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Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£93,666 to £126,281 pro rata per annum
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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Job Details

The appointee will join the existing Oncoplastic Breast Surgical Team. We are looking for a highly motivated person with a specialist interest in breast oncoplastic and reconstructive surgery.

The appointee will be expected to participate in the day to day running of the rapid access service and contribute to the management of both benign and malignant breast conditions.

An interest in research would be desirable as would a higher qualification in oncoplastic surgery.

Active participation in teaching of junior medical colleagues and medical students is expected, as is supporting the specialist nursing staff who are undertaking postgraduate training courses.

Engagement with management in the daily running of the unit and of keeping the unit policies and practices updated in accordance with National Guidelines is expected.

Active participation in clinical governance and audit both internal and National is mandated.

Main duties of the job

  • The appointee will be expected to have a broad understanding, knowledge and UK based experience of breast oncoplastic and reconstructive surgery.
  • The appointee will be expected to be familiar with and competent in the investigation and treatment of patients with both benign and malignant breast conditions.
  • Responsible for rapid access outpatient clinics, reconstruction clinics, general breast and specialist oncoplastic MDT's .
  • To work with colleagues to audit activity and undertake research to ensure uniformly high standard of care.
  • To participate in the teaching of undergraduates and other professional groups and to provide clinical supervision and training of junior hospital doctors.
  • To participate in continuing professional development activities and in the Trust's appraisal and assessment processes, which include a formal annual appraisal.
  • To participate in revalidation as required by the General Medical Council.

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 everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please see Job Description and Person Specification attached for further details,

The West Suffolk Hospital hosts a busy Breast Department undertaking a wide range of operative work. It was formed as a result of the NHS Breast Screening Programme and screening started in 1989. It is committed to multi-professional team development maintaining national guideline standards. Currently, fourteen thousand patients are screened per year, with an 75-80% uptake. The Breast Unit sees upwards of 5000 symptomatic patients per annum, with approximately 340 cancers.

All breast referrals are seen within National Guidance, and we currently run up to 11 rapid access clinics per week, which are undertaken by Consultant surgeons and support staff. Participation in at least 3 of these clinics is mandated.

All breast cases are discussed at a single weekly multidisciplinary meeting. Patients considering breast reconstruction are seen in the weekly plastic surgery clinic by a dedicated oncoplastic plastic surgeon and there is a separate Oncoplastic MDT.

There are nine modern, fully equipped, operating theatres with one dedicated to surgical emergencies, one for obstetric emergencies and a third for trauma, which all run as 7 day services respectively. The theatre suite includes a large recovery unit which is adjacent to a fully equipped twelve-bedded Intensive Care Unit which is under the supervision of the Consultant Anaesthetist and two HDU beds and 24-hour recovery facilities. Three of the theatres are ultra-clean. There is also a standalone Day Surgery Unit with three theatres, one treatment room, two eye treatment theatres, recovery unit and ward area.

Person Specification

  • Full GMC Registration and hold a Licence to Practice, FRCS or equivalent
  • Working towards the award of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT)/CESR
  • Formal accredited training in breast oncoplastic surgery
  • An experienced Breast surgeon


  • MD or MS or MSc

Previous Experience

  • Clinical training and experience in Breast and Oncoplastic Surgery equivalent to that required for a UK CCT


  • Evidence of thorough and broad training in Breast Surgery
  • Validated log book

Previous Training Management and Audit

  • Evidence of effective participation in clinical governance and audit


  • Evidence of having instigated and designed audit protocols and activities

Academic Acheivements, Research and Publications

  • Evidence of completed and published research particularly in the area of breast disease.


  • Evidence of having supervised and supported research students


  • Evidence of commitment to teaching at a senior level
  • Commitment to teaching clinical medical students and nursing staff


  • Training the Trainers or equivalent

Skills and Knowledge

  • Thorough knowledge of breast disease and a wide experience of operative and non-operative management of this group of patients

Communication Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, clinical, scientific, technical and managerial colleagues
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Clear and articulate in verbal and written presentation. Relates effectively with professional colleagues at all levels.
  • 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.

Organisational Skills

  • Ability to organise work efficiently and effectively
  • A demonstrated ability to work flexibly in a team to share the clinical load
  • Interested in developing innovative ways of delivering patient care
  • Capacity to stimulate and accommodate colleagues


  • Evidence of ability to manage staff





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