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Locum Consultant Respiratory Physician

NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant

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NHS Medical & Dental: Consultant
12 months Fixed term
10 PAs
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Eastbourne District General Hospital with Cross site working
£76,761-£103,490 per annum
04/03/2018 23:59

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust provides NHS hospital and community services throughout East Sussex. We provide our services at two district general hospitals, Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne District General Hospital, community hospitals in Bexhill, Crowborough, Lewes, Rye and Uckfield and a number of clinics and health centres, GP surgeries, schools and in people’s homes. 

The Trust is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the improving working lives of all our staff. A wide range of staff benefits are available to staff and these include: staff development, pension scheme, on-site nurseries within the acute hospitals, access to sports and social clubs, staff restaurants, on-site accommodation, staff gymnasiums, squash and tennis court plus heated outdoor swimming pool (Eastbourne only), staff lottery.

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Locum Consultant Respiratory Physician

Applications are invited for a new Locum Consultant in Respiratory and General Medicine at East Sussex Healthcare Trust based at the Eastbourne District General Hospital (with some cross site working when service requires). The respiratory department’s permanent staff consists of 9 consultants (6.25WTE), 4 lung cancer nurses (3.4WTE), 2 TB nurses (1WTE), 2 respiratory physiologists and the Regional East Sussed Pulmonary Service (RESPS) which is a multi-disciplinary team of respiratory nurses, physiotherapists and support workers providing integrated respiratory services to East Sussex residents. We are supported by trainees from KSS deanery, we have 3 SpR’s, 4 core trainees, 6 foundation doctors and an excellent admin team comprising personal assistants, medical secretaries and support workers.

We have two acute sites: Conquest Hospital in Hastings and Eastbourne District General Hospital. We provide outpatient services at Bexhill & Rye Hospitals. The RESPS team provide pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen assessment and review service, chronic disease management and early supported discharge and admission avoidance for patients with COPD. The respiratory wards are Baird(28 beds) at Conquest and Jevington (27 beds) in Eastbourne.
Facilities for flexible bronchoscopy and full lung function exist at both acute sites; all interventional bronchoscopes and pleural procedures are performed at Eastbourne DGH. The sleep service is based at Conquest Hospital. We have a weekly cross site lung MDM with thoracic surgeon dialling in from Guy’s and presence on site of all the other lung MDM core members. A new radiotherapy service is opening in Eastbourne District Hospital later this year.

This new post has been created due to the increasing demand for specialist respiratory services in our region. Our department has some exciting times ahead as a local EBUS service will be starting in June and our Trust, in association with neighbouring Sussex Trusts, is working with local CCG’s to set up a local home NIV. Our department which is a fully integrated respiratory department is working with our commissioners to increase the delivery of specialist respiratory care in the community. Candidates with an interest in EBUS, NIV, interstitial lung disease and integrated respiratory care are particularly welcome. 

10 reasons why you should live and work in Sussex:
1. Its natural beauty
Sussex has some fantastic natural features such as the Seven Sisters National Park, and many areas of outstanding natural beauty that include the medieval heathland and forests of the High Weald.
2. Its beaches and harbours
Hastings still boasts the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe, as well as the UK’s steepest funicular. Meanwhile, Eastbourne offers a traditional Victorian seafront combined with the Sovereign Harbour marina.
3. Places to stay
There’s a rich array of accommodation options, ranging from the five star Grand Hotel on Eastbourne seafront to quaint B&Bs set amid beautiful Sussex countryside.
4. Its weather
Often referred to as ‘The Sunshine Coast’, both Eastbourne and Hastings regularly top the UK list for locations that enjoy the most hours of sunshine.
5. Birthplace of English History
The legacy of the Battle of Hastings still colours the entire town and the remains of William the Conqueror’s first English castle still stand today.
6. Its travel connections
London is just over two hours away by car or train, whilst Gatwick Airport, Eurostar and regular ferry crossings allow easy access to mainland Europe.
7. Its White Cliffs coastline
The stunning and world famous White Cliff coastline includes the iconic Beachy Head and The Seven Sisters, as well as Seaford Head and Hope Gap.
8. Its places of cultural interest
East Sussex offers a rich array of culture, with art galleries such as Towner Gallery in Eastbourne and Jerwood Gallery in Hastings and an array of theatre and entertainment venues such as the De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill, Congress & Deveonshire Park Theatres in Eastbourne and the White Rock Theatre in Hastings.
9. Its open spaces
Explore the beautiful South Downs Way, 1066 Country Walk, The Weald Way and the picturesque villages of Alfriston, Lewes, Rye, Hartfield and Burwash.
10. Its festivals
To name but a few, these include Glyndbourne Opera Festival, the Lewes Bonfire Celebrations, Hastings Pirate Day and Eastbourne’s Airbourne international air show.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Wayomi Perera (clinical lead) on 01323 413718 or
Dr Simon Merritt (Chief of medicine & respiratory consultant) on 01424 758191 or

If you have problems applying, contact

01323 417400 (3825)