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Consultant in General & Benign Upper GI/HPB Surgery

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

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Lake District Surgery. High quality care in stunning surroundings! NHS Consultant in General & Benign Upper GI/Biliary Surgery at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

The Lake District is a beautiful region in England holiday makers come for stunning scenery, many leisure activities and fantastic places to eat and drink. We are looking for a General Surgery Consultant, with focus on emergency & benign upper GI/biliary surgery, and some flexibility around service needs. The department has recently restructured, following departure of a consultant colleague. The post holder will undertake initially 10 PA including 1.5 SPA and 1 admin PA. On-calls are at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, a level-two trauma centre, on a 1 in 8 non-resident basis. The post holder will have support from a middle-grade doctor, with ward support from FY Drs and specialist nurse practitioners. The administrative burden will be supported by a named secretary and waiting-list coordinator. Upon taking up post, a consultant mentor is available if required. Our strong ties with Lancaster University offer great opportunities to get involved with teaching medical students and research, further enhanced by the Health Innovation Campus.

We are delighted to offer this great opportunity for a suitably trained General surgeon to take up a post working in a highly successful, modern and welcoming department delivering outstanding results in a breathtakingly beautiful part of England.

Main duties of the job


  • Provide outpatient new & review clinics including urgent referrals
  • Preparation of patients for theatre and post-operative care.
  • Dealing with both routine and emergency attenders.
  • Play a lead role in the clinical management of patients.
  • Routine inpatient ward rounds following on-call periods
  • Be involved in complex clinical, patient management problems and inter-disciplinary planning treatment.
  • Participate in clinical audit & demonstrate evidence based practice where appropriate.
  • Participation in consultant on-call service at RLI
  • Adequate handover of care must take place where appropriate and necessary as directed by the clinical lead, with communication of details about all problem patients.
  • Completion of discharge summaries is mandatory for all patients within 24 hours.
  • Initiate and be involved in service developments in their areas of special interest and in line with the Trust's vision.
  • Comply with Trust policies and complete mandatory training
  • Use Trust systems as directed (e.g. paperless clinics, e-outcomes, Lorenzo)
  • Actively participate in continuing medical education.
  • Undertake and participate in the appraisal process, job planning as part of revalidation

On Call

The on call is 1 in 8. After being on call, the post holder will do a post take ward round and have access to an afternoon CEPOD emergency list which is consultant supervised. This is currently worked in two blocks of 4, and 3 days.

About us

You will contribute to General Surgery services offered by the Trust, providing highest quality care. You will have support from a middle-grade doctor, with ward support from FY Drs and specialist nurse practitioners. The administrative burden will be supported by a named secretary and waiting-list coordinator. Upon taking up post, a consultant mentor is available if required. You will join a 1:8 consultant on-call rota and run an emergency service, performing all common emergency general operations. The on-call period is followed by blocks of inpatient rounds, to maintain patient safety & continuity. You will be one of five general surgeons in the department, alongside five with colorectal interests (two surgeons not oncall). General Surgery at RLI has evolved to include high volume endocrine surgery, specialist abdominal wall reconstruction services and we wish next to develop a hot gall bladder service. Competencies in upper GI endoscopy and ERCP are desirable. The Trust will expect you to take part in CPD and support you with a study leave allowance. The Trust is committed to support annual appraisal, using the online resource L2P, and in turn revalidation. Participation at monthly audit, mortality and morbidity meetings is expected, with engagement in clinical audit & quality improvement. There will also be opportunities for research and development.

Job description
Job responsibilities

To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay visiting our website

You must be fully registered with the GMC with a license to practice.

We welcome informal discussions/visits about this post please contact Dr W Craig, Clinical Director of Surgery, Christine Bronder, General Surgical Lead, or Julie Fox, Service Manager.

Person Specification
Education and Qualifications

  • Full GMC Registration with a licence to practice
  • FRCS (Gen Surg) or an equivalent appropriate higher surgical qualification
  • Entry on GMC Specialist Register in General Surgery, or eligibility for specialist registration in General Surgery within 6 months from the time of the interview


  • Higher Medical Degree (MD MSc or PhD)
  • Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery


  • Wide experience of General Surgery
  • Demonstrate higher surgical training in General Surgery to FRCS (Gen Surg) level or equivalent with evidence of having worked in subspecialty training posts
  • Experience of supervising junior medical staff
  • Experience of working at different hospitals within the NHS

Skills, ability and knowledge

  • Ability to conduct an autonomous consultant general surgical on-call
  • Specialist knowledge required of a Consultant General Surgeon with laparoscopic expertise
  • Evidence of having sufficient expertise in spectrum of general surgery as evidenced by last 12 months' log book.
  • Understanding of the management responsibilities of NHS consultants
  • Involvement in service development


  • Laparoscopic expertise in the surgical treatment of acute abdominal conditions
  • JAG accreditation in endoscopy +/- ERCP
  • Evidence of administrative roles during training


  • Wide range of training in General & Endocrine Surgery


  • Evidence of participation in educational skills training

Research and Development

  • Evidence of completion of audits.
  • Understanding of research methodology and ethics as evidenced by publications


  • Contemporary peer reviewed publications relating to General Surgery
  • Evidence of peer reviewed publications in general surgery
  • Evidence of presentations at national surgical meetings


  • Commitment to teaching and training undergraduate, postgraduate, nursing and allied health professionals


  • Evidence of teaching undergraduates
  • Formal training in teaching


  • Ability to communicate well and work as a team with consultant colleagues and other professionals
  • Willingness to be involved in service development.
  • Computer literacy.


  • Formal training in management skills

Governance Issues

  • A willingness to observe Trust policies and guidelines in all aspects of clinical practice
  • Regular attendance and participation at audit meetings

Personal Qualities

  • Ability to communicate effectively, with patients, relatives and staff
  • Able to maintain good working relations with a broad range of colleagues
  • Evidence of proven leadership skills
  • Ability to work as a team with professional colleagues, both medical and others. Willingness to be flexible to meet the clinical demands of the service and recognise the needs of other colleagues
  • Reliability, punctuality and effective, efficient time management
  • Ability to travel as required
  • Resident within 30 minutes travel time to base hospital site




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