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Consultant Rheumatologist

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Depending on experience Dependant on experience
Closing date
26 Mar 2024

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Specialist doctor, Rheumatology
Contract Type
Full Time

Why look anywhere else?

We are actively seeking 2 Consultant Rheumatologists (full or part-time welcomed) to join a dynamic team in a rapidly developing rheumatology department which is part of the expanding university teaching hospital in Britain's Ocean City.

You will work within a supportive MDT team including our knowledgeable nursing team and junior doctors alongside helpful management and admin teams.

This is an opportunity to live and work in one of the most attractive parts of England, with easy access to both coasts of Devon and Cornwall with beautiful beaches, close proximity to Dartmoor National Park, the Tamar Valley and South Hams. There are excellent local schools.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to develop a specialist interest or bolster existing specialist services, alongside continued provision for general rheumatology.

Main duties of the job

You will:

  • complement the clinical activities of the existing 4 full-time Consultant Rheumatologists, and will be expected to undertake responsibility for appropriate development of the Rheumatology services within the catchment area.
  • be expected to teach on the PUPSMD undergraduate course. The rheumatology department has a commitment to provide teaching during term time for the fourth and fifth year medical students. There are also opportunities to design and deliver optional Special Study Units, to give seminars and plenary sessions, to be involved in medical school clinical exams and to be educational supervisor to students at all stages of the undergraduate course. Time for teaching and preparation is arranged by mutual agreement within the Trust's annual job planning and appraisal process.
  • be actively involved in the training and teaching of trainee medical staff, help with the CPD of other members of the clinical team, and other post-graduate educational activities. There are weekly X-ray and MDT meetings.
  • be able to apply for an honorary teaching or research post with PCMD. The Peninsula Medical School offers postgraduate courses for a Certificate, Diploma or MSc in Professional Studies in Health, with pathways in Education, Research and Medicine in Remote Environments.
  • be expected to cross cover with existing consultants for periods of annual or study leave.
  • be expected to participate in cpd, cme and professional development, and annual appraisal and revalidation.

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

Please see attached job description for full details.

Duties include

1:6 hot week (on-call week - cat B)

Triaging referrals and answering A& G requests

Teaching & assessing medical students

GCA & EIA urgent referrals

Supporting nursing team and junior doctor team

Option to carry out clinics in peripheral hospitals.

Person Specification
Education, Qualifications & Special Training

  • To hold MRCP (UK) or equivalent qualification and to be on the GMC Specialist Register in Rheumatology (or eligible for registration within 6 months of interview) via Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) Or Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR)


  • Other postgraduate qualifications (eg MSc, MD or PhD).

Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience in managing routine and complex rheumatological presentations in both in and outpatient settings


  • Evidence of development of specialist interest/providing specialist clinics.

Research and Clinical Audit

  • An understanding of and experience in undertaking audit in clinical practice


  • Evidence of continuing research interests with publications in peer-reviewed journals.


  • Ability, commitment and experience in teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.


  • A teaching qualification, evidence of supervision of projects.

Communication and interpersonal skills

  • A proven track record of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, communicating orally and in writing, establishing good working relationships with colleagues, and ability to delegate appropriately.


  • good leadership qualities


  • Evidence of running rheumatology clinics and participation in the management process


  • Formal management/training qualification




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