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Consultant Cardiologist with an Interest in Cardiac Imaging

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
15 May 2024

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Specialist doctor, Cardiology, Radiology
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

An opportunity has arisen to appoint a Consultant Cardiologist with specialist interest in Cardiac Imaging to join our established Cardiology team based at The Princess Royal Hospital, Telford. You will be supported by a team of junior doctors (of training and non-training grades), advanced practitioners, nurses, therapists, and in reach of specialists across the hospital. Our current department offers a centralised cardiology unit whilst we work towards becoming a HTP. This post is pending Royal College approval.

Main duties of the job

Duties will include:

  • Diagnosing and treating a wide spectrum of cardiological problems.
  • Provide continued care both in the inpatient and outpatient setting for this patient group.
  • Supporting a complex patient MDT.
  • Support our links into community care including supporting virtual ward environments.
  • Supervision of Higher Specialty Trainees in Internal Medicine, IMT stage one trainees and Clinical fellows working towards CESR in GIM. Formal Education and Clinical Supervisor roles available with suitable training.
  • To develop enhanced clinical skills, especially in the assessment and management of acutely ill patients.
  • To have excellent team-working skills with the abilities and professional attitude to work well in a multi-professional team.
  • To deliver clinical and quality targets agreed both nationally and locally with clinical teams and commissioners.
  • To follow patients throughout their clinical pathways.

About us

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) is the main provider of acute hospital services for around half a million people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales.

Encompassing some of the most picturesque parts of England and Wales, the Trust's catchment stretches from the Cambrian Mountains in the west, to Newport and the fringes of the Black Country in the east. The main towns include: Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Market Drayton, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Whitchurch (in Shropshire) Newport, Telford and Wellington (in Telford & Wrekin) and Newtown and Welshpool (in Powys) - all beautiful and unique.

Our main service locations are the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) in Shrewsbury which are located 20 minutes' drive apart. Together they provide 99% of our activity. Both hospitals provide a wide range of acute hospital services including accident & emergency, outpatients, diagnostics, inpatient medical care and critical care.

We also provide services such as consultant-led outreach clinics at the Wrekin Community Clinic, Telford, the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen and the Bridgnorth, Ludlow and Whitchurch Community Hospitals.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The main department is currently based at Princess Royal Hospital. There are 8 enhanced cardiac care beds, 15 acute cardiac care beds on ward 6 and 14 stepdown beds with telemetry links on ward 7. A cardiac catheter laboratory on site is used for diagnostic coronary angiography, simple and complex device implantation. This is supported by a cardiac day care unit with capacity for 8 ambulatory patients. The main cardiorespiratory department is located here and performs a comprehensive range of investigations. A dedicated room is used for TOE and temporary pacing.

A pacemaker clinic is based at PRH and provides long term device follow up service. Designated cardiac CT lists runs at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal hospitals. Cardiac MRI is run from the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. A satellite cardiorespiratory department provides selected investigations for in- and out- patients at the Royal Shrewsbury hospital site. A weekly MDT is held with a local tertiary centre, to facilitate urgent cardiothoracic/cardiology care for in patients. We have established links with three local tertiary centres for elective procedures including cardiac surgery, congenital heart disease, electrophysiology and PCI.

Approximately 11,000 new out-patient Cardiology referrals were seen by a consultant within the Trust last year using one-stop clinics supported by either pre-investigation or on-demand tests. The trust provides circa 10,000 follow up appointments per year for cardiology follow ups. Allied health professional (nurses, pharmacist and Echo physiologist) provide cardiac rehabilitation clinics, heart failure ambulatory clinics, post infarct medical optimisation clinics and valve clinics. There is a Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic meeting the two-week target at both Hospitals.

A multidisciplinary post-infarction clinic focuses on pharmacy, clinical biochemistry, rehabilitation and dietetics. This is run by specialist nurses and a pharmacist prescriber. A further MDT team provides heart failure service for optimisation and ambulatory monitoring. An arrhythmia nurse specialist runs our cardioversion service, implantable loop recorder service and arrhythmia clinic. A senior physiologist runs a valve clinic independently. In addition, we have an expanding team of advanced cardiac nurse practitioners/prescribers, who support the in patient referrals and chest pain clinics. Outreach cardiology clinics are provided at Oswestry, Bridgnorth and Whitchurch Community Hospitals.

The same juniors that support the in-patient Cardiology Service also support the General Medical Take Rota and the care of all in-patients under the care of the Cardiology team. All Cardiology Consultants have equal access to the juniors. You will be expected to supervise junior Doctors and to be actively involved in their postgraduate training and audit.

Currently the subspecialty is led by consultant cardiologists (2) and a consultant radiologist, who are accredited to British/European/American societies standards. Depending on his/her skills sets, the newly appointed colleague will join us in providing cross modality imaging in complex Echo, cardiac CT and MRI. This will be determined prior to commencement of employment.

Our Cardiorespiratory department is accredited by the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE). It is staffed by a team of committed and experienced Physiologists, the majority of whom have BSE accreditation. It operates as a single team with commitments shared across both Hospitals. It is comprehensively equipped with twelve echo machines (GE Vivid S70 and GE Vivid E95) supporting 3D echo, trans-oesophageal imaging, Dobutamine stress echocardiography and contrast echocardiography. Image archiving and reporting is performed via the Philips IntelliSpace Cardiovascular system which is also used by our Paediatric and Intensive Care colleagues. Our senior physiologists run a physiologist led valve clinic, supported by our imaging cardiologists. The newly appointed colleague will have opportunities in further service development (for example physiologist-led stress echocardiography) and providing mentorship to physiologists. The department is actively involved in teaching, and received STP students from HEE. There is a strong track record of innovation and research/quality improvement activities within the department. Our department runs a mandatory monthly MDT meeting to maintain standard and provide further education. Most of our STP students presented their final year dissertation at National and International conferences. Many chose to work with us upon completion of their training.

Working closely with our Radiology colleagues, we have an established Cardiac CT service. The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital has a 128-slice Siemens Definition AS+ CT scanner. The Princess Royal Hospital has a 320-slice Canon Aquilion One CT scanner. Currently there are two cardiac CT lists per week with plan to increase capacity when new colleagues in cardiac imaging and radiology join. We provide a service in CT calcium scoring and coronary angiography, gated thoracic aorta and TAVI pre procedure planning. There is a plan to adopt a novel technology, CT FFR, in line with cotemporary national guideline.

Our Cardiac MRI (Siemens Magneto Aera scanner) service is based at The Royal Shrewsbury hospital. We provide comprehensive imaging in cardiac MRI including viability assessment, stress perfusion and tissue characterisation. The new appointee will contribute to this and help maintain the thrice weekly sessions.

A formal job plan will be agreed between the successful candidate and their Clinical Director and consultant colleagues, on behalf of the Medical Director within 3 months of starting in post. A full-time job plan is based on a 10 PA working week. The job plan will be reviewed annually and is a prospective agreement that sets out the consultant's duties, responsibilities, and objectives for the coming year. It covers all aspects of a consultants professional practice including clinical work, teaching, research, education and managerial responsibilities. It will provide a clear schedule of commitments, both internal and external and will include personal objectives, detailing links to wider service improvements and trust strategic priorities.

For a full-time contract, the job plan will be divided on average per week (pro-rata for a part time post) as:

  • 7.5 Programmed Activities (PAs) of Direct Clinical Care - includes clinical activity, clinically related activity and predictable and unpredictable emergency work.
  • 2.5 Supporting Professional Activities (SPAs) - includes CPD, audit, teaching and research.

The allocation of PAs is reviewed and may be subject to adjustment when a further diary exercise is undertaken or if the service demands a review of the team job plan.

Person Specification

  • MBBS, MB ChB or equivalent medical qualification
  • MRCP or equivalent qualification

Entry Criteria

  • BSE or equivalent accreditation in trans-thoracic echocardiography and Trans-oesophageal echocardiography
  • Medical Council (GMC)
  • Entry on the General Medical Council (GMC) Specialist Register via one of the following: Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) (the proposed CCT date must be within 6 months of the interview) Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR)


  • Level 2 or above Accreditation in Cardiac CT
  • Level 2 or above Accreditation in Cardiac MRI





The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) is the main provider of acute hospital services for around half a million people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales. Our main service locations are the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) in Shrewsbury which are located 20 minutes’ drive apart covering a range of specialties and providing care to the local population. Almost a quarter of the county is designated as the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and we have three national nature reserves. We also have internationally important wetland sites, special areas of conservation (of European significance) and many sites of special scientific interest.

We are entering an exciting phase of change at SaTH with the transformation of the Princess Royal Hospital into a specialised site for planned care, and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital site a specialised site for emergency care through our Hospital Transformation Programme.



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01743 261000
The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
Mytton Oak Road,

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