Specialist or Locum Consultant in Medical Oncology (Melanoma + flexible second tumour site) – CESR Supported

  • £83,945 – £131,964
  • Wales
  • Fixed

A fantastic opportunity awaits a medical oncologist passionate about melanoma, to join a welcoming and supportive team in South West Wales. Join a dynamic team, collaborating closely with surgical and oncology experts. Enjoy the perks of affordable housing, top-notch schools and the beautiful countryside, whilst also having access to the UK’s largest cities – London is a mere three-hour train ride away, offering the best of both worlds.

The Trust are seeking a Specialist or Consultant in Medical Oncology with a specialized focus on Melanoma for an 8 or 10 session position. Flexible working hours are available to accommodate those with caring responsibilities. Additionally, there are possibilities to explore off-site work, facilitating remote chemotherapy prescribing when necessary!

The Trust

This position fills a vital role within a team of 20 Consultants and 1 specialty doctor dedicated to delivering non-surgical oncology services in South West Wales. Serving a population exceeding 900,000, the Cancer Centre offers a comprehensive range of specialized care.

There are 13 Specialty Registrars in Oncology (8 Clinical and 5 Medical) who rotate between the two Cancer Centres in South West Wales. The team also have one FT and one LTFT radiotherapy research fellow, alongside 1 IMT trainee 2 Foundation Year 2 doctors and 2 JCF.

At the Cancer Centre, patients benefit from advanced facilities, including in-patient services for Oncology and Malignant Hematology, a chemotherapy and hematology day unit, and an on-site aseptic unit. Outpatient care is seamlessly integrated with the Radiotherapy Department, boasting three twin room consulting suites and a dedicated Chemotherapy Day unit equipped for specialized chemotherapy review clinics.

The Chemotherapy Day unit accommodates eight day-case patients, featuring five intermediate and three bolus treatment chairs, providing tailored services for patients with solid tumors. Meanwhile, haematological patients receive chemotherapy at the Haematology day unit, utilizing the advanced ChemoCare electronic prescribing system networked across all chemotherapy units in South West Wales.

With a dedicated ward offering 30 beds (expandable to 36 during peak periods), the centres facilities cater to both oncology and hematology patients, including specialized rooms for bone marrow/stem cell transplantation and radioactive isotope therapy.

The Centres commitment to training is evident through partnerships with surrounding Universities. From undergraduate lectures to specialized training, the team provide robust educational opportunities at every level, fostering excellence in oncological care.

The Job

You will provide a clinical service, with colleagues, which will include the responsibility for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness. 

Your role entails participation in the 1 in 20 oncology on-call rotation, with forward-looking coverage. Under exceptional circumstances, you may also be required to fulfill duties at other Health Board locations. Rest assured, travel expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with Health Board policies and procedures.

You will be expected to make a significant contribution to the service and delivery unit planning process through active participation in the clinical delivery unit structure.

The successful candidate will offer a complete systemic therapy service for patients with melanoma. They'll collaborate closely with the Skin Multidisciplinary Team, which includes dermatology and plastic surgery specialists. This team meets every Wednesday afternoon and has its own dedicated skin oncology CNS.

You will also have the opportunity to dive into an exciting range of systemic therapy clinical trials and can expect to see around 80 new patients and 400 follow-up appointments each year.

This post includes 2.4 sessions of SPA. It will be expected that the candidate will, in addition to CPD, after consultation with relevant managerial colleagues, identify an area of SPA activity that brings benefit to the department. 1 SPA is allocated for audit, mandatory training, CPD and appraisal. It is also expected that the candidate will undertake audits relevant to their practice at reasonable intervals.

Education and Training

The Centre values their University status and have strong educational ties with the Colleges of Medicine in both local Universities, as well as the College of Human and Health Science. As part of your role, you'll conduct training, teaching sessions, and examinations for healthcare staff. You'll also contribute to postgraduate and continuing medical education activities, both locally and sometimes nationally.

The Multi-professional Education Centre (MPEC) also provides clinical skills training, resuscitation facilities, and modern IT support. The center houses experienced clinical teachers and technical staff.

The Healthboard boasts two Staff Education Centres which offer state-of-the-art lecture theatres and seminar rooms, shared with the College of Medicine. Similarly, a handful of the local hospitals have libraries and education facilities. 

As part of your role, you'll be listed in the contracts of junior medical staff as their Educational Supervisor. You'll guide their training and provide career advice within the guidelines of specialist bodies and medical royal colleges. Medical trainees in Wales agree on an educational contract jointly between themselves, the Health Board, and the Deanery.

You'll also participate in postgraduate teaching sessions specific to your specialty and contribute to the training of medical undergraduates as part of the Undergraduate training program.

Requirements of the role

  • GMC Registration (or have the components for an application)
  • Prior experience of AOS, MUO/CUP and Melanoma
  • Prior independent experience at Specialist or Consultant level
Alice Howe Executive Recruitment Consultant

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