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Locum Consultant in Burns & Plastic Surgery - Skin Cancer Interest

Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£99,532 to £131,964 per annum (Grade YM 73)
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

Job Details

Applicants are invited to apply for the whole-time 12 month Fixed Term position of Locum Consultant Plastic Surgeon with an interest in Skin Cancer Surgery.

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated surgeon to join a dynamic, rapidly expanding team delivering multidisciplinary care both from the Mersey Regional Burns and Plastic Surgery unit based at Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Applicants are required to hold Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (UK or equivalent qualifications), to be fully registered with the General Medical Council.

In addition, applicants should have completed at least 4 years full time postgraduate training (or its equivalent gained on a part time basis or flexible basis) at least 2 of which will be in a specialty training programme in burns and plastic surgery at registrar level.

The post has a weekly all day peripheral site clinical commitment, one Saturday LA theatre commitment per month and no on-call commitment.

This post will be subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure with both children's and adults' barred lists.

Interviews date to be confirmed.

Main duties of the job

The service delivered by the burns and plastic surgery team is of high volume and high complexity they manage a varied mix of cases referred to them both from within the region and nationally and have excellent outcomes as identified during the last GIRFT report.

The Trust has excellent management, robust systems and innovative processes all of which have underpinned a period of sustained and improved performance with a CQC rating of outstanding.

The Trust is developing and expanding its services and driving the quality of patient care ever higher, ensuring that it has a healthy long-term future and continues to thrive in the changing healthcare economy. At the heart of its current success and forward planning is the delivery of the '5 Star Patient Care' strategy, defining how the Trust provides an excellent experience for every patient, every time.

Our vision is to provide world class services for all our patients by getting it right for every patient, every time. To support us in this ambition, we enjoy close links with our leading universities, including the University of Liverpool, John Moore's University and Edge Hill University, and we have specific strengths in education and training. To complement this, we also have strong research portfolios and host a number of professional units in medicine and surgery. We believe that staff engagement is an absolute priority and our strong leadership and development programmes, demonstrate how much we value our staff.

About us

The Secretary of State has approved the partnership between St Helens & Knowsley and Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals.

From 1st July we have come together as a single organisation under the name Mersey & West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Trust delivers acute hospital care, intermediate care, community, and primary care services to a population of over 600,000 people with a combined workforce of around 9000 dedicated and skilled staff from 17 locations including Whiston, Southport & Formby, St Helens, Ormskirk and Newton hospitals.

The Trust provides regional services for burns, plastic surgery and spinal injuries to more than 4 million people across Mersey and West Lancashire, Cheshire, the Isle of Man and North Wales.

Our Vision is to deliver 5 Star Patient Care:

  • CAREthat is evidence based, high quality and compassionate
  • SAFETY that is of the highest standards
  • COMMUNICATION that is open, inclusive and respectful
  • SYSTEMS that are efficient, patient centred and reliable
  • PATHWAYS that are best practice and embedded, but also respect the individual needs of patients

Our achievements include:

  • Trust rated Outstanding by CQC Inspection August 2018
  • Top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers & Health Service Journal)
  • Awarded National Preceptorship Accreditation (2023) for our Nursing & AHP Preceptorship Programme

Please see our Wellbeing & Benefits booklet for more information on our staff benefits. Accessible version available upon request.

Job description
Job responsibilities

For more information regarding the main responsibilities and requirements essential for this role please refer to the supporting documents heading and review the job description and person specification which will outline the duties of the role including a proposed job plan.

Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

£338 million (PFI) investment has re-built and modernised both Whiston and St Helens Hospitals, resulting in modern state of the art health care facilities for the treatment and care of patients. St Helens Hospital was completed in 2008 and Whiston Hospital in 2010. The hospitals include 887 inpatient beds with state-of-the-art CT and MRI facilities existing on both hospital sites. CT and MRI scanners at St Helens have also recently been upgraded including installation of a high field 3 Tesla MRI scanner. The DEXA scanner is also located at St Helens Hospital.

The Trust delivers acute hospital care, intermediate care, community, and primary care services to a population of over 600,000 people with a combined workforce of around 9000 dedicated and skilled staff from 17 locations including Whiston, Southport & Formby, St Helens, Ormskirk, and Newton hospitals.

The Trust provides regional services for burns, plastic surgery, and spinal injuries to more than 4 million people across Mersey and West Lancashire, Cheshire, the Isle of Man and North Wales.

As a Trust, our aim is to provide a high-quality service to all patients. We strive to meet the best standards for professional care whilst being sensitive and responsive to the needs of individual patients. Our valued workforce is recognised for their unique skills and talents with our teams of experts winning national awards on a regular basis.

Whiston Hospital

Whiston Hospital a busy teaching hospital which provides a comprehensive range of acute Medical and Surgical Services, Emergency Services, Maternity Services, Paediatrics and Medicine for Older People. The Regional Burns and Plastic Surgery Units are also based on this site. There is a Critical Care Unit consisting of ICU, HDU, CCU and an onsite Cardiac Catheter Laboratory. The stroke consultants deliver 24/7 thrombolysis to eligible patients presenting with acute stroke. There is a 30-bed Stroke Unit which accommodates both acute stroke patients and those with rehabilitation needs.

St Helens Hospital

St Helens Hospital is an Ambulatory Care Centre providing Intermediate Care and Day Surgery. Rheumatology, Dermatology and Diabetes services are based on this site and within easy reach of other acute specialties at Whiston Hospital.

Southport Hospital

Southport Hospital is a General Hospital that includes adults accident and emergency services, intensive care, and a range of medical and surgical specialities. There is also an outpatients service. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport hospital provides specialist care for spinal patients from across the North West, North Wales, and the Isle of Man.

The hospital, which replaced the Southport General Infirmary and the Southport Promenade Hospital, opened in September 1988.

Ormskirk Hospital

Ormskirk Hospital is a General Hospital and provides womens and childrens services, including accident and emergency services, surgery, and maternity care.

The hospital provides these services for patients living across West Lancashire, Southport, and Formby.

Life in Merseyside and West Lancashire

Merseyside, which includes the great city of Liverpool, is within easy reach of North Wales, the Lake District and the Peak District and provides an interesting mix of rural and urban life.

Liverpool is a vibrant, music city which has undergone a renaissance in recent years and has recently been named European City of Culture.

High quality schools are available in and around Merseyside and West Lancashire. The area has many sports facilities including championship golf courses, several sailing clubs and one of the finest windsurfing venues in Britain.

People from Merseyside and West Lancashire are renowned for their friendliness and quick-witted humour and the region sports two of the finest football teams in the Premier League.

The town of St Helens is renowned for its glassworks and rugby. The district has a population of around 340,000 and is of mixed residential, industrial, and rural character. It is situated on the edge of Merseyside, between the open countryside of Cheshire to the south and Lancashire to the north.

Southport is a seaside town and has a population of around 90,000. Southport lies on the Irish Sea Coast and is fringed to the north by the Ribble estuary. Town attractions include Southport Pier, the second longest seaside pleasure pier in the British Isles and Lord Street, an elegant tree-lined shopping street. Southport today is still one of the most popular seaside resorts in the UK and hosts various events including an annual air show on and over the beach, the largest independent flower show in the UK and the British Musical Fireworks Championship.

Ormskirk is an historic Market town surrounded by beautiful countryside, reserves, and wildlife. Ormskirk has quaint village streets, winning restaurants and farm shops and is also home to the award-winning Edgehill University.

Distance to Liverpool City Centre:

From Whiston Hospital 13.3 miles

From St Helens Hospital 15 miles

From Southport Hospital 19.9 miles

From Ormskirk Hospital 18.1 miles

Distance to Manchester City Centre:

From Whiston Hospital - 26.6 miles

From St Helens Hospital 27.7 miles

From Southport Hospital 42.4 miles

From Ormskirk Hospital 35.4 miles

Person Specification

  • Full GMC registration
  • MBBS or equivalent medical qualification
  • MRCS (UK) or equivalent medical qualification
  • FRCS (Plast) or equivalent
  • Valid Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Provider Status


  • Member BAPRAS

Knowledge, Experience & Skills

  • Evidence of achievement of competencies by time of appointment in line with GMC standards/Good Medical Practice including: o Good clinical care o Maintaining good medical practice o Good relationships and communication with patients o Good working relationships with colleagues o Good teaching and training o Professional behaviour and probity o Delivery of good acute clinical care
  • Demonstrate skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues
  • Clinical Knowledge & Expertise: Appropriate knowledge base and ability to apply sound clinical judgement to problems
  • Experience in management of skin cancer
  • Clinical Knowledge & Expertise: Demonstrates the necessary range, depth, and breadth of competencies suitable for a Skin Cancer post
  • Clinical Knowledge & Expertise: In depth knowledge and experience in skin cancer
  • Research Skills: Demonstrates ability to undertake robust audit / research within team structure within the last 3 years
  • Teaching: Evidence of appropriate teaching experience within the last 3 years
  • Communication Skills: Demonstrates clarity in written/spoken communication & capacity to adapt language as appropriate to the situation.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making: Capacity to use logical/lateral thinking to solve problems/make decisions
  • Managing Others & Team Involvement: Capacity to work effectively with others.
  • Managing Others & Team Involvement: Able to work in multi-professional teams
  • Managing Others & Team Involvement: Able to supervise junior medical staff
  • Empathy & Sensitivity: Capacity to take in others' perspectives and treat others with understanding
  • Organisation & Planning: Capacity to manage/prioritise time and information effectively.
  • Organisation & Planning: Basic IT skills
  • Vigilance & Situational Awareness: Capacity to monitor developing situations and anticipate issues
  • Coping with Pressure: Capacity to operate under pressure. Demonstrates initiative & resilience to cope with changing circumstances


  • Fellowship in Skin Cancer
  • Evidence of relevant research e.g. presentations, publications in peer reviewed journals within the last 3 years relevant to plastic surgery and skin cancer surgery.
  • Evidence of relevant academic achievements, e.g. degrees, awards, in the last 3 years.


  • Professional Integrity: Capacity to take responsibility for own actions.
  • Demonstrates respect for all.
  • Is up to date and fit to practise safely.
  • Ability to provide complete details of employment history
  • ALL sections of application form FULLY completed according to written guidelines

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