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Locum Consultant Stroke Medicine Physician

Barts Health NHS Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 a year Pa pro Rata
Closing date
3 Jun 2024

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The Stroke Department at the Royal London Hospital comprises 4 full time stroke physicians with the HASU and on-call rota supported by consultants from the neurology department as well as external Trusts. There are regular audit and team meetings for the entire consultant team, led by the clinical lead, Dr Alexandra Andrews. There is a full junior team comprising of registrars, clinical fellows and FY2 / Core Medical Trainees supporting ward based and hyperacute thrombolysis and thrombectomy work.

Depending on the successful candidate's specialty interest and training, they will have the opportunity to support either the Care of the Elderly Service or the Neurology Service through dedicated clinical sessions.

Prospective candidates are encouraged to visit the Trust.

Main duties of the job

To provide a Consultant-led comprehensive hyper acute and acute stroke service in partnership with the rest of the Consultant team.

To participate in the Stroke & Thrombolysis and Thrombectomy Consultant on call rota at The Royal London.

To share in the provision of outpatient TIA services together with other members of the consultant team.

To support the Stroke Clinical Lead and Clinical Director in advancing service developments and improvements.

To aid and facilitate the rapid transfer of stroke patients from Barts Health to other Acute Stroke Units along the relevant pathway.

To be actively involved in stroke research by enrolling patients in currently opened trials (national and international research studies as part of the National Stroke Research Network and the NIHR portfolio) as well as promoting new studies on site.

About us

The Barts Health group of NHS hospitals is entering an exciting new era on our improvement journey to becoming an outstanding organisation with a world-class clinical reputation. Having lifted ourselves out of special measures, we now have the impetus and breathing space to chart a fresh course in which we are continually striving to improve all our services for patients.

Our vision is to be a high-performing group of NHS hospitals, renowned for excellence and innovation, and providing safe and compassionate care to our patients in east London and beyond. That means being a provider of excellent patient safety, known for delivering consistently high standards of harm-free care and always caring for patients in the right place at the right time. It also means being an outstanding place to work, in which our WeCare values and behaviours are visible to all and guide us in how we work together.

We strive to live by our WeCare values and are committed to promoting inclusion, where every staff member has a sense of belonging. We value our differences and fully advocate, cultivate, and support an inclusive working environment where staff treat one another with dignity and respect. We aim to create an equitable working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential.

Barts Health supports The Pregnancy Loss Pledge and commits to supporting their staff through the distress of miscarriage.

Job description
Job responsibilities

To share responsibility for providing evidence-based standards of care for all inpatients and outpatients.

To have regard at all times to the clinical and quality standards set out in the Patients Charter and the local purchasers contracts.

To liaise effectively and on a timely basis with General Practitioners, community services and all healthcare agencies.

To encourage and foster the governance process at clinical, managerial and medical levels and to take part in regional audit in support of evidence-based medicine.

To participate fully in the management of the Department and to liaise closely with the General Manager, Clinical Lead and Clinical Director.

To take part in continuing medical education activities there will also be a commitment to undergraduate and post-graduate teaching in the departments, including development and delivery of a teaching programme.

Continuing responsibility for the care of patients in his/her charge, including all administrative duties associated with patient care.

Leadership and proper functioning of the services in his/her charge in line with agreed policies at the Trust.

Development of his/her own specialty interests, including active participation in research programmes.

Corporate and singular responsibility for the management of the junior medical staff including the approval and monitoring of junior staff rotas and locum appointments.

Please refer to the job description and person specification for the main responsibilities of this role.

Person Specification

  • MBBS or equivalent
  • MRCP (UK) or equivalent
  • Fully registered with the GMC with a full licence to practice
  • On the specialist register or within 6 months, in one of the Stroke Medicine parent specialities (i.e. Geriatrics, Neurology, Cardiology, Clinical Pharmacology, Rehabilitation Medicine)


  • Higher Degree (MSc, Md or PhD)
  • CCST in Stroke Medicine


  • Stroke Medicine experience (at equivalent level to Stroke CCT).
  • Ability to practice independently as a Consultant in Hyper Acute Stroke and Stroke Rehabilitation.
  • Teaching undergraduates and postgraduates
  • Audit experience
  • Thrombolysis & Thrombectomy experience


  • Experience of multidisciplinary Stroke services
  • Research experience
  • GCP Certificate
  • Clinical Management


  • Up to date with recent advances in Stroke Care across the entire pathway
  • Change management.
  • Quality improvement


  • Interest in research with evidence of peer-reviewed publications


  • Awareness of own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Highly developed communication skills
  • Computer literate
  • Evidence of team working and working across multiple disciplines
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Self-motivated
  • Commitment to the provision of a quality service.

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