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Consultant Rheumatologist

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£90,526 to £121,295 per annum including London Zone Allowance
Closing date
17 Jul 2023

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Hospital, Rheumatology
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King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Site: (Denmark Hill) / PRUH & South Sites

Consultant Rheumatologist

£90,526 - £121,295 p.a incl. of London Zone Allowance (pro rata)

Full-time 10 PAs /Permanent

An excellent opportunity has arisen following recent investment to the Rheumatology Service that sits within the PRUH and Southsites division of Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. This is 10 PA Consultant Rheumatologist post based at Orpington Hospital. The consultant will deliver clinics, acute rheumatology inreach at the PRUH and Orpington wards and clinical supervision as part of a team of 5 consultants, 3 specialist nurses and 1 registrar grade doctor.

The rheumatology department is integrated with the departments at Denmark Hill and Queen Marys Sidcup. We run shared clinical governance and clinical effectiveness meetings and some consultants work across sites. The Orpington site has specialist clinics in early arthritis, metabolic bone diseases and connective tissue diseases. The department has developed close links with the department at Kings College Hospital so that there are pathways to discuss complex patients in MDT settings and to access specialist tests.



Main duties of the job


The successful applicant will provide a comprehensively high quality Rheumatology service. In addition to general Rheumatology clinics, the department provides early inflammatory arthritis clinics, metabolic bone clinics and connective tissue/vasculitis clinics.

The remit of the post holder will be to work within the multi-disciplinary team providing and further developing care for rheumatology patients from the local community and wider referral areas and to support with the development of Rheumatology services for all Kings sites across south London. In addition, the individual will be required to play an active role in the general workload of the department while having a significant commitment to teaching and training of junior staff.


About us


King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c£1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contri


Job description

Job responsibilities


  1. Together with other colleagues, to provide a service for patients. This includes all aspects of treatment and relevant management duties for the proper functioning of the Care Group.
  2. Care of Rheumatology inpatients at the PRUH and provision of a consultation service. There is currently a department rota (9-5 Mon-Fri) to cover inpatient and urgent referrals which is split between the consultants.
  3. Provide clinical supervision of junior medical/dental practitioners as a shared responsibility with other consultant colleagues.
  4. Responsible for carrying out teaching, examination and accreditation duties as required and contributing to CPD and clinical governance initiatives.
  5. Responsible for outpatient clinic commitments in peripheral hospitals as agreed with the Care Groups management team.
  6. Contribute to the Care Groups research interests in accordance with the Trusts R&D framework.
  7. Contribute to the audit programmes, Morbidity and Mortality meetings, clinical governance programs and Learning from Deaths.
  8. Take an active role in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of the Care Groups Business Plan. This may include assisting with discussions regarding service plans and developments with internal and external agencies.
  9. Conduct all activities within the contracted level of service and operating plan for service(s).
  10. Exercise professional leadership for all staff working in the specialty. This will include fostering and developing projects focused towards these ends and ensuring that the momentum of post-qualification professional education and other appropriate training is maintained.
  11. Work in conjunction with clinical and other professional colleagues to ensure that the productivity of staff within the specialty is maintained and their job satisfaction is enhanced. This may include involvement in the appraisal process for peers and/or junior colleagues.
  12. Undertake Care Group management duties as agreed with the Care Group/Departmental Manager/Clinical Director.
  13. Be aware of, and comply with, all Trust infection prevention and control policies, to include hand hygiene, personal hygiene, environmental and food hygiene.


Person Specification



  • Registerable medical qualification.
  • MRCP or equivalent


  • Other higher degree or diploma (e.g., MD).



  • Within six months of the expected date of CCT (or equivalent) on the day of interview.
  • Full registration with GMC and Name on Specialist Register on date of taking up appointment.

Training and Experience


  • Wide experience in all aspects of Rheumatology, culminating in award of CCT or equivalent.


  • Experience of a sub-specialty interest.



  • Experience in day to day organisation of Rheumatology services in a busy Teaching Hospital.


  • Familiar with current structure of Health Service and conversant with recent initiatives and changes.

Management and Leadership


  • Able to demonstrate leadership capability within multi-disciplinary teams.


  • Management course and/or qualification.

Audit & quality improvement


  • Thorough understanding of principles of medical audit and quality improvement.
  • Must be able to demonstrate ability to lead change.



  • Experience of conducting or supporting clinical research.


  • Relevant research experience in one or more aspects of Rheumatological disease.
  • Publication of relevant review articles or case reports.



  • Experience of undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and exam preparation.
  • Teaching skills course/qualification

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