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Consultant in Anaesthetics

The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Specialist doctor, Anaesthesia
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We have positions for three Consultant Anaesthetists based at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford. The jobs are full time posts comprising 10 Programmed Activities (PAs) each. Additional PAs are subject to three months' notice.

These posts have arisen as a result of retirements in the department and expansion of services into Endoscopy with increasing sedation lists to fulfil JAG accreditation criteria to expand and strengthen the Consultant Anaesthetic team.

The successful candidates will have a background in anaesthesia for high-risk surgery, cancer surgery, airway surgery, Obstetric anaesthesia or regional anaesthesia with a strong interest in quality improvement - the department is keen to achieve ACSA (Anaesthetic Clinical Service Accreditation) status.

Main duties of the job

Each post will be a 10 PA contract, which will be split between 8 PAs of direct clinical care and 2 PAs of supporting professional activities. This will be translated into 7PAs in theatres per week with 1.0 PA for a 1:16 general on call rota. Some of these lists per week may be worked as an evening list, which runs until 19.30 or at the weekend. If this is the case, these sessions will be timetabled in the job plan and subject to the usual annual job plan review. A maximum of 1.5 SPAs are allocated to support the requirements of revalidation which include activities such as participating in audit, CPD and mandatory training. Up to a further 1-1.5 PAs may be allocated for other SPA activities. The successful candidate will have a job planning session after 3-6 months of being in post to review their timetable and SPA commitments. The department utilises the CLW Rota system, and this allows annualisation of elements of the job plan. This may be offered to the successful candidate, subject to mutual agreement.

Applicants should hold a CCT or CESR in anaesthesia or be on the GMC Specialist Register in anaesthesia (or be exempt because of current employment).

About us

Royal Surrey is a compassionate and collaborative acute and community Trust. Recognising that our 5000 colleagues are our greatest strength, we offer a comprehensive health and wellbeing program along with a commitment to developing and advancing your career. Our diverse and welcoming Royal Surrey family will ensure you that you feel valued from your initial interview through your entire tenure.

We are clinically led and provide joined up care by bridging the gap between hospital and community services alongside regional specialist cancer care. Our main acute hospital site is in Guildford with community hospital sites at Milford, Haslemere and Cranleigh. We provide adult community health services in homes across Guildford and Waverley.

We have received an overall Good rating from the CQC with Medical care (including older peoples care), End of Life Care and Maternity services being deemed Outstanding by the CQC.

Royal Surrey has a strong reputation and history to build on. We are proud of our achievements and we are investing in our colleagues through our commitment to supporting professional development as well as investing more than £45 million in our physical environment and new equipment in the next few years. There has never been a better time to join us.

Although it isn't the Trusts normal practice, adverts may close early, so you are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible.

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Job description
Job responsibilities

This is a 10 PA post for a Consultant Anaesthetist based at the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust.

We have three Consultant Anaesthetist posts available based at the Royal Surrey County Foundation Trust, Guildford. The jobs are full time posts comprising 10 Programmed Activities (PAs) each. Additional PAs are subject to three months notice.

The current Cancer Network is also growing, bringing increasing numbers of patients to the established specialties of Oesophagogastric, colorectal, Gynae-oncology, HPB, robotics and Head & Neck cancer surgery. The obstetric anaesthesia service is expanding with an increase in elective obstetric sessions and the need for more high risk obstetric clinics. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to develop their own subspecialty interests but are required to retain competencies across a broad range of surgical specialties.

In addition to the clinical responsibilities of the post the department is looking for a candidate who will bring to the department new skills, knowledge, and techniques. This may include patient safety, quality improvement, management, or research. Possession of proven capabilities in the candidates chosen area of expertise together with high.

Please see the attached JD for full details of the role.

Person Specification

  • Full registration and a license to practice with the GMC
  • Entry on the GMC Specialist Register for Anaesthetics via CCT (CCT date must be within 6 months of the interview date), CESR or ECR
  • FRCA or equivalent
  • Provider status in ATLS/APLS/ALS or equivalent, or willingness to obtain within 6 months of interview date


  • Academic distinction or Prizes
  • Instructor status in ATLS/APLS/EPLS/ALS or equivalent
  • Educational Supervisor qualification
  • Appraisal qualification
  • Qualification in leadership and/ or clinical management
  • Teaching/Education Qualification


  • Comprehensive training and clinical experience in anaesthesia equivalent to that required for gaining UK CCT in anaesthesia
  • Experience in Cancer, High Risk, Obstetric, Orthopaedic & Airway anaesthesia
  • Significant evidence of experience in clinical leadership
  • Understand the principals of Clinical Governance
  • Evidence of experience of / commitment to audit and improving clinical practice/service development
  • Experience and interest in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching
  • CPD - Evidence of post qualifying and continuing professional development clinical knowledge and skills
  • Must have an understanding of the background to and aims of current healthcare policy/national guidance/CQC/ and appreciate the implications of this on engagement


  • Fellowship training
  • Post CCT experience
  • Understanding of business planning and commissioning
  • Experience / interest in service modernisation and improvement


  • Active interest in research and commitment to clinical innovation
  • Familiar with quality improvement methodologies and/or research


  • Participation in committee work, organising meetings, conferences, workshops


  • Management, Leadership and Initiative skills
  • Ability to organise and independently manage the safe conduct of operating lists
  • Ability to work as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Understanding of the principles and applications of clinical research.
  • Effective interpersonal, communication and presentation skills with internal and external stakeholders
  • Computer literate - Email, MS Office and Internet


  • Experience in clinical guideline development
  • Understanding of the principles and applications of clinical research.
  • To have attended a National Health Service Management Course appropriate to Consultant duties
  • Use of digital dictation systems






The Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust is a multi-site acute and community Trust, based in Guildford, which serves a population of more than 336,000 across south west Surrey. We are also a specialist tertiary cancer centre, offering state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to a population of up to two million and a tertiary specialist centre for ENT and Maxillofacial surgery. We attract referrals from across the whole country for other specialties (i.e. urology).

We attract referrals from across the country for some specialties including urology. Our Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit (key-hole surgery) is one of only three such training units in the UK. Our patients also benefit from state of the art diagnostic equipment including two MRI scanners, four CT scanners, interventional radiology equipment and a gamma camera. We have one of the lowest mortality rates in the country.

We employ around 4,200 members of staff making us one of Guildford’s largest employers. In addition, the hospital is supported by a thriving group of 500 volunteers all of whom provide valuable services on an independent, voluntary basis. 

We have a great reputation and history of embracing quality improvement (QI) and transformation work – continuously improving is one of our core values. 

The Trust has strong links with the nearby University of Surrey and staff are well supported if they wish to undertake further study. As well as this, staff are able to develop and enhance skills and knowledge by undertaking post-qualification support and training at the hospital’s dedicated Education Centre

Situated on a green field site on the outskirts of Guildford, the Trust has excellent rail and road links (via the A3 and M25) to London (35 minutes) and to the south coast (35 minutes). 

Guildford has great shopping, entertainment and leisure facilities.  The picturesque Surrey countryside is ideal for good walks and outdoor pursuits and has numerous historic village inns. Guildford has a number of schools, both private and state, which cater for all bands of ability. 

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