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Locum Consultant T&O Foot & Ankle Surgeon , WRH

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year
Closing date
23 Apr 2024

Job Details

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is seeking to recruit a Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics.Successful candidates will join a team of 20 Consultants who provide elective and trauma inpatient and outpatient services. The post will have a special interest in foot and ankle surgery. The Directorate provides services across 3 hospital sites within the county of Worcestershire. The candidate will benefit from working within a friendly and experienced team.

As a Trust we are actively involved in developing the training program for students from the Three Counties Medical School based in Worcester which opens in September 2023. We look forward to establishing links with the new Medical School in addition to well-established relationships with the University of Birmingham and the University of Warwick.

Interested candidates are invited contact Mr Charlie Docker, Clinical Director for Trauma and Orthopaedics, or Mr Steve Goodyear, Medical Director for Surgery, to discuss the opportunity.

Main duties of the job

The Foot & Ankle service is dynamic and ambitious, and the new candidate will be expected to engage in and contribute to its improvement and expansion. We currently undertake all major foot and ankle surgery and joint replacements. We work constructively with the community musculoskeletal physiotherapy and podiatry services to filter referrals. We currently have a Specialist Foot & Ankle Practitioner and are looking to expand this area with more specialist practitioners to work alongside consultants in clinics and theatres. In conjunction with the community podiatrists, we offer a Rapid Access Diabetic Foot service and carry out reconstructive surgery for the diabetic foot and the new incumbent will be expected to participate in this.

We are an enthusiastic and driven team with a focus on providing patient centred, evidence based, cost-effective care and high-quality service and training.

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is nearly 6,800 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:

  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The new consultant will be joining the current team of 3 Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeons who provide a comprehensive Trauma, Elective and Diabetic Foot & Ankle service to the county of Worcestershire.

We have regular placements of Higher Surgical Trainees for experience in Foot & Ankle surgery and are renowned for providing a high-quality training experience. The new incumbent will be expected to take on educational duties within the team.

We are currently working on the following plans:

  • Centralisation of all day and short stay elective Foot & Ankle surgery
  • Protocols and pathways for Foot & Ankle trauma
  • Liaison with community Podiatrists and Therapists to improve referral pathways
  • Improved diagnostic / imaging facilities for Foot & Ankle
  • Establishing a robust Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot team for acute care
  • Increasing / Training Specialist Practitioners

Person Specification

  • Full GMC Registration with a Licence to practise.
  • Success in Intercollegiate Specialty Examination or overseas equivalent


  • Higher degree.
  • Entry on Specialist Register in Trauma & Orthopaedics (or CCT expected within 6 months of interview date).

Personal Attributes

  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Enquiring, critical approach to work.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, relatives, GPs, nurses and other agencies.
  • Commitment to Continuing Medical Education.


  • Willingness to undertake additional professional responsibilities at local regional or national levels.


  • Clinical training and experience equivalent to that required for gaining (UK) CCT in Trauma & Orthopaedics.
  • Ability to offer expert clinical opinion on range of problems both emergency and elective within specialty.
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for clinical care of patients.
  • Expertise in subspecialty.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload effectively.
  • Ability to advise on efficient and smooth running of specialist service.
  • Ability to organise and manage outpatient priorities.
  • Experience of audit management and conducting clinical audit.
  • Ability to teach clinical skills to medical, nursing staff and other disciplines.
  • Experience of teaching clinical skills to undergraduates and postgraduates.
  • Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical problems.
  • An awareness of current specialty specific developments and initiatives.


  • Ability to manage and lead specialist unit and working parties as appropriate.
  • Ability to use the evidence based and clinical audit to support decision making.
  • Ability to supervise postgraduate research.
  • Publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals in the last 5 years.
  • Evidence of having undertaken original research.

Other requirements

  • An understanding of the current NHS environment, particularly in relation to reforms, initiatives and issues.
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the job and return to the hospital within 30 minutes when on call.

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