Consultant in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £88,364 - £119,133(per annum)
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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Hospital, Dentistry and oral medicine
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

Applications are invited for the above substantive full time post for this 660 bedded acute hospital serving a local population of approximately 400,000. The appointment will be made in accordance with the terms and conditions of service for the 2003 consultant contract (England).

Luton Hospital is the hub for an OMFS network covering Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes & North & East Herts. This post is based at Luton Hospital with designated sessions at Lister. Though rare, there may on occasion be a requirement to work on other sites within the Network.

A background in Head & Neck Cancer Surgery with reconstruction & be proficient in raising the common types of free flaps as well as in micro-vascular surgery, without supervision, is essential. Some experience in TORS (Robot) Surgery is preferred as this is an area the trust is actively looking to develop in the near future.

Weekly work commitments will be within EWTD guidance & also be influenced by the British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial recommendations, the Consultant contract & will be specified in the Job Plan.

The appointee will participate in a 1:8 on call commitment based at Luton & Dunstable Hospital.

The Clinical Director will encourage the member to be part of the New Consultant Forum of the British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons & will also help to choose a mentor within the Trust but outside the department.

Main duties of the job

The appointee will join a team of 8 Consultant OMF Surgeons within the Beds, Herts & Bucks OMFS network, providing services for Luton & Dunstable Hospital, Bedford Hospital, Lister Hospital, QEII Hospital & Milton Keynes Hospital.

The post-holder will be competent in assessing & carrying out the full range of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, with a sub-specialty interest in head & neck surgery with micro-vascular reconstruction. All in-patient services & on-call duties have been centralised to Luton Hospital. Out-patient clinics, day case surgery & local anaesthetic minor oral surgery are undertaken in all of the units.

The OMFS department at Lister Hospital has a well-equipped Maxillofacial Laboratory staffed by three technicians & its own in house digital imaging facility.

OMFS has day surgery lists in both the Treatment Centre & the newly built Day Surgery unit. The clinical team is fully supported by a team of highly trained dental nurses & maxillofacial/orthodontic technologists.

We are fully committed to teaching and training both undergraduate medical students and post graduate doctors and have an excellent reputation for junior staff training.

Both hospitals have easy access to central London & the rural Chilterns. Excellent schools are found nearby. London Luton Airport is within fifteen minutes' drive from Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

Travel between hospital sites may be required. Residence is required within ten miles by road of the hospital.

About us

Our Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

As part of our continued response to COVID19 the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 (the 2014 Regulations) was updated and approved by Parliament. This meant that full COVID19 vaccination would become a condition of employment in all NHS roles which have face-to-face contact with patients and service users from 1 April 2022 unless exempt.

The Government subsequently announced that, given the changes to the Omicron variant, they believe it is no longer proportionate to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for NHS staff. The Government's decision is subject to Parliamentary process. This will require further consultation and a Parliamentary vote to be passed into legislation.

As this role is within scope of the current legislation COVID19 vaccination status will remain part of our routine Occupational Health check.

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and your patients from the virus. If you're still unsure, you can find lots of information on COVID-19 vaccines and the booking process on the NHS Website.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The appointments will be subject to full Occupational Health Clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check for the successful candidates prior to commencement.

The appointee will have Full UK General Medical and General Dental registration at time of application.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advert closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible. If you have not received correspondence inviting you for interview within 28 days of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Please note that all shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a pre-interview assessment process involving the completion of an on-line personality profiling assessment, followed by a 1-1 session, a written exercise and a group assessment event at the hospital. These will be scheduled prior to the interview date; all shortlisted candidates must attend these appointments.

Candidates should note that canvassing any member of the Appointments Committee or The Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Board will disqualify them from appointment. This should however, not deter candidates from approaching any person for further information about this post.

Closing Date: 05/02/2023

Assessment Date: 02/03/2023

Interview Date: 10/03/2023

Person Specification

  • Full and Specialist Registration with the UK General Medical Council (GMC) in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a registrable qualification with UK General Dental Council at the time of application
  • or eligibility to enter it within 6 months from the time of the interview and hold a Licence to Practice


  • Holder of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or within six months of award of CCT or equivalent (CESR) by date of interview


  • Completion of a Head and Neck Cancer Fellowship or equivalent.


  • MBBS or evidence of equivalent qualification
  • BDS or equivalent


  • A post graduate qualification MSc, MD, PhD, MA, Masters in Education
  • MFDS or MJDF

Clinical Experience

  • Evidence of thorough, broad training and experience in OMFS
  • Comprehensive knowledge of OMFS and ability to offer expert clinical opinions on range of OMFS conditions
  • Able to take full and independent responsibility for delivering OMFS service including trauma, without direct supervision.
  • Experience in OMFS Head & Neck Surgery with micro-vascular reconstruction
  • Experience in Surgical Dermatology.


  • Record of regular attendance at national specialty meetings in OMFS.
  • Evidence of sub-specialty training or fellowship out of region

Clinical Governance/Audit

  • Able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the principles and elements of clinical governance
  • Knowledge of the principles of evidence based practice
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical audit and direct experience of audit.


  • Evidence of implementing relevant evidence based medicine
  • Implementation of evidence based guidelines.
  • Participation in relevant national audits.


  • Knowledge and ability to teach clinical and operative skills to all grades of trainees and medical students
  • Understands learner-centred teaching
  • Completed a Teaching the Teachers or similar course


  • Interest in teaching medical, nursing and other groups of staff


  • Knowledge of the principles of research and ability to interpret and apply clinical research.
  • Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical and surgical problems.


  • Recent published clinical research in peer reviewed journal.
  • Ability to supervise postgraduate research.


  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English.
  • Ability to present effectively to an audience, using variety of methods and to respond to questions


  • Ability to advise on efficient and smooth running of specialist service. (Evidence)
  • Ability to manage and lead department. (Evidence)
  • Ability to organise and manage out-patient priorities and waiting lists. (Evidence)


  • Evidence of management experience or training.
  • Ability to share departmental management duties e.g. staff rotas.

BMJ Ref: BMJ-18498/418-M-OR-145



About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020 following the merger of Bedford Hospital and the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.Previously the hospitals were run by two separate NHS trusts, Bedford hospital NHS Trust and Luton and Dunstable University Hospitals Foundation Trust.By combining the two hospitals we have been able to ensure the clinical sustainability of both sites and ensure that key services such as A&E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics can remain at both sites.Both hospitals deliver a full range of acute hospital services to a population of around 700,000.The new integrated Trust employs a combined workforce of approximately 8,000 staff, the largest NHS employer in Bedfordshire. The hospitals are supported by an army of 500 volunteers whose invaluable work helps the delivery of services.

Bedford Hospital

Working at Bedford Hospital

The Trust’s ethos is ‘every patient matters’, our vision is to provide patient focused high quality acute hospital care to meet the needs of our local community and we are constantly working with our staff to find new ways of working to ensure that our vision is achieved.

About Bedford

Whether you like high-octane thrills or you’re interested in history and the arts, if you want to entertain the family, or simply want to relax and enjoy quiet, unspoilt countryside, come and visit Bedford and north Bedfordshire.

The county town of Bedford is in one of England’s smallest counties, flanked east and west by tourist hotspots like Oxford and Cambridge and just a 35 minute train journey from central London.

Renowned as having one of the finest riverside settings in the country, enjoy panoramic views of the River Great Ouse from the restored Castle Mound; all that remains of Bedford castle, which was destroyed in the siege of 1224.

Bedford Borough is a vibrant area to live in with an abundance of leisure opportunities for residents and visitors. We pride ourselves on offering a fantastic programme of cultural events throughout the year, and providing a wide range of affordable health opportunities, through our quality parks, award winning leisure centers’ and sports development work.

The nearby town of Milton Keynes has a large shopping mall and is a short bus or train ride away. Road and transport links are fantastic from Bedford to the whole of the UK and Europe.

Luton airport is only 30 minutes by car or direct by train, other airports nearby are Stanstead, Birmingham, Heathrow and Gatwick, all within 1hour and 30 minutes by train or car.

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital is a top performing hospital and we are proud to care.

The Trust employs a diverse range of people in many different roles. In addition to doctors, nurses and therapy staff we employ people in a variety of other areas including administration, scientists, estates, technicians and support staff who all work together to deliver the best patient care. Our focus on excellence and patient safety remains our highest priority.

Staff are our most valuable asset and central to the delivery of safe, effective, excellent patient care.

The Trust strives to ensure staff feel valued, empowered, confident, motivated and focuses on developing staff to maximise their potential.

As an employee of the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital you can take advantage of a number of benefits that are available for all L&D staff which can be viewed here.

Why work for us?

Our way of working at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is about providing great patient care but it’s also about attracting and retaining excellent staff to provide that care. It’s about the qualities, knowledge and skills you bring to your role in the Trust and the support, development and job satisfaction you expect in return. It’s about sharing common priorities for improvement and embracing our Trust values while caring for our patients but also while working together as colleagues.

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