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Consultant Respiratory Medicine

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£84,559 to £114,003 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Feb 2023

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Hospital, Respiratory medicine
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a new substantive post, with the successful applicant joining our team of respiratory consultants providing both general and specialist respiratory services at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

The post holder will contribute to the continued development of respiratory services at Derriford Hospital and will have the opportunity to be an active part of sub-specialist work according to their own personal interests.

Derriford Hospital is a large university teaching hospital with approximately 1000 inpatient beds and provides comprehensive acute services for a local population of 435,000 and regional tertiary services for 1.5 million in the South West Peninsula. The department of Respiratory Medicine is based in a dedicated Chest Clinic and supported by a team of respiratory nurse specialists and other allied healthcare professionals. Outpatient facilities are situated within the Chest Clinic where a fully equipped lung function laboratory is also sited. Inpatient care is provided on 3 wards, including dedicated high care areas for patients requiring non-invasive ventilation and step-down care following ICU admission including tracheostomy weaning. Bronchoscopic procedures including EBUS are performed in a dedicated planned investigation and day-case unit. The department has strong links with radiology, thoracic surgery, and oncology which are all based on the Derriford site.

Main duties of the job

Significant change has occurred in the respiratory department over the last few years and we are looking for a motivated individual to help develop the department further. With an increase in consultant numbers planned over the next 3-5 years and starting with this post, we plan to provide a more responsive respiratory service that meets the demands of the local community, prevents unnecessary hospital admissions, and provides a full range of sub-specialty expertise. The trust is committed to improving the patient pathway for those admitted acutely and this new post will facilitate a transition towards a daily acute respiratory service for the hospital, as well as helping the department meet a growing unplanned and elective respiratory workload. The successful applicant will be expected to take part in the General Medical on-call rota and should be on the Specialist Register for Respiratory and General Internal Medicine or be within 6 months of gaining their CCT at the time of interview.

About us

The UHPNT Respiratory Department is a dynamic and welcoming team with a clear vision to provide the best care possible to our patients. We would encourage applicants with a pre-defined sub-specialty area of expertise and, in particular, those with an interest in COPD, complexpulmonary infection, interstitial lung disease, and/or pulmonary hypertension. We will, however, work with any successful candidate to develop a job plan that meets their needs and interests, whilst complementing the expertise of colleagues within the department and supporting the continued delivery of a high-quality service for our patients. Flexible and/or less than full time working, including job sharing, will be accommodated for any candidate(s) to whom this is important, with arrangements to be discussed and agreed on an individual basis.

Job description
Job responsibilities

We would welcome informal enquiries or visits to our department, which can be made by contacting Dr John Corcoran, Service Line Director and Consultant Chest Physician, telephone 01752 433142/3 email: or Gemma Taylor, Service Line Manager for Respiratory Medicine. Tel 01752 431218, email:

Person Specification
Education, qualifications & special training

  • MRCP UK (or equivalent) ? Entry on the General Medical Council (GMC) Specialist Register via one of the following: a. Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) (the proposed CCT date must be within 6 months of the interview) b. Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) c. European Community Rights


  • Higher degree. ? Postgraduate prizes and awards.

Particular skills & experience

  • Demonstrate a commitment to delivering an acute and general respiratory service and an understanding of NHS systems. ? Competent to give a specialist opinion across the full range of respiratory and general medicine conditions. ? Ability to lead a team.


  • Attended appropriate courses/meetings in the last 6 years covering the spectrum of the entire specialty. ? Evidence of ability to perform advanced invasive procedures as appropriate

Research & clinical audit

  • Evidence of recent involvement in clinical audit and/or quality improvement. ? Commitment to continuing medical education. ? Awareness of the requirements of clinical governance ? Presentations at local meetings ? Experience and understanding of research methodology.


  • Presentations or publications in peer reviewed journals ? Current research. ? Presentations at regional/national/ international meetings. ? Demonstrate an enthusiasm to continue with research, clinical audit and service improvement


  • Evidence of experience and ability in teaching


  • Postgraduate teaching qualification. ? ALS instructor. ? Experience in simulation and/or human factors training

Communication & interpersonal skills

  • Evidence of ability to work in a team. ? Ability to delegate appropriately. ? Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with patients, relatives and staff, both orally and in writing. ? Information technology skills


  • Evidence of advanced communication skills training. ? Leadership skills. ? Well-presented CV.


  • Willingness to interact with management colleagues ? Evidence of participation in regular appraisal and reflective practice


  • Formal management training. ? Previous experience in change management and quality improvement.

Practical Requirements

  • Ability and willingness to work hours of the job, shifts, on-call with any reasonable adjustment to take account of any local requirement or disability.


  • Full UK Driving Licence

BMJ Ref: BMJ-96883/216-EP-RES4616238



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