An opportunity for a Specialist in Acute Medicine to work for an established NHS Trust that prides itself on delivering high quality care and services. The Trust received a ‘Good’ overall rating from the CQC in 2019, with some key areas of outstanding practice. In 2021, the Trust won gold in Efficiency Savings of the Year award and received highly commended in the Health Tech Team of the Year award.
This is a great opportunity for overseas Specialists in Acute Medicine who want to establish themselves in the NHS, and grow their consultant career. The post is suitable for candidates holding specialisation in the EEA, or for experienced IMGs looking to complete CESR.
WHAT IS THE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST LIKE?
The NHS Trust is a friendly trust at the heart of the health and social care network with over 5000 employees, they are classed as amongst the best in the region for several of our services. The NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of approximately 310,000. It administers services to an area coterminous with that of a primary care trust and a council. The NHS Trust (currently 780 beds) has been developed as the District General Hospital for the area.
The NHS Trust provides patient care in the community at health centres and clinics as well as services such as district nursing and intermediate care. They are a major provider of hospital and community health services in their county, delivering services from their hospital and also providing a wide range of community services from locations across another county. One of their hospital is a major hub for women’s and children’s services and is the second busiest ambulance-receiving site in their area.
The NHS Trust aims to have a workforce as diverse as the population they serve. They are committed to supporting and developing our staff from when they first start in the organisation, placing great importance on a culture of continuous learning. The NHS Trust's focus is on a happy workforce providing high quality, compassionate care to their patients and their families.
WHAT IS THE DEPARTMENT & TEAM LIKE?
The Department is striving to provide best possible care to the large acute emergency medical take and also to the critically ill. Currently, the NHS Trust has 780 beds of which 388 are acute Medical/Elderly. These are composed of the Acute Medical Unit, 8 Acute Wards, a new 10 bedded Coronary Care Unit and a closed ICU/High Dependency Ward. In addition there is a Stroke Unit, Elderly Rehabilitation and Continuing Care beds. The 62 bed Acute Medical Unit and the Ambulatory Care Unit receives all acute referrals from General Practitioners and from the Accident and Emergency Department and provides for early assessment of all patients by the Duty Consultant or Specialist Registrar.
Out of hours cover for acute medicine is provided on a 1 in 18 rota during the week and 1 in 9 at weekends in combination with the rest of the medical consultants/specialists . They also cover the ACU 1600-2000 on a rotating scheme between the GIM physicians. The doctors on call shares care from 1300 each weekday, stay on the unit until 2000 and then supply cover from home. The average number of acute medical admissions is 45-60 per day. On call rota follows a pattern shared between 15 Consultants and is thus a 1 in 15 rota during the week and because two consultants are on call -1 in 7.5 weekends.
The person appointed will work within the Acute Adult Division. The appointee will be expected to join the on call rota for GIM which will be reflected in the Job Plan. The post holder will have office accommodation equipped with computer and internet access. Full secretarial support will be provided.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE IN THE REGION?
The area is an industrial, progressively minded town, thirteen miles to the North of Manchester, with an impressive centre attracting a wide range and rich supply of cultural activities. The area is centred at the hub of the North Western Region and there is a convenient motorway network giving fast access to neighbouring towns, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and Fylde Coast. The general environment in the area and the surrounding countryside is a pleasant one, with good residential areas offering a wide choice of housing styles at competitive prices. Shopping, social and education facilities are first rate. School facilities available comprise comprehensive and independent primary and secondary education.
The Trust is committed to ensuring that all staff and students have the right development at the right time to deliver the services today and develop the services of tomorrow. Throughout the Trust a variety of professional and subject matter experts provide formal and informal development activities to support statutory, mandatory, professional and quality training and development requirements. The Trust is committed to the development of all staff irrespective of band or occupation and staff are encouraged to seek development opportunities within the workplace that will enhance professional practice and lead to higher standards of patient care.
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ROLE?
UK based applicants