Consultant in Medicine for Older People
Western Sussex Hospitals is a leading acute hospital trust, with rewarding career opportunities for caring, committed and innovative people who wish to be valued for the work they do and empowered to continually improve the services we provide. Here are five reasons to join us:
Outstanding – we are the only CQC-rated “Outstanding” hospital trust on the south coast of England and one of only five acute hospital trusts in the country to have received the health watchdog’s highest overall rating. (Read our CQC report)
Top 5 – Western Sussex Hospitals is one the very best hospital trusts in the country to work for, according to the NHS Staff Survey, and among the top five trusts in England where employees are most likely to recommend the care their colleagues provide. (NHS Staff Survey 2017/18)
We Care – our vision and values are expressed by the phrase We Care – and not just for our patients but for each other as well. The CQC said: “Staff we spoke with were exceptionally compassionate when talking about patients and we observed kindness not only towards patients but towards each other whilst on site.”
Leading organisation – Western Sussex Hospitals is led by NHS Chief Executive of the Year Marianne Griffiths (HSJ Awards 2016 | No.1 HSJ Top CEOs 2018) and is renowned for outstanding care, excellent staff engagement, innovation and shared learning. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “Western Sussex has the best learning culture I have seen anywhere in the NHS.” [Worthing Hospital, February 2018]
Location, location, location – our hospitals in Chichester, Worthing and Shoreham-by-Sea are all situated along the beautiful Sussex coast, between the beach and South Downs National Park. West Sussex is regularly cited as one of the UK’s best places to live, boasting beautiful countryside, picturesque villages, vibrant towns, excellent schools and cultural amenities, as well as quick transport links to Brighton, Gatwick Airport, London and Europe.
Applications are invited for the above post of Consultant in Department of Medicine for Older People, based at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, part of the Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.
The successful candidate will join a highly regarded Department with a regional reputation for excellence. This substantive appointment is to expand the Department of Medicine for the Elderly by developing its Acute Frailty services. This will mean developing the assessment of older people with frailty presenting as emergencies by focusing the new Consultant at the front door in A&E, the Clinical Decision Unit and on the Emergency Floor. There is also potential for the setting up of an Acute Frailty Unit.
It is an opportunity following reconfiguration of our in-patient beds however, so it does therefore allow a diversity of sub-speciality interests by negotiation. It could assist in the further development of our dementia services, surgical liaison or onc-geriatrics. The job description has been designed to reflect the development of either of these services. Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the only CQC-rated “Outstanding” hospital trust on the south coast and one of only four in the country. We’re an ambitious organisation that champions our people, equipping them with new skills to continually improve services for patients.
The CQC recognised our leading approach to continuous improvement which encourages and supports innovation at all levels. We are an acute trust with three hospitals; St Richard’s in Chichester and Worthing Hospital, where we provide emergency and inpatient care; and Southlands Hospital in Shoreham, where we provide out-patient care and day surgery. We are a forward looking and innovative trust whose purpose is to provide high quality emergency and elective care for the people of West Sussex. Foundation Trust Status was achieved in July 2013.
Our hospitals are all situated along the beautiful Sussex coast, nestled against the South Downs National Park, and close to vibrant towns that are richly endowed with excellent cultural and sporting facilities, offering good transport links to London and Europe.
All newly appointed Consultants are mentored, via the “WSHFT Mentorship scheme for senior medical staff”. Applicants must be on the GMC Specialist Register or within 6 months of attaining Specialist Registration at the time of interview. Applications from candidates who, for personal reasons, are unable to work full-time will be eligible to be considered for this post. All applicants are required to provide the names and contact details of four referees; three will be clinical referees including one from the current employer (or most recent employer if not currently working) and the final referee will your current Responsible Officer for revalidation.
Please note shortlisted applicants will be asked to provide an up to date CV for their interview. Applications from Agencies will NOT be considered, therefore please do not send any directly to the department or Medical HR.
Interview date: 27 July 2018 TBC.
For further details / informal visits contact: Dr David Hunt, Clinical Director – Tel: 01903 205111 Ext 85784 Dr Amanda Wellesley, Chief of Medicine - Tel: 01903 205111 Ext 84757.
If we receive a high volume of applications, we may close adverts prior to the published closing date. Therefore, we advise you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible.
Candidates shortlisted for interview will be informed via the email address registered with NHS Jobs.
The Trust is a Disability Confident Employer. All applicants who have a disability can opt to be considered under the guaranteed interview scheme which means that providing they meet the minimum essential criteria for the post, they will be offered an interview.
Applications from candidates requiring Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcomed and will be considered alongside all other applications. It is unlikely that the Trust will be able to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test where there is a suitably qualified and skilled EU/EEA candidate available for work and in these circumstances, an overseas candidate will not be offered the post. A self-assessment for the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship for the post applied for is available on the UKBA website.
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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.
Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.
From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.
Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.
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