Consultant in Stroke Medicine

Harrow, London (Greater)
£77,913 to £105,042 pro rata per annum
03 Apr 2019
02 May 2019
Stroke medicine
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

An exciting opportunity has arisen at the Royal Free London Foundation Trust and London North West Healthcare NHS trust for new consultants to work in our award-winning stroke services.

We are looking to appoint a new Consultant in Stroke Medicine for a rotational post between the Royal Free and Northwick Park Hospitals. It is envisaged that the appointee will rotate at a specified interval (e.g. six months) between the two posts, facilitating sharing of expertise and best practice between North London sectors of the London Stroke Model, under which both hospitals’ excellent stroke services operate. There are some differences in the daily operational model and character which would make these very inviting posts for the right candidates. Northwick Park has a busy HyperAcute Stroke Unit while the Royal Free has very close links with neurosciences and contributes to the UCLH HASU service. We hope that, by advertising the posts in this way, we can bring together the best of both units. The quality of the applicant is more important than their base specialty and we are looking for someone, comprehensively trained in stroke medicine, who is willing to share equally in the whole stroke pathway from on-call to rehabilitation.

At Northwick Park this is a new 10 PA post (7.5 DCC, 2.5 SPA) in the Comprehensive Stroke Service to join 4.5 wte consultants. The Stroke Unit was set up under the London re-organisation of stroke in 2009 and operates to very strict audit and quality standards. We provide 24/7 thrombolysis and comprehensive rehabilitation with an early supported discharge team. Particular strengths of our service are our speech & language therapy which is well staffed and uses all the latest research-based techniques, our routine psychology service and our commitment to research, recruiting to studies covering all stages of stroke. We would particularly encourage an applicant with a strong interest in research.

At the Royal Free, Barnet and Chase Farm Foundation Trust this is a replacement 10 PA post to join 1.5 wte consultants to provide a service based mainly at the Royal Free. As well as clinics and ward work, duties will include HASU and depending on the background and interests of the successful candidate on call duties for Health Services for Elderly People or Neurology. In addition to helping establish a 5 day a week TIA service, there is scope for applicants to develop interests in community services, rehabilitation, and/or stroke teaching for undergraduate and post graduate trainees. There will be ample opportunity to be an active stakeholder in the new NCL Sustainability and Transformation Programme for Stroke.

The Royal Free Stroke Unit was set up in 2000 and operates to national audit and quality standards. We help staff the UCLH HASU which provides 24/7 thrombolysis, and Monday-Friday 9-5 thrombectomy. The 2016 Stroke Unit Quality Review Visit considered our “timely access to wider multidisciplinary expertise”, including routine psychology, a particular strength and that the unit was “an exemplar for capturing stroke-specific patient feedback”. The CQC in 2016 commended our staff development programme. Both units have been consistently highly rated on the SSNAP audit and won national awards variously for clinical leadership, research and service re-design.

The appointee will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and post graduate teaching, departmental audit and research.

Northwick Park is a large district teaching hospital, the Royal Free is a large teaching hospital in North West London and both have excellent transport links to the West End and the shires, with private and public schooling among the best in the country. Applicants should have full GMC registration and experience, evidence of specialist stroke training and a CCT in any stroke parent specialty or be close to their CCT date

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For more information contact the secretary to Dr Raj Bathula, Clinical Lead on 020 8869 2298 or email (Northwick Park) and , and/or (Royal Free Hospital)

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