors


  • Evidence of organising educational programmes for doctors, medical students or other multi- disciplinary staff
  • Medical education qualification

Management Essential

  • Knowledge of the management and structure of the NHS
  • Willingness to participate in clinical management


  • Evidence of management training

Person Specification

  • Full GMC Registration and licence to practice
  • Valid certified Advanced Life Support Skills
  • On Specialist Register with GMC or CCT due within 6 months OR CESR or equivalent European qualification for Specialist Registration


  • Appropriate Higher degree e.g MD, PhD or MSc

Clinical Governance

  • Evidence of participation in clinical audit and understanding role of audit in improving medical practice
  • Comprehension of core philosophy and building blocks of Clinical Governance


  • Knowledge of risk management
  • Knowledge of annual job planning/appraisal review process

Clinical Experience

  • Broad based experience in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
  • Knowledge of UK hospital systems (or equivalent)
  • Knowledge and participation in CPD
  • Able to apply knowledge
  • Safe and effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience of communicating bad news
  • Meet the requirement of the GMC's Good Medical Practice


  • Experience of NHS
  • Wider experience, research and training in providing sub specialty service
  • Evidence of above average performance
  • Additional clinical qualification(s)


  • Experience and knowledge of critical appraisal of evidence so as to improve clinical outcomes


  • Evidence of initiating, progressing and concluding research projects with publication
  • Research degree


  • Evidence of organising programmes and teaching medical students and junior doctors
  • Willingness to teach all grades of professional multidisciplinary staff


  • Organisation of further teaching programmes in medical education
  • Training the Trainers experience


  • Knowledge of the management and structure of the NHS
  • Willingness to participate in clinical management


  • Evidence of management training

BMJ Ref: BMJ-99783/100-MED-BGH-069-F



About Us

Hywel Dda University Health Board is one of seven acute Health Boards in Wales serving a population of 384,000 and right now we are building our Future, setting the Pace for Care. It is an integrated health body, ensuring the delivery of high quality primary, community, mental health and secondary care services, and it is responsible for the health and wellbeing of people across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

You will enjoy excellent conditions of employment, whilst building your future in one of the best locations in the UK. West Wales is beautiful, sharing rugged coastlines with misty mountains. Outdoor sports are easy to pursue, whilst the amenities of urban centres such as Swansea and Cardiff are not too far away. The pace of life can be fast or slow, with a diverse range of people sharing an envious work-life balance across the region, with excellent quality schools, and reasonable property prices contribute to low living costs and high quality of life. 

Career Development

Hywel Dda is committed to developing the leadership capability of medics and we pride ourselves on the suite of medical and multi-disciplinary leadership programmes we have created that promote, support and encourage continuous development and improvement.

Hywel Dda is an organisation that aims to deliver a healthcare system of the highest quality, with excellent outcomes for our patients and our population. We value our staff and the work that they do and want all staff, at all levels, in all roles, to feel competent and empowered to make the changes that they know will improve patient’s experience and outcomes of care.

To achieve this aim, Hywel Dda needs a community of doctors from across the organisation that can lead the development and delivery of excellent clinical services.

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