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Consultant in Palliative Medicine

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
2 May 2024

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Specialist doctor, Palliative medicine
Contract Type
Full Time

The successful candidates will join a Palliative Medicine Consultant team, which currently consists of:7 Consultants in Palliative Medicine employed by the Trust providingcomprehensive clinical input to the populations of Wolverhampton andSouth Staffordshire:New Cross Hospital, West Park Hospital and Cannock Hospital,Compton Care and in the community of its catchment area.One consultant also outreaches in Walsall working with two other Consultants colleagues employed by Walsall Healthcare Trust. Togetherwith colleagues from Dudley, those 12 consultants support the PalliativeMedicine needs of nearly 1 million population of the Black Country areaand jointly provide on-call advice at night and at weekends (mainlysecond on call).The consultants are involved in local, sub-regional, regional and nationaldevelopments of palliative care services, research and teaching with awhole range of responsibilities.They are supported by 2 non-Consultant grade career doctors and aclinical fellow at Compton Care and provide supervision for up to threeregistrars and one foundation year 2 doctor.

Main duties of the job

The Post This post is a replacement post. It is offered as full-time but the trust is keento tailor them to the requirement the individual candidates may have.

Part time working will be considered with the possibility of more than one person to be appointed. This post was focused on supporting the two consultants already working on the New Cross, West Park and Cannock sites.

These posts were created as part of planned additional medical and nursing resource within the hospital specialist palliative care service to: accommodate existing and projected palliative and end-of-life service demands at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust -enable a 7-day face-to-face specialist palliative care service -facilitate earlier, proactive, collaborative working with other specialties and incorporate an integrated supportive/end-of-life service closely aligned to the specialist palliative care team but focusing on support of patients thought to be in the last year or so of life, both with face-to-face advisory input and a structured education programme for front-line clinicians.

About us

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust are one of the largest acute and community providers in the West Midlands having more than 850 beds on the New Cross site. The Trust also has 56 rehabilitation beds at West Park Hospital and 54 beds at Cannock Chase Hospital.

We provide services from the following locations

  • New Cross Hospital - secondary and tertiary services, maternity, Accident and Emergency, critical care and outpatients
  • West Park Hospital - rehabilitation inpatient and day care services, therapy services and outpatients
  • Cannock Chase Hospital - general surgery, orthopaedics, breast surgery, urology, dermatology and medical day case investigations and treatment (including endoscopy)
  • More than 20 community sites - community services for children and adults, walk-in centres and therapy and rehabilitation services
  • Primary care - Ten GP practices have now joined us and offer extended opening hours to patients.

Job description
Job responsibilities

In conjunction with Consultant and Senior colleagues, to provide a servicein Palliative Medicine with responsibility to support medically the HospitalPalliative Care Multi-disciplinary team who provides a seven-day service within New Cross Hospital.

Typically, 2-3 patients are seen per clinical hospital inpatient or outpatientsession (1 PA) dependent on clinical complexity, either new referrals or follow up assessments, and 2 patients are seen during a community clinical session(1 PA).

Advisory support (face to face or by telephone) will also be providedregarding patient care to colleagues in other specialties.

Some clinical session time is allocated specifically for MDTs and Board rounds.

In conjunction with Consultant and Senior colleagues, to play a full part inthe out-of-hours On-Call Palliative Medicine service for the area of Walsall,Dudley and Wolverhampton. This includes being on-call for telephone advice and when needed to review in person patients admitted to Compton Care IPU. This service operates with a system of first on-call doctors (Specialty Doctors and Specialty trainees), second on-call Consultants providing telephone advice. This telephone advice to the local hospitals can be delegated to Specialty Registrars for training purposes. It does include some first-on call duties which are not onerous but can also occurin case of sickness. 0.25 PAs is allocated to on-call duties. When theserequirements are exceeded, then time in-lieu will be allocated within a few days of the occurrence.

To provide cover for Consultant and Senior colleagues in respect ofperiods of leave.

In conjunction with Consultant and Senior colleagues, to take part inmedical audit, quality improvement projects and research as appropriate.

In conjunction with Consultant and Senior colleagues, to ensure that therequirements of clinical governance are met.

To ensure that there are adequate arrangements for hospital staff involvedin the care of patients supported by the Palliative Care Team to be able to contact you when necessary.

Person Specification
Application form and interview

  • Full registration and a licence to practise with the GMC.
  • Experience in working effectively within a specialist palliative care unit or hospice and a multidisciplinary team.


  • Higher Medical Degree / Palliative Care Qualification.
  • On the GMC Specialist Register or within 6 months of CCT from the date of interview.


  • Understanding of research and ability to apply outcomes to clinical practice.


  • Proven knowledge of systems




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