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Consultant - Respiratory Medicine

£82,000 - £110,000

Job Description

An opportunity to join a dynamic, enthusiastic and forward thinking respiratory department. This is a full-time post in Respiratory / General Medicine supportive of CESR. The trust is based in South Central England and the department provides the full range of Respiratory services within an established team. The Trust is looking to expand the outpatient services to reduce waiting time and develop services and the new appointee is expected to contribute to its development. He/she will be required to attend the weekly Lung Cancer and COPD MDT and participate in the acute on call rota. There is continuous responsibility for teaching, training and supervision of junior medical staff and Cambridge medical students.

The Hospital currently provides services for a population of around 270,000, of which 119,600 live in the main county town. The region is primarily agricultural, with numerous pleasant villages within easy commuting distance of the hospital. In recent years most of the expansion in population has been in the M1 / A1 corridor and significant further growth is planned in the surrounding areas. It is anticipated that by 2021 there will be a further 50-55,000 people living in the town area.

The town is a thriving market town, which provides easy access to London (55 miles), the East Midlands, the North of England and beyond through its rail and road links. 

The Respiratory Department provides a comprehensive range of services for respiratory patients. There are four monitored beds for NIV patients, inpatient services are based at the South Wing of the Hospital and there is a designated ward for Chest patients. The outpatient department is based at the Chest clinic, and there are 14 chest clinics per week. The Department is well supported by Radiology, with two MRI’s and 2 CT scanners, Pathology and Cytology Departments. There is a purpose built Oncology Unit at site with close links to Cambridge. In addition, there is a dedicated Tuberculosis Service supported by two TB Specialist Nurses.  In this clinic screening service and treatment is provided to all TB patients of the area under supervision of the Consultant staff.

The Lung cancer service is supported by 2 specialist nurses and an admin staff. There is a fully equipped lung function lab, supported by a lung function technician. There is also a screening service for patients with sleep apnoea syndrome.  A weekly Radiology and lung cancer MDT meeting is held at Bedford.  There are very close links with the regional cardiothoracic centre at UCLH London and Papworth Hospital, Cambridgeshire and two thoracic surgeons attend the weekly MDT. The department has been commissioned to deliver the Integrated COPD service and runs an ARAS (acute respiratory assessment service), ESD (early supported discharge), nurse led outpatient and oxygen clinics, physiotherapy and pulmonary Rehab clinics and a clinical psychology clinic.

Currently they are performing about 280 bronchoscopies a year which is carried out in the Endoscopy Unit as a day case/ward inpatient. There is currently one dedicated EBUS list in the Endoscopy dept. and this is likely to increase to twice weekly.  They perform approximately 130 EBUS’s a year. There is a Day Assessment Unit for doing pleural procedures and CT guided lung biopsies. Pleural procedures including indwelling pleural catheters are done under ultrasound guidance. Non-invasive ventilation is provided on the respiratory ward. The Respiratory ward also offers a step down service for patients from ICU. 

The Department is also working towards developing new services including treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome and Medical Thoracoscopy. Being an associate teaching Hospital of the University of Cambridge Clinical School, the department has attachments of both stage 1 and 3 medical students. The department also has close links with University College Hospital, London and 2 Respiratory consultants have honorary contracts with UCLH.

The town has a varied selection of accommodation for rent or purchase, both in rural and urban surroundings. Education is a prominent feature in the area.  Local Trust schools provide first-class independent education for some 4,000 girls and boys supported by preparatory schools and other independent schools that cater for all ranges of ability. There is also a wide selection of state schools available. The University has a campus in the town; and the College also offers a comprehensive range of courses in Applied Sciences, Health, Education, Business and The Arts. The hospital is situated within walking distance of the town centre. 

The town and several villages to the north are situated on a famous River , which is a very attractive feature of the area. The town has two good parks within walking distance of the town centre. A nearby Country Park is within walking distance, offering water sports, nature trails, a visitor centre and marina. The river is an important feature and provides a focus for a very strong rowing community and River Festival held every two years, a large free outdoor event.


UK based applicants: 
  • Consultant experience in respiratory medicine 
  • Or within 6 months of completing CESR

EEA based applicants: 
  • Consultant experience in respiratory medicine 
  • Hold specialisation in respiratory medicine 

Non EEA based applicants: 
  • MRCP
  • Consultant experience in respiratory medicine 

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