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Specialist Grade in Stroke

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
South Petherton
£81,500 to £92,500 a year Per Annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic associate specialist doctor who shares our passion to deliver excellent stroke care for our Somerset population.

This post is for a Special Grade doctor in Stroke within the Neighbourhood Directorate of Somerset Foundation NHS Trust and will be based at based at South Petherton Community Hospital Mary Robertson Ward stroke recovery unit. The stroke pathway span across the Acute Medicine Directorate (that also includes acute Stroke and Neurology, Cardiology, Respiratory, Endocrinology and Diabetes, Acute Medicine and Emergency Medicine) and the Neighbourhood Directorate (That also include Care of the Elderly, Mental health community rehabilitation). The post holder will be allocated a consultant stroke physician as the clinical supervisor and professionally accountable to the Clinical Director / Associate Medical Director

Main duties of the job

  • To provide, to a high standard, the full range of specialist, treatment and care to patients requiring stroke services.
  • To work with stroke colleagues to provide physician cover for the stroke rehabilitation units, and stroke follow-up clinics
  • You are also responsible with day-to-day care for the non-stroke patients (medically fit / end of life patients) in the unit with support from relevant specialist teams such as palliative care.
  • You are not required to provide emergency cover. We may in exceptional circumstances ask you to cover across the other community stroke rehabilitation unit at Williton.
  • To provide, with consultant colleagues (as appropriate) a service in the specialty to the hospitals so designated with responsibility for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness.
  • Except in emergencies or where otherwise agreed with your manager, you are responsible for fulfilling the duties and responsibilities and undertaking the Programmed Activities set out in your Job Plan, as reviewed from time to time.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

See attached Job description for more details on responsibilities and key relationships for this post

Person Specification

Education, Qualifications and Training


  • Medical degree (e.g. MBBS or MBChB) Full GMC Registration with a license to practice


  • Higher degree



  • Depth and breadth of clinical experience in stroke medicine, rehabilitation and general medicine
  • Experience in a special interest that will complement those existing in the department

Skills, abilities and knowledge


  • Willingness and ability to fulfil the key elements of the job description
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Understanding of clinical governance and the individual responsibilities it implies
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships on an individual, multi-professional and team basis with all levels



  • Knowledge and understanding of multidisciplinary clinical audit principles.


  • Evidence of direct involvement in specific audits in the last 18 months

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