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Locum Con in Radiology with Gynaecology & Urology Imaging

Employer
Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Luton
Salary
£93,666 to £126,281 pro rata per annum
Closing date
16 Dec 2023

Job Details

Applications are invited for the above post for this 660 bedded acute hospital serving a local population of approximately 400,000. The appointment will be made in accordance with the terms and conditions of service for the 2003 consultant contract (England).

This an exciting time to join the Imaging department at Luton & Dunstable Hospital, which has now merged with Bedford Hospital to form the Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The Imaging department has been rated excellent and well led by the CQC and an exemplar unit by GIRFT.

Bedfordshire hospitals imaging department is a friendly and cohesive team offering a high quality patient centred service with a broad range of specialities across the two sites.

The successful candidate would be required to participate in the general radiology workload at the Luton & Dunstable hospital and participate in the on call rota at Luton and Dunstable hospital (currently a 1:18 rota, expected to become 1:19 in the foreseeable future).

The formally merged department has established links with Bedford hospital, and flexibility for cross-site working may be necessary and will be positively encouraged and supported.

Home working is actively supported. All consultants have home reporting equipment including voice recognition software.

Main duties of the job

The Key tasks for the role of Locum Consultant in Gastrointestinal & Hepatobiliary Radiology:
  • Maintenance of the highest clinical standards in the management of all patients presenting to the Hospital.
  • To deliver a high quality diagnostic imaging service.
  • To share, with colleagues in the Imaging Department, the management of all patients referred to the Trust.
  • To participate in the delivery of on-call.
  • To participate in teaching and training of specialist registrars grade, junior medical staff, radiographers, nursing staff and medical students. In addition the post holder will support Clinical Nurse Specialists and sonographers.
  • To actively participate in both departmental and Trust matters concerning Clinical Governance and audit.


About us

Our Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Bedfordshire hospitals imaging department is a friendly and cohesive team offering a high quality patient centred service with a broad range of specialities across the two sites.

This is a locum fixed term post to support the increase in gynaecology and urology workload.

Gynaecology imaging is delivered across both sites by 5 consultants with the support of sonographers. This service has grown significantly over the last decade. Both benign and cancer imaging is done locally. Expertise in endometrial imaging has been developed locally and specialist IR procedures such as fibroid embolisation is provided for both hospitals at the Bedford site. The provision for cancer imaging and diagnosis is also provided locally, and supported by a weekly regional cancer MDT. The successful candidate would be expected to participate in this MDT.

Urology imaging is also delivered across both sites by 5 consultants. The growth particularly in prostate MRI has been exponential resulting in a significant increase in workload and resources required to support this service. Luton has a well-functioning urology one stop clinic which is supported by same day reporting of CT scans and MRI. Cancer services are supported by a weekly local and regional MDT. The successful candidate would be expected to participate in this MDT.

The formally merged department has established links with Bedford hospital, and flexibility for cross-site working may be necessary and will be positively encouraged and supported.

The successful candidate would be required to participate in the general radiology workload at the Luton & Dunstable hospital and participate in the on call rota at Luton and Dunstable hospital (currently a 1:18 rota, expected to become 1:19 in the foreseeable future).

Home working is actively supported. All consultants have home reporting equipment including voice recognition software.

Over the years the imaging department has been proactive and innovative in developing new ways of working. This is to help support staff wellbeing, increase departmental productivity and to deliver high quality services for our patients. Below are a few but not exhaustive examples of innovative practice introduced locally.

The department developed an activity based dashboard almost a decade ago. This dashboard has supported business cases for expansion of workforce both in terms of radiology consultant and trainee numbers. Complexity scoring system was developed to provide a fair and more transparent way of measuring reporting output per PA.

Remote working/ home working was introduced a few years before the pandemic on a voluntary basis, to support flexible working. This was supported by the trust board and consultant colleagues and has been highly successful, particularly during the pandemic. Many consultants have 1 day of remote working built in to their job plans.

Changes to the on call particularly on the weekend to make it more manageable and safe led to a split on call on the weekend between 2 consultants supported by a Specialist Registrar on site. This change was incorporated after recruitment of additional consultants, specialist trainees and clinical fellows.

All of this innovative work has been positively acknowledged by GIRFT and CQC. This department has been designated as an exemplar site by GIRFT and outstanding and well led by CQC.

The allocation of programmed activities will be based on 8.5 for direct clinical care and 1.5 for supporting professional activities. The detailed job plans will be agreed in consultation with the Clinical Director, with the approval of the Medical Director and Chief Executive or his/ her representative.

The job plans will be a prospective agreement that sets out a consultants duties, responsibilities and objectives for the coming year. It will cover all aspects of a consultants professional practice including clinical work, teaching, research, education and managerial responsibilities. It will provide a clear schedule of commitments, both internal and external. In addition, it will provide personal objectives, including details of links to wider service objectives, and details of the support required by the consultant to fulfil the job plan and the objectives.

The pattern of work may change in the future to meet local changing needs and annual review meetings will take place in line with the new Consultant Contract, job planning and appraisal arrangements.

Our Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L& D) has always been renowned for its friendly atmosphere and good working relationships. The Hospital has an excellent track record of financial and senior executive stability.

The Trust has University Hospital status which provides an academic environment to the hospital. In addition to postgraduate training, we welcome medical students from the UCL Medical School throughout the year and by arrangement with the medical school provide a programme of clinicalplacements to support their education. We have an excellent reputation for junior staff training. Within the Centre of Multi-Professional Educational & Training (COMET) is the Medical Education Department, the library including an IT suite, and the Training & Development Department. The main aim of the Medical Education Department is to promote postgraduate and continuing medical education and training for all doctors and dentists. The Hospital actively promotes career development and progression for all staff.

The Hospital has excellent access to the surrounding areas with easy access to central London and the rural Chilterns. The rural areas include many attractive villages and towns within easy reach of the Hospital including St Albans and Harpenden. Excellent schools are found nearby. There is also very good access to the Midlands and North by road using the M1 or A1, or by rail to one of the Lutons three stations. A direct link using the new Busway takes passengers from Luton Train station just 7 minutes to reach a stop that is within a short walking distance of the hospital. London Luton Airport is within fifteen minutes of the hospital.

Applicants must be fully registered on the UK General Medical Councils Specialist Register and have FRCR. Specialist Registrars may apply if within 6 months of CCT.

Residence is required within ten miles by road or thirty minutes travelling time of the Hospital.

Candidates unable for personal reasons to work full-time are also invited to apply.

The appointment will be subject to full Occupational Health Clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check for the successful candidates prior to commencement.

Closing Date: Tuesday 5th December 2023

Please refer to the Job Description for full details of the post.

Person Specification
Training
Essential
  • Training and experience equivalent to that required for UK CCT (or within 6 months of it being issued).
Registration
Essential
  • Entry on GMC Specialist Register in General Radiology or eligibility to enter it within 6 months from the time of the interview and hold a Licence to Practice.
Qualifications
Essential
  • MB ChB or Equivalent
  • FRCR
Desirable
  • MD or equivalent Higher Degree or evidence of relevant research
Clinical Experience
Essential
  • Evidence of thorough and broad training and experience in General Radiology.
  • Expertise in all aspects of Gynaecology and Urology imaging.
  • Able to take full and independent responsibility for clinical work and delivering service without direct supervision.
Desirable
  • Interventional procedures such as drainage of collection and targeted percutaneous biopsy
Professional Interest
Essential
  • An interest which improves the core clinical service for patients using the imaging service at the Trust.
Job Specific
Essential
  • Able to organise and prioritise workload.
  • An understanding of accountability for patient care.
  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Desirable
  • Experience of team leadership.
Clinical Effectiveness
Essential
  • Understanding of clinical governance and ability to demonstrate ongoing CPD.
  • Experience of guideline appraisal.
  • Participation in relevant local audits.
  • Ability to interpret and apply clinical research.
Desirable
  • Participation in relevant national audits.
Teaching
Essential
  • Knowledge and ability to teach all grades of trainees and medical students.
  • Understands learner centred teaching
  • Teaching ability and experience in conducting clinical/radiological meetings
Desirable
  • Has attended Teaching the Teachers or similar course.
Clinical Governance
Essential
  • Able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the principles and elements of clinical governance.
Management
Essential
  • Evidence of management experience or training.
  • Time management skills. IT literacy.
Desirable
  • Ability to share departmental management duties e.g. staff rotas.
Personal Attributes
Essential
  • Caring, honest and reliable.
  • Able to foster good working relations with staff.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English.
  • Ability to co-operate in a democratic team environment.
  • Able and willing to work with consultant colleagues in equitable sharing of clinical, non-clinical and on-call duties.
Standards
Essential
  • Has a thorough knowledge and understanding of Good Medical Practice set out by the GMC.
Domicile
Essential
  • Residence within 10 miles by road or up to thirty minutes travelling time of the hospital for purposes of on-call emergencies.
Police Check
Essential
  • Satisfactory DBS check.
General Health
Essential
  • Satisfactory Trust health screening prior to appointment.
Communication and language skills
Essential
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clinical colleagues, other specialities and support staff.
  • Good knowledge of and ability to use spoken and written English.
  • Ability to present effectively to an audience, using variety of methods and to respond to questions.


Employer details
Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Luton and Dunstable Hospital

Lewsey Road

Luton

LU4 0DZ


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About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020 following the merger of Bedford Hospital and the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.Previously the hospitals were run by two separate NHS trusts, Bedford hospital NHS Trust and Luton and Dunstable University Hospitals Foundation Trust.By combining the two hospitals we have been able to ensure the clinical sustainability of both sites and ensure that key services such as A&E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics can remain at both sites.Both hospitals deliver a full range of acute hospital services to a population of around 700,000.The new integrated Trust employs a combined workforce of approximately 8,000 staff, the largest NHS employer in Bedfordshire. The hospitals are supported by an army of 500 volunteers whose invaluable work helps the delivery of services.

Bedford Hospital

Working at Bedford Hospital

The Trust’s ethos is ‘every patient matters’, our vision is to provide patient focused high quality acute hospital care to meet the needs of our local community and we are constantly working with our staff to find new ways of working to ensure that our vision is achieved.

About Bedford

Whether you like high-octane thrills or you’re interested in history and the arts, if you want to entertain the family, or simply want to relax and enjoy quiet, unspoilt countryside, come and visit Bedford and north Bedfordshire.

The county town of Bedford is in one of England’s smallest counties, flanked east and west by tourist hotspots like Oxford and Cambridge and just a 35 minute train journey from central London.

Renowned as having one of the finest riverside settings in the country, enjoy panoramic views of the River Great Ouse from the restored Castle Mound; all that remains of Bedford castle, which was destroyed in the siege of 1224.

Bedford Borough is a vibrant area to live in with an abundance of leisure opportunities for residents and visitors. We pride ourselves on offering a fantastic programme of cultural events throughout the year, and providing a wide range of affordable health opportunities, through our quality parks, award winning leisure centers’ and sports development work.

The nearby town of Milton Keynes has a large shopping mall and is a short bus or train ride away. Road and transport links are fantastic from Bedford to the whole of the UK and Europe.

Luton airport is only 30 minutes by car or direct by train, other airports nearby are Stanstead, Birmingham, Heathrow and Gatwick, all within 1hour and 30 minutes by train or car.

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital is a top performing hospital and we are proud to care.

The Trust employs a diverse range of people in many different roles. In addition to doctors, nurses and therapy staff we employ people in a variety of other areas including administration, scientists, estates, technicians and support staff who all work together to deliver the best patient care. Our focus on excellence and patient safety remains our highest priority.

Staff are our most valuable asset and central to the delivery of safe, effective, excellent patient care.

The Trust strives to ensure staff feel valued, empowered, confident, motivated and focuses on developing staff to maximise their potential.

As an employee of the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital you can take advantage of a number of benefits that are available for all L&D staff which can be viewed here.

Why work for us?

Our way of working at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is about providing great patient care but it’s also about attracting and retaining excellent staff to provide that care. It’s about the qualities, knowledge and skills you bring to your role in the Trust and the support, development and job satisfaction you expect in return. It’s about sharing common priorities for improvement and embracing our Trust values while caring for our patients but also while working together as colleagues.

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