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Consultant in Otolaryngology (ENT) Surgeon

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year (per annum)
Closing date
20 Jun 2023

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Hospital, ENT / Otolaryngology
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Applications are invited for the substantive position of Consultant in Otolaryngology (ENT) Surgeon. This appointment will be made in accordance with the terms and conditions of service for the 2003 Consultant Contract (England).

The successful candidate will be an additional member of a dynamic team of three existing Consultant Surgeons in Otolaryngology based at Bedford & two visiting Consultants from Luton & Dunstable.

The ENT department provides a general Rhinology, Laryngology, Otology and Diagnostic Head and Neck Service and is located in a dedicated area that also houses the Audiology service, which is provided by a committed team of technicians led by an Audiological scientist. There are a number of established specialist clinics including Neck Lump clinic, Joint Clinic, Voice clinic and Rhinology clinic. A specialist Otology Clinic and Balance service is being developed. There are regular Thyroid, Head & Neck and Joint OMF/ENT Xray MDT meetings.
Main duties of the job

This is a full time (10PA) post and provides an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated clinician within a developing and growing service. The post is primarily based at Bedford Hospital with one day per week at Luton & Dunstable Hospital.

The post is primarily based at Bedford Hospital and is a replacement post due to retirement.

The on-call commitment is 1:4 week days covering Bedford Hospital with prospective cover for annual and study leave. Weekend on-call is 1:10 covering both Bedford and the larger ENT unit at Luton and Dunstable 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 will be required.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available. The Trust is mostly paperless with an digital patient record system, electronic requesting of investigations via ICE & PACS system. Both sites have recently acquired a Robot and there will be opportunities for the right candidate to be trained in Robotic Head & Neck surgery.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

Job description
Job responsibilities

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 virtual pre-interview assessment process.

Closing Date: 18.06.23

Assessment Date: 29.06.23

Interview Date: 07.07.23

Person Specification
GMC Registration

  • Full GMC Registration and licensed to practice
  • Entry on the GMC Specialist Register via CCT (or within 6 months) or via CESR (must be on Specialist Register at time of applying)



  • MB BS, MRCS, FRCS (ORL-NHS) or equivalent
  • Relevant specialty degree qualification




  • MD, PhD or other higher degree
  • Training in teaching ,e.g. PGCME, PGCert, Diploma in Med Ed
  • Sub-specialty interest training and experience

Teaching, Research & Publications



  • Conversant with principle of Research
  • Evidence of research projects relating to specialty




  • Research experience
  • Additional expertise in another clinical area to complement those of other consultants

Knowledge & Clinical Skills



  • Excellent all round experience of DGH work
  • Relevant clinical experience/expertise
  • Sound comprehensive knowledge of common medicine, surgical and other emergencies




  • Publications relevant to sub speciality

Management / Audit



  • Have a development interest in shared leadership and management within the specialty and hospital
  • Able to lead the team, supported by other professionals
  • Understanding of principles of clinical audit and evidence based medicine

Personal Skills



  • Ability to communicate effectively and co-operate well with all staff and patients
  • Flexible attitude, team player with good time management
  • Leadership Skills

Personal Circumstances



  • Reside within 10 miles or a 30-minute drive from the hospital
  • Fit to undertake the role


Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details
Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bedford Hospital

Kempston Road


MK42 9DJ

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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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