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Consultant in Acute Medicine (with special interest)

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 per annum
Closing date
30 Jun 2024

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This post is an important part of our ongoing development of acute medical services, offering the successful applicants the opportunity to work closely with the existing acute physicians to provide a high standard of acute care across the Trust. We will match your enthusiasm, commitment, and drive to work closely with colleagues with a structure that allows you to be part of a developing team to help lead the organisation to deliver excellent care for our patients.

The post holder will work 2 out of 3 weeks working in acute medicine the 3rd week will be spent in a medical specialty according to the candidates training and experience. The post comprise 10 programmed activities (PAs) including a 1 PA weekend on-call commitment, which could be modified for a candidate preferring to work less than full time.

This is an excellent opportunity within the acute medicine department at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, based at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, which enjoys a unique geographical location close to London and Cambridge. We enjoy a reputation for our commitment to the highest standards of care, but also for our friendly and supportive approach. Please note: The Job Description is subject to approval by the Royal College of Physicians.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will carry out ward rounds and MDT meetings in rotation with the other acute physicians, on AMU or SSU and post take / take support sessions in ED. Working alongside the existing consultant lead and associate specialists, assisted by the acute medicine registrars, a dedicated GPVTS trainee and rotating medical juniors, the post holder will be encouraged to take an active role in the ongoing development of SDEC and provide clinical cover as per the sample timetables.

The post holder will provide strong leadership for the acute medicine department and the interface with ED and the community.

The post holder will participate in a 1 in 12 weekend commitment with 08:30 - 16:30 shifts, covering post take ward round and acute medical areas and a smaller number of 10:00 - 21:00 shifts, covering acute medical areas and supporting the general medical take, plus out of hours cover until 8.30. An additional category A frequency on call payment supplement is afforded to this post.

About us

At East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we are proud of the range of general and specialist services we provide and our 6,000 or so dedicated staff ensure our patients get the best care. Our ability to be flexible and innovative in the way in which we work and deliver our services to our catchment has never been more important than it is now.

We run the following hospitals:

  • The Lister Hospital, Stevenage
  • New Queen Elizabeth II (New QEII), Welwyn Garden City
  • Hertford County, Hertford
  • Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC), Northwood

We have ambitious plans to become an outstanding, patient-led Trust where dedicated staff provide high-quality, compassionate care to our patients. We continue to undergo significant transformation and our staff and patients are at the heart of delivering this ambitious agenda.

We are committed to a positive work life balance for our employees. This means that any employee is entitled to seek to work flexible working patterns and we are committed to listen and consider all requests. Such requests, of course, have to be made and considered formally, and will need to be balanced against service needs, but our starting point will always be to find ways to support making them happen.

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • Maintenance of high-quality patient centered care
  • Shared responsibility for the day-to-day management of the service and participation in strategic planning
  • Teaching and training within the multidisciplinary service
  • Active involvement in multidisciplinary team meetings and directorate clinical governance activity
  • Active participation in continuing medical education

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification applicant pack for further detailed information regarding this role.

Person Specification

  • Entry on GMC Specialist Register or, be within 6 months of receipt of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) at time of interview or, provide GMC confirmed eligibility for entry on the Specialist Register
  • College Membership (MRCP) or qualification of an equivalent level
  • Advanced Life Support or demonstration of ability to achieve ALS immediately upon appointment
  • Evidence of being up to date and fit to practice safely, and aware of own training needs


  • College Fellowship
  • Postgraduate degree (or equivalent)

Previous Experience

  • Broad range of experience in Acute Medicine in particular: o Experience of Ambulatory Care o Fully competent in the management of the acute medical take o Fully competent in the management of inpatients and MDT working with emphasis
  • Experience of supervising undergraduates, doctors in training and other colleagues
  • Ability to offer and be accountable for full and independent expert diagnostic opinion
  • Can evidence leading on patient safety issues and achieving a change in practice
  • Published papers and original work in peer reviewed journals
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of audit, evidence based practice, and clinical quality improvement initiatives


  • Demonstrable experience in a Locum Consultant role
  • Demonstrable experience and participation in research


  • Able to evidence engagement with clinical governance and the identification of errors and the learning from errors.
  • Evidence engagement with appraisal and revalidation
  • Able to show situational awareness and application of good decision making
  • Ability to effectively teach clinical skills
  • Ability to critically appraise published evidence


  • Demonstrate understanding of basic principles of audit, evidence-based practice and clinical quality improvement initiatives
  • Comprehensive knowledge and insight regarding all the domains within the GMC standards of Good Medical Practice

Other requirements

  • Demonstrates an interest and commitment to the specialty
  • Experience and evidence of engagement around the equality, diversity, and inclusion agenda. Able to actively support the development of a culture that recognizes and promotes equality, values diversity, and actively leads by example in deploying these qualities. Understands the impact on equality, diversity, and inclusion issues in all aspects of service delivery and planning
  • Role models our Trust values every day
  • Understands and can demonstrate the values of the NHS constitution
  • Evidence of being up to date and fit to practice safely, and aware of own training needs




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