Applications are invited for the replacement post of Consultant Breast Surgeon based at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. This is a substantive post based on 10 Programmed Activities per week. The post holder will join the existing two full-time and one part time Breast Surgeon in running the Breast Symptomatic and Screening Service at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT). There is no requirement to participate in the general surgery on-call rota.
Main duties of the job
The breast service serves a population of almost 400,000. It deals with 3,500 new referrals and 280-320 new cancers per year. One third of the new cases come through the screening programme. The symptomatic and screening services are fully integrated. Screening has merged with Macclesfield hospital and Screening MDT is held via teams.
There is a weekly Breast Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) meeting on a Thursday afternoon, organised by the MDT Coordinator (Sally Boyd). There is good attendance by surgeons, pathologists and radiologists, clinical & medical oncology, Research Nurses and BCNs, starting with a joint screening MDT with Macclesfield, followed by the main MDT streamed via Microsoft teams.
The Breast Out-Patient Services are based in the Main Out-Patient Department at Leighton Hospital. Clinics are held every weekday. The service meets the 2 week national target for seeing new referrals and aims to see urgent referrals within 1 week. A one-stop service is provided, ensuring that patients receive imaging and any biopsies on the same day of attendance.
There is an excellent dedicated Breast Imaging Centre with Consultant Radiologists support. The Breast Screening Unit is a well-run unit with a high attendance rate, and screening is offered to an age-extended population. The Family History Clinic is run by Elaine Holden with links to Central Manchester for high-risk patients. There are CT, Breast MRI and Tomo scans on-site. Dexa's are performed at Northwich.
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) provides good quality, safe and effective healthcare to the people of Cheshire and beyond. The Trust, which manages Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich, and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, was established as an NHS Trust in April 1991 and became a Foundation Trust in April 2008.
We employ almost 5,000 members of staff, provide around 540 hospital beds, with a range of services including accident and emergency, maternity, outpatients, therapies, and children's health.
The Trust is also part of Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP), a unique local health partnership that provides a range of community services for people across South Cheshire and Vale Royal.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, the Trust was recognised nationally for its 'Be Safe Be EquiPPEd' campaign, which aimed to make the Trust as safe as possible for staff and patients, through supporting the correct use of PPE.
The results in the 2020 national NHS Staff Survey showed improvements in all elements of the safety culture theme, with 92% of respondents feeling their role made a difference to our patients. We were also recognised nationally for our workforce health and wellbeing initiatives.
At Mid Cheshire, we value our staff and appreciate that in order to give our patients the best quality, compassionate care, we also need to look after our colleagues.
Clinical duties include new and follow up clinics, theatre, MDT attendance, administrative time and pre and post-operative ward visits each week. There may also be ward referrals.
The post is offered at 10 PA but under the terms of the 2003 Consultant Contract, candidates who wish to conduct private practice would be required to offer an additional programmed activity.
- Direct Clinical Care
8 PAs (DCC) on average per week. Each theatre session accounts for 1.25 PAs.
- Supporting Programmed Activities
2 PAs (SPA) per week 1 PA of which is core activity (private CPD, audit, appraisal and research). The additional 1 PA will be reviewed annually.
- Full GMC Registration and a Licence to Practise and CCT or within 6 months of obtaining CCT
- Training in a recognised breast surgery post at registrar level or above for at least 2 years
- Working knowledge of NICE and ABS guidelines
- An understanding of departmental management
- Onco-plastic fellowship
- Managerial experience
Audit & Research
- Interest and knowledge of audit
- Published research in peer reviewed journals
- First author published research relevant to breast surgery
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