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Locum Trust StR Higher in Neurology & Stroke

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£43,923 to £63,152 a year pa
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

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This is a fixed term, non-training post until August 2024 in the first instance. It is based in Derriford hospital in Plymouth and is to cover a gap in the rotation. However, you will work with the current SpRs in the Peninsula training programme and your duties will be similar. Whatever your career aims, this job will provide you with ample experience in the diagnosis and management of patients with acute neurological conditions including stroke.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for the day to day care of inpatients under the care of your supervising consultants. An attending neurology system operates at Derriford, with each consultant spending one week at a time managing inpatients. There will be opportunity for outpatient clinics in addition.

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Each registrar will have a range of duties depending on their role e.g 'clinical' registrar on call with the neurology consultnt, second on call receiving GP calls and reviewing ward referrals, working with the stroke team etc.

Each SpR attends an average of 3 clinics per week, although the number may vary on where they are in the overall rotation and what their role is. E.g. fewer clinics while on call and doing ward work, more when off the wards. When attending inpatients with the consultant of the week, clinics are cancelled, and when off the wards the clinic number may increase depending on which specialty they are gaining experience in.

Person Specification

  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification o MRCP(UK) Part 1 or equivalent 2 at time of application
  • MRCP(UK) full diploma or equivalent by time of appointment (for subsequent Rounds, the full qualifying exam must be obtained by the date of offers)

Clinical experience, training and skills

  • Evidence of experience in a range of acute medical specialties, with experience of managing patients on unselected medical take during core medical training or equivalent


  • Experience at ST1 or 2 level of managing patients with neurological disease and managing neurological emergencies

Academic Research Skills/ Teaching Management

  • Research & Audit skills:
  • Demonstrates understanding of research, including awareness of ethical issues
  • Demonstrates understanding of the basic principles of audit, clinical risk management, evidence based practice, patient safety and clinical quality improvement initiatives
  • Demonstrates knowledge of evidence-informed practice Teaching:
  • Evidence of teaching experience and/or training in teaching


  • Demonstrates an understanding of research methodology
  • Evidence of relevant academic & research achievements and involvement in a formal research project
  • Evidence of relevant academic publications
  • Evidence of involvement in an audit project, a quality improvement project, formal research project or other activity
  • focussing on patient safety and clinical improvement that in addition to the mandatory curriculum demonstrates an interest in and commitment to the specialty
  • Evidence of a portfolio of audit projects including where the audit loop has been closed and there is evidence of learning of the principles of change management
  • Demonstrates an understanding of clinical governance
  • Evidence of exceptional achievement in medicine
  • Evidence of involvement in teaching students, postgraduates and other professionals, with feedback
  • Evidence of participation in a teaching course

Personal Skills

  • Communication Skills:
  • Demonstrates clarity in written / spoken communication & capacity to adapt language as appropriate to the situation
  • Able to build rapport, listen, persuade & negotiate Problem Solving & Decision Making:
  • Capacity to use logical / lateral thinking to solve problems / make decisions, indicating an analytical / scientific approach Empathy & Sensitivity:
  • Capacity to take in others' perspectives and treat others with understanding sees patients as people
  • Demonstrates respect for all Managing Others & Team Involvement:
  • Able to work in multi-professional teams & supervise junior medical staff
  • Ability to show leadership, make decisions, organise and motivate other team members for the benefit of patients through, for example, audit and quality improvement projects
  • Capacity to work effectively with others Organisation & Planning:
  • Capacity to manage / prioritise time and information effectively
  • Capacity to prioritise own workload & organise ward rounds
  • Evidence of thoroughness (is well prepared, shows self-discipline / commitment, is punctual and meets deadlines) Vigilance & Situational Awareness:
  • Capacity to monitor developing situations and anticipate issues Coping with Pressure and managing uncertainty:
  • Capacity to operate under pressure
  • Demonstrates initiative & resilience to cope with changing circumstances
  • Is able to deliver good clinical care in the face of uncertainty


  • Management and Leadership Skills:
  • Evidence of involvement in management commensurate with experience
  • Demonstrates an understanding of NHS management and resources.
  • Evidence of effective multidisciplinary team working and leadership supported by multi-source feedback or other workplace-based assessments
  • Evidence of effective leadership in and outside medicine IT Skills:
  • Demonstrates information technology skills Other:
  • Evidence of achievement outside medicine
  • Evidence of altruistic behaviour eg voluntary work


  • Professional Integrity:
  • Demonstrates probity (displays honesty, integrity, aware of ethical dilemmas, respects confidentiality)
  • Capacity to take responsibility for own actions

Commitment to Specialty

  • Learning & Personal Development:
  • Shows initiative / drive / enthusiasm (self-starter, motivated, shows curiosity, initiative)
  • Demonstrable interest in and understanding of the specialty
  • Commitment to personal and professional development
  • Evidence of attendance at organised teaching and training programme
  • Evidence of self-reflective practice


  • Eligible for full registration with the GMC at time of appointment and hold a current licence to practice.
  • Evidence of achievement of Foundation competences from a UKFPO affiliated Foundation Programme or equivalent by time of appointment in line with GMC standards/ Good Medical Practice including:
  • Make the care or your patient your first concern
  • Protect and promote the health of patients and of the public o Provide a good standard of practice and care
  • Treat patients as individuals and respect their dignity o Work in partnership with patients
  • Be honest and open and act with integrity
  • Evidence of achievement of CT/ST1 competences in medicine at time of application & CT/ST2 competences in medicine (as defined by the curricula relating to Core Medical training) by the commencement date supported by evidence from work-based assessments of clinical performance (DOPS, Mini-CEX, CBD, ACAT) and Multi-Source Feedback or equivalent, ARCP or equivalent o Eligibility to work in the UK
  • Not previously relinquished, released or removed from a training programme in this specialty except under exceptional circumstances

Language Skills

  • All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues demonstrated by one of the following:
  • that applicants have undertaken undergraduate medical training in English or
  • have achieved the following scores in the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in a single sitting within 24 months at time of application - Overall 7, Speaking 7, Listening 7, Reading 7, Writing 7. If applicants believe they have adequate communication skills but do not fit into one of these examples they must provide supporting evidence

career progression

  • Ability to provide complete details of employment history
  • Evidence that career progression is consistent with personal circumstances
  • Evidence that present achievement and performance is commensurate with totality of period of training o At least 24 months experience in medicine or an ACCS9 programme or equivalent (not including Foundation modules) by the time of commencement




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