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ST7+ Post CCT NHS Consultant Neurologist / Neurology Kent United Kingdom via Workplace Doctors on a fixed term/ permanent basis.

***CESR / CCT or Post CCT (within 6 months of job offer) or equivalent overseas qualification. 
*** GMC Registration Required (General Medical Council) Essential
*** Specialist Register entry on the GMC Register
***Location: Kent United Kingdom
***Speciality: Medicine- Neurologist
*** Role: Consultant / ST 7+ / Post CCT / CESR
***Duration: Fixed Term / Permanent (NOT Locum Basis)
***Pay rate: £NEGOTIABLE (dependent on experience £82,096 - £110,683 a year)
***Start date: ASAP
*** Exact location details provided upon receipt of application / CV

Overview

Our NHS client prides itself on being a friendly and caring place to work where the aim to combine our patient first approach with innovative and creativity against a backdrop of holistic team working, as encapsulated in their vision and values.

We are delighted to offer a new and exciting opportunity for a Neurologist to join the Neurology team at our client’s NHS Trust. The position has become available following the approval of a business case for the review and innovation of our current services.

The post holder will be joining the Neurology Team which currently consists of less than full time (LTFT) Neurology Consultants. You will be responsible for developing acute neurology services including stroke and developing a subspecialty.

You should possess a CCT (or be within three months of obtaining), and should be listed on the Specialist Register at the time of taking up the post. An FRCP will be encouraged. Active participation in Research, Audit and Teaching is also encouraged and supported. The candidate will need to demonstrate professional excellence and ability to deliver effective care.

Kent is a county in South East England and one of the home counties. It borders Greater London to the north-west, Surrey to the west and East Sussex to the south-west. The county also shares borders with Essex along the estuary of the River Thames (connected by land via High Speed 1 and the Dartford Crossing), and with the French department of Pas-de-Calais through the Channel Tunnel. The county town is Maidstone.

Kent on the south east coast is easily accessible from London in under an hour by road and rail, mixes coastline and rolling downs and is a gateway to Europe with ferry crossings and the Channel Tunnel.

Miles of beautiful coast line including the classic White Cliffs of Dover offer panoramic vistas and views of France.

The coastal nature of Kent has seen scenes of conflict through the years, with many monuments and 26 castles including Hever Castle, Dover Castle and Leeds Castle. The Chatham Historic Dockyard established in the 16th century on the River Medway offer an insight into Kent’s maritime heritage and the Navy’s past. Visit Chartwell, Churchill’s home, or the gardens as Sissinghurst.

The county of Kent sits on the south east coast bordering Surrey, East Suffolk and is separated from Essex by the Thames Estuary, crossable via the QE2 Bridge and Dartford Tunnel. To the North the North Sea and to the South, the Straits of Dover and the English Channel, Kent being only 21 miles from France.

The population is approaching 2m, with the county town being Maidstone. Other significant towns include Canterbury, Dartford, Gillingham and Tunbridge Wells.

The county has miles of coast line and two Areas of Outstanding Natural beauty formed by the North Downs and the High Weald and has more conservation areas than any other county in England.

n 2019, there were 1.9M residents in Kent county with an average age of 40.9 years. Population density was 498 residents per square kilometer. Population grew by 17.0% since 2002 and population average age increased by 1.7 years in the same period. Based on Census, there were 2.43 residents per household in 2011.

Department
The Neurology Department is developing integrated services with primary care, stroke, radiology and the regional Neuroscience Centres making greater use of MDT meetings. Part of this process involves developing inpatient beds to support inpatient neurology services within the hospital and to support the stroke unit.

The service provide a multitude of specialist Neurology Services and regularly review services for ways to improve and offer the best care available to our patients. Some of the services included in the Neurology specialism at the hospital are listed below:

  • Epilepsy
  • Headache
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Extra-pyramidal disorders
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Neurocognitive disorders

MDT meetings with Neuroradiology on site for neurology, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurocognitive impairment & stroke; with specialist Epilepsy Nurses in community Epilepsy, pregnancy planning and supervision and Vagal Nerve Stimulation monitoring; Multiple Sclerosis Specialist Nurses in monitoring, disease modifying drugs including running DMT infusion service and heart centre induction days among others; Regional MS MDTs; MDT in Parkinson’s Disease with Hospital PD Specialist Nurses managing inpatients and community patients; MND with local hospice . Neuro-cognitive with atypical dementia with Psychiatry, Neuropsychology, community psychiatric nurse and neurology led to screen new cases & discuss complex management decisions.

Outpatient Services: The department provides 6 diagnostic general clinics; 7 specialist clinics including, Epilepsy, MND, MS (2); Parkinson’s disease, neurocognitive clinic and complex headache and 9 MDTs, 2 in Epilepsy, 2 Neuroradiology, 1 in Parkinson’s disease, 1 in Motor Neurone Disease, 1 in atypical dementia & 2 in Multiple Sclerosis. There is further Neurology specialist nurse delivered clinics in epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone disease and dementia.

Inpatient services: The department has an integrated electronic referral system for advice and management of inpatient referrals from within the hospital. This includes all branches of the medicine, surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics, acute medicine and the Emergency department. This is managed with 2 middle grades, 1 of whom is a trainee on the regional Neurology training programme and 1 of whom is a Trust middle grade position. There is increasing support for the Stroke (Hyper-acute Unit) ward.  A broad range of neurological conditions are managed including acute conditions, status epilepticus, Acute Inflammatory Neuropathies with involvement of Intensive Care. The service liaise with the Lane Fox Unit at GSTT for establishing patients on Domiciliary Ventilation and King’s College Hospital for acute assessments including Neurophysiology and ventilated imaging. 

Multi-professional Team: Specialist Neurology clinical nurse specialists support patients with Epilepsy in the community, pre-pregnancy planning and during pregnancy, Vagal Nerve Stimulation monitoring; with Multiple Sclerosis in the community, with Tysabri infusions, disease activity and treatment escalations and in the hospital with acute relapses; with Parkinson’s Disease, an inpatient monitoring review service; Motor Neurone Disease with assessment for NIV and gastrostomy decisions; with dementia managing inpatients and being the guide of community services.

General Duties- guideline only

To be discussed at interview with applicant taking into consideration any sub-speciality interest that maybe accommodated into the job plan.

 

Job Plan

Regular job planning meetings will be undertaken with the post holder to ensure that the appointee is remunerated for any additional activities undertaken and that the job plan accurately reflects the overall workload undertaken by the post holder.


The supporting professional activities (SPAs) allocation within the provisional job plan is an 
illustrative guide and will be finalised following individual agreement with successful candidates. Further discussion on supporting professional activities will depend on the Trust's requirements and the individual's particular expertise.


A draft job plan is provided below. The job Plan will be reviewed and agreed with the post-holder at appointment.

 

Day

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

am

General Neurology clinic

1 PA

Sub-specialty clinic

1.00 PA

Acute clinic

0.50 PA

Acute clinic

0.50 PA

Audit/CPD/SPA

1.00 SPA King’s

Neurology Radiology MDM

0.25 PA

Admin

0.25 SPA

Radiology MDM

0.25 PA

pm

 

Inpatient referrals

0.5 PA

 

 

Inpatient liaison

0.75 PA

Inpatient referrals

0.25 PA

 

Grand Round

0.25 SPA

 

Inpatient liaison

0.5 PA

Admin

0.5 PA

SPA

0.5 SPA

Admin

0.25 PA

Trainee catch-up

0.25 PA

 

Admin

0.5 PA

 

Admin

0.25 PA

SPA

0.75 SPA

Salary

 

This is as described in the Medical and Dental Terms and Conditions, in line with the Consultant Contract (2003). The current full time salary scale (as of July 2020) ranges from £82,096 - £110,683 a year with eight thresholds.


The on call supplement is Category A and attracts a supplement of 5% of basic salary.

Office Accommodation

Office accommodation will be provided for the appointee with secretarial support.

Management Responsibility

All Consultants are required to attend the monthly Directorate Meetings. Post holders will be expected to share in administrative duties allocated by mutual agreement within the Directorate. As part of the Consultant Team, the consultant  will offer mentoring support and lead the existing clinical team through, one-to-one support, individual case management and complex cases, identifying development needs and suggesting CPD (Continuous Professional Development) opportunities and responding to clinical enquiries via e-mail and telephone.

Teaching/Research

The consultant will be required to participate in programmes for teaching clinical students, training junior doctors and in clinical examinations. The post-holder’s contribution to teaching, training and research will be included in the regular job plan review. Teaching will take place during programmed activities and flexibly at other times.

·       To provide conditions for improved training opportunities in line with national and local recommendations arising out of GMC and related requirements

·       To supervise and manage the work of his/her junior medical staff and participate in the training and development of these staff to the standards required by the Royal Colleges.

Clinical Governance & Audit

The consultant will participate in clinical governance activities, including clinical audit, clinical effectiveness, risk management, quality improvement activities as required by the Trust, and external accrediting bodies. There are 6 half day clinical governance meetings per annum which substitute regular fixed sessions. There is a weekly consultant meeting before MDT on Friday to discuss any issues during the week and to plan for next week.

Personal & Professional Development

The post-holder will be required to keep himself/herself fully up-to-date with their relevant area of practice and be able to demonstrate this to the satisfaction of the Trust.

The Trust supports the requirements for continuing professional development as laid down by the Royal College of Physicians and is committed to providing time and financial support for these activities.

Medical revalidation is the process by which the General Medical Council (GMC) confirms the continuation of a doctor’s licence to practise in the UK, provides greater assurance to patients, the public, employers and other healthcare professionals that licensed doctors are up-to-date and fit to practise. It is a key component of a range of measures designed to improve the quality of care for patients. 

The Trust supports Royal College guidance on provision of mentors for new consultants in line with GMC recommendations. All newly appointed consultant staff are provided with a list of locally trained mentors who are available for ongoing support as required.

Personal Responsibilities 

Confidentiality

All confidential information, including patient records, individual staff records, details of contract prices and terms and any other confidential information, must under no circumstances be divulged or passed on to any unauthorised person or persons. The penalty for breach of confidentiality will normally be summary dismissal.

Workplace Doctors are looking for medical professionals with UK & Overseas experience: that possesses the following qualities:

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS:

*** Ability to act as part of a team
*** Ability to cope with a varying work load
*** GMC Registration Essential (General Medical Council) - We can provide guidance if needed
*** Specialist Register entry on the GMC Register
***Post CESR or CCT obtained (CCT - Certificate of Completion of Training) or (CESR- Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration)
****IELTS and PLAB Exam Part 1 & 2 (IELTS, overall score 7.5) – overseas doctors
****GMC Registration Essential (General Medical Council) – We can provide guidance if needed

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Note: The Trust operates a policy whereby all employment for staff that have access to children/vulnerable adults will be subject to a satisfactory DBS Disclosure (Disclosure and Barring Service) The Criminal Records Bureau ( CRB ) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority ( ISA ) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service ( DBS ). CRB checks are now called DBS checks. Overseas candidates will require an international police check or character reference.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test.

At Workplace Doctors we welcome all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion.  Candidates will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post. 

Workplace Doctors is a recruitment agency that offers locum, fixed term, permanent & locum medical jobs to cover the NHS, HSE, public and private sectors for Doctors and Nurses, AHP medical professionals. We look forward to helping you progress your career and find you the ideal position.

Call us today on +44 (0) 1234 889213 to discuss this vacancy or email your CV along with your GMC Registration to info@workplacedoctors.co.uk  You are able to also apply online (see below)

Please note that should we experience a high level of interest in the post, the vacancy will be expired early. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted as soon as possible after the closing date.