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Rheumatology Consultant

Northern Care Alliance NHS Group
Rochdale, Greater Manchester
£99,532 - £131,964 pro rata
Closing date
31 Jul 2024

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Specialist doctor, Rheumatology
Contract Type
Part Time

An Opportunity has arisen within Fairfield and Rochdale Care Organisation for a Rheumatology Consultant to join our busy and dynamic team to further develop and expand the service.


  • An experienced, well-staffed consultant team across the care organisation committed to developing the rheumatology service to deliver patient centred care to the highest standard.
  • Variety in your work.
  • Departments supported by like-minded specialist MDTs, GPs, junior medical staff, nursing and administrative teams.
  • Support for your own personal development
  • A flexible approach to job planning that delivers a working environment to best suit you and your team.

This appointment will facilitate and ensure continuity of the exemplary Rheumatology service already provided at Rochdale Infirmary and Fairfield General Hospital, part of the Northern Care Alliance (NCA).  We are looking for a skilled professional with equal vision, tenacity, and flexibility in their approach. We are looking for a colleague to both complement the existing team but also to bring their own ideas, input, and professional expertise to the department.

A strong team player, you will be someone who remains calm under pressure, with an ability to take charge when needed in an encouraging and supportive style. Your clear passion for high quality and compassionate patient care will be second to none.

Main duties of the job
The post is an 8PA post which will include 4 Rheumatology clinics per week in an outpatient setting. The post holder will provide clinical advice and support for ward referrals. 

The candidate will be joining an enthusiastic and friendly local department which includes specialist nurses, an advanced rheumatology practitioner, physiotherapy, OT, and Podiatry. All consultants are provided with laptops enabling full access to all systems for remote working if required. We have access to 20(?) beds on the Programmed Investigation Unit for the delivery of intravenous therapies. We work with high quality, supportive primary care colleagues who provide appropriate shared care where necessary.  We also work with GPs who are training to develop a specialist interest in rheumatology (GPwSI).

In addition to clinical work, there are opportunities for research and teaching, both undergraduate and post-graduate. These can be discussed as a part of the job planning process.

Working for our organisation
The Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust (NCA) provides hospital and integrated health and social care services to over one million people living across Greater Manchester. Our 20,000 colleagues care for people in hospital and in the community, working across Bury, Rochdale, Oldham and Salford, to save and improve lives.

As a large NHS trust we are committed to enhancing the health of our local population by delivering consistently high standards of care and working closely with local authorities and key partners. We believe in our power and potential to make a difference and we’re always looking for people who demonstrate our three core values - care, appreciate and inspire – to join our team.

In return, we can offer you a job role with purpose and flexibility. The size and scale of the NCA means we can provide more challenge and opportunities so your career can always be moving in the right direction. By joining us you can also access a competitive benefits package, including, a fantastic annual leave allowance, flexible working opportunities and protected hours for health and wellbeing activities, helping you to achieve more personal downtime and a better work-life balance.

We are currently in process of updating our values. For the latest information around our values and behaviours, please visit our careers website

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
To read more information about the advertised role, and the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description and Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. You can also read more information about working at the Northern Care Alliance within the attached Candidate Information Pack or by visiting our careers website:

Person specification
Essential criteria

  • MB.CHB or equivalent
  • Specialist registration with the General Medical Council and licensed to practice

Essential criteria

  • Completion of basic training Medicine
  • Completion of higher training (CCT or within 6 months of obtaining CCT in Rheumatology at time of interview
  • Dual accreditation (for those interested in supporting general medicine)

Desirable criteria

  • Post graduate qualification (PHD or MD) equivalent

Knowledge, Skill, Training, Experience
Essential criteria

  • Teaching of Medical students
  • Teaching of Junior medical staff
  • Organisational Skills
  • Communication skills and leadership skills
  • Good attention to detail

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of Audits
  • Publications in recognised Medical and Rheumatology journals

We understand the importance of balancing work and home life. We are committed to supporting flexible working for our people wherever possible and all our colleagues are given the opportunity to discuss potential for flexible working. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement.

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust (NCA) serves a diverse population, and each Care Organisation works hard to ensure all services are accessible and fair.

We respect the value of difference. So, our aim is to employ a workforce representative of the communities we serve. Regardless of age, disability, gender, marital status, trans status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, all are welcome.

We also warmly welcome interest from serving and ex-personnel, and their relatives. Please identify that you are a member of the armed forces community on your application form to be entitled to a guaranteed interview (subject to essential criteria being met). As a Disability Confident Employer, guaranteed interviews are also available to disabled applicants when essential role requirements have been met. 

If you require any reasonable adjustments to the application process, please contact

For posts advertised on a fixed term contract basis, we will offer secondments only for NHS appointments. Fixed term contracts will be only be offered for external non-NHS appointments.

In applying for this post, you give the Trust permission to use your data for recruitment purposes.

Please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any time should we receive sufficient applications or if it is filled via the internal redeployment process. 

Keep up to date with the latest job opportunities and information across the Northern Care Alliance by following us on Twitter and Facebook: @NCACareersNHS 

Applicant requirements
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Further details / informal visits contact
Dr Joanna MacGowan
Lead Consultant - Rheumatologist
Email address
Telephone number 0772612718

Additional information
Dr Joanna MacGowan is available (Monday. Wednesday and Thursday).

Jessica Bassett - Directorate Manager 
Telephone Number: 07450323174

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