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Consultant in General Anaesthesia

Employer
University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Bristol
Salary
£93,666 - £126,281 pa pro rata
Closing date
11 Dec 2023

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Profession
Specialist doctor, Anaesthesia
Grade
Consultant
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. The Trust has many and varied career opportunities for you to choose from.

UHBW has been rated by the CQC as ‘Good’ overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact.

Job overview

There never has been a more exciting time to join us; University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and Weston Area Health Trust have joined to become one organisation. Together, we form one of the largest NHS trusts in the country.

The Department of General Anaesthesia sits within the Division of Surgery; however the wider anaesthesia service bridges four clinical divisions of UHBW:  Surgery (general anaesthesia and critical care), Specialised Services (cardiac anaesthesia), Women’s and Children’s (paediatric and obstetric anaesthesia) and Weston Business Unit.

The Department of Anaesthesia is seeking consultants in general anaesthesia to join the team based at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. The successful applicant will join a group of 45 substantive consultants within the general anaesthesia group. The post will be offered at 10 PAs.

This post will be based at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and will address a flexible service requirement for adult general anaesthetic services for maxillofacial, ENT, dental, obstetrics, gynaecology, thoracic, upper & lower GI and ophthalmic surgery, fixed lines, acute and chronic pain and pre-operative assessment. 

The role will be split across the following hospital sites: Bristol Royal Infirmary, St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol Eye Hospital, South Bristol Community Hospital and Weston General Hospital.

The applicant must hold FRCA (UK) or equivalent and be within 6 months of their CCT date at the time of interview. 

Main duties of the job

The primary responsibility of the post holder is to help ensure the smooth running of the service provided by the General Anaesthetic department.  This post will be based at the Bristol Royal Infirmary with cross-site working covering Weston General Hospital.

The post will be 10 PAs in total of which 8.5 Direct Clinical Care (DCC) and 1.5 core Supporting Professional Activity (SPA). The cross-site working arrangement is commensurate with the service need and the appointed candidate’s interest, skills, and experience.

The post holder will be expected to contribute to the general on-call consultant rota as well as predictable weekend working based at the Bristol Royal Infirmary site. The post holder will be expected to use their SPA to maintain the skills required to cover the general on-call commitments.

1.5 SPA per week is allocated for continuing professional development as well as core aspects of teaching, administration, audit, management and research. Additional SPA may be awarded to Consultants undertaking additional roles in the department and/or wider hospital. There will be annual job plan meetings during which SPA and DCC allocations will be reviewed.

Working for our organisation

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as ‘Good’ overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward-thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds; city living within a stone’s throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we’re meeting our pledge.

 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For a more detailed job description including the main responsibilities and person specification, please refer to the job description document attached to this vacancy.

Interview date will be Thursday February 1st 2024.

Clinical Director for General Anaesthesia: Dr Claire Dowse

AGM for Anaesthesia: Mr Lee Bradley

Contact: Jane McLean 0117 342 2163

Person specification

Qualifications & Training

Essential criteria
  • Full registration with the General Medical Council (GMC)
  • Holder of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) in Anaesthesia or evidence of within six months of award of CCT or equivalent by date of interview
  • FRCA

Experience

Essential criteria
  • Ability to offer expert clinical opinion on a range of problems, both emergency and elective – including anaesthesia for major upper and lower abdominal surgery, thoracic, maxillofacial, ENT, oral surgery, ECT and obstetric surgery and interventions
  • Evidence of a specialist interest in at least one of the following areas: thoracic, regional, advanced airway anaesthesia, perioperative medicine
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for the clinical care of patients
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of developing a specialist service or demonstration of innovation in chosen sub-speciality area
  • Evidence of advanced training in at least one of the following areas: Maxillofacial, ENT, Pain, Lower GI, Upper GI, Hepatobiliary, Pre-operative assessment, Vascular access, Orthopaedics, Obstetrics, Gynaecological anaesthesia

Clinical Knowledge and skills

Essential criteria
  • Log-book evidence of Maxillofacial, ENT, oral surgery, Thoracic, Lower and Upper GI cases, Hepatobiliary, Pre-operative assessment, Obstetrics and Pain

Clinical Governance and Audit

Essential criteria
  • Ability to teach in General Anaesthesia
  • Knowledge of the principles of clinical audit and evidence of participation
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of relevant publications or regional or national presentations.

Research

Essential criteria
  • Active participation in research
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of relevant publications or regional or national presentations

Teaching and Training

Essential criteria
  • Experience of teaching medical students.
  • Experience in use of simulation training and organisation of simulation courses for anaesthesia or medicine.
Desirable criteria
  • Certificate in Medical Education or higher degree in teaching.

Management & Leadership

Essential criteria
  • Ability to take on responsibility and show evidence of leadership
  • Ability to work under pressure and cope with setbacks.
Desirable criteria
  • Management experience

Interpersonal, communication and team working skills

Essential criteria
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, relatives, clinical colleagues, support staff and other colleagues.
  • Good knowledge of, and ability to use, spoken and written English.
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to be a flexible team member

Any other Personal Abilities and Aptitudes

Essential criteria
  • Ability to adapt and respond to changing circumstances
  • Awareness of personal limitations
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to undertake additional professional responsibilities at local, regional, or national levels

Other

Essential criteria
  • Previous experience of UK NHS practice
  • Evidence of entitlement to live and work in the UK.
  • Must be able to meet on call requirements

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