Locum Consultant Surgeon in Soft Tissue and Melanoma

Chelsea, London (Greater)
£77,913 -£105,042
29 Jul 2019
20 Aug 2019
General surgery
Career Level
Contract Type
Fixed Contract
Full Time

Contract: Fixed Term for 12 months, Full Time, 10 PA
Proposed start date: 1st November 2019

This position is for a Locum Consultant Surgeon to work at the Royal Marsden Hospital in the Sarcoma and Melanoma Units. The Sarcoma Unit is an internationally recognized soft tissue sarcoma unit which is the major referral Centre for retroperitoneal and extremity soft tissue sarcoma in the South of England. The post will also further strengthen an established melanoma unit with a tertiary referral practice for stage III /IV malignant melanoma.

The Royal Marsden is recognised world-wide for the quality of its cancer services. The Trust’s strategic aim is to achieve excellence in cancer treatment and diagnosis, through partnership and collaboration. The Royal Marsden with its associated Institute of Cancer Research constitutes a centre of excellence for research and development, education, treatment and care in cancer. It is acknowledged to be one of the largest comprehensive Cancer Centres in the world. The post will be part of the Sarcoma and Skin Units. Both units lie within the Cancer Services Division. As well as the divisional structure there is a defined Department of Surgery comprising surgeons from both divisions. The Head of the Sarcoma Unit is Dr Robin Jones. The Head of the Skin Unit is Mr Andrew Hayes.

The new consultant surgical oncologist will join established multidisciplinary teams for the management of both soft tissue sarcoma and malignant melanoma. The surgical division of the Sarcoma unit comprising three full time consultant surgeons and sees over 1600 patients a year with suspected sarcoma both as primary referrals and as secondary regional and tertiary national referrals. A component of the successful appointee’s job plan will involve running of a diagnostic service for suspected soft tissue sarcomas.

The surgical team consists of three substantive general surgical consultants who work in a collaborative fashion in the management of patients referred to the unit. This post carries a large clinical workload of patients with soft tissue sarcoma and patients with stage III/IV malignant melanoma. With regard to soft tissue sarcoma the sarcoma unit provides a comprehensive surgical service for all patients with soft tissue sarcoma including limb, truncal, intra-abdominal and head and neck sarcomas, with thoracic sarcomas being managed jointly with surgeons at the adjacent Royal Brompton Hospital. The applicant needs to be a general surgeon who has some experience in retroperitoneal sarcomas, and regional lymphadenectomies. Experience in the operative management of limb and limb girdle sarcomas is not an essential requirement but some previous exposure to these conditions would be an advantage.

The post holder will be expected to contribute to the training of the 2-3 surgical registrars and surgical SHOs. He/ She will be expected to take an active role in clinical research using the unit’s prospective database and the unique clinical material referred and collaborating with research fellows within the unit.

The post holder will also be encouraged to develop links with The Institute of Cancer Research to collaborate on basic research. Operating list availability is flexible but includes a monthly all da list and three half day lists . The appointee will cover lists during other consultants absence, cover ad hoc lists. Cases will also be listed on the current consultant lists to optimise efficiency. On the Tuesday or Wednesdays where there is not an allocated list to the appointee there is an expectation that the appointee may be involved in complex surgical cases on the other unit operating lists. There will be three weekly clinics- one diagnostic clinic on Monday AM or Wednesday pm, one surgical follow up / joint oncology clinic on Thursday PM and a joint surgical new patient clinic on Friday AM. Other clinics may be scheduled in exceptional circumstances Surgical Audit is one session each quarter – all theatre activity stops for these sessions.

Please contact Mr AJ Hayes, Mr D Strauss or Mr M Smith for further information regarding this position on 0207 811 8081 or by email at andrew.hayes@rmh.nhs.uk dirk.strauss@rmh.nhs.uk or myles.smith@rmh.nhs.uk.

To apply for this post please click the apply button quoting reference number 282-C8042MED

Closing date: 20th August 2019