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Consultant in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience £93,666 - £126,281 per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Hospital, Plastic surgery
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Applications are invited for this post in a friendly, forward-looking unit based at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital site. There are presently three Consultant Breast Surgeons (excluding this post) and an Associate Specialist providing a first-class breast surgery service to a population of over 300,000. Over 300 new breast cancers are treated every year. Breast Service is based on the purpose-built Beds and Herts Breast Screening Centre, which provides screening services to a population of one million.

We are an extremely friendly and supportive unit, with good interpersonal relationships and a long-standing history of developing the unit in line with national guidance.

Candidates unable for personal reasons to work whole-time are also encouraged to apply. A second subspecialty interest may be accommodated if it fits with the interests of the rest of the directorate but not essential. This is a teaching hospital of the University College London and an active teaching commitment is required. Formal training in Oncoplastic Surgery is expected.
Main duties of the job

We have introduced wireless localization (Localizer) and have in-theatre specimen X-rays. We support ultrasound training of surgeons two surgeons are fully trained, a third is due to complete training shortly. We are linked to UEA (faculty on US training course) and run in-house training days for international and UK trainees. We provide a full spectrum of breast surgery including breast reconstructions with Lat Dorsi flaps and implants with access to ADMs and other meshes. Sentinel node biopsies are done with dual technique. We perform therapeutic mammoplasties with symmetrizing surgery. Joint operating is frequent to enable bilateral surgery and to support each other with challenging cases. We carry out LICAPS, lipomodelling and nipple reconstructions. We have good relationships with our local plastic surgery team, a joint Oncoplastic MDT and joint lists. We have an extended, stable, surgical team for ward-rounds, pre-assessment and wound care, including the 'Hospital at Home' team who visit patients after discharge.
About us

Luton & Dunstable Hospital is a 730 bedded busy acute hospital located at junc 11 of the M1 motorway which gives good access to both London and the North. There is also good rail access to London and the expanding London Luton Airport has connections to an increasing number of international destinations. The towns are surrounded by the wooded and undulating countryside of the Chiltern Hills, containing many attractive villages.

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

As part of our continued response to COVID19 the Health & 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, family, colleagues and your patients from the virus.

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.

It is essential for the applicants to have obtained the MRCS or equivalent qualification, and be on the GMC Specialist Register or be within 6 months of attaining CCT at the time of the interview.

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.

Assessment Date: 11th October 2023

AAC Interview Date: 27th October 2023

Person Specification
Police Check

  • Satisfactory DBS check.



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




  • Entry on GMC Specialist Register in General Surgery (subspecialty Breast) or be currently processing applications to this registration via:
  • CCT or CESR(CP) - proposed CCT/CESR(CP) date must be within 6 months of eligibility




  • MB ChB or Equivalent.
  • FRCS (General Surgery) or equivalent




  • Post graduate qualification MSc, MD, PhD, MA, Masters in Education

Clinical Experience



  • Evidence of thorough and broad training and experience in Breast Surgery.
  • Comprehensive knowledge in breast Surgery and ability to offer expert clinical opinion on range of breast problems.
  • Able to take full and independent responsibility for delivering service without direct supervision.




  • Evidence of subspecialty training or fellowship out of region

Teaching & Knowledge



  • Knowledge and ability to teach all grades of trainees and medical students.
  • Understands learner centered teaching.
  • Interest in teaching medical, nursing and other groups of staff
  • Knowledge and Experience of Safeguarding for Children & Adults
  • Has a thorough knowledge and understanding of Good Medical Practice set out by the GMC




  • Completed a Teaching the Teachers or similar course

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.




  • 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

Clinical Governance



  • Able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the principles and elements of clinical governance
  • 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 Breast Surgery pathway in all aspects




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

Personal Attributes and Communication



  • Ability to develop effective working relationships on an individual and multi-disciplinary basis with all levels of staff
  • Able to organise and prioritise workload
  • Ability to adapt and respond to changing circumstances, to work under pressure and cope with setbacks
  • Prossess an enquiring and critical approach to work
  • 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
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English and the 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
  • Competent in all relevant IT packages, including Microsoft and patient administration systems.




  • Satisfactory Trust Health screening prior to appointment


Employer details
Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Luton & Dunstable University Hospital

Lewsey Road



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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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