Consultant Acute Physician
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest acute hospital trusts in the country. We provide a full range of services to more than 675,000 people across Portsmouth, South East Hampshire and West Sussex. Most services are provided at Queen Alexandra Hospital but we also offer a range of outpatient and diagnostic facilities closer to patients’ homes. We handle around 142,000 Emergency Department admissions a year and have the busiest maternity department on the South Coast. The Trust employs around 6,480 staff and is the largest employer in Portsmouth.
The Trust’s vision is to be the best hospital, provide the best care by employing the best people and to ensure our patients are the centre of all that we do. If you share the same values as Portsmouth Hospitals; Respect & Dignity, Quality of Care, Working Together and Efficiency we want you to work for us.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is seeking enthusiastic, forward-thinking Consultant Physicians to join our team of 10 Acute Physicians. We have two posts available; one substantive and one year long fixed term.
Acute Medicine in Portsmouth is a busy and exciting specialty with the opportunity to see and treat patients with a wide range of presentations. Recruitment to these posts will support the ongoing development of Acute Medicine in Portsmouth including the expansion of Ambulatory Emergency Care, developing integrated short stay pathways, improving seven day services and increasing our involvement in research.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is a provider of acute health services under contract to a range of purchasers in the Hampshire basin and Western South Downs. The catchment is in excess of 650,000 people. The area served by the Trust is on the Solent and English Channel, including the City of Portsmouth and the Boroughs of Gosport, Fareham and Havant; it extends from Warsash in the west to Emsworth on the Sussex border and its northern boundaries encompass Petersfield and Liss.
The Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at Queen Alexandra Hospital consists of a 63 bed inpatient area split into a series of 9-11 bedded bays and a neighbouring Ambulatory Emergency Care (AEC) area all of which is adjacent to our Emergency Department.
It is a busy unit, accepting around 60 admissions per day. QAH has an unselected general medical take with 80% of medical admissions being via AMU. The remaining 20% is made up of admissions to the stroke unit, coronary care, respiratory high care and critical care. As such our patients have a wide range of presentations which provides both variety and challenge for a practising general physician.
We have a well established Ambulatory Emergency Care Area in which we see 20-25 new patients each day. These patients have a wide range of medical presentations including undifferentiated chest pain, suspected pulmonary embolism and DVT, transient loss of consciousness, headaches including suspected subarachnoid haemorrhage. We also house a weekly rapid access neurology clinic supported by our local neurology service.
Since 2013 AIM consultants have taken referral calls from primary care. Whilst busy (40-50 calls per day) this service has allowed us to effectively triage and redirect referrals with around 15% of calls being resolved with advice and remainder split roughly equally between AEC and admission.
As Acute Physicians we work along side colleagues from Medicine for Older People, who focus on patients with frailty needs, and physicians from a range of medical specialties who join us in working in a generalist capacity on AMU. With a wide range of specialties on site we also have excellent access to specialty support and opinions and enjoy an excellent working relationship with our Emergency Department colleagues who we work with closely.
One of our consultants acts as our research lead and has links to Wessex CLAHRC and in recent years we have begun recruiting patients to clinical trials. Increasing our involvement in clinical research is a key objective for the department.
In addition to patient care, training is an important part of life on AMU. We are lucky to have a large number of trainees from a range of training programmes for whom we provide clinical and educational supervision, assessments and three times a week teaching sessions. We are also developing our alternative medical workforce, training Advanced Clinical Practitioners and Acute Medical Technicians.
We have links to the University of Southampton and have final year medical students working with us throughout the academic year.
We’re looking for;
- MB BS or equivalent
- MRCP or equivalent
- Full GMC registration with licence to practice at time of interview
- Entry on the GMC Specialist for General (Internal) medicine with or without another specialty:
- CCT (expected CCT date must be within 6 months of interview
- CESR or European Community Rights
- Current ALS certificate
What can we offer you?
You will join a department that will provide a varied caseload.
We will support your professional development via internal courses including Trust Leadership and Management programmes.
Staff benefits which include childcare vouchers, onsite gym / swimming pool, cycle to work scheme, access to our Beach Hut and many more!
Contact us today!
To discuss the role in more detail please contact Mr Howard Buchan, Clinical Director on; 02392 286000 or to apply for this post, please click the apply button.
Once you have submitted your application you will be invited to visit the department for a tour.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is equal opportunity employer and value diversity.
Closing Date: Thursday 3rd May 2018
Interview Date: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
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