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Consultant Breast Radiologist/Director of Breast Screening

Job Reference: 265-2597583-B

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
Northampton General Hospital, Cliftonvile Road
£82,096 - £110,683 per annum

Northampton General Hospital and Kettering General Hospital have embarked on an exciting journey to become a University Hospitals Group, serving the whole of Northamptonshire and beyond through closer alignment and partnership with University of Leicester, University of Northampton and all other University partners. University of Leicester, with Northampton and Kettering Group, is committed to enhancing the partnership between academia and the NHS in Northamptonshire. A strong synergy between organisations is the key to success, major contributions made by consultant colleagues to the academic mission through research, teaching, education, clinical leadership, enterprise and innovation recognised by the award of a range of honorary titles from Honorary Fellow to Honorary Professor.

With four teaching schools (Allied Health Professions, Biological Sciences, Leicester Medical School, Psychology), six research departments (Cardiovascular Sciences, Genetics and Genome Biology hosting the Leicester Cancer Research Centre, Health Sciences hosting the Leicester Diabetes Research Centre, Molecular and Cell Biology, Neuroscience Psychology and Behaviour, Respiratory Sciences), the College’s mission is to pursue the highest standards of research, education, training in biomedical and related subjects, to apply this knowledge and expertise to enhance the quality of life and economic prosperity of populations, locally and in the world. The high calibre of our academic endeavour is increasingly being recognised. In the 2020 Shanghai International ranking, the Medical School in Leicester was ranked 20 (of 3,000 medical schools); Leicester was 5th in the UK (Highest rank for clinical medicine outside of the Golden Triangle). In April 2017 NIHR Biomedical Research Centre commenced, a collaboration between University of Leicester, University of Loughborough and University Hospitals of Leicester. The BRC brings together the work of Respiratory Medicine, Cardiovascular Science, Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity.

Consultant Breast Radiologist/Director of Breast Screening – Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

There is an exciting opening to join the Breast Screening Unit (BSU) as a Consultant Breast Radiologist and for the right candidate the opportunity to also be appointed as Director of Breast Screening.

We are a progressive, forward thinking department with a strong multi-disciplinary team. The role therefore requires the successful candidate to be a positive leader with exceptional communication, change management and people skills.

The successful candidate will in the main work clinically within the Breast Service and will be supported with the Director of Screening position (if applicable) by the Programme Manager, Consultant Radiographer and Office Manager.

This is therefore an excellent opportunity to continue your clinical work whilst leading and shaping the future direction of the Breast Screening service within Northampton.

Given the recent formation of a Hospital Group with Kettering General Hospital, this position offers the successful applicant the opportunity to lead the well-established service at an exciting time that will determine the future direction of the BSU and its team.

The breast service offers symptomatic patients an integrated one-stop service alongside a widely respected screening and accredited family history service.

The BSU has installed new digital mammography units (2 static and 2 mobile units), including tomosynthesis, 3D biopsy and contract enhanced spectral mammography capability. There is the opportunity as the Director of Screening to enhance the diagnostic services provided, utilising the high specification equipment to achieve its full potential.

The surgical team offer onsite onocplastic and reconstructive surgery and has commenced working collaboratively with Kettering General Hospital (the other Hospital Trust Group acute provider). We have recently completed a Magseed trial and expect this to be the gold standard for localisations.

Northampton General Hospital is a large DGH with over 700 beds. Along with a busy Emergency Department we have all medical and surgical specialities as well as women’s and a paediatric service. NGH is also a centre for oncology including radiotherapy; stroke including hyper-acute stroke, nephrology, cardiology and vascular surgery for the county of Northamptonshire and surrounding areas.

The Radiology Department has state of the art equipment on site. These include 3 new 128 slice CT scanners, 2 MRI scanners with a dedicated breast coil, theatre specification intervention radiology suite with day bed area, nuclear medicine unit with a fixed site, PET-CT scanner.

We encourage role expansion throughout the Radiology Department and Breast Service, so in addition to Consultant colleagues, you will be supported by a dedicated team of reporting and interventional radiographers/Advanced Practitioners.

Northamptonshire offers a high standard of living with beautiful villages and surrounding countryside and easy access to Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge, London and Leicester. There are excellent opportunities for private practice within the region. The county is renowned for a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities including the arts, theatre, parks, rugby, golf, football, sailing and an international motor-racing circuit.

On site, we have excellent recreational facilities in the hospital including a gym and swimming pool.

We aspire to create an excellent sustainable service in collaboration with our partners we would encourage full or part-time applications. We welcome applications from the UK and abroad. We have a successful record of supporting non UK trained Radiologists with their CESR application. We can offer further sub-speciality training locally or the opportunity to visit/work at other centres whilst working here. We will support your academic interests and you will have a generous study leave allowance and budget to match.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Richard Jones, Clinical Director on 01604 544281


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