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Locum Consultant in General Surgery, special interest in Colorectal

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year Dependant on experience
Closing date
22 Jun 2023

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Hospital, General surgery
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Locum Consultant Colorectal/General Surgeon from 11th September 2023 for 1 year (10 Programmed Activities)


We are looking for a locum consultant surgeon with an interest in Colorectal Surgery with a sub specialty interest in IBD or Pelvic Floor. This is a fixed term contract post for 12 months from start date, with a full working week of DCC commitments.

The first three months will cover sabbatical leave, following this the post will be a new colorectal post as part of development of the department.

It is an exciting time to be joining the newly formed Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which has resulted from the merger of The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital and Bedford Hospital NHS Trust. The merger took place on 1 April 2020 and under the umbrella of the single NHS Trust both hospitals retain their identity and individual names. Key services will remain on both sites and be managed as single teams across the whole Bedfordshire catchment area. The Colorectal department is currently evolving with the introduction of robotic surgery on both sites.

Applicants must be fully registered on the UK General Medical Council's Specialist Register and have MRCP. Specialist Registrars may apply if within 6 months of CCT.

Residence is required within ten miles by road or thirty minutes travelling time of the Hospital.

The appointment will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check for the successful candidate prior to commencement.


Main duties of the job


Key duties will include:

  • Supervising and running outpatient clinics, operating lists (independent and in a supporting role for more complex cases)
  • Taking part in the weekly Colorectal MDT.
  • Endoscopy lists if JAG accredited or working towards accreditation.
  • During the first 3 months you would be leading and collaborating with the Straight to Test specialist nurse team, for the 2WW and urgent FIT negative colorectal referral pathway.
  • Care for patients on wards in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, including ward nurses and the enhanced recovery nursing team.
  • Emergency work: Consultant General Surgery on-call of 1 in 12 weekday and weekday night in a rota paired with an UGI surgeon. (1 in 6 week involvement with emergency care) and 1 in 12 weekends.
  • For the first three months, providing the muscle biopsy service as per the muscle biopsy pathway.

You must hold full registration with the General Medical Council.

Informal discussions are encouraged and you are invited to contact via the Hospital switchboard on 01582 491166

Mr Rory Harvey - Clinical Director

Miss Kathy Brown- Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

David Cox - General Manager - General Surgery, Obesity, Gastroenterology and Endoscopy



About us


Our Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Travel between hospital sites may 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.

As part of our continued response to COVID19 the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 ("the 2014 Regulations") was updated and approved by Parliament. This meant that full COVID19 vaccination would become a condition of employment in all NHS roles which have face-to-face contact with patients and service users from 1 April 2022 unless exempt.

The Government subsequently announced that, given the changes to the Omicron variant, they believe it is no longer proportionate to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for NHS staff. The Government's decision is subject to Parliamentary process. This will require further consultation and a Parliamentary vote to be passed into legislation.

As this role is within scope of the current legislation COVID19 vaccination status will remain part of our routine Occupational Health check.

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and your patients.


Job description

Job responsibilities


The appointments will be subject to full Occupational Health Clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check for the successful candidates prior to commencement.

The appointee will have Full UK Medical/Dental registration at time of application.

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.

If you have not received correspondence inviting you for interview within 28 days of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Person Specification

Qualifications and Registration


  • MB ChB or Equivalent.
  • FRCS (General Surgery) or equivalent
  • GMC Registration with a license to practice


  • Post graduate qualification MSc, MD, PhD, MA, Masters in Education
  • Entry on GMC Specialist Register in General Surgery or be currently processing applications to this registration via: oCCT or CESR(CP) - proposed CCT/CESR(CP) date must be within 6 months of eligibility
  • Training and experience in Colorectal surgery

Clinical Experience


  • Evidence of thorough and broad training and experience in General Surgery.
  • Comprehensive knowledge in Colorectal surgery and ability to offer expert clinical opinion on range of problems, both emergency and elective within General surgery.
  • Able to take full and independent responsibility for delivering service without direct supervision
  • Experience in Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Experience in diagnostic and therapeutic Colonoscopy in Endoscopy with JAG accreditation or to be working towards this.


  • Evidence of subspecialty training or Colorectal fellowship out of region

Clinical Governance


  • Able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the principles and elements of clinical governance and individual responsibilities it implies
  • Knowledge of the principles of evidence-based practice
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical audit and direct experience of audit.
  • An interest which improves the General Surgery and colorectal pathway in all aspects


  • Evidence of implementing relevant evidence-based medicine
  • Implementation of evidence-based guidelines
  • Participation in relevant national audits.



  • Knowledge of the principles of research and ability to interpret and apply clinical research
  • Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical and surgical problems


  • Recent published clinical research in peer reviewed journal
  • Ability to supervise postgraduate research



  • Knowledge and ability to teach all grades of trainees and medical students.
  • Understands learner centered teaching.
  • Completed a Teaching the Teachers or similar course within two years of appointment or agree to attend such a training course within one year of appointment.


  • Interest in teaching medical, nursing and other groups of staff

Communication and Language skills


  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clinical colleagues, other specialties and support staff
  • Good knowledge of and ability to use spoken and written English
  • Ability to present effectively to an audience, using variety of methods and to respond to questions

Management and Administrative Experience


  • Evidence of management experience or training.
  • Ability to advise on efficient and smooth running of specialist service
  • Ability to manage and lead department
  • Ability to organise and manage out-patient priorities and waiting lists


  • Ability to share departmental management duties e.g. staff rotas.

Personal attributes


  • Ability to develop effective working relationships on an individual and multi-disciplinary basis with all levels of staff
  • Able to organise, prioritise workload and the ability to adapt and respond to changing circumstances
  • Ability to take responsibility and show evidence of leadership
  • Ability to work under pressure and cope with setbacks
  • Willingness to undertake additional professional responsibilities at local, regional or national level
  • Caring, honest and reliable
  • Able and willing to work with consultant colleagues in equitable sharing of clinical, non-clinical and on-call duties
  • Have a commitment to CME/CPD
  • Possess an enquiring and critical approach to work
  • Ability to present effectively to an audience, using variety of methods and to respond to questions
  • Competent in all relevant IT packages, including Microsoft and patient administration systems.
  • Satisfactory Trust health screening prior to appointment


  • Satisfactory DBS check

Knowledge and Standards


  • Knowledge and Experience of Safeguarding for Children and Adults.
  • Knowledge and experience of general and Colorectal
  • Has a thorough knowledge and understanding of Good Medical Practice set out by the GMC.
  • Confirmation of satisfactory appraisal signed off by Responsible Officer



  • Residence within 10 miles by road or up to thirty minutes travelling time of the hospital for purposes of on-call emergencies.

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.



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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