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Neurosurgery Trust Doctor

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£51,017 a year
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Hospital, Neurosurgery
Career Level
Trust / Career grade
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time

Job Details

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust is the largest NHS Trust in the UK and is the Regional Centre for Neurosurgery Surgery. The eleven Consultant Neurosurgeons in Leeds currently perform approximately 3000 procedures per year and the department offers the full range of neurosurgical training and experience.

We are seeking two Locum Trust Doctors for a fixed term appointment for 6 months in the first instance with a possible renewal for a further 6 months.

The Department is led by 12 Consultants. They all have comprehensive general Neurosurgical commitment as well as particular subspecialty interests.

  • Mr P D Chumas - Paediatric and oncology
  • Mr J Goodden - Paediatric and oncology
  • Mr K.Deniz - Vascular and Neurotology
  • Mr G Sivakumar - Paediatric,Functional and Adult Oncology.
  • Mr N I Phillips - Pituitary and skull base.
  • Mr Rob Corns - Cranial, spinal and oncology
  • Mr C Derham - Spinal and Cranial
  • Mr A K Tyagi - Vascular and paediatric surgery
  • Mr S Thomson - Spinal Surgery
  • Mr D Pal - Spinal Surgery
  • Mr I Anderson - Cerebrovascular surgery

The junior staff consists of 9 SPR/STR and 12 SHO level trainees.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of the clinical service, and should have experience at the level of ST4 onwards and of on call.

The Department of Neurosurgery provides a comprehensive neurosurgical service to the 2.5 million people of West and North Yorkshire. The Neurosurgical Department is within the new development at The Leeds General Infirmary at Leeds. This is an amalgamation of the previous separate units at the Leeds Infirmary and the Pinderfields General Hospital, Wakefield.

The centralised Neurosurgical Department has approximately 65 adult beds with a 7-bedded dedicated Neuro-intensive Care Unit as well as an 8 bedded High Dependency Unit. There are 3 operating theatres, 1 dedicated to emergency surgery 24 hours per day. There are separate beds and intensive care facilities for Paediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery.

The Neurosurgical Department has close links with the other neurosciences, particularly the Department of Neuro-radiology where there is high expertise in imaging and interventional neuroradiology. The Department has 2 CT scanners, 3 MRI scanners, digital subtraction angiography and CT angiography.

Neuro-anaesthesia is provided at a specialist level. The Neuro-anaesthetists provide support to both the High Dependency and Intensive Care Unit.

There is a comprehensive Paediatric Neurosciences Department with 5 Paediatric Neurologists, 4 specialist Neurosurgeons and full Oncology services.

About us

The Department has an established educational programme for trainees with weekly journal clubs, case presentations, weekly academic rounds and monthly audit meetings.

The Trust has a well stocked library and there is access to the Universitys library as well. Access to various shops and eateries is also available. Accommodation and parking can be arranged.

For further enquiries, please contact:-

Mr Nick Phillips, Consultant Neurosurgeon on 0113 3926612 or at

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description
Job responsibilities


a) In-patient and Out-patient Duties

The Higher Trust Doctor will assist in the overall running of the department and ensure that the clinical care is appropriately handled with the Senior House Officers under the leadership of the Consultant. Clinical commitments include up to two out patient sessions and 3 operating sessions per week.

The post holder will participate in the emergency on-call rota with prospective cover.

b) Teaching

The Higher Trust Doctor will be involved in the teaching of undergraduates, postgraduates, the junior trainees as well as the nursing and para-medical staff.

c) Clinical Administration

The Higher Trust Doctor will assist in ensuring that ward admissions and discharges are satisfactory arranged and that summaries are promptly sent. He/she will also partake in the audit programmes and the weekly academic meetings.

d) Study and Training

This is a non-training post

Within the Department there are regular weekly academic Neuroscience meetings as well as weekly Neuro-radiological and Neuro-pathology meetings. There is also a monthly audit meeting of morbidity, mortality and specific audit topics.

There is a medical library in the Postgraduate Centre with appropriate computer linkage for literature searches. The Clinical Fellow will be encouraged to take part in the on-going research projects and every encouragement will be given to any individual projects.


The applicant should be able to participate in the on call rota, outpatient clinics and operating lists with experience equivalent at least to a UK trainee at ST4 level.


This is a non-training post but the applicant will be encouraged to participate in the departmental education programme.


This post is covered by the Hospital Medical and Dental Staff (England and Wales) Terms and Conditions of Service. These documents are available on the Medical Staffing Intranet site.

The post holder is required to be fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and hold a licence to practice.

Standards of Conduct and Behaviour

You are required to work to the standards set out by the General Medical Council in Good Medical Practice. This includes protecting patients when you believe that a doctors or other colleagues conduct, performance or health is a threat to them. If, after establishing the facts, it is necessary, you must follow the Trusts procedures in this matter and inform your Clinical Director or Medical Director in the first instance.

Your general conduct at work should comply with the standards set out in the Trusts document on Appraisal, in particular the section on Core Behaviours.

Leave Arrangements

All leave should be applied for in accordance with the Trusts Leave Policy, normally giving six weeks notice of any leave, other than in exceptional circumstances.


During the course of your employment, you agree to undergo whatever training the Trust deems necessary. This may include, but is not limited to, induction training, professional development and safe working practices. Funding of such training will be in accordance with the Trusts Staff Development Policy.

Health & Safety

The Trust has a responsibility to provide a safe working environment for all staff. As an employee/supervisor/manager you are responsible for your own safety and that of others. This will require you to comply with the Trust arrangements for Health & Safety and Risk Management. As a supervisor/manager, you will be responsible for ensuring your team work in a safe manner and are competent to do so.

Equality & Diversity

The jobholder must comply with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment and that services are delivered in ways that meet the individual needs of patients and their families. No person whether they are staff, patient or visitor should receive less favourable treatment because of their gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.

The Trust's Equality and Diversity Policy ensures that barriers to employment for disadvantaged groups are identified and removed, and that no person is treated less favourably on the grounds of their race, ethnic group, religion, impairment, age, gender, sexual orientation or mental health status. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants and post holders where required.

Smoking Policy

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust recognises the serious hazards to health caused by smoking and has adopted a strict no smoking policy. Under the terms of our No Smoking Policy, staff, visitors and patients will not be permitted to smoke at any time or in any part of Trust property, whether inside or outside the hospital buildings.

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act & DBS Disclosure

This position involves access to patients during the normal course of duties and is therefore subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975. As such you must reveal any information which you may have concerning convictions which would otherwise be considered as spent.

An offer of appointment to this post would be subject to the express condition that the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust receives a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Disclosure which will check the existence and the content of any criminal record received.

The Trust has the right to withdraw an offer or employment if not satisfied of a candidate's suitability for this position by reason of criminal record or antecedents, especially in cases where no declaration of criminal proceedings has been made on a candidates application form or DBS Form. The Trust reserves the right to determine this issue at its sole discretion. If you are successful in being short listed for this position you will be asked to complete a criminal disclosure form to be handed to a representative at interview. Furthermore, if appointed to this post you will be asked to complete a 'DBS Disclosure Application Form' which will be submitted to the DBS.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has a Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-offenders which is available on request.

Infection Control

The jobholder must comply at all times with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Infection Control policies, in particular by practicing Universal Infection Control Precautions. Hand hygiene must be performed before and after contact with patients and their environment.

Patient and Public Involvement

The Trust has a statutory duty to involve patients and public in evaluating and planning services. All staff have a responsibility to listen to the views of patients and to contribute to service improvements based on patient feedback.

Respect for Patient Confidentiality

The jobholder should respect patient confidentiality at all times and not divulge patient information unless sanctioned by the requirements of the role.


Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, so we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are:






All our actions and endeavours will be guided and evaluated through these values

Additionally, the following are core values which relate specifically to this post:

The beliefs and attitudes that underpin effective performance within the job role. Emphasis should be on the requirements of the role not the individual when completing this section. Examples might include quality focus, mistakes are used as a continual learning experience, honesty, integrity etc.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is part of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT), a collaborative of the NHS hospital trusts from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate working together to provide the best possible care for our patients.

By bringing together the wide range of skills and expertise across West Yorkshire and Harrogate we are working differently, innovating, and driving forward change to deliver the highest quality care. By working for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust this is your opportunity to be a part of that change.

WYAAT is the acute sector arm of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, one of the largest integrated care systems in the country. The Partnerships ambition is for everyone to have the best possible health and wellbeing, and the work of WYAAT, and each individual trust, supports that ambition.

Additionally, the following are core values which relate specifically to this post:

Team working - the successful applicant will be expected to work closely with theatre and ward teams, demonstrating a strong commitment to collaborative, patient centred care. They will be expected to demonstrate excellent communication skills.

Quality and safety focused - the Trust places a strong emphasis on continuous learning and the importance of sharing both good practice and learning from mistakes. The successful candidate will be expected to fully support these principles.

Person Specification

  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • MRCS/FRCS full diploma or equivalent.

BMJRef: BMJ-115604/298-C9298-MED-157



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