An opportunity for a Gastroenterology Consultant 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.
This is a great opportunity for overseas gastroenterology doctors 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 trust is a dynamic and transforming Trust, committed to delivering the highest quality service to the communities it serves. The trust consists of 5 hospitals as well as a number of community locations across the population. The Trust offers a comprehensive range of acute services, with a bed-base of 500, to around 400,000 people in North Kent and South East London. The Trust is geographically located in the North of Kent with excellent transport links including major motorways and train lines to Kent, London and Europe.
Our Planned Care Centre at one of the hospitals (a multi-provider hospital site) provides a dedicated elective care service for a range of surgical services. It also provides both emergency and elective services and hosts a number of other providers offering the best possible local care to their population.
The strategy for the next five years is focused on becoming a learning organisation with continuous improvement at the heart of its culture. The trust’s main aim. Is to improve from “Good” to “Outstanding” and to be recognised as a trust that promotes development of overseas doctors new to the NHS.
WHAT IS THE DEPARTMENT & TEAM LIKE?
The Endoscopy Unit at the Hospital is fully JAG accredited and is a purpose built three roomed Endoscopy Unit with modern equipment for cleaning and sterilisation on site. All the Endoscopes are Olympus Endoscopes (290 series) complete with new stacks including two screens for viewing and an integrated colonoscopy scope guide feature. C02 insufflation is available and ERBE diathermy plus access to APC. Darent Valley Hospital is an accredited BCSP site providing colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy procedures.
An Endoscopy Unit Extension with 2 addition rooms and fully JAG accredited decontamination facilities is due to be commissioned. Furthermore, the Endoscopy Unit at the other main hospitals provides diagnostic gastroscopy and colonoscopy procedures. It is progressing through the process of JAG accreditation. There is also Screening Room for ERCP and oesophageal stenting or dilatation equipped with a mobile C arm within the Endoscopy Unit in the largest room which was purpose built for screening procedures.
The gastroenterology team consists of 7 consultants and 2 specialists registrars having the responsibilities for both inpatient and outpatient care. The consultants also actively participate on call rota (at 1 in 50) and the Upper GI bleed rota (at 1 in 7)
WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU?
Active participation in Education and Research will be encouraged and supported along with the gastroenterology team having weekly lunchtime education meetings. The hospital has an active Research and Development Team supported by Specialist Research Nurses helping doctor to build their interest in teaching in research.
You will also be responsible for all the multi-disciplinary audit is conducted on a monthly basis, led by a designated Consultant responsible for audit. There are also opportunities for leadership development for medical staff with an interest and potential to take greater responsibility in the Trust. Mentoring support for newly appointed Consultants is also available.
Additionally, active participation in Directorate and departmental multidisciplinary clinical review, educational, strategic and governance meetings is expected in order to support service delivery and development. The department also supports for study leave which is 30 days in three years with £800 per annum towards expenses at the discretion of the Medical Director.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE IN THE SOUTH EAST?
Placed access to London and rural Kent where living and working in the area gives a great choice of places to live, and relax. London, Bromley, Canterbury, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells are all within easy commuting distance. The Trust sits in the Thames Gateway development area; several housing developments have been completed, but others are in the planning stage.
Kent offers an excellent range of primary and secondary schools. Kent continues to operate a grammar school system, with places allocated by an 11+ examination along with excellent independent schools in the area.
London is less than an hour away by rail or road. The choice of things to do and see is vast, with museums, national landmarks, cathedrals and ancient churches, theatres with international stage shows and musicals, shopping in the West End and Knightsbridge, Royal Gardens, Parks and Restaurants. The main road from London to Canterbury, the A2 is no more than five minutes away allowing easy access to London, the Kent Coast and the Continent. Just as close is the M25 motorway providing easy access to all the Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports, the Home Counties and the national motorway network.
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ROLE?
UK based applicants
This is a great opportunity for any experienced physicians interested in Gastroenterology working CESR or specialist registration in the UK.