Doctors - Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

  • Department Women and Children's
  • Salary £88,364 - £119,133 per annum
  • Closing Date 20/10/2022
  • Location The Princess Royal Hospital
  • Grade Consultant
  • Job ref 223-MC2121
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Hours 10 PAs

The Obstetric Service

The Consultant Obstetric Unit is located at the Princess Royal Hospital with two midwifery led units in Shropshire. Midwifery practice in mid-Wales is also supported by the Consultant Unit. The Consultant unit conducts approximately 4500 deliveries per year with a further 300 deliveries occurring in the alongside and freestanding midwife led units.

The Consultant Maternity Unit currently has 56 beds and a Level 2 neonatal unit of 22 cots. 14 of the 18 Consultants are responsible for acute labour ward practice (four Consultants conduct pure gynaecology practice). Consultant presence on the Delivery Suite is 87.5 hours a week, expanding to 168hr cover with recruitment to some additional new posts.

We have a very active maternal and foetal medicine unit run by three of the Consultant Obstetricians, two of who are sub-specialty trained in maternal and foetal medicine. Antenatal practice is divided up into specific speciality clinics to which expectant mothers are allocated. The vast majority of routine and detailed scans with invasive diagnostic procedures are performed within the department. Specific antenatal clinics are supported by Consultant physicians and Nurse Specialists. External cephalic version is promoted and conducted weekly. ANC are staffed with two consultants in each clinic and Tier1 or Tier 2 staff are supernumerary and there for education & training.

The Neonatal Service

The neonatal unit is designated as a Local Neonatal Unit (level 2) working in conjunction with the Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the Royal Stoke and Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals as part of the Shropshire Staffordshire and Black Country Neonatal Network (SSBCNN). Care is supplied by four Consultant Neonatologists; two Consultant Paediatricians with a specific interest in Neonatology and supported by three ST4+ trainees, 3 ST1 – 3 trainees in paediatrics and five ANNPs. There are 22 cots including six intensive/high dependency cots. The department works in close conjunction with the obstetric unit and the SSBCNN to ensure effective care of extreme prematurity and complex antenatal problems.

The Gynaecology Service

The gynaecological inpatient unit is located at the Princess Royal Hospital. At present, there are 12 beds with the use of further beds in the day surgery unit at both the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital. Each year we perform:

1900 day case procedures

  • 600 elective inpatient procedures
  • 7500 new outpatients
  • 11000 FU patients
  • Community (GP practice) gynae OPD clinics are held 4 times a week

A full range of gynaecology procedures are provided including advanced laparoscopic and urogynaecology surgery advanced ambulatory procedures and colposcopy.  There is a large and very active ambulatory care unit performing MyoSure, NovaSure and other outpatient techniques. There is specific Consultant-led practice in cervical pathology; oncology; fertility; ambulatory care and urogynaecology; and full facilities are available for the support of minimal access gynaecological surgery. Early pregnancy assessment is supported by nurse lead practice in both the Princess Royal and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals. The gynae-oncology service is provided at the unit level at SaTH with tertiary level cancer centre support provided by the University of North Midlands and the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals. Gynae-oncology MDT meetings are held every Wednesday morning with support provided at the meeting by Gynae-oncologists from nearby tertiary centres.

Job Plan

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:

  • 8.5 Programmed Activities (PAs) of Direct Clinical Care - includes clinical activity, clinically related activity and predictable and unpredictable emergency work.
  • 1.5 Supporting Professional Activities (SPAs) - includes CPD, audit, appraisal, guidelines, teaching and research.
  • There is an option for a further 1 SPA in addition to the basic 10 PAs. This would be to support the MDT & PROMPT Training programme

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.

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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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