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Specialty Doctor in Burns and Plastic Surgery (Skin Cancer)

Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£52,530 to £82,400 per annum (Grade MC 75)
Closing date
17 Jun 2024

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Applicants are invited to apply for the whole time position of Specialty Doctor 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 Whiston Hospital.

Mersey & West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the leading acute Trusts in the North West of England. We provide a full range of acute adult and paediatric in-patient, out-patient, day case and emergency services to the local communities of St Helens, Knowsley, Cheshire and Merseyside and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and the Isle of Man.

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

Main duties of the job

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.

For an informal discussion, or to arrange a visit, please contact Mr David Bell, Clinical Director, Burns and Plastic Surgery Directorate through his secretary on 0151 430 1993.

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

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

  • To observe the provisions of and adhere to all Trust policies and procedures.
  • To actively participate in annual performance review to identify personal development needs.
  • To attend Trust Statutory and Mandatory training sessions as required and any other training courses relevant to the post.
  • To fully comply with the relevant sections of the Health and Safety at Work Act. The post holder must also understand and implement St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Hospitals Trusts Statement of Policy on Health and Safety at Work and the Trusts corporate Health and Safety Policies and Procedures. The post holder is required to follow all applicable rules and procedures relating to Health and Safety at Work and to take all responsible precautions.
  • To be aware of the confidential aspects of the post. To keep up to date with the requirements of information governance undertake mandatory training and follow Trust policies and procedures to ensure that trust information is dealt with legally, securely, efficiently and effectively. Breaches of confidentiality will result in disciplinary action that may involve dismissal. You must maintain the confidentiality of information about service user staff and organisational business in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR) and Caldicott principles
  • To ensure that when creating, managing and sharing information records, it is done in an appropriate way, subject to statutory requirements and agreed security and confidentiality policies, procedures and guidelines. All employees are responsible for implementing and maintaining data quality, ensuring that records are legible and attributable and that their record keeping is contemporaneous.
  • To be aware of the confidential aspects of the post. Breaches of confidentiality will result in disciplinary action that may involve dismissal. The post holder should also be aware that, regardless of any action taken by the employing authority, breaches of confidentiality could result in civil action for damages.

Person Specification

  • MB ChB or equivalent medical qualification
  • FRCS (Plastics) or equivalent medical qualification
  • Hold a current registration with the GMC at the time of application


  • Minimum 4 years post graduate experience with at least 2 years in Burns & Plastics Surgery
  • Experience in management of skin cancer
  • Experience of supervising Junior Medical Staff
  • Experience or ability to offer expert clinical opinion on a range of problems both emergency and elective within specialty
  • Experience or ability to contribute to the efficient and smooth running of a specialist service
  • Experience or ability to organise and manage clinical priorities and deliverance of prioritised activity
  • Understanding of the basic principles of audit and research


  • Experience of teaching basic clinical skills to undergraduates
  • Contributes to teaching and learning of others in a clinical setting
  • Evidence of active participation in audit
  • Participation in clinical/laboratory research
  • Publications, abstracts, peer reviewed articles


  • Is up to date and fit to practise safely
  • Demonstrates clarity in written/spoken communication & capacity to adapt language as appropriate to the situation
  • Able to build rapport, listen, persuade & negotiate
  • Capacity to use logical/lateral thinking to solve problems/make decisions
  • Capacity to work effectively with others
  • Able to work in multi-professional teams
  • Capacity to take in others' perspectives and treat others with understanding.
  • Capacity to manage/prioritise time and information effectively
  • Capacity to prioritise own workload
  • Basic IT skills
  • Capacity to monitor developing situations and anticipate issues
  • Capacity to operate under pressure. Demonstrates initiative & resilience to cope with changing circumstances and remain objective in highly emotive/pressurised situations
  • Capacity to take responsibility for own actions
  • Demonstrates respect for all

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