Consultant in Emergency Medicine with a special interest

Ashford, Kent
£77,913 - £105,042 pro rata per annum
12 Mar 2019
12 Apr 2019
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

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

Our Consultants currently work a rota that is based on a 12 PA job plan, encompassing rotating shifts through the week to ensure on site Consultant cover between 8am to 10.00pm on weekdays and a one in seven weekend commitment ensuring 8 hours of onsite Consultant cover at the weekends.  The job plan agreed with existing consultants has a very favorable working pattern with shifts varying between 7 and 9 hours each day.  PA’s are calculated at 3hrs per PA for hours worked by Consultant during 1900-2200 weekdays and all weekend hours.  Weekly rota includes a day off during the week (Mon-Fri)

The standard 10 PA job plan would include 7.5 DCC and 2.5 SPA as per National terms and conditions.  Consultants opting to work as 12 PA job plan are provided with a total of 3 SPA and 9 DCC sessions per week.   1 of the SPA’s are allocated for special interest development off site.    Our current special interest consultants have 2 - 4 PAs dedicated to their special interest (i.e. critical care / PHEM /PEM). We aspire to expand our pool of special interest consultant to widen our departmental expertise. 

We are a flexible trust and able to offer bespoke job plans to ensure your clinical special interest are fulfilled.  Our departments are very closely linked with acute medicine, frailty service, Paediatric, intensive care team and KSS Air ambulance, a job plan across different specialties is feasible.

Take your place in our dynamic and friendly department, and you will take the lead in developing the service so we continue to deliver excellence. We’re a forward-looking trust, so you’ll have the chance to collaborate with colleagues from specialist services. What’s more, you’ll be encouraged to develop your own interests in line with the department’s requirements and the current range of activities.

Special interest options:

  • Acute Medicine
  • Frailty
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Paediatric
  • Research
  • Medical education
  • Simulation

Our vibrant Emergency Departments at the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Margate, offer an exciting and supportive environment for ambitious professionals who are passionate about emergency care and want to work at the top of their game!

We are a leading Trust for use of technology. We are introducing electronic bed management and benefit from real-time reporting of up-to-date information for every patient, plus point of care testing. We have a specialist intravenous access team within in our emergency departments.

The Trust has 24/7 access to CT and stroke thrombolysis, and benefits from interventional radiology services in our sister hospital at Canterbury. The Emergency Department at the William Harvey Hospital is an accredited Trauma Unit and the regional pPCI centre. The trust is one of the highest performing trusts 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. These are highly motivated and focused departments, 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.

We have recently secured £6.42m in national funding for new observation wards at both departments and are investing significantly in medical, nursing and support staff throughout the emergency floor, including specialist paediatric nursing. As a result, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Consultant in Emergency Medicine to join our dynamic and innovative Emergency Medicine team that are passionate about ‘making a difference’ every day. The posts offer a unique opportunity for successful applicants to be actively engaged in service design and innovation.

We firmly believe that developing our staff is key to success; we have a dynamic and progressive training and development ethos, which includes sessions for sub-speciality interests in other departments or Trusts (e.g. simulation, HEMS, Paediatric, Acute medicine, etc), time and funding for MBA, MSc or other qualifications. Time for internal/external research and teaching (especially ALS, APLS, ATLS). At EKHUFT we will support you with your individual clinical interests to help you reach your full potential!

The departments are in the second 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 FRCEM/MRCEM Examiners.

We are currently developing the research activities of the departments and are involved in NIHR projects. We would value applicants with previous or current research experience.

We have ambitions to reach a 10 Consultant rota to deliver Emergency Medicine at each of 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.

The Consultant rota is supported by at 25 Doctor Middle Grade rota at each site in addition to the Doctors in Training. We are allocated 2 HST trainees in addition to 4 ACCS doctors from the deanery per year. In addition we have a number of special interest fellows and FY2/GP trainees.

A medical school will be opening in east Kent in 2020, the first in the country. The school will offer 100 medical school training places per year, this 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. Applicants with an interest in medical education/simulation would be encouraged.

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We are proud that our dedicated and passionate employees from across East Kent Hospitals are featured in the biggest NHS recruitment drive in its 70 year history!

Filmed in William Harvey and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother hospitals, the ‘We are the NHS’ campaign highlights the extraordinary work that staff across EKHUFT do every single day. As one of the largest hospital trusts in England, with five hospitals and community clinics serving a population of over one million people, EKHUFT was perfectly placed to demonstrate the care, cutting-edge treatments, research, innovations and life-saving operations that the campaign needed.

Our mission is to provide ‘Great healthcare from great people’, and our Trust Values form the foundation of the trusts organisational culture and how we deliver our services.

We are seeking applicants who embrace our Trust values and care so that:

  • People feel cared for as individuals
  • People feel safe, reassured and involved
  • People feel teamwork, trust and respect sit at the heart of everything we do
  • People feel confident we are making a difference.

At EKHUFT, we are not just ‘making a difference’ locally we also run The Healthcare Ethiopia Partnership (HEP) project to support healthcare workers to reduce maternal deaths and deaths in children under five years old in the region of Tigray in northern Ethiopia. The project has been running for eleven years, and HEP members visit twice each year to deliver training programmes to people across rural areas. We really are committed to ensuring our Trust is a Great Place to work!

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We are looking for applications from candidates with relevant experience within an Emergency Medicine setting and hold ATLS, APLS and ALS qualifications as well as FRCEM or equivalent. Candidates with joint interests in Information Technology, Acute Medicine, Frailty, Pre-Hospital, Sports, 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 would love to welcome you to the EKHUFT team! You will be encouraged to develop your own interests in line with the department’s requirements and the current range of activities.

Part-time applications will also 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 (Care Group Director for Urgent & Emergency Care) on email, or via his PA, Sam Williams on 01233-616136

We’ll close this job advert once we’ve received sufficient applications which may be before the closing date so please apply as soon as possible. We only accept online applications. If you have any difficulty with this please contact our Resourcing Team on 01227 866450 who will be happy to help.


The Trust is committed to ensuring that flexible working policies are in place to promote a healthy work life balance. This enables the Trust to consider and support applications for flexible working; such as annualised hours and part time.

We have a relocation policy for eligible candidates.

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Parking is available at Trust sites but we encourage alternative options and offer Cycle 2 Work scheme.

The ability to converse easily and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for all customer facing roles

Most positions require a Disclosure and Barring check and will be exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Posts working regularly or unsupervised with children or vulnerable adults require an enhanced check.

Applicants for eligible roles requiring Tier 2 sponsorship must meet UK Visas and Immigration eligibility criteria.

We operate a no-smoking policy on all our sites and grounds.

If you are applying via NHS Jobs your application will be sent to our recruitment system TRAC. All subsequent information will be generated from TRAC so you won’t be able to see the progress of your application or receive messages through NHS Jobs and we won’t be able to respond to e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to us transferring your application and details to our system. If you are offered a job information will also be transferred into the NHS Electronic Staff Records. Good luck with your application, we’ll contact you via email so please check your junk/spam folders.



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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