Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
If you’ve ever dreamt of living in a place which brings together the convenience of living in a city with the lifestyle associated with a home in a rural idyll, Herefordshire is the place for you.
Wye Valley NHS Trust’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is seeking to recruit a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist to consolidate a sustainable consultant delivered service to the women of Herefordshire. The department offers first class care with a friendly team and provides a comprehensive range of services. A candidate with wide general training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology is the priority and any special skills to support or complement the existing consultants would be of great interest to the department. ATSM or equivalent experience in any one of the following areas would be beneficial and desirable:
Advanced Labour Ward Practice
Minimal Access /Advanced Laparoscopic surgery
Labour ward Lead / Risk management
Advanced Antenatal Practice or
There is flexibility within the department to accommodate the skills of the successful candidate. Additionally the opportunities exist for on-the-job development of special interests if desired to complement the existing local specialist services and tertiary outreach clinics.
To enable the delivery of this style of care all consultants will operate a 1 in 7 ‘hot week’ where the consultant will have no other fixed commitments from 8.30 to 17.30 Monday to Friday. Except in special circumstances this will be a fixed rolling rota. The duties of the consultant in the hot week will include:
- Supervise the day-to-day management of labour ward
- Labour, Maternity and Gynaecology ward rounds
- Perform or supervise the 2 elective caesarean section lists per week
- Perform or supervise emergency gynaecological cases on the CEPOD lists
- Ensure there is sufficient handover and be available for the juniors to discuss cases
It is anticipated that annual leave and study leave will not be taken during the hot week.
During the other 6 weeks you are expected to perform a mixture of fixed, flexible and annualised clinical sessions. A flexible session is designed to support colleagues on leave and on the service (hot) week. There will be some times when this is to cover labour ward when a colleague has an immovable commitment.
You will also perform 1.5 non-clinical, Supporting Programmed Activities (SPAs) that are for teaching, audit, research CPD and educational supervision. A further 0.5 to 1 PA is also available for additional roles.
The weekday on-call (Monday to Thursday) will be shared equally by consultants in a 1:6 rota. The weekday on-call starts at 17.30 and you will be expected to be resident in the hospital and be available for labour ward and other clinical commitments until 21.00. At 21:00 there is a handover to the in-coming night registrar before being on call from home till 08.30. At weekends you are timetabled to be in the hospital from 09.00 to 12.00 each day and then on call from home with immediate return to hospital when required (Category A 5%).
The City of Hereford and surrounding market towns offer a wide variety of lifestyles blending the traditional with the modern. This is a county of contrasts where walkers enjoy breath-taking views, adrenalin seekers rave about our rock faces and river rapids, and connoisseurs of fine food enthuse about the quality of our locally grown produce. Cycling, canoeing, climbing and kayaking sit neatly alongside theatres, art galleries, museums, festivals and more. There’s something for everyone. House prices compare favourably with other areas of the country. There is excellent state education at both primary and secondary school level, including a Sixth Form College voted ‘Sixth Form College of the Year’ by the Times Educational Supplement in 2016.
Potential applicants are encouraged to visit Hereford and to meet the current team and consultants. Please contact
Mr Hamza Katali, Clinical Lead in Obstetrics & Gynaecology 01432 364407
Mr Rob Smith, Consultant Obstetrician and gynaecologist 01432 364125
Dr Iain Darwood, Clinical Director – Womens & Children 01432 355444 Ext 4226