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Consultant in Stroke Medicine


Main area
Specialist Medicine
Full time - 10 sessions per week (10 sessions plus on call)
Job ref
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
£88,364 - £119,133 pa pro rata
Salary period
12/01/2023 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

We are looking for a Consultant in Stroke Medicine to join the team at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to further develop our service. This is a full time substantive role to support the growth of our service and to improve the service we provide to the people of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

It is an exciting time to join the team as we are in the end stages of becoming a Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) as part of the commissioning project for Lancashire and South Cumbria, as well as developing an all round Integrated Community Stroke and Neuro Rehabilitation Service. With all the exciting developments within the service, we are looking for someone who is motivated, keen and innovative to support the work that is currently underway and contribute in making the Stroke Unit in Blackpool truly great.

We are also offering an attractive recruitment and retention premia (RRP) for the successful candidate.

Main duties of the job

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of 330,000. The Fylde coast is a beautiful place to live with easy access to both rural and urban pursuits. Blackpool Victoria Hospital has 849 beds and provides acute medical services, tertiary cardiology and tertiary haematology. 

Key duties will be supervising and running core and specialist clinics, caring for patients on our wards in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, including ward nurses and specialist nursing teams, on-call cover and participating in the networked tele-stroke out of hours service. The unit is very active in research and audit and the post holder will be expected to fully participate in this activity.

You must hold full registration with the General Medical Council and preferably be on the Specialist Register or within 6 months of obtaining CCST.

Working for our organisation

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients.  The hospital has a reputation as a friendly, welcoming place to work.

As one of the United Kingdom’s largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents – it’s not just a good place to work; it’s a great place to live. In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the detailed job description and person specification for more details on this post.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Full registration with the General Medical Council
  • MRCP
  • Higher Training in General Internal Medicine and Stroke Medicine, Geriatrics, Neurology or Rehabilitation Medicine as required for CCT
  • Entry onto the Specialist Registrar or a UK SpR within 6 months of CCT date at interview
Desirable criteria
  • Post graduate degree e.g. MD, PhD, MSc

Experience and clinical skills

Essential criteria
  • Training and experience in the management of stroke patients including stroke thrombolysis and rehabilitation.
  • Ability to offer expert clinical opinion on a full range of acute medical conditions including medical emergencies.
  • Ability to take full and independent responsibility for the clinical care of patients
  • Good practical clinical skills
  • Competency in Intermediate Life support
Desirable criteria
  • Advanced Life Support desirable.


Essential criteria
  • Proven ability to build and maintain effective multidisciplinary teams


Essential criteria
  • Excellent oral, aural and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with difficult situations
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English


Essential criteria
  • Basic training in management skills
  • An understanding of management in the context of the Health Service
  • Ability to manage risk and end of life decisions.
  • Evidence of good organisational and leadership skills
Desirable criteria
  • Attendance at management course
  • Abilities to participate in committees
  • Ability to initiate and lead service developments


Essential criteria
  • Experience of teaching Juniors, medical students and Allied Health professionals
Desirable criteria
  • Attendance at teaching course

Audit & Research

Essential criteria
  • Evidence of audit work and where this has brought about change
  • Evidence of understanding research methodology
  • An awareness of current specialty specific developments and initiatives
  • Having or planning to obtain NIHR Good Clinical Practice certification.
Desirable criteria
  • Evidence of work submitted for Peer review
  • Ability to apply research outcomes to clinical problems


Essential criteria
  • Transport available to undertake the duties of the post
  • Live within 15 miles of the hospital.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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

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 David McGhee
Job title
Divisional Director
Email address
Telephone number
01253 955519
Additional information

Miss Rebecca Yates, Directorate Manager by email rebecca.yates22@nhs.net or phone 07918 701803