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Consultant Gastroenterologist

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
24 Oct 2023

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Specialist doctor, Gastroenterology
Contract Type
Full Time
Have you considered developing your professional portfolio by pursuing a specialist interest within Gastroenterology?

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust is the best place for you to grow! You will have the chance to develop your medical research skills and confidence under the guidance of an inspiring team.

We are welcoming 2 innovative Consultants to join the team, one based at Peterborough City Hospital, and one based at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon, both offering cross site working.

Located in the western part of Cambridgeshire, the historic towns of Peterborough and Huntingdon have been transformed by town development schemes bringing improvements in housing, education, and employment opportunities. Both hospital sites are accessible by road or train within easy commute distance from London, Cambridge, Leicester or Birmingham.

Joining a team of Gastro and Hepatology consultants, you will provide high-standard Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Services to our patients across all our communities that we serve.

Our Endoscopy units are JAG accredited offering excellent training opportunities in a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

We are a Postgraduate Medical Education Centre with a reputation for teaching and training with strong links with Leicester and Cambridge.

You can pursue exciting opportunities such as developing an Endoscopic Ultrasound Service and expanding our IBD service. We will support and develop you to lead the way!
Main duties of the job

The job plan we offer has been created to contain 10 Programmed Activities per week: 8.5 PAs of direct clinical care and 1.5PA of supporting professional activities. You will have to opportunity to discuss and agree a detailed job plan including personal and professional objectives with the clinical leads in Gastroenterology and Hepatology within three months of your start date.

In addition, you will take part in the on-call Emergency Bleed rota.

Your daily responsibilities will include the provision of inpatient and outpatient high-standard care with support from a multidisciplinary team.

You will perform administrative duties, teaching medical students, trainee advanced care practitioners and specialist nurses, and participate in weekly postgraduate meetings.

In addition, you will actively contribute to audit, governance, morbidity and mortality and training meetings. Appropriate administrative and secretarial support will be provided for you.

For an informal discussion regarding the role, or to visit the department, please contact our Clinical Lead for Gastroenterology or Clinical Leads for Endoscopy.

Candidates are also very welcome to arrange an appointment to come and visit our Chief Medical Officer or Chief Executive for informal discussions.
About us

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust provides acute care to our local communities via two District General Hospitals in Peterborough and Huntingdon, and a community hospital in Stamford.

We are promoting flexible working and a health work/home life balance. Agile working options are automatically considered for all roles within the Trust.

We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly encourage applications from disabled, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and candidates from our local communities.

Your package with us includes a lot more than just your pay and here are a few of the additional benefits that are available to you as an employee:
  • Relocation allowance in line with the Trust policy
  • Access to the NHS Pension Scheme
  • Generous Holiday Entitlement, starting at 27 days a year (for full time workers) plus bank/public holidays
  • Free staff car parking on all our hospital sites during this financial year
  • In-house Physiotherapy Services
  • Career development and training opportunities
  • Emotional Wellbeing Service covering a range of online support, access to mobile apps and 24/7 counselling services
  • Subsidised meals at our hospital restaurants
  • Access to exclusive discounts, cashback and vouchers via NHS Discounts and Blue Light Card

If you share our values and vision and are passionate about working with people on what matters to them, you could be a real asset to Team North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust.

Job description
Job responsibilities

We believe our patients deserve the best possible care, local to home in a safe, clean and positive environment. We work towards the same high standards as our specialist tertiary centres for the delivery of the services we provide.

We aim to put the patients as the focus in all that we do and provide excellent clinical care.

We want to develop and expand our Gastroenterology Services and we are looking to appoint a colleague with ambition, enthusiasm and a commitment to quality clinical care.

The post holder will have continuing responsibility for the care of patients in his/her charge, including:
  • Administrative duties associated with patient care.
  • Leadership, development and organisation of the services in his/her charge in line with the Trusts business plans.
  • Liaison and communication with the Clinical Lead, Divisional Director and Divisional Operations Manager for the Clinical Business Unit.
  • Corporate and individual responsibility for the professional management of doctors in training.
  • Fully participation in the management of the department.
  • Provision of a Gastroenterology and Endoscopy Service for Inpatients at PCH and Outpatients at any NWAFT site as required.
  • Collaboratively working with Specialist Nurses in these roles.
  • To take part in the on-call Emergency Bleed rota.

The duties outlined are not definite and may be changed in accordance with needs of the service requiring the post holder to be cooperative and flexible.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The job plan is anticipated to contain 10 Programmed Activities. 8.5 PAs of direct clinical care and 1.5PA of supporting professional activities per week.

This post is to enhance the existing Gastroenterology team at North West Anglia Foundation Trust, and works closely with the Hepatology Team. Outpatient clinics will take place at a NWAFT site on a weekly basis. There will be an option for time in lieu or additional payment if extra duties are covered by prior agreement.

There will be appropriate administrative and secretarial support for this role.

This is an outline program, and the post holder will be expected to discuss and agree a detailed job plan including personal and professional objectives with be discussed with the clinical leads in Gastroenterology and Hepatology within 3 months of their start date.

The post-holder should have extensive experience in Gastroenterology. They will fully contribute to the administrative, teaching and research activities within the trust as well as taking responsibility for particular delegated areas according to their interests and availability. The Clinical Lead is responsible for delegating these responsibilities.

The appointee will contribute to the teaching of medical students, trainee advanced care practitioners, specialist nurses and participate in weekly postgraduate meetings as well as audit, governance, morbidity and mortality and training meetings. Clinical governance is assuming ever greater importance within the NHS and there is strong emphasis on this area. The appointee will be expected to contribute and participate in governance activities in depth and breadth including audit. A strong desire to improve governance standards and innovation/change management is essential.

The appointee will have an overriding duty of care to patients and are expected to comply fully with best practice standards. The appointee will have a responsibility to comply with Trust policies for personal and patient safety and for prevention of healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) this includes a requirement for rigorous and consistent compliance with Trust policies for hand hygiene, use of personal protective equipment and safe disposal of sharps. Knowledge, skills and behaviour in the workplace should reflect this at annual appraisal you will be asked about application of practice measures known to be effective in reducing HCAI.

This vacancy is open to any applicants wishing to work a different number of PAs, as this may be accommodated by negotiation. Part time and job share applicants are welcome.

Person Specification
  • MB ChB/MBBS or equivalent MRCP
  • CCT in Gastroenterology (or equivalent or within 6 months of receipt of CCT at time of interview) or on the Specialist Register
  • Higher qualification (e.g. MD, PhD)
  • Clinical training and experience equivalent to that required for gaining UK CCT Gastroenterology with General Internal Medicine and Hepatology sub-speciality accreditation.
  • Ability to offer an expert clinical opinion on a range of problems relating to Gastroenterology.
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for the clinical care of patients to the highest clinical standard.
  • Ability to organise and affect high quality outpatient Gastroenterology services.
  • Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical problems.
  • Publications in referred journals. Ability to pursue high quality clinical, health services or epidemiological research.
  • JAG Accredited Endoscopist.
  • Evidence of ability to pursue independent audit and research
  • Clinical governance: demonstrates awareness of good decision making. Awareness of own limitations. Track record of engaging in clinical governance: reporting errors, learning from errors
  • Evidence of ability to pursue independent research
Key Skills
  • Ability to undertake diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic treatment for portal hypertensive problems.
  • Full Registration and license to practice with the GMC
  • Demonstrates honesty, commitment and integrity
  • Member of Medical Defence Organisation
Commitment to Clinical Governance/improving quality of patient care
  • Clinical governance: demonstrates awareness of good decision-making. Awareness of own limitations. Track record of engaging in clinical governance: reporting errors, learning from errors.
  • Audit: experience of audit.
  • Teaching: experience of supervising undergraduates, junior doctors and other staff ability to teach clinical skills.
  • Research: ability to apply research outcomes to clinical problems ability to critically appraise published evidence. Evidence of research experience.
Communication Skills
  • Ability to communicate with other members/ grades of staff, patients, families and General Practitioners.
  • Commitment to multidisciplinary work
  • Specific training in communications skills, teaching etc
Planning Skills
  • Evidence of involvement in service developments/ planning.
  • Evidence of leadership skills
  • Evidence of successful implementation of new working patterns/methods
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