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Consultant in Anaesthetics

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Greenock, Inverclyde
(£96,963 - £128,841)
Closing date
8 Oct 2023

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Hospital, Anaesthesia
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: Inverclyde Royal Hospital

Consultant Opportunities –Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Greenock

Applications are invited for the full time post of Consultant Anaesthetist based at Inverclyde Royal Hospital in Greenock. The posts are suitable for candidates at any stage of their consultant careers.

A full range of District General Hospital Specialties are delivered from Inverclyde Royal Hospital which has 251 beds and approximately 4,200 General Anaesthetic patients per year. The department is responsible for the delivery of services for a wide range of specialties including Orthopaedics and General Surgery on an emergency and inpatient basis. In addition day surgery is undertaken for Ophthalmology, Gynaecology, Urology, ENT and Dental. The anaesthetic department also run an acute and chronic pain service.

The Post

These critical replacement posts provide an opportunity to join a small, supportive and friendly department consisting of 9 consultant posts, one middle grade posts and 5 trainees. The successfully appointed candidates, will be part of NHS and academic staff contributing to a 1:9 rota providing senior anaesthetic cover for elective, emergency surgery and critical care stabilisation of patients for transfer off-site. This is supported by the RAH Intensive Care team.

Applicants with an interest in Orthopaedics or Colorectal surgery would be welcome however both posts offer an opportunity to tailor elements of each to the interests of the successful candidates.

Whilst the posts are based primarily at Inverclyde Royal Infirmary it is also anticipated that one day per week would be at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley (the largest acute hospital in the Clyde sector located 15 miles from Inverclyde Royal Hospital).

We also welcome applications from colleagues who wish to explore flexible or part-time working. Our goal is to enhance our team with the appointment of enthusiastic colleagues who are keen to contribute to the development of our Anaesthetic and Critical Care services.

The scope of surgical practice at Inverclyde Royal Hospital offers exciting and varied clinical opportunities for consultant anaesthetists and there is continued support for non-clinical professional activities both inside and outside the Board.

The successful candidate will be a true generalist who enjoys a hands on approach to anaesthesia and be able to work flexibly as part of an integrated team and have excellent communication and problem solving skills. With an active interest in teaching and support the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to departmental quality improvement activity and the clinical supervision and training of our postgraduate trainees in Anaesthesia. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is fully committed to continuing medical education for our consultants.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate a high level of clinical experience in all aspects of the essential criteria of the post.

If you would like to find out more about this post before applying, for a confidential discussion you can contact:

Dr Duncan Thomson, Consultant on 0141 314 6609 or E-mail: or alternatively contact Dr Fergal Burns, Clinical Director, Clyde, 0141 3146609, or 

The Job Plan

A job plan and work schedule will set out agreed arrangements for how work is organised , what in general terms the work comprises and where it is to be performed .This post is offered as 10 Programmed Activities (PAs), of which 7.5 are Direct Clinical Care (DCC) and 2.5 Special Programmed Activities ( SPA time is flexible ). For successful candidates we will, as part of the job planning process, discuss the design of your job plan to reflect your aspirations whether you are an experienced consultant looking for a new challenge or you are coming out of training into your first consultant post. Please refer to the candidate information pack for the Job Plan detail.

The Benefits

Salaries for a Consultant in Scotland start from £96,963 - £128,841 (GBP) based on a 40 hour contract (10 sessions).  Additional payments can be achieved for extra sessions and on-call commitments.  Other benefits include Up to 6 weeks holiday per year and 8 days public holidays (pro rata less than full time hours if applicable). An NHS pension scheme, 30 days of study leave entitlement in any three year period and access to the NHS Scotland Discretionary Points financial award scheme. A relocation package up to £8000 to support relocation into the area if necessary.

For candidates looking for their first step into the NHS we will also offer support and guidance on the process of obtaining General Medical Council (GMC) registration and, for non UK citizens, Health and Care Worker visa under the UK’s Skilled Worker visa scheme. Applications from UK, EEA and non-EEA candidates will be welcomed.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde encourages applications from all sections of the community. We promote a culture of inclusion across the organisation and are proud of the diverse workforce we have.

We very much look forward to receiving your application which will be given careful consideration. 

NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.

To apply, please click Apply Now. 

Closing date: 8 October 2023.


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