Consultant Gastroenterologist

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 a year YC72 Pay Scale
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Contract Type
Full Time
A high performing organisation, rated good by the CQC, with a track record of success. This is an exciting time to join the Acute Medicine and Medicine Specialties Teams at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust. The aspirations for our patient focused services are bold. We are a forward thinking team that prides itself on providing high quality clinical care. We aim to have a true 7 day service and, to realise that aim, we are increasing our consultant physician workforce by 50% over the next 2 years. We will also significantly expand our junior doctor support.

As part of the expansion, we are looking for dynamic and motivated Consultant Gastroenterologists to join our friendly and enthusiastic gastroenterology team at the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT).

This is an opportunity to join a highly motivated gastroenterology team in providing a comprehensive service of the highest quality. The service is looking to expand its sub speciality interests in ERCP/EUS, nutrition, IBD and Liver disease however, we would welcome interest from candidates with interest in any sub speciality areas of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Main duties of the job

The basic contract is for 10 programmed activities (PAs), with elective outpatient work, endoscopy, and inpatient care.

At the present, there will be a 1:5 Gastroenterology ward commitment to cover in patient activity on the gastroenterology ward during which time all elective commitments are cancelled (see timetable). The job plan is indicative only and is negotiable to take the candidates aspirations/special interest/part time working into account. There is no requirement to do G(I)M.The job plan includes GI bleed on calls.

About us

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We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

At County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust our aim is to always deliver excellent care with compassion to deliver the highest quality of care our patients deserve. We value the personal skills, experiences and qualities that individuals bring to the Trust creating an inclusive working environment to attract talented people who feel motivated, involved and able to influence the future direction of our services. The wellbeing of staff is important to us we have a dedicated Health and Wellbeing team who provide support on a range of topics.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

The postholder(s) will be based at their nominal base site with a commitment to in-patient and out-patient services agreed in their Timetable and Job Plan.

The postholder(s) will undertake clinical work in conjunction with their colleagues and other professional staff in order to maintain and develop gastroenterology services and specialist skills in accordance with the needs of the department.Postholder(s)will be responsible in conjunction with colleagues for planning future developments of these services.

The postholder(s) will have continuing responsibility for the care of patients in their charge and will be expected to provide a comprehensive clinical service to Consultant colleagues in other clinical disciplines in the hospital, and to general practitioners in County Durham and Darlington area.

Consultants will cover colleagues in their absence and ensure continuous patient care.

For management purposes and use of resources the postholder(s) will be accountable to the Clinical Lead and will ensure the effective and efficient use of resources allocated.

The postholder will be responsible for the professional and basic educational supervision of junior staff as Clinical/Education Supervisors for trainees.

The postholder will participate in the postgraduate teaching of medical staff and undergraduates attached to the Trust and in the training of all grades of staff.

Research activities, which are considered to be an inherent part of normal clinical duties, will be encouraged. Limited research funding may be available, following successful applications to the local research and development committee.

The postholder(s) is responsible for ensuring that they meet the national requirements for Continuing Professional Development, both internal and external.Postholder(s)will be expected to attend regularly, and contribute to, the educational events held by the Directorate.

It is expected that the appointee (s) will actively and regularly participate in clinical audit.

The postholder(s) will participate in clinical governance arrangements in line with national and local guidelines and in respect of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the Trust in accordance with current best practice.

The Trust considers the annual consultant appraisal as part of the contractual arrangements. The postholder(s) will be required to prepare for and undergo appraisal once a year.

CPD forms part of the national consultant contract. Consultant appointments at CDDFT can expect �1100 CPD funding over a 12 month period for up to 10 days study leave annually, which can be rolled over to a maximum of 30 days over a three year period (�3300 funding).

The postholder(s) will be expected to deputise in the absence of colleagues in cases of annual leave, study leave and sickness as far as practicable.

Where it is agreed between the parties, work on behalf of the Health Authority, such as domiciliary consultation, or services provided by the Trust for other agencies, may be undertaken.

An office, computer and secretarial support will be available to the appointee.

The postholder(s) will be expected to actively contribute to delivering a 7 day speciality service.

Person Specification

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Good clinical skills
  • To be able to offer expert clinical opinion on a range of problems within the service
  • Understands factors affecting patient safety
  • Experience and understanding of audit and conducting clinical audit
  • Demonstrates awareness of developing situations in clinical environment
  • Demonstrates ability to solve problems & make timely decisions, even when under pressure
  • Able to use IT to enhance patient care


  • Ability to use the evidence base and clinical to support decision making

Special Requirements


  • Previous management experience
  • Previous active involvement in audit
  • Awareness of managerial role of a consultant in the NHS
  • Able to demonstrate evidence of NHS management skills i.e. ability to organise and prioritise own work.
  • Ability to delegate appropriately to trainee/non-consultant
  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively on strategic or long-term issues with colleagues within the NHS and with staff from other agencies
  • Demonstrates ability to lead team and to operate as effective team member
  • Demonstrates successful discharge of managerial responsibilities (if previous consultant experience)
  • Demonstrates skills in planning, management and organisation.
  • Teaching Experiance
  • Evidence of active teaching of undergraduates, junior doctors and nurses
  • A strong commitment to undergraduate education
  • An interest in teaching all grades of hospital and professional staff
  • Personal Skills
  • Willingness and ability to participate equally in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Able to cope with stress
  • Good discipline and motivation
  • Flexible team worker
  • Excellent communication/interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrates empathy when communicating with patients and relatives/carers, including the response to complaints
  • Commitment to CME and CPD Willingness to undertake additional
  • professional duties
  • Demonstrates honesty, integrity and awareness of confidentiality and ethical issues relevant to emergency medicine
  • Demonstrates interest and realistic insight into future role(s) of emergency medicine and external factors that may affect it
  • Demonstrates punctuality, being able to organise self, and flexibility
  • Demonstrates non-prejudicial or non-judgmental attitude to others
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ability to respond constructively to feedback


  • Willingness to become involved in
  • departmental research projects and to lead some research or academic
  • development
  • Extracurricular activities or achievements in local area
  • Demonstrates awareness of health, social and economic challenges facing the community served by the relevant departments

Statutory Registration


  • Full and specialist registration with GMC (and licence to Practice).
  • Holder of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or be within 6 months of attaining CCT in Specialty at time of interview.
  • Applicants wishing to apply for CESR are welcome to apply. Training in sub-specialty complementary to that of the existing Consultants


  • Training in sub-specialty complementary to that of the existing Consultants



  • Research degree, Masters degree or Teaching Qualification
  • Certificate of Medical Education or other formal training programme
  • MD/PhD



  • Experience in Gastroenterology, Endoscopy and GIM
  • Must be proficient in Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy
  • Experience of supervising, training and teaching trainees
  • Able to provide evidence of career planning through appraisal process
  • Evidence of being up to date with professional development


  • Experience of close liaison with community services
  • Experience of service development
  • Evidence of research experience and clinical effectiveness work

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
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