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Consultant in Intensive care

Employer
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
Location
Harlow
Salary
£93,666 to £126,281 a year 10 PA
Closing date
9 Mar 2024

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The Trust seeks to appoint Consultant in intensive care. This is a substantive consultant post and applicants will be expected to have interest and suitable experience within intensive care. The post allows to include sessions in intensive care and, flexibility to include sessions in anaesthesia, medical specialities and emergency medicine.

The new appointee will share the case-load, facilities and trainee grade support with the existing consultants.

In conjunction with the existing consultants, the appointee has opportunities to lead developments in services within the Trust.

This substantive post will be based in Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow and will be responsible for providing high quality Intensive care services and/ or another specialty as qualified, to The Princess Alexandra Hospital that assumes responsibility for the patients within the catchment area in co-operation with Consultant colleagues in all clinical departments.

Main duties of the job

This substantive post will be based in Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow and will be responsible for providing high quality Intensive care services and/ or another specialty as qualified, to The Princess Alexandra Hospital that assumes responsibility for the patients within the catchment area in co-operation with Consultant colleagues in all clinical departments.

About us

Intensive care unit is located on fourth floor providing Level 2 and 3 care. ICU provides state of the art intensive care services to critically ill patients including renal replacement therapy. Tertiary services are commissioned from near by centres. A critical care out reach team is attached to ICU providing 24/7 services. Enhanced care for elective surgical work is built into planned expansion of services. ICU supports anaesthetic services for elective & emergency surgeries and acutely unwell medical patients. ICU participates in national and local, audit and research projects. Our unit has been recognised for ICM training and regularly have trainees from ICM and other specialties. Critical Care Directorate office is located alongside intensive care unit. All offices are equipped with modern facilities. A well equipped area is available for trainees. ICU is covered by a mixture of anaesthesia trainees, ACCS trainees, SAS doctors in Anaesthesia, medical trainees and FY2/3 doctors. The combination provides a 2 tier oncall system for critical care. Oncall team is supported by Critical care consultant on duty.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Comply with the agreed job plan, which will be reviewed periodically and maintain diary of the work load to design job plan during review.

Maintain and promote multi-disciplinary team work within the speciality and those associated with the critical care services.

Share responsibility with all consultant colleagues for providing evidence based standards of care for all the patients.

Have regard at all times to the clinical and quality standards as set in the Patients Charter and local purchasers contracts.

Take an active part in the formal teaching and practical training & supervision of junior staff. Assume responsibility for professional supervision and management of non-consultant grade medical staff.

All Consultants are expected to be responsible for approving and monitoring junior staff rotas to ensure compliance with European Working Time Directive and New Deal.

Monitor junior staff locum arrangements where appropriate.

Concern themselves with the professional development, both clinical and personal and of their trainees.

Take part in risk management, governance activities and other activities in the directorate.

Contribute (in co-operation with the Audit Committee) on a regular basis to the clinical audit process undertaken within the Trust, and where appropriate at a broader regional and national level.

Take part in continuing medical education activities in line with the Faculty of Intensive care (RCOA) guidelines.

Participate in the consultant intensive care on-call rota, including providing cross-cover for annual and study leave.

Assume continuing responsibility for the care of patients in his/her charge including all administrative duties associated with the patient care.

Engage in a timely fashion with the departmental and trust communications eg. Respond to emails or otherwise.

Provide leadership for proper function of the services in his/her charge in line with agreed policies of the Trust.

Develop of his/her own speciality interests, including active participation in audit and research programmes.

Assume corporate and individual responsibility for the management of the junior medical staff.

Participate and encourage others in appropriate research initiatives approved by the local Research and Ethics Committee.

Undertake administrative duties associated with the care of patients and attend departmental meetings.

Support the Divisional Director, Clinical Director, Specialty Leads and other professional colleagues in the management of the department in order to ensure the maintenance of high standards, a good quality of patient care and the development of the service within the Clinical Governance framework.

The above is an outline only. It is not exhaustive and may be altered from time to time to suit the needs of the hospital and services of the department. The post-holder will be required to be co-operative and flexible in accordance with the needs of the department, Trust, and the guidelines of the Faculty of Intensive care Medicine. This also requires working collaboratively with other colleagues in the smooth running of both anaesthesia and critical care services.

All consultants within the Critical Care Directorate are accountable to the lead clinician, clinical director and Divisional director. The appointee will have full professional independence on clinical matters, but will be managerially accountable to the Trust and the Chief Executive.

Sample Job plan for consultant with interest in Intensive care:

Monday

Tuesday

Wed

Thurs

Friday

Am

Pm

Am

Pm

Am

Pm

Am

Pm

Am

Pm

Week 1

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

SPA

Week 2

SPA

SPA

SPA

SPA

DCC

DCC

Week 3

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

SPA

Week 4

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

Week 5

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

Week 6

SPA

SPA

SPA

SPA

Week 7

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

DCC

Week 8

SPA

SPA

The above reflects a 10PAs contract, with 2PAs per week for on-call commitments and 2 SPAs per week.

Hours

Mon-Fri 08.00-18.00 Theatre lists/clinic/ward round AM 08.00-13.00, PM 13.00-18.00

Evenings 18.00-21.30 (Resident on call)

Sat Sun 08.00-14.00 (Resident on call)

The consultant on-call commitment has a regular on-call weekday night of 1 in 8, e.g. alternate Mondays and 1 weekend in 8. On-call activities count for 2 PAs per week: 1PA reflecting the times the consultant is expected to be resident in the hospital as given above and 1PA for unpredictable work when the consultant may be called back to the hospital.

Person Specification
Trust Values
Essential

  • Patient at heart - Always holding the patient and their wellbeing at the centre of our thoughts and efforts
  • Everyday excellence - Sharing and celebrating our successes, being honest when we get it wrong, giving us the ability to learn from both
  • Creative collaboration - Knowing strength comes from diversity, we combine our experiences, skills and talents, working together to find new and better ways to care

Education and Qualifications
Essential

  • Full Registration with the GMC with licence to practise
  • FFICM or equivalent
  • CCT (or equivalent) with entry on Specialist Register for ICM or within six months of anticipated CCT data on the date of interview

Desirable

  • Additional degree or post- graduate qualification (PhD, MD etc)
  • Post-graduate prizes
  • MSc/Diploma/PG certification in ICU or equivalent
  • Management/leadership qualification

Clinical Skills and Training
Essential

  • Higher training in Intensive Care Medicine
  • Advanced Life support (ALS)

Desirable

  • Relevant medical experience including Anaesthesia

Experience
Essential

  • Achieving GMC standards to be recognised as a clinical supervisor
  • Active regular participation in teaching and training of medical and para-medical colleagues
  • Active consistent engagement with clinical audit and quality improvement

Desirable

  • Achieved GMC standards to be recognised as an educational supervisor
  • Extensive / formal experience in medical education including regional teaching
  • Formal educational qualification
  • Life support course instructor
  • Presentations at regional and national meetings and/or Publications in peer reviewed journal

Skills and Knowledge
Essential

  • Good communication Skills
  • Able to prioritise/cope with stressful situations
  • Clear understanding of local/wider NHS management structures
  • Awareness of ethical and legal issues

Desirable

  • Leadership in evidence-based transformation of patient care

Personal Qualities
Essential

  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to work harmoniously in a multi-disciplinary team showing respect for patients and colleagues
  • Honest and reliable
  • High Professional Standards
  • Adaptable and Hardworking
  • Excellent professional judgement
  • Good Interpersonal Skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Diligence, enthusiasm, composure and resilience
  • Flexibility in a changing work environment
  • Caring and responsible attitude to patients and colleagues

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