Consultant Breast Surgeon

Southampton, Hampshire
09 Apr 2018
01 May 2018
General surgery
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the successful breast unit at the University Hospitals Southampton, as a Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon based at the Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton. This is a replacement post created within the department, aiming to meet the needs of our expanding services, and with a particular focus on increasing capacity to deliver national cancer targets and oncoplastic services. The successful candidate will join an existing team of five breast surgeons, five breast care nurses, five breast radiologists, six breast histopathologists and seven breast oncologists.

The breast service at Southampton provides local services for the people of Southampton and much of Hampshire receiving over 5500 new symptomatic referrals and treating over 500 breast cancers last year. The breast screening unit provides services for Southampton, Salisbury the Isle of Wight and parts of Dorset screening over 35000 women each year. In addition to two week wait clinics, specialist clinics with the unit include breast screening recall clinics, combined oncological clinics, oncoplastic clinics held jointly with the odstock plastic surgical team, and family history clinics with a quarterly regional joint genetics MDT. Recent developments include the introduction of percutaneous vacuum excision, with plans for MRI guided biopsy, the appointment of an advanced breast nurse practitioner (ANP) with plans for two more posts, and an additional substantive breast radiologist and oncologist. Southampton is a regional clinical genetics centre and a Cancer Research UK Clinical Research Centre.

The southampton breast unit has a strong track record of actively recruiting to many breast surgical and oncological clinical trials and is supported by a team of clinical trials practitioners. The southampton oncology centre provides comprehensive regional cancer services and provides a high degree of specialisation with multidisciplinary clinics for all the major cancers.

The requirement for the service is that we have in place a sustainable, reliable and high quality service meeting and exceeding national standards. There is no commitment to the general surgery on-call rota.

The successful candidate will be expected to deliver clinical excellence within the speciality of breast surgery and should demonstrate significant experience in diagnosis and screening, and breast cancer and oncoplastic surgery.  A willingness to learn and work within a constantly changing environment is necessary, together with adaptability to clinical and service requirements.

Interviews are planned for 17th July 2018.  

Please note that GMC registration (with a licence to practice) and right to work in the UK are essential for this role.  Successful applicants will already have GMC registration or will be able to demonstrate they are eligible.  Applicants requiring Tier 2 sponsorship should ensure they meet the Home Office application criteria prior to submitting an application. 

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