Locum Consultant Rheumatologist

British Medical Journal

Job title:

Locum Consultant Rheumatologist


British Medical Journal

Job description

This is an appointment to the Specialty Medical Directorate which provides clinical services at both Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital. There are opportunities to undertake outreach clinic in local community hospitals. Job share and less than full time applicants are welcome. The full-time post-holder will undertake five out-patient clinic sessions in Rheumatology across the sites.Main duties of the jobThe new consultant will participate in quality improvement and service development across the trust. Successful applicant will provide leadership and supervision to the multidisciplinary team, including registrars and nurse specialists. The rheumatology consultant team shares additional responsibilities including provision of advice and guidance for primary care colleagues, triaging of referrals and reviewing ward referrals. Development of sub-specialty interests and relevant non-clinical skills are strongly encouraged. Participation in General Medicine/Acute Medicine is optional.Depending on the quality of applicants, the trust is prepared to appoint multiple candidates.This position is for an initial 12 months contract, with opportunity for extension and/or conversion into a long term substantive position.About usThe Trust was formed in April 2000 by the merger of the Mid Kent Healthcare Trust and the Kent & Sussex Weald NHS Trust. It provides general hospital services to a population of approximately 460,000 in West Kent and North East Sussex, and some specialist services to a considerably larger population. Its major hospitals are the Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and Maidstone Hospital. The Trust’s Headquarters are at Maidstone Hospital. The Trust’s Chairman is Mr David Highton, the Chief Executive is Mr Miles Scott and the Medical Director is Dr Peter Maskell. The Clinical Director for Specialist Medicine, which encompasses rheumatology, is Dr Simon Webster. Laurence Maiden is the chief of medicine and the Lead for rheumatology is Dr Matt Szeto.The 2023 NHS staff survey has shown Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust to be one of the top ten acute trusts in the country – and the second best trust in the south east – to work for.Job description
Job responsibilities1. To provide a high standard of care to any patient for whom you have clinical responsibility. This will include any patients referred to you and cared for by you personally or by members of your team and, in addition, any patients of consultant colleagues when you are covering for leave.2. To participate in clinical and service developments with the aim of ensuring a high standard of patient care across the Trust.3. To work in close co-operation with other medical, professional and managerial colleagues, both within and outside the specialty, to provide high quality health care to the Trusts patients, and to make a contribution to future thinking about the Trusts strategic direction.4. To participate fully in and share leadership of the clinical governance of the specialty covering its Trust-wide activities. To attend clinical governance half-days as detailed in the Trusts Guide to Job Planning unless on agreed leave or while attending emergencies.5. To participate actively in departmental audits, sharing co-ordination of audit activities within the department and implementation of change.6. To take an active responsibility for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, training and supervision.7. To assume responsibility, both personally and corporately with consultant colleagues, for the management of junior medical staff. You are expected to be involved in their professional development, both clinical and personal as per guidance from the Deanery.8. To ensure that all doctors in training for whom you have supervisory responsibilities undertake delegated clinical tasks that are within their level of competence and knowledge.9. To ensure at all times that you comply with the General Medical Councils published guide Good Medical Practice including the Duties of a Doctor.10. To take personal responsibility for risk management in your work and undertake to review practices and learn from mistakes.11. To provide prospective cover, for advice and to deal with clinical emergencies, during colleagues annual/study leave and for other absences as far as is practicable and clinically safe.12. To review In-patient Rheumatology referrals.13. To ensure that you respond promptly and efficiently to all complaints related to any patient care you or your staff have been involved with, assisting the Trusts corporate responsibility to reply to complaints within a specified time frame.14. To ensure that you develop and maintain effective working relationships with those agencies concerned with the provision of health and social care services and those representing the interests of patients.15. To undertake an annual appraisal leading to a personal development plan as outlined in the Trust Appraisal Policy. You must collect and maintain sufficient evidence to support the appraisal process and your GMC revalidation. The appraisal will inform the study leave and job planning processes.16. To undertake an annual job plan review as outlined in the Trust Guide to Job Planning.17. You are required to take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and others who may be affected by what you do while at work. You must adhere to Trust IRMER Regulations.18. Specialty out-patient clinics as appropriate for the post-holders special interests.19. Involvement in the development of clinical management protocols shared with the community and other consultant colleagues.20. Participation on the management and future development of the rheumatology service.Person Specification

  • Registered with GMC
  • MB BS (or equivalent)
  • MRCP or equivalent
  • Broad experience of Rheumatological medicine


  • Higher degrees e.g. MSc, MD, PhD
  • A sub-specialist or relevant non-clinical interest
  • Full competence in use of MSK USS
  • On GMC Specialist Register for Rheumatology (or within 6 months of CCT date)


  • Evidence of participation in audit projects


  • Evidence of designing and leading audit project, with completion of the audit cycle


  • An understanding of general principles, scientific method and interpretation of literature


  • Evidence of personal research projects and their presentation
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Up to date GCP training

Employer details
Employer nameMaidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS TrustAddressMaidstone HospitalHermitage LaneMAIDSTONEME16 9QQAny attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.359-MSD-0934-RheumatologyA

Expected salary

£93666 – 126281 per year


Maidstone, Kent

Job date

Sun, 12 May 2024 04:53:50 GMT

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