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Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St. Edmunds
£93,666 to £126,281 Pro Rata Per Annum
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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We are looking to recruit a hand and wrist surgeon, with experience of general trauma to join our department as a replacement for retirement.

Interviews will be held on Thursday the 18th of April 2024

We are an innovative department who work well together and are looking for someone to join our team. The role will involve participating in the on call rota (currently 1:10) covering DGH level trauma.

This post may involve cross site working, as we work towards joining our ICS colleagues in utilisation of the elective orthopaedic centre in Colchester (due to open August 2024).

This is an exciting proposition as it will be the largest elective orthopaedic hospital in Europe.

Main duties of the job

Key tasks:

  • Provision of Trauma and Orthopaedic services, to the highest clinical standards in particular to lead in the development of a subspecialist service in Hand and wrist surgery
  • To share with colleague's responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Trauma and Orthopaedic Department
  • Teaching and training of junior staff, medical students, para-medical practitioners.
  • To participate actively in both Departmental and Trust Clinical Governance and Audit.
  • To take responsibility for ensuring their active participation in continuing medical education (CME), appraisal and revalidation.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyone's voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please see the job description and person specification attached for further information on the role.

A formal job plan will be agreed between the appointee, the Lead Clinician, their Clinical Director (CD) and their Associate Director of Operations (ADO), on behalf of the Executive Medical Director, three months after commencement. This will be signed off by the Clinical Lead and the Associate Director of Operations and will be effective either from the commencement date of the appointment or at an alternative agreed date.

The job plan for the first three months will be based on a provisional timetable that may be modified according to operational needs.

The job plan will be reviewed annually with the Lead Clinician and the Clinical Director of Surgery or his/her deputy, and the ADO. The job plan will be a prospective agreement that sets out a consultant's duties, responsibilities and objectives for the coming year. It should cover all aspects of a consultant's professional practice including clinical work, teaching, research, private practice, education and managerial responsibilities. It should provide a clear schedule of commitments, both internal and external. In addition, it should include personal objectives, including details of their link to wider service objectives. The Job Plan agreement will detail the support required by the consultant to fulfil the plan and its objectives. In the event of disagreement on the allocation of duties, leave, short-term cover etc, the matter will be resolved with the Clinical Director and the ADO in line with the Trust Grievance policy and any pertinent policies agreed by the TNC and in effect at the time.

For all full-time Consultants a standard week will consist of 8.5 sessions of DCC and 1.5 sessions of SPA. This DCC/SPA split has been agreed by the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust LNC. The Trust will pay additional PAs for those consultants performing agreed, specified additional roles.

The timetable will vary depending on the special interests of the successful candidate but will include being on the on-call trauma rota. (at present 1 in 10)

A minimum of seven fixed commitments per week is expected for a full-time post. In keeping with the departments increased desire for flexible working to maximise productivity it is expected that at least one session would be worked flexibly on an annualised basis (but assessed quarterly). The following is an indicative timetable showing the fixed commitments. It may be adapted to fit in with colleagues and the work of the unit. The basic timetable with on call amounts to 10 PAs. This equates to 8.5 PAs of direct clinical care and 1.5 of SPA time.

The timetable will be based on the following fixed sessions per week:

One Trauma list (averaged-out with week-on-call system) 2.5 Operating Sessions average per week (1.25 PAs) One Fracture Clinic Two Orthopaedic Clinics (may be off site) Upper Limb MDT Meeting (Wednesday lunchtime, monthly) One or more sessions may be worked flexibly per week Some in patient operating sessions may be provided at the Dame Claire Marx Elective Orthopaedic Centre in Colchester.

Person Specification

  • Entry on GMC Specialist Register for Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery and hold a licence to practise or be eligible for entry on the Register (within six months of completion of Certificate of Completion of Training) at time of interview.
  • FRCS orth. or Success in appropriate overseas Specialty examination


  • ATLS Provider


  • Clinical training and experience to the level required for gaining a UK CCT in Trauma and Orthopaedics.
  • Ability to offer expert clinical opinion on a range of problems both emergency and elective and especially within subspecialty.
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for clinical care of patients.
  • A wide experience of orthopaedic and trauma surgery
  • Expertise in most if not all aspects of hand and wrist conditions.


  • Six years supervised training in an appropriate SpR level training programme.
  • Fellowship level training in Hand and Wrist Surgery.
  • Fellowship level training in other upper limb surgery


  • All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues which could be demonstrated by one of the following: - -PLAB 1 -PLAB 2 If applicants believe that they have adequate communication skills, but do not fit into one of the examples they need to provide evidence.

Clinical Governance

  • Commitment to Continuing Medical Education and the requirements of Clinical Governance and Audit
  • Commitment to following NICE guidance
  • Commitment to national audits eg NJR, NHFD


  • Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical problems.
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals


  • Intention to initiate and lead research programmes.

Management Ability

  • Ability to advise on efficient and smooth running of specialist service.
  • Ability to organise and manage outpatient priorities, waiting lists and operating lists
  • Ability to manage and lead surgical firm.
  • Experience of audit management
  • Ability and willingness to work within the Trust and NHS performance framework and targets.
  • Mandatory deanery requirement of clinical supervisor training ( or an undertaking to complete this after appointment )


  • Willingness to take on managerial tasks.


  • Experience of supervising junior doctors (FY1, FY2, ST1/2 and SpRs).
  • Ability to teach clinical skills
  • Ability to supervise postgraduate research


  • Experience of teaching basic clinical skills to undergraduates


  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Good inter-personal skills
  • Enquiring, critical approach to work
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, relatives, GPs, Nurses and other agencies.





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