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Locum Consultant Gastroenterologist

NHS Medical & Dental: Locum Consultant

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NHS Medical & Dental: Locum Consultant
Fixed term: 6 months (with a possible extension for a further 6 months.)
Full time - 10 sessions per week
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Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
£84,559 - £114,003 per annum
Salary period
31/10/2021 23:59

Job overview

Job Overview

We require an enthusiastic Gastroenterologist with a Specialist participation in other sub-specialties.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust provides District General Hospital clinical services to the population of Shropshire and mid-Wales with a dedicated Cancer and Haematology Centre at Shrewsbury. There has been centralisation of specialties such as Surgery, Stroke and Cardiac as well as Interventional Radiology to improve services.

Our team of highly motivated Consultants and Doctors span a vast range of specialties from Ophthalmology to Anaesthetics. You will work within a well-supported and multi-disciplined team, ensuring you reach your full potential. Our hospitals are forward looking and well equipped, providing you with the very best environment to work in.

For an informal discussion, please contact: Dr Harrison Consultant lead Gastroenterologist

Main duties of the job

Main Duties of the job

Rotate with our other consultant colleagues to perform a Consultant of the week once every 10 weeks at The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.  During these single weeks, you will carry out no elective activity and work on a single site. Instead, you will cover the Gastroenterology ward and outliers (typically 5 daily consultant ward rounds; Monday to Friday), currently 25G and 25CR (outliers) at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH). In addition, you will provide AMU-in-reach, undertake urgent inpatient endoscopy, discuss with relatives and review inpatient referrals.

You will also rotate to perform a Consultant of the Day. Currently this is 5 weekdays in a 10 week period. At present, during these days you will perform the AMU in-reach and review inpatient referrals.

When rotated off the ward, the ward round sessions will be replaced with elective activity.  There is no Acute Medical commitment apart from on-going in-patient care of patients transferred to the Gastroenterology

Working for our organisation

Working for our Organisation

Our Hospitals are located in Shrewsbury and Telford and are brimming with exemplary teams of hardworking individuals.

Shropshire is a beautiful county ideally located between the north and the south, making travelling around the UK extremely easy. As well as being only a short distance from major cities and busy transport links including Birmingham airport, our county also borders with beautiful north Wales which is abundant in outdoor activities, brilliant beaches, and thrilling scenery. 

Both hospitals are based in Shropshire, a short 20 minutes’ drive apart. Shrewsbury has recently been named in the ‘Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide’ as one of the top places to live in the country. It is a wonderful bustling place, with affordable housing, fantastic schools and great out-of-work activities for everyone. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Consultants participate in a 1:10 Gastroenterology on-call rota across both sites. This is primarily for the management of severe Upper GI Haemorrhage but may also be for urgent advice on the management of other Gastroenterology and Hepatology conditions. When on-call at the weekend, the Consultant will visit and review Gastroenterology in-patients as required.

The post holder:

  • Will be in possession of a recognised medical / dental qualification and full registration with the General Medical Council and continue hold a licence to practise.
  • Is advised to be a member of a recognised medical defence society or be suitably insured. Trust insurance does not cover work undertaken outside the Trust other than caring for patients and work of the Trust.
  • Will be expected to make sure that there are adequate arrangements for hospital staff involved in patient care to be able to contact him / her when necessary.
  • Will be expected to reside within 30 minutes or 10 miles by road of the base hospital whilst on call.
  • Will not be permitted to commence employment until a full medical examination has been completed with a satisfactory result or the Occupational Health Physician has satisfied himself that a full examination is not necessary. The completion of a satisfactory health questionnaire is a condition of employment.
  • Will not be permitted to commence employment until full clearance has been received from the Disclosure Barring Service.




You will be expected to complement and enhance the current service. The Consultants are supported by Specialist Nurses in Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Nutrition, Upper GI cancer, Viral Hepatology, Chronic Liver Disease, GI Physiology and Bowel Cancer Screening. We carry out high resolution oesophageal manometry, 24hr impedance and 24 pH studies and in addition, we offer the BRAVO capsule (96hr pH telemetry service for selected patients).

There is a close working liaison with the Upper and Lower GI Specialist Surgical teams.


 Please note timings may vary depending on individual and Trust requirements

(Off ward)





List (1 PA)

Clinic (1 PA)


SPA (1 PA)

Clinical Admin 0.5 PA


Clinic (1PA)



SPA 0.5 PA Clinical Admin 0.5 PA



List (1PA)

Clinic (1PA)


Consultant of the Day




Example Weekday

AMU in – reach followed by inpatient referrals

Electronic GP referral triaging



Direct Clinical Care                                        7.5 PAs on average per week

(Clinical activity, clinically related activity, predictable and unpredictable emergency work)                                                                    1 PA on average per week

                                                                        (On-call duties –)

Clinic templates are for 3.5 hours to allow 0.5 hours for additional clinic related admin (phone calls, time to admit from clinic) within the 1 PA allocated

A typical clinic for an established consultant will have approximately 18 slots (one new patient = 2 slots, 1 follow up = 1 slot) but this will be dependent on experience and will may altered if needed to reflect. A newly appointed consultant will have 14 slots (dependent on experience and may altered if needed to reflect) and this will be reviewed after 6 months and a plan made with a view to moving towards the departmental standard of 18 slots. Timescale and exact number will depend on the individual consultant’s experience and take into account case mix.

Supporting Professional Activities              2.5 PAs on average per week

1.5 of these will be to support appraisal and revalidation. The remaining are to be directed at Trust priorities and might include educational supervision, lead roles, and other activities to be reviewed annually as part of the job planning process. SPA time sufficient for quality assurance activities will be provided. Consultants may carry out a maximum of one SPA session off site at a time suited to their individual timetable and in keeping with the requirements of the activities. Direct Clinical Care PA time will be sufficient to deal with the clinical admin generated by inpatient, outpatient and endoscopic activity.

Out of Hours Activity

There will be a requirement to take part in an on call rota primarily for GI bleeds with a frequency of approximately 1 in 10. Week end on call will require on site input on Saturday and Sunday mornings, as well as an on call from home to advise on other Gastroenterological cases.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • MRCP or equivalent medical qualification


Essential criteria
  • Full GMC with Licence to Practise
  • Evidence of achievement of competencies in line with GMC standards in Good Medical Practice.
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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Elizabeth Harrison
Job title
Consultant Gastroenterologist
Email address
Telephone number
01743 261480
Additional information

Candidates interested in this post are encouraged to discuss the Job Description further and to visit the department.  Please contact Dr Elizabeth Harrison, Clinical Lead and Consultant Gastroenterologist and Dr John Jones Acting Medical Director and Consultant Gastroenterologist

Dr John Jones                                          01743 261604

Dr Elizabeth Harrison                         01743 261480