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Consultant Vascular Surgeon

Job Description

Applications are welcome from candidates wishing to work either full or part-time as a Consultant in Vascular which sits in the Emergency Surgery and Elective Care Business Unit

The successful candidate will join the existing team of Vascular surgeons and Nurse Specialists who provide high quality vascular services across the Northern Lake district in Cumbria and provide an excellent working and living environment. Carlisle is 53 miles from Newcastle and well connected via the West Coast mainline and the M6 to Scotland and the rest of the UK.

The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle serves as the hub (arterial centre) of the Solway Vascular Network which provides specialist vascular services to a population of about 550,000 people across North, East and West Cumbria and the South West Scotland county of Dumfries and Galloway. All emergency vascular and major arterial work is centralised in Carlisle. Service priorities are to consolidate the Arterial Centre services through this appointment and to provide value added services at the new £100million WCH site.

Outpatient clinics are held in Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven as well as a variety of community hospitals within Cumbria. The vascular Consultants take it in turns to cover the on call emergency rota at 1 in 5.

The unit is dynamic and undergoing change and improvement with scope for further input and contribution. The new appointee will be joining a group of 5 consultants as well as a Specialist Trainee (ST3) from the Northern Deanery, 2 other Trust registrars, a CT2 trainee from the Northern Deanery and 2 F1 appointees. There are 5 Vascular Nurse Specialists; three are based at the Cumberland Infirmary and two at the West Cumberland Hospital.

A regular programme of service and educational meetings underpins the service, plus commitment to audit and teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The scale of the hospitals permits excellent and effective working relationships between Hospital Departments and Primary Care.

There are weekly Quality Improvement (QI) meetings. Critical incident forms, mortalities, complaints and interesting cases are discussed; audits and different teaching topics are presented by the junior doctors. The meeting provides a forum to discuss any issues facing the unit and allows contributions from consultants, junior doctors as well as nursing staff. This led to a number of innovative initiatives to improve patient care derived directly from clinicians input.

The Vascular unit has 5 modern high resolution portable duplex machines available for use exclusively by vascular surgeons in clinics, theatres and on call out of hours.

There are regular MDT meetings on site. The Vascular department has close working ties with the Tertiary unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle including weekly MDTs via video conferencing and twice yearly clinical conferences.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is entering a truly exciting time of change to deliver high quality effective and safe care to the people of North Cumbria.

North Cumbria University Hospitals provides acute healthcare services from two main sites, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven. Geographically the sites are 40 miles apart and provide a range of services within a number of sub-specialties. The Trust is currently working with the Trust Development Authority (TDA), the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), local authorities and other key local partners to ensure high quality care delivery for the people of North Cumbria.

In order for your application to be successfully processed we will require references from your current and previous employer(s) which must cover a minimum period of three years. Please ensure that the reference section of your application is completed appropriately giving the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current and previous line manager(s). If this section is not fully completed your application may not be processed.

The post will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to ensuring a safe and high quality of patient care underpinned by our Trust values. It is expected that all employees demonstrate their commitment to these in their daily activity.

Recruitment for this post will be via an Assessment Centre over two days.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is committed to the highest standards of recruitment to ensure we attract and employ the very best of candidates. To meet this standard we have developed a detailed and thorough selection event for our shortlisted candidates.

The recruitment process for the vacancy you have applied for is based upon the following key elements:

  • A competency based recruitment interview
  • The completion of two behavioral / thinking style psychometric tests which will be validated as part of the recruitment interview
  • A clinical assessment which will be validated with you at the recruitment interview
  • An opportunity for you to meet the team and visit the department

You will be contacted via your NHS Jobs account within 1 month after the closing date, it is important you regularly check your emails as any interview details will be communicated to you via NHS Jobs and not by post

Closing date for applications is 25 October 2016

Interviews are planned for 11 November 2016

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)

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