Consultant in Respiratory Medicine

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust.
£88,364 to £119,133 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Hospital, Respiratory medicine
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The positions described in this job description are for full time consultant physicians in respiratory and general medicine based at Northampton General Hospital. This significant expansion is to both support a change in the acute medical model, and to expand and develop specialist respiratory services. You will be expected to contribute to the acute take as part of this role, and the near doubling of our numbers creates an opportunity to achieve a step-change in our respiratory services. Your role is an integral part of this exciting development. Once we have sufficient numbers we will be aiming to deliver a respiratory in-reach service with less emphasis on acute medicine. It is important to understand that the role described currently may change significantly and you will be part of driving that change for the better care of respiratory patients.

Main duties of the job

To provide clinical services in respiratory and internal medicine to the local population of south Northamptonshire including inpatient care, respiratory clinics and procedures (including pleural and bronchoscopic procedures).

To participate in the development of Respiratory Medicine services.

To provide input to the education of medical undergraduates on placement in NGH.

To support and provide teaching and training of junior medical staff, post graduate training and nurse training on the unit.

To participate in the Department of Medicine meetings

To ensure good practice by regular audit and review of incidents with the clinical team and take forward lessons learnt.

To link with directorate clinical governance meetings and contribute to lessons learnt from incidents and complaints.

To take part in the on call medical rota. The consultant will be expected to join the on call rota for acute medical admissions to the emergency units.

The appointee will link with all the acute physicians involved in the admission of respiratory patients and other colleagues in the specialty across Northamptonshire.

About us

We are a welcoming and friendly group of clinicians who are currently embarking on an exciting new journey within respiratory medicine at Northampton General Hospital. We believe the team is the key to our success and work hard to ensure the respiratory department is a supportive, fun and motivated group of individuals. We are currently undergoing significant expansion of the footprint of both our chest clinic and gaining a Level 1 Respiratory Support unit which allows us to develop the service in a very positive way to fulfil the needs of our patients. There are many exciting opportunities ahead of us. We describe the current service initially and then the up and coming changes that are happening within our service.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for further details. Please note: This job is pending RCP approval.

Person Specification
Qualifications and Training

  • Relevant specialty degree qualification
  • Completion of Specialty Training (CST or equivalent) or within 6 months of achieving it in relevant specialty
  • MRCP (UK) or an equivalent qualification


  • MD, PhD or other higher degree
  • Education / Medical Education Qualification (preferably at Masters level)

Other requirements

  • Full registration with General Medical Council

Teaching, Audit and Quality Improvement

  • Experience of Audit and Quality Improvement
  • Experience of Teaching Junior Staff
  • Experience of Undergraduate Teaching


  • Experience in Curriculum development and delivery

Management and leadership experience

  • Effective Team worker, valuing the experience and contributing
  • Demonstrable Team Leadership skills and experience


  • Understanding and experience of delivering organisational change

Academic achievements and research

  • Publications in recognised Medicine / Medical Education Journals or Presentations at National Level
  • Research experience relating to quality improvement

Interpersonal skills

  • High level Organisational Skills
  • Communication Skills 

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About our University Hospitals of Northamptonshire NHS Group

Please watch our video of Heidi, our Chief Executive, explaining why it's great to work at NGH!

This is a video of Matt, our Medical Director and surgeon, explaining how NGH can attract the best clinicians to the Trust

Tom is the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Medicine at the University of Leicester. In this video, Tom talks about an exciting opportunity for a clinical academic

Our mission is to provide safe, compassionate and clinically excellent patient care, by being an outstanding employer for our people, creating opportunities, supporting innovation, and working in partnership to improve local health and care services

Our Group is made up of two hospital Trusts with two main hospital sites and a number of services provided elsewhere within the community. We are proud to serve the people of Northamptonshire and beyond.

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (KGH) is an acute hospital with around 600 beds and a 24-hour Emergency Department (A&E). In addition to the full range of district general hospital care, KGH also provides some specialist services including cardiac care for the county. It has inpatient, day case, diagnostic, maternity and outpatient facilities with a dedicated children’s ward and outpatients. In 2019/20 teams at the KGH site cared for approximately 90,000 emergency patients and 120,000 patients referred to us for treatment.

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust (NGH) is an acute hospital with around 790 beds and a 24-hour Emergency Department (A&E). In addition to the full range of district general hospital care, NGH also provides some specialist services including cancer and stroke services for the county. It has inpatient, day case, diagnostic, maternity and outpatient facilities with a dedicated children’s ward and outpatients. In 2019/20 teams at NGH cared for approximately 135,000 emergency patients and 140,000 patients were referred to us for treatment.

  • Our population Together, we will continue to serve our growing population of around 900,000 people across Northamptonshire. This population is varied with a range of needs from our services:
  • There are large and growing numbers of people aged over 70, as well as high numbers of people aged under 20 and newborns
  • Around 70% of our population live in urban areas, whilst 30% live in more rural areas
  • Our six boroughs and districts are diverse, with countryside and urban areas, different age groups between local communities, and differing levels of affluence
  • There are growing levels of ethnic diversity, particularly in more urban areas of the county

We are delighted to have achieved University Hospital status, working in partnership with the University of Leicester and the University of Northampton. This status will enable us to strengthen our existing research and clinical teams, ensure our staff have access to the latest training and techniques, and provide patients with access to cutting-edge treatment and research trials. As a result, this will improve the quality of care we are able to provide and enhance training and development opportunities for staff.

We have agreed five priorities for the Group. Everything we do across both organisations should contribute towards achieving goals within at least one of these priority areas. They represent the long-term objectives of the Group, and each has an ambition and a success measure that we can track. Every we will analyse our performance as a Group and set annual goals designed to make the biggest impact on each of these areas. Delivering our goals will move us closer to achieving our overall vision. More information on our Group Priorities can be found in our ‘Dedicated to Excellence’ brochure.

Patient - Excellent patient experience shaped by the patient voice.

Quality – Outstanding quality healthcare underpinned by continuous, patient centred improvement and innovation.

Systems and Partnerships - Seamless, timely pathways for all people’s health needs, working together with our partners.

Sustainability - A resilient and creative University Hospital Group, embracing every opportunity to improve care.

People - An inclusive place to work where people are empowered to make a difference.

Northampton General Hospital is located next to Becketts Park and the River Nene. Walking, running and cycling routes are within minutes of the hospital.

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