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Consultants in Rheumatology

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
2 Apr 2024

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Specialist doctor, Rheumatology
Contract Type
Full Time

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Consultant in Rheumatology - 2 posts with an interest in Systemic

We are looking to appoint 2 full time Consultant Rheumatologists to join our enthusiastic multidisciplinary team at the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust. These 2 vacancies are replacement posts.

The post holders will join the existing team of Rheumatology at City and/or Sandwell Hospital and provide in-patient support at the eagerly anticipated brand new Midland Metropolitan University Hospital when it opens later this year!

We are looking for candidates with not only general Rheumatology skillset but a special interest in any of the systemic autoimmune diseases to contribute, develop and lead our well established and reputed regional specialist services in SLE, myositis, vasculitis and Behcets.

The opening of the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital and system working across the ICS and with local partners offers fantastic opportunities to improve rheumatological care, research and training in Birmingham and the Black Country. Why wouldn't you want to be part of that aspiration?

Main duties of the job

Clinical Duties

This includes direct clinical carewith outpatient activity, day case provision, multi-disciplinary meetings, clinical administration related to the above and management of in-patient and ward referrals. These will be delivered as part of the wider MDT across any of our sites.

On call commitments

The on call commitment for this post is a non-resident telephone advisory service covering the Sandwell and the City hospital sites outside of working hours including weekends. This is currently a 1 in 7 rota frequency that is remunerated according to category B (2%).

Duties other than those specified will be in accordance with the Job Plan to be agreed with the appointee, the Clinical Director and the Group director and will allow time for administration, teaching, research, clinical audit and Continued Professional Development. A mentor and development support will be provided to the appointees based on personal and service needs at the Trust.

About us

Our new acute hospital, the Midland Metropolitan University Hospital (MMUH), opens in 2024 and will provide care to our local population from first class, purpose-built premises.As a result, the base of this role may change to MMUH from 2024 (or beyond). If this is applicable to your role, you will be informed during the recruitment process and continuing your application with this understanding.The development of the new hospital will play an important role in the regeneration of the wider area and in improving the lives of local people and reducing health inequalities.

We have three newly emerging strategic objectives:

  1. Our People - to cultivate and sustain happy, productive and engaged staff
  2. Our Patients - to be good or outstanding in everything we do
  3. Our Population - to work seamlessly with our partners to improve lives

Job description
Job responsibilities

Information about the Specialty

The Rheumatology Department has a long-established track record of excellence in research, teaching and training. SWBH is nationally recognized for delivering Specialized Rheumatology services including Behets Disease, Systemic Vasculitis, Lupus, and Myositis a. SWBH also works with Birmingham Womens Hospital to deliver pre-pregnancy and antenatal clinics at regional level.

Birmingham, with Oxford, Newcastle and Glasgow is part of the Versus Arthritis funded Centre of Excellence in Inflammatory Arthritis and as part of this we run a large portfolio of research studies in inflammatory arthritis including discovery science, experimental medicine and clinical trials. We have an active portfolio of lupus research including national and international studies, including experimental and clinical studies. We are actively investigating the natural history of SLE, response to biological therapies and cutaneous lupus. In terms of our interdisciplinary national centre of excellence for Behets, there is ongoing grant funded research examining the national epidemiology and outcomes of Behets and a programme of clinical research including the recently completed UK bio-Behets trial.

Depending on the interests of the appointee, the post holder will be supported to develop in areas where we have existing strength such as early inflammatory arthritis, osteoporosis, Vasculitis, Behets disease, SLE, preconception and pregnancy clinics in addition to teaching and research.

For more information on the job role and responsibilities, please refer to the Job Description attached.

For an informal discussion, please contact:

Clinical Specialty Lead: Dr Sangeetha Baskar, Email:

Group Director: Simon Mitchell, Email:

Person Specification

  • MRCP (UK) or equivalent Entry on the General Medical Council (GMC) Specialist Register via one of the following
  • Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), (the proposed CCT date must be within 6 months of the interview).
  • Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR)


  • Higher Degree

Clinical Experience:

  • Clinical training and experience equivalent to that required for gaining CCT in Rheumatology


  • Ability to plan strategically and to exercise sound judgements when faced with conflicting pressures.

Clinical Effectiveness

  • Experience of conducting clinical audit

Teaching and Training experience:

  • Ability to teach clinical skills to medical and nursing staff and other disciplines.


  • Formal training in teaching

Research, Innovation and Service Improvement Experience:

  • Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical problems


  • Publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals in the last five years.
  • Evidence of having undertaken original research

Other Requirements:

  • Full GMC Registration





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