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Consultant in Stroke Medicine

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 per annum
Closing date
12 Jun 2024

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Job Details

Applications are invited for the above full time posts for this 660 bedded acute hospital serving a local population of approximately 400,000. The appointment will be made in accordance with the terms and conditions of service for the 2003 consultant contract (England).

This post, along with existing Stroke Physicians would be expected to support the 24/7 stroke thrombolysis service. They will be expected to do 3 TIA clinics and 1 Follow-Up Clinic per week, in addition to caring for inpatients. There is a dedicated thrombolysis trained stroke registrar on call rota with stroke specialist nurse who would assess stroke patients out of hours and liaise with on call stroke consultant. Tele-radiology service is provided for consultants out of hours to access scans. The out of hours thrombolysis rota is 1:7 based at Home. The weekend HASU ward rota cover is 1:7 based at the Luton site.

Main duties of the job

The keys tasks for the role of Consultant Acute Medicine are
  • The post-holder will attend and actively participate in the weekly multidisciplinary meetings and weekly governance meetings.
  • Active participation in the management and development of the specialty and the introduction of new services.
  • Contribute to the educational programme, including departmental meetings and teaching.
  • Participate in Departmental Multidisciplinary Team Meetings.
  • Participate in the management of the service.
  • Contribute in the General Medicine educational programme, including weekly department meetings and teaching.
  • Supervise junior medical staff.
  • Contribute to both postgraduate and undergraduate teaching and education.
  • Undertake high quality medical audit projects and participate in the collection of data required to meet national quality standards.
  • Implement audit and research findings as appropriate in clinical practice.
  • Prepare and participate in an annual appraisal in accordance with Trust policy.

Participate and comply with the requirements for Continuing Professional Development and revalidation as laid down by the Royal College of Physicians. The trust is committed to providing the time and financial support for these activities

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarize yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description
Job responsibilities

The post holder will participate in providing a 24/7 stroke thrombolysis service and TIA clinics. They will share with colleagues in Stroke medicine the management of all adult stroke/TIA patients (Hyper acute/ acute/ rehabilitation) referred to the Trust. In addition, the post-holder will have the general medical responsibilities for patients on the stroke wards, and is expected to work closely with the Emergency department, Emergency Assessment units and Critical Care to improve the care of Stroke and TIA patients. The post holder will be expected to participate in morning ward rounds, attend daily MDT for discussion of every patients case, and plan communication to all members of staff. The appointee will participate in the provision of a high quality outpatient service, including patient administration. They will be encouraged to explore and set up other stroke related services like neuro-intervention, newer modalities of imaging to detect early ischemic strokes etc. utilising local resources, and to develop the service as required.

This post will cover both the hyper acute stroke unit (HASU) on the Luton site and the stroke unit (Shand ward) on the Bedford site. Although this post will primarily be based at Luton & Dunstable.

A 10 PA week consists of 8.5 PAs direct clinical care and 1.5 PAs for Supporting Professional Activity (SPA).

Job planning will be used to reflect the needs of the department, ensuring that contracted work is appropriately remunerated. An initial job plan review will be undertaken by the Clinical Director after 3 months and annually thereafter, or if the work pattern changes.Any additional PAs contracted by the Trust will be agreed as a separate part of the job plan by mutual consent.

The job plans will be a prospective agreement that sets out a consultants duties, responsibilities and objectives for the coming year. It will cover 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. In addition, it will provide personal objectives, including details of links to wider service objectives, and details of the support required by the consultant to fulfil the job plan and the objectives.

The pattern of work may change to meet local changing needs and review meetings will take place in line with nationally agreed guidelines or as superseded by locally negotiated agreements.

The Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (L& D) has always been renowned for its friendly atmosphere and good working relationships. The Hospital has an excellent track record of financial and senior executive stability.

The Trust has University Hospital status which provides an academic environment to the hospital. In addition to postgraduate training, we welcome medical students from the UCL Medical School throughout the year and by arrangement with the medical school provide a programme of clinical placements to support their education. We have an excellent reputation for junior staff training. Within the Centre of Multi-Professional Educational & Training (COMET) is the Medical Education Department, the library including an IT suite, and the Training & Development Department. The main aim of the Medical Education Department is to promote postgraduate and continuing medical education and training for all doctors and dentists. The Hospital actively promotes career development and progression for all staff.

The Hospital has excellent access to the surrounding areas with easy access to central London and the rural Chilterns. The rural areas include many attractive villages and towns within easy reach of the Hospital including St Albans and Harpenden. Excellent schools are found nearby. There is also very good access to the Midlands and North by road using the M1 or A1, or by rail to one of the Lutons three stations. A direct link using the new Busway takes passengers from Luton Train station just 7 minutes to reach a stop that is within a short walking distance of the hospital. London Luton Airport is within fifteen minutes of the hospital.

Applicants must be fully registered on the UK General Medical Councils Specialist Register and have MRCP. Specialist Registrars may apply if within 6 months of CCT.

Candidates unable for personal reasons to work full-time are also invited to apply.

The appointment will be subject to full Occupational Health Clearance and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check for the successful candidates prior to commencement.

Please refer to the Job Description for full details of the post.

Closing Date:18th June 2024

Assessment Date:

Interview Date: 15th July 2024

Person Specification
  • oMedical Degree oRelevant postgraduate qualification - MRCP
  • oMD or equivalent Higher Degree or evidence of relevant research
  • oFull GMC Registration with a licence to practice
  • oEntry onto the GMC Specialist Register: ?CCT (or within 6 months of receipt of CCT at time of interview) ?CESR (must be on Specialist Register at time of applying)
Clinical Experience
  • oExcellent all round experience of DGH work
  • oEvidence of thorough and broad training and experience in General Medicine / hyper acute, acute and rehabilitation aspects of stroke Medicine
  • oAble to take full and independent responsibility for clinical work and delivering service without direct supervision.
  • oSub Specialty interest in neuro-intervention and/or newer modalities of imaging to detect early ischemic strokes
Clinical Effectiveness
  • oUnderstanding of clinical governance and ability to demonstrate ongoing CPD
  • oExperience of guideline appraisal
  • oParticipation in relevant local audits
  • oAbility to interpret and apply clinical research
  • oParticipation in relevant national audits
  • Knowledge and ability to teach all grades of trainees and medical students
  • oHas attended Teaching the Teachers or similar course
Clinical Governance
  • oAble to demonstrate a broad understanding of the principles and elements of clinical governance
Personnel Skills
  • oAbility to co-operate in a democratic team environment
  • oFlexible attitude, team player with good management skills
  • oLeadership Skills
Personnel Circumstances
  • oResidence within 10 miles by road or up to thirty minutes travelling time of the hospital for purposes of on-call emergencies.
  • oFit to undertake the role with satisfactory Occupational Health clearance
  • oSatisfactory DBS clearance

Employer details
Employer name

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Luton & Dunstable Hospital

Lewsey Road



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About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020 following the merger of Bedford Hospital and the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.Previously the hospitals were run by two separate NHS trusts, Bedford hospital NHS Trust and Luton and Dunstable University Hospitals Foundation Trust.By combining the two hospitals we have been able to ensure the clinical sustainability of both sites and ensure that key services such as A&E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics can remain at both sites.Both hospitals deliver a full range of acute hospital services to a population of around 700,000.The new integrated Trust employs a combined workforce of approximately 8,000 staff, the largest NHS employer in Bedfordshire. The hospitals are supported by an army of 500 volunteers whose invaluable work helps the delivery of services.

Bedford Hospital

Working at Bedford Hospital

The Trust’s ethos is ‘every patient matters’, our vision is to provide patient focused high quality acute hospital care to meet the needs of our local community and we are constantly working with our staff to find new ways of working to ensure that our vision is achieved.

About Bedford

Whether you like high-octane thrills or you’re interested in history and the arts, if you want to entertain the family, or simply want to relax and enjoy quiet, unspoilt countryside, come and visit Bedford and north Bedfordshire.

The county town of Bedford is in one of England’s smallest counties, flanked east and west by tourist hotspots like Oxford and Cambridge and just a 35 minute train journey from central London.

Renowned as having one of the finest riverside settings in the country, enjoy panoramic views of the River Great Ouse from the restored Castle Mound; all that remains of Bedford castle, which was destroyed in the siege of 1224.

Bedford Borough is a vibrant area to live in with an abundance of leisure opportunities for residents and visitors. We pride ourselves on offering a fantastic programme of cultural events throughout the year, and providing a wide range of affordable health opportunities, through our quality parks, award winning leisure centers’ and sports development work.

The nearby town of Milton Keynes has a large shopping mall and is a short bus or train ride away. Road and transport links are fantastic from Bedford to the whole of the UK and Europe.

Luton airport is only 30 minutes by car or direct by train, other airports nearby are Stanstead, Birmingham, Heathrow and Gatwick, all within 1hour and 30 minutes by train or car.

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

Luton and Dunstable University Hospital is a top performing hospital and we are proud to care.

The Trust employs a diverse range of people in many different roles. In addition to doctors, nurses and therapy staff we employ people in a variety of other areas including administration, scientists, estates, technicians and support staff who all work together to deliver the best patient care. Our focus on excellence and patient safety remains our highest priority.

Staff are our most valuable asset and central to the delivery of safe, effective, excellent patient care.

The Trust strives to ensure staff feel valued, empowered, confident, motivated and focuses on developing staff to maximise their potential.

As an employee of the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital you can take advantage of a number of benefits that are available for all L&D staff which can be viewed here.

Why work for us?

Our way of working at Bedford Hospital NHS Trust is about providing great patient care but it’s also about attracting and retaining excellent staff to provide that care. It’s about the qualities, knowledge and skills you bring to your role in the Trust and the support, development and job satisfaction you expect in return. It’s about sharing common priorities for improvement and embracing our Trust values while caring for our patients but also while working together as colleagues.

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