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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 21/06/2022.

Surgical Neuro-Oncology Fellowship

Job Reference: 304-SCF5-001-3

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust - Medical & Dental

UHB is one of the largest teaching hospital trusts in England, serving a regional, national, and international population.

Our multiple sites, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Solihull Hospital and Community Services, Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham Chest Clinic allow people to be treated as close to home as possible.

We see and treat more than 2.2 million people every year across our sites and our hospitals deliver more babies than anywhere else in Europe.

We are a regional centre for cancer, bone marrow transplants, trauma, renal dialysis, burns and plastics, HIV and AIDS, as well as respiratory conditions like cystic fibrosis; thoracic surgery and have the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe.

We provide a series of highly specialist cardiac, liver and neurosurgery services to patients from across the UK.

We are world-renowned for our trauma care and have developed pioneering surgical techniques in the management of ballistic and blast injuries, including bespoke surgical solutions for previously unseen injuries. We are a designated a Level 1 Trauma Centre and host of the UK’s only £20m National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC).

We have over 20,000 members of staff and we are committed to investing in their development and their health and wellbeing.

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For specific enquiries regarding this vacancy, please see the Contact Details section below in the first instance. For general enquiries, please use Switchboard: 0121 627 2000 and for Non-Medical (inc. Nursing) Ext. 16800, Doctors & Dentists Ext. 18384 or 18395, Bank posts 0121 371 8280.

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On behalf of the Department of Neurosurgery at UHB NHS Foundation Trust,we are pleased to invite applications for a Surgical Neuro-Oncology Fellowship (post-CCT level).

The Fellowship will be based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, which is one of the busiest units in the UK. Typically, there is an annual turnover of over 900 day-cases, 1,500 elective cases and 1,700 emergencies. Outpatient activity typically includes over 5,000 new and 9,000 follow-up patients per year. There are 16 neurosurgical trainees and an in-house fellowship in spinal surgery. However, there are no formal fellowships in cranial neurosurgery.

The neurosurgical oncology service provides 300-400 diagnostic procedures annually. A well-established MDT includes neuro-oncology, neurology, neuroradiology, neuropathology, specialist nurses, speech & language therapists, occupational & physiotherapists, and neuropsychologists. A dedicated neurosurgical oncology clinic has been established as point-of-entry for patients with a wide range of tumour types into specialist care pathways supported by specialist consultant neurosurgeons. Dedicated operating lists are available 3 days per week with additional ad hoc lists as required. Recent investment by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has established state-of-the-art operative facilities with integrated neuro-navigation, advanced intra-operative monitoring coupled with intra-operative ultrasound, fluorescence-guided surgery and 3D microscopy.

The service is compliant with NICE IOG and NICE NG99 guidelines.

The Trust has one of the most active clinical cancer programmes in the country, which is housed within the Cancer Centre building established in 2000 and the Clinical Research Facility. A major expansion of Trust Cancer Research infrastructure took place during 2008/9 with a new Cancer Trials team of 14 people being appointed to support research in this area

The post is full-time and may include “acting up” as a consultant with appropriate faculty support. Please see the attached Job Description for further details and an example timetable.

For further information or to discuss this post, please contact the following:

  • Professor Colin Watts (Academic Lead)

  • Mr Ed White (Cranial Speciality Lead)

  • Mr Jas Dhir (Clinical Service Lead)

To apply, please submit an online application, ensuring you attach a copy of your CV.

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Disabled applicants, in line with our commitment to the Disability Confident Scheme, will be guaranteed an interview where they meet the essential criteria and declare their disabled status. The Trust will accept applications in other formats where applicants have disabilities that require a reasonable adjustment for them to be able to apply for vacancies; consideration in respect of additional time for postage/delivery time etc will be given.

Staff recruited from outside of the NHS will usually be appointed at the bottom of the pay band.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced or skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as it is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit UK Visas and Immigration website.

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