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Consultant Gastroenterology

Job Description

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust was formed in October 2013, following the merger of Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich. The Trust was named as one of the top 100 healthcare employers in HSJ's 2014 survey on the best places to work.

Over the last year, key developments have included:

  • Ongoing work with health and social care partners to reduce A&E waiting times and improve the discharge process.
  • Improvements to how we manage patient information – with the introduction of new systems of electronic patient records at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and University Hospital Lewisham.
  • Our ongoing recruitment campaign, which has increased the number of permanent staff by over 400 since the merger.
  • Work to improve infection control, such as the introduction of new hand hygiene foam or gel dispensers in public areas around our sites.
  • New services and facilities, such as the midwifery-led Greenwich Birth Centre, which opened in May 2015.

We will continue to work with staff and local people to deliver improvements. In return for your dedication and hard work, we offer well-established, structured mentoring and staff development packages to support you in your role.

We are seeking exceptionally motivated individuals to join our friendly dynamic team.

Consultant Gastroenterologist
University Hospital Lewisham

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust require a Consultant colleague to join their dynamic and forward thinking Department.

University Hospital Lewisham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich have amalgamated to form Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. This resulted from the reconfiguration of services in South East London recommended by the Health Secretary. The Hospitals covers the London Boroughs of Lewisham, Greenwich and Bexley with a combined population of 650,000 people. There will be ever closer working between both hospitals with the potential for consultants to work across both sites.

This is a replacement post based at University Hospital Lewisham following a recent service review and will enable a cross site Gastrointestinal bleeding rota to commence. Applicants with all specialist interests will be considered, however an interest in hepatology would complement the department. This is a 10 PA appointment and the post-holder per week will be required to do two endoscopy lists, two clinics and a specialist interest clinic or list to contribute to Gastrointestinal inpatient management. The post will have an equal share with existing colleagues contributing to the New Acute Gastroenterology rota providing weekly supervision of Gastroenterology inpatients and seven day GI services. There is no General Internal Medicine on call component to the post; the successful applicant will contribute a rota looking after Gastrointestinal inpatients.

The Lewisham site Gastroenterology Department has four full time and one part time Consultants, an associate specialist, two specialist registrars and clinical nurse specialists in inflammatory bowel disease and viral hepatitis. A large range of gastroenterology services have been established at the Trust including:
upper and lower GI cancer services and MDTs as part of the London Cancer Alliance
Inflammatory Bowel Disease biological service
Hepatology and Viral Hepatitis treatment service,
Nutrition service,
Adolescent Gastroenterology service
MDTs in upper and lower GI cancer MDTs, IBD and Viral Hepatitis
The Lewisham site is developing a Hydrogen Breath Testing service for Lactose and Fructose intolerance and small bowel bacterial overrgrowth
The Greenwich site provides Oesophageal physiology, Video capsule endoscopy and Fibro scanning.

The Lewisham Endoscopy Department has four operational rooms with plans unit and plans are in development for Building a State of the Art six room unit in 2016 including a GA interventional suite.
The department provides ERCP, GA endoscopy service, oesophageal, duodenal and colonic stenting, Colon Cancer Screening. Lewisham is the Lead for Bowel Cancer Screening across the six local boroughs and has been a JAG accredited unit since 2007. The department was awarded a further 5 year accreditation certificate in 2013 and has recently commenced Bowel Scope Screening. Lewisham currently has a four room endoscopy

The endoscopy department is part of a medical day care unit providing Biological and Immunosupressivion Treatment service, Day case liver biopsies, paracentesis, day case ERCP and with plans to further develop ambulatory care for patients with Gastrointestinal Disease

All candidates must have an MBBS or equivalent, Registered with the GMC, MRCP or equivalent and must have or be within six months of a CCT for Gastroenterology and General Medicine.

The trust is located in a pleasant part of South East London, with easy access to central London and the Kent countryside. There is a wide range of residential areas with excellent local amenities and schools.

Informal enquiries and visits are welcome. Please contact:
Dr David Reffitt, Clinical Director of Gastroenterology  ( Phone number removed )  or 6182
email: ( Email address removed )

Kelly Stannard in Human resources  ( Phone number removed ) 
Email: ( Email address removed )

To apply for this post please complete the short application form and attach a copy of your current CV (PDF) which should include contact name, address & email addresses of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent employer.

Closing date: 25th October 2016

Interview date: 15th November 2016

For further details / informal visits contact:
Dr David Reffitt, email ( Email address removed )

Please note that the as part of the application process, you will need to complete a short values based pre-application question. Your responses to the question will impact on whether or not you are able to successfully continue with your application. Please have a look on our website to find out more information before you start the pre-application question. If you are unsuccessful with the pre-application question, it means that you are not in harmony with our values. We thank you for your interest in Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

For vacancies where a high volume of applications are received, we reserve the right to close the post before the stated closing date. Please apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Due to the volume of applications for some posts, it may not be possible for us to contact all applicants with the outcome of the shortlisting. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, you should assume that you have not been successful.

Shortlisted applicants for posts up to and including band 4 may be invited to sit a basic numeracy and literacy test as part of the interview process. If you have any concerns about your ability in either area you are strongly advised to visit the Excellence Gateway website and try some of the activities and practice questions. If you have been shortlisted and previously passed either test, please make us aware.

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

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