Elective Orthopaedic Fellowship
Elective orthopaedic fellowship (shoulder and elbow, foot and ankle, hip and knee or hand)
An exciting opportunity has arisen to offer an elective fellowship post in EKUFT based in QEQM hospital. The fellowship will offer an elective sub-speciality attachment depending on fellow needs. This will be assessed during the interview. The fellow will also participate in the delivery of the trauma service, both within the selected sub-speciality and general. This is a post-FRCS or equivalent post and would suit candidates with solid trauma skills wishing to improve knowledge and gain exposure to a specific sub-speciality of elective orthopaedics.
The fellow will have the choice of working with the hand, shoulder and elbow, foot and ankle or hip and knee- including revision and peri-prosthetic fracture team. Each sub- speciality team has 4 to 6 consultants and dedicated physiotherapy practitioners and provides services across the trust. The fellow will be based in QEQM but could also work in KCH, depending on the chosen sub-speciality. As the Trust is a solid believer of the GIRF principles it is developing the Kent Elective Orthopaedic Centre in Canterbury. This will be an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to be able to participate in the process of improving elective orthopaedic services across East Kent.
All sub-speciality teams provide the full spectrum of arthroscopy and arthoplasty services. Exposure to the complete treatment pathway from diagnosis to surgical intervention and rehabilitation will be offered. The fellow will participate in all activities of the sub-speciality team and will initially work under supervision but could gradually become independent within the service.
Sub- speciality teams have well established links with tertiary referral centres and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to visit these. More specifically the Shoulder and Elbow department has connections with the Reading Shoulder, the Hand Unit is part of the Kent Hand Hub, the Foot and Ankle team has a well-established diabetic foot pathway and there is a link with RNOH Stanmore as tertiary referral centre for myoskeletal oncology.
QEQM is a teaching hospital for King’s College Medical School and will play major part in the development of Kent Medical School, in Canterbury. Research and education in QEQM is supported by the Medical Library team and access to papers and literature review is excellent; with almost immediate response by the Library to all queries. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in research and will be encouraged and assisted to prepare and publish the work performed during the fellowship. The successful candidate will be provided with a named educational supervisor throughout their period of Employment.
Participation in the trauma service will also be a part of the fellowship. The fellow will be on the on-call rota and will have the opportunity to operate independently on general orthopaedic trauma and also participate in all of his chosen sub-speciality elective trauma procedures.
The duration of the fellowship will initially be 6 months but depending on the outcome of the appraisals at 3 and 6 months the duration could be extended. This will be subject to candidate’s wishes and performance during the fellowship.
The department embraces change and the fellow will be encouraged to bring new ideas and help further improve fellowship.
For further details / informal visits contact:
Mr Andrew Smith – T&O Consultant QEQMH – 01843 225544 ext 7234272