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Staffordshire NHS Consultant Post CCT ST7+ Surgery – Cardiothoracic Surgeon United Kingdom

Staffordshire NHS Consultant Post CCT ST7+ Surgery – Cardiothoracic Surgeon United Kingdom via Workplace Doctors on a fixed term/ permanent basis.

***Location: Staffordshire – United Kingdom
***Speciality: Surgery – Cardiothoracic Surgeon
*** Role: Consultant / ST 7+ / Post CCT / CESR
***Duration: Fixed Term / Permanent (NOT Locum Basis)
***Pay rate: £NEGOTIABLE (dependent on experience £79,860 to £110,465 a year)
***Start date: ASAP
*** GMC Registration Required ( General Medical Council) Essential
*** Specialist Register entry on the GMC Register
***CESR / CCT or Post CCT (within 6 month of job offer) or equivalent overseas qualification.


Applications are invited for a Locum Consultant Thoracic Surgeon to join an establishment of 5 Thoracic Surgeons.

This post is offered as a full-time post for 12 months but part time/job share applications will be given equal consideration. The post is a replacement post and is intended to continue to provide a high quality service to the patients requiring surgical management of chest conditions.  The post holder should possess a fellowship of a Royal College of Surgeons or equivalent and be accredited in Cardiothoracic Surgery

Our Staffordshire NHS client prides itself on being a friendly and caring place to work where the aim to combine our patient first approach with innovative and creativity against a backdrop of holistic team working, as encapsulated in their vision and values.

The Trust is one of the largest teaching hospital trusts in England, serving a regional, national, and international population.

Our client has multiple sites, allowing people to be treated as close to home as possible.

The hospital sites see and treat more than 2.2 million people every year across their sites and hospitals deliver more babies than anywhere else in Europe.

They are a regional centre for cancer, bone marrow transplants, trauma, renal dialysis, burns and plastics, HIV and AIDS, as well as respiratory conditions like cystic fibrosis; thoracic surgery and have the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe.

The Trust provides a series of highly specialist cardiac, liver and neurosurgery services to patients from across the UK.

The Trust are world-renowned for our trauma care and have developed pioneering surgical techniques in the management of ballistic and blast injuries, including bespoke surgical solutions for previously unseen injuries. They are a designated a Level 1 Trauma Centre and host of the UK’s only £20m National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC).

They have over 20,000 members of staff and we are committed to investing in their development and their health and wellbeing.

Please apply early as vacancies may close before the given closing date when sufficient applications are received.


The Consultants of the Regional Department of Thoracic Surgery provide a Thoracic Surgical service to most of the Region and the Three Counties including outpatient clinics, chest trauma management, and an emergency consultative service, when required.  The post holder should possess a fellowship of a Royal College of Surgeons or equivalent and be accredited in Cardiothoracic Surgery.

The formal management of the Department is conducted through quarterly Department and monthly Management meetings. The input of all Consultant staff is actively encouraged at Department meetings where the focus and direction of the department is agreed in collaboration with the Multidisciplinary team.

The Department is committed to the advancement of Thoracic Surgery nationally and specifically in the Region. There is a strong commitment to the concept of working in partnership with colleagues from other specialities across the region to improve patient care.  This functions mainly through the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Meetings, which are regularly held across the region.  MDT meetings are composed of a core group which include a chest physician, a thoracic surgeon, a specialist radiologist, a specialist histopathologist, a specialist oncologist, a nurse specialist in the specific cancer being discussed at the meeting and in terminal care and a cancer co-ordinator.

The departmental rota ensures that the patients of the consultant visiting peripheral hospitals are looked after by the on-site consultant on call and suitable cover for the emergencies is available.

The Department operates a high quality programme for the training of registrars in the speciality as well as conducting quality research in the speciality. An academic consultant in the department is leading on the research related activities and has raised the profile of the department both nationally and internationally. The Specialist Registrars rotate between the other hospitals in the region where cardiac or cardiothoracic surgery

Two theatres are used almost exclusively by the Thoracic Surgical Unit with 9 full day theatre sessions available per week. This includes full day theatre sessions on a Saturday dedicated for urgent procedures operated by on-call consultant for the weekend. All supporting services for patient care are available on Saturdays and Sundays (for post-operative care) as on any other working day in the week. These supporting services include administrative support, Intensive Care, therapy support, nursing input, radiology, pathology testing and support of medical doctors. It is assured that the same level of support and mentoring will be available for the new consultant when working on Saturdays as available to him/her and the other consultants in the department during Monday to Friday. There is a consultant available to advise on clinical problems over the weekend or assist in difficult cases or increased work load. The theatres are fully equipped for video assisted thoracoscopic work and the Department has an Nd YAG laser.

General Duties– guideline only

The Principal Elements of the Post Will be:-

  • To join the Thoracic team to support the service at the NHS Foundation Trust and peripheral hospitals supported by the department as a regional centre. The successful applicant will be expected to share the aspirations and vision of the division and provide a wide ranging high quality service for patients. This includes some rotational commitments to cover colleagues when they are away on leave as per an annualised job framework.
  • The appointee will be a member of the Thoracic Surgical department at the NHS Foundation Trust and will be expected to participate in department meetings.
  • The appointee will share the responsibilities for Thoracic Surgical services at NHS Foundation Trust for Staffordshire with the other 5 consultants; the post holder will provide specialist care in Thoracic Surgery with responsibility for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Thoracic Surgical Disease.  This role will include participation in clinical and research development taking place in the department.
  • To support the provision of Thoracic services to include out of hours and on call within the Trust.
  • To develop close collaborative links with all clinical colleagues within the multidisciplinary team setting to develop services to patients to the highest possible standards according to Department protocols and in line with Trust objectives.
  • To take part in multi-disciplinary team meetings as per Job Plan.
  • To take part in research, teaching and administration including the future development of Advanced Clinical Practitioners.
  • To comply with mandatory training requirements.
  • To take an active role in Audit, Clinical Governance and Clinical benchmarking.
  • Contribute to risk management procedures.
  • Ensure Continuing Professional Development targets are achieved.
  • Take part in the annual appraisal process in line with DOH and GMC guidance within the framework of revalidation.
  • Share responsibility for data protection arising from the use of computers.
  • The post holder is required to engage with the Governance meeting programme within the Department.
  • The post holder will be expected to work with local managers and professional colleagues in the efficient running of the service supporting the delivery of national performance indicators for Cancer and Referral to Treatment.

Subject to the provisions of the terms and conditions of service, the post holder must observe agreed policies and procedures on clinical matters and should follow the standing orders and financial instructions of the Hospital.  This is to support the development of evidence-based medicine and is not intended to constrain individual consultant freedom.

Job Plan

Regular job planning meetings will be undertaken with the post holder to ensure that the appointee is remunerated for any additional activities undertaken and that the job plan accurately reflects the overall workload undertaken by the post holder.

The supporting professional activities (SPAs) allocation within the provisional job plan is an illustrative guide and will be finalised following individual agreement with successful candidates.

Further discussion on supporting professional activities will depend on the Trust’s requirements and the individual’s particular expertise.

A draft job plan is provided below. The job Plan will be reviewed and agreed with the post-holder at appointment.

  • Due to the Flexible nature of this post this is an example of a typical week.
  • There will be an expectation for rotational cover of weekend sessions including a theatre session as part of a regular job plan.
AM Morning Ward round SPAs SPA Theatre Clinic Departmental meeting

High risk case discussion



Emergency on call and Theatre 1:7

PM Teaching

Evening Ward round


MDT/admin                     (1.0 PA)

SPA                                    (1.5 PA)

On call availability supplement-currently under review


This is as described in the Medical and Dental Terms and Conditions, in line with the Consultant Contract (2003). The current full time salary scale (as of July 2020) ranges from £79,860 to £110,465 a year with eight thresholds.

The on call supplement is Category A and attracts a supplement of 5% of basic salary.

Office Accommodation

Office accommodation will be provided for the appointee with secretarial support.

Management Responsibility

All Consultants are required to attend the monthly Directorate Meetings. Post holders will be expected to share in administrative duties allocated by mutual agreement within the Directorate. As part of the Consultant Team, the consultant  will offer mentoring support and lead the existing clinical team through, one-to-one support, individual case management and complex cases, identifying development needs and suggesting CPD (Continuous Professional Development) opportunities and responding to clinical enquiries via e-mail and telephone.


The consultant will be required to participate in programmes for teaching clinical students, training junior doctors and in clinical examinations. The post-holder’s contribution to teaching, training and research will be included in the regular job plan review. Teaching will take place during programmed activities and flexibly at other times.

  • To provide conditions for improved training opportunities in line with national and local recommendations arising out of GMC and related requirements
  • To supervise and manage the work of his/her junior medical staff and participate in the training and development of these staff to the standards required by the Royal Colleges.

Clinical Governance & Audit

The consultant will participate in clinical governance activities, including clinical audit, clinical effectiveness, risk management, quality improvement activities as required by the Trust, and external accrediting bodies. There are 6 half day clinical governance meetings per annum which substitute regular fixed sessions. There is a weekly consultant meeting before MDT on Friday to discuss any issues during the week and to plan for next week.

Personal & Professional Development

The post-holder will be required to keep himself/herself fully up-to-date with their relevant area of practice and be able to demonstrate this to the satisfaction of the Trust.

The Trust supports the requirements for continuing professional development as laid down by the Royal College of Physicians and is committed to providing time and financial support for these activities.

Medical revalidation is the process by which the General Medical Council (GMC) confirms the continuation of a doctor’s licence to practise in the UK, provides greater assurance to patients, the public, employers and other healthcare professionals that licensed doctors are up-to-date and fit to practise. It is a key component of a range of measures designed to improve the quality of care for patients.

The Trust supports Royal College guidance on provision of mentors for new consultants in line with GMC recommendations. All newly appointed consultant staff are provided with a list of locally trained mentors who are available for ongoing support as required.

Personal Responsibilities


All confidential information, including patient records, individual staff records, details of contract prices and terms and any other confidential information, must under no circumstances be divulged or passed on to any unauthorised person or persons. The penalty for breach of confidentiality will normally be summary dismissal.

Workplace Doctors are looking for medical professionals with UK & Overseas experience: that possesses the following qualities:


*** Ability to act as part of a team
*** Ability to cope with a varying work load
*** GMC Registration Essential (General Medical Council) – We can provide guidance if needed
*** Specialist Register entry on the GMC Register
***Post CESR or CCT obtained (CCT – Certificate of Completion of Training) or (CESR- Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration)
****IELTS and PLAB Exam Part 1 & 2 (IELTS, overall score 7.5) – overseas doctors
****GMC Registration Essential (General Medical Council) – We can provide guidance if needed

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Note: The Trust operates a policy whereby all employment for staff that have access to children/vulnerable adults will be subject to a satisfactory DBS Disclosure (Disclosure and Barring Service) The Criminal Records Bureau ( CRB ) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority ( ISA ) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service ( DBS ). CRB checks are now called DBS checks. Overseas candidates will require an international police check or character reference.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test.

At Workplace Doctors we welcome all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.  Candidates will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post.

Workplace Doctors is a recruitment agency that offers locum, fixed term, permanent & locum medical jobs to cover the NHS, HSE, public and private sectors for Doctors and Nurses, AHP medical professionals.

We look forward to helping you progress your career and find you the ideal position.

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