Consultant Emergency Medicine

Ashford, Kent
£77,913 - £105,042 per annum
22 Jan 2019
19 Feb 2019
Emergency medicine
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Consultants in Emergency Medicine (Accident and Emergency)

£77,913 - £105,042 per annum, dependent on experience

Plus competitive recruitment and retention incentive and support with relocation expenses available

Are you committed to making a difference to delivering Emergency Medicine to the 759,000 residents of East Kent? We are looking for committed individuals to drive the modernisation and re-invigoration of our services. We have been working closely with external partners to develop and implement new ideas so these posts offer an opportunity to effect real improvements in patient experience. We are also developing new roles and developing collaborative working with colleagues in other specialties across the hospital. We have good links with HEMS through colleagues already working within the department.

We are one of the largest Trusts in the country delivering Emergency Medicine across 2 major sites in East Kent. Our ethos is one team/two sites. Our site at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford is an accredited Trauma Unit and the primary PCI centre for the whole of Kent and Medway. At the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital in Margate we see on average 200 patients a day, serving a large paediatric and elderly population.

Our Consultants currently work a rota that is based on a 12 PA job plan, encompassing rotating shifts through the week to ensure Consultant cover from between 8am to 10.00pm on weekdays and a one in seven weekend commitment ensuring 8 hours of Consultant cover at the weekends. The Consultant rota is supported by at 14 Doctor Middle Grade rota at each site in addition to the Doctors in Training.

The departments are in the first year of a 3 year programme to implement the Advanced Clinical Practitioner role and our Consultants are a pivotal part of that development, providing clinical supervision and mentorship to the trainees. Additionally we offer a development programme for aspiring Consultants and would welcome applications from candidates with experience of supervising developing doctors and/or are looking to become FCEM/MCEM Examiners.

We are looking for applications from candidates with relevant experience within an Emergency Medicine setting and had ATLS, APLS and ALS qualifications as well as FCEM. Candidates with joint interests in ITU or Paediatrics would also be welcome.

This is an exciting time to join the Trust and in particular our Emergency Medicine teams which are at the heart of the Trust services. We are continuing to invest significantly in medical, nursing and support staffing levels, recognising the considerable growth in activity and changing needs of the patients we treat.

We are committed to investing further in the facilities and estates that support the delivery of our Emergency services on all sites. The posts offer a unique opportunity for successful applicants to be actively engaged in service design and innovation.

We have ambitions to realise a 20 Consultant rota to deliver Emergency Medicine across our two A&E’s at the William Harvey Hospital (WHH) in Ashford and the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital (QEQM) in Margate, as part of the Trust’s Improvement Journey and emerging Clinical Strategy over the next 3-5 years. A 14 doctor middle grade rota has also been developed, which will have junior and senior speciality doctors. This will provide a consistent level of cover across seven days with improved handover and cover in the evenings and overnight.

The A&E unit at the William Harvey Hospital is an accredited Trauma Unit, is one of the highest performing units in the UK (TARN data), and part of the South East London, Kent and Medway (SELKaM) Trauma Network. Both the QEQM and WHH use the SELKaM Trauma Unit protocols and have newly refurbished Resuscitation Rooms which enable continuity for clinicians to work safely between sites.

This is a highly motivated and focused department, which prides itself on delivering the highest standards of safe patient care. Clinical governance is central to all that we do; ensuring that patient care, safety and quality are the highest priority.

Successful candidates will have relevant experience within an Emergency Medicine setting and have ATLS, APLS and ALS qualifications as well as FRCEM. Candidates who would be interested in a shared appointment with ITU or Paediatrics would also be welcome.

If you are a dynamic and innovative consultant who can play your part in shaping our reputation for excellence in emergency medicine, we want you on our team. You will be encouraged to develop your own interests in line with the department’s requirements and the current range of activities

We are also able to offer a development programme for SAS grade doctors who are looking to progress to Consultant and gain entry onto the GMC Specialty Register with a CESR application. Successful candidates would have access to teaching, mentorship and rotation to adjacent specialties to the Emergency Medicine Service, and be supported in undertaking FRCEM/MRCEM through the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

It was also recently announced that a new medical school, the first in the county, will be opening in two years. The school, which will offer 100 medical school places per year, is a game-changing opportunity and one which the two universities and Kent and Medway trusts have been working towards and hoping for over several years.

Applications for Less Than Full Time working will be considered.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Wayne Kissoon (Clinical Lead for ED) on 01843 225544 extension 6657 or email

Dr Syed Gilani (Clinical Director of Urgent and Emergency Care) on email, or on 01233 633331

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