We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly driven Consultant Anaesthetist with a passion for obstetrics to join our expert and energetic team. This is an ideal opportunity to be part of a dedicated anaesthetics team in which there are many development opportunities. We are currently growing our elective caesarean section capacity and expanding the Obstetric Anaesthetic team, which provides a unique opportunity for a consultant looking to drive improvements to help us deliver the highest quality care to our patients. The successful applicant will work obstetric sessions at the Princess Royal Hospital. Additional theatre sessions may be based at either The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital or The Princess Royal Hospital depending upon your special interest. The post will consist of 10 PAs with on-call responsibility at PRH.
Main duties of the job
The on-call anaesthetic cover at PRH is as follows:
- The first on-call cover the CEPOD theatres, attend resuscitation calls and support the second on call in ITU patient care. The CEPOD theatres at PRH predominantly cater for gynaecological, paediatric, head and neck, trauma, and maxillofacial emergencies.
- The second on-call is provided by the STs, specialty doctors and specialists, working full shifts - primarily for ITU.
- There is an obstetric anaesthetic on-call rota with specialist obstetric anaesthetists covering the labour ward out of hours. Currently 1:8.
The support for the above three tiers is provided by the Consultant Anaesthetist on call at PRH and the frequency is 1 in 12. This rota is under review and there is proposal to split the rota.
Currently there are Emergency departments and Intensive Care units at both the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital. The medical acute take and acute Orthopaedics is split between both Hospitals. The CEPOD theatres at RSH cater for adult general surgery, urology, vascular and ophthalmic emergencies.
The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) is the main provider of acute hospital services for around half a million people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales.
Encompassing some of the most picturesque parts of England and Wales, the Trust's catchment stretches from the Cambrian Mountains in the west, to Newport and the fringes of the Black Country in the east. The main towns include: Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Market Drayton, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Whitchurch (in Shropshire) Newport, Telford and Wellington (in Telford & Wrekin) and Newtown and Welshpool (in Powys) - all beautiful and unique.
Our main service locations are the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) in Shrewsbury which are located 20 minutes' drive apart. Together they provide 99% of our activity. Both hospitals provide a wide range of acute hospital services including accident & emergency, outpatients, diagnostics, inpatient medical care and critical care.
We also provide services such as consultant-led outreach clinics at the Wrekin Community Clinic, Telford, the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen and the Bridgnorth, Ludlow and Whitchurch Community Hospitals.
A formal job plan will be agreed between the successful candidate and their Clinical Director and consultant colleagues, on behalf of the Medical Director within 3 months of starting in post. A full-time job plan is based on a 10 PA working week. The job plan will be reviewed annually and is a prospective agreement that sets out the consultant's duties, responsibilities, and objectives for the coming year. It covers all aspects of a consultants professional practice including clinical work, teaching, research, education and managerial responsibilities. It will provide a clear schedule of commitments, both internal and external and will include personal objectives, detailing links to wider service improvements and trust strategic priorities.
For a full-time contract, the job plan will be divided on average per week (pro-rata for a part time post) as:
- 7.5 Programmed Activities (PAs) of Direct Clinical Care - includes clinical activity, clinically related activity, and predictable (0.6 PA) and unpredictable (0.65 PA) emergency work.
- 2.5 Supporting Professional Activities (SPAs) - includes CPD, audit, teaching and research.
The allocation of PAs is reviewed and may be subject to adjustment when a further diary exercise is undertaken or if the service demands a review of the team job plan.
Any applicant who is unable, for personal reasons, to work full-time will be eligible to be considered for the post. If such a person is appointed, modification of the job content will be discussed on a personal basis with the Trust in consultation with other consultant colleagues.
- Full Registration and a licence to practise with the General Medical Council (GMC)
- Entry on the General Medical Council (GMC) Specialist Register for Anaesthesia via one of the following: Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) (the proposed CCT date must be within 6 months of the interview) Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR)
- Minimum of four years of clinical experience of working in the NHS
- Ability to take full and independent responsibility for clinical care of patient
- Paediatric experience
- Higher Obstetric training
- Willingness to undertake additional professional responsibilities at local, regional, or national levels
- Ability to be compassionate towards patient in pain and in vulnerable situations
- Excellent written and spoken English
- Appreciation of, and ability to work effectively in the MDT
- MBBS, MbCHB or equivalent medical qualification
- Royal College Diploma (e.g., FRCA, MRCP, FRCM)
- ALS or equivalent certification
- APLS certification
- Level 3 Safeguarding Children training (within the last 3 years)
- Higher degree (e.g. MD or PhD) or evidence of higher education