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Consultant in Clinical Oncology

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2023

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Hospital, Oncology
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

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Consultant in Clinical Oncology with Urology and Upper GI Cancer sites and sessions in Addenbrookes for Radiotherapy.

Applications are invited for a full time post of Consultant Clinical Oncologist for duties at Bedford Hospital, part of the Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Addenbrookes Hospital, part of the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The two Trusts form part of the East of England Strategic Clinical Network serving 1.3 million people.

The appointee would join a team of 6 existing Oncology Consultants working between Bedford and Addenbrookes Hospitals, providing a cohesive, multi-disciplinary service for the treatment of Urology and Upper GI cancers; and would also work as part of the Acute Oncology Team. The post would involve spending 3 days in Bedford and 1 day in Cambridge per week.

Please note that all shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a virtual pre-interview assessment process.

Closing Date: 25.06.23

Assessment Date: 11.07.23

Interview Date: 17.07.23


Main duties of the job


  • To provide specialist Oncological services to the population served by the Bedford Hospital NHS trust in conjunction with Prof Thomas, Dr Bulusu, Dr Smith, Dr Aslam, Dr Ahmed and Dr Abbas with special reference to Urology and Upper GI
  • To provide specialist Oncological services to the Cambridge population in with special reference to Urology and Upper GI cancer
  • To work with consultant colleagues and primary care services to develop rapid routes of referral for cancer patients
  • To liaise with clinical colleagues in Medicine, Surgery, Haematology and palliative care to assist in providing a seamless service for patients transferring between the different aspect of the service
  • To liaise with Colleagues in Medicine Surgery and the surgical specialities to provide regular cover for patients with neutropenic sepsis and other oncological complications.
  • To collaborate with colleagues at the Cancer Centre, Cancer Units and other agencies to ensure optimum quality of care for cancer patients
  • To participate in clinical research
  • To collaborate with colleagues at the Cancer Centre, Cancer Units and other agencies to ensure optimum quality of care for cancer patients
  • To work with colleagues and the radiotherapy and chemotherapy standards setting group in consultation with the directorate management structure to manage developments in oncology and the introduction of new drugs and technologies at Addenbrooke's and the network.
  • To participate in the undergraduate teaching program


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 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.

The unit provides a full complement of high quality, clinical and support services and is a cancer treatment unit with facilities to treat a wide range of cancers areas including breast, colorectal, lung, prostate, gastric, lymphoma and gynaecology. The Primrose unit team is made up of six consultants, Chemotherapy Nurse Practitioners and a nursing team, all of whom work very closely with other departments within Bedford Hospital and with the radiology centre at Addenbrooke's Hospital to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care and to offer a truly holistic service to all patients at each stage of their cancer journey. There is also a weekly Gynae SMDT between Bedford and Addenbrookes.


Job description

Job responsibilities


  • Provision with Consultant colleagues of a service to Bedford Hospital and Addenbrooke's Hospital, with 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
  • Any responsibility, which relates to a special interest
  • Participating in medical audit, the Trusts Clinical Governance processes and in CPD
  • Involvement in research locally and in liaison with Cambridge.
  • Where it is agreed between the parties, work on behalf of Addenbrooke's Hospital such as domiciliary consultations, or services provided by the Trust for other agencies, e.g. the prison service. (This excludes work done under direct arrangements between an individual Consultant and a third party, e.g. Category 2;
  • Willingness to undertake additional professional responsibilities at local, regional or national levels
  • The post holder must at all times carry out his/her duties with due regard to the Trusts Equal Opportunities Policy.
  • It is the responsibility of all employees to maintain a safe and healthy environment for patients, visitors and staff
  • It is the responsibility of the postholder 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
  • All staff who have access to or transfer data are responsible for that data and must respect confidentiality and comply with the requirement of the Data Protection Act 1998, in line with the Trusts policies.
  • The postholder is responsible for data quality and complying with the policies, procedures and accountability arrangements throughout the Trust for maintaining accuracy and probity in the recording of the Trusts activities.
  • Staff is required to comply with the requirements of the Freedom of Information of Act 2000 in line with Trust Policy.
  • Any other duties, which may be required from time to time

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


Person Specification

GMC Registration


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



  • MB BS, MRCP or equivalent


  • MD, PhD or other higher degree



  • Management and audit relevant to Oncology

Teaching Research/Publications


  • Teaching of medicine to trainees and other medical students


  • Some research experience

Knowledge and Clinical Skills


  • Excellent all round experience of DGH work

Personal Circumstances


  • Able to work in Bedford and Cambridge
  • Fit to undertake the role

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

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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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