Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon
An opportunity has arisen to join the successful and dynamic, forward thinking team at the Breast Care Unit in Taunton (part of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust). We invite you to apply for a full-time (10 programmed activities) Consultant post based at Musgrove Park Hospital, which is the largest acute hospital in Somerset.
The Breast Unit provides a comprehensive service including Breast Screening with approximately 22,000 women screened each year. We receive 3,000 new symptomatic referrals annually and treat around 400 new breast cancers.
You will work closely with our two Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeons and a Senior Specialty Doctor to become part of an established and cohesive multi-disciplinary team. The department is supported by 3 Breast Nurse Practitioners, 6 breast care nurses, 6 Breast Radiologists and 3 Oncologists. All oncology care for patients is delivered on site in our cancer centre and there is a culture of entering patients into clinical trials.
We provide an Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Service supported by Reconstruction clinics and access to Oncoplastic MDT; performing both implant-only breast reconstructions (incorporating techniques such as Dermal Sling, Acellular Dermal Matrix and Pre Pectoral Mesh techniques) and Latissimus Dorsi Flap Breast Reconstruction on site. For other Oncoplastic techniques we maintain close links with our Plastic Surgical colleagues based in Exeter and Bristol. We use vacuum assisted core biopsy, intra-operative sentinel node analysis (OSNA), and plan to introduction Mammographic Tomosynthesis in the near future.
With over 700 beds supporting a catchment of over 544,000 we are the largest acute hospital in Somerset, and Musgrove Park is at the forefront of Acute NHS Trusts within the UK. We continually gain CQC ratings of Good and Outstanding, and consistently achieve the highest GMC score in the South West for training. As part of the Severn Deanery we train rotating Registrar and Core Surgical Trainees within the department.
Whilst benefiting from this incredible opportunity for professional development, you’ll also have the benefits of living in the West Country, ranging from rural countryside to access to some of the UK’s best beaches; all being within easy reach of cosmopolitan centres such as Bath, Bristol, and Exeter whilst still being 1.45 hours from London Paddington on the train.
The successful candidate will be expected to deliver clinical excellence within the specialty of Breast Surgery. A willingness to learn and work within a constantly changing environment is necessary, together with adaptability to clinical and service requirements. We take a flexible approach to ensure we get the best from our staff, and are happy to negotiate on job plans, and discuss the possibility of part time arrangements.
The successful candidate will be a dynamic addition to an already engaging and highly skilled team within the context of a highly functioning DGH in a beautiful part of the UK.