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Consultant Anaesthetist

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
16 Apr 2024

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Specialist doctor, Anaesthesia
Contract Type
Full Time

We are seeking an experienced Consultant in Anaesthetics . If this is you, come and join our highly experienced team of Anaesthetists.

Main duties of the job

Acute care is provided at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary. This includes adults' and children's accident and emergency services, intensive care, women's and children's and a range of medical and surgical specialities. Wrightington Hospital is an elective Orthopaedic Specialist site and our Leigh Day Case unit is currently expanding its portfolio and increasing activity. The successful candidate will have a job plan developed to accommodate their special interests whilst also meeting the service requirements of the trust.

About us

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are the proud providers of acute hospital and community services to the people of the Wigan Borough and surrounding areas. At WWL, we value our staff believing that 'happy staff, makes for happy patients'. We have a recognised track record in staff engagement, and living our values 'the WWL Way'.

WWL are committed to placing the patient at the heart of everything we do, and in the provision of safe, effective care that acknowledges and ensures dignity. With this in mind we are seeking to recruit people who share our values and beliefs.


Please note that senior positions (AFC band 8A or above) may be expected to participate in an on-call rota, if the role is predominantly operational.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Responsibility for Finance

  • Participate in ensuring the effective use of all financial resources in providing and delivering the service
  • Demonstrate awareness of the need for cost improvement programmes within the service.
  • Promote effective utilisation of resources.
  • Provide the service within its financial constraints.

Responsibility for Human Resources

  • Be expected to supervise and train SAS Doctors and Doctors in Training
  • Adhere and promote Trust policies, procedures and guidelines and maintain the Professional Code of Conduct
  • Ensure compliance with the Mandatory training policy in accordance with the Trust policy.
  • Compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Information Governance the potholder is not entitled to use for their own benefit or gain, or to divulge to any persons, firm or other organisation whatsoever confidential information belonging to the Trust or relating the Trusts affairs or dealings which may come to their knowledge during employment.

Responsibility for Health & Safety

Compliance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 the post holder is required to fulfil a proactive role towards the management of risk in all of their actions. This entails the risk assessment of all situations, the taking of appropriate actions and reporting of all incidents, near misses and hazards, and a statutory duty of care for their own personal safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions.

Responsibility for Teaching

The Department is committed to delivering a high quality, safe service. The ICU enjoys full Accreditation with the Intercollegiate Board for Training in Intensive Care Medicine. There is a new post-graduate and skills centre on the Wigan site. There are regular educational meetings on two sites (Wigan and Wrightington). There will be opportunities to become involved with Simulation Training.

Work Circumstances & on-call

A mutually acceptable Job Plan will be agreed on appointment to the post. The successful candidate will undergo annual appraisal and five yearly re validations. The Trust and the Department of Anaesthesia are committed to supporting doctors through appraisal and re validation. There is no on -call requirement as part of this appointment.

Person Specification

  • Full registration with the GMC with a Licence to practice
  • FRCA (UK or Ireland) or equivalent
  • Inclusion on Specialist Register/admission within six months of interview date


  • Certificate of Medical Education
  • A higher qualification, eg. MD, PhD
  • European Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia
  • Advanced training in Regional Anaesthesia


  • Ability to communicate and liaise effectively with patients and their relatives, and with colleagues in all disciplines
  • Ability to lead the development of services and promote best practices amongst colleagues
  • Proficient in the use of Information Technology


  • Portfolio evidencing a range of nerve blocks candidate is competent in
  • Evidence of the development of leadership within the work environment
  • Attendance at courses in teaching, appraisal and mentorship
  • Proven interest in at least one area of research


  • Evidence of participation in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and commitment to these


  • Knowledge of up-to-date literature
  • Evidence of recent and current research with relevant publications

Personal Skills

  • Team Working: Experience of working in a team, value input of other professionals in the team
  • Management / Team Involvement: Work cooperatively with others and demonstrate leadership. Work effectively in multi-professional teams
  • Capacity to work under pressure. Demonstrate initiative and resilience, adapt and change rapidly
  • Use logical/lateral thinking to solve problems and make decisions.
  • Prioritise own work. Demonstrate punctuality, preparation, and self-discipline. Understand importance of information technology
  • Ability to adapt and work with employers to deliver improved patient care
  • Promote equality and value diversity
  • Take responsibility for own actions and demonstrate a non-judgemental approach towards others, Display honesty, integrity, awareness of confidentiality and ethical issues


  • Experience of Leadership
  • Effective skills for delegation

Professional Development

  • Commitment to maintain professional skills and knowledge relevant to the job
  • Demonstrate a willingness to fully engage in appraisal. Self-awareness and ability to accept and learn from feedback


  • Additional achievements relevant to the role


  • Clinical Governance: Capacity to alert to dangers or problems. Demonstrate awareness of good decision-making. Track record of engaging in clinical governance: reporting errors, learning from errors
  • Audit: evidence of active participation in audit
  • Teaching: evidence of interest and experience in teaching where required in the job
  • Effective Communication Skills: demonstrate clarity in written/spoken communication and capacity to adapt language as appropriate to the situation
  • Empathy and Sensitivity: Capacity to listen and take in other perspectives
  • Works in Partnership with patients. always considers patients' preferences when discussing treatment options
  • Consider the full impact of clinical decisions on the patients. Practice shared decision-making
  • Direct and support patients to access the information they need to support decision-making


  • Research Skills: Demonstrate understanding of the principle of research, evidence of relevant academic and research achievements
  • Teaching: Evidence of experience in teaching




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