Locum Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care | BDI Resourcing

Locum Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

  • £93,666- £126,281
  • Manchester
  • Fixed

The Job 

This is an excellent opportunity within the Anaesthetics department at a fantastic NHS Trust in Manchester, well known for the support they can provide and the possibility for continuing professional development. This post has been created for those with an interest in pursuing a job plan in both General Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. You will be offered the opportunity to work closely with the existing Anaesthetists in the Trust to provide a high standard of care across the Trust.

Key Details

Job title: Locum Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care


Salary: £93,666- £126,281

Contract: 12 months (with a view to extend)

The Hospital 

Intensive Care Unit

Comprises of a 9 bed Intensive Care Unit with a breakdown of six level 3 and three level 2 beds. Over the last couple of years they have intermittently upgraded their capacity to two Intensive Care Units with a capacity of 9 and 6 respectively to cope with the national challenge of COVID 19 situation. The current split is between a 9 bed non COVID ICU on the first floor and a 6 bed ICU space for COVID patients. Current capacity is for level 3 patients but a COVID level 2 provision is embedded into this. This escalated capacity has slowly reverted back to the original 9 bed capacity plan but this may fluctuate if the clinical need arises.


The theatre suite consists of 9 theatres, a major treatment room within the single site and 1 maternity theatre, all of which are equipped to modern standards. There are dedicated paediatric and adult recovery areas and facilities to manage high care patients for resuscitation. There is also  separate Obstetric Suite with operating Theatre.

Main Duties

You would be expected to actively contribute to the provision of anaesthesia services within the department, including serving as a substitute for absent colleagues, demonstrating flexibility in work arrangements, ensuring the quality of service and patient care, and optimizing resource utilization for cost-effectiveness. This job description outlines the core responsibilities of the role, but the specific work schedule can be negotiated to meet the demands of service and training.

The Critical Care Unit is located on the First Floor and consists of a 9-bed facility, comprising 6 Level III beds and 3 Level II beds for surgical High Dependency Unit (HDU) care. The unit operates with adaptability in bed usage. It is a modern facility equipped with advanced monitoring capabilities, including cardiac output monitoring (LidCO and ODM), invasive monitoring, and hemofiltration using Prismaflux machines. Additionally, the unit has recently acquired a high-frequency oscillator for treating severe hypoxemia.

On weekdays, the unit is overseen by a consultant with a focus on Intensive Care Unit (ITU), as part of a 9-week rotation, along with two staff-grade doctors or trainees. One of these staff grades or trainees is responsible for handling outreach referrals under the supervision of a Consultant. Critical care coverage is provided by 9 Consultants on a rotational basis, with on-call duties shared at a 1:9 ratio. Trainees periodically rotate through the ITU, which is accredited for basic and intermediate Intensive Care Medicine (ICM) training. The unit conducts ICM consultant ward rounds twice daily in accordance with standards set by the Intensive Care Society (ICS) and the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA). There is a separate on-call schedule for Critical Care and General Consultants.

One Foundation Year 1 (F1) doctor rotates through the ICM module, as per the agreement of the Local Foundation Programme. An Advanced ITU practitioner currently dedicates two days a week to work in the ITU, and there are plans to expand this role within the ITU in the future.


In order to apply for this role you will need:

  • Full GMC Registration (or have been invited to your ID check in the UK)
  • Prior NHS experience (working at any grade)
  • A recognised post graduate qualification (e.g. EDAIC, EDIC, MRCP, FRCA, USMLE)
  • Great English language skills (evidenced via an OET or IELTS exam)
  • Experience in a similar position either overseas or domestically (Specialty Doctor/Specialist/Senior Resident)
  • Experience of supervising undergraduates, doctors in training and other colleagues

How BDI Resourcing can support

When choosing to apply for your next role with BDI Resourcing, you’ll have the full support of an expert recruitment team who will assist, as standard, with:

  • CV Preparation using our recognised bespoke guidance
  • Application support with expert knowledge of specialisms, NHS and local support
  • Video based Interview Preparation using specific example questions according to job role
  • Contract and offer negotiations for salary, relocation packages, tenure and more

Once you have accepted your new role, you’ll then be met by one of our dedicated relocation executives who will guide you through all the way to starting to your new role including:

  • Document gathering and checking 
  • COS and Visa Application support if applicable
  • Short- and long-term accommodation sourcing
  • Travel Arrangements
  • Family support for finding schools and any other aspects of pastoral care

We look forward to hearing from you regrading this exciting opportunity!

Tyler Davies Executive Recruitment Consultant

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