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Consultant Intensivist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Yeovil, Somerset
£93,666 - £126,281 per annum (salary based o
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

Our award winning trusts recognise that our colleagues are our most valuable resource, we are proud of the excellent levels of service our Trust provides to our service users and the dedication and conscientiousness of our colleagues. With over 10,000 colleagues working for our trusts in a very wide range of services, we aim to provide a supportive, inclusive environment in which our colleagues can thrive.

Job overview

Make the smart choice of what’s important.  Come, live and grow where others go on holiday!

We are looking for a consultant in Intensive Care Medicine with a special interest any relevant specialty, to join our multi-disciplinary Critical Care Team at Yeovil District Hospital.

Opportunities have arisen for 2 enthusiastic Intensive Care Consultants to join our Trust as we develop our critical care service and enlarge our team to enable us to achieve GPICS standards. This is an exciting opportunity for you to shape the service for the future of our intensive care unit (ICU). 

We are absolutely committed to a healthy work life balance which we can offer you at whatever stage you are in your career, be it looking to reduce your working hours whilst changing your pace and priorities in life, or furthering your career whilst starting or raising a family in a phenomenally beautiful part of England.  Click onto our video here:

We are also offering an enhanced and attractive relocation package for these roles, please contact us to discuss this.

Main duties of the job

Yeovil has a job plan that will suit you.   We actively encourage personal and professional development and funding for study leave is available. 

Our role suits both dual accredited and single specialty intensive care physicians.  For dual accredited clinicians, clinical duties split between critical care and your parent specialty. While usually this is anaesthetics, we are very keen to accommodate other parent specialties, such as respiratory medicine, emergency medicine, acute medicine or others.

The intensive care medicine element of your role will be to provide comprehensive clinical care to patients requiring ICU / HDU services on our 11-bedded Critical Care Unit.

We are also offering 2.5 SPA per week to give you time to develop your ideas and career.

Working for our organisation

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone’s throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan – there is truly something for everyone. 

We really value the impact that you as a Consultant will have on our patients and services; we therefore offer an enhanced benefits package (subject to criteria and contract length) which includes:

  • Welcome to Yeovil payment.
  • A generous relocation package.
  • 10 hours of paid time for professional development every week (2.5 SPA).
  • £700 personal budget for training and development every year.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the job description with persons specification for full details of the role.

To contribute alongside the consultant body to an excellent standard of care covering the full range of specialist diagnosis, treatment and management of patients requiring critical care services as outlined on your job plan.

Patient safety – to be actively involved in delivering high quality patient centred care and contributing to safety and quality initiatives and improvement projects being undertaken in the trust.

Education – Supervise and support postgraduate doctors, delivering teaching sessions and assisting the personal and professional development of our non-consultant staff.   It will also include assessment and appraisal of trainees under your supervision with appropriate liaison with Clinical/College tutors when required. The department also supports the education of medical students from the Severn Deanery.

Audit – active participation in audit including initiation and supervision of audit projects related to your subspecialist interest. Participation in national audits is encouraged. All projects are approved by the Clinical Outcome Committee.

Clinical Governance – Staff are accountable and responsible for maintaining their own clinical competence and acting within their competence.  In addition, they must comply with requirements of their professional organisations regarding supervision.

Research – There is an active research programme within ICU to which the new appointees are expected to collaborate.

Administration – to undertake the administrative duties associated with the care of patients and the administration of the department.

Departmental Activities – to contribute and support regular ICU departmental meetings plus department meetings in your second specialty.

Provide dedicated non-residential on-call cover for HDU and ITU on a 24-hour basis within a rota system. Although non-residential, you may have to return to site for emergencies that necessitate consultant input.

Maintain professional competence and development.

Except in emergencies or where otherwise agreed with your manager, fulfil the duties, responsibilities and programmed activities set out in your Job Plan.

Provide cover for colleagues in their absence and deal with emergencies as the occasion demands.

To fully comply with requirements for annual appraisal and job planning and maintain an up to date mandatory training record.

To undertake CME to maintain and develop personal professional standards.

Notify your manager of any external duties you wish to undertake, in advance. Scheduling of such duties will be by agreement between you and your clinical manager.

You may be required to travel between sites.

Where emergency work takes place at regular and predictable times, it is scheduled as part of the Programmed Activities in your Job Plan. You will also participate in an on-call rota to respond to less predictable emergencies.

Fulfil any associated duties set out in of the Terms and Conditions.


Person specification

Supporting Statement

Essential criteria
  • Supporting Statement that reflects clinical skills and JD requirements

Education and Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Primary Medical Degree and Royal College membership, or equivalent.
  • Full GMC Registration with a license to practice at time of applying.
  • Entry on the GMC Specialist Register in Intensive Care Medicine via CCT (or within 6 months), FICM membership or eligible for AFICM (e.g. EDIC), CESR or European community Rights
Desirable criteria
  • An appropriate higher degree or qualification (MD, PhD or equivalent).


Essential criteria
  • Depth and breadth of clinical experience in Intensive Care Medicine
  • Experience in a special interest that will complement those existing in the department.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of intensive care medicine at consultant / locum consultant level.

Skills, Ability and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates ability to fulfil the key elements of the job description.
  • Demonstrates ability to lead and develop the service.
  • Demonstrates ability to work without supervision where appropriate.
  • Demonstrates ability to clear, logical thinking showing analytical / scientific approach
  • Demonstrates ability to cope with the demands of a DGH based Consultant.
  • Demonstrates ability to develop effective working relationships on an individual, multi-professional and team basis with all levels.


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates knowledge of principles of research.
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of involvement in a research project within 2 years.


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of the NHS plan/modernisation agenda and the implications for service.
  • Understanding of clinical governance and the individual responsibilities it implies
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of general management training and self development in areas such as; recruitment, leadership, change management, appraisal
  • Evidence of ability to contribute to strategic direction of an NHS Trust


Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of teaching to medical students and doctors in training and the multidisciplinary team.

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates ability to establish good working relationships with other members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrates flexible and adaptable approach to completing demands
  • Demonstrates commitment to modern practices
  • Demonstrates ability to communicate effectively
Desirable criteria
  • Demonstrates ability to organise own learning.
  • Demonstrates commitment to a career in hospital medicine

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