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Consultant in General Medicine with an interest in Acute Medicine

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

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Acute Medicine
NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
Permanent: Fixed term contracts will be considered.
Full time - 11 sessions per week (11 PA's per week)
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Yeovil District Hospital NHS FT
£82,096 - £110,683 per annum, dependent on experience
16/06/2021 23:59

I’m delighted that you’re thinking about joining the team here at Yeovil Hospital, recently rated the best Trust in the NHS for staff health and wellbeing.

Working in the NHS is both challenging and rewarding. That’s why we’re committed to giving our staff the best possible balance between a stimulating career and a relaxing personal life, enabling you to make the most of our picturesque surroundings and arrive at work energised each day.

Looking after you helps you look after our patients, and enables us to achieve some of the best performance in the NHS. For instance, we are regularly one of the top-three hospitals in England for emergency care, and we have a global reputation for research and development, and innovative partnerships with primary care.

If this is your first role in the NHS, we’ll show you why we’re one of the most respected healthcare systems in the world. And if you’re joining us from another Trust, we’ll remind you why you wanted to work in healthcare in the first place.

I look forward to working with you


Jonathan Higman, Chief Executive


Job overview

Our Emergency Admissions Unit is one of our newest wards; it has 30 beds and primarily cares for medical patients.

Our priority is to treat patients in the right place, utilising our newly launched Frailty Assessment Unit and our highly successful Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit, to ensure we keep our acute inpatient beds for those who need inpatient care.

The work of the team is integral to our successful achievement of the 4 hour ED wait performance which has been greater than 95% for the last two years.

The Acute Medical team comprises of Consultants and Associate Specialists who work to deliver the Acute service, and support the teams in the Emergency Department, Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit and the Emergency Admissions Unit . 


Main duties of the job

  • The Acute Medicine service is provided Monday to Thursday 08:00 – 20:00 and on Friday 08:00 – 17:00, outside of those hours General Medicine is covered by on–call physicians. The successful candidate will join 13 other physicians to provide the on-call service.
  • Development of protocols for the care of expected medical patients, those referred from the Emergency Department, admission avoidance, reduction of length of stay, integration with community matron, optimisation of clinical guidelines, auditing patient experience and improved links with primary care in collaboration with current post holders.
  • To provide safe, high-quality care for acute unscheduled medical admissions within the Emergency Admissions Unit, and Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit (AEC).

Working for our organisation

Yeovil Hospital is an ambitious and friendly Trust that is proud to provide acute care for a population of more than 225,000 people in South Somerset, North and West Dorset and parts of Mendip. The hospital has 345 beds, a busy Emergency Department, a variety of outpatient and diagnostics services, and a private patients’ wing which offers a personal service in state-of-the-art clinical facilities, with all profits being invested back into NHS healthcare.

Yeovil Hospital’s iCARE model, which has established the principles of exemplary patient care, patient and employee experience, has attracted national interest and is embedded in everything we do, following our vision to care for our patients as if they are one of our family. The Trust’s shared vision has led to our staff rating Yeovil Hospital the best in England for employee health and wellbeing for the third year running in the annual NHS staff survey 2020.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To undertake front line work in the Emergency Assessment Unit (EAU), the Emergency Department and the recently developed Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit (AEC) with the medical admitting team.

To oversee the medical take, performing post take (intra-take) ward rounds, making specialty referrals, caring for short-stay in patients for up to
48 hours on the EAU, facilitating timely discharge and follow up plans and where required following patients up as ambulatory care patients

Consultants are required to supervise the education of doctors in training. The post holder will be involved with teaching and training junior doctors and should help with both their professional and personal development.

Consultants must ensure that junior doctors in their care are not overwhelmed by clinical commitments or overburdened by responsibilities inappropriate to the experience required. Consultants are also responsible for the assessment and appraisal of trainees under their supervision and must keep the Clinical and/or College Tutor aware of problems that may arise.

The appointee will be expected to actively participate in audit. He/she will be expected to initiate and supervise audit projects related to his/her particular sub-specialty interest. He/she will liaise with the audit specialty Lead Consultant. All audit projects, including Trust directed audit are approved by the Clinical Effectiveness and Audit Committee. Participation in national audit is encouraged.

The appointee will be expected to contribute to the development and reporting of Clinical Quality Standards.

All clinical staffs are accountable and responsible for their own clinical competence and should limit their actions to those for which they are deemed competent. Clinical staffs are also required to comply with the requirements of their professional organisations regarding supervision.

Research is encouraged, particularly when this is appropriate to the professional development of the successful candidate and to the service development of the department.  Opportunities are available within the Trust with applications for funding coordinated by the Trust’s Medical Director.

Responsibility for undertaking the administrative duties associated with the care of patients and the administration of the department.

To provide cover for colleagues in their absence and to deal with emergencies as the occasion demands

Please refer to the attached job description for full details including the provisional job plan for this role.

Person specification

Education, Qualifications and Training

Essential criteria
  • MBBS and MRCP or equivalent
  • Full GMC Registration with a license to practice
  • Entry on the GMC Specialist Register
Desirable criteria
  • An appropriate higher degree or qualification (MD, PhD or equivalent)


Essential criteria
  • Depth and breadth of clinical experience in General Medicine and Acute Medicine
  • Experience in a special interest that will complement those existing in the department
Desirable criteria
  • Experience at locum consultant level.

Skills abilities and knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Ability to lead and develop the service
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships on an individual, multi-professional and team basis with all levels
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written English.
  • Understanding of clinical governance and the individual responsibilities it implies


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of the NHS plan/modernisation agenda and the implications for service
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of general management training and self-development in areas such as recruitment and selection, equal opportunities, leadership, planning and change management, appraisal
  • Evidence of ability to contribute to the strategic direction of the Trust


Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of teaching appropriate to Medical students and Doctors in training and the multidisciplinary team

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Able to establish good working relationships with other members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • Flexible and adaptable to competing demands.
  • Commitment to modern practices.
Desirable criteria
  • Commitment to a career in hospital medicine.
  • Able to organise own learning.
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Jose Almaraz
Job title
Acute Medicine Consultant
Email address
Additional information

We really value the impact that you as a Consultant will have on our patients and services; we therefore offer an enhanced benefits package (subject to criteria) which includes:

  • Welcome to Yeovil payment.
  • A generous relocation package.
  • 10 hours of paid time for professional development every week (SPA).
  • £700 personal budget for training and development every year.

For further information please e mail carol.gill@ydh.nhs.uk