Cardiac Surgery Clinical Fellow ST3+

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Eastern Rd, Brighton
£31,217 to £49,086 a year Per Annum
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Job summary

We are looking for an enthusiastic doctor to join our existing group of doctors. You will be expected to be involved fully on our rolling on-call rota based at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and and will have equal access to training opportunities in clinics, theatres and wards. Post-holders will need to be enthusiastic to learn and be involved in all aspects of the departments work. You will be expected to proactively contribute to the department's research activities which are regionally renowned. The department will support all attempts to be involved or initiate research projects to completion and publication

Main duties of the job

Provisional Timetable (generic)

The day to day working pattern is on a 5-week schedule. It incorporates covering the cardiac ICU and the surgical unit, clinics and operating sessions.

On call

Each registrar will be on call on a 1:5 rota. On call is for a 24-hour period. The rota is non-resident. Immediate care is provided by a team of Advanced Care practitioners (ACPs).

Theatre lists

Each registrar will usually have 3-4 operating days per week.

Outpatient Clinics

Outpatient clinics are usually covered by the SPR allocated to that consultant.

Formal teaching

All trainees are encouraged to participate in weekly educational meetings/journal club. The teaching program is organised by the allocated trainee.


All trainees are allocated a clinical supervisor (CS).

Each trainee is required to produce a personal development plan annually, which should be discussed with their CS and as a result agreed targets and objectives set.

Meetings with the CS should be undertaken on a six-monthly basis and a formal report signed by the trainee and supervisor to be submitted to the Surgical lead. In addition, for each block the trainee should meet with the consultant for whom they are working to discuss the objectives for the forthcoming period.

Local Faculty Group

There is a robust process in place to assess the progress of trainees. A Local Faculty Group has been established which meets biannually. All registrars are expected to participate.

About us

Join us at UHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do

Job description

Job responsibilities

Leadership / Governance / Training roles

Each trainee is allocated responsibility for a specific role key to the running of a safe, efficient unit. Developing these skills is intrinsic to surgical training.

This is for a defined period (6 months 1 year) and allocated at consultant level. It is expected that trainees will rotate through a number of these posts.

These roles include the following:

MDT meetings (including with regional centres)

Management of the Acute Board

Rota administration

Pre-operative care

Data entry / note keeping/ recording of complications.

Post-operative infection (root cause analysis for each deep wound infection)


Clinical Governance

Please find the Job Description for further information.

Person Specification



  • Basic medical degree
  • Postgraduate qualification or appropriate specialist qualification
  • Full GMC Registration with a licence to practice
  • oAdvanced Life Support Certificate from the Resuscitation Council UK or equivalent


  • oHigher Degree

Organisation and Planning


  • oExperience and ability to work in multi-professional teams
  • oUnderstanding of: NHS / Clinical governance / Resource constraints


  • oEvidence of managerial skills: Achievements / Course attended

Teaching Skills


  • oEvidence of an interest and commitment to teaching


  • oRecognised teaching qualification

Academic and Research


  • oEvidence of participation in audit


  • oResearch experience
  • oPublications
  • oPrizes and honours

Career Progression


  • oAppropriate progression of career to date
  • oHave evidence that their present level of achievement and performance is commensurate with the totality of their period of training


  • oNot have previously relinquished or been released/removed from a training programme, except under exceptional circumstances.

Personal Attributes


  • oEvidence of:- Good communication skills both oral and written

Clinical Skills and Experience


  • oUnderstanding of clinical risk management
  • oAn ability to communicate well with patients and staff


  • o6 months experience as registrar in cardiac surgery
  • o12 Months Experience as Registrar in Cardiac Surgery in UK

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