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Consultant Acute Physician

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

Main area
Acute Medicine
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Permanent: Full time
Full time: 10 sessions per week (Additional 2PAs available by negotiation)
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Furness General Hospital
£82,096 - £110,683 pa
Salary period
04/03/2021 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has been nationally recognised as the UK’s most inclusive NHS organisation. As such we have a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

Applications for this substantive post will only be accepted if you are in the process of obtaining your CCT/CSER within six months of interview.

We are inviting applications for a Consultant Acute Physician to join our existing team at Furness General Hospital.  Whilst the focus is on Acute Medicine, applicants with a sub- specialty interest are encouraged and a job plan reflecting this would be agreed following appointment.

A subspecialty interest in most specialties would be welcomed by the relevant specialty teams and development of this interest in addition to Acute Medicine encouraged. At Furness General Hospital, we have a strong focus upon team working and the development of excellent working relationships across all our departments. Cross bay working with the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and links with Lancaster University are encouraged

Main duties of the job

The Acute Medical department provides a modern service including the 20 bed Acute Medical Unit (AMU), the Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU), and Acute Medicine Clinics currently held in the on-site day hospital.

The team consists of; 3 Acute Physician Consultants, 3 Trust Associate Specialists and 2 junior doctors.

We see, on average, 20–25 patients per day in our AMU, 12-15 per day in ACU and hold 4 clinics per week. We have built up good relationships with local general practitioners and this often results in discussion of cases with GPs and the avoidance of unnecessary admissions if this is felt more appropriate than admission. We have reduced admissions and shortened length of stay but our philosophy is one of ensuring safe, good quality care in a friendly and supportive professional department.

Good office space, IT support and secretarial support is provided. The Acute Medical Unit has 2 Band 8A ANPs and our general medical colleagues provide junior staff for the on call teams.

Working for our organisation

The Care Group is active, innovative and handles virtually 100% of secondary general medical referrals for its area, offering expertise in Cardiology, Care of the Elderly, Dermatology, Diabetes, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Haematology, Oncology, Palliative Care, Respiratory Medicine and Rheumatology. It provides a wide range of techniques and services, including endocrine investigations; dexa scanning; GI endoscopy; bronchoscopy; chemotherapy; a cardiac, respiratory and oesophageal function laboratory; and ward-based non-invasive positive pressure ventilation.

There is an emergency floor with both the Acute Medical Unit and Ambulatory Care Unit located next to the Emergency Department. The AMU has 20 beds, mostly side-rooms with en-suite facilities and two 4 bedded bays.

The on call team comprises one ST level doctor, 2 FY1s, and 1 intermediate level doctor.

The general medical wards have ward based junior teams (FY1 and 2). ST grades are specialty team based.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will:

  • Provide acute specialist opinions and care across the Acute Care floor
  • Contribute to service development and quality improvement
  • Provide care in the ACU and Acute Clinics
  • Provide leadership and contribute to the development of our team

The Trust recognises the importance of SPAs in terms of a consultant’s teaching, training, research and management development and would be prepared to increase the number of SPAs in those circumstances where a consultant can demonstrate that they undertake this level of activity in one or more of these areas.

The AMU usually hosts two final year students and allocated teaching time would be offered in a job plan subject to preferences.

There is formal support available for newly appointed Consultants; this includes providing mentor, Education and Clinical supervision training and a rigorous Trust and Educational induction process.

You must hold full GMC with a licence to practice

Person specification

shortlisting criteria

Essential criteria
  • Fulls registration with licence to practice
  • Certificate of completion of specialist training or within 6 months of completion
  • Experience in supervision and training of junior medical staff
Desirable criteria
  • MD or PhD
  • Published research or teaching qualification
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Jacqueline Sutton
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Clinical Service Manager Acute & Urgent Care
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