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Consultant in Chronic Pain and Anaesthetics

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year 10% Pay Incentive plus Financial Support for Relocation
Closing date
25 Jan 2024

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Specialist doctor, Anaesthesia
Contract Type
Full Time
10% Pay Incentive plus Financial Support for Relocation

Plymouth, Britain's only Ocean City, occupies a stunning location. It's a perfect city for ambitious people looking to build a career, and enjoy a rich and rewarding life.

Plymouth is a vibrant university city by the sea, set on the border of Devon and Cornwall, with an active cultural scene and amazing quality of life. Dartmoor, local beaches, the South Hams and South East Cornwall are all within living distance. Schooling is excellent, with high quality primary and secondary schools (including grammar schools). The region offers an enviable range of leisure opportunities.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in the largest hospital trust in the South West Peninsula. We are a teaching hospital in partnership with the rapidly expanding Plymouth University (Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Health Professions).

For more information or an informal discussion, please contact:

Dr Karen Gilmore Service Line Director Chronic Pain01752 431704Dr Steve BreeService Line Director Anaesthesia 01752 431737Mrs Rachael Buller Cluster Manager 01752 437157

Main duties of the job

The Chronic Pain Management Service at University Hospitals Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, is a stand-alone service line within the Surgical Specialties Care Group. It is an Adult Highly Specialist Pain Management (tertiary) service (where spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal pumps are commissioned by NHS England). It is a regional tertiary referral centre taking referrals from primary care, secondary care specialities, as well as other pain medicine consultants within the region.

The Chronic Pain Service seeks to appoint a further substantive consultant to their teams.

The post is for a full or part-time Consultant in Chronic Pain. This role is also open to working in Anaesthetics. Our Service Line management team can work with the individual to get the right balance across both services.There are no on call responsibilities with this post.

The successful applicant will be expected to:
  • Support the delivery of a high-quality pain service meeting local and national targets
  • Support the delivery of high-quality anaesthetic services if applicable
  • Contribute significantly to the departmental teaching of the undergraduate medical students and anaesthetic trainees rotating through.
  • Work flexibly dependent on the exigencies of the department
  • Work effectively within a multidisciplinary and inclusive team
  • Assist in our determination to be a successful provider of a range of appropriate services to the local community.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description
Job responsibilities

An illustrative job plan is included in the attached job description (this may vary depending on the needs of the unit and the experience of the post holder). The final job plan will be agreed at appointment and may vary as the needs of the unit change and will be subject to annual review. The job-plan will be consistent with locally agreed Trust Job-Plan Guidelines and similar to those of consultant colleagues with regard to annual leave, study leave and on-call responsibilities etc.

Prior to completion of the initial job planning process all new appointments will be based on a 10 PA activity plan fitting in to the current work structure and expectations or part-time equivalent.

Person Specification
Education, Qualifications and Special Training
  • Full GMC registration
  • CCT in anaesthesia (or equivalent) (or to be within 6 months of CCT)
  • On the Specialist Register of the GMC (or entry expected within 6 months)
  • Possession of other higher degree or diploma
  • Evidence of undertaking a recognised Pain Fellowship (UK or international) or experience as a Consultant in delivering a pain service
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for the clinical care of patients
  • Training/experience in SCS implant/pump surgery
  • Experience in procedures for Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Experience of patient education for group programs
  • Post-CCT experience

Employer details
Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


Derriford Hospital

Derriford road



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