Clinical Fellow (Breast & Surgical Oncology)

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
£51,017 a year
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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As one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country, Portsmouth Hospitals provide Acute and Specialist Services for more than 650,000 people throughout Portsmouth and South East Hampshire. We continue to build a reputation for innovation and excellence, consistently delivering outstanding performance, whilst developing the skills and abilities of our staff.

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly motivated doctor, who is committed to excellence in Clinical breast work to join our dynamic team. This post will be for a fixed term period of 12 months in the first instance, to help carry out surgical procedures and breast clinics at Queen Alexandra Hospital. There areadditional opportunities for the successful candidate to be involved with the surgical management of thyroid disease and skin cancer, if desired.

The breast unit carries out both screening and symptomatic assessments, treating about 700 cancers annually and is an ABS/BAPRAS accredited National Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Training Centre.

Participation in the on call rota is not required.

Portsmouth provides access to beautiful countryside and excellent seaside and sailing facilities. It offers the benefits of urban, rural and coastal life with easy access to France and the continent.

Main duties of the job

This replacement post exists to help provide clinical care for patients as well as providing opportunities to be involved with research and quality improvement projects within the department. The duties will consist of out-patient clinics, theatre work and contribution in the MDT meetings. Opportunities to get involved in research, audit, and innovation projects will be provided with close consultant supervision. There is no on call required. Experience in breast clinical work is desirable but additional on-going training will be provided if required. Education and training within the department is strongly encouraged.

About us

The Trust is committed to driving excellence in care for our patients and communities and was rated good by the Care Quality Commission report published 2020 and became a University Hospital. We are ranked as the third in the country for research embedding education and training across the organisation and we continuously strive to achieve our core values which are at the heart of everything we do. The Trusts main hub is the Queen Alexandra Hospital, starting life as a military hospital over a century ago and now one of the largest hospitals on the south coast and you may have seen us on the TV series Nurses on the Ward. The Trust provides comprehensive secondary care and specialist services to a local population of 675,000 people across South East Hampshire. The Trust employs over 8,000 staff and are #ProudtobePHU our patients come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because its the right thing to do, but because it makes our hospital stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for providing outstanding care and support for patients, colleagues and our community you will find a home at PHU. In recruiting for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veterans status, colour, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust Breast Unit is one of the largest in the UK treating approximately 700 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer each year and is a recognised Breast Screening Centre and accredited National Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Training Centre. The majority of cancers are diagnosed following symptomatic referral via their GP. The unit receives over 7000 new referrals yearly.

The Multi-Disciplinary Breast Team consists of all the above staff plus Consultants in Radiology, Pathology, Medical Oncology, Clinical Oncology, Nuclear Medicine and Plastic Surgery. The Unit also has seven Breast Care Nurses, Metastatic Breast Care Nurse, MDT Co-ordinator, Research Trials Co-ordinator, Data Collection Officer, Radiographers specialising in mammography, Lymphoedema Nurses and Counsellors. There are currently six diagnostic breast clinics every week. Ultrasound guided core biopsies, as well as stereotactic mammography equipment is all available and digital specimen x-ray facility is available in the breast theatre. Breast MRI is also available on site. The Portsmouth Breast Unit is one of the leading Centres in the Country on oncoplastic training and techniques. It is well supported by a team of plastic surgeons. It is one of 15 nationally accredited Oncoplastic Training Centres in the UK.

The unit also includes a specialist surgical oncology service which covers melanoma, soft tissue, sarcoma and other skin cancers. Surgery includes sentinel node biopsies, wide local excision, grafts and local/free flaps. It works in close collaboration with the Dermatology and Plastic surgery departments. Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust hosts the specialist skin MDT with teleconferencing with other NHS Trusts in the clinical network.

The Trust has a reputation for award-winning research and development and last year was awarded university hospital status. Over the past year, PHU teams have recruited 8,713 participants into clinical trials and this effort led to PHU being ranked the top recruiting Trust from 42 other large acute trusts, with over 170 open studies. The breast department participates in national trials and has strong academic links, with multiple active research and innovation project opportunities and support from the Portsmouth Technology Trials Unit, The SIGHT Programme and the Research Group in Breast Health - University of Portsmouth.

Person Specification



  • Higher professional training in General Surgery at ST3+ level.
  • Experience of working within the NHS.


  • Higher professional training in Breast Surgery.



  • Full GMC registration with a licence to practice.
  • MBBS or equivalent.
  • MRCS or equivalent.


  • PLAB.
  • ATLS.
  • BSS.
  • CCrlSP.

Research and Audit


  • Evidence of experience of participation in research & audit is desirable.
  • Willing to undertake projects leading to presentations and publications.



  • Able to demonstrate appropriate level of clinical knowledge.
  • Willing to seek timely assistance from senior colleagues when appropriate.
  • Knowledge and use of evidence based practice.
  • IT skills.
  • Effective, confident presentation ability.
  • Experience in and outside speciality.



  • Ability to function successfully under pressure.
  • Able to adopt the objectives or an existing team.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Prizes and honours.
  • Logical thinking, problem solving and decision making.

Clinical Skills


  • Ability to take clear and concise case histories and good clinical examination.
  • Ability to carry out appropriate surgical procedures.
  • Understanding of clinical risk management.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

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) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust


Queen Alexandra Hospital

Southwick Hill Road




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