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Consultant in General Anaesthesia

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 - £126,281 Plus enhancements
Closing date
11 Dec 2023

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Specialist doctor, Anaesthesia
Contract Type
Full Time

Weston General Hospital

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 (UHBW) and Weston Area Health Trust have joined to become one organisation. Our newly merged Trust has a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff, aiming to deliver exceptional local services for local people and specialist services across the South West. 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.

Main duties of the job

The Department of Anaesthesia is seeking consultants in general anaesthesia to join the team based at Weston General Hospital. The post will be offered at 10 PAs. The successful applicant will join the team in supporting a busy and high quality service providing general anaesthesia in a small hospital, with the support of, and close work with, the wider department across all UHBW sites.

The post will be based at Weston General Hospital and will support the provision of general anaesthesia services for a variety of specialties, including upper and lower GI surgery, trauma & orthopaedics, gynaecology and urology. There will be the opportunity to work across the UHBW sites; however, applicants should expect the majority of their work to focus on Weston. In addition to daytime sessions, the successful applicant will participate in the weekend on-call rota (currently approximately 1:7) and evening sessions (currently approximately 1:7) covering emergency operations until 20:00. The Department of Anaesthesia supports the pre-operative assessment service, and as such the appointee will contribute to this area.

Working for our organisation

UHBW is a teaching Trust with close links to Southmead Hospital and the University of Bristol. There is a strong tradition of teaching in the department, and we support the running of Bristol Medical Simulation Centre.

The applicant must hold FRCA (UK) or equivalent and be within 6 months of their CCT date at the time of interview. We are looking for applicants who are prepared to work flexibly to ensure smooth service delivery and there is opportunity to develop a specialist interest. More detailed person specification is available with the job description.

Weston-Super-Mare is situated in picturesque countryside and is easily commutable distance from Bristol. The hospital itself has many great benefits including on-site parking and five-minute walk to the beach.

Interview date will be Thursday February 1st 2024.

Clinical Director for General Anaesthesia: Dr Claire Dowse

AGM for Anaesthesia: Mr Lee Bradley

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For a full and detailed and to apply, please click the Apply button.

Closing date: 11th December 2023.

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



Essential criteria

Ability to offer expert clinical opinion on a range of problems, both emergency and elective – including anaesthesia for upper and lower abdominal surgery, gynaecological surgery, orthopaedics and trauma surgery

Evidence of a specialist interest in at least one of the following areas: regional 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: Pain,

Lower GI, Upper GI, Pre-operative assessment, Vascular access,
Orthopaedics, 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.


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

Awareness of personal limitations

Ability to adapt and respond to changing circumstances

Desirable criteria

Ability to undertake additional professional responsibilities at local, regional, or national levels

Behaviours and Values

Essential criteria

Demonstrates the four Trust values (Respecting Everyone, Embracing Change, Recognising Success, Working Together)

Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston-super-Mare, 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.

The Trust is committed to investing in and caring for all of our staff. We will support you in maintaining and improving your health and wellbeing, as well as your career development through management and training support - developing exceptional people for exceptional careers.

We hope that you will decide to join us and become part of this exciting journey, helping us to shape our future together.

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.

With strong links to the University of Bristol and University of West of England we are the major medical research and training centre in the region, using findings to continually improve our patient care and attracting the highest calibre clinical staff from across the UK.

To comply with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 all applicants must be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard which will be assessed at Interview.


Please ensure you check your emails regularly as this is how we will communicate with you throughout the recruitment process. We may also contact you by texting the mobile number, if provided, on the application form. Due to high volumes of applications, vacancies may be closed before the closing date.

As a guide interviews should usually take place within 3 weeks of the closing date.

When providing employment reference details, please provide correct work related email addresses so references can be sought promptly when we are looking to progress your application. Your referee must all be known to you in a line manager or professional lead capacity.

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