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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 01/10/2021.

Consultant Respiratory Medicine & GIM

Job Reference: 210-2021-639-A

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Urgent Care
Countess of Chester Hospital, Chester
£82,096 - £110,683 pa

At the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust we pride ourselves on not only leading through clinical excellence, but also by creating an environment where all staff are valued and appreciated. The Trust has an excellent reputation for delivering high quality patient care and is nationally accredited at the highest levels in many areas, in particular clinical outcomes and patient safety.

Our Vision for the Trust is to deliver NHS care locally that makes our staff and our community proud. We want our patients to be assured they will receive care as rapidly as possible in a first-class environment that is Safe, Kind and Effective.

Our High Performance Culture will support everyone to be the best version of themselves by being true to our Trust vision, values and behaviours.

We welcome applications from colleagues from our local and neighbouring communities of all backgrounds and identities, who are currently under-represented within our region such as colleagues with disabilities, and Black, Asian and Minority ethnic.

As a region we are reviewing the way we work, and we are keen to explore how new working practices that support flexible working and create a positive work-life balance can assist those from different backgrounds. As part of our recruitment process we will explore how our inclusive employment policies, flexible working, staff engagement forums, Trust facilities and services can be of mutual benefit.

Working hours: 10 sessions per week

We are seeking enthusiastic, highly motivated Consultants to join our current Respiratory Medicine team within the Division of Urgent Care. The posts are to support the expansion of the Respiratory Department with the addition of a new Respiratory Support Unit, to increase capacity in general and/or specialist respiratory outpatient clinics, to develop the ambulatory and community-based services, and to provide additional in reach into the Acute Medical Unit.

The Countess of Chester is a highly ambitious Foundation Trust and has already established an excellent reputation for innovative developments. Recognised nationally for being progressive and at the forefront of change, we are working closely with our community partners to re-shape how services are delivered, moving towards an approach centred on patient orchestrated care outside of hospital. The Trust is committed to the provision of a high quality, Consultant led Respiratory Services. We are a dynamic team of Consultants and would welcome colleagues with any sub-speciality interest depending on the experience of the individual and the needs of the department, but an interest in Asthma or intermediate care would be particularly advantageous.

The Respiratory team consists of a Physiotherapist, 3 Specialist Respiratory Nurses, 1 Research Nurse, 2 Lung Cancer Nurse Specialists, a Pleural Nurse Specialist, and an Oxygen Assessment Service along with fully equipped Physiology Laboratory. In addition to the general Respiratory clinics, we run a thrice-weekly lung cancer clinic, and specialist pleural, asthma, and interstitial lung disease clinics through a networked approach, working in liaison with Regional referral centres. The current Sleep Service provides both diagnostic investigations and therapeutic CPAP treatment. We have an established EBUS service, and a thoracic ultrasound is available to assist pleural drainage and other invasive procedures.

This is an exciting time to join the Respiratory team as the successful candidate will be working in a new purpose-built Respiratory Support Unit (RSU) with dedicated space for day case procedures; work is expected to be completed by Autumn 2021.

We have an active research programme within the Chester Respiratory Research Unit and the successful applicant will be supported and encouraged to develop clinical research within the department. The department has links with the University of Chester through the Institute of Medicine and is supported by a significant administrative resource.

The Trust has a keen interest and deep involvement in medical education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Most of the Respiratory consultants were supported in obtaining and hold a postgraduate qualification in teaching.

Chester is a popular tourist destination, conveniently located for easy access to the beautiful countryside of Wales with its iconic Snowdonia mountains and beaches, and has good motorway and rail links to Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. Chester also has excellent housing facilities and schools, both government and independent.

Applicants should ideally be on the GMC Specialist Register for Respiratory and G(I)M, or be within six months of their CCT date at interview. Applicants wishing to work part-time or job share are also encouraged to apply.

For further details and for an informal discussion please contact Dr Ben Vlies, Respiratory Medicine Consultant and Clinical Lead on 01244 366297/292, Email:

*JD awaiting RCP Approval

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name Ben Vlies Job title Clinical Lead Email address Telephone number 01244 366297

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust consists of a 600 bedded large district General Hospital, which provides its services on the Countess of Chester Health Park, and a 64 bedded Intermediate Care Service at Ellesmere Port Hospital. The Trust has almost 4,000 staff and provides a range of medical services to more than 445,000 patients per year from areas covering Western Cheshire, Ellesmere Port, Neston and North Wales.

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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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