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Locum Consultant in Palliative Medicine

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
16 Dec 2023
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Consultant in Palliative Medicine to join our specialist palliative care services within Central Lancashire on a 1-year fixed term basis. This post has been created to cover the maternity leave of a colleague and will initially have sessions split between the hospital specialist palliative care service and the hospice inpatient service. The hospital sessions are based at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, who are also the employing organisation. The hospice inpatient sessions are based at St Catherine's Hospice, Preston.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will also work closely with colleagues in palliative care across Central Lancashire, supporting the delivery of Specialist Palliative Care within the hospital, hospice and community settings, including the provision of cross-cover for consultant colleagues when needed and supporting the on-call provision based at St Catherine's Hospice.

Depending on the start date of the successful applicant there may be some overlap with the individual on maternity leave returning. In this event there may be the opportunity to provide experience working within other areas of the Central Lancashire specialist palliative care service including our community setting, depending on the needs of the service. Any alteration to the job plan would be made in line with job planning guidance.

About us

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust forms one of the major acute Trusts in the North West. We are the tertiary centre across Lancashire and South Cumbria for neurosciences, renal medicine, oncology, plastic surgery and burns. Undergraduate medical student teaching commenced here in 2003 and considerable opportunities exist for research and development which are integral to Teaching Hospital status. The Hospital SPC inpatient service receives an average of 225 referrals per month across 2 hospital sites. An increasing proportion of referrals are for patients with a non-cancer diagnosis both from the local population and across the tertiary services. The hospital specialist palliative care team provide a liaison service to adult inpatients.

St Catherine's Hospice is a highly respected, forward-thinking independent registered charity with an excellent history. Hospice care is provided through Inpatient, Outpatient, Lymphoedema and Community Specialist Nursing Services. The community services include a recently expanded CNS and consultant team, support assistants and a hospice at home pilot. The Hospice is led by a highly committed Board of Trustees who have overseen several refurbishment programmes to continuously improve facilities for patients, carers and families. The ethos of continually striving to provide the best possible services for local people, in ways that suit their personal needs, is strongly embedded in the strategic development of the Hospice.

Job description
Job responsibilities
  • To provide specialist palliative medical advice and clinical input within the Trust alongside the existing Consultants in Palliative Medicine as part of the inpatient liaison service. This includes direct face to face clinical care in inpatient settings as well as advice to colleagues.
  • To provide clinical support to the Palliative Care CNS team through MDT meeting input, telephone advice and joint reviews within inpatient and community clinical settings.
  • To take responsibility for the medical care of hospice inpatients, alongside the other hospice IP consultant when regular inpatient sessions are agreed within the job plan.
  • To provide senior medical input into the care of hospice inpatients including ward rounds, advice to junior medical staff and the wider MDT, and supervision of admissions during hospice inpatient sessions.
  • To provide Specialist Palliative Care representation at cancer site/ non-cancer disease specific multidisciplinary meetings to support early palliative care interventions including advance care planning and referral to palliative care services if appropriate.
  • To complete administration duties associated with this posts provision of Specialist Palliative Care
  • To work collaboratively with the Clinical Director for Palliative Care, Lead Nurse in Palliative and End of life Care, Hospice Medical Director, existing consultants, and Hospice leadership teams to provide clinical, operational and strategic leadership.
  • To be an active member of Central Lancashire Palliative and End of Life Care Strategy and Operational Cross Boundary Group.
  • To provide leadership around clinical audit and quality improvement and other governance activities such as risk management. Undertake audit of departmental and own practice in line with the audit forward plan and appraisal requirements. To attend the monthly directorate audit and governance meeting at LTHTR.
  • Participate in the bi-monthly Specialist Palliative and End of Life Care business meetings.
  • To provide supervision and clinical support for trainees in specialist palliative medicine and other medical staff in the palliative care team.
  • To support the delivery of multi-professional education and training alongside the End-of-Life care educators in both LTHTR and St Catherines.
  • Provide cross cover for consultant colleagues where necessary across the hospital, community and hospice services.
  • To support the delivery of palliative care services out of hours by participating in a non-residential on call rota. The expectation is that the post holder participates in the second on call rota supporting all parts of the specialist palliative care service out of hours within Central Lancashire, with a more junior medical colleague providing first on call cover for the hospice inpatient unit and CNS cover of the 24hr Central Lancashire advice line.

Person Specification
  • Full GMC Registration with license to practice
  • MBBS or equivalent
  • MRCP UK or equivalent
  • Entry on the GMC Specialist Register for Palliative Medicine via one of the following: a.Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) (The proposed CCT date must be within 6 months of the interview) b.Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) c.European Community Rights
  • Higher Medical Degree (MA, MD, MSc, PhD)
  • Experience and training in Specialist Palliative Care in hospital, hospice and community.
  • Proven ability in managing complex holistic palliative care in both malignant and non-malignant conditions
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for clinical care of patients at Consultant level
  • Awareness of current speciality specific clinical evidence, developments and guidelines
  • Commitment to teaching medical and non-medical personnel
  • Experience in supervising junior medical colleagues
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Broad experience of medicine across a variety of settings including acute medicine
  • Involvement in research projects relating to the specialist area
  • Experience of leading and developing education and training
  • Evidence of clinical leadership.
  • Evidence of commitment to audit and improving clinical practice, patient outcome and service development.
  • Proven organisational skills.
  • Understanding of current NHS environment, particularly reforms and initiatives related to palliative and end of life care.
  • Evidence of training in leadership.
  • Experience of leading change and service development across organisational boundaries
Research & Development
  • Understanding of research processes.
  • Critical appraisal skills
  • Evidence of peer reviewed publications

Employer details
Employer name

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Royal Preston Hospital

Sharoe Green Lane



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