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Consultant in Reproductive and Sexual Health

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 pro rata, per annum
Closing date
5 Nov 2023

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Hospital, Reproductive medicine
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) to join the consultant team based at SHiP (sexual health in Plymouth) at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust. The postholder will be responsible for leading the vulval service which is run out of SHiP.

This is an exciting opportunity to become a substantive, part time (6 sessions per week) Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health based at SHiP, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP). The job will encompass the full range of Sexual and Reproductive health- integrated sexual health, training clinics, complex contraception care including deep implant removal, vulval dermatology/pain clinic and pregnancy advisory service. The new appointee will join the existing team of 5 Consultants, who are based at the SHiP site providing services across the city.

The post holder will be expected to deliver a high-quality clinical service, to participate in the normal duties relating to the administration of the department and to participate in teaching, CME and audit.

The Job Plan is subject to modification in agreement with the post holder and the Service Line Director.

This post currently comprises of 6 programmed activities (PAs). It is anticipated that some sessions can be negotiated to accommodate the successful applicant's particular interests and there is likely scope to increase the number of PAs over coming years, in line with departmental succession planning.
Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to provide specialist Sexual and Reproductive services for Plymouth and the surrounding areas, together with appropriate teaching and supervision of junior doctors and medical students. As a senior employee of the Trust the post holder will work in close cooperation with and support other clinical, medical professional and management colleagues in providing high quality healthcare to our patients.

Integral to the responsibilities of the post are the following:
  • To ensure the provision of a first-class clinical service
  • To provide effective leadership to all staff engaged in the speciality
  • To sustain and develop teaching and research wherever appropriate
  • To undertake all work in accordance with the Trust's procedures and operating policies
  • To conduct clinical practice in accordance with contractual requirements and within the parameters of the Trust's and Division's service plans
  • To maintain the confidence of business plans and development strategies formulated for the specialty
  • to work effectively with all members of the multi-disciplinary and promote team working

The post holder will be key in the overall provision of sexual health services within the city, will deputise for absent colleagues, work flexibly to ensure service delivery and patients care and achieve value for money through the most effective use of resources.
About us

We are a teaching hospital in partnership with the Peninsula Medical School and are a centre for innovation and research. We employ 6400 staff, have more than 900 beds, and over 48,000 people pass through the main entrance of our hospital in a week. The Plymouth Radiology Academy is the only purpose-built Radiology Academy in the world and provides an inspirational environment in which to train and work in radiology. In addition, we have an integrated Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit, which has a staff of approximately 250 military personnel.

Our geography gives us a secondary care catchment population of 450,000 with a wider peninsula population of almost 2,000,000 people who can access our specialist services. The population is characterised by its diversity - the rural and the urban, the wealthy and pockets of deprivation, and wide variance in health and life expectancy. Population ageing is a recognised national trend, but is exacerbated locally by the drift of younger people out of the area and older people in. The proportion of our population aged 85 or over is growing ahead of the national average by approximately 10 years and we have developed a Population Health Strategy in response to this demographic shift.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description for full details.

Key Responsibilities - Direct Clinical Care:
  • Provide level 3 sexual health clinics eg issues with coils, deep implants, complex contraception/ sexual health issues.
  • Deliver and lead the vulval service. Support for developing this role will be available.
  • Provide senior medical cover for pregnancy advisory clinics, abortion clinics and perform ultrasounds. Delivery of these clinics will be in a supporting role to the current service lead.
  • Deliver training and support for nursing staff to ensure we move towards a nurse led model of care for non-complex termination of pregnancy
  • To perform MVA terminations of pregnancy (although this aspect could be optional)
  • Provide training clinics for internal and external staff eg coil training, DFSRH etc
  • Work with the safeguarding team to provide safeguarding in the service
  • Work with the team to enhance young person's service provision and reduce repeat terminations
  • To advise on and provide available methods of contraception to female and male clients, appropriate to their needs and circumstances, including post-coital methods.
  • To promote sex-related and general health education to patients.
  • To refer onwards to other hospital departments, agencies etc as appropriate.
  • To provide regular clinics on time.
  • To maintain close and mutually supportive links with non-statutory organisations.
  • Where necessary undertake cervical screening and other investigations appropriate to reproductive health.
  • To provide teaching of doctors, medical students, midwives, and clinic and community Nurses
  • To take responsibility for their own professional updating, revalidating and reaccrediting
  • To keep accurate records and assist in monitoring the effectiveness of such records during contracted working hours.
  • To promote and maintain a safe environment and be familiar with emergency and fire regulations.
  • To develop and maintain training links with GPs, Medical Teams and other agencies.
  • To record and report incidents according to agreed Trust policy.
  • To deputise as necessary for absent colleagues.
  • To work within the clinical governance framework of the service and contribute to the process including participation in audit of services.
  • To agree a job plan annually with the Service line Director.

Person Specification
  • oMedical degree oFull registration with the GMC at time of appointment oOn GMC Specialist Register (CCT or CESR) or Specialty Trainee within 6 months of CCT or has submitted a CESR Application to the GMC oEligibility to work in the UK oLoC SDI and LoC IUT oMFSRH oFaculty Registered Trainer or willingness to train to do this
  • oAdditional degrees, diplomas or postgraduate thesis relevant to the specialty eg Diploma in GU Medicine oAble to locate and remove deep/non-palpable implants (or willingness to train to do so) oCompetent at MVA up to 12 weeks
Experience and Aptitude
  • oClinical judgement: experience in making clinical decisions and managing risk. Know when to seek help, able to prioritise clinical need. oPractical skills: shows aptitude for practical skills required in the job. oProven ability to work effectively in the different clinical settings required of this role. oAble to scan to manage coil problems, perform ultrasound guided uterine procedures and recognise pelvic pathology (or willingness to train to do so) oAble to scan and diagnose early pregnancy and its complications competently oAbility to appraise research critically and apply research outcomes to clinical and surgical problems oAbility to supervise junior staff undertaking research projects oUnderstands basic research principles, methodology & ethics, with potential to contribute to research oEvidence of participation in audit and clinical governance programmes oPotential to develop management skills oAbility to teach knowledge, clinical skills and professional skills to medical students, postgraduate trainee doctors and other medical health professionals oEvidence of contributing to teaching & learning of others Judgement Under Pressure: oCapacity to operate effectively under pressure & remain objective In highly emotive/pressurised situations oAwareness of own limitations & when to ask for help Communication Skills: oCapacity to communicate effectively & sensitively with others oAble to discuss treatment options with patients in a way they can understand Problem Solving: oCapacity to think beyond the obvious, with analytical and flexible mind oCapacity to bring a range of approaches to problem solving Situation Awareness: oCapacity to monitor and anticipate situations that may change rapidly Decision Making: oDemonstrates effective judgement and decision-making skills Leadership & Team Involvement: oCapacity to work effectively in a Multi-Disciplinary Team oDemonstrate leadership when appropriate oCapacity to establish good working relations with others Organisation & Planning: oCapacity to manage time and prioritise workload, balance urgent & important demands, follow instructions oUnderstands importance & impact of information systems oDemonstrates awareness of ethical principles, safety, confidentiality and consent oAwareness of importance of being the patients' Advocate, clinical governance & responsibilities of an NHS employee
  • Experience of Genital Dermatology including vulval pain management oParticipation in research oPublications in peer-reviewed journals oCommitment to undertake future research oAttendance on a management course oEvidence of training in teaching skills oCertificate of education oInvolvement in undergraduate education oExperience of teaching and clinical skills to undergraduates and postgraduates

Employer details
Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

Derriford Hospital



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