Area of Work: Anaesthetics
Employer: London NHS Hospital
Salary: £54,937 to £81,550 per annum
Job Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 20/09/2009
The NHS Trust manages three hospitals on two sites North London. The first hospital spearheads the fight against conditions of the bowel with ground breaking research and pioneering new treatments, while the second provides a full range of services including a paediatric A&E, a maxillofacial unit and a newly refurbished maternity unit, one of the busiest in London. The third hospital is newly rebuilt hospital and they have developed radical new ways of working, providing patients with care in a state-of-the art environment.
Applications are sought for 2 speciality doctors to join this thriving department which has a complex and varied clinical workload with a strong reputation for training and teaching.
The posts are of a general nature allowing candidates to develop their own interests and strengthen their experience. Active encouragement is given to the taking and passing of post-graduate examinations. These posts have special responsibilities to the obstetric service provision and the obstetric anaesthetic department is recognised as a vibrant academic and teaching department. On call commitments are to this service on a resident 1: 8 basis.
The hospitals host national referral centres for colorectal surgery and intestinal failure. There are district and super district services in ENT and infectious diseases, and all major district level specialties are represented. The ITU has 8 beds with high occupancy and a 90% ventilation rate.
The Directorate of Anaesthesia consists of operating theatres, surgical day care, recovery, chronic and acute pain services, obstetric anaesthetic service and the Intensive Care Unit.
The consultants are supported by 11 staff grade doctors. The trainees comprise 10 SpRs (on rotation from the Imperial School of Anaesthesia) and 7 ST1/2s. Other medical staff include four residents in ITU (working alongside 2 anaesthetsts), of which some posts are assigned to Core Medical Training and ACCS rotations.
There is a suite of nine operating theatres on site. All surgical specialities bar neuro and cardiac are catered for, with a preponderance of major surgery. St marks provides a tertiary referral centre for colorectal disorders, the regional maxfax/head and neck unit is on site, and all trauma surgery across the trust is carried out here.
There a general adult ITU. Elective surgical patients provide less than 10% of admissions; over 50% are medical emergencies. Emergency surgery and post surgical complications provide the remaining caseload. Eight ITU beds are staffed, and there are facilities available to increase the number of beds if required. There are 2 overnight intensive recovery (OIR) beds & 4 elective HDU beds to facilitate the increased number of complex surgical cases and reduce the pressures on ITU beds. ITU still runs at over 98% bed occupancy.. There is also medical HDU to relive pressure on ITU for medical admissions.
The Acute Pain service is headed by a consultant anaesthetist and supported by 3 nursing staff and anaesthetic trainee. Acute pain rounds take place regularly. Epidural and patient controlled analgesia techniques are commonplace on the wards. Service provided 24/7.
How to make an application
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including:
• The job reference in the subject of the email
• A paragraph introducing yourself in the body of the email
• An up to date version of your CV, written in English
• A telephone number and available times for us to contact you
What will happen if your application is successful
- Throughout each of the below stages, we will provide comprehensive guidance and assistance including step by step instructions on how and when to begin your registration process with the appropriate UK professional body (GMC for Doctors, NMC for Nurses, HPC for Allied Health Professionals).
- We do not charge any fees to applicants, we are paid exclusively by the hospital we are recruiting for.
- We will also contribute towards i) travel costs associated with attending an interview in the UK, ii) fees associated with registering with the appropriate UK professional body, and iii) any other costs incurred. The level of our contribution varies depending on the vacancy and each applicant's circumstances, and will be assessed during Stage 1.
Stage 1) Assessment
We will initially send you an email confirming a date and time when we will be contacting you for an introductory conversation.
During the introductory conversation we will assess:
• Your experience, skills and qualifications relating to the vacancy
• Your availability and suitability to relocate to the UK
• Your understanding of what life is like living and working in the UK
• Your short, medium and long term objectives relating to your career and desire to stay in the UK
• Your English speaking and listening ability
We will then select the best applicants to take forward to the next stage, and provide feedback to those who have been unsuccessful.
Stage 2) Interviews with the hospital
It is likely that the hospital will want to conduct a telephone interview with you before inviting you to attend a formal interview in the UK.
Following the telephone interviews, if you are successful you will be asked to attend a formal interview in the UK.
Once a date has been confirmed, we will organise everything for you including:
• Return flights to the UK
• Hotel reservations
• Travel instructions to the hospital
• Information about the hospital, and the format of the interview
Stage 3) Offers of employment
Offers of employment may be subject to the applicant providing the following documentation:
• Professional references
• An occupational health assessment
• Criminal record check
• Proof of professional body registration
Relocating to the UK
If you choose to accept an offer of employment, we will help you organise your relocation including:
• Recommendations on areas to where to look for accommodation
• Introducing you to fellow healthcare workers from your home country
• Providing you with information to about the city in which are moving to including it's history and culture
• Providing you with useful contacts, for when you arrive in the UK