Consultant in Cardiology

Leicester, Leicestershire
£77,913 to £105,042
29 Jul 2019
20 Aug 2019
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

The Clinical Decisions Unit 

This service receives cardiac and respiratory type patients referred directly by GPs and East Midlands Ambulance Service, as well as transfers from the Emergency Department at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. A significant proportion of admitted patients go on to have emergency or urgent pacemaker implantation, coronary angiography, cardioversion, imaging, or CCU care. The respiratory caseload is dealt with by respiratory physicians. The current structure delivers excellent direct access to specialist cardiac care for cardiac patients presenting to our site. We wish to preserve that unique level of access while providing better services for patients who come to our hospital and need general medical input instead of or as well as cardiology input. This significant reconfiguration of cardiac services is supported by a large investment which includes recruitment of a number of new cardiologists and physicians. 

Typically, this post will require ward rounds for admitted patients on the CDU, and review, investigation, and treatment of acutely presenting patients. The successful applicant will be part of a team of consultants (cardiologists and physicians) whose primary responsibility is CDU on a shift pattern through the week. There will be support in the CDU by middle grade and junior staffing. We are in the process of designing rapid access services for those who may not need admission. Ideally, the successful applicant will have a track record of setting up similar services within cardiology. 

Our reconfiguration of acute cardiac services will lead to a unique model within the NHS. This offers opportunities for the right candidate to develop projects which could significantly inform the national conversation around acute cardiac and medical care, be they quality improvement, audit, or research based. Within the 10 PAs, 1 PA is for research. A leadership role in the acute cardiac service could be considered for the right candidate. 

UHL’s Cardiac Unit is a major UK provider at secondary, tertiary, and quaternary level and benefits from on-site cardiac surgery, ECMO, structural intervention, and Leicester’s National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre.

Cardiology provides specialised services for investigation and treatment of patients with cardiac conditions patients from Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Mansfield, Northamptonshire and the Southern half of Lincolnshire.  The service also undertakes a mixture of locally and nationally commissioned specialist work and has an expanded referral base of up to 3 million for some services. There is an emphasis on acute secondary level provision for a catchment population of approximately 1 million, some referrals being direct and some from the Accident and Emergency Department. 

Facilities include a dedicated angio-catheter suite (with 5 catheter labs), CCU, hybrid lab / theatre, cardiac admissions unit (part of cardiorespiratory clinical decisions unit (CDU), day care and outpatients, pacemaker clinic, and a non-invasive unit where a full range of investigations are performed. This includes trans-oesophageal echocardiography, stress echo, CRT optimisation echo, exercise testing, ambulatory ECG, tilt testing, autonomic function testing, stress MRI and radio nuclear studies. Recent capital expansion has increased our facilities, particularly a dedicated MRI/CT facility with up to date scanners, including FFR CT. 

Cardiac care at UHL is currently based on the Glenfield site. The Accident and Emergency Department is based at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. We will reconfigure these services to optimise cardiac provision at both acute hospitals. 

The successful applicants will join us in our bid to provide very high quality cardiology services and will be expected to offer specialist skills in the specific areas outlined above. 

Dr Elved Roberts, Head of Service – Tel: 0116 250 2780 Mr Darren Turner, General Manager – darren.turner@​ Tel: 0116 258 3331 Dr Rajesh Chelliah, Consultant Cardiologist - Tel 0116 250 2378 

Closing date: 20th August 2019. Reference number is 358-1681457-CON. 

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