Lead Hospice Consultant

We are looking for a Lead Consultant in Palliative Medicine to join our Day Care Unit and Outpatient Services here at St John’s Hospice.

£93,600 plus On Call/Other £ 2,808
Contract type:
DBS required:
60 Grove End Road, London NW8 9NH
Closing date:

About this role

We are looking for a Lead Consultant in Palliative Medicine to join our Day Care Unit and Outpatient Services here at St John’s Hospice.

The post-holder will act as Lead Consultant in Palliative Medicine Day Care Unit and Outpatient Services at St John’s Hospice, and have clinical responsibility for patients accepted by the Day Care Unit and Outpatient Services, as well as providing cover for the Consultant in Palliative Medicine responsible for the Community Specialist Palliative Care Team and Inpatient Unit. The post-holder will provide leadership, support and supervision for the medical team at St John’s Hospice.

St John’s Hospice provides a wide range of specialist palliative care services to patients across Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Camden, Islington, Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Barnet. Our services are free to all and include inpatient care, day services, Hospice@Home, community specialist palliative care, Lymphoedema treatment, OT and physiotherapy, social work and bereavement support.

What are the key duties?

  • Work as part of a team of consultants, providing specialist palliative care to patients predominantly in the hospice DCU and Outpatients. The post will also require occasional palliative care reviews of hospital patients, in addition to cross-covering the community and the IPU to ensure adequate clinical cover for the service is maintained when colleagues are on leave.
  • Work collaboratively with all other team members and provide clinical support to the wider multi-disciplinary team.
  • Attend the weekly DCU MDT meeting and take responsibility for decisions about patients.
  • Agree and arrange safe admissions and discharges of patients to and from the Hospice in line with local policy when covering the IPU.
  • Ensure that comprehensive plans are made and recorded for each in-patient prior to the weekend in both their clinical record and the handover sheet.
  • Participate in a non-resident telephone on-call service providing advice to St John’s Hospice in-patient and community services and supporting the in-patient telephone advice line. On-call duties are shared between the three Consultants and are also supported through an external provider as a consultant telephone on call rota.
  • Act as a key member of the Senior Management Team, liaising with the Chief Nursing Officer, Medical Director, Assistant Director of Nursing – Hospice, Consultants in Palliative Medicine, Hospice Heads of Departments and other staff members, ensuring a multi-disciplinary approach to palliative care.
  • The post-holder will be the DCU and Outpatient lead for the Hospice.
  • To participate in the daily referrals meeting and clinical handover meetings as required.
  • To assist in the induction of new members of the medical staff.
  • Undergraduate teaching to visiting medical students.
  • Education and teaching for doctors in training and professionals visiting the unit.
  • Participate in teaching programmes for multi-professional teams within and outside the hospice.
  • Participate in The weekly Journal Club that is held in conjunction with the Palliative care teams at Imperial and Pembridge.
  • Incorporating clinical effectiveness, risk management and audit into everyday practice and service developments.
  • Promoting evidence based practice, and use of Clinical Guidelines.
  • Participating and leading on audits by the medical team and supervising junior doctors in undertaking audits.
  • Participate in the senior management and governance meetings.

Am I the right person for this role?

  • Qualified Medical Practitioner.
  • Postgraduate higher qualification: PhD, Diploma or Master’s degree in an appropriate subject is desirable.
  • Full GMC registration.
  • Entry on GMC specialist register for Palliative Medicine or CCT (due within 6 months of interview) or has a CESR.
  • Membership of relevant Royal College or equivalent.
  • Experienced accredited clinical/educational supervisor and qualified medical appraiser is desirable.
  • Advanced Communication Skills certificate / training is desirable.
  • Extensive experience in palliative medicine.
  • Experience at Consultant in Palliative Medicine level is desirable.
  • Excellent clinical skills.
  • The authority and decision-making skills needed to lead a multidisciplinary team in a complex environment.
  • Ability to supervise the clinical work of consultants, doctors in training and other staff.
  • Evidence of under and/or post graduate teaching.

Why apply for this role?

We are committed to providing an inclusive and supportive work environment, which enables our employees to not only provide the highest quality of care to our patients and their families but also be happy, motivated and confident individuals.

As well as our training and development programmes, we are committed to supporting our employee’s health and wellbeing, and offer a wide range of benefits. Some of these include:

  • Salary: Competitive pay with progressive band structuring.
  • Pension: Contributory pension schemes including continuation of your existing NHS pension.
  • Annual leave: A generous 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays. 
  • Health and well-being: Private healthcare cover of up to £20,000 per year, eye care vouchers, access to free, confidential one-to-one counselling, on-site Mental Health First Aiders and Freedom to Speak Up Champions.
  • Learning and development: Ongoing training and development programmes, external study leave and grants available up to £1,500.
  • Rewards and recognition: Employee "Service Excellence" recognition rewards. 
  • Flexible working: Flexible working arrangements regardless of length of service.
  • Travel: Cycle to work scheme and interest-free season ticket loans.
  • Discounts: Discounts at our on-site pharmacy, charity shop and a range of local, national and online shops, restaurants and cinemas.

About St John's

We provide quality, holistic care to people living with life-limiting illnesses and their families across North London. As well as our Inpatient and Day Care Unit located in St John’s Wood, we work out in the community, in people’s homes, providing care to more than 4,500 people every year.

We welcome people from all faiths and communities across Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, Camden, Islington, Hammersmith & Fulham and Brent. Our care is completely free of charge and includes day services, inpatient care, Hospice@Home, community care, therapies, social and welfare support, and bereavement support, ensuring each of our patients and their families are supported through every aspect of their journey.

How to apply

If you are ready for a new challenge and share our passion and commitment to providing quality, holistic care to patients and their families then we would love to hear from you.

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