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Consultant in Palliative Medicine

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 a year pa
Closing date
3 Oct 2023

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Hospital, Palliative medicine
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are looking to appoint a Consultant in Palliative Medicine based at the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre. This is a substantive post which could be either full time (10 PAs) or part time comprising 8 programmed activities (8 PAs). Mount Vernon is a well-respected cancer centre, providing care to over 5,000 new patients a year, based in Northwood, Middlesex. It is currently run by East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust (ENHT) and is in the process of merging with University College London Hospital (UCH), a leading tertiary cancer services provider. Mount Vernon will continue to provide high-quality care for cancer patients during the transition period, which is expected to complete by April 2024.The cancer centre will move to an established local acute hospital site, with access to intensive care facilities, whilst remaining a separate cancer centre. A networked satellite radiotherapy service will be developed to enhance the provision of cancer care to patients in the north of the area. We welcome applications from those who would relish the opportunity to be a part of the development of a new state of the art cancer centre.

Main duties of the job

This is an excellent opportunity within the Palliative Medicine department at Mount Vernon. The appointed consultant will take an active part in the provision of an integrated palliative care service working within the established palliative care team. The service provides palliative care support within the hospital in-patient unit and in the out-patient department. The current team consists of an experienced palliative care nurse, a staff grade, and the new appointed consultant. The post will be based at Mount Vernon. This new appointment will ensure daily consultant support for the palliative care service at Mount Vernon. The successful applicant will be encouraged to participate in an active audit programme as well as contribute to various training activities on site. The applicant will also run outpatient services with clinics for complex pain control and symptom management. East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust is committed to developing careers. We are looking for proactive, motivated, forward thinking, and dynamic individuals to join our clinical team. We are seeking consultants with enthusiasm, commitment, and drive to work closely with colleagues and within the community to help lead the organization.

About us

At East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we are proud of the range of general & specialist services we provide & our 6,000 or so dedicated staff ensure our patients get the best care. Our ability to be flexible & innovative in the way in which we work and deliver our services to our catchment has never been more important than it is now. We run the following hospitals: The Lister Hospital, Stevenage, New Queen Elizabeth II (New QEII), Welwyn Garden City, Hertford County, Hertford Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC), Northwood We have ambitious plans to become an outstanding, patient-led Trust where dedicated staff provide high-quality, compassionate care to our patients. We continue to undergo significant transformation our staff & patients are at the heart of delivering this ambitious agenda.

Mount Vernon additional information ENHT is seeking to maintain and expand the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre staff as we move to an exciting new future. We welcome applications from those who would relish the opportunity to be part of new and developing cancer service, building on the excellent reputation, research and patient experience the Cancer Centre already delivers. In addition, you will receive a High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of your basic salary, subject to a minimum payment of 4,108 and a maximum payment of 5,177per annum pro rata.

Job description
Job responsibilities

We are committed to a positive work life balance for our employees. Employees are entitled to seek to work flexible working patterns & we are committed to listen and consider all requests. Such requests, of course, have to be made & considered formally, & will need to be balanced against service needs, but our starting point will always be to find ways to support making them happen.

  • Daily ward review of patients
  • Out-patient clinic reviews and palliative pain clinics
  • Support to the junior oncology doctors education & clinical audit pertinent to specialist palliative car
  • Professional support to the specialist palliative care clinical nurse specialist and specialty doctor.
  • Clinical leadership to the ward nursing team in specialist palliative care related issues in collaboration with the wider palliative care tea.

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification applicant pack for further detailed information regarding this role.

Person Specification

  • Entry on GMC Specialist Register or, be within 6 months of receipt of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) at time of interview or, provide GMC confirmed eligibility for entry on the Specialist Register
  • College Membership MRCP or qualification of an equivalent level


  • Postgraduate degree (or equivalent)

Previous Experience

  • Broad range of experience in Palliative Medicine
  • Experience of supervising undergraduates, doctors in training and other colleagues
  • Ability to offer and be accountable for full and independent expert diagnostic opinion
  • Can evidence leading on patient safety issues and achieving a change in practice
  • Published papers and original work in peer reviewed journals
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of audit, evidence-based practice, and clinical quality improvement initiatives


  • Demonstrable experience and participation in research


  • Able to evidence engagement with clinical governance and the identification of errors and the learning from errors.
  • Evidence engagement with appraisal and revalidation
  • Able to show situational awareness and application of good decision making
  • Ability to effectively teach clinical skills
  • Ability to critically appraise published evidence


  • Demonstrate understanding of basic principles of audit, evidence-based practice, and clinical quality improvement initiatives
  • Comprehensive knowledge and insight regarding all the domains within the GMC standards of Good Medical Practice

Other Requirements

  • Demonstrates an interest and commitment to the specialty
  • Experience and evidence of engagement around the equality, diversity, and inclusion agenda. Able to actively support the development of a culture that recognises and promotes equality, values diversity, and actively leads by example in deploying these qualities. Understands the impact on equality, diversity, and inclusion issues in all aspects of service delivery and planning
  • Role model our Trust values every day
  • Understands and can demonstrate the values of the NHS constitution
  • Evidence of being up to date and fit to practice safely, and aware of own training needs





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