CONSULTANT GENERAL SURGEON
with sub-specialty interest in Colorectal Surgery
Applications are invited for a post of Consultant General Surgeon with a special interest in Colorectal Surgery, based at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. The post holder will join the existing five Consultant Colorectal Surgeons in running and developing the service at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT).
The individual will be expected to manage colorectal cancer patients, working together with the team to improve the performance standards for cancer and ERAS. A specialist interest in IBD or fistula surgery would be beneficial. The service receives approximately 3800 Rapid Access referrals per year with approximately 120 cancers being diagnosed.
The post holder will join a team of 13 Consultants with interests in Colorectal Surgery, Upper GI Surgery, Emergency General Surgery, General Surgery and Breast Surgery. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual who is keen to help us secure our services for the future.
The post is offered on a full time, or job share basis, the job plan being intended for a full time appointment with an opportunity to modify this if the post is offered on any other basis.
The successful applicant must have full registration with the GMC and continue to hold a Licence to Practise. The applicant must also be on the Specialist Register or be within six months of obtaining their Certificate of Completion of Training.
Main duties of the job
The successful candidate will be based at Leighton Hospital, Crewe in the General Surgery Department, Surgery and Cancer Division. In addition, they could be required to undertake clinical sessions at the Victoria Infirmary, Northwich (VIN).
The post is offered at 10 PAs but under the terms of the 2003 Consultant Contract, candidates who wish to conduct private practice would be required to offer an additional programmed activity.
Clinical duties include new and follow-up out-patients clinics, SACU clinics, theatre, specialist MDT attendance, administrative time, and pre- and post-operative ward visits each week. There may also be ward referrals.
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) provides good quality, safe and effective healthcare to the people of Cheshire and beyond. The Trust, which manages Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich, and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, was established as an NHS Trust in April 1991 and became a Foundation Trust in April 2008.
We employ almost 5,000 members of staff, provide around 540 hospital beds, with a range of services including accident and emergency, maternity, outpatients, therapies, and children's health.
The Trust is also part of Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP), a unique local health partnership that provides a range of community services for people across South Cheshire and Vale Royal.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Trust was recognised nationally for its 'Be Safe Be Equipped' campaign, which aimed to make the Trust as safe as possible for staff and patients, through supporting the correct use of PPE. The results in the 2020 national NHS Staff Survey showed improvements in all elements of the safety culture theme, with 92% of respondents feeling their role made a difference to our patients. We were also recognised nationally for our workforce health and wellbeing initiatives.
At Mid Cheshire, we value our staff and appreciate that in order to give our patients the best quality, compassionate care, we also need to look after our colleagues.
Direct Clinical Care including on-calls
8.0 PAs (DCC) on average per week. Each theatre session accounts for 1 PA.
Supporting Programmed Activities
2.0 PAs (SPA) per week 1 PA is core activity (private CPD, audit, appraisal, and research) and the 2nd SPA will contribute to service improvement within the department.
The on-call commitment is participation in a Consultant of the Week rota, which is currently on a 1:8 basis, with a view to transition to a 1:10 rota once all the vacant positions are filled. In addition, participation in weekday overnight on-call cover will be undertaken on a 1:10 basis (1700 hrs to 0800 hrs).
- Specialist Registration via CCT or CESR
- Relevant Clinical Experience
- Knowledge of workings of NHS
- Evidence of general surgical operating experience
- Experience of working within the NHS in a variety of posts
- Team working
- Effective communication skills
- Flexible working
- Full GMC with Licence to practice
- Primary Medical Degree
- MRCS or equivalent
Higher Surgical Qualification
- Appropriate Higher Speciality Qualification
BMJ Ref: BMJ-102500/412-S&C-4847