This is an excellent consultant opportunity for respiratory physician to join a high-performing and well-regarded NHS Trust in the East of England. Applicants on the specialist register with CCT or CESR, or those not yet on the register can be considered, as the trust will support overseas candidates. The trust is the one of the largest NHS organisations in the East of England region, with their scale of size providing exciting opportunities for research, development, innovation, education and training. They have a track record of recruiting the best calibre consultants from within the UK and from overseas.
WHAT IS THE TRUST LIKE?
The trusts provides both acute hospital and community health care and was formed on 1 July 2018 from the merger of 2 of the main hospitals in the area. The new trust has nearly 10,000 staff and an annual budget in 2019/20 of over £715 million. Currently, The trust has two main acute hospitals in the East of England;
As a trust services include accident and emergency; critical care; planned medical and surgical care, consultant and midwifery-led maternity, neonatal and paediatric care; diagnostic and therapy services; and since October 2015 community hospitals and specialist community services . Community midwifery services are provided to the population of the area.
WHAT IS THE RESPIRATORY DEPARTMENT & TEAM LIKE?
The service are looking for individuals able to run subspecialty respiratory medicine for a population of over 800,000. They wish to develop existing specialist sleep and NIV services and create specialty services in lung cancer and intervention, Bronchiectasis, lung infection, and asthma. Individuals with an interest in any of these sub-speciality areas would be considered.
Both the Hospitals have well established and progressive units providing a wide range of respiratory services to the local population. They pride themselves on their reputation for being a cohesive, supportive and friendly departments. The trust is developing a model of partnership bringing exciting new service development opportunities. To complement the established services they are looking to develop specialist respiratory services to serve the combined catchment areas of both trusts of over 800,000. Growing the department, the service are appointing x2 Consultants who will be based primarily at Ipswich Hospital, one as a replacement post and one new post to expand our compliment to 6 full time Consultants. They aim to make further appointments in due course with the aim of working towards a 7 day service.
They have recently expanded their provision of undergraduate medical education on both sites and there are opportunities for appointees to be formally involved in their education programme. Students from the University of Cambridge University and Norwich medical school are taught in the respiratory department at one of the hospitals. We would welcome applications from those with an interest in medical education. The Respiratory Consultants do not participate in the acute medical take rota, although any appointee may be able to join the rota if they wish.
A procedure room is being created on the new high dependency ward. The trust is currently building a new ambulatory care unit which our department will have access to. The trust is planning to increase ambulatory and interventional services, and would support service development in these areas. They currently have access at Ipswich to Bronchoscopy, Linear EBUS and a full pleural service. They are looking to develop physician led cancer diagnostics with ultrasound guided biopsy and radial EBUS. Medical thoracoscopy is carried out in one of the hospitals along with a future prospect in expanding to the other site as well.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE IN THE REGION?
The county of local town are a fantastic location for doctors and their families wishing to live in the South East of England, close to London but without the high cost of living and property that is associated with life in London. You will find all the amenities required for a family in the region, with excellent schools, transport links and availability of housing both short and long term. You can live in the pretty and historic local town, or in the various little towns and villages dotted around the region. Neither urban town life or rural life is ever too far away and there is something for everyone here!
Suffolk and Essex are holiday destinations for a reason. The beautiful stretch of coastline along Suffolk and Essex offers everything from the pier and heritage of Southwold, the amusements at Clacton to sights such as Thorpeness’ House in the Clouds.
WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU?
The department supports the consultants with opportunities to support the multi-professional teaching and development along with active participation in teaching programmes for Foundation, IMT, GP, Higher Specialty Training.
Consultants on the specialist register will be given autonomy and will freedom to develop their special interests, with access to additional leadership, research and teaching duties available for those that want it.
All consultants will receive a full induction process and will be involved in clinical audit and governance.
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR THIS ROLE?
UK based applicants
This is a great opportunity for any experienced physicians interested in Respiratory physicians working CESR or specialist registration in the UK.