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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 24/02/2020.

Consultant Stroke Physician

Job Reference: 317-CON-20-008

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
317 02 Royal Victoria Infirmary
£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-20-008

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

Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust is seeking to appoint a Consultant in Stroke Medicine (on a full-time or part-time basis) to its award-winning Stroke Service. This is a new post to join a team of 8 existing consultants with varying clinical input into stroke. Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation We are one of the 11 prestigious hyperacute stroke research centers in the country and have been the lead recruiter is complex clinical trials for three years in a row.

In November 2016, we reorganized hyperacute stroke care for patients admitted from the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead. The Hyperacute stroke unit has 22 beds based at RVI, Newcastle upon Tyne and 20 rehabilitation beds at Freeman Hospital. Queen Elizabeth Hospital has 20 combined stroke unit beds. The hyperacute stroke care for patients from cities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead are delivered at RVI and patients are repatriated to QEH combined stroke unit, once stable. Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust is rated amongst top performing unit in the country according to National clinical audit (SSNAP). Our services are committed to develop comprehensive stroke care including mechanical thrombectomy for eligible patients from the sub region and currently these services are being rolled out.

The post holders will participate in the provision of hyperacute stroke care at the regional comprehensive stroke unit (CSU) at Royal Victoria Infirmary Hospital.

The acute stroke unit and rehabilitation stroke care as well as neurovascular clinics will be based on the base site of Queen Elizabeth hospital NHS Foundation Trust, our partner organization providing seamless comprehensive, acute, subacute, rehabilitation and community stroke services. Other duties will be negotiated depending on the post holder’s parent specialty.

When on duty at RVI, the post holders are expected to attend new and existing hyperacute and acute stroke cases on comprehensive stroke unit from 09:00 until 18:00. This role will be developed in discussion with the successful applicant. In addition to the lead consultants, two stroke physicians will be attending neuro ITU beds and daily TIA clinics from 09:00 till 13:30. At 13:30, there will be a handover from stroke physicians to the lead clinician who will provide advice and management of stroke cases from 13:30 till 18:00. At 18:00, lead clinician will handover cases to on call stroke physician.

When on call, the post holders are expected to take handover at 18:00 and then cover on call duties from home advising stroke specialist nurse on referrals and attending complex cases including patients deemed suitable for thrombolysis/mechanical thrombectomy.

During their 9 hour day shift, the post holders will be responsible for the care of the CSU inpatients, supported by a junior doctor and will assess new stroke and high-risk TIA presentations in A and E, working alongside one of our Stroke Nurse Practitioners. They will have excellent access to neuroimaging including CT,CTA, MRI. We are leading the development of AI in stroke across the region and the postholders will have access to CT/MR Perfusion scanning. The Trust admits approximately 1100 stroke patients a year, so on an average day we can expect to see 3, plus 2-3 mimics. Weekdays and weekends (Saturday and Sunday) are shared among the (currently) 13 stroke consultants, in 1:9 to 1:10 out of hours Rota.

When not on duty at RVI, the post holders will be responsible for patients at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead. These two jobs are predominantly based at QEH, Gateshead and will be the second of the three joint appointments that we plan to make by April 2020. You will be responsible for quality improvement programs within stroke services at QEH and will work alongside lead clinician Dr L Southern. You will be supported by the directorate of medicine from both the Trusts. You will be supported to develop nurse led daily TIA clinics at Gateshead hospitals, along with liaison services for ED and assessment suit. You will be attending follow up clinics for patients discharged from QEH stroke unit. It is expected that between these two posts and alongside the existing post, you will help develop rehabilitation and community stroke services at QEH and further integrate service with RVI.

Your immediate line manager will be clinical director of medicine from QEH or RVI depending upon your clinical work base, and your annual job planning will be reviewed jointly by both medical directorates (RVI and QEH). The service reorganization means that you will be working closely with RVI clinical director to address job plan as the service evolves over next 18 months.

Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust is committed to assisting all employees to achieve a work-life balance, regardless of their personal circumstances. Any applicant who is unable, for personal reasons, to work full-time, will be eligible to be considered for the post. If such a person is appointed, modification of the job content will be discussed on a personal basis in consultation with consultant colleagues.

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... For more Information please refer to the advert in the Job Description

For an informal discussion and further information regarding the opportunity and Directorate, please contact: Dr Anand K Dixit, Consultant stroke physician on 01912824194, or via email at


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