Locum Consultant in Cardiology with interest in Cardiac Imaging
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE POST
Since the creation of the Trust in April 2002, the Cardiology Department of SWBH has provided a comprehensive cardiac service for the metropolitan borough of Sandwell and the central and western suburbs of the City of Birmingham. There are currently 15 Consultants in the department comprising 14 NHS Consultant Cardiologists and a Professor. This is a locum post for a colleague who has an interest in cardiac imaging. The other non-interventional posts consist of 2 others with an interest in imaging (1 with devices also), and 4 with an interest in heart failure, pacing and devices, as well as the Professor who has an interest in atrial fibrillation.
The Appointee will have an interest in cardiac imaging. This is a replacement post, pending a substantive job being advertised probably in 2020, for a departing consultant with this special interest, and many longstanding patients under follow-up. The Trust has reconfigured its cardiology services in August 2015 in preparation for the implementation of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital and Right Care Right Here programme. The general cardiology duties and outpatients sessions of the post will be based across sites with cardiovascular intervention currently being conducted at City site.
Post duties will obviously vary according to the expertise of the appointee, however 2 outpatient clinics will be expected each week when not acting as ‘Cardiologist of the week’, looking after inpatients. Many of the patients in the clinics, particularly the follow-ups, will have heart failure, and some supervision of the 3 hospital-based heart failure specialist nurses, and also the extensive community heart failure specialist nursing team, forms an important part of the job. As an imaging expert, the appointee will be expected to support our growth in service in cardiac MRI and stress echocardiography (and also CT coronary angiography with appropriate interest and training). Increasingly, exercise stress echo is being carried out by the physiologists, however support for the team in this, including reporting and supervising high risk cases continues to be important.
The appointee will participate in day time general cardiac duties as Cardiologist of the Week at City hospital on a 1 in 6.5 rota at present. The Trust was one of the first in the UK to develop a 24/7 primary angioplasty service. Out of working hours there is an interventional consultant cardiologist on call 24 hours a day. Weekend ward rounds are covered by non-interventional consultant cardiologists with the aid of a registrar, but there is no night time on call for non-interventional cardiologists.
The post will initially be based primarily at City Hospital. However the Trust will be reconfiguring its services in preparation for the implementation of the Right Care Right Here Programme and the postholder may therefore be required to work at any of the Trust’s sites, obviously including the Midland Met site after opening, with outpatient work continuing on at least one of the other sites.