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Consultant Anaesthetist


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Consultant Anaesthetist
Full time - 10 sessions per week
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£84,559 - £114,003 pa pro rata
31/08/2022 23:59

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is situated on the west coast of Lancashire, with services covering the local authority areas of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. The Trust is part of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) supporting a population of around 1.6 million people.

We have three main hospitals providing acute services to around 330,000 local residents. The organisation also provides specialist tertiary care for cardiac and haematology services, delivers community health services to over 445,000 residents including those in North Lancashire and hosts the National Artificial Eye Service across England. Plus, we provide urgent and emergency care services to an estimated 18 million people who visit the seaside resort each year. We employ over 7000 people from 68 different countries.

We welcome and encourage application from anyone with protected characteristics, as well as supporting reservists and Veterans who are looking for a rewarding and challenging career within the NHS.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals encourages flexible working in all our roles to support staff in maintaining healthy home-life balance.  Working patterns such as: part time working, self-rostering, compressed hours, annualised hours, term time, reverse term time and flexitime working can be explored. 


Job overview

The General Theatre Anaesthetic team consists of 17 General Anaesthetists, 5 Non consultant grades, 3 physician associates and 9 ICU Anaesthetists. The Trust also supports a Tertiary; Cardiac, Haematology and Cystic fibrosis service to Lancashire.

The General Anaesthetic team provides anaesthetic services for General, Breast and Colorectal Surgery, Upper GI surgery, Orthopaedics and Trauma, ENT, Dental, Ophthalmic Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, Gynaecology and Maternity Services for the local population.    The department also runs an Acute Pain Service, Chronic Pain/Pain Management Clinic and a Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing service.  We have well developed ERAS programmes in a number of surgical specialities.  The Acute Pain Service and the Paediatric Service have both received national recognition for their standards of care. 



Main duties of the job

This is a permanent post for a Consultant General Anaesthetist. The department would invite applicants with a speciality interest. Interests in management or education will be supported. This role will be supported by 1.5 SPAs for other activities and revalidation.

The department would encourage applicants with appropriate qualifications to pursue additional clinical or academic interests as part of their job plan. These activities would be supported with 1 additional SPA.

As a general anaesthetist, the appointee would take part in the general on-call rota covering non-cardiac emergency surgery and supporting maternity services.



Working for our organisation

There is ample time within the contract to support CEPD, teaching, audit, and activities of clinical governance. Although there is some flexibility in how and where these activities take place there is a requirement that time is dedicated within the working week to demonstrate participation in these activities on the hospital site. The Clinical Director will require evidence of participation in these activities.

The total number of programmed activities is 10 but further PAs will be offered to account for the elective and emergency workload after discussion. Alternatively, the number of basic programmed activities will be reviewed.



Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please ensure you read the Job description and Person Specification attached to the advert in full before applying.

Person specification

Legal Requirements

Essential criteria
  • Inclusion on the Specialist Register or eligible for inclusion within 6 months of interview date
  • Full registration with the GMC
  • Primary medical qualification
  • FRCA or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Advanced Life Support qualification
  • Qualification in Paediatric Life Support
  • Advanced training in Anaesthetic Sub speciality

Qualifications & Training

Essential criteria
  • Completed approved training programme in Anaesthesia or equivalent
  • Evidence of appropriate CEPD
Desirable criteria
  • Full log book summary
  • Management or leadership Training or qualification


Essential criteria
  • Broad exposure to Anaesthetic practice
  • Appropriate experience in relevant Anaesthetic sub specialty
  • Appropriate general non-anaesthetic training in a complimentary specialty
  • Recent experience in the management of the critically ill patient
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of Chronic Pain, Paediatric surgery, Obstetrics, Perioperative medicine, Cardiopulmonary exercise testing, MRI sedation and anaesthesia, Regional anaesthesia and Advanced IV access.

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills – both oral and written.
  • Effective teaching skills
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload and to delegate responsibility and supervise staff.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire a multi-disciplinary team and work sensitively within teams and across organisations
  • Involvement and evidence of implementation of service development and managing change in a healthcare setting
  • Leadership skills- ability to take responsibility, show leadership and make decisions
Desirable criteria
  • Computer and IT skills
  • Educational qualification or working towards
  • Experience of supervision of other staff
  • Understanding of principals of Clinical Governance

Management Skills

Essential criteria
  • Awareness of NHS organisation and core values of NHS
  • Understanding of the management responsibilities of NHS consultants
  • Participation in a management training course
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of leadership training or qualification


Essential criteria
  • Commitment to CPD and requirements of clinical governance, research and audit
  • Regular attendance at Audit meetings
  • Ability to supervise audit projects
Desirable criteria
  • A proven track record in self- directed research
  • Publications in peer reviewed journals
  • Recent personal involvement in audit


Essential criteria
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to the specialty
Desirable criteria
  • Membership of appropriate societies


Essential criteria
  • Agreement to live within 15 miles of the Trust or within reasonable access by car
  • Car owner with a full driving licence

Employer certification / accreditation badges

No smoking policyDisability confident employerDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - SilverVeteran Aware

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Allan Monks
Job title
Consultant Anaesthetist
Email address
Telephone number
01253 953499