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Specialist Doctor - Neurology

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
£80,693 to £91,584 per annum /pro rata
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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The appointment is to the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. Duties will be at either Maidstone Hospital and/or Tunbridge Wells Hospital depending on clinical need. Where possible the job plan will avoid travelling between sites on the same day. The post will provide outpatient services and inpatient ward referrals but at present is not part of an on call rota. There will be CPD sessions at King's College Hospital (currently these may optionally be attended virtually).

We will consider appointing to either the Specialist Doctor or Specialty Doctor grade, depending on prior experience. We will provide clinical supervision by another consultant, as appropriate. This is a fixed term post created to address our waiting list. If the Trust wishes to create a substantive long term post, a further application process would be required.

The appointee will work with the ten other neurologists at Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells. Neurology is part of the Medical Specialties Directorate.

Main duties of the job

The neurologist will work at Maidstone and/or Tunbridge Wells Hospitals on Monday - Friday, and at King's College Hospital (KCH) on a Friday morning (currently KCH sessions may optionally be attended virtually)

This is a full time job (10 PA = 8 PA DCC + 2 PA SPA), which includes up to 0.5 PA (2 hours per week) of paid travel time, from home to King's. We will consider applicants who wish to work less than full time.

Clinic templates follow ABN recommendations of 30 minutes per new patient and 15 minutes per follow up in general neurology clinics, and longer in specialist clinics. All clinics are general neurology, but we would encourage up to one clinic per week to be changed to an appropriate subspecialty clinic. In particular we would be interested in appointing a candidate with an interest in epilepsy, but the job is open to candidates with other specialist interests.

About us

The Trust provides general hospital services to a population of approximately 480,000 in West Kent and North East Sussex, and some specialist services to a considerably larger population. Its major hospitals are the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and Maidstone Hospital. The Trust's Chairman is Mr David Highton, the Chief Executive is Mr Miles Scott and the Medical Director is Dr Peter Maskell. The Chief of Service for Emergency Services is Dr Laurence Maiden, the Clinical Director for Specialist Medicine is Dr Simon Webster and the Clinical Lead for Neurology is Dr Rob Hadden.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide a high standard of care to any patient for whom you have clinical responsibility. This will include any patients referred to you and cared for by you personally or by members of your team and, in addition, any patients of consultant colleagues when you are covering on-call or for annual leave.

To participate in clinical and other service activities and developments with the aim of ensuring a high standard of patient care across the Trust.

To work in close co-operation with other medical, professional and managerial colleagues, both within and outside the specialty, to provide high quality health care to the Trusts patients, and to make a contribution to future thinking about the Trusts strategic direction.

To participate fully in and share leadership of the clinical governance of the specialty covering its Trust-wide activities. To attend clinical governance half-days as detailed in the Trusts Guide to Job Planning unless on agreed leave or while attending emergencies.

To participate actively in departmental audits, sharing co-ordination of audit activities within the department and implementation of change.

To take an active responsibility for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, training and supervision.

To assume responsibility, both personally and corporately with consultant colleagues, for the management of junior medical staff. You are expected to be involved in their professional development, both clinical and personal as per guidance from the Deanery.

To ensure that all doctors in training for whom you have supervisory responsibilities undertake delegated clinical tasks that are within their level of competence and knowledge.

To ensure at all times that you comply with the General Medical Councils published guide Good Medical Practice including the Duties of a Doctor.

To take personal responsibility for risk management in your work and undertake to review practices and learn from mistakes.

To provide prospective cover for colleagues during annual and study leave and other absences as far as is practicable and clinically safe.

Person Specification



  • Full GMC registration
  • MRCP or equivalent
  • Completed a minimum of 12 years medical work either continuous period or in aggregate since obtaining a primary medical qualification of which a minimum of six years should be in a relevant specialty (Oncology) in the Specialty doctor and / or closed SAS grades OR equivalent years of experience


  • Higher Qualification in Medicine or Surgery



  • Good general medical experience
  • Oncology experience at SpR or equivalent level.


  • Experience in Clinical Audit and Research
  • Experience in participating in specialist clinics



  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Caring attitude to patients.
  • Commitment to continuing medical education.
  • An awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses.



  • Ability to participate in clinical as well as administrative workload

Employer details

Employer name

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


Maidstone Hospital

Hermitage Lane


ME16 9QQ

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