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Specialty Doctor in Stroke

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£51,000 to £80,000 a year Per annum
Closing date
20 Jun 2023

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Hospital, Stroke medicine
Career Level
Specialty doctor
Contract Type
Full Time
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust would like to invite applications for a substantive Specialty Doctor in Stroke Medicine to work mainly at Cheltenham General Hospital

We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic colleague to join our well-established stroke service for the continuing delivery of high-quality patient care and to work towards ongoing service improvement.

We welcome applications from individuals with 5 years of post-foundation training/experience and minimum of 1 year experience in Stroke medicine at the level or registrar or higher. We are looking for a highly motivated clinician able to work within a team of consultants, nurses and allied health professionals.
Main duties of the job

  • Maintenance of high quality patient centred care, for new stroke arrivals, and ongoing care of patients in the wards, plus TIA and stroke follow up clinics.
  • Teaching and training within the multidisciplinary service
  • Active involvement in multidisciplinary team meetings and directorate clinical governance activity
  • Active participation in continuing medical education
About us

Stroke and TIA services have been reorganised following the Covid crisis and comprise a direct admission pathway via triage conversation with paramedics and GPs direct to CT avoiding ED which has been invaluable in bed crises to maintain the stroke pathway, a 8-10 bed HASU currently at Cheltenham General Hospital, with, then onwards to an acute (combined acute/rehab) unit also at CGH (ASU- Woodmancote ward 32 beds) and a subsequent 14 bed rehab unit at the Vale community Hospital, Dursley. We have a well-developed stroke Early Supported Discharge team covering the whole county (consisting of Physio, OT, SALT, Psychology, Nurse), and Community Stroke Nurses support patients in the community and coordinate their 6 month reviews. Our tertiary stroke centre for mechanical thrombectomy and neurosurgery is Southmead Hospital (NBT), Bristol.

We are also part of the South West Stroke Research Network with 2 Stroke Research nurses, and there are many opportunities for clinical research and participation in multicentre studies.

The Stroke Service has close links with the Neurology team (currently Consultant neurologists based at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital). There is scope for the development of a spasticity service for stroke patients.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • The postholder will be expected to support the daily Consultant ward rounds on HASU or ASU, attend the daily ward board rounds and provide medical support and patient reviews. The postholder will also be expected to join the Stroke Consultants/SAS Doctors and Stroke Specialist Nurses in on arrival of new patients, to assess suspected stroke and TIA patients and help with the logistics of organising immediate CT, CT angiograms and carotid duplex scans whenever possible.
  • The post holder would also attend weekly stroke neuroradiology meetings and will be able to gain experience in stroke rehabilitation at the Vale Community Hospital (consultants provide 1 ward round per week). Attendance at departmental specialty out-patient clinics including daily TIA clinics at CGH (pm) and other stroke follow up clinics is encouraged as part of training. They may also be able to gain experience in Botox and other spasticity management.
  • There is currently no on call associated with this role, but there may be opportunities to expand the role to include cover at the weekends, particularly providing morning weekend TIA services.
  • The stroke service has an active research programme and the postholder will have opportunities to participate in the recruitment of patients to multicentre stroke studies or registries and also participate in local stroke research projects that may be ongoing at the time.

Person Specification
  • Full General Medical Council registration.
  • 5 years post Foundation Training/experience
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in Stroke medicine at level of registrar or higher
  • MRCP or overseas equivalent
  • Higher degree
  • Teaching qualification Management/Leadership qualification
Clinical Experience
  • Proven clinical skills in Stroke and General medicine and in leading a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to work closely with colleagues in Acute Medicine and Emergency Medicine
  • Experience in stroke rehabilitation
  • Experience of research
  • Evidence of participating in the teaching process

Employer details
Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucestershire Hospitals

Great Western Road



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