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Senior Clinical Fellow in Breast Surgery

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
£51,017 a year per annum
Closing date
13 Jun 2023

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Hospital, General surgery
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Fixed Contract
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Senior Clinical Fellow in Breast Surgery

12 month fixed term contract

The Trust is seeking to appoint a Senior Clinical Fellow in Breast Cancer and Reconstructive surgery. There is the option of Cosmetic Breast surgery experience which is provided as part of a non-NHS private practice initiative. You will be part of a team of four Consultants and a Trust Consultant providing a full range of services for symptomatic and breast screening patients.

The Breast Surgery Service is part of the 650 bedded Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, with two further hospitals, St Michael's Hospital in Hayle and the West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance. All breast clinical and diagnostic work is carried out at the Mermaid Centre in Truro in a purpose built unit. Most routine breast surgery is undertaken at St Michael's Hospital where there are ring-fenced dedicated beds.

This busy and dynamic breast unit manages both symptomatic and breast screening patients. We treat approximately 550 patients a year with a new diagnosis of breast cancer and see approximately 12,000 out patients annually. The service provides a full range of oncoplastic procedures including a good volume of therapeutic and reduction mammoplasties as well as a comprehensive reconstructive service. We offer implant / ADM based reconstructions (pre and sub pectoral placement and a pedicle flap service. We have access to the free flap service in Exeter and Plymouth but not on site.

Main duties of the job

The RCHT breast unit is an active research centre and eligible patients are offered entry into several multicentre national surgical trials such as POSNOC, LORIS and POBRAD M as well as a large number of oncology trials. In additional we are at the forefront of technological advances we use radioguided occult lesion localisation (ROLL) and have the largest national series, we have a 3D Tomosynthesis unit in theatre and are introducing 3D assessment in outpatients for our breast reconstruction patients.

Exposure to the local cosmetic practice aims to provide enough experience to help towards certification in cosmetic breast surgery. The cosmetic practice (a single Consultant - Professor Drew) takes place in non-NHS time and this gives ample opportunity for the observation of breast augmentation, mastopexy and reduction. The consultants will also provide opportunities to discuss complex cases as listed on the certification requirements and there will be opportunities for out of hours' attendance at cosmetic consultations. This part of the post is voluntary and is not remunerated by the Trust.

About us

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust is the biggest provider of healthcare services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Our three main sites are Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro, St Michael's Hospital Hayle and West Cornwall Hospital Penzance, our staff and services are available across the region.

The Trust employs 5,000+ staff, has a budget of 380 million and 750 beds. We work with health and social care organisations -including NHS Kernow and NHS England- to ensure local healthcare needs are met. We provide acute medical, surgical and specialist services to around 500,000- which can increase significantly during busy holiday periods.

The Trust has teaching hospitals status as part of the University of Exeter Medical School. Keeping at the forefront of medical advances, we continually develop clinical services and are committed to maximising the range of specialist care offered locally.

We can offer you a rewarding career in a supportive working environment. We have extensive educational links to help you realise your full potential and develop skills to provide outstanding healthcare to the local community.

Enjoy an outstanding quality of life in a place that offers surfing beaches and fishing harbours to beautiful countryside and historic towns. With clean air, plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and excellent schools, colleges and universities (including adult education) it is the ideal place for families and for you to develop your own career.

Job description
Job responsibilities

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  • Work health assessments
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Person Specification
Application Criteria
  • Full GMC Registration with a licence to practice
  • ST3/4 equivalent
  • Minimum of three years as SHO or equivalent
  • Experience in and participation in departmental audit
  • MRCS
  • Independent persuit of research goals
  • Experience in and participation in departmental audit
  • Minimum of three years as SHO or equivalent
Interview Criteria
  • Acceptance that post requires a strong service commitment
  • Experience working in busy clinical environments
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Involvement in departmental teaching
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to establish good working relationship with staff and be able to communicate well with patients
  • Driving license

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).

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Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospital



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