Doctors - Consultant Cardiologists with Subspecialty Interests

  • Department Cardiology
  • Salary £93,666 - £126,281 per annum
  • Closing Date 11/03/2024
  • Location The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust
  • Grade Consultant
  • Job ref 223-MC2157
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Permanent
  • Hours 10 Programmed Activities

Job overview

An opportunity has arisen to appoint several Consultant Cardiologists with subspecialty interests to join our established Cardiology team based at The Princess Royal Hospital, Telford. The vacancies have become available due to a planned service expansion, and colleagues’ retirement/relocation. Applicants with subspecialty interest, or a combination in following areas (but not limited to) are encouraged to apply: Advanced Echocardiography, Cardiac CT, Cardiac MRI, Heart Failure and Simple and Complex Devices. You will be supported by a team of junior doctors (of training and non-training grades), advanced practitioners, nurses, therapists, and in reach of specialists across the hospital. Our current department offers a centralised cardiology unit whilst we work towards becoming the Trust’s HTP ambition. This post is pending Royal College approval.

Main duties of the job

Duties will include: 

  • Diagnosing and treating a wide spectrum of cardiology problems.
  • Provide continued care both in the inpatient and outpatient setting for this patient group.
  • Supporting a complex patient MDT.
  • Support our links into community care including supporting virtual ward environments.
  • Supervision of Higher Specialty Trainees in Internal Medicine, IMT stage one trainees and Clinical fellows working towards CESR in GIM. Formal Education and Clinical Supervisor roles available with suitable training.
  • To develop enhanced clinical skills, especially in the assessment and management of acutely ill patients.
  • To have excellent team-working skills with the abilities and professional attitude to work well in a multi-professional team.
  • To deliver clinical and quality targets agreed both nationally and locally with clinical teams and commissioners.
  • To follow patients throughout their clinical pathways.

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.

We also provide services such as consultant-led outreach clinics at the Wrekin Community Clinic, Telford, the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen and the Bridgnorth, Ludlow and Whitchurch Community Hospitals.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The trust is working towards delivering HTP in 2026. IP cardiology services will move to Shrewsbury with elective care provided at the Telford site. Major reconfiguration of the current Shrewsbury site will deliver a centralised cardiac suite, which houses the cardiorespiratory department, cardiac inpatient ward, ambulatory heart failure unit, clinics, catheter labs and day case unit. There is a plan to acquire a second cardiac catheter lab, to accommodate the increasing demand of the local population. We have an ambition to establish day time PCI in the future. Opportunities also exist for the catheter labs to be shared within the network (covering Staffordshire, Black Country, Shropshire and Mid Wales) to maximise access to coronary intervention and complex devices for the local population.

The main department is currently based at Princess Royal Hospital. There are 8 enhanced cardiac care beds and 15 acute cardiac care beds on ward 6. A cardiac catheter laboratory on site is used for diagnostic coronary angiography as well as pacemaker and complex device implantation. This is supported by a cardiac day care unit with capacity for 8 ambulatory patients. The main cardiorespiratory department is located here and performs a comprehensive range of investigations. A dedicated room is used for TOE and temporary pacing out of hours.

 A pacemaker clinic is based at PRH and provides the long-term device follow up service. Designated cardiac CT lists run at the Royal Shrewsbury and Princess Royal hospitals. Cardiac MRI is run from the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.  A satellite cardiorespiratory department provides selected investigations for in and outpatients at the Royal Shrewsbury hospital site. A weekly MDT is held with a local tertiary centre, to facilitate urgent cardiothoracic/cardiology care for in patients. We have established links with three local tertiary centres for elective procedures including cardiac surgery, congenital heart disease, electrophysiology and PCI.

Approximately 11,000 new out-patient Cardiology referrals were seen by a consultant within the Trust last year using “one-stop” clinics supported by either pre-investigation or on-demand tests. The trust provides circa 10,000 follow up appointments per year for cardiology follow ups. Allied health professionals (nurses, pharmacist and Echo physiologist) provide cardiac rehabilitation clinics, heart failure ambulatory clinics, post infarct medical optimisation clinics and valve clinics. There is a Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic at both Hospitals.

A multidisciplinary post-infarction clinic focuses on pharmacy, clinical biochemistry, rehabilitation and dietetics. This is run by specialist nurses and a pharmacist prescriber.  A further MDT team provides the regional heart failure service for optimisation and ambulatory monitoring. An arrhythmia nurse specialist runs our cardioversion service, implantable loop recorder service and arrhythmia clinic.  A senior physiologist runs a valve clinic independently. In addition, we have an expanding team of advanced cardiac nurse practitioners/prescribers, who support the in-patient referrals and chest pain clinics. Outreach cardiology clinics are provided at Oswestry as well as Bridgnorth and Whitchurch Community Hospitals.

The same juniors that support the in-patient Cardiology Service also support the General Medical Take Rota and the care of all in-patients under the care of the Cardiology team.  All Cardiology Consultants have equal access to the juniors. You will be expected to supervise junior Doctors and to be actively involved in their postgraduate training and audit.

A formal job plan will be agreed between the successful candidates 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 and unpredictable 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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