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Consultant in Head and Neck Surgery

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year £84,559 - £114,003 per annum
Closing date
29 Apr 2023

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

Consultant in Head and Neck Surgery.

Applications are invited for the above post to join our Maxillofacial team. The successful candidate will join the existing team of 5 Consultants.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust is one of the largest and busiest teaching hospitals in England, being made up of three hospitals after joining together in 2000; The General, The Glenfield and the Royal Infirmary. UHL employees over 10,000 staff to treat a diverse population of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland which is a growing population of nearly one million, as well as the neighbouring cities populations of two to three million.

We deliver a high quality of specialist care in particular; cancer, renal and cardiac services, having both a national and international reputation. We are at the forefront of many research programmes and new surgical procedures including the research into diabetes, genetics, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and the keyhole heart valve surgery. Due to working closely with local universities we play a vital role in teaching the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Applications must already be on the GMC specialist register or be eligible for a certificate of completion of speciality training within 6 months of the interview.

Main duties of the job

  • Oncology and reconstruction
  • Participate in microvascular on-call rotas at LRI-
  • Supervise and train junior medical staff/dental staff
  • Clinical sessions as laid out in the job plan
  • Teaching, research, audit and administration
  • Maintenance of the highest clinical standards in the management of patients.
  • To share with colleagues responsibility for the day-to-day management of patients.
  • To promote new ways of working and co-ordinating care for patients in the community and to ensure that services are based on effective and integrated partnerships across the health community.
  • Take part in multidisciplinary case conferences.
  • To be involved in appraising and assessing juniors.
  • To proactively develop the service.
  • To actively participate in both departmental and Trust matters concerning Clinical Governance and audit.

About us

We are one of the biggest and busiest NHS trusts in the country, incorporating the General, Glenfield and Royal Infirmary hospitals. We have our very own Children's Hospital and run one of the country's leading heart centres.

Our team is made up of more than 17,000 staff providing a range of services primarily for the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We work with partners at the University of Leicester and De Montfort University providing world-class teaching to nurture and develop the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, many of whom go on to spend their working lives with us.

Our purpose is to provide 'Caring at its best' and our staff have helped us create a set of values that embody who we are and what we're here to do. They are:

  • We focus on what matters most
  • We treat others how we would like to be treated
  • We are passionate and creative in our work
  • We do what we say we are going to do
  • We are one team and we are best when we work together

Our patients are at the heart of all we do and we believe that 'Caring at its best' is not just about the treatments and services we provide, but about giving our patients the best possible experience.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust: (

Job description
Job responsibilities

This is a replacement post, to join the existing four Maxillofacial Surgery consultants. The post holder will take part in the microvascular on-call rota as well as working within their specialist area in the management of oncology and reconstruction.

The successful applicant will be expected to develop their special interest in the management of oncology with reconstruction and to work closely with the established oncology and reconstruction team. The successful candidate will be an established consultant or a Specialist Registrar eligible for CCST or within six months of CCST prior to interview for this post. A fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology is desirable but not necessarily essential.

The overriding purpose is to support the provision of highest quality patient care through personal actions and continuous improvement.

  • Responsibility for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness, and the proper functioning of the department;
  • Cover for colleagues' annual leave and other authorised absences;
  • To participate in service development and business planning in collaboration with the other Consultants in the department, the CMG and local GPs and commissioners within the local CCGs;
  • Professional supervision and management of junior medical staff including the observance of local employment and human resource policies and procedures;
  • Responsibilities for carrying out teaching, examination and accreditation duties as required and contributing to undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education activity, locally and nationally;
  • Participating in medical audit, the Trusts Clinical Governance processes and in CPD CPD is provided in job plans and attendance at audit and other governance meetings is mandatory; Managerial, including budgetary responsibilities where appropriate and compliance with standing orders and standing financial instructions of the Trust.;
  • In line with GMC Good Medical Practice it is the responsibility of the post-holder to ensure that all duties are carried out to the highest possible standard, and in accordance with current quality initiatives within the area of work.
  • The post-holder is expected to respond in a timely fashion to legitimate requests from Trust officers this might include investigations of incidents or complaints.
  • The post-holder is expected to participate in teaching and training of junior staff and other clinical staff groups. The appointee will also have supervision responsibilities for junior medical staff within the specialty. If appropriate the post-holder will be named in the contract of junior staff as the person responsible for overseeing their training and as an initial source of advice to such doctors regarding their careers.
  • The post-holder is expected to participate in professional continuing medical education; study leave is provided for this purpose.
  • The post-holder will be expected to undertake the Trust Corporate and Directorate specific Induction and competency Programmes appropriate to role.
  • The post-holder will be required to maintain their continuing professional development (CPD) to be able to successfully revalidate. As per the Trust requirement the successful candidate will be required to have annual appraisal and attend / keep fully up to date with statutory and mandatory training as stipulated.
  • Full administrative and secretarial support will be provided to support the post holder carry out their duties.
  • Office space will be provided.

Person Specification

  • Full GMC and GDC registration
  • MB BS or Equivalent
  • Current ATLS certificate
  • MRCP/MRCS or equivalent

Clinical skills

  • Fully trained in the field of Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Trained in Head & Neck Surgery


  • Experience in leading teams
  • Ability to work effectively as part of MDT and supervise juniors

BMJRef: BMJ-117568/358-5105410-CON


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