Consultant Anaesthetist

Kent & Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury
£77,913 - £105,042 per annum
07 Aug 2019
03 Sep 2019
Career Level
Contract Type
Full Time

We are delighted to welcome applications for two consultant posts to replace consultants who have retired recently. One post is a general anaesthetist post and the other is a consultant with interest in vascular anaesthesia.  The candidate will join an expanding Anaesthetic Department in East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust (EKHUFT).  Our Consultants work at the following sites: The Kent & Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury; The William Harvey Hospital, Ashford;   The Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital, Margate.  The new appointees would be based at The Kent and Canterbury Hospital but would be expected to work across all the sites.

EKHUFT provides anaesthesia services for a variety of specialist services including vascular, urology, general surgery, orthopaedics, major ENT, major gynae-oncology, and major maxillofacial surgery. We also have an endovascular service for emergency and elective vascular surgery. Sessions are available in a wide variety of surgical disciplines and successful applicants will have the opportunity to develop their own subspecialty interests.

The Kent and Canterbury Hospital has Regional Vascular Centre, a large Urological centre and an orthopaedic centre performing elective hip and knee replacement surgeries. The proposed merger of Kent and Medway vascular services into one Network with arterial work undertaken in our Trust offers new and exciting opportunities to the prospective applicant.  Our hospital also supports the Day Surgical Services such as: General, Ear Nose and Throat, Maxillo-Facial, Gynaecology, Orthopaedics, Gastropexy insertion, Vascular Access, MRI, Interventional Radiology, Acute and Chronic Pain services. There are also well-led general and vascular pre-assessment services and the successful candidate will be expected to participate in these activities.

In addition to the clinical responsibilities of the post, the department is looking for a candidate who will bring to the department new skills, knowledge and techniques. This may include patient safety, quality improvement, management or research. Possession of proven capabilities in the candidate’s chosen area of expertise together with higher training would be advantageous.

This is a very positive time for Research in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care in the Trust as the Anaesthetic department is actively developing its credentials in this area. We are currently involved in NIHR portfolio studies in Obstetric Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, and Local projects in Pain medicine are due to commence. We are supported by the Trust Research team to ensure delivery of national projects, aided by our strong links with our two local Universities (Christ Church and Kent). The Kent & Medway Medical School is a new medical school jointly put forward by the two universities and is expected to admit the first batch of medical students in 2020. An opportunity of joint positions with the medical school, for lecturers and clinical teaching can be expected in the future.

Opportunities exist for new Consultants to become regular faculty members of the East Kent Simulation Team, providing a wide ranging programme of simulation based learning activities involving staff members and trainee doctors form a variety of different disciplines. The team is also involved in a range of collaborative projects commissioned by Health Education England Kent Surrey Sussex and plays an active role in the KSS SimNet teaching community.

The departments on each site pride themselves on being welcoming and friendly, always willing to work flexibly and help one another, as well as maintaining an active social calendar.

East Kent is ideally suited for access into London and as a gateway to Europe.  There are many areas of unspoilt countryside and some quiet secluded beaches as well as the main centres of population.  The Stour Valley runs through the area and there are expanses of great natural beauty and charm together with many places of historic interest. Kent has an excellent reputation for both public and private schools. There are outstanding local sporting facilities including sailing and golf and the area has excellent housing and schools. The Continent is within immediate reach through the Channel Ports and Channel Tunnel. You can be in France within forty minutes or in Paris in two hours!

For further details / informal visits contact: 

Dr Vanessa Purday, Care Group Medical Director, Email: or Dr Rajkumar Johi, Lead Clinician, Kent and Canterbury Hospital Email  (department telephone: 01227 783007)

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