An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, skilled doctor to join our cardiology team at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LTHTR). This post is based at Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital (CDH), although catheter lab sessions are available at Royal Preston Hospital (RPH).This is a replacement appointment and the successful applicant will work closely as part of a dynamic cardiology team within the trust as a Cardiology Specialty Doctor. The roles will be to provide support to the delivery of invasive and non-invasive cardiology practices at Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital and Royal Preston Hospital. The post holder will be given the opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of cardiology, with encouragement for personal and professional development over a three year plan of development.
Main duties of the job
The Cardiac Investigations Department provides the full range of diagnostic tests across both of our sites, plus rapid access chest pain clinics, open access heart failure and a daily direct access GP clinic for echocardiography and ECG ambulatory monitoring. Stress echoes and coronary CT scan are delivered in structured sessions and plans are underway to expand these services. There is a distinct provision of echocardiography training working towards BSE accreditation in this post. Depending on the individual structured training can be provided over a period of time. Nurse led cardioversion is undertaken within the unit. A specialist nurse-led heart failure clinic has been established across site since 2002. The Heart Failure Team and Cardiac Rehabilitation Team in-reach to the wards on a daily basis on both sites to manage patients within their remit a programme of rehabilitation is instigated from admission. T Monitored step down beds and telemetry facilities are available on each site. We have highly competent Coronary Care Nurses based on both sites who in-reach to the general wards. Temporary pacing and cardioversion facilities exist at both sites. A temporary pacing rota is in place and this role will form part of this rota( subject to experience).The Cardiac Physiology Department offers a full range of investigations on both sites including transthoracic, trans-oesophageal echocardiography, autonomic function and tilt table testing.
Modern education centres are based at both Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble Hospital sites. Both offer excellent library and study facilities, including PC/internet support for hospital doctors and GPs as well as other medical and dental practitioners. The in-house Resuscitation Training Team also run internal and external life support training at all levels.
The post holder will participate actively in the training of medical staff on both sites, providing both in-service and organised training of high quality, reflecting the ambition of the trust to develop its teaching and academic activities within the newly appointed cardiology firm.
There are monthly departmental clinical meetings covering echocardiography and clinical cases
The trust supports the requirements for continuing medical education as laid down by the Royal College of Physicians and is committed to providing time and financial support for these activities.
The post holder will receive the full support of the trust and the division to develop specialist areas of interest in line with divisional business plans and the development of services generally within the trust. The department is proud that previous incumbents have published and presented data in various meetings as a part of their professional development. Some of them have moved on to work as consultants. There will be a strong support for career advancement through application for ST training or CESR.
The Post holder will be responsible for middle grade support to the Consultant Cardiologists, predominantly working with Dr S Kumar at Chorley Hospital. A suitably qualified candidate may wish to contribute to the temporary pacing rota. The Post holder will be responsible for middle grade support to the Consultant Cardiologists, predominantly working with Dr S Kumar at Chorley Hospital.
Please refer to the attached Job description, Person specification and Specialty/ Trust Brochure for further details on:
- What we can offer
- Job Plan/On-call Requirements
- The Team
- Full GMC Registration and Licence to Practice
- MBBS or equivalent
Experience and Skills
- Cardiology experience at registrar/ middle grade level
- Competency in central line insertion
- Competency in temporary pacemaker procedure
- Experience of working in the UK and NHS
Research and Development
- Evidence of interest in personal development e.g. through research and/or publications