Specialty Doctor in Emergency Medicine - Ashford
This is an exciting time to join our Emergency Departments’ teams which are at the heart of the Trust services.
We are currently undergoing an ambitious improvement programme within our Emergency Departments with initiatives led by our colleagues at the forefront.
In the face of some challenging conditions we are innovating new models of working and patient pathways, all with the support and input from our staff and our efforts are making positive progress.
These are highly motivated and focused departments; and we pride ourselves on delivering the highest standards of safe patient care. We work as part of a multidisciplinary team and communication is key to our success.
We firmly believe that we cannot improve without developing our staff so come and join us. Where could it take you?
We are looking for ambitious forward-looking Specialty Doctors who have at least two years’ experience in Emergency Medicine to join our expanding multi-disciplinary team.
In conjunction with our existing senior doctors we have developed ten person rotas for each department, which will enable two Speciality Doctors to be on shift together on the night shift.
We are committed to actively supporting our Speciality Doctors to go on to higher specialist training programmes or Consultant posts via Article 14. Due to our expanding Consultant numbers (including a MCEM examiner, Consultant in EM with a joint CCT in ITU and with a further two in the process of becoming FCEM examiners) we have implemented a weekly cross site Speciality Doctor educational and development programme.
The Speciality Doctor Development Programme provides Speciality Doctors who wish to transition into Consultant posts with a dedicated consultant supervisor, clinical skills gap analysis, coaching and mentoring, together with opportunities to take on leadership and managerial roles within the Department.
It will also be possible to provide specific three month secondments in Anaesthetics/ITU and Paediatrics to address educational and competency needs and help expedite career progression.
We are committed to the highest standards of clinical care and proud of our Clinical Governance Programme, which includes a monthly Morbidity & Mortality reviews and a Patient Safety and Governance meeting.
In addition, we are excited to be phasing in a paperless electronic patient record system across the Trust as of September 2014, which will provide all clinical staff with a personal remote device.
The Trust is one of the largest in the country, employing 8000 staff. The Trust serves a population of over 720,000 with an annual operating budget of £500m.
We provide services on 3 acute sites at:
- William Harvey Hospital Ashford
- Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury
- Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital Margate
In addition there are two supporting hospitals at Dover and at Folkestone.
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
Emergency services 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, most notably over the last 5 years.
The Trusts emerging clinical strategy includes identifying further investment, which will include moving to a consultant delivered service with 20 Emergency Medicine Consultants over the next 3/5 year years), supported by a multidisciplinary team.
All sites have helipads to receive and transfer critically ill patients, with The William Harvey Hospital has been awarded interim Trauma Unit status and is the Kent provider of the primary PCI service.
The Division is committed to investing further in the facilities and estates that support the delivery of the service on all sites. The post offers an exciting opportunity for successful applicants and actively encourages service design and innovation.
At the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford we are a regional Trauma unit, one of the highest performing units in the UK (TARN data), and part of the South East London, Kent and Medway (SELKaM) Trauma Network. We are also the Primary PCI centre for the whole of Kent and Medway. We have an active retrieval service with regular helicopter transfers in and out of the hospital. Our Emergency Department has an affiliated Clinical Decision Unit and Ambulatory Care Unit. We see up to 270 patients per day. We have recently reconfigured our ED department to expand our provision and improve the emergency patient pathways.
We have a well established and visible senior team and excellent teamwork and support.
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.
For further details / informal visits contact:
Wayne Kissoon - Clinical Lead for Emergency Medicine