Locum Consultant Anaesthetist

  • £88,364 - £119,133
  • North East
  • Fixed

The Job

This Anaesthetics team are delighted to present an exciting opportunity for individuals to join their team as a consultant Anaesthetist in their state-of-the-art department. In this role, the selected candidates will have the chance to play a crucial part in the lives of patients, ensuring exceptional care throughout all surgical procedures. The main focus will be on patient safety as the anaesthetists utilize their expertise to design and implement personalized anaesthesia plans that cater to each individual's unique requirements. They will work alongside a team of experienced healthcare professionals, including surgeons and nurses, contributing to delivering seamless, efficient, and effective patient care.

Beyond the clinical duties, the chosen anaesthetists will also play a vital role in educating and training aspiring anaesthetists. This involves supervising and mentoring junior staff, as well as participating in the hospital's esteemed residency program. As valued members of the team, they will also have the opportunity to engage in ongoing research and collaborate with industry-leading experts, contributing to the advancement of the field.

This exceptional opportunity offers tremendous potential for growth and advancement. The workplace culture is supportive and inclusive, providing a conducive environment for highly skilled and dedicated anaesthetists to make a meaningful impact on patient care and contribute to the progress of the field.

Key Details

Job Title: Locum Consultant Anaesthetist

Location: North East

Salary: £88,364 - £119,133

Contract: 12 months (with a view to extend)

The Departments

The Trust has a team of 66 Consultant Anaesthetists, along with 5 Associate Specialists, 3 Specialty Doctors, and 40 anaesthetic-based trainees ranging from CT1 to ST7. Additionally, trainees from acute medicine, respiratory medicine, and emergency medicine also rotate through training in Intensive Care. The department further provides training for FY1 and FY2 Doctors from the Local Foundation School. Four Anaesthesia Associates contribute their expertise to the department. To support the Department's operations, 5 secretaries work in anaesthesia, and an additional two are based in critical care, providing essential secretarial and administrative assistance.

The Department offers Anaesthesia services for all major surgical specialties and operates across two sites. Most elective procedures are conducted at sister site, while urgent care, obstetric, and paediatric services are provided at the main hub.

The Women's and Children's Hospital, under the Department's management, handles approximately 6000 deliveries each year, with an elective caesarean section rate of 10% and an emergency caesarean section rate of 15%. They have established itself as a leading centre for the practice and education of obstetric anaesthesia over the years. The Department actively pursues research and audit initiatives, providing opportunities for clinical practice innovation.

Main Duties

A standard full-time Job Plan consists of 10.1 programmed activities. If there are any additional programmed activities needed, they will be discussed and agreed upon during the job planning process with the Clinical Manager. Any agreements made will be documented in writing, and the additional activities will be integrated into the Job Plan schedule.

Looking ahead, as the number of paediatric anaesthetic consultants expands, there will be additional paediatric anaesthetic on-call responsibilities.

In the future, the Job Plan may be modified in consultation with the post holder to align with the requirements of the new Consultant Contract concerning programmed activities.

The candidate will have 2 SPAs (Supporting Professional Activities) allocated for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. They will need to create a matrix outlining how they plan to utilize these SPAs effectively. Out of the 2 SPAs, 1.5 are automatically allocated, with 1 SPA being used flexibly outside of the weekly timetable, while the remaining SPAs will be scheduled within the consultant's preferred days.

There are various opportunities for the candidate to engage in professional development and teaching activities. These include simulation training in Paediatrics at HILS, teaching in the MEPA course twice a year, teaching in the SPECS course twice a year, and teaching EPLS at HILS.

In addition to clinical duties, any other responsibilities will be in accordance with the Job Plan agreed upon by the Appointee, present Consultants, and the Chief Executive. The Job Plan allows time for Administration, Teaching, and Medical Audit. Active participation in audit, appraisal, and Continuing Medical Education (CME) is mandatory, following clinical governance and GMC guidance.

All consultants may be required to work across any of the Trust's sites and during the seven-day period, as necessary.

Furthermore, the candidate will receive secretarial support and appropriate office accommodation and IT facilities.

Clinical Expectation:

  • Maintaining the highest clinical standards in Anaesthesia
  • To work together with your colleagues to provide comprehensive Anaesthetic advice to all inpatients.
  • To work with colleagues, both medical and nursing to improve and advance the service
  • To share with colleagues the responsibility for the management of the Department
  • Teaching and training of trainees, junior medical staff, nursing staff, primary care colleagues and medical students
  • To have responsibility for ensuring active participation in continuing professional development (CPD)

Education and Development:

  • There is a great opportunity within the department to get involved with the teaching and training of medical students, nurses and junior doctors.
  • It is expected that the post-holder will be a clinical/educational supervisor to some of the training doctors on rotation, as well as taking part in their regular weekly teaching timetable. You will also be allocated SPA time for this role.
  • There is a monthly ‘all staff’ teaching session which you will be expected to attend and contribute to. This includes a regular audit meeting, where again, consultant contribution is encouraged.
  • Within the department we also run several regional courses. We have a clinical skills facility where simulation based training is provided. Critical Incident Days, Airway Days and Novice Assessments and run within the simulation suite. There are also separate Viva and OSCE Courses both for regional trainees to aid with the primary and final FRCA.

Clinical Governance:

You will be expected to attend the monthly specialty clinical governance group and we also encourage further contribution to our local, regional and national audit participation.

Management and Leadership:

As a Consultant there will be an expectation to take on management roles. This means assuming roles of responsibility in audit, governance, junior rota administration, medical undergraduate and postgraduate training. You will be encouraged to participate in medical audits on a regular basis and contribute to its development in the department and across the Trust. Like all of our consultants, you will be expected to contribute to the operational performance and efficiency of the Division including discussing ideas to increase the effective use of resources. For any of these roles, additional SPA time would be granted.


To apply for this role, you will need:

  • Full GMC Registration (or you have been invited to the ID check stage)
  • Previous experience at Consultant level in the NHS or overseas.
  • Recognised post graduate degree (e.g. EDAIC, EDIC, MRCP, FRCA, USMLE)
  • English Language Test (OET or IELTS)
  • EPIC verification (via the ECFMG) of your primary and post-graduate medical qualifications

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We look forward to hearing from you!

Tyler Davies Executive Recruitment Consultant

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