Applications are invited for a Consultant in Acute Medicine at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust based within the Acute Medical Unit (AMU). This is a permanent contract.
The AMU is a busy, varied and fast paced and friendly environment. The consultants are supported by a wider multidisciplinary team including specialist registrars, advanced clinical practitioners, physician associates and nursing staff. As a consultant within the AMU you will be expected to provide comprehensive and timely assessment of patients presenting to the AMU, including to the acute assessment unit, short stay ward and Same Day Emergency Care.
The successful candidate will join the existing team of AMU consultants, and there is the opportunity to have allocated sessions for other specialist interests.Main duties of the job
To join the existing Acute Medical Consultants in providing a comprehensive and timely assessment of patients presenting to the Acute Medical Unit (AMU).
Responsibilities include ward rounds on the short stay ward, review of patients within the Acute Assessment Unit and Same Day Emergency Care.
To participate in teaching and training of junior staff, medical students, and Advanced Nurse / Clinical Practitioners based on the AMU.
To participate actively in both Departmental and Trust Clinical Governance and Audit.
Successful candidates with a specialist interest may be able to provide specialist activity up to 3 sessions per week.About us
#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community
Were a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.
The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and childrens ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.
Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.
We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.
With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.
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Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?Job descriptionJob responsibilitiesPlease see job description and proposed timetable atatched.Consultants in Acute Medicine
Applications are invited for the new post of Consultant in Acute Medicine in the Acute Medical Unit on either a full-time or part-time basis at the West Suffolk Hospital. Duties & responsibilities of the post
This is a new 10 PA Consultant post, maintaining the complement of 5 WTE Consultants within the AMU.
Responsibilities include ward rounds on the short stay ward, and review of patients within the Acute Assessment Unit, Ambulatory Emergency Care (SDEC) and DVT services.
The shift patterns include 09:00hrs until 17.00hrs and an evening shift 1: 7.5 from 13:00 until 21:00. There are protected shifts for administration and SPA time (1.5PAs).
At weekends, the morning Post Take Ward Round will be covered by two of the Adult Medicine/Care of the Elderly Consultants from 8.30 AM. AMU Consultants start at 1PM till 9 PM and will be responsible for all the new admissions on that day. This is provided as part of a 1:7.5 Rota.There will also be a requirement to work 17.00 - 21.00 hrs as part of the job plan reviewing patients on the Take.
Successful candidates with a specialist interest may be able to provide such activity as agreed with the Clinical Director, and up to a maximum of 3 allocated sessions a week.
The AMU has a team of junior doctors including a Specialist Registrar, Clinical Fellow, one FY1 a CMT/FY2 trainee and 3 Advanced Clinical Practitioners and 2 Physician Associates. The AMU Consultants will be responsible for the supervision, training and assessment of assigned AMU junior medical staff, and for ensuring that patients move through the unit effectively.
The Trust delivers services to patients seven days a week and aims to provide equality of treatment and outcome regardless of the day of the week. To meet these aims and changing service requirements, the Trust may need you either to work temporarily outside of your core hours or to permanently change your core working days and hours. The Trust will give you reasonable notice, where possible, of temporary changes to your days or hours of work and will consult with you and/or your staff representatives about substantial permanent changes, but ultimately, these are changes which may be required of you. Timetable (see job description attached for more details)
A job plan will be agreed with the Clinical Director in the first instance and approved by the Executive Medical Director/General Manager on behalf of the Chief Executive. The Consultants are appointed on 10 PAs and this is reviewed after 3 months in post. Applicants wishing to work less than full time will have an individualised timetable agreed with the Clinical Director.
Within the rota there are 1.5 SPAs timetabled for each consultant, but additional SPAs may be available for those candidates wishing to take on extra responsibilities such as educational supervisor or clinical governance lead. The extra SPAs may range from 0.1 to 0.5 SPAs.
The Trust delivers services to patients seven days a week and aims to provide equality of treatment and outcome regardless of the day of the week. To meet these aims and changing service requirements, the Trust may need you either to work temporarily outside of your core hours or to permanently change your core working days and hours. The Trust will give you reasonable notice, where possible, of temporary changes to your days or hours of work and will consult with you and/or your staff representatives about substantial permanent changes, but ultimately, these are changes which may be required of you. Mentoring
The new appointee will be supported and mentored for the first six months of the post it will be provided by one of the consultants in the department, depending on the appointees choice.Person SpecificationExperienceEssential
Management and Audit ExperienceEssential
- 1. Completion of supervised training in an appropriate SpR training programme or equivalent to that required for gaining UK CCT.
- 2. Ability to offer expert clinical opinion on a range of problems in adult general/ emergency medicine
- 3. Ability to take full and independent responsibility for clinical care of patients
- 1. Ability to advise on efficient and smooth running of the Emergency Medicine service
- 2. Ability to manage and lead a multidisciplinary team
- 3. Ability to contribute to the development of services
- 4. Experience of clinical governance and audit management
- 5. Ability and willingness to work within the Trust and NHS performance framework and targets
Desirable Teaching & Research ExperienceEssential
- 1. Entry on the GMC Specialist Register in General (Internal) Medicine or Acute Medicine and hold a licence to practise or be eligible for entry onto the Register (within six months of receipt of Certificate of Completion of Training) at time of interview.
- 2. MRCP or equivalent
- 3. Full GMC registration with a licence to practise
- 1. Experience of supervising FY1s, FY2s, ST1s, ST2s, ST3+s and SpRs
- 2. Experience of workplace-based assessment
- 3. Ability to teach clinical skills to students and trainees
- 4. Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical problems
- 1. Experience of teaching basic clinical skills to undergraduates
- 2. Experience of teaching other professional groups
- 3. Experience of conducting research projects
- 4. Publications in peer-reviewed journals
- 1. Ability to work flexibly within a multidisciplinary team
- 2. Good inter-personal skills
- 3. Enquiring, critical and reflective approach to work
- 4. Caring attitude to patients
- 5. Ability to communicate effectively with patients, relatives, GPs, Nurses and other agencies
- 6. Commitment to Continuing Medical Education and the requirements of Clinical Governance and Audit
Language and Communication SkillsEssential
- 1. Have access to car/current UK driving licence.
Certificate of Sponsorship
- All applicants to have demonstrable skills in written and spoken English that are adequate to enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues which could be demonstrated by one of the following:
- -that applicants have undertaken undergraduate medical training in English; or
- -Have the following scores in the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-Overall 7. Speaking 7, Listening 6, Reading 6, Writing 6.
- If applicants believe that they have adequate communication skills, but do not fit into one of the examples they need to provide evidence
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .
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