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Consultant in Emergency Medicine

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 per annum
Closing date
5 Jul 2024

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Specialist doctor, Emergency medicine
Contract Type
Full Time

We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and clinically focused person for the Consultant in Emergency Medicine role. The successful applicant will join a dynamic team of 28 Consultants in an Emergency Department (ED) that sees more than 100,000 patients annually and is the most extensive ED and only Major Trauma Centre (MTC) in Devon and Cornwall.

We are a unique Trust having close links with the British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit, the hyperbaric medical emergency service at DDRC Healthcare, and the Defence Medical Services. In addition, we have close links with the local medical school, two Air Ambulance services and the local coastguard. Several of our staff also volunteer for the local RLNI services and BASICS. University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHPT) services an overall population of approximately 1.67 million for tertiary and quaternity services, providing a comprehensive 24-hour speciality cover, including cardiology with 24-hour PCI cover, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, and plastic surgery.

UHPT has confirmed significant, exciting future investments with a £160 million investment for a new state-of-the-art ED and £16 million for an onsite Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC).

Main duties of the job


Your main base of clinical work will be at Derriford ED where you will deliver, supervise, and lead a full range of Emergency Medicine care to adult and paediatric populations. The post holder will provide Emergency Medicine care at all UHPT satellite sites as required. The panel will discuss any specialist interests at the interview.

Job Plan

The job plan for the trust is a standard 8.5 Direct Clinical Care/1.5 Supporting Professional Activities split. Additional sessions may be available depending on the needs of the department and will be discussed as part of job planning. The annualised rota has an-call frequency of 1:6 frequency.

Management and leadership ResponsibilitiesThe appointee with undertake administrative duties associated with the efficient and safe running of the Department. They will actively engage and support the department through departmental management roles including clinical governance, teaching, supervision of junior staff, training (for which study leave is provided) and quality improvement

About us

Our department also benefits from close links with the military, the British Antarctic Survey Medical Unit (BASMU), Devon Air Ambulance, and the medical school. We have a strong academic department undertaking our own research and portfolio studies. We are a teaching hospital with significant input into undergraduate medical, nursing and paramedic education, along with postgraduate training at all levels. We benefit from excellent access to tertiary services, and have good relationships with key departments to support our work.We pride ourselves on being a friendly, supportive department. We receive excellent feedback from trainees and students, and want to continue to build this reputation, along with our reputation for providing high quality clinical care at the cutting edge of our speciality. This job is an opportunity work in a major hospital, in a well-run and supervised ED, whilst making a lifestyle choice. Plymouth is a large university city set on the coast, at the border of Devon and Cornwall, with an active cultural scene. Leisure opportunities are broad. Schooling is excellent, with high quality primary and secondary schools (including grammar). Road and rail links mean we aren't as far away from the rest of the UK as you would think .... just far enough!

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please see Job Description for detailed requirements of this role.

The job plan for the trust is a standard 8.5 Direct Clinical Care/1.5 Supporting Professional Activities split. Additional sessions may be available depending on the needs of the department and will be discussed as part of job planning. The annualised rota has an-call frequency of 1:6 frequency.

Person Specification

  • On Specialist register in EM or within 6 months of CCT
  • Full GMC Registration and License to Practice at the time of appointment
  • ATLS/ETC, APLS, ALS provider status (or UK-recognised equivalent)
  • Level 3 adult and child protection training
  • FRCEM or equivalent


  • Higher Degree
  • ALS/ ATLS/ ETC/ APLS Instructor

Clinical Experience

  • Wide Experience in ED, including a developed system/advanced model of EM
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for clinical care of all patients in an ED
  • Experience of quality improvement
  • Knowledge of research methodology


  • Experience in completing research, publications, and national presentation
  • Advanced degree in research

Specific clinical skills

  • Advanced airway management skills
  • Advanced procedural sedation skills
  • Level 1 ultrasound competency


  • Level 2 Ultrasound competency

Teaching and Learning

  • Ability and experience of teaching clinical skills and practical procedures to clinical colleagues and medical students


  • Expertise in using simulation to deliver teaching
  • Medical education teaching qualification
  • National education representative role

Communication skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients and their relatives, GPs, all staff groups and others
  • Honest and reliable, Enthusiastic and positive attitude
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • Caring approach to patients and staff
  • Enquiring, critical approach to work
  • Ability to fit in with current consultant team
  • Basic IT skills
  • Equality and diversity training


  • Evidence of communication and interpersonal skills development and education


  • Ability to manage an ED when on the shop floor and on call
  • Ability and experience of quality improvement and answering patient feedback


  • Further management experience e.g. recruitment, rota, clinical governance and service development
  • National or regional representative role
  • National or regional leadership role




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