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Locum Consultant Physician General Medicine, Diabetes & Endocrinology

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 pro rata per annum
Closing date
3 May 2024

Job Details

Applications are invited for the above full time post for this 660 bedded acute hospital serving a local population of approximately 400,000. The appointment will be made in accordance with the terms and conditions of service for the 2003 consultant contract (England).

This is an exciting opportunity to join a friendly and well-established team. The successful candidate will complement the consultant capacity to deliver both inpatient and outpatients care for patients with a wide range of complex Diabetes and Endocrine conditions.

Main duties of the job

The key tasks for the role of Locum Consultant are
  • The post holder will work to a 10 PA plan
  • The job plan follows a twelve week cycle (four weeks ward cover, four weeks in-reach, four weeks delivering outpatient care)
  • Maintenance of the highest clinical standards in the management of all patients presenting to the Hospital.
  • Sub-speciality interest of relevance to a DGH diabetes/ endocrinology department will be considered, as is an enthusiasm for teaching, audit and research.
  • Actively participate in both departmental and Trust matters concerning Clinical Governance and audit.

To have responsibility for and actively participate in continuing professional development.

About us

Our Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The post holders will work with the other Consultants to provide speciality diabetes/endocrinology advice and support to patients within the Trust.

The specialty commitment of this post includes the provision of specialist and general clinics with the associated administration. Currently some of the clinics have dedicated SpR support depending on SpR availability. There is no requirement for formal Educational Supervision of a SpR. Clinics are 3.5 hours with 30 minutes of urgent administration (1.0 PA). An additional 1.5 hours of administration per clinic is allocated.

They will attend multi-disciplinary departmental meetings and will be expected to help support and train the SpRs and other junior medical staff in diabetes/endocrinology/general medicine, and the Clinical Nurse Specialists. Additional SPA in line with Medical Education commitments will be discussed and agreed when the Job Plan is reviewed at 3 months.

Where possible, the post-holders will be encouraged to develop a research interest, compatible with the background of the department and its facilities. Audit will be a mandatory part of the role.

The Diabetes & Endocrinology Clinical Service Line has close links with local General Practitioners and there is an active teaching program for them, and also for all grades of doctors within the Trust. The post holder will be encouraged to continue teaching and training at all levels. Where a consultant takes part in regular teaching other than on the job teaching this will be negotiated as part of the job plan review process and additional PAs allocated.

Luton & Dunstable Hospital and Bedford Hospital Trusts have merged to form the Bedfordshire Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust since April 2020. The diabetes/endocrine teams at both hospitals have a long standing close working relationship and have many shared projects and objectives. At present there is no expectation that there is cross site working for consultants in the specialty for direct clinical care duties.

The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L& D) has always been renowned for its friendly atmosphere and good working relationships. The Hospital has an excellent track record of financial and senior executive stability.

The Trust has University Hospital status which provides an academic environment to the hospital. In addition to postgraduate training, we welcome medical students from the UCL Medical School throughout the year and by arrangement with the medical school provide a programme of clinical placements to support their education. We have an excellent reputation for junior staff training. Within the Centre of Multi-Professional Educational & Training (COMET) is the Medical Education Department, the library including an IT suite, and the Training & Development Department. The main aim of the Medical Education Department is to promote postgraduate and continuing medical education and training for all doctors and dentists. The Hospital actively promotes career development and progression for all staff.

The Hospital has excellent access to the surrounding areas with easy access to central London and the rural Chilterns. The rural areas include many attractive villages and towns within easy reach of the Hospital including St Albans and Harpenden. Excellent schools are found nearby. There is also very good access to the Midlands and North by road using the M1 or A1, or by rail to one of the Lutons three stations. A direct link using the new Busway takes passengers from Luton Train station just 7 minutes to reach a stop that is within a short walking distance of the hospital. London Luton Airport is within fifteen minutes of the hospital.

Applicants must be fully registered on the UK General Medical Councils Specialist Register and have MRCP. Specialist Registrars may apply if within 6 months of CCT.

Candidates unable for personal reasons to work full-time are also invited to apply.

The appointment will be subject to full Occupational Health Clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check for the successful candidates prior to commencement.

Closing Date: Thursday 2nd May 2024

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Please refer to the Job Description for full details of the post.

Person Specification
  • Training and experience equivalent to that required for UK CCT (or within 6 months of it being issued). Up to date ALS.
  • Entry on GMC Specialist Register in General (Internal) Medicine and Diabetes/Endocrinology or eligibility to enter it within 6 months from the time of the interview and hold a Licence to Practice.
  • MB ChB or Equivalent
  • MRCP
  • MD or equivalent Higher Degree or evidence of relevant research
Clinical Experience
  • Evidence of thorough and broad training and experience in General Medicine and Diabetes/Endocrinology.
  • Able to offer expert clinical opinion on all aspects within general medicine and Diabetes/Endocrinology
  • Able to take full and independent responsibility for delivering service without direct supervision.
  • Expertise and leadership in a sub-specialty area of Diabetes and Endocrinology eg. Diabetes in young adults/ adolescent, insulin pump therapy.
Clinical Effectiveness
  • Understanding of clinical governance and ability to demonstrate ongoing CPD.
  • Experience of guideline appraisal.
  • Participation in relevant local audits.
  • Ability to interpret and apply clinical research.
  • Evidence of implementing relevant evidence based medicine.
  • Participation in relevant national audits.
Professional interest
  • An interest which improves the core clinical service for patients with acute medical and diabetic/endocrine problems presenting to the Trust.
  • Knowledge and ability to teach all grades of trainees and medical students.
  • Understands learner centred teaching
  • Has attended Teaching the Teachers or similar course.
  • Evidence of management experience or training
  • Ability to share departmental management duties e.g. staff rotas.
Clinical Governance
  • Able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the principles and elements of clinical governance.

Employer details
Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Luton and Dunstable Hospital

Lewsey Road



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About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020 following the merger of Bedford Hospital and the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.Previously the hospitals were run by two separate NHS trusts, Bedford hospital NHS Trust and Luton and Dunstable University Hospitals Foundation Trust.By combining the two hospitals we have been able to ensure the clinical sustainability of both sites and ensure that key services such as A&E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics can remain at both sites.Both hospitals deliver a full range of acute hospital services to a population of around 700,000.The new integrated Trust employs a combined workforce of approximately 8,000 staff, the largest NHS employer in Bedfordshire. The hospitals are supported by an army of 500 volunteers whose invaluable work helps the delivery of services.

Bedford Hospital

Working at Bedford Hospital

The Trust’s ethos is ‘every patient matters’, our vision is to provide patient focused high quality acute hospital care to meet the needs of our local community and we are constantly working with our staff to find new ways of working to ensure that our vision is achieved.

About Bedford

Whether you like high-octane thrills or you’re interested in history and the arts, if you want to entertain the family, or simply want to relax and enjoy quiet, unspoilt countryside, come and visit Bedford and north Bedfordshire.

The county town of Bedford is in one of England’s smallest counties, flanked east and west by tourist hotspots like Oxford and Cambridge and just a 35 minute train journey from central London.

Renowned as having one of the finest riverside settings in the country, enjoy panoramic views of the River Great Ouse from the restored Castle Mound; all that remains of Bedford castle, which was destroyed in the siege of 1224.

Bedford Borough is a vibrant area to live in with an abundance of leisure opportunities for residents and visitors. We pride ourselves on offering a fantastic programme of cultural events throughout the year, and providing a wide range of affordable health opportunities, through our quality parks, award winning leisure centers’ and sports development work.

The nearby town of Milton Keynes has a large shopping mall and is a short bus or train ride away. Road and transport links are fantastic from Bedford to the whole of the UK and Europe.

Luton airport is only 30 minutes by car or direct by train, other airports nearby are Stanstead, Birmingham, Heathrow and Gatwick, all within 1hour and 30 minutes by train or car.

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital is a top performing hospital and we are proud to care.

The Trust employs a diverse range of people in many different roles. In addition to doctors, nurses and therapy staff we employ people in a variety of other areas including administration, scientists, estates, technicians and support staff who all work together to deliver the best patient care. Our focus on excellence and patient safety remains our highest priority.

Staff are our most valuable asset and central to the delivery of safe, effective, excellent patient care.

The Trust strives to ensure staff feel valued, empowered, confident, motivated and focuses on developing staff to maximise their potential.

As an employee of the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital you can take advantage of a number of benefits that are available for all L&D staff which can be viewed here.

Why work for us?

Our way of working at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is about providing great patient care but it’s also about attracting and retaining excellent staff to provide that care. It’s about the qualities, knowledge and skills you bring to your role in the Trust and the support, development and job satisfaction you expect in return. It’s about sharing common priorities for improvement and embracing our Trust values while caring for our patients but also while working together as colleagues.

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