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Consultant in Rheumatology - West Middlesex site

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£88,364 to £119,133 per annum
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for a candidate to join a growing, dynamic and forward thinking Rheumatology department at Chelsea & Westminster Foundation Trust. The candidate will join a faculty of 4 consultants at the West Middlesex University Hospital.

The appointed individual is expected to uphold the Trust values to ensure the delivery of the highest quality care to patients with Rheumatological conditions.

The appointee must be a member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) or equivalent and would be expected to have completed higher specialist training or equivalent in Rheumatology. It is highly desirable that the appointee holds a higher medical degree (i.e. MD or PhD).

Main duties of the job

The appointee will work together with Consultant colleagues and will be responsible for the management of patients with Rheumatological conditions in C& W Foundation Trust. The post holder should have a wide experience of Rheumatology and General Medicine. The post holder will be encouraged and supported to continue to develop specialist interests that synchronise with the departmental service.

The main duties of the appointees will be:

Outpatient activity:
  • Four and a half outpatient clinics (10 patient template) per week (mixture of general rheumatology and specialist conditions), including an Ambulatory Care HOT clinic.
  • A variety of specialist Rheumatology clinics already exist:
  • West Middlesex Site: Biologics therapies, Osteoporosis, Early Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Connective Tissue Disease, HOT clinic and joint injection.
  • Nurse led clinics for disease modifying drug monitoring and patient education.

Meetings and Teaching
  • There are weekly departmental meetings: a weekly team meeting and an x-ray meeting
  • Rheumatology /Respiratory radiology MDT meeting monthly
  • Actively participate in undergraduate teaching of clinical medical students attached to the department

The post holder will participate on the hospital general medical on call rota.

About us

We provide services from two main hospitals, West Middlesex University Hospital and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and a number of clinics across London and the South-East. We have over 6,000 members of staff that are PROUD to Care for nearly one million people. Both hospitals provide full clinical services, including full maternity, emergency and children's, in addition to a range of community-based services across London, such as award-winning sexual health and HIV clinics.

We're one of the best preforming Trusts in the country. We're also one of the top trusts to work for - our staff say they're engaged, motivated, and would recommend us as a place to work and receive treatment.

Our Trust has been rated by the Care Quality Commission as 'Good' in all five of the main domains of safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led, giving an us overall rating of 'Good'. We've also been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating for 'use of resources' by an NHS Improvement inspection.

Our facilities are some of the best in the country. We have been investing around �10 million a year in our estate. We are currently spending �25 million on expanding our adult and neonatal critical care facilities at Chelsea and Westminster and redevelopment of our children's unit at West Middlesex - in partnership with our charity, CW+ and generous donors.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will:
  • Participate in, and provide committed Rheumatology outpatient care, and inpatient support.
  • Facilitate access to a full range of inpatient and outpatient Rheumatology services.
  • Be expected to cover for absent Consultant colleagues within the Department to allow for annual and study leave.
  • Make collaboration between hospital and community services as efficient as possible, supporting discharge from hospital where appropriate and ensuring appropriate follow up arrangements.
  • Provide peer group support, supervision, further education and professional development essential to the welfare and effectiveness of trainees in Rheumatology, General Internal Medicine and the allied professions.
  • Be educationally responsible for training l of junior staff
  • Demonstrate a continuing commitment to medical CPD and evaluation in Rheumatology.
  • Develop communication and other non-clinical aspects of Rheumatology services.
  • Actively participate in undergraduate teaching of clinical medical students attached to the department
  • See referrals from colleagues WMUH
  • Actively participate in the development of the Fracture Liaison Service.
  • Provide GP advice
  • Participate in appraisal on an annual basis. Appraisals are part of a robust divisional annual system, which is led by the Divisional Medical Director. The post holder is expected to be informed of the annual timetable for appraisal and ensure that appropriate time is set aside to update their portfolio and mandatory requirements.

Please refer to our detailed job description for more information

Advisory Appointment Committee - 2nd July 2024

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • CCT (or within 6 months of CCT) or on the Specialist Register. The candidate should be accredited in both General Medicine and Rheumatology
  • MRCP or equivalent


  • Higher degree e.g. PhD or MD



  • Evidence of broad based training experience in Rheumatology equivalent to that required for a UK CCST
  • Teaching experience / willingness to teach medical, nursing & other staff
  • Experience of audit / clinical research


  • Undertaken a management course
  • Understanding of the NHS and its organisation
  • Completed publications in appropriate journal(s)

Skills and Knowledge


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to lead a team
  • Commitment to work with other consultants and members of the multi-disciplinary team
  • Willingness and ability to participate in the on-call rota

Employer details

Employer name

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


West Middlesex Hospital

Twickenham Road



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