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Locum Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia

Barts Health NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

Locum Consultant Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia



Applicants are invited to apply for the Locum Consultant post in Cardiothoracic and General Anaesthesia at Barts Health NHS Trust, based at St Bartholomew's Hospital.

It is the largest specialist cardiovascular centre in the country, bringing together a wide range of expertise in clinical care, research and education for cardiovascular conditions.

With state-of-the-art facilities, the Barts Heart Centre has 10 theatres, 10 catheter labs (including 2 hybrid rooms), 255 general cardiac beds and 98 higher acuity care beds including 58 Level 3 critical care beds. The centre has one of the busiest surgical programmes in Europe and performs more HAC PCIs and cardiac MRI and CT scans than any other centre in the world. Barts Heart Centre has a well-established ECLS programme for respiratory and cardiac support. It is Europe's largest specialised cardiovascular centre, covering a population of three million people across north and east London, west Essex and beyond. It also creates the world's biggest centre of excellence for adults with congenital heart disease.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for the best talent to lead our ambitious new healthcare organisation. In return, Barts Health will provide unsurpassed professional development opportunities, enabling investment in a range of new initiatives that would mean:

  • Doctors and nurses in training will be able to gain experience in different hospitals along the whole patient pathway
  • There would be greater opportunity for career progression - we could retain good staff who might otherwise leave to gain promotion
  • Becoming world-class will enable us to recruit some of the best doctors and researchers in the world - who can share their knowledge and experience

Joining forces with other partners in an Academic Health Science System will mean that staff would be better able to secure funds and pool their talents

About us

Barts Health is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, and one of Britain's leading healthcare providers.

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential

Job description
Job responsibilities

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join the existing team of 48 anaesthetists and intensivists who provide cardiothoracic and general anaesthesia and critical care. The successful applicant should be able to demonstrate wide experience with higher specialist training in cardiothoracic anaesthesia and excellent TOE skills.

Person Specification
Qualifications/Clinical Skills

  • GMC Registration
  • FRCA or equivalent
  • Experience of UK healthcare system



Special Knowledge/Abilities and/or Experience

  • Proficient in relevant procedures such as vascular access, fibreoptic bronchoscopy
  • Advanced transoesophageal echocardiography skills
  • Higher training in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care, at least 6 months
  • Training and experience in cardiac critical care
  • Experience in the perioperative care of patients including pain management


  • Sound understanding of training relationships within the programme
  • Ability to promote equality of opportunity in all aspects of medical education
  • Experience working across boundaries (e.g. between specialties, local and national education providers, and across professional groups)
  • TOE/TTE Accreditation

Teaching & Training

  • Involvement in teaching junior medical staff, nurses and allied health professionals
  • Evidence of training in teaching skills


  • CALS, ATLS, ALS, APLS or PALS instructor status
  • Certificate of education
  • Involvement in undergraduate education

Personal Skills/Qualities

  • Ability to communicate clearly and intelligently in written and spoken English
  • Ability to lead a multidisciplinary team, make decisions and exert appropriate authority.
  • Ability to build strong and effective relationships with patients, relatives and colleagues
  • Ability to gain confidence and trust and ability to cope with pressure and adapt to change


  • Leadership skills appropriate to leading a multidisciplinary team
  • Directing and teaching medical, nursing and other professions allied to anaesthesia and Intensive Care


  • Understands research methodology
  • Actively encourages research with junior and other staff
  • Published or submitted research


  • PhD/MD


  • Commitment to continuing personal development and medical education Computer skills


  • Experience in teaching and clinical audit




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