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Consultant Stroke Physician

Job Description

Sherwood Forest Hospitals is a new breed of NHS Foundation Trust and our ambition is to offer world class healthcare to our patients. Our commitment is built on the core principles of quality, safety and clinical excellence. It is our complete dedication to patients that really sets us apart.

We appreciate what good health means to patients. So we shape our services to deliver it. We believe our patients deserve the best.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals is a leading edge NHS Foundation Trust embracing a £260m turnover healthcare business. We employ over 4,000 people and deliver best care through some of the best quality hospital facilities in the country.

From the passionate support for Newark Hospital to the leading edge design of the new King’s Mill Hospital, we take great pride in the quality of service we offer our patients.

Applications are invited for the posts of two, full-time Consultants to join the Department of Stoke Medicine at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SFH). These are new posts which have arisen as a result of service development. You would be joining an enthusiastic and experienced stroke specialist multidisciplinary team which includes two existing Stroke Consultants.

The stroke service at SFH is based at King’s Mill Hospital (KMH) and is an all-inclusive model covering hyper-acute, acute and rehabilitation services, as well as the Early Supported Discharge (ESD) team for stroke. All of these are under the same management team, sharing team members, clinical protocols and governing structures.

The SFH stroke service admits approximately 500 stroke patients annually and was recently rated at an overall level A in the latest Stroke Sentinel National Audit Programme (SSNAP). This puts us in the top quarter of Trusts nationally.

King’s Mill Hospital provides excellent facilities in a new build, completed in 2010. The stroke wards consist of a fully-monitored, four bedded hyper-acute area and 34 bedded acute and rehabilitation unit, which has an integral therapy gym and ADL assessment and rehabilitation area. Therapy services run seven days per week. Two clinical psychologists provide input into the in-patient and
ESD service as well as providing outpatient clinics.

The thrombolysis service runs 24/7 and is supported by a telemedicine model shared with neighbouring Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH). Referrals are made from the ambulance service directly to the stroke unit and a stroke response nurse (NIHSS trained) is available at all times to assess new stroke referrals (including thrombolysis cases) and works closely with the Consultant
Stroke Physicians.

The on-call commitment for Consultants is 1:7 which includes out of hours thrombolysis and weekend daytime cover of the stroke unit and the three acute/subacute geriatric wards. There is no obligation to join the acute medical on call rota although this could be explored according to an individual’s
experience and preferences.

On average 40% of stroke patients admitted to the unit are transferred to the Early Supported Discharge team which receives weekly sessional Consultant input. A Community Stroke Team for further rehabilitation is due to be established by January 2016.

TIA clinics run five days per week on the KMH site (with a weekend service being provided at Nottingham) and are fully supported by dedicated radiology and imaging teams. Neuroimaging meetings are held weekly to discuss stroke and TIA patients.

Joint operational and Clinical Governance structures enable close partnership working with neighbouring NUH with whom we share a Partnership Board. Junior doctors rotate from Nottingham and North Trent and medical students from Nottingham and Derby are regularly attached to the service.

Research is encouraged within the stroke service and is supported by a full time stroke research nurse. The portfolio of trials is wide. In ENCHANTED trial of low versus standard dose thrombolysis the SFH stroke service achieved the fastest mean door-to-needle time for recruiting centres across the world.

We are also able to offer an attractive recruitment package to include:
An attractive recruitment and retention premium (details to be discussed with individual applicants)
Relocation budget of up to £5,000
Named Mentor for the first year of employment to facilitate settling in to the new working environment
Additional allocation of SPA time within the job plan for the first 2 years in order to allow time for service development (typically 75:25 split between DCC and SPA time)
Access to additional study leave funding for the first 2 years of employment

Full registration with Specialist Registration and a license to practice with the GMC is essential. Those trained in the UK should have evidence of higher specialist training leading to CCT or be within 6 months of confirmed entry from date of interview or eligibility for specialist registration (CESR).The
ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team is also essential.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides care across three hospital sites - King’s Mill Hospital, Newark Hospital and Mansfield Community Hospital. The Trust is the main acute hospital trust for the local area, proudly providing high quality healthcare for 420,000 people across north Nottinghamshire, as well as parts of Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. We provide a comprehensive range of hospital and community services, including planned and emergency surgery, children’s services, obstetric and gynaecological care.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Sally Fletcher, Stroke Head of Service or Dr Martin Cooper, Stroke Consultant and Clinical Lead for
 ( Phone number removed )  ext. 6050 or ext. 2419

If you would like this information in an alternative format or in a different language please contact us on  ( Phone number removed )  ext 3271. Please note that we no longer accept handwritten/paper applications and that the email address given on your application will be used for all correspondence regarding this post.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close a vacancy before the closing date if a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Priority for vacancies at the Trust will be given to existing NHS employees of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust whose roles are currently at risk of redundancy due to organisational change.

Only applications received via NHS Jobs on or before the vacancy's closing date will be considered for short listing. This is to ensure that the Trust meets its commitment to Equality of Opportunity.

In submitting an application, you authorise Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any current and previous NHS Service details and you agree to the Trust obtaining and transferring personal date held about you, including Occupational Health data (inoculations and screening tests). This data will be shared using the NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and third party systems via an automated process and will only be used for the purposes of maintaining your employment record.

Please note if you are successful in obtaining this position and the post involves regulated activity you will be required to undertake a Disclosure & Barring Service check. The Trust will pay for the check initially and the money will then be deducted from your first month’s salary. The current price of a check is £4769 plus VAT for an enhanced and £2969 plus VAT for a standard check. Further details of the Disclosure & Barring Service check will be confirmed upon offer of employment.

For further information on the Trust, please visit our website.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

UK Registration

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