Specialty Doctor in Palliative Medicine

Specialty Doctor in Palliative Medicine, 16-24 Hours per week, Salary scale: aligned to the NHS Specialty Doctor Contract 2021 pro rata, depending on experience and qualifications

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two suitably qualified and enthusiastic Specialty Doctors in Palliative Medicine to join our team at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, a busy multidisciplinary specialist palliative care unit in Chester.

The Hospice has a ten bedded inpatient unit and a Living Well Centre which provides day therapy, short courses, complementary therapy and acupuncture, medical outpatients, and family support services including social work, counselling, and chaplaincy support.

Patients are referred with a wide variety of malignant and non-malignant disease at various stages of illness. There is a well-integrated multidisciplinary team comprising medical and nursing staff, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, chaplaincy, counselling staff, and complementary therapists. We work strategically in partnership with other local providers at the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust and the Community Specialist Palliative Care team who are based at the Hospice.

You will make a vital contribution to the care of patients and those important to them working as part of the multi-disciplinary team under the supervision of a Consultant in Palliative Medicine and alongside our four specialty doctors. Responsibilities will include the medical care of patients on the inpatient unit, medical input into the Living Well Centre, communication with colleagues in the hospital and community and attendance at multidisciplinary meetings.

We are committed to supporting professional development for staff and there is opportunity to participate in teaching, research, and quality improvement activities.

This a unique opportunity suitable for doctors in other specialties who wish to develop or enhance their palliative care knowledge and skills or doctors who have an interest in pursuing a career in Palliative Medicine.

If you are interested in applying for this role you will have:

  • full GMC registration with a licence to practise
  • a minimum of 4 years postgraduate experience with at least two years in a relevant specialty
  • an interest in Palliative Medicine
  • experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team

The posts are part time ideally over 2 – 3 days (4-6 PA’s) with a remunerated-on call commitment on a 1:4 basis. Please see the Job description and Person specification for full details.

We offer stimulating and rewarding opportunities in caring for people at some of the most challenging times of their lives. Our staff really do make a difference every single day and we welcome applications from passionate, committed, and flexible individuals who would welcome the chance to shape the future care delivered by the Hospice of the Good Shepherd.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the posts, please contact Dr Alison Coackley, Consultant in Palliative Medicine / Medical Director alison.coackley@hospicegs.com or Dr Lucy Cook, Specialty Doctor lucy.cook@hospicegs.com

Closing date for applications – 7th August 2022

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau.

We reserve the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high number of suitable applications.

If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date then it is likely that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion, however please do not be discouraged from applying again.


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