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Specialty Doctor in Palliative Medicine

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£52,530 to £82,400 a year PA
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

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This is a fixed term full time post based predominantly in Basingstoke, although with the ability to work cross site and provide cross cover to both Andover and Winchester to ensure service needs are met. The post includes working in the HHFT Community Palliative care team which is based in St Michael's Hospice within the grounds of Basingstoke Hospital, supporting and working with the CNS, Hospice @ Home and therapy team to provide specialist palliative care to north and mid Hampshire. The post involves seeing people in their own homes, as outpatients and working alongside the primary care team in the community. It also offers opportunities to review patients in BNH and cover in the inpatient units.

The on-call commitment is 1 in 6 with 1 in 6 weekends covering Winchester Hospice inpatients and advice to the whole service remotely.

Main duties of the job

To work with the Consultants in Palliative Medicine to deliver high quality palliative care

  • Undertake medical assessment, diagnosis and management of patients in hospice/hospital/community settings
  • Initiate appropriate medical care and prescribe appropriately in line with HHFT policies and guidelines
  • Assess new referrals to the service and work with MDT to initiate appropriate investigations and treatment
  • Any other medical duties in emergency situations

About us

Our vision is to provide outstanding care for every patient. Patient care is at the heart of what we do at our three sites: Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester and Andover War Memorial Hospital. Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides medical and surgical services to a population of approximately 600,000 people across Hampshire and parts of West Berkshire.

Our cultural ambition is to have a culture that places people at the heart of all we do, where we all belong, and where learning, improvement and excellence thrive.

We provide specialist services to people across the UK and internationally. We are one of only two centres in the UK treating pseudomyxoma peritonei (a rare form of abdominal cancer) and we are leaders in the field of tertiary liver cancer and colorectal cancer.

The trust employs more than 9,000 staff and has a turnover of over £500 million a year. As a Foundation Trust, we are directly accountable to our members through the governors. The Council of Governors represent the interests of their constituencies and influence the future plans of the Foundation Trust.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • Communication with patients relatives and carers regarding clinical condition and management plan. To be involved in family meetings as required
  • To work as part of the MDT and communicate clearly with colleagues. To attend weekly Specialist Palliative Care MDT meetings
  • Communicate unexpected changes in patients condition to the Consultant in charge and, when required, to on call medical staff
  • Record medical assessment and examination on electronic patient database
  • Review and update drug records, working with the Pharmacist to maintain accurate and legible drug charts
  • Completion of TTO prescriptions and patient-held drug record cards when working in the in-patient setting
  • Completion of death certificates and cremation certificates, and liaison with Medical Examiners Office as required
  • Communicate with referring team and other healthcare professionals e.g. GPs, to ensure continuity of care when appropriate and attend community GSF meetings
  • To support clinical nurse specialists and junior doctors working within the team
  • To provide support to the community, Hospice @ Home and Homecare teams across the service
  • Provide advice and teaching to HHFT staff and members of the MDT
  • Participate in education events, including Trust Induction programme, junior doctor and medical student teaching, and teaching events for nursing staff, health care assistants and allied health professionals
  • To meet requirements of appropriate royal college for CPD with involvement in CPD appropriate to speciality: keeping up to date with medical developments, new drugs, treatments and medications, including complementary medicine relevant to palliative care

Participate in annual appraisal and job plan review and revalidation process

Further details in Job Description

Person Specification

  • MBBS or equivalent
  • Full Registration with the GMC with the requirement to maintain


  • Diploma/MSc in Palliative Medicine
  • Relevant UK experience/Experience of working in the UK National Health Service


  • 4 years post grad training and 2 in palliative care speciality


  • Experience of Palliative Medicine in all settings
  • Advance communications skills
  • Oncology experience


  • Evidence of an ability to communicate effectively and empathetically with patients, colleagues and staff at all levels
  • The ability to work as part of a team, works well in MDT
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of audit and research


  • Teaching skills and training in teaching methods
  • Knowledge of the organisation of the NHS and the Government's cancer agenda, long term conditions and EOL Strategy and Quality markers
  • Experience of Project Management including the development, planning and completion of a project within timescales.

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About Us

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) is an NHS provider providing wide acute health services for a population of over 600,000 across Hampshire and parts of Berkshire.

Hampshire Hospitals, which came into being in January 2012 as a result of the integration of Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust – which achieved Foundation Trust status in 2006 – and Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare Trust.

The trust’s vision is to provide outstanding care for each and every patient, ensuring our patients are well-cared for across the boundaries between our organisation and other providers. In order to provide this, it’s vital that we focus on the care that we provide to the staff who care for our patients, and we need to do all this within our inclusive CARE values, treating patients, colleagues and partners with compassion and respect.

Working for HHFT offers a rewarding career, nationally agreed employment terms and conditions and a range of additional benefits as part of our extensive reward package.

We aim to ensure staff have training and development opportunities to enable them to provide safe, effective, high quality care to our patients, whilst also creating an environment of health and wellbeing. In addition to this, all staff members are able to access a range of benefits and discount services.

Being a part of the Hampshire Hospitals family is also an opportunity to experience what Hampshire has to offer. Hampshire lies between England’s south-central coastline and the North Wessex Downs and is well-equipped and well-connected to meet the needs of everyone. You will also be spoilt for choice by the wealth of parks and woods, historical attractions, cultural landmarks, modern shopping centres, cosmopolitan restaurants and sports facilities, all in easy reach.

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