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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 14/06/2020.

Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and General Surgeon

Job Reference: 360-C-57

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Colorectal & General Surgery
£79,860 - £107,668

As an employer of nearly 5,000 staff, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is the place to be. Having have been shortlisted over the last three years for 18 national people related awards and most recently winning the Nursing Times award for Best UK Employer 2019 we are immensely proud of our achievements.

We have lots to shout about! Despite having lots of challenges, we’ve worked really hard to make West Herts a great place to work. The good news is we’re really starting to see the results of our efforts. We’re one of the few NHS organisations across the UK to have achieved a phenomenal 0% nurse vacancy rate within our adult inpatient areas. We have also recently secured over £450m capital funding to transform our sites and give our patients and colleagues within #teamwestherts the working environment they deserve.

Associate Teaching Hospital of the University College London


Substantive Colorectal Consultant Surgeon

Applications are sought for a substantive appointment of a General Surgeon with an interest in Colorectal surgery to join an established and successful team of five Colorectal surgeons working at West Hertfordshire NHS trust. This is a replacement post for a retiring Colorectal surgeon. The successful candidate will be part of a team of 12 consultants for the provision of emergency and elective general surgery, including a sub-specialty interest.


As a Bowel Cancer screening centre, as well as Regional Centre for Gynaecology cancers, a Fellowship or similar experience in Complex cancer surgery will be required. Our colorectal unit has a very high laparoscopic rate with NBOCA 2017-18 data showing 98% laparoscopic attempted. Proof of a minimum of 50 independent Colorectal Laparoscopic resections will therefore need to be evidenced. We work closely as a supportive team and joint surgery with training and assistance which will be offered to ensure the rectal R0 rate of 98% is maintained.  Mentoring will be provided for elective and emergency work to ensure a new consultant has full support to fulfil their potential.


We also work closely with our Gastroenterology colleagues and regular Lower GI Endoscopy will be part of the job plan.  As such full JAG accreditation will be essential and a proven interest in research will be a requirement for this post, ideally at PhD level or similar. There is a good compliment of junior staff in the department spread across all sites to ensure patient care. The successful applicant will also contribute to the supervision and training of the Basic and Higher Surgical Trainees within the department.


For further information please contact:

Mr Drostan Cheetham, Clinical Director e-mail;

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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