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Locum Consultant in Anaesthetics

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Applicants are invited to apply for the post of Locum Consultant Anaesthetist. Applicants will be required to contribute to the general and obstetric on call rota.

The new appointee will be expected to contribute to clinical governance meetings (at present 11 per annum), audits and medical education including simulation training within the Trust.

All candidates must hold full GMC registration with a licence to practice, and preferably already be on the Specialist Register in Anaesthesia at the time of interview. FRCA (or equivalent) is an essential qualification for this post.

The Anaesthetic department provides services to three sites (Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Alexandra Hospital, Kidderminster Treatment Centre), encompassing all major specialities with a strong countywide working ethos. Clinical governance is fundamental to the operational delivery of anaesthetic services, and the department was proud to receive Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA) in October 2018, recognising 100% compliance with ACSA standards.

Main duties of the job

The Anaesthetic department is renowned for providing a highly supportive working environment both for consultant colleagues and for trainees, for whom we endeavour to provide the highest quality training opportunities.

Potential applicants are encouraged to visit and to seek further details on the operational aspects of each department.

The post will encompass a variety of anaesthetic subspecialties, with on-call commitments at both Worcestershire Royal Hospital and The Alexandra Hospital, Redditch. On call work will cover emergency theatres at the Alexandra Hospital and emergency theatres and obstetrics at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. Further details are specified in the person specification below.

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is nearly 6,800 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Applicants invited with specialist interests in anaesthesia for major urology, colorectal, upper GI, orthopaedic surgery, pre-operative assessment, obstetric anaesthesia, head and neck or vascular surgery.

Provisional Assessment of Programmed Activities in Job Plan:

Direct clinical care:

8.5 PAs per week to include clinical activity, clinical related activity, predictable and unpredictable on call. Cross-site travel time is included in each session of direct clinical care.

Supporting Professional Activities:

1.5 SPAs per week to support your CPD and revalidation related activities.

Additional PA allocations are provided for leadership roles, educational supervision, governance roles, being an appraiser or other pre-agreed additional activities.

On call: 1.5 PA on call and category A 3% on call availability supplement. Rota frequency is anticipated to be 1:14 however may be subject to change to meet service requirements to support Surgical reconfiguration

The successful applicant will be expected to participate in the countywide general on call rota which covers emergency theatres at the Alexandra Hospital and Obstetric and emergency theatres at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

The on call responsibility would involve both predictable and unpredictable elements. It is expected that the predictable element would involve consultants being present in the theatre suite during the evenings and during the daytime at weekends in order to manage the service, provide leadership and clinical supervision. At the Alexandra Hospital, the on call service is entirely consultant delivered with the consultant being resident until 8pm and then on call from home. At the Worcestershire Royal Hospital there are 4 resident trainees with the consultant being resident until 8 pm on weekdays then on call from home. At both sites, the weekend and bank holiday days are resident from 8am-6pm and then on call from home.

On call activity currently attract an allocation of 1.5 PAs of direct clinical care, subject to review in line with monitoring exercises.

Person Specification



  • Full GMC Registration with a Licence to practise
  • Success in Intercollegiate Specialty Examination or overseas equivalent


  • Higher degree
  • Entry on Specialist Register in Anaesthesia (or CCT expected within 6 months of interview date)

Management and Administrative Experience


  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload effectively
  • Ability to advise on efficient and smooth running of specialist service
  • Ability to organise and manage outpatient priorities
  • Ability to manage and lead the Anaesthetics firm and multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of audit management and conducting clinical audit


  • Ability to manage and lead specialist unit and working parties as appropriate
  • Ability to use the evidence based and clinical audit to support decision making

Teaching Experience


  • Ability to teach clinical skills to medical, nursing staff and other disciplines
  • Experience of teaching clinical skills to undergraduates and postgraduates


  • Ability to supervise postgraduate research

Research Experience


  • Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical problems
  • An awareness of current specialty specific developments and initiatives


  • Publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals in the last 5 years
  • Evidence of having undertaken original research

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to work in a team
  • Enquiring, critical approach to work
  • Ability to communicate effectively with patients, relatives, GPs, nurses and other agencies
  • Commitment to Continuing Medical Education


  • Willingness to undertake additional professional responsibilities at local regional or national levels



  • Clinical training and experience equivalent to that required for gaining (UK) CCT in Anaesthesia
  • Ability to offer expert clinical opinion on range of problems both emergency and elective within specialty
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for clinical care of patients
  • Expertise in subspecialty

Other requirements


  • An understanding of the current NHS environment, particularly in relation to reforms, initiatives and issues
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the job and return to the hospital within 30 minutes when on call

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