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Locum Consultant Physicians in Acute Internal Medicine

Job Description

The Luton & Dunstable University Hospital is a highly rated, diverse and forward thinking place to work. We are a Foundation Trust serving a multi-cultural population of over 350,000 across Bedfordshire and North Hertfordshire.

Through tremendous commitment and hard work, our Paediatrics, Emergency Care Services and Outpatient Services achieved “Outstanding” in our 2016 Care Quality Commission inspection. Similarly we had an overall rating of “Good” across the rest of the hospital. We were praised as compassionate, empathetic and exhibiting patient outcomes above the average when compared with other acute Trusts.

We are a regional centre of excellence for several key specialties including, Obesity Research, Neurophysiology, Cardiology, Ophthalmology and Cancer Services. We are a tertiary level NICU provider and one of the largest centres for breast screening in the country.

The hospital continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Applications are invited for the above full time posts for this 641 bed acute hospital serving a local population of approximately 400,000. Due to expansion within the department we are looking for 5 posts. These appointments will be made in accordance with the terms and conditions of service for the 2003 consultant contract (England).

The posts will be based in the Acute Medicine facility consisting of 68 beds incorporating an Emergency Assessment Unit, two short-stay wards, an acute clinic and a new Ambulatory Care Centre. The appointees will work on a rota to cover these areas, with the other six consultants. Pursuit of a specialist interest is encouraged, subject to mutually agreed timetabling, but most interests can be facilitated. In addition there is at most a 1:12 rota to oversee the acute medical take, with compensatory rest days. (timetable to be finalised/discussed with successful applicant)

The L&D’s future vision is to become a hyperacute centre including stroke, PCI and pacing, bleed service in medical department provided by specialists. A £150 million development has just commenced which will rebuild all medical areas including a major expansion of the existing A&E, a new suite of operating theatres, an integrated critical care floor with isolation rooms and medical wards with a new Ambulatory Care Centre and acute medical areas. Alongside this, the Hospital is undertaking a large and unique review of service provision so as to move towards a patient needs based care service that admits patients under the most appropriate specialty team and will include 7 day working.

The L&D has always been renowned for its friendly atmosphere and good working relationships. The Hospital has an excellent track record of financial and senior executive stability and in recognition of this excellent performance, our CEO has been seconded to NHS England as the National Urgent and Emergency Care Director to lead the national implementation of the Urgent and Emergency Care Review and the associated components of the NHS Five Year Forward View. The L&D is also one of only a small percentage of hospitals in England to receive an overall rating of ‘good’ by CQC in their recent report, with some areas such as Urgent and Emergency Care rated as ‘outstanding’.

The Medical Directorate has forty-six consultants in medicine and sub-specialties and a Department of Medicine for the Elderly (DME) which has ten consultants.

The Trust has University Hospital status which provides an academic environment to the hospital. In addition to postgraduate training, we welcome medical students from the UCL Medical School throughout the year and by arrangement with the medical school provide a programme of clinical placements to support their education. We have an excellent reputation for junior staff training.

Within the Centre of Multi-Professional Educational & Training (COMET) is the Medical Education Department, the library including an IT suite, and the Training & Development Department. The main aim of the Medical Education Department is to promote postgraduate and continuing medical education and training for all doctors and dentists. The Hospital actively promotes career development and progression for all staff.

The Hospital has excellent access to the surrounding areas with easy access to central London and the rural Chilterns. The rural areas include many attractive villages and towns within easy reach of the Hospital including St Albans and Harpenden. Excellent schools are found nearby. There is also very good access to the Midlands and North, by road or rail via the M1 and A1, and LondonLutonAirport is within fifteen minutes of the hospital.

Candidates unable for personal reasons to work full-time are invited to apply.

Residence is required within ten miles by road or up to thirty minutes travelling time of the hospital.

Applicants must be fully registered on the UK General Medical Council’s Specialist Register. Specialist Registrars may apply if within 6 months of obtaining CCT at the date of interview.

The appointment will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check for the successful candidate prior to commencement.

Please note that all shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a pre-interview assessment process involving the completion of an on-line personality profiling assessment, followed by a 1-1 session, a written exercise and a group assessment event at the hospital. These will be scheduled prior to the interview date; all shortlisted candidates must attend these appointments.

An informal visit may be arranged by appointment with Dr Tim Chapman, Clinical Director for Acute Medicine on  ( Phone number removed )  or 497540 / ( Email address removed ) and/or Dr Peter Albert, Lead Clinician for Acute Medicine on  ( Phone number removed )  / ( Email address removed )

To apply online please go to the NHS Jobs website and quote reference 418-M-GM-411


The Trust reserves the right to close vacancies early after receipt of sufficient applications. All future correspondence regarding your application will be made on line via your NHS Jobs Account.

Please provide full contact details, including email addresses, for your referees (personal email addresses are not acceptable). References should cover a minimum of three years recent employment/training history. All referees must hold a senior role to the post that you are applying for and should include your line manager from your current or most recent employment or a reference from Human Resources. If you are either newly qualified or about to qualify your referees should be from your mentor from your final placement and your university tutor. The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting protection procedures to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Following internal redeployment processes, vacancies at the Trust will be advertised to all prospective applicants at the same time via NHS jobs. If a suitable at risk NHS applicant from outside the Trust declares an interest or submits an application they will be given first consideration for the vacancy in order to retain key skills and minimise the cost of change associated with the NHS reforms within the region. If this applies to you then you should email the Recruitment and Resourcing Team at ( Email address removed ) to enable the necessary arrangements to be made.

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 Trust is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The Trust is an Equal Opportunites Employer.

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

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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