Consultant in Urology Interest in Pelvic Oncology (Post 2)
POST 2: INTEREST IN PELVIC ONCOLOGY
A requirement for a Consultant Urologist has arisen within The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
The post represents an exciting opportunity to join a group of Consultant Urologists in providing “state of the art” urological services to a population approaching 600,000. In a year the Urology department will see 19,000 outpatients and undertake 6,500 elective and 2,800 non-elective procedures. The philosophy of the department is based on the active promotion of sub-specialisation. The present post holders have a strong track record in terms of research, teaching and administration and remain committed to maintaining the high standards that underpin the excellent reputation of the urology department.
It is anticipated that the post holder will have a major interest in the robotic assisted laparoscopic management of patients with bladder and prostate cancer. Their work will also cover other aspects of urological pelvic malignancy. The successful applicant will work alongside Mr Dooldeniya and Mr El-Mussareh, who provide the urological pelvic cancer service which currently performs around 80 radical prostatectomies and 40 cystoprostatectomies each year.
The Department of Urology has been designated as a cancer team for major pelvic cancer surgery within the region’s Cancer Network. Cancer team designation has allowed development of the uro-oncology service. The provision of advanced endourology and 3D laparoscopic surgery has long been established for both benign and malignant conditions affecting the upper and lower urinary tract. The department has now obtained a Da Vinci robot for the provision of robotic surgery.
The oncology service is supported by a team of specialist nurses, MDT and cancer-tracking administrative support and a departmental research team who have an excellent track record of supporting recruitment into clinical trials.
Departmental facilities are excellent. While major elective and emergency urological surgery is carried out in Pinderfields Hospital, outpatient work, day case surgery and urological investigations sessions are run on all of the Trust’s hospital sites. Urological investigations units are present on all three main hospital sites and provide a focus for the diagnostic investigations and ambulatory treatments that patients may require. In patient care is provided through a 34 bedded urology ward at Pinderfields.
The care of patients who are admitted acutely under urology is carried out with a high level of consultant input. The on-call consultant is free of routine duties and is able to concentrate their efforts on looking after patients who have been admitted acutely, running a rapid access clinic, undertaking acute operating and training junior staff.
The Getting it Right First time (GIRFT) national report on urology has recommended the establishment of urology area networks to optimise quality and efficiency. Towards this aim, the urology department at Pinderfields has for the last 2 years successfully supported the weekend on-call service at Barnsley General Hospital and provides a tertiary referral service for specialist work. Efforts are ongoing to increase the level of collaboration between the two departments with the ultimate aim of having a single unit based primarily at Pinderfields offering urological care and services to a combined population approaching one million patients.
Urological services are provided within the context of a multi-disciplinary team. There is excellent medical support from colleagues in anaesthetics, colo-rectal surgery, critical care, oncology, palliative care, pathology, radiology and rehabilitation medicine. Specialist nursing support includes uro-oncology nursing, stoma nurses and urology nurse specialists who are based in the investigation facilities on each of the three main hospital sites. The specialist nurses contribute hugely to the ability of the department to offer expert care as near to the patient’s home as possible.
It is well-recognised that applicants are unlikely to possess sufficient experience in this specialised field to enable them to take on the role without some assistance. There is therefore a commitment to provide the successful applicant with a package of support that will facilitate a smooth transition into this consultant role. Applicants are invited to discuss transitional arrangements with the current consultant management team (Mo Dooldeniya and Ian Beckley) at an early stage. Our priority is to appoint an individual who has the ability and attributes that will enable them to develop into an expert in this field with appropriate support.
For further information please contact in the first instance Mr Ian Beckley, Consultant Urologist (Head of Clinical Service), telephone: (01924) 543874.
Candidates are welcome to visit the department