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Consultant in Respiratory Medicine

An exciting time for a consultant pulmonologist to join one of the top performing NHS Trusts in the UK offering the opportunity for respiratory consultants (either UK based or overseas) to work in a state-of-the-art department and work towards CESR in one of the largest NHS trusts in the country.

You will be joining an NHS Trust rated ‘Outstanding’ not once but twice by the CQC and benefit from living and working in and around a beautiful and diverse city.

The NHS Trust is active in research, including the current Covid trials, and the post-holder would be encouraged to take part in its research programme. As a large teaching Trust, the post will also suit those with an interest in medical education and supporting junior doctor training.

The successful applicant will join the Respiratory Department at a large Royal Infirmary. 
The posts will involve general respiratory inpatient care; participation in the Acute Medical Unit respiratory in-reach and “Hot” Clinic consultant rotas; sharing a weekly bronchoscopy list; and providing general respiratory and sub-specialist respiratory clinics.  Consultant appointees would also take part in the Acute Medical Take consultant rota. 

The successful applicants will be encouraged to develop sub-specialist services according to her/his interests and expertise. The service can support all Respiratory sub-specialist areas, in particular including Sleep and NIV, COPD, Bronchiectasis and Lung Cancer.

The covid-19 epidemic has required large-scale reorganisation of the work pattern of all the physicians within the Division of Medicine, and so future work patterns may well change. However the essential elements will include:
  1. General respiratory inpatient care, at consultant level with supervision of more junior medical staff – including care of general respiratory and respiratory high care patients, AMU in-reach and Hot Clinic cover. These activities are undertaken in rotation with the other respiratory consultants.
  2. Physician of the Day cover for acute medical take
  3. A shared bronchoscopy list
  4. Respiratory clinics – general respiratory and sub-specialist clinics depending on the skills and interests of the appointee.
The appointee will join the Respiratory Consultants and the Multidisciplinary Team in providing high quality care for people with Respiratory conditions and continuing service development.

The Respiratory Department provides a full range of respiratory services to the population of Central and South Bristol and adjacent rural areas (core catchment population approximately 400,000). They also provide regional tertiary services including cystic fibrosis, sleep, domiciliary ventilation, TB management, and complex pulmonary physiology assessment. The pre-covid bed base included two dedicated respiratory wards plus a 14-bed respiratory high care area, fully equipped for acute NIV, and 10 cubicles for Cystic Fibrosis care; however the epidemic has required large-scale reorganisation (including the development of a separate 30-bed covid-19 high care area) and the future configuration of inpatient beds may well be different. There is a dedicated Respiratory Outpatients clinic including five consulting and two treatment rooms, and five respiratory physiology test rooms including an exercise laboratory. A newly refurbished Sleep & home NIV department with 5 consulting rooms and three bedrooms opened in December 2016.


This is a vibrant city with a rich maritime history. It has a thriving economy and high employment built around the creative media, electronics and aerospace industries, and the city-centre docks have been redeveloped as centres of heritage and culture – thus creating amazing night life & culture.

The city has a population of 630,000 people and is a very multicultural and diverse city. Alongside London, Manchester and Birmingham it is one of the largest and most diverse cities in UK, and is a wonderful mix of many different nationalities and ethnicities 20+ common languages spoken around the city including Somali Urdu, Arabic and dialects, French, Spanish, German, Polish etc.

The city is filled with everything that a city needs and offers – with shops, restaurants, parking facilities, small and big business and a thriving community that affects positively all the local areas with a positive job market and presence. 

The city is one of the UK's most popular tourist destinations and was voted as one of the world's Top Ten Cities in 2009 and The Sunday Times named it as the Best City in Britain in which to live in 2014 and 2017. It also won the EU's European Green Capital Award in 2015 which shows you the mentality and ethos that comes from the local government and authorities.

For those overseas candidates wishing to complete CESR, this is a great opportunity. You will benefit from an established CESR programme, education and training department. 

This post will have 10 programmed activities (PA). There will be an option to negotiate an increase to up to a maximum 12 PAs subsequent to appointment, to support additional activities such as research, educational supervision, or sub-specialist clinical work.

The structure of the post includes: 8.5 PAs for direct clinical care; this includes one PA for predictable on-call clinical work associated with general medical on call work.
  • As part of the ongoing integration with a neighbouring General hospital, this post is anticipated to also include future session/s (up to 2PA) at a neighbouring General Hospital, in the specialty of the successful candidate, alongside current Respiratory colleagues. This is subject to the integration process and job planning.
  • 1.5 PAs for supporting professional activities (including CPD, appraisal, teaching, supervision, audit, research and non-clinical management).
  • Up to 1 additional SPA session is available by agreement with the Chair of Division for consultants undertaking additional approved SPA activity (e.g. additional responsibilities in training, teaching, research, management or clinical governance).
  • If a less-than-full-time work pattern is agreed, these commitments will be reduced pro-rata. In association with this post, 1 SPA session is available for work on the merger: this could be undertaken by the appointee (in which case DCC PAs would reduce to 7.5), or by another consultant within the Division, depending on the interests of the appointee
The University links offer an exciting academic environment with centres of excellence in all of its faculties. It also has an ambitious programme for expansion and a well-established major “campaign for resources” to facilitate future developments. The University is in the city centre and the Medical School and basic science departments are within walking distance of the hospital. 

  • EEA candidates - Diploma of specialisation in Pulmonology

  • Non-EEA candidates - MRCP and consultant level experience in Respiratory Medicine

  • UK candidates - Consultant experience in Respiratory Medicine


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