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Consultant Anaesthetist

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 Per annum
Closing date
3 Jul 2023

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Hospital, Anaesthesia
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

We are looking to welcome consultant anaesthetists with a special interest in orthopaedics/regional anaesthesia to our large, cohesive and forward-looking department. We are currently building more orthopaedic theatres and are therefore looking to expand our team.

We are the largest hospital in the Southwest Peninsula, and offer a secondary care service to approximately 500 000 patients, and a tertiary care service to a further 1.5 million. We are a major trauma centre. Almost all adult surgical specialties are catered for, including cardiac, neurosurgery, thoracics and paediatrics. A successful applicant will be joining a welcoming and friendly department that has held ACSA Accreditation since 2015 and 2019 and is proud of its collegiate spirit. We have a strong track record in clinical excellence & translational research, and receive very positive feedback from our rotating trainees. We understand the need to accommodate a healthy work life balance and aim to support flexible working. We have a lively social programme and a dedicated anaesthetic coffee room, known as the 'Back Bar'.

Main duties of the job

This post is for a substantive consultant anaesthetist capable of delivering high quality anaesthesia. These duties include but are not limited to teaching, continuing medical education and quality improvement activities.

The post holder will be expected to participate in the general on-call rota that covers general surgery, obstetrics, major trauma and neurosurgery. There are separate on call rotas for paediatrics, ICU and cardiac.

The successful applicant may be asked to participate in the provision of anaesthetic services for operating lists that start earlier than the normal start times or are planned to run on into the late evening. Cover for weekend elective, emergency and trauma anaesthetic cover will also be required. This will be agreed with the service line director and an appropriate allocation of programmed activities will be agreed for this work.

About us

The Anaesthesia Service Line comprises 64 consultants (7 military), 5 staff grade & associate specialist doctors, and approximately 40 trainees. Further contributions are made from colleagues from pain services and critical care. Cardiothoracic anaesthesia is provided by colleagues from the cardiothoracic service line. Although large, we have a reputation for being supportive and friendly. We deliver >20 000 PA of direct clinical care per annum in both the operating theatres and wider hospital environment. There are over 30 operating theatres and other areas where anaesthesia contributes.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We have included an indicative 10 PA job plan within the candidate pack, however the successful applicant will have the opportunity to meet with the Service Line Director in advance of commencing the post to agree a job plan that works for both the applicant and Trust. We recognise the importance of flexible working and will seek to accommodate this wherever possible. We are also keen to support applicants to do what they enjoy and therefore bring their best selves to work!

Job plans typically start with 1.5 generic SPA.

We run a 1ston call rota, backed up by a 2nd on call consultant for anaesthesia (not cardiac, ICU or paediatrics). When 1ston call you need to be within 30 minutes of the hospital. For 2ndon call, it is 45 minutes. There are resident trainees in obstetrics and the emergency theatre (as well as ICU and cardiac ICU).

We have regular evening trauma lists and cover the emergency stroke thrombectomy service. There areweekend emergency and trauma lists, as well as a number of waiting list initiatives for elective work.

We are a leading centre for regional anaesthesia with a number of internationally renowned colleagues. We run the esteemed SOWRA course.

Person Specification



  • CCT / CESR in anaesthesia (or expected within 6 months) or previous consultant experience
  • Advanced module or SIA in regional / orthopaedic anaesthesia
  • Competent in all RA-UK plan A blocks
  • Evidence of positive patient and colleague feedback



  • Possession of other related postgraduate qualification such as BSc, MSC or PhD
  • Fellowship in regional anaesthesia
  • EDRA or equivalent
  • Experience in ambulatory arthroplasty
  • Evidence of skills in service improvement, research, medical education, leadership

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Derriford Hospital

Derriford Road



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