Trust Specialty Registrar in Spinal Cord Injury

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
£40,257 to £58,398 a year £40,257 - £58,398 per annum
Closing date
30 May 2023

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Job summary

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has a fantastic Trust Registrar vacancy in Spinal Cord Injury available from July 2023 for a Fixed Term Contract of 12 months, with the potential for a further extension. This post will be located in the worldwide renown National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC) at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, the birth place of the Paralympics.The NSIC is a purpose-built spinal centre. It has 102 beds divided between acute admissions, readmissions and rehabilitation. The centre provides specialist services to the South of England and the Midlands for all aspects of spinal cord injury care from acute to rehab as well as life-long care. On average the centre admits 130 to 150 traumatic and non- traumatic new cases of spinal cord injury each year.The acute ward has a total of 23 beds, the readmission ward 24 beds and the two rehabilitation wards a total of 46 beds. There is a dedicated 9-bedded Young Person's rehabilitation ward for paediatric and adolescent patients.The NSIC outpatient department reviews a total of around 3,000 patients each year and has a dedicated peripatetic nursing service and outreach. Regular clinical meetings are held with radiology and spinal surgery on a weekly basis.The post holder will be expected to have a minimum of two years clinical experience post internship or FY2 training and applicants MUST hold a full GMC 'registered to practice' licence in the UK.

Main duties of the job

The post is to provide experienced senior clinical input to the care of spinal cord injured adults, adolescents and paediatric patients, particularly with reference to clinical governance and spinal cord injury medicine standards.

The speciality registrar will be responsible for delivering care, supervising junior staff and contributing to the Centre's teaching programme.

The medical team at the NSIC is made up of 5/6 Consultant medical staff, who are supported by a team of specialty doctors, specialty registrars, junior grades and a physician associate. This post comes with outstanding learning and development opportunities.

The post is a mixture of clinical responsibility, supervision and training of junior staff, and also provides a personal development programme and training in the field of spinal cord injuries medicine, with a particular emphasis on the acute, sub-acute and long-term management of patients.

The post holder will work in all areas of the NSIC and will participate in the implementation of the National Service Frameworks as they relate to spinal cord injury.

The centre is equipped with a hydrotherapy facility, a dedicated gymnasium and an occupational therapy area. It also has a modern patients' and staff dining area for the use of spinal patients.

There are well-developed teams in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, clinical psychology and also case management which co-ordinates the discharge of patients from the centre.

About us

What does Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust offer you?
  • As part of our BHT family, you'll benefit from learning and development opportunities to support your career progression.
  • We offer flexible and agile workingopportunities,alongside your NHS benefits ofgenerous annual leave entitlement, pension andaccess toNHS discount schemes.
  • We provide a range of health and wellbeing services to promote a healthy, happy workforce.

Why work for us?
  • We're committed to promoting inclusion and making sure all colleagues feel they belong. We encourage new colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply.
  • As an employer, we aim to create a workplace where differences are valued and colleagues treat one another with dignity and respect.
  • Greater diversity within our BHT family improves positive outcomes for the people and communities we serve.

What do we stand for?
  • Our vision is to provide outstanding care, support healthy communities and be a great place to work.
  • Our mission is to provide personal and compassionate care every time.
  • Our CARE values are collaborate, aspire, respect and enable.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Plan:

The job plan will be for 40 hours per week including an allocation for management, teaching and clinical governance activities. As above, the clinical element of the job plan will involve covering the adult, adolescent and paediatric rehabilitation wards. The 10-programmed activity job plan is open to discussion, depending on the interests of the appointed applicant.

On-call commitment:

Out-of- hours non-resident 2nd on-call duties will be shared amongst the registrars in a pattern of 1 in 4 to support the junior doctors. The rota will be EWTD compliant.

Under exceptional circumstances, such as in the event of a Major Incident, the successful applicant would be expected to perform additional duties.

Study and Other Leave; Training and Professional Development

Full details of study, annual and other leave entitlement is as found in the relevant Trust policies, all of which are designed to be as supportive to staff as possible. The speciality registrar is expected to attend Trust mandatory training, have annual appraisals and updated development plans. The Centre is very supportive of the professional development of registrars, with the Clinical Tutor available to discuss specifics needs and interests.


The post holder will be managerially accountable to the Directorate Clinical Chair and General Manager and professionally accountable to the Directorate Clinical Chair.The centre has contributions from plastic surgery, obstetrics & gynaecology, urology, general surgery, spinal surgery and orthopaedics as well as the range of other medical and surgical services within the Trust.

Person Specification



  • Full GMC registration with license or equivalent registerable qualification


  • Post graduate qualification



  • Training in Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Has demonstrated a clear interest in and ability to manage spinal cord injured patients in acute, sub-acute and chronic phases
  • Ability to make decisions at registrar level


  • Additional experience in specialist areas relevant to SCI

Clinical & Technical Skills


  • Experience in team leadership. Able to inspire, lead and motivate team. Engages colleagues
  • Familiarity with clinical governance procedures


  • Ability to lead spinal cord management
  • Knowledge of SCI services organisation

Communication Skills


  • Good written and spoken English. Highly developed communication skills
  • Ability to plan and prioritise Proactive about personal development. Sensitive to the needs of others
  • Responsive to feedback and change


  • Communication skills training
  • Computing skills



  • A clear understanding of clinical audit

Teaching and Training


  • Experience of teaching



  • Research experience
  • Work in spinal cord injury or related fields
  • Understanding of good clinical practice

Other Requirements


  • Full driving license
  • Access to a car

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