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Consultant Stroke Services, WRH (PBAC Consultant)

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time
Come and join our excellent stroke team in Worcester. Join us as we continue to develop and improve our service for patients in Worcestershire and possibly in the future also Herefordshire. We are looking for substantive consultants to work in this great team in this excellent location.

Please note that although the Job Description states 1.5 SPA for new consultants moving down to 1 SPA after the first year, this is now incorrect and current trust guidance is for all consultants to receive 2PA SPA to allow full participation in educational, academic, governance and leadership activities.

Interview date 7/11/23

Main duties of the job

A suitably experienced post-holder will be expected to provide a clinical service in the relevant specialty to patients of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and to General Practitioners.

The post-holder will be expected to provide a service to patients of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, General Practitioners and to attend multi-disciplinary meetings. The successful candidate will be expected to work within multi-disciplinary teams in providing high quality clinical care. It is anticipated work will be undertaken on three sites and closer to the patients home. The Trust is seeking to extend services to GP surgeries/health centres etc and job plans may be revised in due course.

The post-holder will provide support to the A& E department and acute medicine to ensure timely appropriate care and patient flow through the hospital.

The post-holder will provide consultation and advisory service to clinical colleagues in the Trust and Primary Care.

During their on call, the post holder will provide Stroke support to the A& E department and acute medicine to ensure timely appropriate care and patient flow through the hospital.

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

Acute Stroke services were centralised on the Worcestershire Royal Hospital site from June 2013 offering an 8 bed Hyper Acute Stroke Unit (HASU), 12beds ASU and also ambulatory High- Risk TIA care being provided at Worcester. All Stroke beds are ringfenced to allow direct admission from A& E. Havingrelocated and reorganized the service, the Division of Medicine is undertaking a program of service development with expansion of Consultant and juniordoctor and specialist nurse posts to support a growing service which aims to provide the highest standards of nursing and specialist medical care.

To this end we are seeking to recruit a well trained and motivated applicant who is able to contribute energy, quality and ideas to this important clinical service as well as aiming to improve our current SSNAP score, which has been improving steadily in recent years and the post holder is anticipated to contribute in continual improvement. The post-holder will participate in thelocal on call rota. Neuro interventional treatments, (Thrombectomy) are offered through University Hospitals Birmingham.

The post holder will be supported by a team consisting of 2 middle grade registrars, 3 SHO level doctors (medical or GP vocational trainees) and 2 FY1 doctors. TheStroke Team includes 8 specialist Stroke Nurses, Neurology & Stroke trained Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, Speech & Language therapists, Dietetics, Orthoptists and Social Services. There is also an Audit co-coordinator, Stroke Manager, Lead Practitioner for Stroke and Community based in and out-patient Rehabilitation team. The ward also benefits from daily input from our consultant Neurology team.

Patients needing inpatient rehabilitation from specialist stroke rehabilitation services are treated at Evesham Community Hospital in two wards. At present Early Supportive Discharge has limited capacity but the need to expand is well recognised and the Trust and CCGs are exploring ways for the Community Stroke Team (countywide) to offer this, so that stroke patients continue their rehabilitation at home. The new pathway is looking to centralize community beds to improve access to consultants and other specialists.

Vascular Surgery

There is a vascular unit on site with 4 vascular surgeons who have a close and supportive relationship with Acute Stroke Unit.

Neurosurgical support

Neurosurgery is accessible via the regional neuroscience unit at the Coventry and Warwick University Hospital. Thrombectomy service is provided by the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QE) and there is an established referral pathway. The clinicians at this Trust are actively involved in the development of the regional service and STP plans. The Trust has a Neurophysiology service with easy access to EEG, EMG, NCS & Evoked potentials. Neurology support isprovided by onsite neurologists.

Person Specification



  • Clinical training and experience equivalent to that required for gaining (UK) CCT in Stroke Medicine
  • 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 sub-specialty

Management and Administration


  • 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 specialty 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



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


  • 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.

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.
  • Standard Clauses:
  • A Disclosures and Barring Service (DBS) check will be carried out where the position is eligible in accordance with the 2012 Protection of Freedom Act and the guidance issued by the DBS.



  • Full GMC Registration with a Licence to practise.
  • Entry on Specialist Register in Neurology/Acute Medicine & Stroke/ General Medicine& Elderly Care (or CCT expected within 6 months of interview date)
  • Success in Intercollegiate Specialty Examination or overseas equivalent such as MRCP


  • Higher degree

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.

Employer details

Employer name

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Charles Hastings Way



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