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Consultant Cardiac Electrophysiologist

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

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Specialist doctor, Cardiology, Physiology
Contract Type
Full Time

The successful candidate will join the current team of 4 Electrophysiology Consultants in contributing towards the provision and development of the Electrophysiology service within the region. The Lancashire Cardiac Centre serves a population of 1.8million across The Lake District / South Cumbria and Lancashire.

There are 2 EP Labs out of 5 current available lab spaces providing a high volume of approximately 800 procedures performed annually pre-Covid. The post holder will have experience and be independent in performing both simple and complex electrophysiology procedures. The unit has all three mapping tools - Biosense Webster, Abott and Boston Scientific. Available single shot technology include Cryo and Laser Balloon Ablation. Experience and willingness to further develop skills will be supported.

We value teaching and research. There are currently 3 EP Fellows, two of them post CCT from Greece. The successful candidate can contribute towards the Weekly EP Teaching and supervision of trainees.

The cardiology department delivers a regional tertiary cardiology service, and the successful candidate will join the existing 21 consultant cardiologists in helping deliver a first-class regional service. The post holder will also be expected to deliver general cardiology as consultant of the week on a rotational basis as well as weekend cover as part of a seven-day consultant led service.

Main duties of the job


Except in emergencies or where otherwise agreed with your clinical manager, you are responsible for fulfilling the duties and responsibilities and undertaking the programmed activities set out in your new Job Plan, as reviewed annually and in line with the provisions below.

Job plans will be formally reviewed within the first 6 months after appointment and agreed according to evidence from actual activity. All consultants will be allocated 1.5 core SPA per week for professional development (CPD), Job Planning, Appraisal, Mandatory Training, attendance at regular team meetings which will have a clinical governance aspect and participating in Audit. Core SPA time will generally be undertaken within the Trust. Any variation from this principle must be discussed, agreed and made clear within the Consultant Job plan. The core SPA time will allow the post holder to ensure appropriate CPD to allow revalidation, to which the trust will be fully supportive.

Additional SPA time will be made available to consultants on the basis of evidenced need. Such allocation will be agreed and subsequently reviewed by the Consultant and their Head of Department during the Job Plan review session. Additional (non- core) SPA time will be undertaken within the Trust or at other agreed NHS sites or academic institutions during the normal working day.

About us

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated on the west coast of Lancashire, with services covering the local authority areas of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. The Trust is part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) supporting a population of around 1.6 million people.

We have three main hospitals providing acute services to around 330,000 local residents and employ over 7000 people from 68 different countries.

The organisation provides specialist tertiary care for cardiac and haematology services, delivers community health services to over 445,000 residents including those in North Lancashire and hosts the National Artificial Eye Service across England. We also have specialised Cardio-thoracic Surgical and Sleep Medicine services (including polysomnography) and provide urgent and emergency care services to an estimated 18 million people who visit the seaside resort each year.

The Trust provides Tertiary haematology services for Lancashire and South Cumbria and is the site of the Lancashire Cardiac Centre which provides comprehensive Tertiary cardiology and cardiothoracic surgical services for the adult population of Lancashire and South Cumbria (around 1.6 million people).

Job description
Job responsibilities

  1. Job Planning

8.1 Indicative Job Plan

The job plan comprises of 10 programmed activities as set out in Appendix 1. An additional supplement will be payable for on call availability. Additional Programmed Activities may be available subject to negotiation with the successful candidate.

8.2 The Trust has established a medical workforce planning group to ensure that appropriate infrastructure enhancement supports new developments or extensions of clinical services.

There is a recently refurbished Education Centre with close links to the University of Liverpool. There is a regular lecture programme and weekly postgraduate meetings.

8.3 Honorary Appointments

Consultants may be eligible for appointment as Honorary Teacher or Lecturer with the University of Liverpool, University of Central Lancashire or University of Lancaster. Those who make a substantial contribution in research or undergraduate education are eligible for promotion to Honorary Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professor.

  1. General Requirements And Conditions Of Service
  2. Applications from candidates who are unable to work whole time, or who wish to join in a job sharing arrangement will be considered.
  3. A satisfactory medical examination is a condition of employment for medical and dental staff in the National Health Service. Therefore, the successful candidates appointment will be subjected to medical clearance from the Trusts Occupational health Physician. In relation to Hepatitis B screening and vaccination, it is a requirement of all staff that they should undergo periodic testing and where a post is designated as potentially prone to exposure, be vaccinated.
  4. You will be expected to work with local managers and professional colleagues in the efficient running of services and will share with consultant colleagues in the medical contribution to management.
  5. Subject to the provisions of the Terms and Conditions of Service, you are expected to observe agreed policies and procedures, drawn up in consultation with the profession on clinical matters. In particular, where you supervise employees, you will be expected to follow the local and national employment and personnel policies and procedures. You will be expected to make sure that there are adequate arrangements for hospital staff involved in the care of your patients to be able to contact you when necessary on-call.
  6. All medical and dental staff employed by Trusts are expected to comply with all Health and Safety policies.
  7. When on call, planned daytime duties are not cancelled routinely. However, it is accepted that the emergency ward round following a 24 hrs (or weekend) on duty may reduce your fixed commitments.
  8. By the same token, if urgent cases have taken up a large part of the previous night, it is acknowledged that fixed commitments may not necessarily be fulfilled.
  9. It is appreciated that the programmed activities detailed below can only apply if the medical, nursing and administrative infrastructure is in place, both in terms of quality and quantity. Any variations on the provision of the infrastructure should be brought to the attention of the general manager of the provider unit.
  10. Where involvement in clinical management is accepted by an individual consultant and this involves specified duties, an abatement of clinical sessions will be permitted.

It is expected that when management duties are relinquished, the original session(s) will be taken up.

  1. Where the appointee is required to relocate and in agreeing the assistance to be provided, the Trust will have regard to all the individual employees circumstances, including the need to re-house dependents and the comparability of new and previous accommodation.

The Trust will however require employees to repay all or part of the reimbursements and grants paid if they leave the Trust within two years of the appointment which gave rise to the expenses.

  1. The post holder must comply with all relevant policies, procedures and training on infection prevention and control.

Person Specification
Educations and Qualifications

  • MB ChB or Equivalent
  • MRCP or equivalent
  • Higher degree (MD/PhD)
  • Subspecialty training in Electrophysiology
  • Independent operator


  • Post CCT fellowship
  • BHRS/EHRA/IBHRE accreditation in electrophysiology

Experience and Knowledge

  • Awareness of NHS organisation and core values of NHS
  • Understanding of the management responsibilities of NHS consultants
  • Participation in a management training course
  • Commitment to CPD and requirements of clinical governance and audit

Skills and Ability

  • Excellent communication skills - both oral and written and in English language
  • Effective teaching skills
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload and to delegate responsibility and supervise staff.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire a multi-disciplinary team and work sensitively within teams and across organisations
  • Involvement and evidence of implementation of service development and managing change in a healthcare setting
  • Leadership skills- ability to take responsibility, show leadership and make decisions


  • Computer and IT skills
  • Educational qualification or working towards.




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