Doctors - Consultant Anaesthetist with an interest in Obstetrics Anaesthesia

  • Department Anaesthetics
  • Salary £99,532 - £131,964 per annum
  • Closing Date 20/06/2024
  • Location Princess Royal Hospital
  • Grade Consultant
  • Job ref 223-MC2141B
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Permanent
  • Hours 10

Job overview

We are looking for an enthusiastic, highly driven Consultant Anaesthetist with a passion for obstetrics to join our expert and energetic team. This is an ideal opportunity to be part of a dedicated anaesthetics team in which there are many development opportunities. We are currently growing our elective caesarean section capacity and expanding the Obstetric Anaesthetic team, which provides a unique opportunity for a consultant looking to drive improvements to help us deliver the highest quality care to our patients. The successful applicant will work obstetric sessions at the Princess Royal Hospital. Additional theatre sessions may be based at either The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital or The Princess Royal Hospital depending upon your special interest. The post will consist of 10 PAs with on-call responsibility at PRH.


Main duties of the job

The on-call anaesthetic cover at PRH is as follows:

  • The first on-call cover the CEPOD theatres, attend resuscitation calls and support the second on call in ITU patient care. The CEPOD theatres at PRH predominantly cater for gynaecological, paediatric, head and neck, trauma, and maxillofacial emergencies.
  • The second on-call is provided by the STs, specialty doctors and specialists, working full shifts – primarily for ITU.
  • There is an obstetric anaesthetic on-call rota with specialist obstetric anaesthetists covering the labour ward out of hours. Currently 1:8.

The support for the above three tiers is provided by the Consultant Anaesthetist on call at PRH and the frequency is 1 in 12. This rota is under review and there is proposal to split the rota.

Currently there are Emergency departments and Intensive Care units at both the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital. The medical “acute take” and acute Orthopaedics is split between both Hospitals. The CEPOD theatres at RSH cater for adult general surgery, urology, vascular and ophthalmic emergencies.


Working for your organisation

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) is the main provider of acute hospital services for around half a million people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales.

Encompassing some of the most picturesque parts of England and Wales, the Trust’s catchment stretches from the Cambrian Mountains in the west, to Newport and the fringes of the Black Country in the east. The main towns include: Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Market Drayton, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Whitchurch (in Shropshire); Newport, Telford and Wellington (in Telford & Wrekin);   and Newtown and Welshpool (in Powys) – all beautiful and unique.

Our main service locations are the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) in Shrewsbury which are located 20 minutes’ drive apart. Together they provide 99% of our activity. Both hospitals provide a wide range of  acute hospital services including accident & emergency, outpatients, diagnostics, inpatient medical care and critical care.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

A formal job plan will be agreed between the successful candidate and their Clinical Director and consultant colleagues, on behalf of the Medical Director within 3 months of starting in post. A full-time job plan is based on a 10 PA working week. The job plan will be reviewed annually and is a prospective agreement that sets out the consultant's duties, responsibilities, and objectives for the coming year. It covers all aspects of a consultant’s professional practice including clinical work, teaching, research, education and managerial responsibilities. It will provide a clear schedule of commitments, both internal and external and will include personal objectives, detailing links to wider service improvements and trust strategic priorities.

For a full-time contract, the job plan will be divided on average per week (pro-rata for a part time post) as:

  • 7.5 Programmed Activities (PAs) of Direct Clinical Care - includes clinical activity, clinically related activity, and predictable (0.6 PA) and unpredictable (0.65 PA) emergency work.
  • 2.5 Supporting Professional Activities (SPAs) - includes CPD, audit, teaching and research.

The allocation of PAs is reviewed and may be subject to adjustment when a further diary exercise is undertaken or if the service demands a review of the team job plan.

Any applicant who is unable, for personal reasons, to work full-time will be eligible to be considered for the post. If such a person is appointed, modification of the job content will be discussed on a personal basis with the Trust in consultation with other consultant colleagues.


The well-being of our staff is of the upmost importance to us.  If you are offered a role at our Trust, and fall into the increased and higher risk categories as set out by Public Health England (PHE) and NHSI/E, your line manager will complete an risk assessment with you.  This will be completed in conjunction with the latest guidance from Public Health England in relation to Covid-19.

By submitting your application to Trac, you are giving your consent for parts of your application data to be transferred to the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and other secure, internal NHS Workforce systems. This is to support and manage your recruitment and employment within your employing organisation. 

If successful, by completing the NHS Jobs application form you authorise the Trust to obtain any previous NHS service details including all electronically held sickness information, via the Inter Authority Transfer process on the national ESR.

If the role requires a qualification/professional registration, you will need to provide proof during the recruitment process. By submitting your application you are giving the Trust permission to check the qualification certificates provided back to the source provider. Please note that a sample of all applicant’s qualifications will be checked with the educational institution or provider.

In the event of a high response to this advertisement, this post will be closed. Early applications are advised.
Unfortunately we do not accept CVs or keep them on file. If you are unable to apply online please contact the person named in the advertisement for the post you are interested in.
We are committed to offering an interview to all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the above position and will support reasonable adjustments wherever possible.  In addition, whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from candidates who are male, from black and minority ethnic backgrounds or who have a disability, as these are currently under-represented in our workforce.
We are committed to equal opportunities in employment. The policies and practices of the Trust aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people fairly, flexibly and with dignity and respect.

Thank you for your interest in The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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