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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 05/06/2020.

Consultant Rheumatologist

Job Reference: 317-CON-19-321-A

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Musculoskeletal Services
317 01 Freeman Hospital
£79,860 to £107,668 pa

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the most successful teaching NHS Trusts in the country. We have one of the highest number of specialist services of hospitals in the UK. With around 14,000 staff, the Newcastle Hospitals is one of the region’s major employers. We have a long-standing reputation for high quality clinical care with our staff’s commitment to excellence reflected in our consistent performance at the highest level. We are committed to being an “employer of choice” offering our staff superb benefits, looking after their wellbeing, and providing access to high-quality education, training, career progression and support which enables them to provide “healthcare at its very best – with a personal touch”.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a world class health care provider, and one of the most successful teaching NHS trusts in the country. A tertiary centre, it offers the second highest number of specialist services than any other group of hospitals in the UK, with more than 1.69 million patient contacts each year, delivering innovative, high quality services locally, regionally and nationally and internationally.

The Care Quality Commission has rated us ‘Outstanding’ for the second time in a row.

We are the largest Trust in the country - and one of only five NHS organisations - to receive this accolade twice, which reaffirms our position as one of the UK’s top hospital trusts.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and recognise the benefit in providing an inclusive environment. We value and respect the diversity of our employees and aim to recruit a workforce which reflects the communities we serve, and is equipped to deliver the best service to our patients. We welcome all applications irrespective of people’s race, disability, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and in particular those from under represented groups.




REF. 317-CON-19-321

We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity for a highly motivated, ambitious individual to join our well integrated team.

We are seeking to appoint a Consultant Rheumatologist with a commitment to delivering a high quality service to patients. The post offers the opportunity to develop a specialist interest within rheumatology as part of a comprehensive musculoskeletal department. Due to the current skill mix in the department we would particularly encourage applications from Rheumatologists with interests in spondyloarthritis and musculoskeletal ultrasound. Newcastle Rheumatology is a thriving, busy department and we are looking for an innovative, enthusiastic colleague to maintain and develop our clinical service. The recent changes with respect to Specialised Commissioning and the increased emphasis on clinical research as part of mainstream NHS work offer particular opportunities for the development of special interests.

In addition to the challenges of the role, we can offer you a commitment to teaching, education, research and audit.

Candidates for the post must be registered medical practitioners and on, or eligible to join, the Specialist Register within six months of the date of the Appointments Committee.

The Musculoskeletal Services Directorate comprises elective and trauma Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Metabolic Bone Disease. There are close links with the Musculoskeletal Research Group at Newcastle University and with Paediatric Rheumatology. Elective outpatient clinics are held in the dedicated Musculoskeletal Outpatient Department at Freeman Hospital, and inpatient beds are on a ward shared with orthopaedic specialties. The busy Rheumatology Day Case Unit occupies two bays on this ward. We have a recently redesigned early arthritis clinic which performed exceptionally well in the recent HQIP audit of inflammatory arthritis. There is an established fast track suspected giant cell arteritis service with a consultant-led temporal artery ultrasound service. There are large cohorts of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, systemic sclerosis, SLE, primary Sjogren’s syndrome, vasculitis and myositis with dedicated specialist clinics and databases. The Trust’s status as a Global Digital Exemplar has enabled the continued development of clinical and research databases which facilitate the recording of patient outcomes and recruitment to clinical trials. There are well established links with many specialities in the Trust and we hold regular combined clinics with dermatology, neurology, gastroenterology, the interstitial lung disease chest physicians, the pulmonary hypertension physicians and the medical obstetricians. The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the only centre in the North East for Specialised Commissioning of Adult Rheumatology services, and delivers an effective regional multidisciplinary meeting to discuss complex cases

In Newcastle there is a strong desire and ethos to incorporate high quality research and innovation into clinical practice. Musculoskeletal research is a theme of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre in Ageing and Long-term Conditions, which provides infrastructure for translational and experimental medicine research. The Musculoskeletal Research Group (MRG) at Newcastle University provides access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, such as single cell infrastructure (CyToF, single cell sequencing) and cutting edge tissue imaging (Hyperion, Vectra), alongside high quality in vivo facilities and capabilities for immunological, molecular and genetic research. Areas of particular expertise include immunology, genetics and genomics, and cartilage biology. Examples of innovation include our tolerogenic dendritic cell therapy, which we have developed in-house, and our work stratifying patients with Primary Sjogren’s Syndrome. Additional facilities available at Newcastle University include the NIHR Clinical Research Facility, the Versus Arthritis Experimental Arthritis Treatment Centre, the Newcastle Cellular Therapies Facility, and the NIHR North East Research Design Service. The MRC Pathology Node is available for development of novel tissue staining techniques, and the NIHR Newcastle Medtech and In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative for the development and application of new diagnostic assays.. For full advert please read the job description 


For an informal discussion and further information regarding the opportunity and Directorate, please contact:

Dr Ben Thompson (Head of Service for Rheumatology) on 0191 223 1518 or by email at ben.thompson4@nhs.netor the Clinical Director Mr Peter Worlock by email at


Additional research time may be negotiable for suitable candidates but this should be discussed at the time of application rather than at interview. For further details please contact Professor John Isaacs via email at


To apply for this post, please visit NHS Jobs and complete the application form in full, please ensure that you provide references to cover the last 3 years. For any further queries, please contact Colin Sakhe, HR Advisor at , quoting the post reference number.



Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate.  The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by e-mail, and may be required to complete psychometric tools in advance of the assessment process.

Closing Date:               05 June 2020

Interview Date:            17 June 2020


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All references from current and previous employers will be sought and must cover a minimum of 3 years employment. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous line managers that cover 3 years employment. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

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Please note it is a requirement of The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month’s pay.

Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be contacted by e-mail. You should check your SPAM folders as well as your inbox. If you have not been contacted within 4 weeks of the closing date you should assume your application has been unsuccessful.

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