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Specialty Doctor- Anaesthetics

Specialty Doctor

Main area
Critical Care and Anaesthesia
Specialty Doctor
Permanent: Substantive
40 hours per week (Full time 12 PA'S)
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Department name
West Herts - General Staffing
Medical - Anaesthetics
Watford General Hospital
£41,158 - £76,751 £41,158-£76,751 per annum
Salary period
13/04/2021 23:59

There has never been a more exciting time to join West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust!

Major redevelopment works are due for completion by 2025 or soon after. These will be most dramatic at Watford General Hospital where up to 90% of buildings will be new.

There are also plans for a digital transformation, new models of care and a multi-storey car park. As well as this, the trust – which won the UK Best Employer Award (Nursing Times 2019) – is applying for teaching hospital status in recognition of its wide and well-renowned role in educating doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.


Job overview

Applications are invited for a Specialty Doctor post in Critical Care and Anaesthesia at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. The successful candidate will join a department of 34 Consultants, 30 trainee and Specialty Doctors covering a 5 tier on-call. 

Watford General Hospital is a busy District General Hospital with a 19 bedded ICU situated just outside London.  St Albans City Hospital is an Elective Surgery Centre.

 The post is full time 12 PA’s working a full-shift timetable and will include both ICU and theatre work. The post will involve taking part in an out of hours rota (including weekends) at Watford as one of the resident doctors in ICU.

It is essential that the applicant holds full GMC registration. The post is not recognised for training.

Please apply online. This advert will close as soon as we receive a sufficient number of applications.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will form one member of a full shift, first on call for ICU. In addition to daytime ICU shifts, work allocated may vary according to requirements and may include daytime PAs in main theatre, day surgery and obstetrics according to experience.

The Specialty Doctors will be expected to exercise an intermediate level of clinical responsibility but ultimate responsibility for the patients they treat will rest with the relevant consultant. At least one session per week will be
under consultant supervision. 

All Specialty Doctors in Critical Care and Anaesthesia have a continuing responsibility for the proper functioning of the Department. As far as is practical, the appointee will be expected to provide emergency cover for colleagues when required. 

The successful applicant will be supported to pursue a personal development plan appropriate to them, whether it is studying for exams, training to be a trainer, maintaining skills or developing new ones.

Working for our organisation

Hertfordshire has good facilities including excellent schools. The hospitals are well placed for travel into London and there is easy access to three airports and the motorways north.

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (WHHT) has won the coveted Nursing Times ‘Best UK Employer of the Year’ award. £400m from the government's capital funding has been confirmed to help redevelop its buildings and facilities at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust ( WHHT) and Herts Valleys CCG.

There is an active and well-equipped Postgraduate Centre and close academic links are maintained with the Imperial School of Anaesthesia. Time will be allocated to complete clinical audit projects. The Specialty Doctors have an identified Consultant representing their needs as well as a Specialty Doctor representative who is able to attend Consultant departmental meetings. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care is part of the Directorate of Surgery, Anaesthetics and Cancer and provides services throughout the trust including to elective and emergency operating theatres, obstetrics, critical care, preoperative assessment, acute and chronic pain, interventional cardiology, dental sedation and ECT.

Watford General Hospital is the acute site with 6 operating theatres and an 18 bed combined Critical Care unit located adjacent to the anaesthetic department in the main building. Complex orthopaedics, cancer surgery and high risk patients including vascular and upper GI surgery is
undertaken and there are dedicated trauma and emergency theatres.

The centre for elective surgery is at St Albans City Hospital where there are 6 operating theatres catering for General Surgery, Breast, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, ENT, Gynaecology and a busy Day Surgery unit.
The hospital has one of the longest established Preoperative Assessment Units anywhere and this is key to the efficient running of theatres.

Person specification

Your application will be shortlisted against the Person Specification

Essential criteria
  • Please see attached Job Description
Committed to being an Inclusive EmployerApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employer

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Shenoy Sampath
Job title
Consultant Anaesthetist
Telephone number
01923 217604

If you have problems applying, contact

Watford Hospital
Vicarage Road
WD18 0HB
01923 436258
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