Doctors - Consultant Palliative Medicine (Full time)

  • Department Palliative Medicine
  • Salary £99,532 to £131,964 Per annum
  • Closing Date 14/07/2024
  • Location Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
  • Grade Consultant
  • Job ref 223-MC2174
  • Pension NHS Pension
  • Holidays Generous Holiday Allowance
  • NHS discount Eligible for NHS Discounts
  • Contract Permanent
  • Hours 10 Sessions per week

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two Consultants in Palliative Medicine to join a friendly and dynamic team based at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust working in collaboration with Severn Hospice. 
The Department of Palliative Medicine at SaTH consists of a team of 3 senior specialist palliative care doctors. Together with the team at Severn Hospice, providing palliative care to the population of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin and Mid-Wales.

Two posts are offered (one of which replaces a fixed term locum post) which attract 8-10 programmed activities each and an on-call supplement. Applications are welcome from those who wish to work full-time, part time or job share.

Contribution to an out of hours on call rota is core to this role

Main duties of the job

Main Clinical duties include:

  • To provide an early, proactive, palliative care review service with support to both hospital sites, The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and Princess Royal Hospital (PRH), Telford.
  • To provide support for daily ward reviews to optimise holistic patient care and flow to the Hospice and Community
  • To support the 7-day Specialist Palliative Care service across the Trust, Severn Hospice and the community
  • To participate in the existing out of hours specialist palliative care consultant on call rota for the area, which is shared between Hospital and Hospice Palliative care consultants. 
  • To collaborate in the provision of the palliative and end of life care education program to all front line clinicians within the trust. 
  • To undertake teaching, examination and accreditation duties as required and to contribute to postgraduate and continuing education both locally and nationally.
  •  To participate in clinical governance including to undertake quality improvement and clinical audit.
  •   At Severn Hospice, for the shared post, the main clinical duties would include:
    • Provision of Consultant input to the hospice wards, mainly based on Perry ward ,Shrewsbury (8 beds), but providing cross-cover to Alexandra Ward, Telford (11 beds) when needed.
    • Provide clinical leadership for the hospice multidisciplinary team
    • To oversee the care of patients admitted to the hospice for symptom control, emergency respite and terminal care.


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/s 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 an 8PA contract, the job plan will be divided on average per week as:
• 6 Programmed Activities (PAs) of Direct Clinical Care - includes clinical activity, clinically related activity 
and predictable and unpredictable emergency work.
• 2 Supporting Professional Activities (SPAs) - includes CPD, audit, teaching and research.
• Out of Hours Activity - On call is non-resident, 1:7, 3% supplement. This is largely telephone advice but with occasional face to face reviews to Severn Hospice IPU only. Historical on call data suggests this would be no more frequent than once per quarter.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. The job plan conforms to the current recommendations 
of the Royal College of Physicians.

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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