Consultant in Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery

Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol
26 Feb 2018
25 Mar 2018
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

North Bristol NHS Trust is looking for a Full Time Substantive Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedics with a Specialist Interest in Adult and Paediatric Spinal Surgery.

The Avon Orthopaedic Centre (AOC) located in the Brunel Building is the largest specialist elective orthopaedic centre in the Southwest, 4th largest nationally, the Major Trauma provider for the Severn region, and regional tertiary referral centre for complex spinal surgery.

The NBT spinal service is made up of a combined orthopaedic and neuro team, which provides an on call service to the major trauma service at the hospital. It is the local and regional centre for complex spinal surgery including deformity.

The Trauma team work closely with the regional plastic surgery and regional vascular teams in the management of major trauma, and in addition have excellent outcomes with ambulatory and elderly trauma including hip fractures.

The spinal service consists of 2 operating theatres which treat trauma and elective spinal patients, which are supported by specialist trained scrub staff and the provision of specialist equipment. State of the art surgical navigation equipment is in use in the orthopaedic spinal theatre. The service has ring-fenced spinal beds which are all individual rooms and access to the largest ITU facility in the South West.

The Musculoskeletal Research Unit of the University of Bristol is part of the AOC. The MRU has been awarded over £8 million by the government to solve problems such as preventing infection and improving joint replacements. In addition we are the official analysts of the National Joint Registry.

Key Working Relationships

Mr Wigfield – Clinical Director

Mr Stephen Morris – Spinal Lead

Ms Rhona Galt – Neuro & MSK Divisional Manager

Mrs Melanie De Witt – Neuro & MSK Head of Nursing

The department is supported by 3 training registrars, 4 senior clinical fellows, and junior doctor cover.

The spinal team are support by 2 clinical nurse specialists, 2 advanced nurse practitioners and 4 Extended Scope Practitioners.

The Bristol paediatric deformity spinal service is provided at Bristol Children’s Hospital and supported by a clinical nurse specialist.

Individuals wishing to apply must be registered Medical Practitioners (with a licence to practice) and on the Specialist Register of the GMC or be eligible to be on the Specialist Register within six months of the date of the Advisory Appointments Committee.

The successful candidate will be employed under Terms & Conditions of Service for Consultants (England) 2003. The Trust has teaching status and is linked with the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England. Experience and familiarity with UK hospital systems and practices or equivalent is essential.

To arrange a visit or for an informal discussion about the role, contact Consultant Mr Stephen Morris on 0117 414 1618 or AGM Andy Clark on 0117 414 6680.

To apply for this post, click the APPLY button.

If you are shortlisted we will contact you by email with details of your interview of which you will need to confirm your attendance. Therefore it is important that you check your online account regularly.

Close Date – 25th March 2018

Interview Date – 22nd May 2018

Please note:

CVs are not used in the shortlisting process. If you are shortlisted your CV will be made available to the Formal and Informal interview panel.

For Consultant expenses related to this post, please refer to the document on NHS Jobs

Committed to equal opportunities, job share applications welcome.

The following is applicable for ‘At Risk’ employees, who must meet the essential shortlisting criteria to be eligible for interview.

Those from within North Bristol NHS Trust who apply for this role will be considered for shortlisting in the first instance. 

Those from within the BNSSG (Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) who apply for this role will be considered in the second instance.

Those covered by the South West Employment Transition Framework who apply for this role will be considered in the third instance.

If no applicant is appointed from the above ‘at-risk’ pools, those from the open market will then be considered for shortlisting. 

If you apply for this vacancy and have not received a communication from this Trust within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Please note that this Trust does not reimburse travel expenses relating to interview attendance.

If you feel you meet the requirements of the Disability Act / Two Ticks scheme and require further support/advice, please contact us on tel 0117 4141151.

This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

The successful applicant(s) will normally commence at the minimum of the scale unless they have previous NHS service at the same band. Progression through the scale is by annual increments.

Please note that stringent pre-employment checks are undertaken on all successful applicants prior to commencement in post. Please refer to the ‘Information for Prospective Employees’ attachment for information relating to DBS charges.

We are committed to Equal Opportunity - Job Share Applications are welcomed.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.