Fixed Term Locum Specialty Doctor in Palliative Medicine
Hospice of the Good Shepherd, Chester
Salary Scale £40,438 – £65,375 pro rata (depending on experience and qualifications)
Up to 24 hours per week (6 PA’s)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Locum Specialty Doctor to cover maternity leave for a period of 9 to 12 months at Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Chester. This is an exceptional opportunity to broaden your experience and skills within palliative care as an integral part of our long established medical team.

The post is part time ideally over 2 – 3 days (4- 6  PA’s) with a remunerated-on call commitment on a 1:4 basis.

The Hospice is a locally well respected specialist palliative care unit with a 10 bedded

Inpatient Unit, 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 different stages of illness depending on which service is accessed. There is a very well integrated multidisciplinary team comprising medical and nursing staff, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, chaplaincy, counselling staff, complementary therapists, medical students and training doctors.

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team under the supervision of a senior colleague. Duties will include medical care of inpatients, medical input into the Daycare Unit (Living Well Centre), communication with Hospice, Community and hospital colleagues and attendance at multidisciplinary meetings.

We are looking for a highly motivated, experienced medical practitioner to join our multidisciplinary team to provide high-quality Hospice care. You will play a critical role in ensuring that people with a progressive illness benefit from the highest standards of specialist palliative care.  You must have an enthusiasm for Palliative Care and it would be ideal if you have previous experience in a similar environment, although this is not essential and you will be provided with the required training and developmental opportunities.

We work strategically in partnership with other local providers at the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust and the Macmillan Community Specialist Palliative Care team who are based at the Hospice.

The post would be suitable for doctors who have interest in pursuing a career in Palliative Medicine, doctors who will want to develop their skills and knowledge further prior to applying to a national training programme, or a GP with specialist interest in Palliative Medicine.

You will be joining a team which includes a part time responsible clinician and  4 Specialty Doctors.

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

  • full GMC registration
  • MRCP or MRCGP
  • a minimum of 2 years’ experience in relevant specialties
  • an interest in Palliative Medicine
  • experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • A postgraduate qualification and previous relevant experience would be desirable but not essential.
  • This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the post please contact Dr Lucy Cook, Responsible clinician lucy.cook@hospicegs.com

Closing date for applications: 10 May 2021

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check.