Chief Registrar in GIM

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Dependant on experience
Closing date
28 May 2023

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Job summary

This is a full-time, 12-month Chief Registrar role for a medical HST with 5 years of experience or more, ideally within 24 months of CCT. The Royal College of Physicians and HEEKSS are supporting this post, which has been developed based on the work of the Future Hospitals Commission. The successful candidate must have a national training number and be enrolled in a medical specialty training program that ideally includes GIM. Although this is a Trust-focused post, permission to apply must be obtained from the relevant specialty TPD and Educational Supervisor. The Chief Registrar will contribute to the acute medical take and may lead to local service redesign and workforce transformation activities. They will report to a senior clinician manager, have access to the Chief Executive and Trust board, and will be mentored by a senior Trust medical manager.

Main duties of the job

The Chief Registrar's main responsibilities will include coordinating medical care, managing services, service re-design, education and training, and workforce transformation. They will also oversee the planning of service delivery and junior medical staff deployment, act as a conduit between junior medical staff and senior physicians and senior clinical managers, and engage with allied healthcare professionals.

About us

UHSussex Hospital Trust has several hospital sites under its remit. The successful applicant would support initiatives at the Eastern sites:
  • Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton
  • Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

The Brighton campus includes the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital and the Sussex Eye Hospital.

We provide district general hospital services to our local populations in and around Brighton and Hove, Mid Sussex and the western part of East Sussex and more specialised and tertiary services for patients across Sussex and the south east of England.

Both hospitals provide many of the same acute services for their local populations. In addition, Princess Royal is our centre for elective surgery and the Royal Sussex County Hospital is our centre for emergency and tertiary care. Our specialised and tertiary services include neurosciences, arterial vascular surgery, neonatal, paediatrics, cardiac, cancer, renal, infectious diseases and HIV medicine. We are also the major trauma centre for Sussex and the South East.

We treat over three-quarters of a million patients each year. Working as one hospital across two sites, and playing to the strengths of both, gives us the flexibility to develop services which meet the needs of our patients at different stages of their treatment and care.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Chief Registrar's clinical role will be supernumerary and will vary depending on their parent specialty, with specific duties determined following appointment. The successful candidate must have references covering the past three years of employment, one of which must be from the current or most recent employer, and one satisfactory reference from the Responsible Officer at the current Designated Body. They must also have current full GMC registration with a license to practice, evidence of the right to take paid employment in the UK, and Occupational Health clearance, including a medical examination if required. They must fulfill on-call commitments as per rota, have enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance, and apply for annual leave at least six weeks in advance and have it approved by the Clinical Lead. Finally, they must work within the guidelines of the GMC's \Guide to Good Medical Practice and, if necessary, submit evidence of an English language test in the form of ILETS or PLAB 1 and 2.

Person Specification

Experience/ Qualifications


  • Full registration with General Medical Council
  • Be fit to practice
  • Hold a national training number and be enrolled in a medical specialty training programme that ideally includes Internal Medicine
  • Should be ST5 or above.
  • They should not hold a CCT or be within 6 months of completion of training on the intended start date
  • Have discussed the role with educational supervisor and have the approval of training programme director
  • Evidence of satisfactory / more than satisfactory progress through training, including annual review of competence progression (ARCP) outcomes


  • Additional relevant degree.

Clinical Skills and Experience


  • Competence in managing medical emergencies.
  • Evidence of clinical competencies in their medical specialty appropriate for their stage in training
  • An appropriate knowledge base, and ability to apply sound clinical judgement to problems.


  • Evidence of skills in management of acute medical emergencies (e.g., ALERT, IMPACT certification, ALS instructor)



  • Understanding of research, including awareness of ethical issues.
  • Understanding of research methodology
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practice.


  • Evidence of involvement in a formal research project
  • Evidence of relevant academic achievements, including publications / presentations

Leadership and Management


  • Evidence of effective team working and leadership, supported by multi-source feedback or workplace-based assessments.
  • Self-awareness, with knowledge of personal strengths and weaknesses, impact and areas for development.
  • Interest in knowledge of the importance of leadership and management for clinicians


  • Evidence of involvement in local management systems.
  • Evidence of effective leadership in and outside medicine (e.g., evidence of leading innovations or improvements).
  • Understanding or leadership theory and practice.
  • Understanding of the local and national context in which the trust operates, including economic and political influences

Quality / Service Improvement or Audit


  • Awareness of the RCP Future Hospital Programme and understanding of the issues related to the implementation of the Future Hospital Commission's recommendations.
  • Understanding of clinical governance, including the basic principles of audit, clinical risk management, evidence-based practice, patient safety and quality improvement initiatives.
  • Evidence of active involvement in quality improvement, audit, research, or other activity that focuses on patient safety and clincal improvement and innovation.
  • Interest in / knowledge of the delivery of safe, effective healthcare services.


  • Evidence of a portfolio of audit / quality improvement projects, including evidence that the audit loop has been closed and evidence of learning about the principles of change management.
  • Evidence of publications / presentations / prizes in quality improvement or audit.
  • Good knowledge of the UK healthcare system, including education, research, service provision, regulations, career structures, medical politics and ethics.

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