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GIRFT Fellowship

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
£55,329 to £63,152 per annum
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

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Specialist doctor, Anaesthesia
Full Time

We believe this is the first anaesthetic fellowship focused on GIRFT to be offered nationally. The Fellowship is aimed at senior trainees who are in possession of the FRCA (or equivalent) or CCT holders seeking further experience in leadership and management skills within the NHS. The post is for 12 months commencing August 2024. Candidates must have previous experience of working as an anaesthetist in UK in addition to full GMC registration.

GIRFT emphasise the need for clinical leadership to drive changes within the NHS to improve patient care. During the elective recovery programme, centres which have succeeded have consistently relied on strong leadership from their clinicians. Anaesthetists are well suited to managerial and leadership roles within elective surgical services due to their insight into peri-operative service requirements. However, there is a lack of opportunity nationally for anaesthetic trainees to gain dedicated training and 'hands-on' learning experience in managerial and leadership roles.

Main duties of the job

Specific Objectives

0-3 months

  • Establish an understanding of Trust structure, roles and responsibilities by shadowing senior managers and clinical leaders within the directorate and attending key meetings e.g. theatre management group, Heatherwood Board, elective steering group etc
  • Plan to complete a management/leadership course within first 4 months of fellowship
  • Gain knowledge of the principles of GIRFT to improve patient care efficiently by self-directed learning accessing reading materials and webinars available on the Future NHS website
  • Understand how shared learning is being utilised by the NHS to rapidly and efficiently implement changes in clinical practice
  • Appreciate the power of data to drive changes within healthcare including the implications of coding and data validation by clinicians. Show awareness of some of the national data reporting systems for anaesthetic and surgical specialities.
  • Register for Model Hospital and attend one of their webinars to understand how to use this system to analyse Trust/system level data and benchmark local practice at both national and regional levels
  • Gain awareness of how data is handled within NHS organisations in terms of accurate capture, extraction from electronic patient record systems and interpretation.

Please review the attached job description for a full list of objectives.

About us

There's never been a more exciting time to build your career at Frimley Health, one of the country's largest and most respected trusts

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust (FHFT) has an outstanding reputation and a proud record of achievement. We have an ongoing commitment to improving the health and care services for the 900,000 people we serve across Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey and south Buckinghamshire.

We continue to invest in our services and facilities, including a £10 million upgrade to the hospital maternity unit as well as £49m major new Emergency Assessment Centre on our Wexham Park site. The opening of a brand new £100m state of the art hospital which replaced the existing hospital facility at Heatherwood and are planning to invest further in diagnostics and inpatient capacity at Frimley Park.

We have also made significant investment in our quality improvement and digital programmes to support our vision and we will ensure that we achieve our aim of providing the highest quality healthcare to our patients. Our new EPR - Epic - went live in June and we are already beginning to reap the benefits of this ambitious investment.

Our three core values, and the behaviours that support them, guide everything we do and set out what we expect of our staff in the way they treat patients, visitors, service users and each other.

If you have a passion for clinical excellence, patient care and your own career development, you'll feel at home at Frimley Health.

Job description
Job responsibilities


The exact timetable will be tailored to comply with the Fellows specific interests. The proportion of clinical daytime work will be finalised upon appointment. The Fellow will take part in the junior on call rota (frequency of 1 in 8), providing on call for the intensive care unit, theatres or obstetrics as required by the department. This consists of a 8-week rolling rota. The fellow will be based at the Frimley and Heatherwood sites with an on-call commitment at the Frimley site.

For more details, please contact Dr Deepa Jadhav (the Fellowship Supervisor,

Person Specification

  • Primary FRCA
  • Full GMC registration


  • Final FRCA or equivalent
  • CCT

Clinical Experience and Skills

  • Previous experience of working as an anaesthetist in UK
  • Competent to deliver general anaesthesia safely to adults
  • Competent in obstetric anaesthesia
  • Able to provide on-call cover for intensive care medicine


  • Previous experience in management and leadership skills
  • Completed a management course




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