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Consultant General Surgeon with Interest in Benign UGI

Southern Health and Social Care Trust
Craigavon Area Hospital
£88,799 - £119,723 per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Hospital, General surgery
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time, Part Time

Job Details

The post holder will be responsible for the diagnosis, treatment and continuing care of patients with general surgical conditions and in conjunction with consultant colleagues will take part in general surgical duties

The post holder will, in co-operation with colleagues, share the general surgical workload and be actively involved in the planning, scheduling and delivery of emergency and elective surgical care.  The elective work will include endoscopy, day-case and elective inpatient theatre work, as well as outpatient sessions.

The post holder will provide a surgical outpatient and inpatient service for the local resident population as well as outreach clinics for SHSCT patients residing elsewhere in the area. The post holder will be expected to have elective commitments on several sites within the SHSCT (i.e. Armagh Community Hospital, Banbridge Polyclinic, Daisy Hill Hospital & South Tyrone Hospital).  

The Emergency Service is separate from the Elective Service and involves each Surgeon devoting him/herself entirely to the daily management of surgical emergencies for a period of 1 full week in 12.  The combined first and second on-call night rota is 1 in 6 on-call.  Emergency Activity on-call and at weekends is recognized through a regular PA allocation on the job plan to cover the emergency commitment. The Surgeon of the Week will be supported by a senior and two junior trainees and Foundation year 1 doctor.

The post holder will be expected to work in teams to provide cover for inpatients for off-site Consultant colleagues.

The post holder will be involved in a number of clinical initiatives such as the enhancement of the Ambulatory Service and improving day-case pathways. 

The post holder will be expected to contribute to the establishment of a benign upper GI MDT and to care for patients with a variety of benign upper GI disease which includes, but is not limited to, the management of patients with complex biliary disease, paraoesophgeal hernias, achalasia and reflux disease. They will be encouraged to contribute to the ongoing entry of data into the National Hiatal Surgery Registry for benchmarking against national peer outcomes.

The post holder will be involved with the supervision, appraisal and teaching of Junior Doctors.  The teaching of Junior Doctors is an integral part of the clinical work. It is expected that the post holder will undertake clinical and educational supervision across a range of trainee grades and we will support you in obtaining recognized trainer status from the GMC.

The post holder will undertake undergraduate teaching for Queen’s University of Belfast students.

CAH is a District General Hospital in which General Surgery manages emergency surgical paediatric admissions between the ages of 5 to 16 years (conditions managed are abdominal pain (principally appendicitis) and minor closed head injuries). Support Services on site include 24/7 Paediatric Services with additional Surgical Support at the Regional Centre in Belfast (Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children).  The post holder will not be expected to carry out elective Paediatric Surgery.

The Department recognises and abides by the Trust’s Policy in relation Equality and Diversity.

Provision for travel times to and from elective and emergency commitments is recognised within the annual Job Planning exercise and in accordance with the Trust Policy.

Office accommodation and secretarial support will be provided.


SOUTHERN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE TRUST – NORTHERN IRELAND is a Trust that cares about you and your career

The Southern Trust is one of the largest employers in Northern Ireland employing approximately 13,000 staff and spends £532 million annually in the delivery of the health and social care services.  The Trust provides integrated hospital, community and primary care services.  The region is largely rural, dotted with busy towns and picturesque villages. 

The Southern Trust delivers services from a number of hospitals, community-based settings and in some cases directly in individuals’ homes.  Craigavon Area and Daisy Hill hospitals are the main acute hospitals which form the Southern Trust Acute Hospital Network - serving a population of over 360,000. Each year in our hospital network there are approximately 63,000 inpatient admissions; 25,000 day cases; 300,000 outpatient appointments; 116,000 Emergency Department attendances; and over 6,000 births. Statistics updated in 2015.

The Southern Trust’s acute hospital network was reaffirmed in 2016 as one of the UK’s Top Hospitals for the fifth consecutive year. The national CHKS Top 40 Hospitals programme recognises acute sector organisations for their achievements in healthcare quality, improvement and performance.

Craigavon Area Hospital
Craigavon Area Hospital is the main acute hospital within the Southern Health and Social Care Trust providing acute services to the local population.
Services at Craigavon Area Hospital include:
General Surgery
General Medicine
Paediatrics including Surgery, Urology and ENT
Geriatrics Acute
Special Care Babies
Intensive Care
Emergency Medicine (ED)
Trauma & Orthopaedics

Many additional specialties are represented as outpatients services including Ophthalmology, Neurology, Maxillo-Facial and Plastic Surgery, Orthodontic and Special Dental Clinics.  The Macmillan Building is the dedicated Cancer Unit and provides dedicated accommodation for Oncology and Haematology outpatient clinics and day procedures.  

A 74-bed Psychiatry facility acute inpatient care facility (Bluestone Unit) is also located on the Craigavon Area Hospital site.
Daisy Hill Hospital 
Daisy Hill Hospital is an essential part of the hospital network provided by the Southern Trust and its natural catchment is a rural population. It is one of the best-performing hospitals in Northern Ireland.
Services at Daisy Hill Hospital include:
24 hour Emergency Department
ENT and Paediatrics
Maternity Department
Coronary Care Unit
Special Care Baby Unit
Surgical High Dependency Unit
Inpatient beds in Medicine, Stroke, Rehabilitation, Surgery and Gynaecology
Day Procedure Unit
Radiography Department
Specialist Renal Service

We are a teaching Trust that works closely with our partners in the Northern Ireland Medical & Dental Agency (NIMDTA), commissioning and across health care in area that is a great place to work, live and unwind. We work in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast providing high quality medical training for all our students.

Working for us

As part of our medical workforce you will be one of the leaders and the role models in our team of outstanding people.  We will make sure we invest in your continued development and enable you to deliver great care to your patients.

Our doctors play a vital role in the care and treatment of our patients and in return you can expect an environment that treats you as a valued member of the Trust and will support your professional development.  We offer excellent terms and conditions plus a wide range of polices and schemes aimed at providing an exceptional working environment.

Our doctors play a vital role in the care and treatment of our patients and in return you can expect a positive experience that will support your development as a key member of the Southern Trust. But don’t just take our word for it – listen to the comments of a few of our European doctors who have chosen to relocate from their home country and make a career with the Southern Trust:

A beautiful place to live

In addition to a great many attractive and historic villages, the Southern Trust area comprises busy towns including Craigavon, Portadown, Lurgan and Banbridge, plus the cities Armagh and Newry. Each provides a snapshot of the range and variety that life in Northern Ireland has to offer.

You can access Northern Ireland by car in about two hours – north to south or east to west – and in between there is a rich variety of scenery, cultural attractions and leisure opportunities. Get into the great outdoors and you will find dramatic coastlines, castles, mountains, lakes and some of the best historic landmarks.

For individuals and families alike, a fantastic lifestyle is on offer here, with high-quality affordable housing, some of the best schools in Northern Ireland, plus excellent sport and recreational activities.

Our values

  • To treat people fairly and with respect
  • To be open and honest and act with integrity
  • To put patients, clients, carers and community at the heart of all we do
  • To value staff and support their development to improve our care To embrace change for the better
  • To listen and learn

Our priorities

  • Provide safe, high quality care
  • Maximise independence and choice for our patients
  • Support people and communities to live healthy lives and improve their wellbeing Be a great place to work
  • Make the best use of resources
  • Be a good social partner within our local communities

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