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Consultant in Palliative Medicine

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 Per annum
Closing date
25 Oct 2023

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Hospital, Palliative medicine
Career Level
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Consultant in Palliative Medicine

The Specialist Palliative Care Team at University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) are inviting applications for a permanent consultant post which will be focused on providing high quality specialist palliative care and clinical expertise to patients at the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) and the Leicester General Hospital (LGH). This post will involve working closely alongside a team of well-established Clinical Nurse Specialists in specialist palliative care, and other palliative medicine consultants to provide specialist palliative care care, and support the development and improvement of the service.

Main duties of the job

  • Contribute to the delivery of high quality specialist palliative care advice, management and support to patients, families, carers and the wider clinical teams within UHL.
  • Participation in the daily clinical board round with the Specialist Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists.
  • Share responsibility for Consultant Palliative Care provision in the areas in which you work, particularly at your base site.
  • Share responsibility for discussions about and documentation of preferences and priorities for care and treatments, as part of advance care planning and the ReSPECT process.
  • Lead for clinical provision of Specialist Palliative care at LGH.
  • Offer provision of specialist support and/or second Consultant opinion for complex ethical cases relevant to palliative care.
  • Participate in undergraduate teaching duties alongside clinical service delivery
  • Contribute to the Consultant non-resident on call rota.

About us

We are one of the biggest and busiest NHS trusts in the country, incorporating the General, Glenfield and Royal Infirmary hospitals. We have our very own Children's Hospital and run one of the country's leading heart centres.

Our team is made up of more than 17,000 staff providing a range of services primarily for the one million residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

We work with partners at the University of Leicester and De Montfort University providing world-class teaching to nurture and develop the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, many of whom go on to spend their working lives with us.

Our purpose is to provide 'Caring at its best' and our staff have helped us create a set of values that embody who we are and what we're here to do.

They are:

  • We focus on what matters most
  • We treat others how we would like to be treated
  • We are passionate and creative in our work
  • We do what we say we are going to do
  • We are one team and we are best when we work together

Our patients are at the heart of all we do and we believe that 'Caring at its best' is not just about the treatments and services we provide, but about giving our patients the best possible experience.

About the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust: (

The detailed job description and main responsibilities are included as an attachment to this advert.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • Cover for colleagues' annual leave and other authorised absences
  • Participate in service development and business planning in collaboration with the other Consultants in the department, the CMG and local GPs and commissioners within the local CCGs as part of the plan to deliver more integrated care across LLR. This includes working with UHL as part of Becoming The Best and through cross sector service development work across all local health care settings.
  • Professional supervision and management of junior medical staff including the observance of local employment and human resource policies and procedures.
  • Responsibilities for carrying out teaching, examination and accreditation duties as required and contributing to undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education activity, locally and nationally.
  • Participating in medical audit, the Trusts Clinical Governance processes and in CPD time for CPD is provided in job plans and attendance at audit and other governance meetings is mandatory Managerial, including budgetary responsibilities where appropriate and compliance with standing orders and standing financial instructions of the Trust .
  • Respond in a timely fashion to legitimate requests from Trust officers this might include investigations of incidents or complaints.
  • Participate in teaching and training of junior staff and other clinical staff groups. The appointee will also have supervision responsibilities for junior medical staff within the specialty but not as a named educational supervisor initially although with expansion of the number of postgraduate doctors in training in the palliative care team, there may be opportunities for this.
  • Participate in professional continuing medical education study leave is provided for this purpose.
  • Undertake the Trust Corporate and Directorate specific Induction and competency Programmes appropriate to role.
  • Maintain their continuing professional development (CPD) to be able to successfully revalidate. As per the Trust requirement the successful candidate will be required to have annual appraisal and attend / keep fully up to date with statutory and mandatory training as stipulated.

Person Specification
Qualifications / Training

  • Full GMC Registration
  • MB BS or Equivalent
  • Entry on the GMC Specialty Register for Palliative Medicine
  • MRCP/MRCGP or Equivalent
  • Current BLS Certification


  • Membership of relevant Specialist bodies
  • Teaching qualification

Experience / Skills

  • Fully trained in Palliative Medicine
  • Appropriate clinical knowledge and expertise
  • Able to work sensitively within a multicultural community


  • Experience of clinical or research commitment in a relevant area
  • Experience in providing support and supervision to other staff groups


  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and supervise juniors.
  • Experience of leading teams and awareness of leadership styles.
  • Ability to effectively organise, prioritise and manage clinical workload.
  • Knowledge and understanding of clinical governance issues.
  • Leadership skills, including the ability to motivate and support medical and non-medical colleagues


  • Evidence of management and administration experience.
  • Practical experience of designing and implementing protocols and guidelines

Communication Skills

  • Demonstrates skills in written and spoken English that enable highly effective communication with patients and colleagues.
  • Able to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team
  • Willingness to work as a member of the team and to share administrative responsibilities


  • High standard of presentation both written and verbal
  • Demonstrable track record of successful change management

Audit/ Quality Improvement

  • Effective participation in and a commitment to clinical audit.
  • Experience of quality improvement work and audit


  • Completion of formal courses in Audit and quality improvement.
  • Published Audit and/or quality improvement.


  • Understanding and interest in research, including the ability to critically appraise research.


  • Publications in nationally and internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals on subjects relevant to the specialty.
  • Ability to supervise juniors undertaking research projects.


  • Experience of and a commitment to training/ teaching undergraduate and postgraduates to a high standard
  • Appraisal and assessment skills, including ability to assess clinical competencies
  • Ability to use a range of teaching style flexibly depending on learner needs


  • Willingness to develop new approaches to teaching.
  • Postgraduate qualification in teaching and training.
  • Accredited to teach Advanced Communication Skills Courses

Motivation and personal qualities

  • Personal integrity and reliability.


  • Commitment to further develop the post and the service provided.




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