We are excited to be looking for a new colleague to join our expanding team of substantive consultants based at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. The post is a new addition to the current team of eleven consultants currently working in the East area of the Health Board. The post has arisen from plans to reconfigure and strengthen our existing services. In particular, we are seeking to strengthen our already well-developed services in Stroke medicine.
We are keen to embrace flexible models of working and innovation. To that end in the last two years we have welcomed one consultant on an annualized contract, another two on less than full time contracts, as well as the introduction of our three consultant therapist colleagues to the department.
Main duties of the job
- Deliver a consultant-led Stroke service at Wrexham Maelor Hospital for the diagnosis and management of both outpatients and inpatients.
- Work within a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals and managers to further develop Stroke services. The vision of the Health Board is to develop a hyper-acute stroke unit within the and the successful candidate will be encouraged to participate in this exciting development for the future of Stroke care in North Wales.
- Take consultant responsibility for stroke inpatient care as part of the team, with support from a designated team of junior doctors based on the Stroke unit. Numbers of outlying patients can vary, but due to the nature of the role are minimal.
- Contribute to the teaching and training of junior doctors and medical students. Many consultants are Educational and Named Clinical Supervisors to junior doctors, and most consultants are offered honorary undergraduate clinical teacher status with Cardiff University. There would be opportunity for the incumbent to take up these roles.
Wrexham is superbly located in North East Wales, on the border with Cheshire and
Shropshire. Excellent lines of communication allow easy access to Chester, Liverpool and Manchester, but also provide a gateway to the North Wales coastline and Snowdonia National Park. With its outstanding natural beauty, North Wales offers a multitude of recreational activities for individuals and families alike. With competitive house prices and excellent schools on either side of the border, the post provides a wonderful opportunity for the appointee to strike a healthy work-life balance.
The hospital itself has over 150 consultants, and 492 beds, serving a population of approximately 300,000 and provides all major specialties and subspecialties, with the exception of cardiac surgery and neurosurgery. The hospital prides itself on its friendly staff, and a doctors' mess shared by both juniors and seniors gives ample opportunity to socialise.
As part of the Health Board's strategic collaboration with Bangor University, individuals with an interest in teaching and research who can demonstrate and agree a possible contribution to the School can be considered and nominated for recognition through the University's process for granting honorary titles and help to deliver our shared vision for the North Wales School of Medicine and Health.
Please refer to the attached Job Description and Personal Specification for more information on the role of Consultant Stroke Physician.
- MB BS or equivalent, MRCP (UK) or equivalent.
- Higher degree, e.g. MD or PhD
Clinical training & experience
- Certificate of Completion of Training in geriatric medicine or CESR
- specialist stroke fellowship willingness to take part on on call rota
- Good interpersonal, communication and leadership skills, Interest in COTE and stroke medicine. Evidence of ability to work in stressful situations
- willingness to engage in teaching and training.
- An understanding of the Strategic and operational issues underpinning Clinical Governance and application in daily practice and evidence as such.
- Evidence of participation. Research based publications and previous audits.
- An understanding of NHS management practices and their application and evidence as such. Willingness to partake actively in management of any specialist interest of appointee within the job and participate in departmental meetings.
- Evidence of participation in management course or training.
BMJ Ref: BMJ-101896/050-STROKECON-1122