ED & Pre-Hospital (Air Ambulance) Consultant

Taunton, Somerset
£76,001 to £102,465 per annum
20 Mar 2017
09 Apr 2017
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is embarking on an exciting joint venture with the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance (DSAA). We are delighted to be inviting applications for two full time consultants to work across the 2 organisations.

About Us

DSAA operate from an airbase on the Somerset/Dorset border. They can be at any point in the two counties in less than 20 minutes of receiving an emergency call. The helicopter can then take a patient to any one of the Major Trauma Centres in the south west within a further 20 minutes. Carrying the latest equipment, and trialing new and innovative equipment, this enables the crew to save lives and manage patients’ conditions at the scene and during the journey to hospital.

In 2015 the DSAA flew 675 missions, 326 of which were in Somerset. 60% of the total missions were to patients suffering trauma. Every mission is the result of somebody suffering a potentially life-threatening injury or accident, demonstrating the need for the air ambulance.

Musgrove Park Hospital serves a population of 350,000 and has an excellent reputation for providing a comprehensive range of medical, surgical and specialist services. The Trust has been rated good in a recent CQC inspection, with an outstanding rating for patient care.

In 2016 we were selected to be a ‘Global Digital Exemplar’. One of only 16 Trusts who have been selected to trail blaze new ways of using digital technology, to drive radical improvements in the care of patients.

A number of consultants within the ambitious and enthusiastic ED team are active within national roles, including the National Advisor (A&E) NHS England and the RCEM Director for Revalidation. Musgrove is a designated trauma unit as part of the Severn Major Trauma Network.

The department has been expanded and refurbished and has a high quality 4 bed resuscitation room, dedicated paediatric resuscitation area, gantry x-ray, and a 12 bed majors area.


Nestled in the heart of Somerset, as the County town, Taunton has recently been named as one of the new ‘Garden Towns’, this combines the best of both town and country life in one place. Living here you will really get to experience life in the West Country.

If you like the outdoors, nearby you will find numerous cycling challenges. From gentle cycle routes through the Somerset Levels, to challenging climbs in the Quantock Hills. Britain’s biggest gorge, Cheddar Gorge, has a world-class centre for climbers and offers over 1000 climbing routes. For watersport activities including sailing and windsurfing, look no further than the idyllic Wimbleball lake. Straddled between areas of outstanding natural beauty and the idyllic Exmoor National Park, there is plenty to keep you occupied.

Taunton has a diverse range of shopping and restaurants and hosts a number of arts and food festivals and is home to the Somerset County Cricket Ground regularly hosting international fixtures. You can also take advantage of easy access to some of the UK’s most desirable locations, from the beaches of North Devon and Cornwall, to the cosmopolitan centres of Bristol, Bath, and Exeter.

Somerset offers some of the best schools in the country. Ranging from public institutions such as Millfield, Queen’s College, Taunton School, King’s College, Wellington School and Blundell’s just across the border in Devon, to award winning state schools such as the Richard Huish College which has been ranked in the top 10 of A-level providers nationally for the last eight years, through to secondary schools ranking in the top 5% nationally such as The Castle school.

Taunton offers you all the perks while still being less than two hours by train from London. With great educational opportunities and an abundance of picturesque countryside, we think there is nowhere better.

For any further information or informal enquiries please contact Dr James Gagg, Clinical Service Lead on 01823 342909 or Julie Jones, Directorate Manager (Directorate PA Wendy Burman) on 01823 342458.

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Closing date 9 April 2017.