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Clinical Oncology Locum Consultant

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 a year +OOH
Closing date
22 Jun 2024

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Specialist doctor, Oncology, Locum Doctor
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

This is initially a 12-month 10 PA Clinical Oncology Locum Consultant post with a special interest in Breast cancer and Acute Oncology / CUP, delivering both systemic therapy and radiotherapy. The post will support an established and experienced multi-disciplinary non-surgical Oncology breast and acute oncology team and be based at the Leeds Cancer Centre, St Jamess University Hospital.

There will be opportunities to contribute to the central Leeds Breast MDT and departmental meetings, as well as teaching, research and service developments. This is an exciting time to join our Breast Service as we are currently looking at pathway redesigns and developing the service and the wider team.

Main duties of the job


Attendance at Breast and CUP clinics in Leeds.

Attendance at radiotherapy review clinics.

Participation in ward round rota, seeing Breast and Acute Oncology patients.

Participate in MDT meetings.

Prescription of systemic and hormone therapy.

Participate in Radiotherapy planning and radiotherapy quality assurance.

Discussion with patients and their relatives.

Initiation / change of treatments.

Manage patients receiving treatment for breast cancer.

Attendance at breast service and departmental meetings.

Work closely with clinical colleagues and support the wider breast team with clinical activity.

Provide mutual cross-cover colleagues where necessary.

The post will include responsibility for the supervision of outpatient clinics and will involve teaching, research and administration at Consultant level. The post holder will be responsible for their own personal development and will be accountable to the delivery of clinical activity within their job plan.

About us

Leeds Cancer Centre is one of the most prestigious oncology departments in the UK, providing an ideal infrastructure for high quality multidisciplinary cancer services and ensuring the best outcomes for the catchment population of West Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Cancer Network.

Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts. They have been developed by our staff and set out what we see as important to how we work. Our five values are: Patient-centred, Collaborative, Fair, Accountable and Empowered. All actions and endeavours are underpinned by these values.

LTHT is part of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT), a collaborative of NHS hospital trusts from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate working together to provide the best possible care for our patients. By bringing together the wide range of skills and expertise across WYAAT, we are working differently, innovating and driving forward change to d

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description
Job responsibilities

In relation to this post:

This is a 12-month 10 PA locum consultant appointment for a Consultant Clinical Oncologist, with a special interest in Breast cancer and Acute Oncology based at the Leeds Cancer Centre, Bexley Wing.

The post holder will provide non-surgical management, radiotherapy and SACT for patients with breast cancer from Leeds. The successful candidate will work alongside the non-surgical Oncology breast team which is led by Dr David Jackson and is supported by Dr Rohan Iype, Professor Chris Twelves, Professor Galina Velikova, Dr Shirin Namini, Dr Indu Chaudhuri and Dr Keren OConnor.

The post holder will share attendance at the Breast MDT, contribute to the in-patient care of patients receiving radiotherapy and chemotherapy for Breast cancer, as well as weekly breast outpatient clinics and a radiotherapy review clinic.

The successful candidate will also work with the acute oncology (AO) and cancer of unknown primary (CUP) team comprising of 1 other consultant, 1 specialty doctor, advanced practitioners, a CNS in CUP and one WTE administrative assistant. The post holder will be expected to attend a weekly MDT and clinic and daily board/ward rounds to support the service.

The post will be based at Bexley Wing, St Jamess University Teaching Hospital, but applicants will attend the other hospitals within the trust as necessary to review patients referred through the AO/CUP service.

As part of the trusts resource commitment, the post holder will have access to secretarial assistance as required, and will be supplied with adequate office space and IT equipment to support fulfilling their job plan.

The Bexley Wing is one of the largest oncology facilities in the UK, within one of the largest acute general hospitals in Europe. There are 350 beds, day-care and out-patient facilities and a patient hotel. The Bexley Wing incorporates services in non-surgical oncology, haematology, the Academic Unit clinical offices and support areas and substantial services in cancer surgery. There is a dedicated Clinical Research Facility for patients in early-phase clinical trials.

Clinical and Medical Oncology are based in the Bexley Wing, and run as an integrated service within a single bed base, and integrated site specialist teams. The service provides comprehensive non-surgical oncology services to the Trust and to the population of West and the majority of North Yorkshire. They are key components of the Leeds Cancer Centre. There is a hub and spoke arrangement with the surrounding cancer units in Airedale, Bradford, Dewsbury, Halifax, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Pontefract, Wakefield and York. This covers a population of approximately 2.7 million. In addition, there are other tertiary referrals from a more extensive catchment area from East Yorkshire, East Lancashire and North Yorkshire.

The Leeds radiotherapy service treats over 7000 new patients a year with radiotherapy. The department has twelve linear accelerators. There are three CT simulators and an MRI simulator. The building houses a dedicated brachytherapy suite containing two theatres. Shielded treatment rooms on the wards support unsealed source therapy. There are dedicated clinical cancer research facilities with beds and a nursing research team. The links to the Academic Unit of Cancer Medicine are strong and there are world class molecular oncology labs and research programmes on site.


2.1 To deliver care to patients with Breast cancer at St Jamess University Teaching Hospital including:

Out-patient clinics

Care of in-patients

Responsibility for the delivery of radiotherapy

Responsibility for the delivery of systemic therapy

Contribute to specialist MDT meetings

2.2 To link with consultant colleagues in other relevant site specialist teams within the Leeds Cancer Centre and across the Yorkshire Cancer Network. To work with consultant colleagues in all specialties across the Trust to coordinate & deliver care for patients with Breast cancers. The post holder will be encouraged to facilitate and contribute to the current clinical research programs on going in the department.

2.3 To contribute to research, teaching and new developments within the Leeds Cancer Centre. The post holder will be encouraged to facilitate and contribute to the current clinical research programmes in the department.

2.4 To work with colleagues in clinical oncology to deliver acute on call (currently 1 in 26) for clinical oncology. This includes attendance at hand-over, twice daily ward-rounds to review and manage patients admitted acutely and provide out-of-hours cover and advice to the resident on-call team.


3.1 Service Delivery


The Trust expects consultants to deliver clinical service as agreed with commissioners and other stakeholders. This will include:

meeting the objectives of the post (see above)

continuously improving the quality and efficiency of personal and team practice

working with other staff and teams to ensure that the various criteria for service delivery are met, such as

achieving the best clinical outcomes within the resources available

waiting times

infection control standards

Consultants in LTHT are line managed by their specialty Lead Clinician working in conjunction with a Business Manager. This specialty team is then managed alongside a number of other specialties in a Clinical Service (or Support) Unit (CSU) led by a Clinical Director as the responsible person and supported by a full time General Manager and a full time Head of Nursing.

The Clinical Director and their team report operationally to the Chief Operating Officer (COO). The Clinical Director will work closely with the Chief Operating Officers team which includes two Medical Directors for Operations, Nurse Directors for Operations, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Assistant Directors of Operations (ADOs) and a Performance Team, with each ADO aligned to specific CSUs.

Professionally, consultants report to Dr Magnus Harrison, Chief Medical Officer.

3.2 Quality

The Trust has a programme of activities that are designed to help consultants improve the quality of the service they offer. This includes a range of activities shown below as examples not all activities can be undertaken every year! Consultants are expected to routinely engage in relevant activities in their specialty that are focussed on quality improvement. This participation should be reflected at annual appraisal and job planning and will be discussed in specialties as part of clinical governance programmes and meetings.

Clinical Audit and standard setting

Clinical audit projects

Development and application of agreed clinical guidelines

Ensuring compliance against relevant national specifications, e.g. NICE guidelines

External Peer review and relevant national audits

Implement improvements identified in GIRFT reviews

Clinical outcome review

Mortality and morbidity reviews

Structured Judgement Reviews

Monitoring of outcomes reflected in routinely collected data

Monitoring of outcomes reflected in routinely collected data

Participation in clinical coding review and improvement

Improving patient safety

Participation in Trust-wide programmes, including mandatory learning

Respond to national patient safety alerts

Implementation of local improvements, including actions from serious incident investigation reports, following clinical review

Promptly record patient safety incidents on Datix and immediately escalate potential serious incidents to the CSU management team

Ensure Duty of Candour requirements are met

Improving service effectiveness and efficiency

Service or system improvement projects, including small scale change, lean or other recognised improvement methods

Conducting or considering reviews of the evidence to plan better service delivery

Where agreed, working with commissioners to match service delivery with requirements of relevant populations

Improving the patient experience

Implementing service improvements based on individual or service feedback from patients or carers

Raising the profile and impact of patient participation in decisions about their own care Involvement in understanding and improving the ethical basis of care provided, utilising where necessary the trusts clinical ethics committeeInvolvement in understanding and improving the ethical basis of care provided, utilising where necessary the trusts clinical ethics committee

Involvement in understanding and improving the ethical basis of care provided, utilising where necessary the trusts clinical ethics committee

Respond to complaints in a timely and open manner and ensure lessons are learned for future patient care

3.3 Research

The Trusts Research Strategy encourages all clinicians to participate in high quality, nationally recognised clinical research trials and other well-designed studies, with a particular emphasis on work supported by the National Institute for Health Research. The Trust has several major programmes in experimental medicine and applied health research, developed in partnership with the University of Leeds, which reflect strengths described in the Strategy and clinicians are encouraged to participate in these programmes.

The Trust also supports bespoke academic development and participation programmes linked to the Research Strategy, including academic mentoring, and embedding of clinicians within the major research programmes.

Sessional time required for any participation in research activity will be agreed on commencement and kept under review, but not all consultants will require such sessional time.

Person Specification
Additional Requirements

  • a.Applicants must be on the Specialist Register or within six months of being admitted to the Register for trainees if currently in a training programme within the UK, or have references which have b
  • authorised by the Deputy Medical Director and Clinical Director.
  • *Hold full GMC Registration with a license to practice. *Entry on the GMC Specialist Register via: -CCT (proposed CCT date must be within 6 months of interview) CESR (or) international applicants
  • comply with the GMC specialty registration process:

Clinical, Academic, and Personal Skills

  • a.Well organised and skilled in good time management
  • b.Effective interpersonal skills
  • c.Demonstrate ability to relate to and work within a team
  • d.Experience in training undergraduate medical students and postgraduate doctors
  • e.Understanding of current issues in the NHS
  • f.Evidence of the ability to carry out medical research.
  • g.Experience of participation in regular clinical audit.


  • a.Must be able to demonstrate a high level of clinical experience and competence in clinical oncology.
  • b.Specifically, must demonstrate higher training in managing patients with Breast cancer and Acute Oncology / CUP
  • c.Must have experience of delivering systemic therapy.



  • FRCR or equivalent qualification.


  • Relevant higher degree.

Eligibility, Fitness to practice, and Language Skills


  • a.Eligible for full registration with the GMC at time of appointment and hold a current licence to practice
  • b.Eligibility to work in the UK
  • c.Demonstrate written and spoken English adequate to enable effective communication .All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English adequate to enable effective
  • communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues demonstrated by one of the following: Applicants have undertaken undergraduate medical training in English.
  • OR Achieved the minimum score of 7 across all 4 of the following categories in the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in a single sitting within 24 months at time of
  • application-Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. (An overall minimum score of 7.5) OR
  • Achieved the minimum Grade B across all 4 of the following categories in the Occupational English Test (OET) in medicine in a single sitting within 24 months at time of application Listening,
  • Speaking, Reading and Writing. (You must provide your candidate number).
  • d.Is up to date and fit to practise safely.

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