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Consultant in Anaesthetics

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 Per annum
Closing date
8 May 2024

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Specialist doctor, Anaesthesia
Contract Type
Full Time

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have an exciting opportunity for a Consultant to come and join the team and support within Anaesthetics and Critical Care. It will support a new theatre programme designed to maximise use of our theatres and improve theatre productivity. We are transitioning from a very flexible working pattern to a more fixed programme. Working days will be agreed with at least one theatre day being a specialty of the candidate's choosing.

We are looking for a generalist, but are happy for sub interests including pre-assessment, peri-operative medicine, pain and obstetrics.

We have good pre-assessment facilities and need to expand and develop the service to support higher theatre throughput. Our cardio-pulmonary exercise testing was suspended during the pandemic and we are working towards re-skilling and starting up again. We would like to increase our acute pain interventions such as nerve catheter techniques and are developing the governance structures to support this.

We have over 4000 deliveries a year and obstetric anaesthesia is a big part of our elective and emergency workload. Just under 40% of deliveries are by caesarean section and our epidural rate is around 20%. All new consultants would be expected to deliver daytime obstetric sessions.

Main duties of the job

The Duties outlined below are not definitive and may be changed in accordance with the needs of the service.

Clinical Duties:

  • Multidisciplinary team working is key component of the working within the Trust and involves regular MDT discussions with colleagues
  • Providing evidence-based care for patients in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Continuing responsibility for the care of patients in your charge, including all administrative duties associated with patient care (with secretarial support)
  • Development of sub specialty interests that fit in with Division needs and the strategic direction of the Trust.
  • Responsibilities for carrying out teaching, examination and accreditation duties are required, and for contributing to undergraduate and post-graduate and continuing medical education activity.
  • Provision of cover for Consultant colleagues' periods of leave in accordance with arrangements agreed within Trust policy.
  • Participation in clinical audit and in continuing medical education.
  • Conducting suitable duties in cases of emergencies and unforeseen circumstances.
  • The post holder will initially provide anaesthesia for elective surgery and will progress to participation in the out of hours consultant rota, detailed within the job plan section
  • You will be responsible for the care of patients from pre-operative assessment through to discharge from PACU, with additional follow up, as dictated by the needs of the patient.


About us

Our STAR values are at the heart of everything we do. You can expect to see them in the way we act and the way we treat each other. Our values make us who we are. We will expect your values and behaviours to reflect the STAR Values of the organisation:

ServiceWe will put our patients first

TeamworkWe will work together

Ambition We will aspire to provide the best service

RespectWe will act with integrity

Job description
Job responsibilities

Management and Leadership Responsibilities:

All staff in each Division are managerially accountable through their Lead Clinician to the Associate Medical Director, who has overall responsibility for the services within the Division. Consultants are key members of the Division and are accountable and responsible for leading changes to service that will improve the patient experience.



  • To support the Clinical Lead in policy and strategy development as a senior member of the Division Management Team.
  • To contribute to the leadership and development of Services under the direction of the Clinical Lead and Associate Medical Director and in line with the Trusts business plans.
  • The post holder will ensure effective communication and involvement of staff across the Division including support to the Divisional Director to achieve their objectives.
  • Work in partnership with colleagues in other Divisions within the Trust.
  • As part of the Division Management Team, assist in the cost effective utilisation of resources, including pay and non-pay items such as equipment and drugs, within budgets.
  • Work within the Trusts framework for Clinical Governance and Risk, including the development of clinical policies and adherence to standing orders, standing financial instructions and financial procedures.
  • Undertake direct supervision of junior colleagues and participate in departmental/trust wide teaching programmes.
  • Undertake investigations and report writing for incidents and participate in clinical risk management
  • Appointed candidates will embody the STAR values and use the principles of the NHS Constitution for England to guide decisions.

Please find attached a full job description and person specification

Person Specification



  • Fully registered with the GMC
  • CCT (or equivalent for non-UK applicants of equivalent status), or be accredited (or equivalent), and be on the GMC Specialist Register in the specialty appropriate for this consultant post at the time of taking up the consultant appointment. Alternatively, candidates can hold or be within 6 months of their CCT at interview.
  • FRCA or equivalent




  • Clinical training/experience equivalent to that required for gaining UK CCT
  • Expertise in full range of DGH surgical specialties
  • Ability to lead a multi-professional team and take full and independent responsibility for clinical care of patients
  • Sub-speciality interests will be supported




  • Demonstrable ability to manage priorities
  • Demonstrable multi-disciplinary team leadership skills
  • Experience of audit and management
  • Flexible approach to work organisation Ability to lead project teams
  • Evidence of management/leadership skills training


Employer details
Employer name

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Marlborough Road



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