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Locum Consultant in Acute and General Medicine

Barts Health NHS Trust
£52,530 to £82,400 per annum
Closing date
19 Apr 2024

Locum Consultant in Acute and General Medicine with a Specialty Interest

Whipps Cross University Hospital, part of the Barts Health NHS Trust Group is looking for a full time Consultant Physician in Acute and General Medicine to fulfil a 12-month fixed term post. You will be joining a department that currently has 10 Consultant Acute Physicians.

The post offers an exciting opportunity to join a growing team and to develop new models of working and services that support all patients attending the hospital and within the local community. We are building a new hospital as part of the Government's new hospital programme, so this is an exciting opportunity to play a role in developing the department and wider services for the future.

You must hold full registration with the General Medical Council and be on the Specialist Registrar or within 6 months of obtaining CCT.

Main duties of the job

Barts Health will employ the successful candidate as a full time 10 PA consultant. It is anticipated that the typical split of duties would be 7.5:2.5 DCC:SPA in the first instance. The appointee will have an on-call commitment of one in every 27 weekday nights, to see acute take patients from 1700-2100 and then be on-call from home until morning post-take ward round 0700-0900. There is a 1 in 20 weekend commitment to cover the General Medical On-Call. There is a 1% on call supplement (Category B, low frequency) for on-call work out of hours from home.

The medical take numbers are variable at Whipps Cross, and can be between 40 to 70 patients over a 24-hour period. The Acute Medicine consultant looks after patients under 80 years old, and the consultant on-call for Older People's Services (OPS) is responsible for patients over 80 years old, which comprise approximately one third of the medical take.

There will be prospective cover built into the rota, and there will be consideration of time off in lieu (such as for weekend working). The on-call medical consultant is supported by three medical SpRs during the day (two for the take, one for the wards 9am-9.30pm), and two SpRs during the night. There are teams of IMT 1 & 2 and FY-level junior medical staff for each on-call, managed by the registrars.

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

Informal discussions and visits are encouraged and, should you have a specialty interest, advanced discussion as to whether this would fit within the clinical framework of Whipps Cross University Hospital is strongly recommended. Please contact Chinenye Ilozue, Clinical Lead for Acute Medicine for further information.

Person Specification

  • MRCP or Equivalent Specialist qualification
  • Full GMC Registration with license to practice
  • Entry on the GMC Specialist register or eligibility for entry within 6 months of date of advisory appointments committee via one of the following: CCT or CESR


  • Evidence of participation in research (peer reviewed publications etc.)
  • A higher degree (MD,PhD)

Clinical Experience

  • Higher specialist training in Speciality Interest and G(I)Medicine or Acute Medicine
  • Broad experience in Speciality and G(I)M/Acute Medicine
  • Current ALS certificate


  • Ability to organise and deliver a teaching programme
  • Experience in SDEC and/or ambulatory care


  • G(I)M and of the specialist skills required for this post
  • Knowledge of multidisciplinary clinical audit and demonstrable commitment to improving quality of care to patients
  • Understanding of modern medical curricula and commitment to life-long learning


  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of supervising medical staff
  • Ability to teach medical students and junior medical and nursing staff.
  • Ability to manage staff and resources effectively
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, patients, relatives, GPs nurses and other agencies
  • IT Skills


  • Ability to motivate busy clinicians to engage in teaching
  • Ability to develop research projects and supervise trainees in their research




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