An opportunity has arisen for a Consultant Radiologist to join a team of 50 radiologists to provide specialist cardiothoracic (including both respiratory and cardiac) imaging in addition to general radiology services. Additional subspecialty interests would also be welcomed, particularly PET-CT. These are additional posts commencing at a time of significant and exciting developments within the trust, to support demand created by the Targeted Lung Health Checks programme and expansion of imaging capacity through the development of a fully NHS-owned and operated Community Diagnostic Centre (CDC) in the city centre.
Derriford Hospital is a major trauma centre and most of the regional specialist units, including cardiothoracics, are located here. The trust has received significant central funding as part of the Future Hospitals Programme (FHP) to redevelop the site, with a new build opening September 2025 providing a new Emergency Department, Same Day Emergency Care, Interventional radiology suites, and emergency theatres, each area with its own dedicated imaging facilities. Central funding has also been secured for the CDC development which will encompass 2 CT, 2 MR, 2 x-ray and 4 ultrasound suites providing diagnostic services in the centre of Plymouth. This is also due to open in September 2025 and will provide dedicated consultant office and reporting space in a purpose-built city-centre environment. Main duties of the job
Diagnostic imaging of cardiothoracic patients forms a significant proportion of specialist radiological work in Plymouth. The team provide comprehensive diagnostic radiology services to the Plymouth region, and tertiary imaging services for complex respiratory disease, lung reduction surgery, and tertiary cardiothoracic surgery.
UHP has the longest established cardiac CT service in the UK and remains one of the busiest and most demanding, delivering a service to both patients with stable and acute chest pain as well as those with established CAD and patients with GUCH. The Trust has 3 cardiac enabled scanners including one state-of-the-art scanner installed in 2021 which does most of the cardiac scans. There is an established track record of research and innovation in the department.
The posts are designed to share responsibility for provision of a comprehensive diagnostic cardiothoracic radiology service including provision of a range of cancer and non-cancer MDTs (including complex respiratory meetings, CICU lung reduction surgery, incidental findings from lung cancer screening), CT guided biopsies, 2WW lung cancer pathway reporting, specialist vetting and reporting with the existing team of specialist radiology consultants. The post-holder will be expected to share the inpatient, general, and on-call commitment equally with the existing consultants. About us
We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted. Job description Job responsibilities
The post-holder will share responsibility for provision of a comprehensive diagnostic cardiothoracic radiology service including provision of a range of cancer and non-cancer MDTs (including complex respiratory meetings, CICU lung reduction surgery, incidental findings from lung cancer screening), CT guided biopsies, 2WW lung cancer pathway reporting, specialist vetting and reporting with the existing team of specialist radiology consultants. The post-holder will be expected to share the inpatient, general, and oncall commitment equally with the existing consultants.
All radiology consultants are actively involved in teaching for the Peninsula Radiology Training Programme. Opportunities exist for teaching with Peninsula Medical School.
The Service Line is delivering 7 day working and the job plan and timetable will reflect this ambition in common with existing consultants.
The successful applicant will share an office with other consultant colleagues and will share a secretary with the current team of radiologists. A PC and PACS workstation will be provided, with the option to locate one of these off-site to facilitate home working.
The post-holder will be required to comply with all Trust Policies notably in relation to job planning, appraisal and leave taking in line with Departmental and Trust objectives. Demonstrated job plans are for illustrative purposes and could be subject to modification in agreement with the post holder and the Imaging Service Line Clinical Director.
The Directorate supports any research interests of the Consultant in conjunction with the Trust lead for R& D. All consultants are expected to actively participate in departmental audit and clinical governance programme. For further information, please see the attached Job Description & Person SpecificationPerson Specification Education, qualifications & special training Essential
- Full GMC Registration
- Fellowship Royal College of Radiologists (or equivalent)
- CCT in radiology and entry on specialist register or expected within 6 months of interview
Particular skills and experience Essential
- MD, PhD or other postgraduate degree
- Clinical training and experience equivalent to requirement for gaining UK CCT in radiology
- Broad skills in general and cross-sectional imaging including acute imaging services
- Ability to offer expert opinion on full range of standard chest imaging
- Ability to support the cardiothoracic MDT work in a cancer and tertiary surgical centre
- Ability to supervise radiology StRs across a broad range of imaging.
- Ability to teach and supervise reporting radiographers
- Willing to participate in radiology on-call rota
Research & clinical audit Essential
- Ability to independently report specialist cardiac CT
- Ability to independently report PET CT
- Ability to perform CT guided lung biopsies
- Ability to apply evidence-based approach to management of clinical problems.
- Evidence of completed audit projects
- Completion of clinical research
- Publications in referred journals
- Ability to undertake basic science research
- Ability to lead research team
- Previous success in grant applications to national funding bodies
- Ability to teach clinical and practical skills.
Communication & interpersonal skills Essential
- Experience of teaching clinical skills to undergraduate and post graduate students
- Ability to supervise postgraduate research.
- Well-presented CV
- Ability to communicate well with patients and staff, both orally and in writing
- Honesty and reliability
- Ability to work in a team
- Enquiring, critical approach to work
- Caring attitude to patients, relatives, GP's, nurses and other agencies
- Commitment to continuing medical education
- Leadership qualities
- Information technology skills
- Willingness to undertake additional professional responsibilities at local, regional or national levels
- Ability to advise on efficient and smooth running of specialist service
- Ability to participate in Department, Directorate and Trust Management.
- Experience in audit
Practical Requirements Essential
- Experience in medical management.
Employer details Employer name
- Ability and willingness to work hours of the job, shifts, on-call with any reasonable adjustment to take account of any local requirement or disability
- Valid Driving licence
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