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Consultant in Cardiology

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£93,666 to £126,281 YC72 Pay Scale per annum pro rata
Closing date
24 May 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

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. There will also be a marked increase in junior medical and other clinical staff to support this development.

We are an enthusiastic and motivated unit providing ample opportunities to develop and reshape the delivery of Cardiology services in County Durham and Darlington. We are looking for new colleagues who will be able to work with us to achieve this goal.

We see this as a great opportunity for those who have traditionally worked within the hospital and those moving into their first consultant post to make a difference to the Cardiology service in County Durham and Darlington.

Main duties of the job

The basic contract is for 10 programmed activites (PAs) with elective outpatient work and inpatient care in Cardiology. These duties will be shared with the other consultants based in UHND and DMH.

The successful candidates will provide skills in Cardiology but will be encouraged to develop additional special expertise of their choosing to complement the special interests of the other consultants within the Trust.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

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.

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

We are unable to offer sponsorship for roles that do not require a professional registration, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holders will be expected to undertake clinical work in conjunction with their clinical colleagues and other professional staff in order to maintain and develop the Cardiology Service.

The following are subject to change as the Trust seeks new ways of working.

The post holders will be based at the University Hospital North Durham or Darlington Memorial Hospital, with commitment to in-patient out-patient services in associated hospitals within the Trust.

The post-holders will undertake clinical work in conjunction with theircolleagues and other professional staff in order to maintain and develop cardiology services and develop specialist skills in accordance with the needs of the department. They will be responsible in conjunction with colleagues for planning future developments of these services.

The post holders will work with colleagues to develop services in the community where appropriate.

The post holders will share responsibility with the other Cardiologists in the trust to maintain and develop specialist services.

The post holders will have continuing responsibility for the care of patients in their charge and will provide a comprehensive clinical service to consultant colleagues in other clinical disciplines in the hospital and to general practitioners in County Durham.

For management purposes and use of resources they will be accountable to the Clinical Director and will ensure the effective and efficient use of resources allocated.

The post holders will be responsible for the professional and educational supervision of junior staff.

The post holders will participate in the postgraduate teaching of medical staff and undergraduates attached to the Trust and in the training of all grades of staff in hospital and community.

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

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - the post holders is responsible for ensuring that he/she meets the national requirements for CPD, both internal and external. Andwill be expected to attend regularly, and contribute to, the educational programmed activity held by the Directorate.

It is expected that the appointee will actively and regularly participate in all clinical audit.

The post holders will be expected to 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 post holders will be expected to deputise in the absence of colleagues in cases of annual leave, study leave and sickness as far as is practicable.

The post holders will uphold the visions of the Trust and work with the team to help deliver 7 day services for Cardiology services which we are working towards.

Person Specification



  • MBBS or equivalent
  • MRCP (UK) or equivalent
  • To be on, or within 6 months of being on, the GMC Specialist Register in Cardiology via a CCT in Cardiology or equivalent e.g CESR, at the time of interview


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



  • Competency in management and assessment of all areas of general cardiology at level expected on completion of specialist training in cardiology or non-UK equivalent
  • 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


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

Statutory Registration


  • Full GMC Registration with a licence to practise
  • To be on, or within 6 months of being on, the GMC Specialist Register in Cardiology via a CCT in Cardiology or equivalent e.g CESR, at the time of interview

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 Experience
  • 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

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

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust

Hollyhurst Road


County Durham


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