Locum Consultant Radiologist
This is a 12 month fixed term post to a vacancy. The successful candidate will join a dynamic and cohesive team of 14 Consultant Radiologists within the Medical Imaging Department at Leighton Hospital which is part of the Diagnostic and Clinical Support Services Division.
The post holder will be expected to provide a general radiological service comprising CT, MRI, ultrasound and plain film reporting. A subspecialty interest would be welcome but is not essential. There is ample opportunity to develop a subspecialty interest, and this would be actively encouraged.
The department is supported by Specialist Trainees (ST) on rotation through Health Education England (NW), radiographers and sonographers, medical imaging assistants, secretaries and clerical staff.
The post holder will participate in a 1 in 13 on-call rota, which is partially supported by Specialist Trainees. A remote reporting service for CT operates independently from the on-call radiologist between 2000 - 0700 hrs during the week and from 1700 - 0700 hrs at the weekend.
The department uses Carestream PACS and has implemented home reporting to support remote reporting sessions and MDT preparation to increase the flexibility of agreed job plans.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will be expected to provide a general radiological service comprising CT, MRI, ultrasound, and plain film reporting. A subspecialty interest would be welcome but is not essential. There is ample opportunity to develop a subspecialty interest, and this would be actively encouraged.
The post holder will be expected to:
- Be actively involved in the leadership, management and decision making of the Radiology Department
- Be available during the working week so that medical and nursing staff can communicate and consult freely
- Ensure that management plans are clearly displayed in the notes of patients with complex needs
- Liaise closely with the Divisional and Service Managers, and the Associate Medical Director, to ensure that waiting list targets are achieved.
- Share with Consultant colleagues the responsibility for providing clinical services for the local population
- Foster relationships between staff within each organisation, and also with the local Clinical Commissioning Groups
- Work flexibly to achieve high quality care
- Ensure targets for maintaining access to Radiology services are achieved.
- Ensure the policies for communication with General Practitioners, Trust staff and patients are followed
- Ensure that optimal use is made of all resources allocated to the post
- Cover Consultant colleagues during periods of leave.
- Contribute to relevant Divisional, Trust and Regional Committees.
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.
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 Patient Care (DPC): 9 PAs (includes all clinical activity, clinically related administration activity, predictable and unpredictable on call duties)
Supporting Professional Activities (SPA): 1 PA per week to undertake activities such as teaching, training, education, CPD (including reading journals), clinical audit, appraisal and service development.
The job plan for the first three months will be based on the provisional timetable shown above which would be inclusive of 0.5 PA for on call (1 in 12).
- FRCR or equivalent
- Full GMC registration with a Licence to Practise.
- Additional higher degrees relevant to this post e.g., MD, MSc.
- Other postgraduate qualification.
- Entry on the GMC Specialist Register via: o CCT (proposed CCT date must be within 6 months of interview) o CESR or o European Community Rights
Experience & Ability
- Good general clinical experience and proven record of competency, in general radiology (Plain Film, CT, MRI, US, Fluoroscopy)
- Proven ability to work within, motivate and provide leadership to the multidisciplinary team.
- Effective communicator
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Flexibility of approach
Service Development & Management
- Appreciation and understanding of the role of management.
- A clear vision for the future of radiology services at MCHFT
- Commitment to clinical risk management and clinical governance.
- Up to date knowledge of NHS reforms, structures, and developments.
- Evidence of possession of management skills.